Archive for November, 2008


Well, lookey what was in the Raleigh paper this morning; the city is putting together a new comprehensive plan: The draft being released Monday calls for Raleigh to funnel 60 percent of its growth over the next two decades — about 72,000 residential units — to downtown, seven urban centers and a number of major […]


The word from North Carolina — two very Republican relatives told me that despite voting for McCain, they were happy with Obama’s victory and supported him, and hoped he was able to do the things that needed to be done to place the economy on a sound footing. I don’t know if the go slow […]


Let me see if I can clear some things out of the queue that has built up in recent weeks. First, Dana Goldstein had a piece up last week on Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the New York City DOT. It’s very good, but I’m going to reiterate one thing I’ve mentioned before about Dana’s approach […]

Happy T-Day

Folks, this tired blogger is going to spend as much of the next few days eating and sleeping as he can. Hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday.


Some people on the internet are apparently trying to use the approaching sacred American holiday as a platform to rail against the deliciousness of turkey. They would rather have us eat other things, namely, “internet food.” Suffice it to say, they’re wrong. A well-cooked bird is a delicious bird. I can’t wait to get home […]

One More on Market Potential

Folks seem to be misunderstanding the idea of market potential, so let me try this one more time. It’s about access to economic activity. Distance is a convenient shorthand when looking at a point in time, but in fact potential will change a great deal with shifts in transportation costs. One of the big stories […]

Meet the New Boss

AP says Joseph Boardmann will be the interim head of Amtrak, while a one-year search takes places for his replacement. I think there’s a pretty good chance that Boardmann’s successor will inherit a very different Amtrak. One can only hope.

Bad to the End

You know, president Bush had absolutely nothing to lose in the lame duck session. Not a thing. His reputation is already tarnished beyond repair. His legacy — economic disaster, thousands of lives lost to questionable ends, torture, domestic surveillance, complete inaction on the dire threat of climate change — is set. His future in politics […]

Market Potential

Robert Farley is skeptical of my market potential argument: I like the high speed rail idea, but I’m not sure I buy the argument that distance is the real problem in the Rust Belt. Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver really aren’t that close to each other by Midwest standards, yet they all seem to be doing […]