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From MSNBC:

Biden administration announces first major step to fight America’s racist roads

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a large grant that’ll be used to dismantle a highway built to destroy a Black community. And there’s more.

Sept. 15, 2022, 2:33 PM PDT
By Ja’han Jones

The Biden administration is capping off the president’s recent trip to Michigan, focused largely on worker rights and transportation innovation, by handing out its first federal grant to dismantle a highway built to perpetuate racial discrimination.

The move is part of the Biden administration’s broader effort to remake America’s infrastructure to be more equitable, including addressing racist roads that were designed to facilitate white flight and deprive Black communities of housing and commercial opportunities.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that \$104.6 million in federal funds coming from last year’s bipartisan infrastructure bill will go toward a plan to dismantle Interstate 375, a highway built to bisect Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood and its epicenter of Black business, Paradise Valley.

iSteve commenter Sparkling Wiggle writes:

Highway placement is a funny no-win situation.

If it goes down the middle of a black neighborhood, it splits the community.

If it goes along the edge of a black neighborhood, it separates it from nearby white communities.

If it is far away from a black neighborhood, then that neighborhood has been bypassed and cut off.

All three claims are being made about different highways right now in different parts of the country.

iSteve commenter BosTex writes:

I-94 in Saint Paul is a racist road. It ran over the Rondo neighborhood which was the black neighborhood in the Twins Cities. Very, very racist. It is also racist to have a black neighborhood, so I 94 should have been routed elsewhere, cutting the black neighborhood from something or other, causing more racist mayhem.

I-93 in Boston is kind of a racist road in that it skirts Roxbury and cuts it off from the terrible racists in South Boston and all the South Boston magic dirt which makes Southie perfectly great to live in and walk around in at 2 AM (unlike Roxbury) and access to the South Boston beaches, which is bad because we know that black people like to swim.

Say your city has just two freeways, built at right angles that meet in the middle of town. The freeways take up an increasing percentage of the city surface as you go from the outskirts to the interchange near the center. Way out on the outskirts, the average resident is inconveniently far from any freeway. Way downtown, the two freeways take up too much of the surface, making pedestrianism inconvenient. Somewhere in-between is an optimum point, although I’ve never seen any discussion of where that would fall.

Blacks tend to live near the center of cities, so their neighborhoods tend to get chopped up more.

But let’s look at a map of a once famously black place, Compton, CA, home of West Coast gangsta rap.

A freeway runs through the south edge of Compton and along its east edge, but, overall, it looks to me to be pretty well served by freeways, sitting in the middle of a rectangle of freeways. It looks “freeway close” to a lot of destinations like LAX, DTLA, the Port, Century City, etc. That didn’t keep it from changing from the home of two future Presidents around 1950 to a crack hell around 1990 to a pretty nondescript mostly Latino working class community today.

So, I dunno …

 
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  1. “… Way out on the outskirts, the average resident is inconveniently far from any freeway. ..”

    Ring highways and the like tend to get built around the center if the city is big enough. And freeways don’t seem to meet at right angles as much as you might expect. They seem to merge and then unmerge a mile or two away a lot.

  2. JimDandy says:

    The Babylon Bee has a section where readers pitch headlines. A pretty good one from yesterday:

    In Place Of Reparations Biden Now Focusing On Massive Roads Project Which Will Force More People To Drive Through High Crime Neighborhoods

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  3. … including addressing racist roads that were designed to facilitate white flight and deprive Black communities of housing and commercial opportunities.

    It’s too late. They done left Detroit fitty years ago … too late to close dat barn door now. But it were a different time, you understand…

    Nice job on S. Boston, BosTex!

    • Replies: @BosTex
  4. Our fake elites are a cult. They deliberately hurt children to instill their beliefs.

    A teacher at an elite private school in California’s Pacific Palisades called whiteness “poison” and pledged to expose white students to “racially stressful encounters

    https://www.breitbart.com/education/2022/09/19/exclusive-private-school-teacher-calls-whiteness-poison-fosters-racially-stressful-encounters/

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  5. Interstate 95 is a pretty racist road. Better tear it down. Black and brown lives are at stake.

    • Replies: @Polistra
    , @Almost Missouri
  6. It’s hard to imagine something that better shows the severe decline into dysfunction of the US govt. and Ruling Class than this project.

    From the 1950s to the 1970s the US Dept. of Transportation build 47,000 miles of highways. According to Car and Driver, the cost in today’s dollars was \$235 B, or \$5 M per mile.

    In 2022 the US Dept. of Transportation is bragging about destroying a 1 mile highway for \$100 M.

    • Agree: TontoBubbaGoldstein
    • Thanks: Almost Missouri
    • Replies: @Jim Bob Lassiter
  7. Anonymous[399] • Disclaimer says:

    ‘Racist Road’.

    Surely the first recorded step of a long ‘intellectual’ journey back to a belief system of animism – which was not the exclusive province of sub Saharan Africans, but believed to be the fairly universal condition of pre metal age man – in which such attributes as sentience, malice, benevolence, etc are attributed inanimate objects, geographical features, hydrological phenomena etc.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  8. When will we dismantle the racist 405 Freeway, which cuts the communities of Bel Aire and Brentwood in two, rendering them into the unlivable hell-holes that they are today.

    • Agree: bomag, Dmon
    • Thanks: Renard
    • LOL: AceDeuce
    • Replies: @Dmon
  9. Anonymous[954] • Disclaimer says:

    Well, I hope now Biden will finally do something about Dead Man’s Curve.

    It’s been killing us white folks since it was created!

    It almost took me out a couple of times!!

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  10. @Anonymous

    Right. I was pretty startled when the New York Times started a few years ago running serious articles about “racist objects.”

  11. @Anonymous

    There are a number of curves on Sunset Blvd. that could be the song’s “Dead Man’s Curve.” On one of them in 1982, I got in a traffic jam. It turned out that actor Scott Baio had just plowed his brand new sports car into a telephone pole. He looked peeved.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    , @LP5
    , @Anonymous
  12. The idea that the roads were put where they’re at because the ground was cheaper has never occurred to our elites?

  13. Mr. Anon says:

    As a campaign sop to Pennsylvania, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (accompanied by Senate candidate John Fetterman, in hoodie, with a walker) announces ground-breaking of a new federal road project: “The Hershey Highway”.

  14. Mr. Anon says:

    Racist roads. Transphobic parking garages. Patriarchal medians. Anti-semitic cloverleafs!

    What new form of hate-concrete won’t they find next?!

    • Replies: @Known Fact
    , @Paul Mendez
  15. Polistra says:
    @Liberals hate me

    Tearing up I-95 from Maine to Florida would be a good start. As the Sierra Club said about reparations — a good start. But then why not tear up all roads? Remember money is free now, or soon will be, at the rate we’re going.

    Two things come to mind: are concrete highways more racist than asphalt, if you know what I mean? And: you know we’re not going to stop with roads. Buildings are notoriously racist as well.

    Which leads me to: once we’ve torn everything down, we’ll be very much like Africa before the white man came. Then it’s Wakanda Time!

    • LOL: europeasant
    • Replies: @bomag
  16. Seth says:

    Detroit is half the size it was when the racist highway was built. It’s probably no longer worth the cost of maintaining it for the little traffic it gets.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    , @Muse
  17. AndrewR says:
    @Loyalty Over IQ Worship

    Of course she’s a member of the tribe who LARPs as white while explicitly attacking whites. And of course Breitbart describes her views as “left wing” instead of anti-white.

  18. Frank G says:

    I feel like they would be green lighting these projects anyway, and are just using anti-racism to sell them to the public. They’ve been talking about removing inner city freeways for a while now.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  19. @Frank G

    The Democrats in 1982 were big on infrastructure spending to ostensibly keep bridges from falling down. Now a 1982 Democrat is in the White House and he wants to spend on infrastructure, same as then, but now it’s to fight racism. The more things change the more they stay the same.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    , @Jack D
    , @AnotherDad
  20. Dumbo says:

    addressing racist roads that were designed to facilitate white flight

    How is “white flight” racist? I would think that if whites flee an area, then by definition there will be less racism there?

    Anyway, I found the racist road right here, someone arrest it:

    • Replies: @bomag
    , @Chrisnonymous
    , @megabar
  21. Anonymous[269] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: Beyond Meat: Vegan food executive accused of biting man’s nose

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-62964369

    I wonder if he swallowed.

    • Replies: @tyrone
    , @Paul Mendez
  22. Robert Caro’s biography of Robert Moses, The Power Broker, tells the story of the man behind much of NYC’s traffic infrastructure, and it offers up a number of examples purported to show that much of it was designed to keep the brown folk down. The most famous examples are the low bridges on the Southern State Parkway, alleged to be purpose-built to keep busses full of brown people from coming out to Long Island beaches, and the Cross-Bronx Expressway, which tore the low-income neighbourhoods of the South Bronx asunder.

  23. AceDeuce says:
    @Mr. Anon

    As a campaign sop to Pennsylvania, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (accompanied by Senate candidate John Fetterman, in hoodie, with a walker) announces ground-breaking of a new federal road project: “The Hershey Highway”.

    Oy Gevalt! There’s a cute couple–Pete Butt-giggety and Uncle Festerman. AKA “The Hump”. I bet that Big Boy Festerman would give Buttgiggety a reaming that little garden gnome would never forget.

    Maybe Festerman’s wife, the “SLOP” (She coined the term for herself-“Second Lady of Pennsylvania”), could join in with those two. She’s an actual, no foolin’ illegal alien, so those two half-dead white males must give her some lovin’ on demand, despite Buttgiggety’s mutterings of “Ewwwww, girls have cooties!”

    What a world.

  24. @Redneck farmer

    the ground was cheaper

    Yeah, that’s the fact, as Biden likes to say about non-facts.

    For capturing government and donor funding, “anti-racism” and “climate change” are buzzwords that money-seekers arbitrarily sprinkle on whatever they do nowadays. Of course, the real questions are 1) how did those false narratives become the dominant and decisive ones, and 2) how much additional damage will their falseness wreak beyond the damage that big government and big donor already do?

  25. racist roads that were designed to facilitate white flight

    I-375 is a part of a ring road. If whites tried to flee on it, they would literally be going in circles. If these antiracists actually understood what they were saying, they should be trying to destroy radial spoke roads, not ring roads, which serve and protect city center (disproportionality black) neighborhoods.

    Say your city has just two freeways, built at right angles that meet in the middle of town. The freeways take up an increasing percentage of the city surface as you go from the outskirts to the interchange near the center. Way out on the outskirts, the average resident is inconveniently far from any freeway. Way downtown, the two freeways take up too much of the surface, making pedestrianism inconvenient. Somewhere in-between is an optimum point, although I’ve never seen any discussion of where that would fall.

    Blacks tend to live near the center of cities, so their neighborhoods tend to get chopped up more.

