Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Denver tries to solve its traffic problems in Trump's alternate universe

Despite what you hear via mainstream media, Denver is a mess. Traffic is backed up everywhere and it's getting worse all of the time, By 2030, motorists can expect to be tied up in traffic 30 percent of the time compared to 20 percent now. Light rail helps some, when it works. The Union Station to DIA train has hit some snags. My wife recently took the A Train to Transylvania Station and loved it. During the 2008 Democratic National Convention, I took the train from Hampden to downtown and never had a problem, despite crowds of rapid-transit-loving Dems.

People keep moving to Denver to smoke pot and ogle the hipsters and attend concerts at Red Rocks. This has to stop.

But it won't.

To remedy the traffic situation, Denver is working on a plan that matches ride-share companies (Uber, Lyft, etc.) with rapid transit schedules. The problem is that there are many people who would use rapid transit if they could get to it. People with transportation needs find themselves moving further out to find affordable rents. The further out you go, the more spread out the bus stops and light rail stations. People with means, it seems, want to live in or near downtown. Developers are building studio apartments and condos like there is no tomorrow, betting on the idea that Millennials will rent anything that is close to a brewpub and coffee shop. So the move is on to the inner-city that their parents and grandparents fled many moons ago. Meanwhile, the inner suburbs are filling up with people of color which leads to the Little Vietnam you find in Westminster and the mercados along East Colfax Avenue in Aurora. The outer suburbs, like those in Louisville and Castle Rock, are filling up with white Republicans and any day expect Trump to drop by and deliver a wheelbarrow filled with cash.

I learned all of this after spending ten days in Denver waiting for my daughter to receive ECT treatments at Centennial Peaks Hospital in Superior, which butts up against Boulder and Louisville. In other words, I know very little and am eminently qualified to be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development if Know Nothing Ben Carson finds another job, such as Secretary of Silly Walks.

I have been stuck in traffic about half the time I've been in Denver. Today I saw scores of CDOT plows and plows of many municipalities on the streets, which made me thankful for governmental services that soon will be sold to the highest bidder, probably Halliburton. Remember the bang-up jobs they did in Iraq and Afghanistan? Enjoy the snow-free streets while you got 'em, folks.

Remember that Colorado is a blue state and went solidly for Hillary Clinton despite Republican voter suppression, scary fake news stories and the many fundies in Colorado Springs that believed Trump was doing the Lord's work. Perhaps ye recall Matthew 6:24 in the King James Bible:
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Mammon, of course, is money, as in the huge Scrooge McDuck-style vault of riches that Donald Trump goes home to every night.

My work is done here for today. Not sure what it was. But that's it.

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