You know all about the Exodus story in the Torah, right? The one celebrated every year over a gigantic meal? Now there’s another exodus occurring over food, but this one’s right in our own backyard. It may not be as momentous, but it does promise better eating (sorry, matzoh). The Moses of this story is a chef by the name of Gavin Kaysen, and the flight is taking place from NYC to Minneapolis.
The history of Lowry Hill East is full of stories like this. Over the last 45 years, our neighborhood political process has operated largely from the perspective, and with the priorities, of the single-family homeowner. Lowry Hill East is a place with a long tradition of apartment buildings and a population that has hovered around 75-85% renter for as far back as I can check (1940). But the politics is dominated by a consistent, uncompromising advocacy against dense, multi-family housing.
The Republican-backed House plan would raise an additional $7 billion for roads and bridges over the next decade in part by redirecting motor vehicle-related tax revenue away from the state's General Fund, identifying efficiencies in the Department of Transportation budget, and utilizing some of the state's projected $1.2 billion budget surplus.
It is hard not to notice that there is no new revenue in there. It is also hard not to notice that it has some major flaws.
Scott and Robin came in looking for a shower. They were too late, the mark of first-timers.
This was their first full day in town after arriving last night from Parachute, a small town of 1,100 people on I-70 about 45 miles from here. Parachute's slogan is "A Safe Place to Land."
Until this month, they had been employed at restaurants in Glenwood Springs, a resort town another 45 miles upriver. Glenwood is the town where I grew up. It's beautiful, set in a narrow valley with a renowned hot springs. However, there's a shortage of housing at any price.
If we treated people on bikes like they were important, we wouldn’t close down all the bike lanes through downtown. We wouldn’t allow mail vans, UPS trucks, or construction vehicles to park in them. We wouldn’t allow snow and debris to pile up in bike lanes over the winter. We would treat bike lanes like we treat streets. Are we going to shut all streets through downtown to cars without an alternative? No, we’re not going to do that. Because then people can’t get places and they get mad. Well, what if we thought the same way about bike lanes?