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Trains Handle Snow Better Than Cars Do - This snow storm kept people off the highways and local roads, it grounded planes at the airport, and it stopped all Greyhound buses from coming Upstate, but Amtrak kept its schedule just fine. Trains can handle snow. Their steel wheels cut through ice and slush, so trains can keep chugging even when winter weather makes … Continue reading Trains Handle Snow Better Than Cars Do
Affordable Housing and the City Line - Matthew Paulus, one of several developers with plans to build new housing at the eastern edge of Downtown, is trying to get goodwill and tax breaks by putting ‘affordable’ apartments in his newest project, but the rents don’t match the rhetoric—tenants will pay $1,050 a month, not including utilities. This is clearly not a good … Continue reading Affordable Housing and the City Line
Safe Streets without Traffic Law Enforcement - Car-drivers break the law all the time. They speed, they roll through stop signs, they run red lights, they drive over crosswalks while people are trying to cross them on foot. They do all that because it’s accepted and expected behavior, even though it’s also dangerous and illegal behavior. In a better world, this is … Continue reading Safe Streets without Traffic Law Enforcement
Making James Street Better - When a car ran over 13-year-old Zyere Jackson on James Street his mother called it a ‘freak accident.’ It wasn’t. Cars regularly run into things and people on that street, and every day sees dozens of near-misses. People keep trying to walk across it, bike along it, and drive on it, though, because it’s the … Continue reading Making James Street Better
Transit is not a Tool of Social Control - At its best, public transportation expands access to opportunity, but recent local examples show how it can also be used to do the exact opposite. Instead of creating a transit system that gives its riders more choices, options, and freedom, people with power have tried to use transit as a tool of social control. Take … Continue reading Transit is not a Tool of Social Control