Monthly Archives: July 2005

Bacon Grease for the War

Back when our nation was more humble than it is now, we fought and won a world war that was a stand against fascism and totalitarianism — a principled fight against evil regimes. Americans who weren’t fighting had to sacrifice … Continue reading

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The Multi-Billion-Dollar Parking Subsidy

Since I just posted an item decrying a bill that would create free on-street parking in New York City on Sundays, it’s worth noting the theoretical underpinning tying free parking to traffic congestion. Donald Shoup, a professor of economics at … Continue reading

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The Automobile, Our Salvation

The New York City Council voted 43 to 1 make parking meters inoperative on Sundays. On the front page of The New York Times’ Metro Section this morning, that news was reported right above a story about six people killed … Continue reading

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Rest in Peace, Franklin

Franklin, our two-year-old orange striped cat, was a constant companion and a never-ending source of entertainment. He had a habit of suddenly running across the apartment at top speed as if chasing some phantom object. He chased and swiped at … Continue reading

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A Bright Spot for Sprawl-Based Chains

On July 6, Bloomberg carried a story wrapping up the day’s activity on Wall Street. It was a bad day for the market. The news began, “U.S. stocks fell as oil prices breached $61 for the first time …″ One … Continue reading

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Paying for the Right to Pollute

An article from Wired magazine’s July 2005 issue is making the rounds on e-mail. It is worth quoting in full: In Washington, DC, eco-vandals smear SUV door handles with dog crap. In Santa Cruz, California, protestors tag more than 60 … Continue reading

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The I-Word: "Impeach"

Every once in a while as I’m walking around the city I stumble upon a sticker or a bit of graffiti that says “Impeach Bush!” It’s a faint cry coming from the people. I don’t see anybody in Congress talking … Continue reading

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Retrofitting the Economy

Back on the Fourth of July, the Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald ran an article entitled “Heating Bills Likely to Double,” about the anticipated high cost of home heating oil. The article began, Residents can expect to pay twice as much to … Continue reading

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Cars and People, Mixing

The artist futurebird, a frequent behind-the-scenes contributor to this website and a photographer behind some of the pictures below, has long and unrelentingly argued that cab drivers more courteous and safe than people driving their own private vehicles on New … Continue reading

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Leisuretime Class Divisions

Photo by the artist futurebird. Starts & Fits attended the delightful and thunderous fireworks display downtown yesterday evening. The streets were filled with the entire population of Washington Heights, Harlem, the Bronx and many neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens. People … Continue reading

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