This excellent animation from TrueMajority shows in
graphic detail (using Oreo cookies) how ridiculously, large
the military budget is, and how we could solve many domestic
problems with a modest 12% cut. A must-see. (watch
A recent letter-writer
criticized the light-rail proposal due to Austin's low density of
development. Light rail has been very successful in Dallas, which
has similar density to Austin. Light-rail stations would provide
an economic incentive for denser in-fill development in the areas
around the stations.
Another recent letter
criticized the Portland, Ore., model of planned development.
Whether we like it or not, Austin will continue to grow, and this
growth will bring about changes. We can decide now to plan for a
liveable city in the future. (This is the choice that Portland
made years ago.)
If we choose not to plan for
the future, we'll end up sprawled out like Houston is today.
Returning to the Austin of the past is not an option.
Which model will you choose for
Austin's future: Portland or Houston?
The June 8 letters to the
editor "Fighting sprawl" and "Light-rail rationale" sang the same
old song: Forget about light rail; just build us more roads and
all our problems will disappear.
It really should be obvious by
now that paving our way out of gridlock is a fool's game that
never ends and can't be won. I have visited cities that are way
ahead of us in this vain attempt, and the result is
I have also experienced light
rail for myself, and I can testify that it works. In Portland
during rush hour, the park-and-ride lots are full of cars and the
trains are full of people. Portland still has traffic problems,
but at least commuters have a choice to avoid the pain. We should
create that choice in Austin.
I've tried without success to get local groups to add their events to this calendar (Bike Texas, the Yellow Bike Project, City's Bicycle Program, Bike Austin, etc.)
If you'd like to help edit the calendar, or at least add your group's events to it, then please let me know!
Another site by Michael Bluejay...
Cheapest Airfares. I actually hope you won't fly, because of the pollution it causes. But making this site was my way to get your attention for that message. If you're going to fly anyway, see my top 10 tips for finding cheap airfare, a comparison of the different search engines, and which site to use in which situations.