Category Archives: Transportation

The Green New Deal Is Not the Radical Position, It Is the Compromise Position

With several Democratic presidential candidates, along with numerous other Democratic politicians, calling for a Green New Deal, it goes without saying that the Green New Deal has been called radical. But the Green New Deal isn’t radical, it’s the compromise … Continue reading

Posted in Global Warming, Housing, Transportation | 2 Comments

Why I’m Not Optimistic About Global Warming

Ultimately, if we want to seriously combat global warming–not just slow it slightly, but seriously get at the problem–then we need to alter how we live in very fundamental ways, as this piece about Boulder, Colorado illustrates (boldface mine): Low-density … Continue reading

Posted in Global Warming, Transportation, Urban Planning | 2 Comments

We Want a “Redundant” Bus System

While we don’t want empty ghost buses driving around D.C., it’s worth remembering that efficiency should not be the ultimate goal of mass transit: Let’s look at two equally ridiculous scenarios. First, we have a bus route that’s used by … Continue reading

Posted in DC, Transportation

D.C. Council Chairman Wants Metro Board Members to Eat Their Own Dog Food

It’s pretty obvious if politicians and other officials used mass transit regularly, mass transit would be better: Not only are the D.C. Metro board members keeping quiet, but it would appear, based on their biographies, that most of them aren’t … Continue reading

Posted in DC, Transportation

OpenStreetsDC and Safer Streets, the Dupont Circle Edition

Last weekend, D.C. shut down three miles of Georgia Avenue (over by Petworth) to turn it into a pedestrian-only street (bikes and scooters were allowed too). It was a great success (local businesses seemed to do well too), and Georgia … Continue reading

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AI, Go, and Self-Driving Cars

I came across this thread which lays out pretty clearly (with .gifs!) an argument against self-driving cars. Put simply: will that car pull out? does the driver see me? is that pedestrian going to cross? is it a child or … Continue reading

Posted in Computers, Transportation | 7 Comments

Two Prosaic Reasons for Small(er) Protests in the U.S.: Transit and Geography

With the inspiring protests in Hong Kong, there has been the occasional remark along the lines of ‘why aren’t there larger protests’, especially in D.C. While there are lots of reasons, there are two rather boring, yet important, ones, as … Continue reading

Posted in DC, Resistance Rebellion And Death, Transportation