I'm glad that the candidates are talking about transit, and I'm glad Barry, at least, mentions light rail to WPLN. However, not even Barry, who I think has the best understanding of the issue of everyone, is really pushing a vision. This city has deep transit problems which underline our other deep problems (our county-wide sprawl, our horrible interstates and infrastructure), and with the population growing ever higher I don't see a few BRT lines or plans to increase bus ridership doing much to solve them. I'd love to see a candidate actually form a plan and make a stand rather than cautiously call for a conversation-- unfortunately, David Fox in his interview here is the one who comes closest, and his plan is just conservative privatization bullroar.
I think its important to vote, in the abstract, but perhaps not in Tennessee, where anything you want will be ground to dust under the heels of our conservative neighbors.
All the sidewalks in town won't do anything to address this city's severe transit and density problems. (Neither will a bridge, obv.)
This is just a boilerplate statement. I don't think it really implies Bill Haslam is shocked at the letter. Was there a Bill Haslam post quota the Scene didn't hit this week?
"Troll" implies that it isn't an accurate example of the stupid shit the barbarians here believe/say/legislate.
This is not unusual. It would be highly unusual if Republicans didn't intervene in businesses to achieve their political aims.
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