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Some stimulus money will spead sprawl

Today’s New York Times has a thoughtful story on the negative consequences bound to arise from the use of stimulus money for projects that will ultimately harm the environment and make us more gasoline dependent. This is exactly what the AIG cousins of the highway lobby foresee for an economically subservient America.

Texas plans to spend $181 million of its federal stimulus money on building a 15-mile, four-lane toll road — from Interstate 10 to Highway 290 and right through the prairie — that will eventually form part of an outer beltway around greater Houston called the Grand Parkway.

The road exemplifies an unintended effect of the stimulus law: an administration that opposes suburban sprawl is giving money to states for projects that are almost certain to exacerbate it.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

3 Responses

  1. Please, there’s nothing “urban” about sprawl, and it’s not even particularly suburban. Calling it “urban” gives cities a bad name. It’s its own bizarre creation, and if you just say “sprawl,” everyone will know what you mean.

  2. patlynch says:

    OK. Uncle. You are correct.

    Noted and fixed.
    Pat

  3. That’s what I call service! Thanks!

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