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  1. While I'll completely agree, I'm just worried where bicycle infrastructure is becoming extremely costly. Especially here in Chicago where cycle tracks costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to build just to go a dozen or so blocks. Or grade separated "bicycle expressways".....our first which will clock in at $45 million per mile. That's like the cost of building a streetcar system. Since I bicycle every day of my life, I try not to take for granted all that the city has given us. I do not own a car, so I do not pay for the roads I ride on, just the services that run beneath them. We're at the point where 'greenways' and standard bike lanes aren't good enough for us......that the rest of the country is just starting to build. When cyclists demand cycle tracks, flyover ramps, robotic parking facilities and grade separated express routes with entrance and exit ramps all at taxpayer expense you can see why some people's call for bicyclists to pay their share isn't unfounded. Especially when some streets in Chicago get nearly 1/5 share of ridership from bicycles. What happens when that reaches 51%? This isn't a silly question in large urban places where investment in bicycle infrastructure could reach well over $1 Billion in public funding. I welcome it, but I'm waiting for the day when I'll be asked to pay. And keep in mind, the federal government pays you to ride your bicycle to work. With lionshare funding coming from the feds, it's only a matter of time before they stop writing $250 annual checks and instead hand that money over to city hall.
  2. The price seems a bit expensive, but I know licensing and registration is just around the corner. People will happily pay it if they can have confidence there will be oversight of the funds and they'll see immediate returns. The cost of bicycle infrastructure has become incredibly costly in Illinois. As an everyday bicycle commuter (even winter) The new cycle tracks have become important to me in Chicago. The city is about to build a 3000' bicycle "express" flyover bridge that is intended to eliminate street level intersections and alleviate bicycle traffic jams and pedestrian conflicts. Since the project was critical to life safety, it got pushed through with flying colors. Now the next project....$100 million. It's only a matter of time before local bicycle projects in big cities hit the billion dollar mark and someone is going to point it out. Maybe fees in every state would feasibly be able to construct bicycle interstates. Here in the midwest, Michigan has a very extensive system. I've also been able to bike on a continuous trail all the way from Chicago to Milwaukee.
  3. If it's a means of upgrading technology to recover stolen bikes, then I agree with it. But $54 seems ridiculous. I think I paid $5 for my registration in Ann Arbor, and it's still valid for the past few years. My friend's bikes have been recovered by the police when they were stolen because they were registered. But even if they were to use the money to build more bike paths, it still doesn't make sense when the gas tax is already paying for this. I think in many cities, registration is mandatory, but never enforced. It's there for the previous reason I mentioned as well as assessing demand for bike lanes, bike parking and storage, or mounting units on buses. Almost all of these amenities are funded through other means....not the registration itself.
  4. Tri-Cities Photo of the Day

    Yep, I did. But they had locked it eventually when the homeless took over the building at night. I was there 2006-2008. Great old photo of Jacobsons btw. It seems like it has been closed forever when you look at the building when it's really only been 6 years.
  5. Tri-Cities Photo of the Day

    Oh, its club $mooth. Haven't seen that place in awhile.
  6. Health Hill/Medical Mile Developments

    I know, I almost kind of want to run around with a hammer and break the windows for them. I'm sure it looked much better when it opened during that time of architecture, but it sure didn't age all that well.
  7. GM to close stamping plant in Wyoming

    Well, I've already gotten myself in trouble on these boards before.
  8. GM to close stamping plant in Wyoming

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  9. Ann Arbor Photo of the Day

    Yeah definitely, the West tower is huge up close to the street.
  10. Ann Arbor Off-Topic

    Again I'll echo my posts and a few others. Zingerman's is a "good sandwich shop." But I always cut the hype because I didn't believe it would blow people away. Although the experience there is probably better than any sandwich shop I've been to. It's in a cool neighborhood, and it's got a great vibe to the place. No other deli can beat that, but it reminds me of this exact place in Glencoe, IL where as good as the sandwiches were, it doesn't justify a high price. I try to avoid eating out a lot to save some money, but I do enjoy No Thai, Blue Nile, Amer's, Madras Masala, Grizzly Peak, Big Ten Burrito (now BTB), Rio Wraps and Palio. These are somewhat unique to Ann Arbor or SE Michigan and of course I also enjoy the major chains such as Noodles & Co, Mongolian BBQ, Potbelly, etc etc. You might also find good food at a few bars such as Ashleys and the Brown Jug. I usually don't expect to find good food at a bar, but these places had a great menu and excellent food. There's a bunch of others I've been to, but only a few visits. As I said, I haven't really been dissapointed, and I can also accept an average experience as maybe an off day for the restaurant. This is my 6th college year in Ann Arbor, so I've seen quite a few come and go. There's several restaurants on main that I miss that no longer exist. That's part of dynamic nature of Ann Arbor I suppose. Always something new every year.
  11. Detroit Photo of the Day

    Yeah the DTE building is quite prominent in that view.
  12. Detroit Photo of the Day

    I think it screws up when there are certain symbols in the image url. Like $ or !.
  13. Ann Arbor Photo of the Day

    Go ahead and post them anywhere! We really don't have an official thread, rather a new thread every time someone gets a bunch of photos together lol. The cranes you saw down the street were for North Quad: The original version of the design was a generic modern pile of crap. They hired RAM Sterm to do it right More on that building here: http://www.plantext.bf.umich.edu/projects/...uad/design.html A construction photo: http://www.umich.edu/~ifmuth/$/aacon10.jpg Next time you visit, walk to the State and South U business districts near the University. They are just (if not more) intensive in business and stuff to do. I think you'd really like them. Right now, I think the city is really trying enliven Washington Ave. It's always been a bit of a quiet street, but the activity from both downtown and State Street is starting to creep towards each other. I think once McKinley puts in some solid ground floor retail at the back of the building, we'll begin to see some more life. I'd also like to see a couple of those ugly modern apartment buildings demolished for something more interesting.
  14. Ann Arbor Photo of the Day

    The top one is nice. I think it's the first one anyone has taken showing an idea of how 4Eleven lofts will look massing-wise among its neighbors, although it appears theres a few more floors to go. It actually looks kind of dead around town. I guess because I'm always there, August-April and never during the summer when thirty something thousand less people are around.