John Boehner can suck it.
It’s been mentioned on a few other blogs, but if you don’t spend your afternoons off doing nothing but sipping coffee, and reading various bicycle related blogs then this article that was written by a Washington D.C. based periodical might be new, and of particular interest.
Cities and the economy thrive on Government built infrastructure. One of my favorite things to study in college was city planning – and it’s a hotly contested topic. I find this article to be quite a discussion starter.
He (John Boehner) added that investing in infrastructure can be a component of such a plan as long as it is targeted.
“I think there’s a place for infrastructure, but what kind of infrastructure? Infrastructure to widen highways, to ease congestion for American families? Is it to build some buildings that are necessary?” He stated. “But if we’re talking about beautification projects, or we’re talking about bike paths, Americans are not going to look very kindly on this.”
I don’t know about you, but if you’ve done any bit of research on traffic, no matter how wide you make the roads there will always be congestion during peak hours. Wider roads mean more cars, and right now this is exactly what we DON’T need. Not to sound like a preaching hippy (cars DO serve good purposes, but we drive way too much) but our cities need to better rely on non-car traffic to survive and ultimately thrive.
The Suburbia life is killing off city centers, the infrastructure used to support huge car-based habits is beyond what we can feasibly build, and we need a change of thinking.
Support for public transportation and LOCAL transportation should be at an all time high right now. Bike lanes and bike paths are just a start of the revolution that we need to be seeing in our own cities. Portland, OR is a great example of this revitalization of thinking that is only going to support our future, not harm it.
“Americans are not going to look very kindly on this.” Way to be completely out of touch with what we really need, and to continually look back when actual progress is needed.
John Boehner … you can suck it.