In an online event today, I mentioned the "Battle of Robson Square" in Vancouver — an archetypal conflict between transit and civic placemaking that has arisen in a city that claims to be very pro-transit. It's a fascinating conflict worth watching for people far beyond Vancouver.
Fortunately, I don't need to write a post on this, because there's an excellent one by Peter Marriott, laying out the issues at stake, here. Peter's intro is an important challenge to any urban designer who thinks transit can just "get out of the way" of a beautiful design idea. Peter's article is also full of useful links to a wide range of voices in the conversation.