Since this has come up again recently, I thought I'd put together a better background piece than this old one. I've co-opted an image from one of the proposals for the new central library for this and added some lines. The thick green line is the major transit corridor of Congress Avenue. The thinner cyan lines are substantial transit corridors on Guadalupe/Lavaca and 5th/6th that carry at least a handful of bus routes (basically, the 5th/6th corridor carries the Dillo, the #21/#22 that circulates all over central and east Austin, the #4, and a flyer; the Guadalupe/Lavaca corridor carries all the 183 express buses and a couple of flyers, and Colorado carries a few mainline routes). This image does the best job so far of showing the problem with the new library's location - the secondary transit corridors are now several blocks away, and the one that carries 90% of the bus routes in the city is arguably too far away to walk, at least for those not in good physical condition (it'd be a bit far for me at this point).
No, there aren't many buses on Cesar Chavez, especially not over by the new library location - it's pretty much just the #3, which runs through north central and south Austin.
And, no, for the fifteenth time, there aren't going to be a lot of shifts in transit routes to come over to the new library. See the body of water to the south? See the lack of bridges farther west than the Guadalupe/Lavaca couplet? Get it?
So what about streetcar, if it ever happens? Problem is that the streetcar line is equivalent to one bus route - the light blue lines on this map are corridors which carry several bus routes that go several different places. If you happen to be among the small part of residential Austin initially served by the streetcar proposal, great, but otherwise you're looking at a two-leg transit ride to get to the library at best. The yellow line shows the streetcar proposal, if it ever happens, and if it ever makes it across Shoal Creek, the latter question being far more doubtful than the former.
Penn State isn't Ohio State. Or Michigan, for that matter.
Colors in honor of current #1 and #2. Take that, Aggees!
|2007||Alamo||Penn State 24, Texas A&M 17|
|2006||Outback||Penn State 20, Tennessee 10|
|2005||Orange||Penn State 26, Florida State 23 (3 OT)|
|2002||Capital One||Auburn 13, Penn State 9|
|1999||Alamo||Penn State 24, Texas A&M 0|
|1998||Outback||Penn State 26, Kentucky 14|
|1997||Citrus||Florida 21, Penn State 6(*)|
|1996||Fiesta||Penn State 38, Texas 15|
|1995||Outback||Penn State 43, Auburn 14|
|1994||Rose||Penn State 38, Oregon 20|
|1993||Citrus||Penn State 31, Tennessee 13|
|1992||Blockbuster||Stanford 24, Penn State 3|
|1991||Fiesta||Penn State 42, Tennessee 17|
|1990||Blockbuster||Florida State 24, Penn State 17|
|1989||Holiday||Penn State 50, BYU 39|
Bowl record over last 20 years versus SEC: 5-2
Bowl record over last 20 years versus Big XII: 3-0
(* - starting running back and wide receiver suspended for idiotic reasons).
I urge you to vote against Prop II for all the reasons elucidated in many other forums. But I find it interesting that some people who believed so strongly in the RG4N case have come down on (what I think is) the right side this time. Let's play a little game. See if you can identify which group is which; one being RG4N and the other being "Stop Domain Subsidies". Prize? Acclamation!
|Group A||Group B|
|Co-opting supposed grass roots to fight against decision of city council they didn't like||Co-opting supposed grass roots to fight against decision of city council they didn't like|
|Angry that city hired outside legal counsel to advise and defend previous city actions / ordinances||Angry that city hired outside legal counsel to advise and defend previous city actions / ordinances|
|Defending traditional strip retail against a marginally better project||Defending traditional strip retail against a marginally better project|
|Painting themselves as the 'citizens' in a 'citizens versus corporations' battle||Painting themselves as the 'citizens' in a 'citizens versus corporations' battle|
|Asserting that city staff is somehow bought off or otherwise subrogated because they published professional opinion which hurt Group A's case||Asserting that city staff is somehow bought off or otherwise subrogated because they published professional opinion which hurt Group B's case|
|Blithely asserting that the city staff and outside lawyers are wrong, while the citizen group with no actual experience in land use or law must be right||Blithely asserting that the city staff and outside lawyers are wrong, while the citizen group with no actual experience in land use or law must be right|
|Pushing for change that, if they won, would get city sued, and beaten||Pushing for change that, if they won, would get city sued, and beaten|
|Claiming to be progressive, yet primary obvious goal is to prevent change||Claiming to be progressive, yet primary obvious goal is to prevent change|
I'm sure there's more, but with this many key differences, I'm sure somebody can pick out which group is Responsible Growth for Northcross and which one is Stop Domain Subsidies. Good luck!
By the way, kudos to the Chronicle for posting their endorsement background. It's actually good stuff - I wish we had more dialogues of that quality.
Thanks, Wells. And it was nice to meet you and Richard and the Austinist crew in person. Also congrats to Jason Abels, who I wish I'd have talked to more later, but never had a chance.
And as always, thanks to Baba for hosting this thing, which started after the ISP (I was actually paying!) turned out to not be backing up their mysql database.
Or, "M1EK is a downtown-hating car-loving sprawlmonger. Wait, what?"
Because I pointed out that most people won't walk 7 blocks each way from a transit stop to get to their office, among other things, a commenter at the Statesman thinks I'm one of those folks who:
drive[s] around the parking lot at HEB for hours trying to find a good close-in spot. Maybe take a handicap spot if it’s REAL HOT…
Your about to tell me that no one is going to move into those condos and they built too many. Maybe you should do a little looking into that statement before you bore us with it. Every condo built so far has been sold an there’s a waiting list big enough to fill 85% of the ones not done yet. I know because I looked into it, because obviously. I don’t mind walking around downtown.
Go there for the full experience. Anybody who knows me will have diet coke coke shooting out their nose. (Although, for one thing, I can go straight to the handicapped space at HEB, thanks, for the same reason I don't ride my bike anymore).
Good lord. This is almost, but not quite, as funny as the Tahoe-haver label I got from another cyclist back in the day. Yee-haw!
In all this talk about the bailout, how many times have you heard anybody serious in political circles say that we ought to be paying the bill for this with a tax hike on high incomes? Zero? Less than zero? Wouldn't a conversation about making sure those who benefitted the most from the runup and will benefit most from the bailout pay most of the bill happen in any adult country?
The guys who made all the money, then crashed the financial system, and will be getting bailed out are, actually, apparently set to get a tax break with the AMT and capital gains tax changes being proposed. That's just seriously regressive no matter how you slice it - we're apparently either going to pay for this via inflation or via general tax hikes on everybody.
My former cow-orker and I still trade predictions every week or two on whether we'll be seeing deflation or inflation as a result of all this, but now the rest of you get to share in my brilliance. I'm probably the last crackplogger in America to talk about the financial collapse. Yay!