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samsonh last won the day on November 14 2013

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  1. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I will address the costs of the debt: first off the maximum debt service is $226 million a year, and that starts in 2040. That is when amortization starts, until then the amount is less and it is interest only. In present day dollars that is $146 million a year assuming 2% inflation. I think we all believe ridership in 2040 will be more than triple what it is today compared to our sad system today. Also, these are revenue bonds, not GOs. Very important difference for those concerned about the city being caught up in debt. The video has a woman that is concerned about citizens' asthma from the environment. More cars would definitely not help your asthma! The argument against the TOD zones is that we do not have the density and NIMBYism. We will have the density if the pace of development continues. I am sure that the plan now will evolve over time and the transit rep explains exactly this. You are misrepresenting this video a great deal. This plan will cost the average citizen not much at all and will benefit those of lower income the most. I am certain EPA studies will be done over time, but much of this development is happening on existing roads. Not much in terms of studies need to be done there. The arguments against this plan fall apart quickly when you look at actual numbers and arguments.
  2. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Don't take the individual's right to spending 12 hours a week in traffic!
  3. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I think the misinformation campaign is working. The more people I talk to the more falsehoods I hear and the less likely I think it will pass.
  4. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Yes, but it is world's better than the comments on a Tennessean article on facebook.
  5. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Finally small government wins! Now if only we can cut those deficits the liberals keep running in DC!!
  6. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I was told self driving cars are going to be here in 12 months! and what about double decker interstates and flying taxis. Indeed, Austin is awesome. But be prepared to take a long time to go anywhere.
  7. Urban Crime Conversation

    Potentially the war on drugs is a huge problem and the recent rise in murder coincides with a sharp uptick in heroin usage. Drug users will steal for their drug. Maybe putting money towards treatment instead of stopping and frisking everyone will have better results?
  8. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Which would make me a bit scared. Rising interest rates could curtail some of that bullishness.
  9. Urban Crime Conversation

    London has a murder rate one third of New York’s. Guys, please diversify your news sources and start going to actually sources. Conservatives: London is not more dangerous than nyc. Not complicated.
  10. Urban Crime Conversation

    Interesting. So you propose that we should be more aggressive pursuing knives and guns in this country? Also interesting that other countries are unwilling to tolerate violence a fraction of the level we have here. Also, what policies have been put in place in the past few years that have led to the increase in murders in Nashville? You mentioned you had theories.
  11. Forgot about gallatin, Johnsonville no longer uses coal. Edit: most of the TVA plants are aging and losing economic efficiency. You will continue to see them phased out, particularly because natural gas is so cheap.
  12. Gotcha, lots of coal is transported via barge. But coal is quickly becoming economically obsolete due to natural gas. Google coal plan retirements if you find it intriguing like I do, it’s pretty interesting how quickly it’s all happening.
  13. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    If NoTax has to make up facts and fudge numbers for their side to win, they might be on the wrong side. The fact is we are not going to have flying taxis in the next 5-10 years, and we need to invest in the future of our city.
  14. Urban Crime Conversation

    Nb, i am am on my phone for the evening but I did read all your articles. I think if you research the drop in crime in the 90s NYC you will find a bunch of reasons for it. I don’t think stopping people for jaywalking was the main cause. I do struggle to understand the small government guys arguing for more intrusive policing. I also struggle to understand the dismissing of study after study that shows correlations between gun ownership and suicides and homicides. I think we will always disagree about these things. But I greatly appreciate you posting articles and debate as opposed to others(not in this thread) who have resorted to purely personal attacks.