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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Uh-oh ...

"Massive surge in municipal bankruptcies" forecast.

Consider: "Massive snowfall weighs heavy on Salem budget" --- a story, essentially, about how our total focus on automobility threatens to bring us to ruin if --- if you can imagine such a thing --- winter brings snow and ice!

Winter is just another place where general fund monies get sucked into the black hole of sprawl, putting the lie to the fiction that "gas taxes pay for roads." Because Salem is so sprawling, we have a huge road footprint that spreads people out, which means that they have to use cars to get anywhere, which requires spreading people even further apart (to provide room for all the parking). We are already millions in the hole for next city budget, even before the recent unpleasantness with the weather.

Win, win, win ...