Sunday, March 29, 2009

It's time to think less selfishly

Hey Yonah Freemark! Go fuck yourself.

I've always thought that it might be better, for pedestrians, those who can't use stairs, and cyclists, if the stairs in stations were replaced with a ramp. No hauling a bike up and down the stairs, no problems walking up and down the stairs when the escalator is out, and an easier descend and ascend from the platform. This is flawed, and I'm working on tailoring this idea.

But honestly, fuck this bullshit that because the elevator goes out and A Lot of People Are Walking so we should ignore the people who are handicapped. What if everything were designed for the handicapped? What if we just did it in the initial design? Wouldn't, in many cases, everything be better accommodated for everyone?

We can't design everything based on money. This is not a world where cheap and shoddy workmanship can reign supreme. I want to save the deficits too, but looking at people with more needs and saying, Fuck You is selfish and flawed.

And doing that in transit is ignoring that many handicapped people rely on transit to get around. When you can have the monetary and physical freedom it's rude to ignore the needs of others.

We are so over, Freemark.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Good job, Maryland!

You’re getting $53 million for green projects and that includes public transit! From Baltimore Business Journal:

The money that Maryland will receive is on top of the $113 million the state was told it would receive earlier this month.

Baltimore County will get $7.4 million, while Baltimore City will get $6.4 million. Another $9.5 million will go to the state’s energy department.

The funding will support energy efficiency programs, transportation programs that conserve energy and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Recipients had to “report the number of jobs created or retained and how they plan to save energy” to get the money. I hope the Old Line State did both. Maryland is joined by the following states receiving money and putting at least some of it into transit: Oregon, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Ohio. At press time more states were popping up with their plans, so surely there are more states.

Replacing bulbs in traffic lights with LEDs seem to be a popular program too. Vermont has an incentive program for carpooling/taking the bus.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Football player kills man as a DUI, but it's no big deal

Lovely. A football player for the Cleveland Browns drove, drunk, and hit a pedestrian who was on his way to his bus stop. The full article, from WUSA9:

MIAMI (AP) -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth was driving drunk when he struck and killed a pedestrian, according to published and broadcast reports Thursday. WSVN-TV reported Thursday that unnamed sources with knowledge of the investigation said Stallworth's blood-alcohol level was between .08 and .16. The legal limit is .08. The Miami Herald also cited an unnamed source as saying that Stallworth's blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit.

The Miami Beach Police Department refused to confirm the reports. Ed Griffith, spokesman for Miami-Dade County prosecutor Katherine Fernandez Rundle, would say only that the investigation is focusing on whether alcohol was a factor in the death of 59-year-old Mario Reyes.

Reyes was struck and killed by a Bentley driven by Stallworth about 7 a.m. Saturday morning. Reyes, a crane operator, had just gotten off work and was trying to catch a bus when he was hit.

No charges have been filed against Stallworth, 28. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, nor his attorney, Robert Switke, returned calls from The Associated Press seeking comment. Stallworth issued a statement Wednesday saying he was "grief stricken" over Reyes' death.

If Stallworth was drunk, he could be charged with DUI manslaughter which carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence.

Stallworth signed a seven-year, $35 million contract with the Browns as a free agent before last season but was injured much of the year. He previously played for New England, Philadelphia and New Orleans in the NFL and played college football at Tennessee.

Seeing as the victim was 1) a pedestrian 2) possibly not white 3) working class 4) approaching his bus stop and the driver 1) inflicted homicide but 2) is a football star (plus 3) "everybody makes mistakes") I'm sure his career will remain strong, even though the crane operator's will not. Even replacing alcohol with speed I'm sure "manslaughter" wouldn't factor into the outcome.

Here's the thing. It's not on the evening news. It's not in the two daily papers I read, it's not in my twitter or RSS feeds. It's not in Google News, and since it's not a dog fighting scheme, I won't be surprised when it remains that way.

Gumble grumble grumble.