    I think that is the conundrum that ring roads are meant to solve. Pretty much every big city has some kind a ring road/beltway/loop/whatever (the building of which displaced someone, but if that someone was white, no one cares nowadays). Los Angeles has so many, it effectively has its own freeway grid system.

    Highway placement is a funny no-win situation.

    If it goes down the middle of a black neighborhood, it splits the community.

    If it goes along the edge of a black neighborhood, it separates it from nearby white communities.

    If it is far away from a black neighborhood, then that neighborhood has been bypassed and cut off.

    All three claims are being made about different highways right now in different parts of the country.

    Anti-racism is a rigged game. The only way to win is not to play.

    • Agree: TontoBubbaGoldstein
    • Thanks: Rob
    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian, bomag
    • Replies: @Chris Renner
    , @RAZ
    , @Bill Jones
  26. They’re right, though.

    Freeways in the city are always going to harm the people who live there. Car dependence is incompatible with happy city life. If your city has non-white people in it, then those freeways are going to harm non-whites and therefore they’re racist.

    The way to win is to route freeways around cities without going close.

    Then build a quality transit system in the city.

  27. @The Alarmist

    The most famous examples are the low bridges on the Southern State Parkway, alleged to be purpose-built to keep busses full of brown people from coming out to Long Island beaches

    If so, that was a stroke a genius and foresight on the part of Robert Moses. It’s just a good thing that those busses full of brown people never heard of the Long Island Expressway or the Sunrise Highway (State Route 27), which do more or less the same thing as the Southern State Parkway.

    Personally, I think the reason that the Southern State Parkway has low bridges is that, like the rest of NY’s Parkway system, it is intended for passenger cars only, as the prominent signs at every Parkway entry clearly specify.

    • Agree: Polistra
  28. It’s all so tiresome.

    Politicians are just finding new ways to justify spending huge amounts of money in ways that benefit them and their donors. Since BLM and the Summer of Floyd, almost anything can be justified on the basis of racism, White Supremacy, homophobia, antisemitism, whatever. They’re just excuses to loot the country; it’s not intended to make sense to rational, intelligent people.

    None of this has to make sense; the majority of the population just believes what they are told, or what they see while consuming what passes for “entertainment”.

  29. J.Ross says:

    Their solution to everything from Russia to urban planning is money printer go brrr.

  30. Polistra says:
    @The Alarmist

    Your entertaining little story of White Supremacist Violence is missing a number of parentheses, though it’s an open question whether Moses or Caro deserves more. I like Jane Jacobs so I’ll let her decide how many she should have.

  31. AceDeuce says:
    @The Alarmist

    Robert Caro’s biography of Robert Moses, The Power Broker, tells the story of the man behind much of NYC’s traffic infrastructure, and it offers up a number of examples purported to show that much of it was designed to keep the brown folk down. The most famous examples are the low bridges on the Southern State Parkway, alleged to be purpose-built to keep busses full of brown people from coming out to Long Island beaches, and the Cross-Bronx Expressway, which tore the low-income neighbourhoods of the South Bronx asunder.

    Cool story, bro.

    Moses made his proposal for the CBE in 1945, and construction started three years later.

    White population in the Bronx (by percentage): 1940 98.25% 1950 93.14%

  32. If we shipped them all back to Ghana or wherever, they would never again be troubled by racist American roads.

  33. Dan Smith says:

    Interstate deconstruction is the latest organized attack on Whiteness. In my old hometown of St Paul MN a legend exists that the Rondo Avenue neighborhood was the epicenter of mighty cultural and financial greatness of blacks. The construction of Interstate 94 through the area devastated that, leading to high crime and poverty. A similar argument has been proposed in Durham NC near where I now live. The solution, of course, is money. A backwards introduction of reparations. Then everything be fine. Until the next shakedown.

    • Replies: @Anon
  34. tyrone says:
    @Anonymous

    Vegan food executive accused of biting man’s nose

    ……..no longer a vegan?

    • Replies: @Cortes
    , @The Anti-Gnostic
  35. HenryA says:
    @The Alarmist

    When Robert Moses was building his parkways New York City had only a small number of brown people. The people Moses was hoping to keep away were NYC’s working class Irish, Italians and Jews.
    Likewise the Cross Bronx expressway was rammed through a neighborhood of White ethnics. Blacks and Puerto Rican’s moved in after the neighborhood was destroyed and housing prices declined. The subsequent violence brought about by the newer more diverse residents caused the remaining Whites to flee.

    • Thanks: Hibernian
  36. Mike Tre says:

    And when the road is gone someone will bitch that some poor brown person’s bus route was moved and now they can’t get to their minimum wage job at a fast food joint in suburbia.

  37. @Redneck farmer

    Correct. It comes down to money. The City/County/State/Feds only have so much money to spend on a road project. Real estate through black neighborhoods is cheapest so that’s where highways will run. Buying property within a city’s borders is very, very expensive. Most government public works departments have limited budgets. They owe it to their taxpayers to get the most bang for their buck. If anything is “racist”, it’s market efficiency itself; an efficient market is “racist”.

    • Replies: @Alden
  38. @Almost Missouri

    A nice drive. I got a ticket on the BRP while driving my plain vanilla Econoline van back in 1970. The only thing that gave me away was the tiny word “commercial” on the license plate. How the cop saw that is a mystery to me.

    The Taconic parkway is another beauty. The Blue Ridge Parkway of the north.

  39. Cortes says:
    @tyrone

    Nothing worse than those who don’t practice what they preach. Unless they have and publish proof that the victim’s hooter was a prosthetic sculpted from compressed beetroot fibre or similar, I’m avoiding their products.

  40. Anon[315] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dan Smith

    Re: Durham….I think tobacco moving out had a lot to do with what happened to Downtown.

    There has been a contingent of hard-core “I Heart Durham” folks – usually white, liberal, and possessing advanced degrees – that through sheer tenacity over the years salvaged a lot of downtown ghetto and turned it into the American tobacco campus and various hipster foodie outlets.

    I am sure many struggling American cities have this sort of community group. I never saw the point of it but respect their results.

    The same contingent of whites that would have put a man on the moon 60 years ago is now looking at urban wasteland and seeing a future oasis. Truly, cleaning up black parts of town is a waste of these folks’ talents.

    • Replies: @Alden
  41. a highway built to destroy a Black community.

    racist roads

    They don’t even maintain the pretense of objectivity anymore.

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
  42. @Almost Missouri

    What’s the lovely parkway that goes up the West Side of Manhattan into Connecticut? I was dreading driving to my wife’s aunt’s house on I-95, but she told us about this parkway that’s like 40mph the whole way for cars only. It’s like a scene out of “Mad Men” about how much better life was in 1960 than in 1970.

  43. I love seeing Steve quote some guy going by “Sparkling Wiggle”. Really made my Tuesday!

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  44. Arclight says:
    @(((Owen)))

    I largely agree with this – unfortunately I think there are a lot of big-ish cities that are too low density to support an expansive transit system at this point.

  45. @(((Owen)))

    Quality transit system, blacks. Choose one.

    Latinos know this, which is why they have their own private mini-bus lines running all over metro Atlanta.

    • Agree: Almost Missouri
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  46. countenance says: • Website

    My theory about all this. Hint: It’s not about black people, it’s about gay white liberal gentrifiers.

    https://countenance.wordpress.com/2021/11/28/racist-roads-explained/

  47. @Almost Missouri

    I-375 is a part of a ring road.

    That’s not correct. Its southern terminus is at Jefferson Avenue, a surface street.

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  48. @Steve Sailer

    Steve don’t a lot of motorcycles crash and die out on the twisties in the Hills in California down south? Mulholland ring a bell? There are overlooks that people film the motorcycles racing in canyon toasties and some of those bikes crash and die. Ever been there?

  49. @Steve Sailer

    What’s the lovely parkway that goes up the West Side of Manhattan into Connecticut?

    The Henry Hudson Parkway going north it turns into the bucolic Saw Mill River Parkway. It is indeed a lovely ride, especially in the fall. Another Robert Moses project.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Chrisnonymous
  50. Jack D says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Democrats believe in verbal magic – calling an object something makes it that thing. So the recent spending bill was called the “Anti-Inflation Act” or something like that, even though it had little or nothing to do with inflation (in fact probably makes it worse). Last year when inflation was not yet a political problem for the Dems it was called something else – they didn’t actually change the content of the bill – they just renamed it. This way at debates when Dem candidates are asked if they are doing anything about inflation they can say, sure, we passed the “Anti-Inflation Act”.

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    , @Kylie
  51. @Steve Sailer

    Henry Hudson Pkwy -> Cross County Pkwy -> Hutchinson River Pkwy -> Merritt Pkwy ?

    And yes, the Parkway system is a hidden jewel of the East Coast’s transport network.

  52. @tyrone

    B12 deficiency with cluster B disorders.

  53. @Jack D

    Democrats believe in verbal magic – calling an object something makes it that thing.

    Agree.

    So the recent spending bill was called the “Anti-Inflation Act” or something like that, even though it had little or nothing to do with inflation (in fact probably makes it worse). Last year when inflation was not yet a political problem for the Dems it was called something else – they didn’t actually change the content of the bill – they just renamed it.

    As I recall it was the “Climate Change Act” or “Global Warming Reduction Act” or something like that, as if spraying money at Democrat constituencies would change the weather. Although, to be fair, it might cause a Nuclear Winter, so there’s that.

    • Replies: @tyrone
  54. @HenryA

    Most “redlined” neighborhoods of that time were also full of White ethnics, not blacks. Not a surprise if you know the demographics of the US at the time. This fact is never mentioned when redlining is brought up.

  55. RAZ says:
    @HenryA

    When Robert Moses was building his parkways New York City had only a small number of brown people. The people Moses was hoping to keep away were NYC’s working class Irish, Italians and Jews.
    Likewise the Cross Bronx expressway was rammed through a neighborhood of White ethnics. Blacks and Puerto Rican’s moved in after the neighborhood was destroyed and housing prices declined. The subsequent violence brought about by the newer more diverse residents caused the remaining Whites to flee.

    Agree with the second point about mostly white ethnic displacement from the Bronx at the time of building the CBE.

    But have always heard that Parkways were built low to allow NYC White ethnics (there were few WASPS) to drive to Jones Beach in their cars while not allowing buses from say Harlem to access them.

    Think there were later highways built through Brooklyn (BQE?) that displaced more Blacks. There are housing projects near Far Rockaway (Edgemere, Arverne) that were built for these people according to a history of Rockaway documentary.

  56. Jack D says:
    @kaganovitch

    The parkway that goes into Connecticut in substitution for I-95 is the Hutchinson River Parkway. It’s not as bucolic as it once was – it’s mostly been modernized because some of the quaint old features were highly dangerous, such as no entrance ramps. You would enter the parkway accelerating from a dead stop at a stop sign with oncoming traffic coming at you at full speed.

