|Four new City Councilors|
|There are other, even better gladiatorial notions too!|
|Lucky with the personal chauffeur service!|
A note about drinking and driving - but maybe we need also to talk more about the way we have a monoculture of autoism that makes it difficult not just to get home after you've clearly had too many, but also makes it problematic if you've just had a pleasant amount with dinner at a restaurant or with friends. Impairment comes at low levels and blowing .08 isn't actually all that difficult. At the threshold levels you won't swerve and weave dramatically, but your reaction time is just slowed enough that if something bad happens while you are driving, the odds of catastrophe are magnified - and you will meet the legal threshold for a DUI.
|The column about a brewery adventure by bike never saw print!|
Aside from the new crop of Councilors, and our detour on the big party, only one minor note of interest here.
|Why on Church?|
Mission obviously needs to be configured for bike lanes, so that part is no mystery.
Not at all on Council agenda, but relevant here, the Hospital's propaganda machine is trying to rebrand the project as "the Church Street Property." They have a new website. The new name should be resisted! We should continue to call it "the Blind School property" at least until the debate, controversy, and legal maneuvering is done. And maybe still afterwards. Once Howard Hall is gone, retaining the name will be an important way of remembering history. Calling it the "Church Street Property" erases that history - like airbrushing and photoshopping people out of photographs - or gratuitously cutting down old trees.
|Notes on the current Blind School plan|
- It's all parking lot, really.
- Next to the two red arrows are two small buildings. That's it.
- The arrows and b/w inset photo suggest that the building footprints may extend below high water for the 1964 flood. Buildings might better be scootched up to higher ground on the parcel's benchland.
- The tree canopy coverage is an illusion, representing what it might look like in 20 years or so. The tree crowns represent maturity. The site will be super bare and asphalty for a more than a decade.
Since there's a light Council agenda, let's talk about transportation funding and the Legislature.
Over at a new periodical and think tank on cities, City Observatory, economist and critic of the CRC Joe Cortright has a number of wise things to say about transportation funding. He says
- Don’t tax houses to subsidize cars
- End socialism for private car storage in the public right of way
- Reward behavior that makes the transportation system work better for everyone
- Prioritize maintenance
- Don’t play “bait and switch” by bonding revenue to pay for shiny, big projects
- Promote fairness through the “user pays” principle
- Don’t buy the phony safety card
- Don’t write off the gas tax yet
Here's a very pleasant thought!
|A revenue-neutral gas tax hike is a serious proposal|