The biggest project of the Great Depression, the tri-bridge, Triboro suspension bridge section originally was to have two decks and double the lanes but reduced tax revenue necessitated cost cutting.
The Hoover Dam cost $49 million, but the Triboro project was over $60 million. That’s a lousy $850 million today and the combined Dam and Bridge projects would cost less than the $2 Billion 7 Subway Extension which will now only get one station in the sticks for all that money. And the estimated cost for the 2nd Avenue Subway? Let’s not even go there.
The incredibly strong Hell Gate Bridge, finished in 1916, is expected to stand 1000 years but now only uses 3 of its 4 rail lines for Amtrak and occasional freight trains. The span is as long as the Chrysler Bldg is tall. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, an incredible 50% longer at 1650 feet, was inspired by this bridge.
Economies simply cannot function without adequate transportation options.
Everyone knows transportation infrastructure needs serious repair and rebuilding, but those badly needed Great Recession II new jobs are generally blue collar and voter.
And a few well-connected Polly T. Shins are insisting the only way they will allow billions in new transportation spending is if they also get huge tax revenue cuts. How else are we going to finally dismantle that damn Social Safety Net unless the Federal Government becomes bankrupt?
Undead Dick famously said that budget “deficits don’t matter.” Otherwise, you all can “go f#$k yourself.” As a true, Patriotic American, (my) Family’s Values are what matters most.
The East River Ferry heading to the Brooklyn Wharf with lovely Brooklyn Heights just up the hill.
The Heights is often called America’s “first suburb” since the newly middle class could afford the new Fulton Streets Steamboat ferry to Downtown for work while coming back to enjoy a large, new townhouse at half the price of any comparable New York real estate and it was just 30 pleasant minutes away. New York speculators built townhouses around Union Square (a potter’s field), Gramercy Park (a former swamp, aka dump) and Madison Square (a dump) but involved a very slow and Unpleasant Omnibus slog through muddy streets or in deep, frigid snow to a very expensive mortgaged brick townhouse with lots of children and ‘expensive’ Irish servants.
It may be a “suburb” but compare Brooklyn Heights with a typical Jersey McMansion cul-de-sac of garage door barriers. Yeah, you need that Yuge yard and BIG empty house in The Styx, right?! No one ever seems to be in those big, empty yards. Plus you get guaranteed two hours daily Alone-Time driving your Big, leather seated, Penis Capsule. Gawd, whata you think gas will be in 2021 with China & India Inc. building millions more cars every year? Better public schools in the City can’t be that bad…
If you get lonely in heavy traffic, you can even text someone, anyone, on the sly between the seats about last nights episode of the Jersey HouseWhys? and who slapped whom. I’ve noticed several of you doing it and I have a video iPhone. Oops! A lot of people would call 911 on an obvious drunk driver and both behaviors are proven to be just as dangerous.
Driving While InHand will eventually be a guaranteed life-changer.