Support public transportation:
Not a day goes by that I don't curse Houston's
city planning. Look at our skyline. Enchanting, right? Look closer next
time and you'll see a
healthy coat of brownish air draped across
the blue skies. The city's smog is practically our trademark, thanks to
the meticulous decisions
made thus far by our leaders. But on Nov.
6, we get to make the decision.
A complaining party has managed to put
the city's light rail initiative on the November ballot.
Oh, to have light rail in Houston ... To
not have to pay eight dollars to park in a dark parking lot in downtown
Houston should be reason
enough for you to get out and vote for
this initiative. You could ride the rails to Enron Field, or to a Texans
game. If you suddenly lacerate your
pinky toe, you can go to the medical district
on the light rail. You don't even have to park illegally anymore --light
rail will take care of you.
Merely step onto Houston's new prime form
of city transportation, and watch the suckers sit in traffic as you cruise
to your downtown
destination in style.
Who could oppose such an obviously beneficial
measure? Plenty of people. If you commute to downtown right now, you've
that Main Street looks like war-ridden
Jerusalem. More recently, troubled drivers can even be re-routed in such
a way that they can test out
the Texaco Grand Prix's downtown course
(ask me about my Saturday night driving extravaganza through downtown).
Club-hopping weekend warriors even get
to ruin their favorite pair of shoes while walking through the muddy construction
zones. Nothing is
more attractive than losing your footing
and eating the pavement outside your hipster club of choice.
Opposition might be present on Nov. 6.
Nevertheless, we must forge ahead as a force of environmentally minded
and progressive citizens.
There is no way that Houston can be taken
seriously as a metropolitan nucleus without some kind of accessible public
transportation (no, the
Metro doesn't count). We can toss our
2012 Olympic hopes out the windows of our gas-guzzling vehicles if this
initiative doesn't go through.
Downtown traffic is hell right now. The
roads have been gutted. But voting against light rail won't magically seal
them back up again. We'll
only be wasting money and time already
It is illogical to turn away now. The air
engulfing our city will always be stained brown if we don't make inroads
on obtaining light rail.