I find myself having to choose between a fairly honest and ethical right-wing extremist and a corrupt corporate hack from the Rendell/Clinton machine.
If only the DFC hadn't inappropriately spent money attacking Sestak in the primary, I wouldn't be facing this choice. I used to be a fundraiser for the DFC, and they told everyone the money would be used against Republicans in key races.
The National Democratic Party has become a den of thieves. I don't know if I can vote for Toomey, but I absolutely can't vote for that fracker McGinty.
Way back in 1910, smoky sooty Pittsburgh was the second most expensive city in the country, after New York. Then, in 1913, it adopted a land value tax and gradually became more and more affordable, until it was ranked the most affordable of the 100 largest cities (Places Rated Almanac, 1984.) It also had the smallest housing bubbles and didn't even see a real estate crash during the Great Depression.
But in 2000, after the county sabotaged land assessments and the city had to scrap its land value tax, Pittsburgh is now having its first housing bubble in nearly a century, and it's going to be a deusy.
The problem is that people don't deal with underlying economic dynamics. They just like to emote on behalf of victims so the victims will be grateful to them, even though they are not actually solving anything.
Their third care takes up the same amount of space. If there still aren't enough spaces, then everyone should pay more.
Most self-employed contractors are still working for others. Everyone who gets money for anything is working for others. Yellow Cab was ripping off the public royally.
Also, the fault lies with the PUC, which should allow any law-abiding company to offer taxi service, just as it allows any law-abiding person with a driver's license to operate a taxi. The worst thing about Uber is that it attempts to pull up the gangplank as soon as it is safely on board.
Bike lanes are the worst thing to happen to bicycle safety. They often put cyclists in the most dangerous parts of the road, where they are less visible to cross traffic, to oncoming traffic making a left turn, to people opening doors of parked cars, and even to traffic approaching from behind.
For a detailed explanation of how counter-productive bike lanes are to cycling safety, check out http://cyclingsavvy.org/ or check out the PennDOT Bicycle Drivers Manual, which explains why the most dangerous positions in which cyclists can ride are where bike lanes usually place them.
Meanwhile, the pictured bike lane runs contrary to the flow of traffic, and also makes it hazardous for one cyclist to pass another, due to the posts dividing inbound and outbound lanes. This is about cycling clubs trying to look like they are doing something helpful instead of actually improving safety.
Note also that none of the city plows can fit in the pictured bike lane. It essentially requires using a sidewalk snow blower to do what used to be done by a standard street snowplow.
The big increase in housing costs isn't the houses; it's the land. In 2005, the median house price in the city was 2.44 years of median income. Today it's 3.56 years, largely because we lost the land value tax and real estate speculators swarmed in.
It could be worse, though. In California, it ranges from over 5 years (Bakersfield) to nearly 13 years (San Fransisco). Before they curtailed their property taxes, their housing affordability index was only 10% higher than the national average.
Affordable housing subsidies spend a great deal of money and do very little to make housing affordable.
Pittsburgh had the second-most expensive housing in the nation prior to 1913, when it adopted a land value tax and chased the land speculators out of the city. It gradually became the most affordable major city in the United States.
It lost the land value tax in 2000, due to corrupt county assessment practices that sabotaged land values in the city. (The rest of the county still has decent land assessments, including McKeesport, Duquesne and Clairton, all of which levy a value tax. Since then, Pittsburgh's median house prices costs have gone up from 2.44 years of median income to 3.56 years.
Housing subsidies ignore the root problems and give the URA money to spend while they pretend to make housing affordable.
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