Monthly Archives: November 2010

Thinking about transportation

I was listening to an audio presentation of this program and found that I could actually embed a video from Hulu.com on my blog. I found the idea of streets with no traffic signals quite intriguing…especially since I know they cost a fortune to replace. But is this really feasible? I know it seems crazy on the surface, but it’s worth thinking about.

It sounds like it’s actually being done in some places, and I thought this video shows that in India, they are actually living it out. So, are their drivers just better than we are?

Be a part of the solution

As the dust begins to settle following last week’s election fallout, some of our leaders are beginning to figure out what it meant. Many members of Congress, particularly the new ones, understand that there is a strong national mood for putting away the national credit card and cut spending. And although there are still many who believe this is not the case, there are not enough of them to take us all on the next round of the shopping frenzy.

All of this will have a powerful trickledown effect. Our local politicians will be getting less pork from Washington, and they will squeal more and more about unfunded mandates, and they will be looking for more ways to tax you directly for government services. In other words, we will no longer get away with believing that someone else, somewhere, will be paying for our services with someone else’s money.

This is why we need local leaders who will make the tough decision to tighten the city’s belt. The days of getting extra money from Washington or the State of Florida are numbered. State and Federal subsidies have helped city hall disguise its careless growth of government services in the past, but not much longer. We, as Gainesville residents, will soon have to come to terms with what we can really afford to do here.

When I see our city busses trundling around town empty, or with only 2 passengers, I want to find a creative solution to this problem. We have these large, air-conditioned, diesel-belching vehicles doing the work of a single taxicab, and I wonder how we can replace some of these wasteful behemoths with 15-passenger vans. Our bus system burns over 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel per day. I am sure we can do better than this. But we won’t as long as we believe there is someone, somewhere else, that can be taxed to pay for it. Before long, it will be YOU who will shoulder the burden of all of it.

Come watch election returns at Gator City

Here I am with Rob Zeller at the Black Tie and Blue Jean Dinner.

 This election night I will be at Gator City, located at 1728 W. University Ave. I will arrive sometime after 7pm, when the polls close, to see how my friends did. My own race is not until March, but I am a local elections junkie, and I love to watch how these turn out. Gator City is owned by Rob Zeller, who was a supporter of mine during this past Mayor’s race. Rob has decided to run for the District 3 seat on the City Commission. Come on by and say hello! Keep in mind that I am NOT buying everyone a beer…