Sectors: Private & Public, comparison

What can the public sector do? Can extra gov spending help the economy?  Unemployment has been at almost 10% for a year, well over the worst 8% projected, without the Stimulus. There was suppose to be a lot of infrastructure projects, but those came to about 5% of the total. It actually seems that the Porkulus Package was engineered to NOT create value. Much was for political payback and generate ditch digging & filling jobs. How can $800 billion be spent (really about 75% of that, now) and NOT produce much?  Read more of this post

Taxing for Transporation Costs

Paying for regular consumer goods, is pretty straight-forward, going to a store (or online, mail) and paying the listed price. Transportation is intricate; there are huge wants, but paying by each use, and through general tax means, is tricky. The BART lengthening, from Fremont to San Jose, is supposedly really wanted, but paying is difficult. The ticket price will be far from covering it, which is a pattern for projects.

Is it just,  to charge the whole Bay Area & even the nation, for rail that would be used by <3% of the commuters in 2 counties? There would be other riders too, perhaps each resident riding an average of 1/month. How about charging full price on each ticket?
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Transit Choices are more than Points A &, _ thru Z

Mobility is obviously needed to reach destinations. Star Trek transporter technology is not here & should be left on the fiction scrap heap. The dream of public transit, meeting all needs, for each person, is almost as far-fetched. The depiction at the right, shows absurdity, in driving a car. Yet people often claim that it’s too bad, that a car is needed for most residential places. One of the absurdities about that, is the fact that the area surroundings are known, before the choice is made, to make a home. How do you choose which transport method? Walking is only good for short distances, and that includes from transit stations, which is often neglected in promoting transit—the facts that wherever you need to go, needs to be near a station, preferably less than about 1,000’ (2-3 blocks), at times, up to double that, a little over 1/3 of a mile. Sure, cars are great, but mostly expensive. Why do people choose their mode? Read more of this post

Transit use amount

Should people use more transit? Yes, many think, but not me, the other person should. How many actually do use transit, in the US? How does that compare to other countries? Read more of this post

Transportation Policy in Bay Area

Public transit in the Bay Area is widespread, but for access, from homes, based upon %, and the distance to walk to a station, is limited. For destinations, it’s even more limited, because it’s unlikely that your place will be on the route. Transit use, as a portion of commuting [based on 2000 Census] is about 9% for the whole Bay Area, 31% for San Francisco and 4% for Santa Clara County.Yet the overall transportation budget has a large majority going towards trnaist, rather than roads. The MTC (Metropolitan Transportation Commission) decides where all the money collected is to be spent, among the many agencies. Read more of this post

Travel Times for Various Modes & Urban Layouts

It would be great to have most places, that you want to go, just blocks away, being able to walk there. That is highly improbable, even in Manhattan, at a density of 65,000/sq.mi. Even with transit all over, journeys to various places, can take a while. There is a big impetus to reduce travel times. However the methods used, usually increase times , through holding back on new roads, putting more residents on existing roads (increasing density), relying on public transit, and other methods.  Read more of this post

UGBs (Urban growth boundaries): Against Nature and Humanity

Illustrates a rightward shift in the demand curve.

Simple S&D econ, but avoided

Growth management is practiced by many cities, for many reasons. The benefits are illusory, and for the few that materialize, are for the existing residents. There are many negative outcomes. What influence, on other factors, does limiting growth, in the attempt to increase density? That lowers the vacancy rate, which pushes up prices, due to fewer choices and less competition.   Read more of this post

Walkability is over-rated

Transit Oriented Development and Renewal of No...

Walking to & from a station is not real goal. Origination at home, near destinations is.

Cars are great, but at the light you wait. People are out of shape, eating more than a grape. Transit is late, while congestion makes one irate. Would it be nice if destinations were real close? How realistic is that goal? One chooses the location of their home, and then seem to want to have more businesses locate near them. Sounds selfish and devoid of a realistic reality. How about finding a location with plenty of businesses?  Read more of this post

Zoning, a few aspects

Do you ever wonder why certain building types are here and there, and not in other places? Occasionally we hear of zoning, but what is involved? It’s more than a framework,  for a type of building. Zoning precedes some new building, based upon what is nearby and wanted. Older areas were built first, then zoning was created later. What is zoned? The activity inside? The inside of the walls? Mmm, asbestos.  Zoning has pros and cons. Did zoning kill Detroit? No, that was the unions and the Democratic  policy of anti-business and pro-redistribution. Does zoning  pick the restaurant menu? Did ethnicities choose their settlement areas (ie Chinatown), because of minority zoning? Does wet zoning make for lakes? Read more of this post

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Ignorance of enemy is risky

Not written by me;   by Amil Imani 1-10-2006 But agreed upon.Æ♣

Provoke a much needed debate on the nature of a phenomenon called Islamic Terrorism. Most people in America assume that the phenomenon called Islamic Terrorism started after the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City . Actually, the world was in a deep coma about the nature of Islamic Terrorism before the events of September 11, 2001. In some cases, people still are in denial of Islamic Terrorism. However, this phenomenon did not start on or about September 11, 2001. This event was conceived and put into action 1400 years earlier on the hot sands of Arabia .  Read more of this post

Who did it ?

The guilt is on self to accuse other before truth comes out.
That money came from someplace.