Comment 121171

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted April 09, 2017 at 11:34:43 in reply to Comment 121157

"Economic development benefits." Any benefits you foresee are pure speculation. You can't use that as an argument for LRT.

Transportation infrastructure is economic development infrastructure. This has been true for the past 10,000 years, since the first market opened at the first crossroads in the first permanent human settlement.

Without transportation infrastructure, there is no mobility, no access, no interaction, no exchange, no trade, no economy. It's that simple. This is a fundamental fact of economic development, resting on a huge body of research spanning the globe and all of recorded history. Denying it is like denying the fact that human activity is causing global warming.

And it is totally hypocritical and contradictory for you to deny that LRT is proven to produce economic benefits while also wagging your finger at the hated developers who are already investing in new economic activies because of LRT.

The kind of economic development we get from transportation infrastructure depends on what kind of infrastructure we decide to invest in. If the obstructionists and concern trolls and right-wing politicos manage to succeed in pushing this LRT plan off the table, you had better believe that a proposal to widen the Linc/Red Hill to six lanes will be back on the table before the LRT plan hits the floor, followed 30 seconds later by a revived Mid-Peninsula Highway.

All that farmland you pretend to care about? Good luck with that. We'll see whether your crocodile tears for the Red Hill Valley survive your hypocrisy in opposing the city's one best bet to save it from further sprawl, cars, concrete and litter.

Your concern trolling is clumsy and ham-fisted and no one believes it any more. Find something better to do with your time.

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2017-04-09 11:41:02

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