    Westchester has a bunch of N-S parkways that mostly ran parallel to rivers – the Hutchinson, the Bronx, the Saw Mill, etc. A river valley is a naturally flat area. Sewer lines run next to rivers for the same reason. The terrain of Westchester lends itself to going north-south. E-W you have to pass thru a bunch of ridges and valleys and is not easy – there are only a couple of E-W roads. I think the Bronx was the 1st (one of the first parkways in America) and it was indeed designed as a 40 mph road – since that’s how fast cars went in the 1920s it was a high speed road for its time, compared to city streets. The idea of a parkway was not that it was going to be a freeway for commuting to Manhattan as fast as possible. Emphasis on the PARK. It was supposed to be a scenic drive that you took OUT of the city into the countryside for leisure on Sunday. The parkways had low bridges and were cars only, partly so that you wouldn’t have to compete with trucks but also to keep riff-raff carrying buses out of the suburbs.

  57. RAZ says:
    @Almost Missouri

    The Titania Mcgrath ironic twitter site is hilarious with a section quoting someone where doing something in particular is racist, and then also quoting someone else where not doing that thing is also racist.

  58. @Chris Renner

    I-375 is a part of a ring road.

    That’s not correct.

    It sure looks like it on a map.

    • Replies: @Chris Renner
  59. Jack D says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Correct, although the HH has a toll on the bridge out of Manhattan so if you get off the West Side Highway near the GW Bridge you go briefly onto the Cross Bronx and then catch the Major Deegan going north until you come to the Cross County – the travel time is about the same depending on traffic (although the HH is more scenic) but this route is toll free.

  60. bomag says:
    @Polistra

    Agree.

    As the Sierra Club said about reparations — a good start.

    Irritating thing about environmentalists: like to brag that they are fearless about tackling political issues; the more unfriendly to current orthodoxy, the better; yet much of what they fight against is population pressure, but almost none will take a stand on that issue. And if you suggest some population groups are friendlier to the enviro than others, and maybe a useful tool would be to limit the importation of groups prone to ruining natural splendor, it’s a universal “I’m not going to go there.”

  61. countenance says: • Website

    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that \$104.6 million in federal funds coming from last year’s bipartisan infrastructure bill will go toward a plan to dismantle Interstate 375, a highway built to bisect Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood and its epicenter of Black business, Paradise Valley.

    Since you already know what I think this “racist roads” yammering is all about, I’m going to go out on a limb and speculate that this I-375 in Detroit is in an area that is gentrified or is gentrifying.

  62. Brutusale says:

    I-93 in Boston essentially follows the coastline from the Quincy-Milton line through the tunnel downtown. The big loop north it does at the Neponset River instead of going straight through Dorchester Lower Mills and Roxbury is because that’s the way downtown. Five miles up I-93 from Neponset is a second big loop at the Mass Ave. ramp, a whole 500 feet from the infamous intersection of Mass Ave. and Melnea Cass Boulevard, which is the gateway to Roxbury.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_and_Cass

    It’s also where the girlfriend’s hospital is.

    The white guys from “border” neighborhoods Neponset and Dot Lower Mills were always the toughest bastards in the city. They were a bigger problem at the club I worked for than the Southie/Charlestown guys.

    • Replies: @BosTex
  63. Anonymous[428] • Disclaimer says:

    So all you freaks gonna act like you didn’t push a destructive and unnecessary Covid lockdown that destroyed millions of lives? You’re going to act like you weren’t part of a big lie?

    From myths about overwhelmed hospitals to claims that the lockdown would just last two weeks, you just gonna act like that didn’t happen and you weren’t complicit?

    Oh, and all the emotional blackmail techniques that were used, that was shameful. Anyone who challenged anything was accused of wanting to kill grandma. And yet it was you freaks who condemned grandmothers to die alone for no reason.

    Why would anyone trust you people?

    • Agree: Alden
  64. Steve has in the past described the black theory of mind with relation to racism as a layover from the practices of voodoo – viz, someone, somewhere is having bad thoughts, and those bad thoughts are causing blacks misfortune. In this case the road in question is a sort of voodoo object – constructed in 1964, it retains the juju of the evil people who built it for racist reasons, even if in the intervening sixty or so years people moved all over and around the road and it no longer “bisects” anything in terms of race. It’s the “structural racism” that haunts things long after the thinkers of malicious thoughts are long gone.

    My question is whether left wingers like Buttigieg share this racism-as-voodoo theory of mind, or whether they understand it in blacks but don’t share it themselves but seek to mollify blacks by these counter acts of expiatory voodoo? I generally don’t know which is the case. I always thought that left wingers were just long exhausted by black failure and antics but at the same time became more dependent upon blacks for electoral success, so this was all a sort of servicing a particularly troublesome client group and a manner of deflecting criticism away from their clients and on to nonsense explanations for why while blacks’ material and social condition has vastly improved their behavior and achievements haven’t. But now I genuinely don’t know – I suppose if you claim to believe something long enough and hard enough you may eventually begin to integrate it into your identity and need to believe it.

  65. bomag says:
    @Dumbo

    How is “white flight” racist?

    Well, according to ultra expert Michelle Obama, Whites take the tax money with them.

  66. Aren’t highways constructed using land that is at least partially taken via eminent domain? (i.e., the government “buys” the land from the owners, who have no choice but to “sell”). If so, then efficient stewardship of resources should lead government bureaucrats to seize/”buy” the least expensive land, i.e., land in poor, underdeveloped or declining neighborhoods.

    In other words, the path highways take seems like it could be more about economic class than about race.

  67. @(((Owen)))

    Yup wait until the angry 6 ft 5 man with a hatchet gets on the stop after yours.

    Public transportation is like public restrooms.

  68. @Mr. Anon

    Racist roads. Transphobic parking garages. Patriarchal medians. Anti-semitic cloverleafs! What new form of hate-concrete won’t they find next?

    Huge confusing interchanges near Atlanta and elsewhere have become known on traffic reports as “Spaghetti Bowls” — a clear case of anti-Italian bias

  69. tyrone says:
    @HenryA

    WOW, actual historical knowledge………shame on you!

    • LOL: kaganovitch
  70. BosTex says:

    Steve-

    Good morning and thanks for highlighting my note about “racist roads”. I appreciate it.

    What is amazing to me about the whole “racist roads” chatter is how historically ignorant the idea is: almost all of the large roads you see in major cities are where they are because that is where they had to be:

    I93 and I90 in Boston: have to be where they are since they are built atop pre-existing, major railroad rights of way formerly owned by NYNH & H. (I think I90 is built where there used to be a massive railroad junction and repair yard). They have to be where they are because there was no where else to build a major road in Boston.

    Apparently the folks that write about racist road placement never investigate anything and maybe something to consider is that black folks, when they migrated to places like Boston, stayed pretty close to where the railroad dropped them off (which is actually not a terrible idea) and then after staying close to where they landed, a major road was built due to practicality and common sense.

    No, no: the explanation always has to be some kind of malicious intent by white folks.

    • Agree: Art Deco
  71. bomag says:
    @(((Owen)))

    Car dependence is incompatible with happy city life.

    Counter examples abound. Many western US cities ~100,000 people rate high in quality of life.

    If your city has non-white people in it, then those freeways are going to harm non-whites and therefore they’re racist.

    Weird statement: not the classic definition of racism. Does capture the ethos of today: Whites must fix everything that bothers non-Whites.

  72. @Seth

    You may be right. And it would be a pretty smart for a politician to claim he was fighting for racial justice rather than mundane cost saving measures.

  73. @(((Owen)))

    Right, Owen. That was the original idea of the Interstate Highway system. It was to connect so many cities, far and wide, but not to go through them. Spur routes and rings were made, some rings being just 2 or 3 Interstates that pass around the city enclosing it, but also, people built up near the main Interstates too.

    The only time in my life once could have taken some of these roads from end to end without slowing down for jams was during the Kung Flu PanicFest summer of ’20. (I guess if you time everything perfectly to go around/through cities in the middle of the night, you might be able to keep moving.)

  74. When someone tries to unload a dump truck of White guilt on you, dump a simple FACT on them:

    If Whites actually “victimized” Blacks, Blacks would OBVIOUSLY not be swarming out of Mother Africa & into White lands by the endless millions.

  75. tyrone says:
    @Almost Missouri

    No mention of the 80 billion to the IRS that will be busting down our doors and sticking a gun in our face.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  76. @Dumbo

    Someone made 4 parking places in the middle of a road? That’s pretty dumb.

  77. The two grains of truth in all of this outrage over racist roads are

    1) building freeways through existing built-up areas was a tragic mistake that’s largely unique to North America, and
    2) they were disproportionately built through black neighborhoods.

    That said, no one bothers to provide evidence that

    racist roads…were designed to facilitate white flight and deprive Black communities of housing and commercial opportunities.

    , probably because there is none.

    The best explanation for the existence of urban freeways is that officials at the federal Bureau of Public Roads insisted that few people would drive on a freeway that terminated at a ring road or continued to downtown as a surface boulevard (despite the many contrary examples from European cities).
    Local politicians, who might have objected, were in effect bought off by the fact that they could spend 100% of the construction costs of a new road while only coming up with 10% of the funding (federal gas taxes covered the other 90%).

    The best explanation for why they went through black neighborhoods is what many others have commented here: those neighborhoods tended to have cheaper land and less capacity to fight eminent domain.

    • Replies: @Alden
  78. @kaganovitch

    bucolic parkway… is that, like, a four-lane dirt road?

  79. @Almost Missouri

    Don’t forget the pretty Bronx River Parkway, another frequent subject of racism charges — although the big Westchester Journal-News article denouncing this brutal oppression is behind a paywall, which is racist in and of itself

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  80. @(((Owen)))

    Even without a good transit system, there are plenty of modes of transportation that one person or a family can use to get around a city: bikes, scooters, walking.

    The problem is that those aren’t feasible when the streets are designed to prioritize car traffic.

    • Replies: @scrivener3
  81. @Jack D

    A river valley is a naturally flat area. Sewer lines run next to rivers for the same reason.

    The softer alluvial soil of river valleys is also much easier/cheaper to excavate for road building and sewers compared to going over rocky ridges.

    The idea of a parkway was not that it was going to be a freeway for commuting to Manhattan as fast as possible. Emphasis on the PARK. It was supposed to be a scenic drive that you took OUT of the city into the countryside for leisure on Sunday.

    I don’t know if it is true, but I’ve heard that as NY Governor, FDR, who was particularly dependent on his personal car because of his polio, had the Taconic Parkway built as a sort of personal commuting route from his Hyde Park estate down to NYC in the south and up toward the state capital at Albany in the north.

    The parkways had low bridges and were cars only, partly so that you wouldn’t have to compete with trucks but also to keep riff-raff carrying buses out of the suburbs.

    Seems to have worked. There are a lot of old and ritzy suburbs just beyond the Parkway grid. Robert Moses was a smart guy.

