Thursday, November 11, 2004

This red state has me green with envy

Denver voters--thanks to a huge influx of new residents--have approved a sales tax hike to fund a new train system. Planners believe that as many as 900,000 more people will move to the region over the next 20 years, and officials hope the transit system will spur high-density development inside the city and old-fashioned streetcar suburbs outside it. (Much like the Mainline of Philadelphia.) It's a great idea, and it's in stark contrast to the ailing public transportation systems we have in Pennsylvania.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can imagine 900,000 residents in Allegheny County moving the other way, perhaps to Denver.

6:00 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

It's funny because it's true. I envision a lot of Steelers bars opening in the Denver area over the next few years.

6:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you talking about? With the Allegheny Conference on Community Development at the helm, we'll get a few more stadiums, maybe some downtown demolitions and perhaps some targeted (and virulently racist) condemnations of whole African-American neighborhoods, and we'll be back in business! Prosperity is just around the corner!

7:10 PM

Blogger girl said...

I think it's a great idea. I just wrote a whole paper on light rail and it's working really well in places like Portland. I just hope that they have intelligent people managing the whole process and getting everything done efficiently.

8:05 PM

Blogger Mark Rauterkus said...

I would love to see the paper just written on light rail. Can you email it to, please?

But my first comment is to go HEAVY Rail. We have the tracks. The tracks go to Oakland! We should look into heavy rail -- perhaps more pressing than light rail.

12:45 AM


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