My suspicions were correct: Doug Foy’s appointment by Mitt signals an anti-sprawl (i.e. ‘smart growth’
) policy within the new administration. Being a big rail-transit fan, Hub Blog is excited, though one distantly fears a ‘smart growth’ campaign falling into the hands of anti-growth proponents down the road. ... Some other appointments by Mitt
, including the naming of Daniel Grabauskas as transportation czar. As noted before, Hub Blog, as would many others, would support a tax increase (on gasoline?) if it’s specifically pegged to repairing bridges, expanding public transportation and paying down the huge capital debts of various public works/transportation agencies. Those debts are choking off prospects for new projects. Needless to say, said agencies need to be reformed/streamlined first. They need it.
: Interesting article in the Times on Michael Bloomberg’s first year as mayor
there. Though I’m far away from the NY action, I haven’t been impressed by his performance. But others have -- and there’s a parallel to Mitt, perhaps, as Romney tries to reshape state government here. Good lead on the NYT story. And here’s a good quote: "People who spend a lot of time in the public sector can, over time, convince themselves that fundamental changes can't happen," said Bill de Blasio, a councilman from Brooklyn. "I think it is a virtue that he (Bloomberg) can look at things as a clean slate."