Category Archives: Automobiles

A Modest Proposal: We Should Shut Down The Entire Capital Beltway

This was a recent news item (boldface mine): If you felt like traffic around the D.C. area was particularly awful Wednesday, it really was: The effects of a fatal crash on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge rippled throughout the Capital Beltway. … Continue reading

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They Don’t Make Them Like This Anymore

Observed at the corner of 19th and R Streets, NW, Dupont Circle, D.C.:

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Will Self-Driving Cars Have Less Than 1,000 Accidents Per Year?

This week, the self-driving car contingent has rallied, this time behind the argument that driverless cars will be safer than what we currently have. The event that kicked this off was a self-driving car that killed a pedestrian in Arizona. … Continue reading

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Driverless Cars And Chauffers

A while ago, I snarkily argued that the problem driveless cars are trying to solve is “misanthropic rich people who don’t view themselves as the kind of people who have chauffeurs–or are too cheap to pay for them.” All kidding … Continue reading

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What MLK Thought About Consumer Culture

During the Super Bowl, Dodge did a very bad thing by using a Martin Luther King speech to sell pickup trucks. It’s the epitome of the safe, harmless reinvention of King, though the people who proclaim they’re not racist, but … Continue reading

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The Parking Tax

This piece on the costs of parking a car is mind boggling (boldface mine): Owning a car is not cheap — and in addition to insurance, gas and parking fees, there is a hidden cost: time spent driving around while … Continue reading

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Green Car

I’m not sure what’s really going on with this car on Independence Ave. SE between 9th and 19th, Capitol Hill, D.C. Easter? St. Patrick’s Day?

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