Saturday, October 27, 2007

A Beholden Doctrine

From Urban
Unfortunately, about 1975, politicians and planners began to embrace the idea that we were in an "era of limits" - the notion that there were "smarter solutions," that "we can't just keep on building more roads," that "transportation demand management" could help wean Californians off their irrational "love affair with the automobile" and into "modern, efficient, high-capacity mass transit."

Then-governor Jerry Brown's aides openly proclaimed, "Our job is to pry John Q. Public out of his car (and) to make life miserable for the single motorist."

Jerry Brown, pictured above on the front cover of an April 23, 1979 issue of Newsweek magazine with the singer Linda Ronstadt, about mid way through his 1975-1983 service as Governor of the State of California; he has a long political career including service as Mayor of Oakland from 1998 to 2006, and in 2007 is California Attorney General. In 1976, 1980 and 1992 he unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nominations, and in 1982 was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate.

Jerry Brown- Wikipedia

Brown was born in San Francisco, the only son of former San Francisco lawyer, District attorney and later Democratic governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Sr. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School and studied at Santa Clara University. In 1958, he entered Sacred Heart Novitiate, a Jesuit seminary, intending to become a Catholic priest.

A Sampling of Attitudes Towards D.C. I-95

Friday, October 12, 2007

Whatever happened to the idea of additional evacuation routes?

Shortly after the events of September 11, 2001, there was talk about constructing additional evacuation routes within the U.S. to better serve the evacuation for major metropolitan areas in a future emergency event.

Yet within all of the 100s of billions of $$ spent since on the war in Iraq and with over-sightless surveilling the general public, there is nothing for new evacuation routes- particularly from such metropolises as Washington, D.C., and New York City/Long Island.

Logical projects would include:

I-287 Long Island Sound Bridge/Tunnel, either a full tunnel, or a bridge with tunnel (cut and cover box with full lanes and shoulders to mitigate the highway at the shore areas) to a Route 135 re-signed and improved as I-287

I-78 Cross Harbor-Brooklyn Highway-Railway Tunnel towards JFK Airport , preferably with an eastern extension along the Sunrise Highway corridor

Lincoln Tunnel 4th Tube
Midtown Manhattan 3rd Tube
Holland Tunnel Parallel Tubes

Northern and Eastern Washington, D.C. radial highways, in particular, the I-95 Grand Arc Mall Tunnel

Homeland Security Goal Better Served by Reviving I-70S through NW Washington DC- Mark Robinowitz