Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Cars and the New Insecurity
- On Dec 21, 2010, at 5:48 AM, mdh6214 wrote:
> This sounds like class politics at its worst. Anybody who isn'tAnd, of course, driving is so subsidized--that is to say, fees and
> driving is supposedly one of two things:
> - Poor, unable to afford a car, and not paying their fair share, or
> - Smug elitists who don't want cars or don't drive their cars
> enough, and thus are not paying their fair share.
> Of course, neither of these two "groups" understands the "reality"
> of "regular Americans" who "have to" drive everywhere.
> We're about to get bus and bike lanes on a major east-west street
> here, which will reduce the driving lanes from six to four.
> Meanwhile, another major east-west street is being narrowed from
> four to two lanes and getting very wide sidewalks. Needless to say,
> there's public outrage over this, because it'll supposedly only
> benefit college students and near-downtown residents, all of whom
> are out of touch with reality.
taxes applied to cars, fuel, and drivers themselves cover so little
of the cost of simply maintaining road infrastructure--that people
who drive less, or not at all, are overpaying in general taxes to
support the motoring hobbyists.
Todd Litman has covered this at length at http://www.vtpi.org , and
then there's this gem:
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- There's a photo circulating on the Internet that demonstrates this sense of entitlement. A student has tacked a flyer to an on-campus reserved parking sign reading "If I'm paying $22,000 per year in tuition, why can't the University provide adequate student parking?"
This shows the attitude many people have: as a customer, student, employee, tenant, or visitor, they are "entitled" to free parking. The sense of "entitlement" only gets worse when someone is spending 1/4 of their income on car payments--"I'm paying $500 per month for this car; I can park wherever I want for free."
IMHO, borrowing money for anything other than your home or education is dumb, but I won't go off-topic here. :-)
> And, of course, driving is so subsidized--that is to say, fees and
> taxes applied to cars, fuel, and drivers themselves cover so little
> of the cost of simply maintaining road infrastructure--that people
> who drive less, or not at all, are overpaying in general taxes to
> support the motoring hobbyists.