Yes, it's all about taxes...this is even in the printed materials used to "sell" the public on wildly increased density. Flooding issues go far beyond "100 year," etc. Development without regard to basic issues like flooding, inadequate/antiquated sewer and electrical grid, and the one problem everyone sees, traffic, will do taxpayers no good in the future.
Redirecting ground water into sewers will invite sinkholes. There is no way to predict where that will start, and no recourse when it does.
At what point does high density become overcrowding? The citizens of Nashville voted unanimously against the Community Character Manual. Metro Council voted it in. Look at us now.
Making transit free will not increase ridership much. In many cases transit is more expensive than car travel...studies to the contrary show the opposite by starting with the most expensive cars to own and operate.
There are NO STUDIES IN EXISTENCE SUPPORTING THE NOTION THAT TRANSIT IN ANY FORM WILL INCENTIVISE FOLKS TO GIVE UP THEIR CARS. To run on this platform shows a severe lack of knowledge on the topic, but certainly one that inspires idealists.
With $36MM in the budget for transportation, you might think that at least the neediest are getting where they need to go in a timely and comfortable fashion, but they are not. Let's not continue to experiment with public funds, especially when the evidence is overwhelmingly against the facts.
Dedicated travel lanes promise to bring auto traffic to a standstill. It makes no sense to help a handful of people and hurt far many more. It also makes no sense to run huge buses up and down low ridership routes. We should be using smaller vehicles to save money and keep air pollution down. Smaller vehicles are more agile and could really diversify the service. There must be other ways to improve service without breaking the bank.
But even thinking of this is only going to help so much when we don't have sidewalks. Without comprehensive improvement for all forms of transportation, we are just spinning our wheels, so to speak.
Congratulations...but it's not over yet. There is a growing sentiment in Nashville that we need real change. If you have the stomach for it, please sign on to Nashvilleneighborhoods' web site.
Look at the Planning Department filled with unelected officials, paid by tax dollars, and their obvious bias toward developing at any cost, with the larger interest of increasing the tax coffers regardless of the consequences. This is the kind of thing that has to stop. We cannot have our govt at odds with its constituents.
Emily Evans is absolutely on point with "institutional memory." Council is a starting point for political careers. Fewer positions for longer terms might ease the "cloister effect," and enlarge the perspective for all Council Members. It may also have the effect of enlarging the voices of residents through sheer numbers.
It is not true that one can roll off after 8 years, sit out 4 years and come back. Once you've served your term limit, you're out. Same is true for At Large members.
The question that has yet to be asked is, "How much does Nashville really want to grow?" The answer to this directs our future. The Mayor's committee is actually the cart before the horse.
We have all heard the saying, "A city that doesn't grow, dies." Nashville has been led by this unproven declaration for many years. Nashville has grown quite a bit since 1963 when we merged county and city services to create a "more efficient government." We implemented Public Transportation to help those who did not have have private transportation. Mass Transportation is an entirely different animal. The need for Mass Transit is predicated on growth to the point where lifestyles are necessarily diminished due to the many unpleasant side effects of over crowding.
We are quickly approaching the juncture where we must decide how much we really want to grow, rather than assume continued growth. Until and unless Nashville consciously chooses the latter, the Mass Transit question is moot. Growth has happened over many years to growing objections which have been ignored.
The citizens of Nashville have an important choice to make before we assume ourselves into "Big City miseries." We need to have this discussion before we cast ourselves into a sea of irretrievable debt, which is the only certain legacy of Mass Transportation.
BRT experiments across the country are proving more problematical as more cities implement them with the aid of federal monies which dry up after construction. Meanwhile, the infrastructure we really need is crumbling beneath our feet and beneath our roads.
In his role as Governor, he is going to have to face death penalty questions, like it or not, regardless of his personal views. That is one of the many paradoxes of holding public office. A good representative recognizes that regardless of his campaign platform, he still represents ALL of the voters. And he still has to look at his own face in the mirror every day, just like the rest of us.
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