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    C Monroe

    It is against the law in a lot of states. Just needs to be caught.



    And look, before anyone writes their legislator asking that this be banned – why not instead mandate that anyone who has this modification done on their vehicle be required to have an 11″x17″ metallic sticker verifying that they are approved smoke blowers. Here is a sample of that sticker:


    C Monroe

    I had a conservative coworker who did not like big government, but he didn’t like giving money to big corporations either. He understood the need for some government and that corporations made some of the products that make life easier. But if he could get something for less and it fills the same need, he would do it. It all started when he decided to grow a garden, then he installed a cheap greenhouse to try to stretch the growing season into multiple grows. He then realize a problem with night creatures(racoons, possums, skunks) getting in his garden, so he decided to install motion lights. When he was at Home Depot/Lowes he discovered it was cheaper to buy the solar ones, he didn’t think they would be reliable so he bought the cheapest one. It worked way better than he imagined. Now he has installed the lights to light his greenhouse at night when he is in it, all around his house and installed a couple to light his garage. He then graduated to solar panels on his roof and now he rarely pays an electric bill.



    There is nothing manly about this, just like there is nothing manly about taking a dump in the town well.

    This is childish, and I’m willing to bet that the full grown children having their little truck tantrums enjoy all the anger this generates. It shouldn’t make us angry because, really, this is a trivial amount of pollution relative to what the average American dumps in a year just being alive. This should make us laugh. Laugh at these sad, lonely, clowns. We should hand them clown shoes and wigs to go along with their clown cars. They are weak – physically, mentally, and socially. They have nothing left but their own rage at their impotence.

    They can’t hack a mans life: walking or riding a bike to cut the cord between them and the nanny state. Sad little boys in their little smoking over grown Tonka trucks.



    Exactly. I’ve never thrown a quart of organic strawberries at a person I suspected of being conservative just because I think I love America more than they do.


    C Monroe

    I was a victim of ‘rolling coal’ along with a dozen others who were waiting to cross the street that runs through a large urban hospital complex. The sad thing is that the perps came out of a hospital parking ramp and most of the victims were either visitors, patients or staff of the hospital. So basically they were saying “Hey you helped our loved one, so F*** YOU!” Didn’t realize it was to be anti environment but it makes sense. The idiots that do it are stuck in the us vs them mentality without realizing that it is BS.



    I’ve seen an increasing number of articles from pro-environment groups in recent weeks, and I can’t help but wonder if the attention will just make things worse. How many people from Buttstump Holler, Kentucky will stumble on this post while searching the google for NASCAR stats and say to themselves, “See! It made the bike pansies all mad! I got to get me one a’ those!”


    David P.

    Though I do think drag-racing diesel pickups is pretty cool (they have to run as rich as they do to make the power that they do), rolling coal on the street is, if nothing else, an easy way to help you identify the man-children out there.



    “Rather than being part of the casino, it’s a part of the waterfront, with an amphitheater that carries free, family-friendly progamming. [sic]“

    Someone should tell that to the casino, which frequently blocks the trail partially or entirely for various events or just because.

    (Also, they didn’t “connect the area to surrounding bike trails with a path for biking and walking”, they built the damn thing directly on top of a pre-existing multi-use path.)



    Robert, after admiring every one of your IVM blog posts as well as dozens of your comments here and there, I’m dumbfounded by what seems to be a bent-way-over-backwards attempt here to assert a moral equivalence between criminally destructive smoke-spewing and organic-food-worship.

    Sure, some organics may be immune to whole-system calculating, but at least they’re trying to live in harmony with the Earth. Not even remotely a counterpart to rolling coalers’ pure malice.



    I live in a community where this happens a lot. I mean A LOT. I see it almost daily. I am a cyclist, and I would agree with this post that cyclists are indeed targets for “rolling coal.” And when operators of those massive trucks roll coal, you had better appreciate it or else you’re the worst person in the world and deserve to be beaten.


    Robert Wright

    I’ve noted before that a big problem with a lot of thinking about environmental issues is that people both on the green and on the anti-green side see their behavior toward the environment as a form of self-expression: On the green side, there’s a tendency to aver, say, that locally-grown organic food is necessarily better for the environment. On the anti-green side, there’s a conscious desire to do environmentally unfriendly things to show that one doesn’t agree with those liberal environmentalists.

