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  • John O. Andersen
    I m hoping through all of this that more people will see the wisdom in having a first-rate rail system as an alternative in the transportation infrastructure.
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 13, 2001
      I'm hoping through all of this that more people will see the wisdom in
      having a first-rate rail system as an alternative in the transportation
      infrastructure.

      John Andersen
      Unconventional Ideas at http://www.unconventionalideas.com


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: duane cuthbertson <dcuthber@...>
      To: <carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2001 8:50 AM
      Subject: Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Horror


      > It's hard to think clearly about much else than the WTC et al. but I can't
      > help but notice...
      >
      > ...that Amtrak's business has picked up tremendously in reaction to the
      > Airline industry lapse. I wonder in what way consumer confidence will
      react
      > as the air industry gets going again. Will people start to consider the
      > train as a safer way to travel and then demand that they be more
      efficient?
      > Will Congress now bolster our rail infrastructure even just as a
      contingency
      > plan? I would think that Amtrak will have no problem finding the funding
      for
      > their planned upgrades now.
      > Even our one trip a day train from OKC to Dallas was busier. And that is a
      4
      > 1/2 hour trip compared to a 2 1/2 hour drive.
      >
      > Duane
      >
      >
      > >From: "Matt Hohmeister" <mdh6214@...>
      > >Reply-To: carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com
      > >To: carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com
      > >Subject: [carfree_cities] Re: Horror
      > >Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 12:41:04 -0000
      > >
      > >Before I say anything, I would like to express my deepest condolences
      > >to everyone who was affected by the tragedy. My parents are in New
      > >Jersey as I speak, and I have numerous family and friends in both
      > >attacked cities. Fortunately, all of them are accounted for. I was
      > >working in my state office when I first heard about events unfolding
      > >(as friends were frantically firing instant messages to me), and since
      > >all the news web sites were bogged down, I was restricted to a
      > >radio--which still didn't do justice, especially since I was only able
      > >to pick up one AM news station--6th floor and surrounded by
      > >fluorescent lighting, computers, cube walls, and cinder blocks doesn't
      > >do too much for radio reception. When my boss sent me home at 1130, I
      > >*sprinted* home (down the dead center of an incomplete road, so I had
      > >a carfree run home. I usually take a longer, paved route, but I was in
      > >a hurry and frankly didn't care about picking up mud). I frantically
      > >called around, and learned that all are OK. With that, I start my
      > >carfree rant(s):
      > >
      > >I was listening to National Public Radio last night, and heard someone
      > >say that "people are going around New York City using unconventional
      > >methods--skates, scooters..." I found this quite odd. Shouldn't it
      > >always be this way. If the streets of NYC were open only for
      > >pedestrian and bicycle traffic, they're plenty wide for everyone to do
      > >whatever they want. :)
      > >
      > >I'm talking right now with my friend in DC, who's still in shock after
      > >it all. She says that the streets of DC are closed, save buses and
      > >emergency. "The way it should be.", she said. Thank you, Sarah--you
      > >said it.
      > >
      > >I wonder if the rebuilding done in NYC will include closed streets. I
      > >would surely hope so.
      > >
      > >By the way, I ran into a motorcycle parked dead-center on a sidewalk
      > >on my way to work today. I kicked it hard. If I was not in a hurry to
      > >get to my office, I probably would have shoved it over and, if
      > >approached about it, say "It was in my way." FSU does absolutely
      > >nothing about motorcycles parked in obtrusive methods--especially
      > >around athletic facilities. (Why? So student athletes don't go to a
      > >competing university when their motorcycle is removed? I have no
      > >idea!)
      > >
      > >rant done
      > >
      > >--matt
      > >
      > > > The carnage itself was resulted from combining modern long-distance
      > >modes of travel carrying huge amounts of petroleum
      > > > incendiary hitting a high-density population target dependent on
      > >"vertical transit" powered by the fuel-dependent grid (and
      > > > which was disabled when it was needed most).
      > > >
      > > > Of course, if the culprits turn out to have been motivated by
      > >fundamentalist hatred of modern life, it will probably turn
      > > > out to have been be partly financed by oil money.
      > > >
      > > > It emphasizes our need for human-scale cities. But to most U.S.
      > >leaders, it will only emphasize their desire to protect the
      > > > "American way of life" primarily by retaliation.
      > > >
      > > > Chris Bradshaw
      > > > Ottawa
      > >
      > >
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