The disaster of overdeveloping without adequate infrastructure is starting to show on Maybank Highway. The inane concept of the “gathering place” was pushed by former Charleston planner Tim Keane and supported by Mayor Joe Riley, although it was opposed by locals who understood the potential traffic problems, the eyesores, and the futility of thinking residents could walk everywhere, when in fact there is nowhere to walk to.

Keane, who also supported very dense development at the Sergeant Jasper site, left Charleston before the disasters would come to fruition.

Mayor Riley will also be out of office when James Island is paralyzed by gridlock.

My point is not just to attack planner Keane and Mayor Riley, although they are responsible for most of the poor planning. City Council always sees things in the “mayor’s light.” Suburban sprawl, like that in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley, should not be allowed until adequate infrastructure is planned and budgeted for.

The I-526 extension is another example of politicians pushing a project down the throats of a knowing public who see the folly in a road that just connects bottlenecks.

When the public is wrong, it costs nothing.

When County Council is wrong, it costs hundreds of millions of dollars and accomplishes little.

You editorial calling for the Legislature to raise the gas tax segues into a similar theme. I agree the gas tax should be increased as a partial fix for our road problems, but I shudder at the idea of giving additional money to a very untrustworthy General Assembly. Even if this revenue is put in a separate account to be used only for road work, the Legislature would find a way around it.

Zero-based budgeting has been used by successful companies for many years, but very few politicians want to be thought of as good budgeters. They would rather be known as great dreamers.

Unless we hold politicians responsible for their spending, we should expect nothing to change.

Larry Wiessmann

Seabrook Island Road

Johns Island