“The perfect is the enemy of the good” is the enemy of discourse.

I’ve just seen a leader of the getalong gang use that phrase twice in short succession. Cut that shit out.

1. Highland rail is NOT GOOD. It will, we believe, spend all remaining available local capital funds on a service which will increase rather than decrease operating costs. It’s the equivalent of using your last savings to buy into a new business which costs you money instead of making you money.

2. Guadalupe rail is NOT PERFECT. The perfect rail system is like these dumb subway maps floating around, or Patrick Goetz’ ideal of elevated rail through the whole city. Most cities build a Guadalamar surface line precisely because it’s good, not perfect; but good is affordable.

But primarily, can we all agree now that almost everybody who uses the phrase “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” is trying to snooker you into thinking that something bad is actually good? “We have to start somewhere” is meaningless if the thing you start on turns out to end everything because you ran out of money on a low ridership speculative development line.

That’s your quickie for today.

4 Replies to ““The perfect is the enemy of the good” is the enemy of discourse.”

  1. For me, the main goal of the effort to vote down the bond proposal in November is still to prevent this city from irrevocably ruining its mass transit situation. But at this point (as I alluded to on Twitter), I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t enjoy seeing the duplicitous assholes responsible for this fiasco, and all of their sockpuppets, go down in a flaming heap of humiliation.

    1. Ditto. There has to be a special place in hell (if there is a hell) for the lying thieves who revel in deceiving large numbers of people. The low-income communities in Austin can’t afford this boondoggle. Stop the Prop!

  2. Perfect would be rail at grade with all the advantages of subway or elevated rail but connected to all the activity, people, and businesses at street level. Make the cars go below grade and eliminate stop lights and signs for transit.

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