Grand Rapids to Milwaukee By Transit

Plotting out a trip from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee by transit is an interesting experience. It clearly illustrates the two primary issues with American transportation services and companies:

Welcome to the Frozen Republic

I am ever more convinced that America is indeed a frozen republic; and that Traffic-and-Parking is the refrigerant in the tubes. Fears about T&P lock us into the current form; preventing us from addressing all manner of issues from balanced budgets to housing affordability and segregation to clean air and water. Frustrating.

For example see this Strong Towns article. The same thing plays out locally [here in Grand Rapids], but nobody writes about it.

Get MMAAADD, be a voice of reason, show up. There is not much else we can do.

The Least Honest Question & The Most Honest Answer

Question: Can't we all just get along?

Answer: No.

Working together is hard work, there is no way around that. Compromise and listening are necessary. Sometimes that will involve people yelling at each other. Sometimes that will involve being yelled at.

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"Cows are not designers."

Steven Pemberton has published an excellent article on the weaknesses and short-comings of HTML5. There are many. But aside from that, for those who have no interest in technical musings, it contains a section that is true capital-L Literature. This describes something we talk about in Information Technology all the time [or at least we should be!] as well as in transportation advocacy. Just read it, it is brilliant.

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