    Incidentally, it’s not just the Parkways. Some of the normal access roads have notorious early 20th century arched stone underpasses which create hazardous righthand lanes:

    I think that particular video is on a Parkway, but there are similar underpasses on the the non-Parkway skirts of NYC.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @mmack
    , @Brutusale
  82. Jack D says:

    Bureau of Public Roads insisted that few people would drive on a freeway that terminated at a ring road or continued to downtown as a surface boulevard (despite the many contrary examples from European cities).

    Or for that matter Washington, DC. That’s exactly how the highways of Washington work for the most part – if you take I-95 either you end up on the Beltway ring road or else you have to take Rt. 50 (NY Ave – a surface street) into the center of the city. There is only one freeway (695) that briefly crosses DC at its southern tip for a short 2 mile stretch.

    But it wouldn’t be the first case of our elites refusing to take the medicine that they prescribe for the rest of us.

    There was a time when even more highways were supposed to cut thru cities – Canal Street in NY was supposed to become an expressway, South Street in Philly was proposed to be an expressway. But eventually there was backlash and a lot of the highway plans were cancelled.

    BTW, freeway seems to be a West Coast name. Back east we call them highways or expressways. I think the freeway name was politically driven. Back east a lot of the early limited access highways were tolled (NJ Turnpike, PA Turnpike, NY Thruway, etc.) but the 1950s paradise for white people of California was going to have lots of nice free (or almost free) things for its citizens – free expressways, top quality public universities, free beaches, etc. NY, NJ and PA have state universities but none of them have the stature of Berkeley which compares favorably with the top private eastern Us and the FREEways of LA were supposed to be just as good as the eastern turnpikes but without tolls.

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Ralph L
  83. @NJ Transit Commuter

    \$100M is chicken feed chump change for bribe money to hush up all the Benjamin Crumps that are south Michigan influencers.

  84. Evocatus says:

    OT: Apparently Maduro in Venezuela has decided to take a page from his fellow commie Fidel, emptying the prisons and sending his nation’s criminals al Norte:

    Mariel 2.0 coming soon to a neighborhood near you:

  85. Jack D says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Near where I live there are a bunch of low underpasses over which the Main Line of the PA Railroad passes. In front of some of them they have erected large yellow painted steel I-beams so that the trucks that ignore the many signs get caught on the beam instead of damaging the underpass. These are the kind of large thick i-beams that in a contest between the truck and the i-beam the i-beam will always win. Box trucks and trailers are surprisingly flimsy – thin aluminum and often wood underneath.

    The street that I live on is supposed to be cars only. Last year a large moving van came down it and caught some of the lower cables that were crossing the street at that point. Luckily these were communications cables and not high voltage. But they hit the cables going fast enough that it snapped several telephone poles that go down my neighbor’s long driveway – it turns out that he owns these poles because they are not going down a public street.

    After the truck hit there were cables were drooping even lower in the street. I put out some cones so that no other (illegal) trucks would hit them and the next idiot truck driver did not even slow down – he just switched to the other lane at full speed and caught some more cables (and damaged his truck too). People driving work trucks are so focused on either getting to their next delivery/appointment or getting home that they disregard anything that is impeding them from their goal.

    Driver #1 stopped because his truck was literally caught on the cables (also he didn’t know whether they were live and was afraid to get out). Truck #2 just keep going but there were bits and pieces of his truck in the road.

  86. @Matthew Kelly

    Agree. Also really enjoying pseudo-intellectual Rick Perlstein getting offhandedly humiliated by Steve in the Twitter sidebar.

  87. Here’s ProPublica on racist roads from their highly authoritative essay on the evils of traffic cameras.

    ProPublica found that all 10 locations with the speed cameras that issued the most tickets for going 11 mph or more over the limit from 2015 through 2019 are on four-lane roads. Six of those locations are in majority Black census tracts.

    Meanwhile, the 2-lane roads where fewer tickets were issued were mostly in white neighborhoods.

    Blacks got more concrete, more space to drive in, but that’s bad, because it encouraged TNB (ProPublica didn’t quite put it that way).

    Imagine the howls of outrage if whites got the four-lane roads and blacks got the tw0-lane roads. They’d dig right into your front yard to achieve road equity.

  88. @Steve Sailer

    It’s what Almost Missouri said, becoming the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut and passing through my my neck of the woods. It’s 55 – 65 mph out here, and it moves faster than that when it’s not jammed with commuters. It was built in the late 1930s and fully opened in 1940. Some say it was inspired by the autobahn.

    • Replies: @RAZ
  89. LP5 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Sailer writes:

    There are a number of curves on Sunset Blvd. that could be the song’s “Dead Man’s Curve.”

    I commuted on that stretch of Sunset in the 1980s and noticed how many skid marks and destroyed bushes there were on Monday mornings. Locals talked about avoiding Sunset on weekend evenings, looking for alternate routes home.

  90. LP5 says:

    The Bay Area feels left out. Their BART rail system is known for the station locations, or lack thereof. Which ‘hoods, say, in Oakland, were shortchanged on access, while still paying via taxes and otherwise for the construction?

    LA is still in the running, with Light Rail lines on the west side, pardon me, the Westside, and the 105 Freeway as strong contenders. At least the line color scheme is vibrant.

  91. @Jack D

    Near where I live there are a bunch of low underpasses over which the Main Line of the PA Railroad passes. In front of some of them they have erected large yellow I-beams so that the trucks that ignore the many signs get caught on the beam instead of disrupting the railroad.

    Classic of the genre:

    This guy gets about one of these every month. He even has a website just for this. (If you don’t watch the whole video, at least see the final episode at 8:52 … truck driver dodges disaster, then holds up traffic while he inexplicably decides to opt for disaster after all.

    People driving work trucks are so focused on either getting to their next delivery/appointment or getting home that they disregard anything that is impeding them from their goal.

    When I was a truck driver, I never hit an overpass (or cables), but I came close under some of those arched overpasses, which is why I am still keenly aware of them to this day. I did once gouge the side of my truck on a Fotomat booth or whatever those yellow kiosks were called back in the film days, when I cut a turn too sharp in mall lot. I still remember the horror of getting out and seeing the bright yellow paint in the fresh groove above my employer’s logo. Fortunately, there was a hardware store nearby where I found a close match for the cargo box’s paint so I could camo up the damage. No one at the company ever mentioned it, and that truck went on to absorb such a beating from other drivers that my Fotomat groove faded to insignificance.

    • Thanks: The Anti-Gnostic
    • LOL: Mike Tre
  92. @Chris Renner

    Which part is the racist part?

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  93. BosTex says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Thanks Achmed. Great handle. Whenever I hit a pothole, from now on I am just going to say: “racist road, why do you hate white people so much!” 🙂

  94. I-94 in Saint Paul is a racist road. It ran over the Rondo neighborhood…

    Rondo was wrecked but survives. They have a festival there every summer. Today adjacent Frogtown is becoming rebranded as “Little Mekong”, giving you a clue to the real demographic change in the city.

    Several white neighborhoods in the Cities were also split by interstates. Unlike Rondo, these areas are not lovingly celebrated by former residents and their descendants. They may whine a lot, but do give the blacks some credit for loyalty.

    South of Rondo, I-35E cuts through white middle-class neighborhoods. Their city councilman expressed his constituents’ resentment years ago by having the speed limit reduced to 35 mph. At least the shoulders are well-landscaped, and it’s a pretty drive. You’re not forced to cruise through ugly.

    To change the subject from rib joints, this doesn’t sound very vegan of him:

    Beyond Meat exec Doug Ramsey arrested, charged for biting man’s nose after a college football game

    • Replies: @Ganderson
  95. @Mr. Anon

    LOL. Except there really is a Hersey Highway in the Pittsburgh area.

  96. This is just the Biden Administration working the broken windows fallacy while at the same time setting up their donors for some graft. Whatever replaces 375 will be torn down in another 25 years, 5 years after it opens, during the third term of President Ocasio-Cortez.

  97. BosTex says:
    @Brutusale

    I grew up Fields Corner/Savin Hill (most people from Dot identify by parish: Saint Peter’s, Saint Mark’s etc). Saint Peter’s.

    I always thought the guys from Charlestown were the toughest and craziest.

    Charlestown guys show up: I am a lover, not a fighter, so making the quick exit.

    Thanks for the post and do agree that there were some good battlers from Neponset (I always thought of Lower Mills as the “rich folks”!)

    • Agree: Coemgen
    • Replies: @Bostonvegas
  98. Alden says:
    @ThreeCranes

    That’s not how it works. The roads were built in the late 40’s 1950s in White neighborhoods. Then a few blacks moved in and the usual rampage of murder robbery burglary rape bullying and harassment began. So the Whites moved out.

    It has absolutely nothing to do with the cost to buy the real estate on which the road was to be built. Roads need to go from point A to point Z.And connect with crossroads along the way as expeditiously as possible. And the money for those roads is there.

    I live half the year 2 blocks from a major highway that runs the entire length of America between Mexico and Canada. Every day tens of thousands of people walk, bike, scooter, skate board , ride a bus or drive a car under the freeway to get to work. It’s one of the wealthiest and lowest crime neighborhoods in the country. I believe the last murders were Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.

    It’s the same neighborhood it was when that freeway was built about 70 years ago. But unlike the Bronx few blacks moved in. So the neighborhood still thrives.

    A few miles south though, the freeway goes through some very nasty black and brown neighborhoods. Neighborhoods that were very White and very low crime 70 years ago when the freeway was designed and built.

    Amazing isn’t it? A freeway is like a patchwork quilt. A low crime White area here, a higher crime area brown area there, and as always always, highest crime in the blackest area.

    Subways don’t split neighborhoods. If a person doesn’t use them they don’t even notice them. But the highest levels of crime are always in the black neighborhoods. Witness the San Francisco Bay Area BART system. Almost no crime in the San Mateo County section. Little crime in the San Francisco section. And an explosion in the Alameda Contra Costa section of BART.

    Why? Because Oakland Pittsburg Richmond are where the worst blacks live.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  99. Dmon says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    Freeways are complicated. Take the 105 for example. The eastbound lanes cut right through the heart of Compton and destroyed the neighborhood by allowing White commuters to drive right on through to Norwalk without patronizing the vibrant black business district. The westbound lanes are diverse, as these facilitate the ability of Compton residents to drive to El Segundo, hold up a gas station and mug a few pedestrians, and hop right back onto the freeway and disappear. I think a similar dynamic applies to airports. At the Martha’s Vineyard airport, the inbound flights are racist but the outbound flights are enriching.

    • Thanks: HammerJack
  100. 3,000 Americans dead from “covid” every six days, a 9/11 occurs every six days in the US and Creepy Joe Diapers declares the pandemic over.

    Yo, Sailer, Unz, HA, utu, Twat, and other assorted Vax Covidians: what up?!? Can alls y’alls make any logical sense of Diaper Joe’s edict???

    • Replies: @Cool Daddy Jimbo
  101. @Redneck farmer

    The idea that the roads were put where they’re at because the ground was cheaper has never occurred to our elites?

