Performance Diet Coke-ing
Matt Yglesias attended one of Dr. Shoup’s talks last week, and points out how absurd it is to insist on creating shortages by underpricing a scarce good. If we insisted on cheap Diet Coke and dealt with shortages by requiring new buildings to supply large amounts of Diet Coke, we’d all think it absurd, so why not with parking?
Waiter Rant talks with a DPW employee in his New York area suburb, who has legions of stories about people who park, don’t pay the mere quarter per hour in that town, then whine and even go to court if they get a lousy $20 ticket. They and AAA probably write letters to the local paper about that town’s “war on drivers” too.
Cars and graves only
An area resident rode his bike to Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day. But security guards, guiding hundreds of cars, motorcycles and SUVs onto the grounds of the cemetery, told him bicycles were not allowed. (Post)
Ode to concrete
Roger Lewis tells preservationists not to lose heart from losing Third Church; there are plenty of other “hard to love” concrete egg crate buildings to save. But “with a creative facade makeover, even the brutal can be made beautiful.” It’s more sustainable to make an awful building more functional and more attractive. Will DC’s HPRB allow such changes?
Sprawl harms our health; Post says “don’t stop”
The American Adademy of Pediatrics claims that the sprawl form of development is a big driver of childhood obesity and lifelong health problems. (PilotOnline.com) … Meanwhile, responding to serious concerns about Virginia’s proposed conversion of HOV lanes into HOT lanes on I-95 and I=395, the Post’s Dr. Gridlock argues that the only problem with highways is that we don’t build more of them, all the time.
Will Americans break the addiction?
Economists predict 2009 to have the lowest rate of new-car sales since 1970. Will Americans’ addiction to new cars roar back when the economy recovers, or will the growing number of people turning to car sharing, or just keeping their used cars longer, turn into a permanent shift in American culture? Now that the government owns most of GM, the Treasury Department is even more interested in the answer. (New York Times, Stephen Miller) (Tip: Stephen Miller)