Broad Street in the rain today, Downtown Atlanta
The largest subsidy in the federal system is the mortgage interest deduction, about $100 billion annually. Gas taxes don’t begin to reflect the costs incurred by automobile use, from pollution to depressed land values around highways. By contrast, urban mass transit, school systems, parks, affordable housing and even urban welfare recipients receive crumbs relative to the vastness of government largess showered on suburbia. — America’s Urban Future | New York Times, 04/16/2014
Streets are closing to cars this Sunday at West End in Atlanta! Come out from 2 to 6 p.m. to walk or cycle the streets as Atlanta Bicycle Coalition once again presents Streets Alive.
Read about the event here
EDIT: oops, mistakenly typed Saturday at first. Corrected to Sunday.
If biking and walking infrastructure is presented as some kind of recreational amenity, it will be the first thing cut the next time budgets tighten. Successful biking and walking infrastructure is not recreation but transportation. It is also an extremely high returning investment, one that not only disproportionately grows the tax base but allows local money to stay within the community longer. — Stupid is as Stupid does | Strong Towns Blog, 4/14/2014