Think on it, becaindexuse next week you’ll have the chance to actually ask him. Ben Ross was president  of Maryland’s Action Committee for Transit for 15 years, and under his tenure it grew to be one of the largest transit advocacy groups in the U.S. Now he has written a book, Dead End, looking into suburban sprawl and the coming urbanization of America.

He will be speaking and taking questions Thursday, June 5, 5:30-7:00 at MoJoe Lounge Downtown across from the Columbus Commons.

Check out what people are saying about the book:

“I’ve studied a lot of books on New Urbanism. Every once and a long while one of them opens my eyes to an entirely new way of thinking. Such is Dead End.” –Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns

“Ben Ross’ Dead End is a highly personal account of a larger journey that we are embarked on as a nation — from sprawl to walkable communities, from anoxic, sterile neighborhoods to vibrant, transit-served urban areas that are the wellspring of innovation, economic development and cultural richness.” –John Porcari, Former Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Transportation

“Ben Ross paints the big picture of the battle between sprawl and community from the historic perspective, to the current conflicts to a vision of better land use process. Always focused on the human perspective with subjects as diverse as Jane Jacobs and Pete Seeger to Snob Zoning and Agenda 21, Dead End is an exciting, easy read.” –Parris N. Glendening, President, Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute, and former Governor of Maryland (1995-2003)

“This impressively researched and documented history explains the huge pressures for maintaining a status quo that supports sprawl and is unfriendly to walkable cities. Ross argues convincingly that rail transit is ‘the political and mental key that opens the door to urban change.'” –Ross Capon, President & CEO, National Association of Railroad Passengers