Today’s Headlines

  • If California Is Going to Get Serious About Climate, It Will Need to Discourage Car Use (Vox)
  • Philly’s Local Politicians Should Not Get Veto Power Over Street Safety Fixes With Citywide Benefits (Metro)
  • New Orleans Mayor, RTA Defend Streetcar Extension After Advocates Question If It Helps Workers (Advocate)
  • With Trump’s Signature, WMATA Safety Oversight Now Back in the Hands of Local Watchdog (WaPo, WTOP)
  • After Fire Marshal Puts Brakes on Speed Humps, Anchorage Shifts to Speed Cushions (Alaska Dispatch News)
  • Tampa-Area MPO Considers Vision Zero Policy, Including Narrower Lanes and More Enforcement (TB Times)
  • Wider Highways Coming to I-65 South of Birmingham (Biz Journal), Planned for Fairfax County, VA (WTOP)
  • Why Wait? Florida DOT Widens Road Now to Pave Way for Suburban Sprawl Traffic Later (TCPalm)
  • The Conservative Case for Raising the Gas Tax (Urban Milwaukee)
  • Underwater Parking Garages Are the Last Transportation Idea Boston Should Borrow From Amsterdam (Globe)
  • Michel S

    District councilpersons in Philadelphia are beholden to homeowners and homeowners alone, since their power is derived from a specific geographic area. Homeowners tend to stick around long enough to vote for a Councilperson more than once, so pleasing them becomes priority #1. This means existing homeowners with a very narrow focus* get final say in a lot of planning decisions that would normally require a more holistic/comprehensive approach. It unnecessarily pits one part of the city against another and results in land-use and transportation plans that are inconsistent, difficult to implement, and relatively ineffective. Results, therefore, are hard to come by, and it’s why Philadelphia always seems to be behind the curve. The tradition of Councilmanic Prerogative in Philadelphia is an extraordinarily heavy burden to bear as the pace of change and the need for flexible, responsive solutions is ever increasing.

    *Example from a recent community meeting: “I need a dedicated place in front of my house for my car to easily load/unload my 3-year-old son,” because all of these things will obviously always be true.

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  • LinuxGuy

    Homeowners are MAKERS, while others in the city are TAKERS. Why should the city not listen to the people who pay the taxes? None of the Philly people who whine about stuff ever pay any money towards anything they want.

  • Andrew

    Renters in Philadelphia are exempt from taxation? That’s … unusual.

  • LinuxGuy

    A large amount of people in the city receive money from the government, but pay little to nothing in return. They also use various services.

  • Andrew

    Number, not amount.

    Yes, plenty of people receive more money from the government than they pay in taxes. They include many homeowners, and they exclude many renters.