Posted by Roobs on August 23, 2011
Washington DC was the first US city to use City Beautiful concepts when redesigning its Mall
Washington gets a lot of flack lately for reasons both justified and not. But one complaint many are jumping on is President Obama’s specific jobs plan, or lack thereof. Obama is now scheduled to give a speech near Labor Day on what he plans to do about jobs and reducing the deficit, presumably in response to the increasingly loud crys from Democrats and Republicans for him to do so. The real question is what is he going to propose? We are getting a better picture on what the President is planning: extending the payroll tax credit and extending unemployment benefits. There is also talk of some infrastructure component to the plan as well. The infrastructure component is where I want to focus this post.
President Obama has shown many that he’s more of a lover, not a fighter. Despite coming from Chicago politics, he has not been eager to pick a fight with austerity driven members of the GOP and Tea Party. Instead, he deals and comes back with very watered down plans that don’t do much to help our ailing economy, and in many ways hurts his own political clout and re-election bid. Obama should take a look at some of the principles of the City Beautiful Movement of the early 20th century to help see why a big push to fund infrastructure, like roads, rail, bridges and buildings, can prove extremely beneficial to not only the economy but to people’s perception of where we are as a nation.
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Posted by Roobs on June 1, 2010
In late January of this year, The White House announced that California would recieve $2.35 billion for for rail related projects. Specifically, $2.25 billion for high speed rail construction, wich included $400 million reserved for construction of the San Francisco Transbay Terminal Station, and $1 billion for Amtrak corridor improvements including things like, terminal and rail improvements for Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor line (San Jose – Oakland – Sacramento). Last week, the Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, announced the first allotment of these funds, which included $6.2 million to begin improvements on the Capitol Corridor system.
I am a huge supporter of high speed rail in California, and all over the US for that matter. I have wanted to see a high speed rail in our state since i was a little kid and have been following the development of such a project for almost as long. I am not writing this particular post to go over the specific political and planning aspects of the project. I would rather address those in specific posts of their own. Instead, this is just how i feel about the project overall.
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