Mr. Safier: The Militarization of our Society as a Quazi Military State to combat terrorism has EVERYTHING to do with our Middle East Foreign Policy!!!...remove your head from the sand!!!
Lovely. Thank you.
I am downtown about 50 hours a week. What I see is a lack of consistency. I will commonly see two, three, and sometimes four of the trolleys within a couple of blocks of each other. Wednesday at Granada and Simpson there were three of the Trolley cars within 1 minute while I am purchasing my ticket they all go by then the next trolley car comes 30 minutes later. They are supposed to be every 10 minutes and they never are. One Friday I got out of the trolley just before the bridge on 4th avenue and walked the rest of the way. I made it to church and congress before the trolley I was on passed me. Poorly designed system should have looked at what Phoenix did much better operating trolley system.
I wonder how much money was spent on “modeling”? Do they even model pedestrian traffic? The lines at the Mercado , on opening day, were unorganized to say the least. People were jumping in from all sides.
the solution is simple. no vehicular traffic downtown for one Saturday a month. Simple.
That TGI location was empty for months. If the owners of Guadalajara want to reopen asap, and their building is destroyed, why wouldn't they be able to make a deal on that building? No doubt its owners are also very anxious for someone to move on it.
This whole street car idea should not emphasize transportation -- it should emphasize exactly what it is: novelty. If city planners thought more clearly about this, maybe we'd have a beautiful, historic-looking trolley type car merged with a modern design that had fun reasons to get on (like music or other entertainment, maybe space for street performers). Wouldn't it be rad for it to be like a Burning Man art car kind of thing?
It will never be perfect transportation-wise, so just give passengers more reasons to enjoy the ride, no matter how long. They can take a bus if they want real public transport. The street car ride should be an experience!
They ought to just block off congress to motor vehicles during 2nd Saturday. This will cause more people to use alternate routes instead of Congress. Traffic will either use Tool to get west or they will have to use another way around downtown like 6th or 22nd. If congress is their destination, then this would be the perfect time to park someplace farther away and take the streetcar into downtown. You would still have access to all the garages without using congress.
No, but they try to act the part.
Michael Graham, how about putting up barricades before the Broadway underpass. If you need to get into downtown, you can take SR210 westbound to get around the logjam. Oh, wait. you STILL haven't built that roadway.....
"The intersection in question has long been pointed to as a potential problem for traffic..."
No kidding. It was already a confusing intersection, and then they went and added a dozen businesses, a parking garage, "luxury" student living and HiFi to the mess. I am a streetcar supporter, but not a lot of common sense was implemented in ANY of this. You can't cram downtown Phoenix into a square mile of downtown Tucson, on roads still more suited to horse and buggy than modern traffic.
Nothing worse than seeing a fat cop, especially a fat woman cop. They get no respect from me and TPD are the worst of the worst. Totally inept, lazy and lacking in professionalism. I blame the chief of the police for the sad state of affairs here in Tucson. I was involved in a hit and run a month ago and I got the license plate number of the guy that hit me and took off. TPD still haven't done anything about it, stating that they had other priorities. They deserve no respect from the citizens of Tucson.
What a fiasco. So no one thought to monitor what the addition of high occupancy buildings might do to the traffic flow? Or what increased pedestrian traffic might do? I'm amazed at the lack of planning regarding this whole project.
Oh and I'm SURE those numbers are correct. It's so unlikely that anyone is just jumping on and skipping the "buy a ticket" part of the ride.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the new streetcar, but the level of incompetency in relation to the streetcar is stunning.
Streetcar employees are nazi kids?
Okay, I'm going to go out on a limb here. It is HIGHLY possible, even PROBABLE that the ridership was far higher than reported. Why? Because no one watches, or cares, whether you swipe your card or not when you get on. I have ridden the street car a total of 4 times now. Once there was a little nazi kid (a streetcar employee) who told me that "this card swiper is broken" and that I had to go swipe my card at the other end of the car. I ignored him, and so did everyone else who got on. It was crowded and no one wanted to fight their way across the street car to swipe their card. Then this last Monday I got on to ride to work (U of A) and my card once again didn't work in the card swiper. I was tired and feeling lazy, so instead of walking to the other swiper I just had a seat. No one was watching, no one cared. Just sayin' - I'm certain that I'm not the only tired and lazy person in Tucson doing this. Note: in all cases I DID pay a fare, but if they're counting the riders by the number of swipes, the numbers are way, WAY low.
I really like Doug Ducey. Born in 1966. My numerologist says that's an important factor in why he's achieved greatness. 1 + 9 = 10. 66? 10 + 66 = 76. Yes, the year our country was founded. 1776. And of course 76 is the number of trombones in the parade. yipeedog.wordpress.com/
The death penalty is the only sure fire deterrent. Those executed have never committed additional crimes.
All destinations are final, ergo "final destination" is redundant.
Interesting comments so far, including the ones that take me to task. I understand the pressure the police face every day and their duty to protect us while they don't put themselves in more danger than necessary. But upping the ante in equipment, rolling military vehicles down our streets, carrying heavy duty weapons and wearing protective garb suitable for war zones is the wrong approach, just like busting people for minor offenses and giving them long prison sentences is not the way to make our country a safer, or a better, place. These tactics create greater distance between the police and the community and create resentment that breeds more problems down the road. The short term gains in apparent safety (for the rest of us) are overwhelmed by long term losses for all of us as, and a less just society.
A note: I removed the first comment from this post because it had nothing to do with the topic at hand. If I had written about the Middle East, it would have been perfectly acceptable, but not on this post.
El Herradero is horrible!! Rude employees, first of all. If you speak only English (this IS the US), plan on being treated poorly. If you don't look latino, also expect to be treated poorly. MAYBE I could deal with that, but I cannot deal with flies in the meat and cheese display cases. There are also flies in that little bakery case, too. I'd say, just don't bother. I live near the new Eastside carneceria. Haven't tried it yet, but I plan to soon. Hope it is much better than the previously mentioned market.
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