"lack of reasonable transit"
I recall you writing a particularly scathing article about the upcoming modern streetcar. The Sun Tran bus system is highly government subsidized too - your big complaint about the 'shiny new toy." So I guess only walking or biking constitutes reasonable transit to you?
I know, I may seem like I am picking on you. Truth is I pick on all hypocritical articles short on facts, but peppered with sweeping categorizations written for maximum drama. Just ask Danehy.
thanks so much for your input. it's refreshing to read intelligent, well thought-out comments.
you're so right on urban sprawl and lack of reasonable public transit in tucson, but good to hear you are able to engage in the joy of walking in RI. yaay!
i became addicted to wearing a pedometer some years back, and if you don't already have one i'd recommend one. it's cool to watch the step count soar (although i never believe that calorie count on it). thanks again!
By the way I commuted from downtown to sahuaro national monument every day for a year (no freeway) and it never took me longer than 45 minutes even in the worst of accidents and backed up traffic. Even coming from rita ranch there is I-10. any further out you aren't in Tucson anymore. I used to drive up to 1-10 from SNM and over to marana and even that didn't even take an hour.
"Their ties bind strong, perhaps even leading into the realm of an obsession or, worse yet, a veritable addiction.
This addiction runs so deep in their octane veins that some get downright cranky when the mere thought of not being able to drive arises. This was firmly evidenced by several reactions to the idea of making Congress Street through downtown a pedestrian-only zone.
Some would simply not have it, tossing reasons about like confetti. But there may be deeper, underlying issues at work as to why some would feel naked without their cars."
I got your point Ryn. It can't be one of those reasons people "toss around like confetti" like 90 year old ladies who are addicted to their oxygen tanks, get downright cranky for no reason, and like to go to old movies at the fox where they might not be able to walk to, but no you're right, its just a car obsession.
As someone who grew up in Tucson and moved to RI at the age of 25, I feel the need to point out Tucson's not-so-great public transportation system, as well as its sprawl. Sure, walking is awesome, and during the six years I've lived in Providence, I've walked more than I probably ever did during my life in Tucson (the first four years here were spent mostly car-less, and even now that I have a car, I walk two miles round-trip to work, five days a week, weather permitting (and, then, I take the bus)).
But when I lived in Tucson, I simply did not have the option of walking to get from point A to point B, or even taking the bus! Sure, I'd walk around the Congress/4th Ave/University area, but only after driving there from home and parking my car. For those who live in the 'burbs (like I did, in the Foothills), even just walking to the store can be a miles-long trek (and how much can you really tote home with you, when walking?), and SunTran's reach doesn't exactly extend to all corners of Tucson.
I agree with most, if not all, of your points about car ownership and use, but until Tucson becomes a more walking/biking/public transportation-friendly city, having access to a car will remain a necessity for most people.
i double-checked the daily commute from midtown to southwest side that used to take an hour, and you're right. it's 10.1 miles. and yes, sometimes it only took 46 minutes.
sad to see, however, you may have perhaps missed the point of the article if you think i am somehow troubled by people who need cars to get around? not sure what your point was bringing up your grandmother, but please give her a hug for me - that's great she still likes to be active.
thanks for comment!
Ryn clearly you don't have a 90 year old grandmother that still likes to be active once and awhile. I'd love to have her walk with me but I don't think she can keep up.
Where does it take an hour to get 10 miles? Not here in Tucson, but from that place you came from probably.
Hey Ryn!!! So glad to see you Back in the Saddle! We look down our noses with disdain at the 35,000 people who have died in drug violence in Mexico over the last ten years - However, in the good ole USA 340,000 have died from guns in the same time frame!!! Heck, in Arizona, people probably use firearms to change their tires. You have to take TWO tests to operate a motor vehicle; one written, one physical. To own a firearm all ya need is to not have been caught at anything recently - not exactly raising the bar here in AZ.
Good to see ya again,
please excuse the extra 'i' in: 'is i writing a lot of freelance assignments' - if i writing a lot of freelance assignments like that, i not getting lot of assignments - hahahahha.
thanks, all, for input. it's a definite cryin' shame, radmax, exp. since digging for nuggets is part of the big fun of journalism. i pine for days gone by when you could actually do things like come nearer that 250 miles from the crime scene or actually talk to anyone who would talk rather than specified representatives within a company.
