Holy Mackerel! The N&O has an Opinion!

I thought I was in the Twilight Zone this morning when I read this editorial in the News and Observer cautioning against selling land that has been acquired to support long term transit planning.

Linking fast-growing Wake, Durham and Orange counties and beyond with fast, cheap (and less-polluting) mass transit realistically is a when, not an if. But the only revenue now set aside for a system is a 5 percent tax on car rentals.

From its start in 1998, the tax has raised far less than expected or hoped for -- just $7 million last year, for a project whose total cost has been put at $810 million. Yet state Sen. Neal Hunt of Raleigh, for one, says collection of the tax probably should be halted until a new plan is adopted. He also suggests that the authority sell some of the land it has bought for rail stops and development around them.

This land wasn't acquired on a whim, and it shouldn't be resold unless it's clearly no longer needed. Further, the TTA will improve its chances for federal help with a new proposal if it has a substantial pot of money in the bank.

Can you believe it? An actual opinion! Of course, the paper goes on to soften its stand with this breathtaking equivocation -- "unless it's clearly no longer needed." Exactly what world would you be living in to reach the conclusion that land acquired for strategic transportation planning would be "clearly no longer needed"?

Ah well, at least they're trying.

Comments

What's even more remarkable

is that the N&O's almost-opinion is at odds with one of the paper's favorite sons, John Hood, who this morning calls smart growth and transportation planning into question because transit hasn't been proven effective in combatting obesity.

Don't ask me what Hood's talking about. I just report the silliness.

Ronald Mc Donald Marketing wiz John?

John Hood, who this morning calls smart growth and transportation planning into question because transit hasn't been proven effective in combatting obesity.

Don't ask me what Hood's talking about. I just report the silliness.

Fool! Anybody can see that John is piss because there is
no Mc Donalds or Burger King in the deal to make a profit
for the fat F##k's who get off the transit train.

Bring Back The Trolleys!

Bring Back The Trolleys! Make Um Free Like the Dillo in Austin and the ones in Columbia!

Heck yeah

n/t

Second that!!

Bring back the trolley!!

... or cable cars, as my folks call them.

My folks grew up in working class Baltimore, back in the day when everybody but downtown business owners were "working poor". To hear them tell about their travels and adventures, they would have been up the creek if they hadn't had a good cable car system that would take them at least close to where they needed to go. They rode a cable car to school from Jr. High on up ... when they weren't walking to school in the snow, uphill, bothways, of course. :) When they got their first jobs in the summers and after school, they got there by cable car.

I love listening to my folks talk about jumping on the cable car when they needed to go somewhere. Everybody rode the cable cars. And they LIKED it! heh.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Biz in the Hood

Art Pope's business depends on low to moderate income people with stores located where land is cheap. God forbid we should raise incomes and property values with the high density mixed used development that goes hand-in-hand with transit and squeeze out Family Dollar stores.

It was pointed out by Anglico that the John Locke Foundation gets 95% of it's money from Art Pope, through the Pope Foundation. About 60% of Pope Foundation money comes directly from Variety Stores, Inc.

Ditto

Ever since I found out from you I've avoided going and have convinced all my family and friends NOT to go. Too bad, they had cheap tarheel stuff.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Dear Mr. Pope.

If you stop your illegal electioneering and say you're sorry, I'll abandon my boycott. Deal?

Cheap is right

I wore a shirt I got from there two times and it started getting holes in it. This was one of those where the cheap turns out expensive.