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Okay, Okay! Build your tunnel

So I’ve been thinking. What would I be willing to take in exchange for supporting the deep bore tunnel? What would it take for me to capitulate and get on board the deep bore bandwagon? Okay, here it is. It’s … Continue reading

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Out with the viaduct … in with I-605?

Replacing the viaduct with the surface-and-transit option could stall traffic downtown and encourage highway construction elsewhere. The current mayoral race has placed the viaduct-replacement issue squarely back into the public limelight after most of us thought the issue had been … Continue reading

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Turning the ‘urbs’ inside out?

The concept of “urbs” and “suburbs” is one that we’ve lived with in the United States since the end of World War II. It might be time to rethink these categories or get rid of them all together. In an … Continue reading

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Saving bus service actually helps the economy

By now, most of us have heard Metro’s grim warning of a $100 million funding decline next year, and a potential 20 percent cut in service. We’ve also heard that an increase in local taxing authority might be a solution to keep … Continue reading

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More than sustainability

Sustainability means doing the minimum necessary to avoid ecological or societal trauma, whether for one location or ecosystem, or worldwide. In other words, it’s a half-measure. People like half-measures. Public discussions of sustainability tend to reflect giving people everything they already have, but … Continue reading

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