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The St Louis Contrarian

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

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How Will Self Driving Cars Affect our Future

Self driving cars are on their way. They may be here in a few years or 20 years, but they will be here. They will have a dramatic effect on the world and on communities such as St. Louis. Here are some thoughts:

1. Public transport systems will suffer, go bankrupt, or go out of existence. Why should people ride buses or trains when they can dial up a car and go door to door in minutes?

2. Further investment in metrolink is absurd.

3. A good strategy would be for transport companies to develop their own ride sharing programs.

4. Roads should be less crowded.

5. There will be far fewer traffic injuries and deaths. Police can be freed up to fight crime.

6. There could be a real problem of equity for poor people. If someone has bad credit or a criminal background will they be allowed to order a car? If not, will poor people once again have trouble getting to work? Right now taxis and Uber are reluctant to go to the inner city. Will the same policy exist for self driving cars?

Written by Paul Dribin

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Tiny Houses

There has been much publicity lately about so called tiny houses which are generally about 250 square feet and can be purchased for about $50000. These houses are not for everyone but I think they are a great idea. They are energy efficient, and get people into the housing market who would not otherwise be eligible to participate. They may be perfect for single individuals or couples.

As of now community planning and zoning requirements to not allow for houses this small and they are being sited in mobile home parks or other unrestricted areas. I have never lived in a residence this small but people all over the world do. Our communities should give it a try. Written by Paul Dribin

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