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The St Louis Contrarian

Providing Independent and Intelligent Insight on St. Louis Public Policy Issues

Archive for the month “March, 2019”

Letter to editor opposing Metrolink expansion

I am writing again on one of my favorite topics, the foolishness of Metro Link expansion. I am afraid that while other local controversies such as the airport privatization and Better Together occupy our time, the Metro Link expansion will sneak through. Let us review the problems with this expansion:

First, it is paying huge sums of money for a transportation system that is obsolete. People no longer work as much in centralized fixed locations. Many more people work at home. Others travel from site to site as part of their jobs. Metro Link was made for a time when most office workers were employed downtown.

Second,, the trains almost never get you door to door. Often you need to drive to the station or connect with buses. This is inefficient and adds greatly to travel time.

Third, the Metro Link is very costly to operate. It would be far cheaper to subsidize rides for people on Uber or Lyft.

Fourth, Metro Link has proven unsafe. More people are reluctant to ride it due to safety concerns.

Fifth, it will not be possible to use trains from the old system on the new one. This is highly inefficient.

Proponents of light rail expansion point to economic development as a reason. This is a false and misleading argument. All of the economic development located anywhere near a Metro Link station would have occurred anyway. Cortex is not dependent on Metrolink. We need to stop using questionable inflated economic development claims to support a transportation system that is obsolete.

In a poll conducted some months ago, a huge majority of St. Louis Business Journal readers were opposed to Metro Link expansion. These people need to share their views with elected officials, the Metro Board, and other decision makers.

The Loop Trolley is a debacle. Metro Link expansion will dwarf that as a horrible decision.

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White liberals care more about racial equity than black people

www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/opinion/race-america-trump.html

Race and Social Equity

I read an extremely interesting article in the New York Times. It said our racial differences are not primarily due to race but to interpretation of race. Interestingly, white liberals were much more concerned about racial equity than black people. Liberal whites even claimed to like other races more than their own. Crazy. The author believes all this is good because our differences are not racial but interpretive. There was hard data backing up all these assertions. Written by Paul Dribin

Another Metrolink casualty

www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/man-shot-to-death-as-he-steps-off-metrolink-train/article_aac4b771-c17b-5abe-988d-bf8f1df6fff1.html

St. Louis county is signing up to support dome bonds

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/st-louis-county-may-sign-up-for-more-years-of/article_6f6cd5f2-4059-59c1-85bf-33ef4da23a2a.html

Crime and Vacancies

I have attended various task forces of the Vacancy Collaborative in St. Louis. What I find fascinating is that no one in the group has defined why there are a large amount of vacancies in St. Louis. The answer is really quite simple; crime, crime, crime. There are several facts which back my assertion:

1. The parts of St. Louis that have a reasonable crime rate do not have significant vacancies and tax foreclosed properties sell quickly

2. The areas that have high crime rates have a high number of vacancies.

What is troubling to me is that no one seems to want to talk about this. It would be as if a discussion about lung cancer deaths did not include the problem of smoking.

Written by Paul Dribin

Activists propose changing voting system in St. Louis

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/with-the-st-louis-mayor-and-board-president-chosen-by/article_61fb837f-2150-55af-b3e1-46895500e8a1.html

St. Louis Food Scene

A recent poll shows that St. Louis ranks second nationally in the quality of restaurants and food(behind San Francisco). I am not surprised. I am far from a foodie but the overall quality and variety of restaurants is outstanding.

Trolley Again

A friend of mine is a businessman in the Loop who supports the trolley with his taxes. He attempted to find out the ridership levels of the trolley, called the Trolley Authority, and was declined an answer. He then called the feds who oversee the program. The average daily ridership since inception is nine people a day. Pitiful

Rodney crime to oversee reorganization of st louisveconomic developmentbpartnership

www.stltoday.com/business/local/partnership-will-let-crim-put-house-in-order-before-searching/article_a3f6203d-b118-50a4-bf54-b55992493b06.html

that is putting the Fox in charge of the chicken coop

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