Thursday, August 7, 2008

BRT Will Kill Your Children and Drink Their Blood

Ok. I'm not a huge fan of BRT as you know, but this is ridiculous. Some people are just over the top. Yes I know it's the Berkeley Daily Wacko, but the fact that there are people out there like this shouldn't come as a shock.
BRT is bigger than you think. Its pattern follows the national trend that General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe in World War II, famously named the military/industrial complex. Eisenhower (a Republican dedicated to preserving the Constitution) said government and private industries are determined to feed the war machine at the expense of all else and would ruin this country and the world if not checked by an alert citizenry.
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“Policy-makers” care nothing for the residents and businesses along Telegraph Avenue. Not only does BRT mean turning Telegraph into an un-bike-able traffic nightmare; it also means large scale re-development under the rubric of turning Telegraph into a ‘transit corridor’: goodies for developers, fees for the city, and “closed” signs for existing businesses, many of which are likely to be replaced by corporate chains that duct money out and away from the local economy.
Because there's nothing like improving transit and slowing down cars for killing a streetscape!

4 comments:

Brian Goldner said...

"Because there's nothing like improving transit and slowing down cars for killing a streetscape!"

maybe i'm just jaded...but i think it's a sad state of affairs on the "left coast" when the "protesters" of the flagship city are too busy sitting in trees to do something more substantioal for the environment, like reduce VMT...

while I'm at it, F U to berkely city hall to allow a slavemaster to have a virtual monopoly on local real estate. it's "liberals" like them that give the rest of us a bad name.

kenf said...

I live in Takoma Park, MD which many here like to think of as Berkely East. And autocentric idiocy is rampant here too.

Loren said...

That's why that place is sometimes called the People's Republic of Berkeley (Berzerkeley?). What would those anti-BRT people prefer? I find it hard to tell.

And what's going on in Takoma Park?

toast2042 said...

The only reason they should fight BRT so hard is if they're fighting to replace it with light rail...