Mar 30, 2016
Tax Dollars At Waste in Lehigh Valley
As some of you know, I'm an opponent of rail to trail. I suppose I'm not very progressive, I'm even against farmland preservation. I oppose the rail trails because of the enormous squandering of that irreplaceable infrastructure. Farmland preservation is outright silly. We don't have a fraction of the farmers necessary to farm the existing farms. How many people now- a- days would want to work twelve hours a day, seven days a week? They're even giving grants to induce people into becoming farmers, how quaint. In the real world, the U.S. Department of Agriculture paid land owners NOT to plant, because of the massive excessive acreage in our area. But, enough introduction, this post is about The Lehigh Valley Transportation Study, deciding to put their emphasis on hiking and biking. Last evening I put up The Bicycles of Allentown Video for a short run. I will be removing it later today. George Ruth sent the following comment; When will we at least be honest and call it what it is: recreation! Does the Transportation Study really believe we are talking about "transportation"? These youngns' really do think we are just dying to be a European city. The nonsense is the child of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, which spends about $1million dollars a year thinking about our regional transportation needs. The grants are used to pay the salaries of the planning puppies, to do studies and recommendations, which result in nothing. How many decades did it take Harrisburg to begin widening Route 22 ?
Recently, Molovinsky University gave a brief presentation on Allentown's former branch lines, gone now forever. Ironically, after the track was torn out, and new data indicated that rail service fosters industrial growth, AEDC started seeking a multi-million dollar grant to restore track back to its 10th street complex. Perhaps Scott Unger and these other planners should have spent more time at this blog.
Bonus Video in post below: The Bicycles of Allentown will show today only.