Canada fights carpools, TX economy and housing holds up, smart grid, and more
Some smaller misc items:
- This is the kind of government regulation run amok that drives me nuts, as Canada beats up on a web site that helps people carpool! I've always liked Canada as a country and enjoyed vacations there, although I've heard they're over-regulated and over-taxed. This example drives that home.
- This recent PMI report says Houston is one of the lowest-risk residential markets in the nation, along with Dallas and Fort Worth. CA, FL, AZ, and Nevada top the list of high-risk areas. Hat tip to Mark at PMI, which is holding a HOPE NOW foreclosure workshop for at-risk homeowners this Saturday at Lakewood Church (8am to 2pm, prep here).
- New American City interviews Randal O'Toole, The Antiplanner, which I discovered because it actually links back to me. Quoting Randal:
"So, I’m a pragmatist. I don’t a vision of what a city should look like, I have a vision of a process that allows people to live in the kind of city they want to live in. There’s a significant amount of people that want to live in a city like Manhattan or San Francisco. And there’s a significant amount of people who want to live in a city like Houston. And what I want is a process that allows people to live in whatever kind of city they do want to live in. I think that if a process were implemented that basically allows property owners to do what they want with their property as long as they’re not directly harming other people, and basically allows people to decide how they’re going to get around based on the real cost of transportation – making sure that auto drivers pay the full cost of their travel and making sure that people who ride transit pay the cost of they’re transit, with, perhaps, subsidies for low-income people who need help – if they have that kind of system I think most American cities would look a little more like Houston and Omaha then San Francisco or New York. But we’d still have dense areas – we’d still have Manhattan, we’d still have downtown San Francisco, for the people who want to live in places like that. [for O’Toole’s thoughts on Houston, go here]"
Check out the whole thing, were he discusses the fundamental impracticalities, meager benefits, and tremendous waste of addressing the "evils" of cars with forced density and rail transit.
Ouch. I think that pretty much settles the "bury the lines" argument. The "smart grid" option sounds much more cost effective.
- Overhead power lines with wood poles - $105,600 per mile
- Overhead power lines with steel or concrete poles - $264,000 per mile
- Underground power lines - $2.64 million to $3.7 million per mile
Sorry for the irregular posting schedule the last couple weeks. I hope to get back on track next week. Have a great weekend.
Labels: economy, emergency response, home affordability, hurricanes, infrastructure, perspectives