Subway

Like most Americans, you've probably never been able to afford a trip on the subway, as it is the exclusive domain of Champagne-sipping dandies who love nothing more than to luxuriate in the MTA's Gilded Age-opulence. But from what we've heard, it's like entering another dimension of sophistication and enchantment, where only the most glamorous citizens ride gold-leaf locomotives along shimmering silver tracks winding through wondrous subterranean cathedrals that none of you lickspittles posses the refinement to appreciate.

Like most Americans, you’ve probably never been able to afford a trip on the subway, as it is the exclusive domain of Champagne-sipping dandies who love nothing more than to luxuriate in the MTA’s Gilded Age-opulence. But from what we’ve heard, it’s like entering another dimension of sophistication and enchantment, where only the most glamorous citizens ride gold-leaf locomotives along shimmering silver tracks winding through wondrous subterranean cathedrals that none of you lickspittles posses the refinement to appreciate.
Newt Gingrich: If You Ride The Subway, You’re An Elitist : Gothamist

When I here the MTA subway announcer say “All F and G trains…” I like to pretend he is saying “All %^$#ing G trains.

Yglesias on suburbanization

Fundamentally, I think Fannie and Freddie as they existed pre-crisis represented a bad implementation of the bad idea that government policy should promote the construction of large single-family owner-occupied housing. But the concept of pro-suburbanization industrial policy seems very broadly supported in American politics.

From Yglesias >> The Pricey Bailout

Good point. Much of this boils down to an American love of cars and the hatred of mass transit. Cities don’t make sense without buses and trains. If you start there then the only policy than can support that is suburban sprawl.

Off-Peak Discounts May Be Part of M.T.A. Fare Increase

Under this proposal, a person who buys a pay-per-ride MetroCard would be charged $2 to ride the subway or bus during the morning and evening peak periods. Travel during off-peak periods, including midday, would cost $1.50.
Off-Peak Discounts May Be Part of M.T.A. Fare Increase - City Room - Metro - New York Times Blog

I think that the MTA has figured out how to sell peak-pricing to the masses. Rather than start off by raising the peak-price; lower the non-peak price. Market forces will work to shift some peak use to non-peak use as well as increase non-peak use. I like this. And I’d like to see the MTA try this on the bridges. Or see NJ try this on the Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

if irony could kill

Last week I overheard someone on the Subway talking about music with someone I assume was a friend. This guy was wearing a Ramones shirt. The one with the the names of the band members wrapped around what looks like the Seal of the United States.

Some the guy wearing the Ramones shirt is complaining about Rap/Rock fusion bands stating that those bands can’t play their instruments that they can’t sing and that their acts are all attitude.

If irony could kill, this man would have been struck dead where he slouched; ipodded and fully hipster accessorized. You could accuse the Ramones of many things. But you can hardly accuse them of waiting to learn how to play before they started their musical career. I imagine that if you asked them what Juilliard was, they would guess that had something to do with cutting carrots.