Enough said about the philosophy, lets talk politics. This week's Transportation Tuesday post considers the news out of West Bethlehem that the city is about to bulldoze under part of the rose garden to make room for a temporary parking lot for a middle school. Are you fucking kidding me?! Martin Towers and its massive parking lots are less than a mile from the site that this about to happen. Why not make the teachers park at Martin Tower and walk in. Hell, the kids walk further than that to get to school. Here is my whole article about the situation. Like it or not bulldozing under the rose garden for a temporary parking lot is the type of trade off you have to make when you run a town where you value the car more importantly than any other mode of transportation. There can be no clearer and more causal link of cars destroying public space and undermining urban aesthetics than BULLDOZING A ROSE GARDEN to make way for a PARKING LOT. Dumb. And this from a city that calls it self the most walkable in the Valley. Jokes.
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And then there is this from the ever assinine LVCI: Urbanologists without Cars. In a bit of crack reporting, LVCI runs down all the ways in which it is inconvenient to live in the Valley without a car. No shit? tell us more! From this he concludes that we should double down on car infrastructure. Whoaaa there Spartacus. Us "urbanologists" want to change the development patterns so that a car is not required. We want to live in a downtown where there are parks, and vets, and doctors, and all that stuff you mention in walking distance. That is our promised land. We don't have that now because people like LVCI thought it would be good to structure the world in such a way that you NEEDED a car to get to essential services. Good (maybe) if you are wealthy an live in the 'burbs. Bad if you are poor and in a city and need access to stuff like, I don't know, food. My grandparents, (probably like LVCI's) lived in Allentown and they got along fine without a car. This isn't some mythical utopia we are vying for, just a workable city that existed pretty well in Allentown for a long time.