    Or perhaps the land immediately next to highways ends up costing less, so that blacks end up moving there because it’s affordable. Either way, it never ceases to amaze our elites that poor people live in poor areas. So unfair!

    And once you make a poor area nicer, rents and prices go up and the poor get priced out and move. Unfair!

    It’s almost like there isn’t an infinite supply of nice things and it takes money to buy them.

    • Replies: @Alden
  102. Alden says:
    @Chris Renner

    The neighborhoods WERE NOT BLACK WHEN THE ROADS WERE BUILT.

    Most of the neighborhoods were White when the freeways were planned and built. The neighborhoods that stayed White thrive. Just drive the 5 freeway from say Anaheim, through Carson through WLA through Bel Air LA and check out the neighborhoods. Check out the crime statistics.

    Your brain is an empty sink. You believe any lies the liberals pour into the empty receptacle that is your brain.

  103. @Mr. Anon

    What new form of hate-concrete won’t they find next?

    Institutional/systemic racism cannot be seen, heard, felt, smelled or tasted, yet it’s everywhere. Clearly, it must reside somewhere. Inside concrete is as good a theory as any.

    • Agree: Liza
  104. @Jack D

    The idea of a parkway was not that it was going to be a freeway for commuting to Manhattan as fast as possible. Emphasis on the PARK.

    Nowhere did those cute little colonial-style “filling stations” look more appropriate.


    I remember even prettier ones, but can’t find pictures.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  105. Old Prude says:
    @Mr. Anon

    I hope it’s a one-way road, but with Mayor Pete directing things….

  106. Alden says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    “the land immediately next to highways ends up costing less”

    Tell that to people who live right next to the I 5 freeway who pay \$2,7000 for a one bedroom, up to \$5,000 for a 3 bedroom apartment.

    I’m looking across the alley at that building right now. While typing and drinking my coffee. Rents in this building a block from the freeway, \$1,865 for a small studio to \$2,500 for a small one bedroom.

    And liberals sneer at people who believe in saints and angels. Definition of a liberal; someone who believes anything no matter how ludicrous and false

    • Replies: @Dmon
  107. @Anonymous

    I listened to a podcast about cultured meat (animal tissue grown in a Petri dish).

    The question of whether vegans could eat “meat” cultured from a small sample of tissue was debated.

    The guests also pointed out that initially, cultured meat would be orders of magnitude more expensive than farm-raised meat. Logically, therefore, the first cultured products would not try to compete with beef/pork/chicken but would offer a unique dining experience. Like giant panda or white rhino.

    The ultimate dining experience, of course, would be cultured human flesh. One guest predicted that celebrities might license their “meat.” Want fries with your “Kim Kardashian Booty Burger ™”?

    Maybe the vegan food executive was just doing market research?

  108. @Reg Cæsar

    That looks like 160 million people ago.

    I really do not get the mania for more, more, MORE people from every far corner of the planet on the US land mass. Americans voted with their family-planning preferences for population stability in the 1970s. Practically all the growth since then has been via zero- and first-generation immigration.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  109. RAZ says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Very pleasant drive. Merritt much nicer for cars than the I95 alternative when you are driving near the coast before it turns north towards Hartford.

  110. Peterike says:
    @The Alarmist

    the Cross-Bronx Expressway, which tore the low-income neighbourhoods of the South Bronx asunder.

    Aside from what others have mentioned (that the area was largely white at the time), a quick look at a map will show you that there are numerous streets that cross over or under the Cross-Bronx Expressway. In other words, it’s not separating anything. Ok, sure, maybe you have to walk a few blocks east or west to get to a crossing, but that’s about it.

    The whole story is a gigantic lie.

    • Replies: @prosa123
  111. “And it’s a sign a lot more money will be needed to correct the problem nationwide.” (MSNBC)

    Yeah, I’ll bet–a LOT more! Social engineering on full display. I predict that this will be Boston’s infamous “Big Dig” writ large.

  112. @HenryA

    I believe you’re correct on both counts. The black/Hispanic (mainly the latter) flood into the South Bronx didn’t really take off until after it was opened in the mid-Fifties. Moses also wanted to build the Lower Manhattan Expressway which would have linked FDR Drive with the West Side Highway but it fell through–fortunately for people like my dad whose building he managed would have been one of the buildings scheduled for the wrecking ball.

  113. Forbes says:

    If it goes down the middle of a black neighborhood, it splits the community.
    If it goes along the edge of a black neighborhood, it separates it from nearby white communities.
    If it is far away from a black neighborhood, then that neighborhood has been bypassed and cut off.

    Perfect example of the woke mantra: Everything before yesterday is wrong.

  114. mmack says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Ah yes, the infamous 11′ 8″ “Can Opener” Bridge

    Now the 12′ 4″ “Can Opener” Bridge

  115. @JimDandy

    In Place Of Reparations Biden Now Focusing On Massive Roads Project Which Will Force More People To Drive Through High Crime Neighborhoods

    That was my thought. Now you’ve just dumped a bunch of downtown Detroit commuters onto a giant boulevard with stoplights.

    Carjack alley.

    Ok, that probably won’t be a big thing, but lots panhandling, shakedowns and assorted low life nonsense. And that’s supposed to improve Detroit? Even longer and more annoying commute times to the core, with a higher crime risk? Sounds like an excuse for more white flight, more people/companies just tossing in the towel.

    And yeah, highways are a “deadzone” and do divide neighborhoods. But how is a giant boulevard going to be a big help? Still a major “barrier” and now backing up traffic on side streets.

    When people imagine a “boulevard” they imagine a broad tree lined street with broad sidewalks with shops and restaurants full of white people. Are there enough gentrifying-bodies available here?

    If you actually wanted something redevelopmentally helpful … dig it on out, put the highway in a proper tunnel and redevelop the lid. But you have to throw in a bunch of “racist” policing to make it work.

    • Agree: JimDandy
    • Replies: @Alden
  116. @Jack D

    The parkway that goes into Connecticut in substitution for I-95 is the Hutchinson River Parkway. It’s not as bucolic as it once was – it’s mostly been modernized because some of the quaint old features were highly dangerous, such as no entrance ramps.

    Once it enters Connecticut, it becomes the Merritt Parkway, and it still qualifies as bucolic where I live. It’s just faster than it was in 1940.

    Indeed it’s been modernized, but a few of the on-ramps are still rather short. Merging into 65 mph traffic requires care. Good acceleration helps, but you have to watch out for skittish drivers entering ahead of you who slow down or even stop at the end of the ramp.

    • Replies: @Alden
  117. @Redneck farmer

    The idea that the roads were put where they’re at because the ground was cheaper has never occurred to our elites?

    Imagine the whining when they re-build I95 on Martha’s Vineyard.

  118. Roads are racist, and so are belts, obviously.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Dmon
  119. @Almost Missouri

    Anti-racism is a rigged game. The only way to win is not to play.

    The only way to win is separation.

    • Agree: Gordo
  120. @Steve Sailer

    The pretty bit’s The Sawmill Parkway.
    Drove it most Fridays and Sundays when I lived in Sodom on Hudson to my cabin in the woods @ Copake lake near MA/CT/NY junction.

  121. @The Anti-Gnostic

    Americans voted with their family-planning preferences for population stability…

    No, they didn’t. Stability would be 2.1, not 1.5.

    So this vote was also extremist, just in the other direction.

    That looks like 160 million people ago.

    But only 80 million white people.

    The white population has passed its peak, though much of the loss (2020 saw the first ever) may be due to subtraction by redefinition:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Americans#Demographic_information

    It occurred to me decades ago that the Russian minorities in the ex-Soviet lands could have been dealt with, gently and patiently, through triage. Encourage the most assimilable quarter to assimilate and the least assimilable to emigrate, and over a generation’s time, the Russian-identifying segment would be halved.

    Something like this might be tried in America as well. What percentage of the Hispanic, East Asian, Subcontinental, MENA, and, dare we say, mulatto could we absorb and still be us?

  122. Kylie says:
    @Jack D

    “Democrats believe in verbal magic – calling an object something makes it that thing.”

    Peaceful protests
    January 6 Insurrection
    Rachel Levine
    President Biden

    • Agree: Almost Missouri
    • LOL: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  123. @The Anti-Gnostic

    ‘Latinos know this, which is why they have their own private mini-bus lines running all over metro Atlanta.’

    That’s interesting. Out here on the West Coast, I’ve noticed what seem to be buses by Koreans, for Koreans, going between various Korean population centers. The older folks probably aren’t comfortable driving.

    It’s the logical response to ‘diversity’; what will actually happen. We’ll wind up with something like the Ottoman milliyet system — society as a collection of more-or-less self-contained ethnic and religious communities.

    It works — kinda. Still, I want my country back. White power, white power, white power — if I may be so bold.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    , @John Johnson
  124. @Ghost of Bull Moose

    The whitest clothing statement you can make would be to wear suspenders. They’re also way more comfortable– I wish I had switched years ago.

    And no, they don’t make you look old. They take years off your appearance. It’s dressing like someone much younger that emphasizes the wrinkles.

    And you can get them in all kinds of styles, including Classical:

    • Replies: @Kylie
    , @SafeNow
    , @Buzz Mohawk
  125. @Kylie

    “Paging Dr Jill Biden.”

    • Thanks: Kylie
  126. anon[216] • Disclaimer says:

    ‘Racist roads, racist roads
    Why you’re racist, no one knows
    White and hateful, just how you’re grown
    Who would cling to your racist roads?

    Racist roads, racist roads
    Why we denounce you, heaven knows
    Cuz we need you with a need true
    We must cling to your racist roads.’

  127. All three claims are being made about different highways right now in different parts of the country.

    Bleks are never satisfied.
    Progs always have something to blame.

    ‘Twas ever thus.

  128. prosa123 says:
    @Peterike

    Aside from what others have mentioned (that the area was largely white at the time), a quick look at a map will show you that there are numerous streets that cross over or under the Cross-Bronx Expressway. In other words, it’s not separating anything. Ok, sure, maybe you have to walk a few blocks east or west to get to a crossing, but that’s about it.

    Not only that, but as any motorist can well attest it’s a very narrow right of way, so the number of houses taken was as low as it could have been.
    Ten years later a much wider right of way was taken for the Brooklyn approaches of the Verazzano Narrows Bridge but you don’t hear many complaints how it devastated Bay Ridge.

    • Agree: Bugg
  129. Dmon says:
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    So that’s what the Chinese “Belt and Road” initiative is about.

  130. SafeNow says:

    To be a safe place, it should be situated 5 to 10 mikes from any interstate or similar major road. The reason is that bad guys do not like to commute on small roads to do their harm and make their escape. Also, your freeway-remote place gets extra points if the streets are laid-out not in a grid, but in winding roads, because the latter are too darn complicated for them.

  131. Anonymous[954] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    The only “Dead Man’s Curve” I know is going eastbound on Sunset, where Bel Air Road turns into Beverly Glen Blvd. it’s a downgrading slope, taking you into a curve that is graded at the wrong angle, so that centrifugal force actually works to throw you off the road. If you’re going fast enough, there’s not a damned thing you can do once you hit it. I’d love to know how many accidents happened there.

