I don't even go to strip clubs, but this is just another example of "everyone should live exactly by my beliefs" behavior of the holier-than-thou southern people.
I love how southerners talk about limiting the reach of government, and freedom, and liberty and all that. But wait, there is a catch! Freedom and liberty only for things that they agree with. If they disagree by all means the government should shut that stuff down!
Freedom to be straight, white, Christian, and conservative. Everyone else in the South can just go jump off a cliff. (If there were any cliffs around here, maybe we'll just have to use a man made bridge instead).
I thought this was going to be about "An American Horror Story", but it turned out to be about an American horror story.
"Bike lanes should not be allowed on busy streets - they slow the flow of traffic and keep shoppers out of stores."
Yes, they can sometimes slow the flow of traffic (which is not a bad thing, as it increases safety for pedestrians, bicycles, and autos alike).
No, they do not keep shoppers out of stores.
In fact, Portland, Seattle, and Minneapolis are finding quite the opposite. Bicycles *increase* business. So much so that many businesses are on waiting lists with the cities now for bicycle parking, bike lanes, or bike racks. They want more bikes.
Bicycles move by much slower and bicyclists are much more likely to not only actually see what is in your windows, but stop and browse. Foot traffic increases with bicycle infrastructure. People in cars moving by at 40mph do not look inside stores.
But this statement really makes me laugh:
"We woke up one morning and found bike lanes in our neighborhood like it or not,"
--Councilwoman Wanda Halbert
OH MY GOD THE HORRORS!
(cue screeching horror music)
BIKE LANES, RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!! OH MY GOD - IT'S SOME WHITE PAINT - WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!
Jesus people, overreact much?
Why not try them out for a few years and see how it works out? It's just paint. It can be reconfigured if your predictions are true and they cause the apocalypse...
And as for the people saying a train would be better - I agree that Memphis needs better transit, that is for sure - but do you have any idea how much a train line costs? Do you actually think that for the same price as some white thermoplastic paint we could install a train line? For the entire price of this whole repaving of Madison (not just the bike lane paint - but the entire cost) we could maybe get *one* *block* of light rail...
This city should be adding bioswales at every opportunity, which capture rain run-off and slow it's drain into creeks and rivers, while at the same time helping to filter pollutants. If every new development were required to manage it's own run-off and there were incentives for existing property owners to put in bioswales, and street redevelopment included bioswales - then there is much less water rushing into the drainage during storms. Naturally the land used to absorb and hold water - and then we paved or roofed it so all this water is forced directly into streams and creeks instead of taking it more slowly...
Why were they driving 65 on Sam Cooper?
Wherever it is filmed, it still sucks.
William, thanks for the link about the Alligator Snapping Turtle. This description sounds like a good choice for a sports mascot:
"These rarely-seen animals are actually very slow-moving and inoffensive, and are only likely to bite a human in self defense."
I hope the hockey team as faster and more offensive. :)
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