G. Dinardo - thanks!
J in Cochise - great quote, although i'll bet some folks don't even know what's going on in their own nabes - unless, of course, it involves will smith's giant trailer or other celeb-oriented 'news.' also agree with the joke of media 'insiders' as source of info. akin to putting 'experts' on the stand in court so they can agree with whomever is paying them more.
n7igv - i hear ya! so many times i'll hear a news blurb (or, as you noted, the same blurb on multiple outlets) that won't even say WHERE THE HECK the thing happened. drives me nuts, too.
crinkster - i'm with ya on the maddeningness. i caught a glimpse of a newscast in detroit over the holidays where the story consisted of planting an open car trunk full of gifts in a mall parking lot to see if anyone would steal anything. sigh. the 'report' lasted at least 15 minutes. double sigh.
Pima Mujer - hahahahha - you got it!
RJ Fletcher - chinese handcuffs is a great analogy - cannot WAIT for the demise. what is also maddening, however, is i writing a lot of freelance assignments where the only 'sources' allowed are big-name news outlets - when, as you noted, the real news and info lies elsewhere.
IPH - thanks!!! i can illustrate and frame that one for ya if you want (hahahhahahah). i can draw a mean elephant peeing.
enjoyed all the comments. happy new year to all.
This is another good column.
It's a cryin' shame Rynski - newspapers, the main source of investigative journalism, have had to slash budgets and lay off good writers to remain viable to stockholders and 'bottom liners'. 'Digging' up a good old fashioned scathing indictment on something takes time and money...commodities sorely lacking for the most part in this age of slacker journalism. Much easier to get the 'facts' for a fluff piece on Kim Kardasian or some other 'much admired' greedy dingbat.
Nice piece media maven. :)
"People in the US have no idea what's going on outside their own neighborhoods. It's frightening what people in this country don't know, not only about their own country but about the world we live in" -- crinkster
Indeed. Fortunately, outlets such as the BBC and yes, dare I say it, Al Jazeera English are available (mainly on the Internet, not so much TV) where one can find out (a) what's going on and (b) what people other than media insiders and 'pundits' have to say about it.
Why can't we have local (and, for that matter, national) journalists who will go out and actually REPORT news? I can tune around the radio and TV selections and hear the same story..verbatim..with no change.
My first word here points to a question lacking in most 30 second reports. WHY? It's so bad many local TV and radio outlets cannot get the other basics into a story, either. WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? High school newspaper classed used to teach these basic points. Either the schools have lost how to do that (not surprising), or those talking heads have forgotten these absolute starting points of reportage.
Chris Limberis...please call down and give these people a clue!
I blew a fuse on Monday night when NBC Nightly News (Lester Holt) ran three consecutive "human interest" stories during the last 15 minutes of the show. My mother asked me why I was being so grumpy. With so much going on in the world today, even if it was a slow news day in the US (how about a piece on homelessness on the day after Christmas?) the rest of the world is imploding.
People in the US have no idea what's going on outside their own neighborhoods. It's frightening what people in this country don't know, not only about their own country but about the world we live in. We are all interconnected. There's more going on with Iran right now than the average person understands. Like how our Congress is provoking them into a war with stupid legislation. All these morons will hear is that maybe Iran will cause gas prices to rise because they will block the Strait of Hormuz and we will once again be in a war that we provoked. And the flock will follow.
Bread and Circuses
It's not just Fox-every major network/news source has been similarly co-opted and polluted. There's a reason why KMSB and KOLD are imploding into one another and the rest are just dying on the vine: people are SICK of being lied to so that the station can retain its profits and/or license.
It's also the reason these same entities have been frantically lobbying behind the scenes to reign in the internet and its pesky bloggers-they want to continue to lie with impunity by killing the competition. And like a chinese finger trap, the only appreciable effect is to draw the noose tighter around their necks, hastening their inevitable demise.
"Links to mindless videos are also hot, with standard fare including 5-year-olds rapping, an elephant crapping, and cats playing Mozart on piano." -- This sentence alone made my entire day.
Good reminder why I don't have a TV.
hahahhahahaha! thanks for the laughs, radmax and bill randal.
radmax - you got it down with the PROFIT part. jeesh. i still think that whole wedding thing was a total scam, preconceived to draw more attention with immediate 'divorce' - so sad this stuff hogs the tabloids, too - thanks for compliments!
bill - i would be guiligan's island is gads more realistic than 'reality tv' could ever be! thanks for input. and yes, the crying.....
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