    Check the YouTube vid for a look at the only curve I fear on Sunset Blvd. I feared it 40 years ago as a teen, as I fear it today. It’s shown right after James Woods says, “let’s see if you still got balls, Terry!”

  132. @Almost Missouri

    Henry Hudson Pkwy -> Cross County Pkwy -> Hutchinson River Pkwy -> Merritt Pkwy

    Just took this route this morning (in reverse)… about 60 miles and with moderate traffic, 2 hours.

    I’m looking forward to never having to take it again (hopefully in a month or two).

  133. I am so glad the Biden administration is finally doing something about this horrible injustice. Detroit was a bastion of the Black Middle Class from at least the early middle ages until 1619, then again from 1865 until 1964 when this 1.062 mile stretch of Poison Pavement was built. It will be great to see things finally get back to normal.

  134. A1 says:

    The trick here is in the claim that these highways only affected Black neighborhoods when in fact many white and especially ‘white ethnic’ neighborhoods were cut off and even torn down due to highways. New Haven, Adams area of Chicago are two examples, both Italian American areas.
    It is the same with redlining. We are now taught that it only affected Black neighborhoods, but again this is simply not true. Many if not most urban redlined areas were white ethnic neighborhoods (Boston’s West and North Ends were both redlined; the West End until it was completely demolished in the late 50s; the North End until gentrification in the 80s. Another example in Boston is Jamaica Plain, which was a largely Irish neighborhood when it was redlined. Like the North End it was gentrification (the ‘highways of the 80s’) that took away the redline designation and in the process displaced the white ethnics (see Richard Wise’s Redlined: A Novel of Boston).

    Whose behind this trick? Who benefits? Who gets fooled?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  135. @Steve Sailer

    A Connecticut female of my long ago acquaintance called the road a ‘Cow Path.’

  136. ♪♪ Racist roads, take me home
    To the place, I belong
    To the suburbs,
    Or the exurbs
    Racist roads, take me home ♪♪

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  137. @BosTex

    Can say we had a few battles over the years with townies …we almost always won …bigger neighborhood population(brighton) was my theory…having said that Charlestown guys were my favorite of all the neighborhoods and remember at least one occasion of fighting blacks together at school…Southie guys my least favorite …i read somewhere that while to me they were all boston irish kids Ctown and southie were actually settled by different counties from ireland ..cant remember which ones but county that settled ctown known for bravery and loyalty while county that filled up southie known for clever schemers…kind of fit my lived experienc..i also worked the door at a bar called Perrys downtown and had generally good experience with Ctown crew despite being basically by myself on mon tue.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  138. megabar says:
    @Dumbo

    > How is “white flight” racist? I would think that if whites flee an area, then by definition there will be less racism there?

    This is why “systemic racism” was such a powerful invention:

    “The US has built into its institutions systemic racism that disproportionately disadvantages POCs. Because of this, BIPOCs — and in particular those of Afro-Caribbean heritage — are not playing on a level playing field, and thus lag in economic measures. At the same time, white people received an undeserved share of the wealth. Since the systems that disadvantage BIPOCs are still present (and, in fact, grew significantly under Donald Trump), and whites already have more wealth, minorities have no realistic avenue with which to equalize outcomes.

    When whites move out of BIPOC areas, they take wealth and opportunity away. When whites move into BIPOC areas without dismantling systemic racism, they use their privilege to siphon the wealth in the area that the BIPOCs built to themselves.

    The only solution that can bring about fairness is anti-racism. That is, whites must live among BIPOCs, and actively transfer their wealth and privilege to the BIPOCs.”

    Note, this works because there is no discernable way to tell the difference between systemic racism and differences in innate traits. And the latter is, of course, a great sin to even contemplate.

    • Replies: @James Speaks
  139. Kylie says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    This pianist was 11 years old. Or maybe not.

  140. @megabar

    and in particular those of Afro-Caribbean heritage — are not playing on a level playing field, and thus lag in economic measures.

    Exactly which games did the Persons of African Excellence play in Africa? Could not have been bakkaball because they didn’t have a number system for keeping score. I mean 1, 2 and many does not cut it.

  141. @Steve Sailer

    Plain fact is the US could use a whole lot of infrastructure spending–the old style kind with evil white guys building actual stuff.

    The reason, of course–immigration.

    Absent the immigration craziness, the US population would have already peaked–or near peak–with 60 or 70 million fewer people. But when you keep jamming people into this joint then obviously the infrastructure you built 50 or 60 years ago doesn’t just need maintenance … you need *more*.

    But, of course, if you keep jamming more people in–as Biden is avidly doing–then you’ll need even more new infrastructure.

    It’s one thing to pay big money for “more stuff” for your kids. It’s quite another to have to pay and pay and pay for more stuff to support foreigners invading your nation. Much less hordes of not very productive foreigners.

    ~~

    Like to hear some conservatives bang on a bit on “traffic congestion” linked to immigration.

    Stuck in traffic? … thank “open borders” Democrats.

    And Joe Biden is gleefully waving in more and more from foreign countries to clog your community, your kids’ schools and the highways you drive. Crazy and destructive for Americans … but future votes for Democrats!

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  142. @Chris Renner

    In Philadelphia they addressed that streets are “designed for cars” problem. They took Chestnut St a fairly high caliber shopping street ( right below Walnut St and Rittenhouse Square in class) and closed down traffic to one lane each direction and limited it to busses, removed all car parking and widened sidewalks to a pedestrian mall like effect.

    Once shoppers could not drive Chestnut or park on it stores were broken into after dark. Without the car traffic it was deserted at night and became a crime zone. Fairly high level retail stores were replaced by video game parlors and other schlock shops.

    I would call it a total failure. People want to drive to stores and entertainment venues particularly after dark in Philadelphia. But keep trying – your central plans will work someday.

    • Replies: @Chris Renner
  143. SafeNow says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    The whitest clothing statement you can make would be to wear suspenders.

    Okay, great observation, but if my pocket protector counts, then surely it’s right up there.

    • Troll: Kylie
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Kylie
  144. Wilkey says:

    Highway placement is a funny no-win situation.

    If it goes down the middle of a black neighborhood, it splits the community.

    This is actually the way it works with almost any statistic that “proves” racism.

    Whites are actually more likely to be sentenced to death relative to the number of murders they commit, but the death penalty is supposedly racist because blacks who murder whites are more likely than blacks who murder blacks to be sentenced to death.

    Tickle the data in enough ways and you can find a way to “prove” that something is racist.

  145. Brutusale says:
    @Almost Missouri

    All Bostonians know what it means the be “Storrowed”. Every fall there’s a photo in the local press of some poor student ripping the top off of his U-Haul!

    https://search.brave.com/images?q=trucks%20hitting%20bridge%20on%20storrow%20drive

  146. @(((Owen)))

    The way to win is to route freeways around cities without going close.

    And how in the fudge would that work? This isn’t SimCity. The surrounding areas have already been built up.

    You’re talking about telling first tier cities (100k pop bedroom communities) that a brand new highway is going through them. Years upon years of NIMBY lawsuits would pile up even if you somehow had the money to buy everyone out.

    Highways can in theory be replaced with tunnels but not everywhere and it’s extremely expensive.

    This idea that highways ruined Black communities is just another ridiculous race denial based theory because the establishment (including Con Inc) will permaban you from the mainstream if you dare suggest that race might be more than skin color and highway placement.

    Jackson, MS has very few highways running through the core urban area compared to Nashville or Dallas.

    Must be a utopia then, eh?

    I propose a one way highway that dead ends in Detroit. Give it a 5 foot drop at the end around 8 mile. Call it race denial express. Would save us billions if we forced every liberal to drive it and face reality.

    • Agree: Alden
  147. @Reg Cæsar

    My solution is just not to wear pants.

  148. @SafeNow

    Okay, great observation, but if my pocket protector counts, then surely it’s right up there.

    Can you still get these? One strong enough to hold a slide rule?

  149. Alden says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Wow, just wow scenic pretty parkway must be a back east thing.

    And no trucks. I believe we have them in California on all those primitive lane and a half suburban and rural roads. To prevent any more potholes. But since most California suburban houses are in the constant process of remodeling there’s no enforcement of the no truck rule.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  150. Corvinus says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    “Something like this might be tried in America as well. What percentage of the Hispanic, East Asian, Subcontinental, MENA, and, dare we say, mulatto could we absorb and still be us?“

    Tens of millions. It’s already been done before. It’s who we are.

    • Troll: loveshumanity
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  151. Dmon says:
    @Alden

    I have this discussion with people all the time. I have a couple of in-laws who are real I Believe I’m An Idiot types, blame black dysfunction on racism and under-investment in their communities, etc. The husband and wife both work in Torrance. The husband always talked about how they valued diversity, but when they started looking for a house, they were looking in Orange County in gated communities, and complaining about how expensive everything was. I told the husband that crazy rich Asians don’t count as diverse, and suggested that he look in Inglewood or Hawthorne, which was much cheaper and much more convenient to their jobs. He looked at me blankly and said “But that’s not a very nice area”.

  152. Corvinus says:
    @Colin Wright

    It was never your country, it’s our nation.

    • Troll: loveshumanity
  153. @Almost Missouri

    I’ve been watching this guy’s videos for years, I’m sure he gets a nice little chunk of money every month from just having a camera outside his apartment to catch all these mishaps. I think they did something to put a stop to trucks going down that road. A friend and I were discussing that it would probably be cheaper to gradually cut into the roadway and lower it by a few feet, than to shut down the freight lines to raise the railroad bridge height.

    I was returning a rental box truck in the Chicago area after a work trip about 10 years ago and the GPS took me on a route meant for cars. I had to cross a bridge with some low girders and luckily had a colleague driving in front of me who acted as a spotter. We cleared it by 2-3 inches, but were ready to let the air out of the tires and return it on rims if we had to if it was a hair or two too tall.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  154. @Almost Missouri

    Thanks AM!

    I found myself laughing out loud at that video, then sending it to about a dozen people.

    It struck me how almost every one was a Ryder/Enterprise/Budget rental truck. I assume professional truck drivers are aware of things such as low clearances, while Joe Schmoe in his rental truck is blissfully unaware, until he is forced to become aware.

    Memories of the line in “Wolf Creek Pass” by C.W. McCall: “the sign said clearance to the 12 foot line, but the chickens were stacked to 13 – 9. Well we shot that tunnel at 110, like gas through a funnel and eggs through a hen, took that top row of chickens off slicker than scum off a Louisiana swamp”.

    The ones where the front wheels leave the ground are the best.

  155. @Anonymous

    Whatchu talkin’ bout, Willis?. That’s over 200 posts, the first one against the PanicFest was on March 19th of ’20 – “The Kung Flu – SHTF or Infotainment Panic-Fest?” Our conclusion was the latter.

