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Stimulus and Outrage Around the Network

12:24 PM PST on January 28, 2009

Much of the talk on the Streetsblog Network has been about the stimulus package that goes before the House of Representatives today, as members mobilize their readers in support of Rep. Jerry Nadler's amendment adding money for transit.

hiawatha.jpgMore of this, please.

One interesting stimulus-related note is on Gristmill,
where David Roberts cites poll numbers that show support for
infrastructure spending is nearly universal, among conservatives and
liberals alike. Roberts wonders why, then, so much ground has been
given up to tax cuts in the recovery package:

Thisdemonstrates yet another reason why Obama's attempt to appeaseconservatives by bumping transit infrastructure investments to makeroom for tax cuts is pointless. The people want infrastructure, theywant stimulus, and those two happen to be the same thing, so who givesa f*ck what Republicans want?

There's more outrage out there as well, not all of it stimulus-related. Tucson Bike Lawyer
writes about a shocking case of flagrant red-light running that
resulted in a fatal crash — and was "not considered reckless behavior"
by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. And Switchback derides the "sterile and uninviting" design that's shaping up on the Boston waterfront.

Plus: The Transport Politic on a 42nd Street streetcar, and MinnPost.com on the need for greener land-use policies.

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