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Blog Roll & CTA

June8

Why are the majority of personal blogs I read by people with kids? I have no clue. I have no driving goal to have kids OMG RIGHT THIS SECOND, and I’m not kid-crazy or anything. But I enjoy reading these peoples’ blogs and reading about their kids. Maybe they’re just writers I like, who happen to have kids, and who happen to write about them, and that’s all there is to it. I don’t know. If you mosey on over to my Blog Roll you’ll see that most of the sites linked there are 1) moms with kids or 2) not really blogs, but sites I find interesting. HUH.

Tony sent me flyers talking about the CTA and its funding issues. I put them out on the counter that rings the desk I sit at. I’m a receptionist (among other things) with a lot of foot traffic, so people have been taking the flyers. One dude stopped to talk to me. He asked where they came from, I asked if he was going to hearings, that sort of thing. He said that while he’s been to hearings in the past, he doesn’t think the CTA will raise fares as high as they are threatening to. “It’s bully tactics,” he said, not in a disapproving way. “It’s just threats to make legislators act.” They’ve made those threats before and not gotten enough action, so I don’t think it’s just threats. I mean, the money has to come from somewhere, and Chicago has some of the least funded public transit in the country, if not the world. We have what could be a first class public transit system, and instead it’s second or even third class. We have this great infrastructure, and it’s falling apart and under served and understaffed and getting more and more expensive. And that’s depressing and not right.

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2 Comments to

“Blog Roll & CTA”

  1. On June 8th, 2007 at 11:23 am Sara Says:

    Just FYI, you’ve misspelled my LJ username…which isn’t what I call the blog, it’s just something that was free when I was registering with LJ.

    We keep reading in the national news about how green Chicago’s supposed to be…seems to me that if the city leaders want to keep that rep, they ought to keep the buses running, but that’s just me….

  2. On June 8th, 2007 at 11:27 am Brigid Says:

    I’ll update that on there. Thanks.

    Chicago is green in many ways. We have an excellent system of bike lanes and trails, and the city has done some interesting things with, for instance, planting native plants on top of buildings which reduces temperature (green growing things versus black tar paper) and increases oxygen output. But yeah, public transit needs more funding and I’m stumped as to why that’s not second nature to people in Chicago. I guess people with cars don’t see it as necessary?