Thursday, December 09, 2004

Somewhere, Robert Moses smiles

The federal government has approved funding to extend the Mon-Fayette Expressway to the Parkway East, thus driving a dagger into the heart of the city. Our so-called leaders have hailed this boondoggle as an engine of job creation, but that kind of thinking is decades out of date. The region's bloated governments and high taxes are as much an impediment to economic development as its aging infrastructure, which had it been properly maintained over the years would be much better suited to support and sustain growth. About the only politicians who seem to oppose the new highway are city leaders like Mayor Murphy, who have as about as much influence in the state these days as Howard Dean at a meeting of the Christian Coalition.

This city is so finished.


Blogger fester said...

Damm it, you stole my sentiment on this project.... oh well, at least it should make the riverfront land in Hazelwood dirt cheap... and the foundations that bought the Hazelwood Works must be freaking fuming right now.

8:07 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

I think a lot of people--myself included--never thought this would become a reality. If we have to rely on environmentalists to stop it, we are in a lot of trouble.

9:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, JP, did you see this:,0,3657959.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines

Apparently not satisfied with pushing a howling nutcase, Dean, as the leader of the Democratic Party, then the turd-of-the-year John "Flubs" Kerry, MoveOn now wants to "take back" the DNC.

My Dems already have shifted too far to the left on foreign policy and national security issues. If MoveOn guides us, then I'm tearing up my voter registration card and founding my own party.

You can check out some other howling nutcases at Slate for their quite sane perspective on MoveOn, too.

9:53 PM


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