Archive for July, 2007
I got excited when I saw the headline of Steve Eldridge’s Examiner piece today (“All Aboard for a D.C. Trolley”), but then I started reading. It goes like this: trolley advocates say trolleys are good, but if you look at the ones in New Orleans, they’re slow, hot, and only used by tourists. We already [...]
Richard Layman has a great post today on the benefits of urban freeway removal, in which he also speculates about options for the NE Washington rail corridor. Do give it a read. I have argued in the past for the removal of the Whitehurst Freeway in Georgetown, and if you ask me now what I [...]
So, yesterday was Lisa’s birthday. Don’t ask her how old she is, because all she’ll say is that she’s not nearly as old as her old husband. Despite her gloating, and despite the fact that she chose to spend her birthday weekend in Minneapolis instead of with me I decided to bake the young lady [...]
I know that the New York politics is weird, but I have to tell you, I am highly confused by Albany’s opposition to Bloomberg’s congestion charge (or as DC Councilmember Harry Thomas would have it: conjestion). As a revenue giveaway, the scale of the shortsightedness is epic; not only is the state leaving $500 million [...]
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Attn: Nabob. Nobody likes Mitt Romney. Not even dogs. Probably not even your dog. Think about it.
I’m beginning to understand why Ezra hates economists. Remember that Tyler Cowen post on the future of Tysons Corner? Well, it’s sparked some additional discussion among econo types, much of which has caused my head to explode. Have a look at this, for instance: Some pretty reasonable remarks by Tyler about the future of Tyson’s [...]
Wow. For most of primary season, Hillary-to-get-the-nomination contracts at Intrade have traded anywhere from 15 to 20 points higher than those for Barack Obama, and even the best news for the Illinois Senator failed to move the numbers much, leaving me feeling pretty sure that whatever the polls said, Senator Clinton would be representing the [...]
If you want to know why I’m writing a book on cities (coming along nicely–on the third chapter already), have a look at this. Even trained economists check their senses, and their economic toolbox, at the door when they start talking about how cities work.