I’m withdrawing my support for rail to Mueller

I don’t have long – just a few minutes to fill the hole of a cancelled conference call before a busy day at work and a quick trip for a friend’s wedding. In 2008, I wrote a post entitled “Last Best Chance For Urban Rail Is Here” in which I made the argument that the … Continue reading I’m withdrawing my support for rail to Mueller

Central Austin boxes: 2014 versus 2000

I’ve started this spreadsheet (read-only link; you can save and edit as you like) of mostly strong pro-rail boxes in 2000 (basically central Austin, until I hit the part of town where it started to lose – so a few non-yes precincts are included for geographic completeness). I didn’t go as far south as some … Continue reading Central Austin boxes: 2014 versus 2000

A very accurate summary of where we are

I don’t claim to know Leffingwell’s motivation, but everything else in this short post from Dave Dobbs via twitlonger is accurate: “Austin’s Proposition One is a poison pill for democracy and the new 10-1 council. My view is that when Mayor Leffingwell found himself on the losing end of the 10-1 vote, he decided to … Continue reading A very accurate summary of where we are

My speech from last night

I ripped up one of the copies I had and gave a short excoriation of the lack of meaningful public input, as this KUT story indicates. Here’s the outline of the speech I was going to give (4 people had donated me time; I’m not sure I could have fleshed this out to 15 minutes … Continue reading My speech from last night

Why Not Highland, in comment form from OurRail

Reposting this for the treasurer of OurRail, since it wouldn’t attach correctly to the ABJ article and is, in my opinion, one of the best single pieces describing Why Not Highland that I’ve seen so far. —————————- It has become commonplace in the planning profession to equate congestion with affluence. Recently, that argument has been … Continue reading Why Not Highland, in comment form from OurRail

No sir, I don’t buy it.

No, the Riley fig leaf last night changes nothing – it does not commit to a fair evaluation of the Lamar/Guadalupe ROUTE against whatever is shat out for Highlandmall or Highlandmueller; and it does not force a real answer about the FTA’s opinion about moving Rapid Bus in 2020 or 2022 or whenever (instead of … Continue reading No sir, I don’t buy it.