Here are my first two:
Blame Single-Family Neighborhoods for Gentrification (Nov 27)
|Boeing employees strike in September, 2008, photo from the Seattle Times.|
|Residents protest development in West New York,|
photo from Hudson Reporter.
“I think it’s extortion,” said DiPadova, 34, of Hollywood, who supports radical parking meter reform. “It’s an unjust tax. It’s one that, because people don’t get involved in local politics, local lawmakers see it as an additional revenue stream.
“It’s a travesty,” he added. “In a city where you’re forced to drive, there’s no reason you should be punished for small mistakes.”Putting aside the total fallacy that you can't get around in LA without driving and that paying less than you would at a private garage is a "tax," if this guy's successful a lot of neighborhoods are going to end up in the toilet. Sorry, I know parking meters aren't fun to deal with, but they serve a purpose beyond revenue—if you undercharge for parking there's never any available, which means no one wants to visit your neighborhood. And that revenue can play a major role in making your city a more pleasant place to be (Old Pasadena's success as a neighborhood was largely attributed to parking reform). If you don't like it you can use private parking garages; cities have no obligation to provide public space so you can store your car at a discount.
|The Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle, photo from NMC.|
Building roads and highways can increase the number of people able to travel by car, but in the long run it can't improve travel times—it can actually make them worse by encouraging more sprawl, and the longer and longer commutes that accompany it.And second:
Investing in transit can increase capacity and improve travel times—for example, by replacing bus lines in mixed traffic with unobstructed subway lines, or by converting mixed-traffic lanes into bus-only lanes and increasing bus frequency.So, in light of:
- Declining vehicle-miles traveled both nationally and locally;
- Advances in driverless technology, expansion of car-share programs, and shifts toward more active transportation likely to erode car ownership and use even further;
- Massive impending cuts to King County Metro's service and previous cuts to Community and Pierce Transit;
- An ever-growing highway maintenance backlog, in addition to a seemingly endless list of partially-funded in-progress highway projects; and
- A general agreement that effective transit is better for health, safety, personal wealth, business, productivity, and the environment;