    It wasn’t me, man!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  156. Alden says:
    @AnotherDad

    The summer of Floyd and covid hoax work from home ended gentrification. In my opinion. The entire point of gentrification was that White people could get to work faster. Now that there’s so much work from home why bother recovering the cities from blacks.

    Downtown and the financial district of San Francisco is still empty. Financial district and downtown have hundreds of high rises mostly empty. The local Chinese are talking about converting all those empty high rise offices to apartments and condos. Chinese style apartments and condos. 600 sq ft condos for 8 or 10 people.

    And if they do start buying the empty high rises it will be with PRC money.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  157. @Reg Cæsar

    No more than 5%. Above that and minorities can form potent vote banks and grievance-blocs and lobby for more of their kinsmen.

  158. Rob says:

    PhysicistDave (did I cap it right(ly)?) says the establishment is not particularly smart. It is likely true. First, tech and biotech have sucked in a ton of smart people, leaving fewer for other fields.

    I don’t think progs like promoting the smartest, because it really shows how strong affirmative action is. Besides, isn’t be smart a privilege? The SAT is way dumbed down from the nineties. Heck, forget the content dumbing down, way more people score above x, where x is 1100 or so, than did thirty odd years ago.

    Schools got to brag that “we diversitized and our SAT average went up! Check mate, racist.” But, a 1400 in 2022 is nothing like a 1400 in 1992.

    Do you get a feeling that the American system is unstable? I don’t mean in a “Red/Blue Team could pick up seats next election. As a proud Blue/Red voter, that’s a threat to our democracy.” I mean, unstable like if there were an economic downturn, we’d have a police state or civil war. Or both! Remember how 4chan out-memed everyone in Trump’s election? Schools discriminate so heavily in favor of minorities that they discriminate against whites, sure, but that discrimination is mostly focused on middle and (especially’ working-class boys. Often with the rationale, “we have to discriminate against whites men because they favor meritocracy, which will result in fewer non-whites in high-up positions.” Well, the upper-middle+ classes don’t reproduce themselves. Historically, that meant lots of farm boys could go to the city, spit out the straw, knock the dung off his boots, lose the accent, and move up-up-up. I didn’t watch it, but wasn’t that Don Draper’s backstory on Mad Men? But for nearly thirty years, the climbers have been women (often from the middle class+ but women like Robin DiAngelo can assimilate by hating (non-ironically used here) fellow whites) but lots of the young people moving up have not passed through filters equivalent to those in 1960, much less those before 1945.

    The more complex and sophisticated the machine, the more foolish it is to throw sand in the gears. Especially when it is your machine. Putting less intelligent people in an organization is throwing sand in the gears. It is a foolish thing for the progs to do, as they fully control almost every organization in America. Yet, they shovel sand into the machine, shoveling sand imported for all over the world. “Doing stupid thing to own the libs” is something we make fun of, but “turn your country into the third world to own the conservatives” is equally worthy of fun-making.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  159. Steve,

    OT but perhaps you or one of your readers could enlighten me regarding the below. How far down the moral scale must one fall to say robbery is fine but murder is out of bounds? Is this just stupidity? Or is it pure cupidity? To quote this sage:

    “My thing is, when you go to L.A., they got a rule called ‘check in’ or something, right?” he asked. “Why don’t the ‘check-ins’ check in ahead of time? You know when you go in your hotel, the key’s already ready? Why don’t the O.G.s tell ’em, ‘Hey, rob ’em, don’t kill ’em.’ And why do we hate us? Why are we not happy about people that come from where we come from being successful? Why do we want to kill them?”

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/fat-joe-says-hes-okay-181818898.html

  160. OT: Sign of the Times

    I’d never heard of him, but now that he’s dead, I know him just like I know the late Queen of England.

    Luke Bell, a 32 year old country singer born in Lexington, Kentucky and reared in Cody, Wyoming disappeared a few days ago and died of a fentanyl overdose.

    RIP Luke Bell.

    • Replies: @Supply and Demand
  161. Anon[130] • Disclaimer says:

    I think that racist highway is being changed for reasons other than being racist. It’s a short stretch of a bigger project that was never completed, sort of like that Ronald Reagan mini freeway near the Fox Hills/Westfield Mall in Los Angeles. If you need to shorten the 10 minute drive from the mall to Marina Del Rey, it was great, but in fact it was always an empty freeway.

  162. @Corvinus

    Tens of millions. It’s already been done before. It’s who we are.

    What do you do with the leftovers, then? They’re who we aren’t.

    Just ask them.

    Will we still be us when polygamy and female circumcision are common? After all, HR-941 was never meant to be enforced.

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/104th-congress/house-bill/941

    • LOL: Corvinus
    • Replies: @Liza
  163. @Colin Wright

    It works — kinda. Still, I want my country back. White power, white power, white power — if I may be so bold.

    White power was never going to happen in this country.

    Too many White wealthy “rugged individualists” that would sell their mom in an alley for a dollar and call it the natural state of the market.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Anonymous
  164. @Buzz Mohawk

    I’ve never been prouder of fentanyl.

  165. @Rob

    I don’t think progs like promoting the smartest, because it really shows how strong affirmative action is.

    They don’t the promote the smartest because they are bitter egalitarians at the core.

    I went to college with libs and it was clear as to who they promote up the ranks.

    Naturally conforming White women and any mulattoes they can find if they are lucky.

    They don’t want to feel like someone in the room is smarter than everyone else. You’re supposed to feel smarter than those other Whites but at a meeting everyone is equal. Early on I could see how much of a flaw this was to their own ideology as they would give equal time to total nonsense. A POC can go on some crazy rant that has nothing to do with the topic and everyone has to sit and listen as if it from God himself. Or they let a White women be the leader simply because she can make the other members feel good even if there really is no plan to do anything of substance.

    Liberalism turns off the talented in their own ranks. That is why they so heavily rely on lawyers that really just lie for a living. They dominate the colleges and yet the best they could run against Trump was a career politician with a history of plagiarism and a son tied up in corruption.

  166. prosa123 says:

    Public Service Announcement: |

    Another Dad’s habit of draining a nut while infantilizing women is a huge waste of all the tissues needed to clean up his splooge. In an attempt to cure his Onan-like behavior here is a very quick video of Olivia Reeves squatting a very respectable 435 pounds at a bodyweight of only 155 pounds. Not too infantilized, I’d say.

    https://youtube.com/shorts/hDxX9_lIxPk?feature=share

    • Replies: @Moses
    , @HammerJack
  167. @AnotherDad

    Infrastructure = Fractures in rut.

  168. Mike Tre says:
    @Almost Missouri

    This channel has been around a long time. One pattern to recognize is that 90% of the trucks are box trucks, and many of those are rental trucks. (Some campers/5th wheels too.) Those trucks often do not require a CDL to rent/operate so the drivers aren’t even aware of the precautions required with the height and even weight restrictions. (although the guy in the vac truck should have known better).

    The point is real professional commercially licensed drivers are aware of low bridges and avoid them. Plus dump trucks with no cab fairing are only about 11 feet high. Container/van combos are 12’6″ to 13’6″ high. In Chicago they get wedged under viaducts and they let all the air out of the tries to pull them out.

  169. I-375 in Detroit did indeed destroy an established black neighborhood with numerous black-owned businesses..it was all part of the Democrats’ “urban renewal” project in the Sixties…same time as their plantation welfare policies were instituted which destroyed black families. FJB

    • LOL: AceDeuce
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @AceDeuce
  170. Hibernian says:
    @The Alarmist

    and the Cross-Bronx Expressway, which tore the low-income neighbourhoods of the South Bronx asunder.

    It played a part in making them low income. Try having an expressway go through your neighborhood and see how you like it. Sometime they’re welcomed as defensive barriers seeparating the neighborhood from another neighborhood, for which see Richard J. and Richard M. Daley’s Bridgeport, the Dan Ryan Expressway, and almost entirely Black Bronzville.

    • Replies: @Alden
  171. Kylie says:
    @SafeNow

    Sorry, hit the Troll button by mistake. I meant to hit the Lol button.

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  172. Mike Tre says:

    Next to go: Racetracks. Race does not exist. Therefor, the tracks must be torn up.

    Plus, when the Indy Motor Speedway was built, it was pre-gentrifying an area that would be mostly black 100 years later. The blacks should hire some Mexicans to tear it down.

  173. @tyrone

    You might find this WSJ article on the Treasury Inspector General’s reports on the IRS interesting.

    “The audits reveal an agency that can’t do its basic job well but will terrorize taxpayers whether deserving or not.”

    https://archive.ph/dYMx0

    [MORE]

    Opinion | Review & Outlook

    This Is Your IRS at Work
    Official audits show a record of incompetence. Democrats are still giving the tax agency an \$80 billion raise.
    By
    The Editorial Board
    Aug. 19, 2022 6:48 pm ET
    Photo: ERIN SCOTT/REUTERS
    The new Inflation Reduction Act has many damaging provisions, but for sheer government gall the \$80 billion reward to the Internal Revenue Service stands out. The money will go to hire 87,000 new employees, doubling its current payroll. This is also doubling down on incompetence, as anyone can see in the official reports of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (Tigta).

    We’ve read those reports for the last several years so you don’t have to, and the experience is a government version of finding yourself in a blighted neighborhood for the first time. You can’t believe it’s that bad. The trouble goes beyond the oft-cited failures like answering only 10% of taxpayer calls, or a backlog of 17 million unprocessed tax returns. The audits reveal an agency that can’t do its basic job well but will terrorize taxpayers whether deserving or not.

    ***
    Consider the agency’s chronic mishandling of tax credits. By the IRS’s own admission, some \$19 billion—or 28%—of earned-income tax credit payments in fiscal 2021 were “improper.” The amount hasn’t improved despite years of IRS promises to do better.

    • A January Tigta audit found that an estimated 67,000 claims—totaling \$15.6 billion—for the low-income housing tax credit from 2015 to 2019 “lacked or did not match supporting documentation due to potential reporting errors or noncompliance.”

    • A May audit found that 26% (\$1.9 billion) of its American opportunity tax credits for education expenses were improper in fiscal 2021, and 27% (\$541 million) of its net premium tax credits (ObamaCare) were improper in fiscal 2019 (the most recent year it estimated). The same May audit said the IRS acknowledged that 13% (\$5.2 billion) of its enhanced child tax credit payments were improper.

    • How did it handle \$1,200 stimulus checks, the sick and paid family leave credit, or the employee retention tax credit? Unknown, since the agency didn’t estimate failure rates—for which Tigta rapped its knuckles.

    • A September 2021 audit found the IRS in 2020 issued 89,338 notices to taxpayers insisting that “balances were owed even though the taxes were not actually due.” Why? Because the feds had extended the filing deadline amid Covid but the IRS apparently didn’t notice.

