Monday, October 17, 2005

Assigning Blame in Hampton Roads

It doesn't really matter who wins the gubernatorial race, says the Daily Press in an editorial today. The General Assembly doles out the money so if you want a third crossing or other road improvements, pester your legislators.

In a second editorial, the paper also, fairly gently I would say, points the finger at all of us.

"..Virginia has shown, repeatedly, a disinclination to pay the heavy cost for the roads necessitated by what is undeniably discretionary demand - more trips, over longer distances, because of choices about where we live, who drives, where, with whom.

That cost is not just financial. It's cultural, involving the abandonment of our urban centers. And it's environmental, killing habitat and polluting water and air.

Part of the solution has to lie in roads. And part has to lie, as Pogo would say, in us."


At 10:53 AM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

Maybe one reason we abandon the cities is that they have repeatedly shown themselves culturally incapable of governing themselves, either cost effectively or in physical/cultural fact. Marion Barry's inept administration was enough to move me out of the city: and I lived in a good neighborhood.

We even have a colloquial phrase or idiom to describe the phenomonon: "That's life in the big city."

I'm not sure who it is that determines whether my "necessary" trip is actually "discretionary", or what criteria are used.

At 7:28 PM, Blogger Steve Haner said...

Pogo always was one of my favorite political philosphers.


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