    The ultimate problem, of course, is that there’s a real, complex system out there and it responds to the actual physics of what people do, not to their feelings about things. If food grown in a hot country and imported on a container ship is actually more environmentally friendly than food grown in a greenhouse on an organic farm and brought to market in a dirty pick-up truck, the farmers’ market is harming the environment. The effects of global warming will be as rotten for country boys in Texas rolling coal in F150s as they are for residents of liberal New York City.


    R.A. Stewart

    “And if Washington can’t deliver those funds, good projects will be shelved as well as bad, Goldberg said.”

    In many cases, certainly here in Illinois, good projects will be shelved instead of bad. State and even local transportation departments are, at best, just beginning to be dimly aware of approaches other than more and bigger roads for everything. Transit is always the first mode axed; boondoggles such as the future Illiana tollway get built no matter what.

    “… if Washington can’t find a solution to the transportation funding problem, it will bode poorly for attempts to solve other problems — like enacting federal policies that make transportation safer, greener, and more efficient.

    “’This is an opportunity for people in Congress, for Americans in general, to consider what the point of these programs are,’ … ‘If we can’t take it seriously, we can’t ask for those progressive things.’”

    A reminder once again that what to most of us is a bug, to Republicans in Congress is a feature.



    It’s not your neighbors’ air. It’s yours too. Just goes to show the intellectual bankruptcy of the modern conservative movement.


    greg forrester

    I would reroute I-75 in SE Michigan to US 23 which is a freeway from Flint to Toledo so that it totally avoid the city of Detroit.


    Erik Griswold

    Boston and Newtowne (Now called Cambridge) are both medieval cities, which have been largely altered by Motordom. Congrats to Payton for finding the two remaining bits of their respective medieval centers!



    As Marven pointed out, Shared Space should be approached very cautiously. It works well for a brief period of 6 months to 2 years and then tends to devolve back to a regular car-centric stroad that pedestrians and non lycra clad bicyclists fear to enter. It was a great idea and Monderman deserves a lot of credit for thinking about it and implementing it, but it has not stood the test of time.



    As far as I can tell, by 1955, when Disneyland opened, Metropolitan Coach Lines had a bus to Anaheim, but the local trains (electric or not) were either gone or expected to be gone soon.


    Jack Jackson

    Back in 2009, the HTF did this, only then Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the White House, and still did nothing. so why is it now only the Houses fault?

    Hussein the Community Organizer is a walking talking lame duck fraud.



    Gated attractions, such as Disney World, that are built on such a huge scale are challenging for human-scale activity near their exteriors. When they die, large, gated developments can’t readily go back to agriculture but often are too far from population centers to be immediately attractive for redevelopment.

    Yes, there are differences between gated resorts and malls, but to hold a gated resort as an example for human-scale development doesn’t make sense to me.

    My “antipathy” toward Disney is that it has loyal followers who fawn over whatever it does and won’t see or say anything bad, especially about Walt. I would have the same reaction if “Disney” were replaced by “Costco” or some other brand that elicits that kind of response. No business can be a paragon of perfection in all things.



    They “all” get pushed around?



    Most parking lots in the U.S. basically work like this. Just tell people that the street has become a parking lot and they’ll get it.


    C Monroe

    He is a transportation construction lobbyists, of course he will say it is important. I do believe the feds have a role to play in transportation but I do not think that role should be running a lottery in picking winners and losers by deciding one size fits all style of selections. I believe that should be at least regulated to the states not feds. I think the feds should set some standards and be the middle man when it comes to interstate transportation projects, be it highway, mass transit line, canal or bike path. The states should pass out funds for instate transportation projects and have free range to try new ideas.



    Pittsburgh has a lot of good qualities to draw people in. Being able to forgo car ownership would help attract people who don’t want to be burdened with auto ownership.

    Making Pittsburgh a car-optional city should be a priority. A more effective transit system would go a long way toward that. Any chance of converting the East/West busways to light rail and linking them with the existing light ail line?


