Urbification: Taking the sub out of Calif. suburbs

Walking. Bicycling. Alternatives to Driving Everywhere. Social justice. Alternatives to suburban boredom and waste. And the infrastructure and technology needed to get there.

Monday, January 27, 2003

Things I'd like to change #1:

1. No more public money to sports teams. The Oakland Raiders go all the way to the Super Bowl, then lose (ugly). Persons from somewhere congregate in East Oakland and trash businesses along International Boulevard and cause other mayhem. "It's the Raiders' fault -- blame it on the Raiders," Akela Thomas, 19, shouted. "If they would've won, we wouldn't be doing this." And yet, the city of Oakland and Alameda County (where I pay property taxes) are forking over (so I heard) $20 million a year to the Raiders, plus the Raiders are suing said entities for more than $1 billion because the Raiders had been promised sold-out games and haven't gotten them. Think of what that $20 million could buy to help East Oakland each year. Instead, we have streets in flames.


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