Thursday, February 04, 2010

Follow those stories...

Wassup with gas drilling in the city (NS Jan31): Residents question ability to regulate drilling

Detroit press pondering Piston's move to the Burgh (NS Jan 24): Pittsburgh mentioned in Pistons' relocation speculation.

Who will replace Walko? (NS Jan 23):  Adam Ravenstahl nearer to House bid

Skybus, Maglev, Skybus, Maglev (NS Jan 28):  Our transportation goofy needs a capital G


Anonymous RoboticGhost said...

Oh God. The low speed maglev Arena Shuttle. I'm a big transit fan. I ride buses around the city for fun sometimes. I still can't think of a dumber transit idea that doesn't involve gerbil-driven public chariots. At the time I said something to a colleague along the lines of "this is the nexus of American laziness and the government we deserve." The NSC is a curious solution to the problem getting the trolley across the river (which I think is more important than a lot of people realize) and I think a spine line would have been a better expenditure, but it's Einstein stuff next to the Snail Rail.

Thursday, February 04, 2010 5:51:00 PM  
Blogger n'at said...

Bring the Pistons to town, let them play at that Pete in Oakland which will then spur demand for a subway link from downtown where the construction is funded by a municipal tax on Marcellus Shale drilling and operation is subsidized by state funding secured by the Mayor's broseph.

Nice exercise, Briem.

Thursday, February 04, 2010 6:02:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

In the last piece, which correctly points out the stupidity of the NSC, they say that Oakland is the 3rd most congested area in the state. I find that very hard to believe, especially now that Children's Hospital is moved.

Thursday, February 04, 2010 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger Paz said...

What, no reference to the Gondola in our history of tragic transit ideas?

Friday, February 05, 2010 2:05:00 PM  
Blogger BOD said...


Have you been to Oakland lately? It's still packed.

Friday, February 05, 2010 3:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed that Ravenstahl forced his campaign manager, who had intended to run for quite some time, out of the race. Loyalty seems to be an afterthought for Luke (see also his dealings with former ally Tonya Payne). Does anybody know what Adam's qualifications are, if any?

Another regrettable aspect is the fact that Don Walko, a guy with scant courtroom experience and a "not qualified to be judge" rating from the County Bar now sits on the bench. Thank the ACDC for that.

Friday, February 05, 2010 3:45:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Grimace, I'm in Oakland right now and I spent at least part of every work day here. It's still packed, but unless there's a basketball game or a snow storm (when will that happen next), I never have much trouble getting in and out of Oakland.

I'm sure people who have to get on to the Parkway or to downtown might have a problem, but I don't see how this is the 3rd worst traffic situation in the state unless somehow we are now in Iowa.

And, moving Children's has helped the crush on 5th Avenue in the mornings. The people trying to drive up to Children's took two lanes out of 5th.

Friday, February 05, 2010 3:55:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Oakland had ~70K people working in in before. Childrens itself took out maybe 3K... with other growth the impact is probably negligible as the comments imply. It still is one of the denser job areas you will find most anywhere.

and without really getting into it too much.. I've heard from at least semi-objective sources that the last pure poltico to become a judge.. Tom Flaherty.. has actually been pretty good down in family court. I think he might be getting reassigned? How Walko will do??

and no dis'ing of the gondola.. my fav transit idea around. By local standards it must not be crazy enough to knock... maybe it will still get built. ha.

Friday, February 05, 2010 4:07:00 PM  

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