    C Monroe

    Also they should have use either the 96/75/Ambassador bridge interchanges or 96/696/275/M5 interchange probably the two biggest and most complicated in the Detroit area.



    *That* works. It’s fine to have primarily pedestrian-and-bike areas where *local deliveries* are allowed.

    If you let automobile through traffic in, though, the auto drivers threaten and bully people.


    C Monroe

    Yeah, from Davidson to the river and 75 to 96, it is like a grid of freeways and inside that grid you are never more than a mile, most of the time a half mile from a freeway. 75/375-lodge-96 east to west and Davidson-94-75-Jefferson/lodge/375 north to south. Easy access for cars if you lived in the suburbs and worked in the city when it was built, to easy.



    I had a similar proposal up above, to remove all the freeways inside the “square” formed by 96 (Jeffries Fwy), 94 (Edsel Ford Fwy), 75 (Chrysler Fwy), and the river.



    Yeah. There’s a big difference between through routes and local routes. In Detroit, 94 is obviously useful and busy, as is 75, and 96. But Detroit really has an overabundance of freeways stuffed into downtown: the Lodge Freeway is a mile from another freeway in either direction (from 94 southward), 375 is just a stub, etc.

    I wonder what would happen if 75 were rerouted onto 94 and 96 and the downtown part of 75 was eliminated, along with the portion of the Lodge Freeway south of 94. The whole of downtown Detroit would still be within 2 miles of freeway exits, but it wouldn’t be sliced up by having freeways slicing through the middle of it. Michigan Ave, Woodward Ave, Gratiot Ave, and Grand River Ave would still move people into downtown, and people who were bypassing downtown could actually bypass downtown.


    Monty Simmons

    I am just surprised the officer did not get her address off her ID and go to her house and shot her dog.

    But I doubt race had anything to do with it no more than race has anything to do with the “knock out game.”



    The Cambridge example is a little different. Vehicles are only allowed in at night, mostly for loading reasons



    Yeah, things are definitaly looking up here. Bike share is coming soon. The bike trail system is expanding. More people are living in downtown. Our population decline has slowed to a crawl–maybe we can start attracting people again (I can see Pittsburgh being the next Portland or Austin). And maybe we’ll get that light rail connection to Oakland by 2100. :)


    T.E. Shaw

    Uh, that “West Virginia” article is about Charleston, South Carolina.



    I’m happy we have Peduto making Pittsburgh a better place for cyclists. Though we have some really steep hills much of Pittsburgh (downtown, Oakland, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Southside, North Shore) is perfect for cyclists and pedestrians.


    Hans Yolo

    the planters would be destroyed by a speeding idiot LA driver in less than 24 hours after installation.


    Perry Cole

    Its great to know that efforts are being made toward the betterment of transit system, i hope in near future the problem will redeuce in its magnitude. valet parking gatwick


    Sandy Smith

    The LA-Long Beach line was not a Pacific Electric Railway route – it was part of Los Angeles Railways, which, btw, was the transit company National City Lines operated. The PE is properly understood as an “interurban,” and while the LA-Long Beach line has those same characteristics, it was worked by PCCs run by LARy.



    Glad to see Pittsburgh is making progress in weaning itself off auto dependence. Hope this comes to us down in the sunbelt someday.



    I agree it is a less-than-half measure. I want to get off at some small stations that don’t have baggage service but, apparently, the fine print says the roll-on/off policy only applies to stations with baggage service. Stupid.


    C Monroe

    I believe that is the worst stretch of interchange. When I was a kid in OC, my mom decided to take us to the LA zoo and she hated the freeways but tried anyway. She drove us up 5 and we got to that interchange and she got stuck taking all the wrong ramps for over an hour. Finally we reached our destination and she called my dad who had to come to the zoo and drive in front of her car to make it home. This was in the 70′s and we never did go back to the zoo.


    C Monroe

    Oh, the bridge is beautiful and is well designed.


    C Monroe

    I agree with your sentiment but many have a misconceived notion about Detroit being empty and all of its freeways are not clogged. Yes the city itself is empty, but most of the population did not leave the state just moved to the suburbs. There is mostly suburb to suburb travel that passes through the city and that is why it is a shame that the city destroyed itself for the benefit of the suburbs. 94,96,275,696 and 75 all experience the same type of congestion as other big cities, the difference is Detroit also has extremely wide boulevards that are virtually empty. Grand, Grand River, Fort, Ford, Gratiot, Michigan, Jefferson, 8 mile, mcnichols, Mack, Livernois and Woodward. It also has quasi freeways/parkways that do have traffic Telegraph, parts of Van Dyke, M-59 and Southfield. And of course there are freeways that are not needed and show that the nearby blvds could take the traffic such as 375, Lodge and Davidson freeway.


    C Monroe

    Or better yet have the 75 follow the davidson and merge with 96 where the davidson and 96 meet, then have it travel closer to downtown and the bridge.


    C Monroe

    Exactly there should have been only three freeways. 75, 96, 94. They should have never built the Lodge, 375 or the Davidson(another that should be taken out).



    And they have bicycle sections on the European trains as well. Traveling through Germany a few years ago, I was not only able to wheel my bike onto the train and keep it next to my seat, but visit with the other cyclists there as well. And you (and your bike) can get on or off anywhere the train stops. Great way to travel and meet people.
    Why hasn’t Amtrak figured this out? Probably because it’s too simple.


    Cherokee Schill

    I disagree with the two direction bike lane. They are not wide enough to accommodate cyclists side by side in one direction. They further the idea that bicycles are some how exempt from the basic rules of the road. Bike lanes, when in highly trafficked areas should be fully protected and sharrows should be in place for the experienced cyclist.



    Someone has savings and is not wealthy. Works for a living. How does inflation benefit? Explain how such a person benefits when his savings and salary buys less. Wages don’t even keep up with tax increases.

    You are telling me to believe you and not observed reality.



    The wealthy created the federal reserve. It was a bait and switch job that you apparently still haven’t received the memo on. The wealthy have always believed in something they control, something they can manipulate to transfer wealth to themselves. At some points in history they have been able to control hard money, gold, but that hasn’t been the case for well over a century. It’s also difficult for them to do so which is why they always want a central bank. Hence the Federal reserve.

    Because the wealthy -own- the central bank (yes, the fed is privately owned), they always get the new money first. They have access to the fed’s money tap. We don’t. The fed also serves to bail them out when their bets go bad. Privatize the gains, socialize the loses.

    The middle class has savings in the nation’s currency. The wealthy have financial equities, assets, etc. Deflation brings down equity and asset prices and increases the value of savings. Inflation always largely destroys a nation’s middle class. We are observing the effects right now as the wealthy 0.01% have escape velocity on their wealth increase while the middle class is faltering. Inflation is concentrating wealth in fewer and fewer hands as it is designed to do.

    Near zero inflation? Where do you shop? I’d like to shop there. How does it benefit the middle class when food and energy are increasing in price? How does it benefit the middle class when the goods they can afford are being cheapened to hold price point? Prices are increasing but wages are not.

    Simply put, your ideas are 100% against observed reality.



    A lot of people misunderstand this. (There’s been a lot of anti-inflation, pro-deflation propaganda published by the rich in the last 40 years.)

    Here’s the key thing to remember: if there’s actually inflation, your wages are going up. If your wages aren’t going up, then there is no inflation. If your wages are dropping, you’re looking at deflation.



    No, it really doesn’t. You simply haven’t done your research. It’s true that new money is being preferentially distributed to the wealthy (bad), but the rest of what you’ve written is just wrong — backwards, actually.

    The wealthy consistently advocate for “hard money” or “sound money”, a.k.a. deflation. The ultimate version of this is the gold standard, which is extremely deflationary unless there are big gold mine discoveries. (The gold mines, of course, are always strictly controlled by the wealthy.)

    DEFLATION benefits the wealthy by making them richer relative to everyone else. INFLATION hurts the position of the wealthy.

    We haven’t got outright deflation at the moment, but we’re at near-zero inflation. The wealthy love this, but they’re trying to push the country into deflation so that they’ll benefit even more.