    • A February audit found the IRS department responsible for ensuring retirement-plan tax compliance suffered a 23% decline in the quality of its examinations from fiscal 2018 to fiscal 2020. In the past seven months, Tigta has issued searing reports on IRS mismanagement of everything from its partial-payment program for delinquent taxpayers, to its auditing of partnerships, to its struggle to handle internal employee misconduct.

    • This ineptitude extends to programs Democrats insist will now raise revenue—those targeting higher earners. In 2010 Congress passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which was supposed to identify wealthy Americans using undisclosed foreign accounts. Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation said this would raise some \$9 billion in revenue by fiscal 2020. Yet an April Tigta audit noted that while the IRS has spent \$574 million to implement the law, the agency has drummed up only \$14 million in compliance revenue.

    • A July 2021 audit related the failure of the IRS small-business/self-employed division’s strategy, which began in 2010 to examine more returns from “high-income individual taxpayers.” The IRS defines high earners as those with income greater than \$200,000. Yet from fiscal 2015 to the end of fiscal 2017 (when the strategy was shut down), 73% of returns targeted by the strategy fell below \$200,000.

    Democrats say a turbocharged IRS won’t pursue taxpayers earning less than \$400,000, but don’t believe it. Middle-income Americans are easier marks, as they are more likely to write a check than engage in years of costly litigation.

    ***
    The Tigta site shows the IRS is good at one thing: punishing those who resist its demands. A March audit chastised the IRS for using lien foreclosure suits to confiscate “principal residences” from delinquent taxpayers, a process that does “not provide [taxpayers] the same legal protections as seizures.”

    A March 2017 report related the agency’s crackdown on businesses flagged as potentially evading a law that requires financial institutions to report currency transactions exceeding \$10,000. The IRS took to seizing property from its targets before even conducting interviews. Tigta reports that even when interviews were conducted, the IRS failed to advise the accused of their rights or the purpose of the interview, and failed to consider “realistic defenses or explanations.” Tigta found that “most” of those targeted (owners of gas stations, jewelry stores, scrap-metal dealers, restaurants) had not committed crimes, though many were never able to regain their property.

    This is the IRS that Democrats are now arming with more money and manpower to unleash on Americans. The \$80 billion is a demonstration of their priorities, and further proof of the rule that failure in government is invariably rewarded with a bigger budget.

    ©2022 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
    All Rights Reserved.

  174. Hibernian says:
    @Jack D

    In Davenport IA (My home town) there were two killer (literally) underpasses under the old Rock Island Line at the bottom of a steep hill. Conversion of two main N-S roads to one ways in about 1970 focused the problem on one underpass on the road that was designated to go southbound. Not to say it was solved, since only half way measures were taken on the remaining death trap road.

    Now they’re slated to both become one ways because “other cities are doing it and they (allegedly) haven’t had any problems” plus some nebulous benefits such the new system purportedly being better for business (which has had 50 years to adjust to the one ways.)

    Another set of one ways, going back at least to the late 50s when Dad, Mom, me, and little sister came to town, was, and still is,, the only way to get Downtown efficiently from our neighborhood. They are also slated to become two way. All in the name of downtown redevelopment!

  175. @Almost Missouri

    Just asking a question like that is evidence of white supremacy and structural racism, smdh.

    And about that cartoon? Option Two is 24/7/365 which reflects the reality all black and brown people know! Wypipos always be landing bilence on us.

  176. Hibernian says:
    @Alden

    Subways don’t split neighborhoods.

    No, but subway and other rapid transit lines provide rapid transit for criminals.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  177. @prosa123

    Great job, Steve. You approve smut like this almost instantly while many of us wait hours and even days to see our contributions post.

    • Thanks: AceDeuce
  178. @Hibernian

    No, but subway and other rapid transit lines provide rapid transit for criminals.

    So do streets. Unless you put up chains like in Ocean Grove.

    The Twin Cities transit strike of 2004 was jumped on as proof that transit enables crime, as it went down in places outside the marginal zones.

    Then they closed the Lowry Avenue Bridge connecting black North Minneapolis and ethnic-and-hipster Northeast. Maybe two buses an hour crossed it, and none late at night, so the traffic was ca. 98% automotive.

    Crime went down in Northeast for a year.

    Crooks have cars, too. Nothing special about transit lines.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  179. @Reg Cæsar

    I’ll take my car over being in an enclosed box with 20 people I don’t know. An enclosed box that can only stop in a tunnel or keep going until it gets to an opening.

    Subways are great in a civilized society.

    We don’t have that and the current subways/rapid transit lines are in cities where concealed carry is basically banned.

    I wouldn’t even trust our modern society to build a subway. Democrats would most likely be in charge which means not hiring the best. I’m not gonna go in that tunnel every day. Heck no, I have seen urban Democrats screw up enough highway projects.

    Crooks have cars, too. Nothing special about transit lines.

    Yes a major difference being that I don’t have to share my car with criminals.

    Transit lines bring in criminals to non-criminal areas. Even liberal SF admitted that a while back. The wealthy libs blocked an extension because they didn’t want crime in their neighborhoods.

  180. @John Johnson

    Yes a major difference being that I don’t have to share my car with criminals.

    No, but when you are out and about, they can drive right into your neighborhood. Unless you put the chain up. Any freedom of movement enables the criminal.

    I get into discussions with Brits about guns on another forum. I point out that if the state can take ours after this or that crime, there is no reason it couldn’t take their computers and other devices after Pete Townshend’s and Gary Glitter’s crimes. They get into tizzy.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  181. Rob McX says:

    The only thing worse than a racist road is a violent gun.

  182. Surreal.

  183. @John Johnson

    The wealthy libs blocked an extension because they didn’t want crime in their neighborhoods.

    They would have even less crime if they closed off their streets to motor vehicles and kept their own in garages on the perimeter. That way no outsider could come in, except on foot or bicycle. “Gated” “communities” already do something like this.

    Actually, cars are worse than transit for burglary. The crook can carry more, in privacy, and get away faster. And hit someone along the way. The crook is allowed to drive, but your 14-year-old isn’t. Where is the justice in that?

    The Gear Daddies put it succinctly:

    • Thanks: Alden
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  184. Anonymous[428] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Okay I stand corrected and I am glad to see it!

  185. @John Johnson

    We don’t have that and the current subways/rapid transit lines are in cities where concealed carry is basically banned.

    That’s so they can hand out lucrative contracts to so-called “Security” firms using dogs so they can pretend something is being done.

    CTA signs \$30 million contract to bring K-9 units back to rail system
    Teams will consist of two unarmed guards working with a dog to complement the existing security presence on CTA property.

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/2022/8/24/23320509/cta-k9-dog-contract-security-public-transit

    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Jack D
  186. Alden says:
    @Hibernian

    I guess you’ve never heard of the Westwood, Bel Air and Brentwood neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

    \$1,850 a month for a small studio \$5,000 a month for a 3 bedroom apartment 1.4 million for a 1.2000 sq ft condo and 2 to ten million for a house depending on where in the neighborhood the house is.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  187. @Reg Cæsar

    No, but when you are out and about, they can drive right into your neighborhood. Unless you put the chain up. Any freedom of movement enables the criminal.

    Yes but transit brings in the crazies that can’t afford a car and have nothing to lose.

    In my home I can defend myself while the typical urban subway/mass transit bans concealed carry.

    Random home assaults and invasions in the US are actually extremely rare. Criminals want familiarity or a low risk opportunity. A home in a neighborhood has too many uncertainties. Burglaries happen but they make sure you aren’t home. A common ruse is to pretend to have the wrong house and ask for directions.

    Assaults on mass transit happen every single day. SF actually dragged their feet on adding cameras to BART because they didn’t want to acknowledge how common it was.

    I get into discussions with Brits about guns on another forum. I point out that if the state can take ours after this or that crime, there is no reason it couldn’t take their computers and other devices after Pete Townshend’s and Gary Glitter’s crimes.

    I really don’t give a damn about the British. They actually let their socialists talk about “knife crime” instead of facing up to race. All their strong men must have died in the wars. British men practically walk around apologizing for themselves. They take White self-loathing to another level.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  188. @Known Fact

    Don’t forget the pretty Bronx River Parkway

    I gave it a shout out in the photo credit above.

  189. Anon7 says:

    It’s not just the roads that are racist – so are the traffic regulations:

    Ann Arbor’s proposed ban on red-light turns downtown raises equity concerns

    If the ban is approved and city police start cracking down on motorists making illegal turns at red lights, some council members are concerned about who that could negatively impact and whether it might create inequities, including for hourly workers trying to get to jobs where they need to punch in.

    If you’re a professional worker, you don’t have a time clock, so you’re not under pressure to get to work,” said Council Member Kathy Griswold, D-2nd Ward. “And so does this put an unnecessary burden on our employees who are on the time clock? I can’t answer that question, but I think that everything we do as a council needs to have an equity evaluation.”

    “If you’re a professional worker, you don’t have a time clock, so you’re not under pressure to get to work,” said Council Member Kathy Griswold, D-2nd Ward. “And so does this put an unnecessary burden on our employees who are on the time clock? I can’t answer that question, but I think that everything we do as a council needs to have an equity evaluation.

    Council Member Ali Ramlawi, D-5th Ward, also shared concerns…

    “I think equity is a huge issue,” he said.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  190. Anonymous[954] • Disclaimer says:

    La Belle Hollywood Tower apartments is so close to the Hollywood freeway, you could toss a tennis ball from your balcony and hit the windshields of passing cars.

    I toured the place. The auto noise is unrelenting, and the bum village under the 101 on Gower smells so sharply of urine, vomit, sweat, and human excrement, that having your windows open for fresh air is out of the question. The stench carries for a block on warmer days, enveloping the building with a spicy air of wretched pestilence. I dare the reader to try to drive under the nearby Gower bridge with your windows down and not feel compelled to vomit. It’s really, really, bad.

    Be that as it is, it’s a mostly full building, with 2-bedrooms going for \$4265 a month. And the residents tend to be fairly successful, despite being literally a stones throw from an extremely busy, loud, shitty freeway, and the whole area smelling like the Jim Jones compound a couple of days after the party.

    A few, but not many black people live there. The ones I met acted like normal people, but were mostly women. No silly hoodrats.

    So it’s still thriving under ridiculously shit conditions, nasty freeway included. Though challenging, there’s not enough blacks to sink the boat, as the rents are high, and the management is picky.

    https://www.labelleathollywoodtower.com/

  191. @Reg Cæsar

    They would have even less crime if they closed off their streets to motor vehicles and kept their own in garages on the perimeter. That way no outsider could come in, except on foot or bicycle. “Gated” “communities” already do something like this.

    It was Marin and that wouldn’t work. You can’t close off a public area.

    I know all about gated communities and I hate them. It’s an invasion of privacy and a compromise on freedom to be checked in and out of your own neighborhood.

    It’s Whitey admitting that he gave up and is switching to Brazil.

    The fact that wealthy liberals will live in them while touting the value of diversity is truly despicable. They are uniformly White with maybe an ex-NFL player at the most.

    Actually, cars are worse than transit for burglary. The crook can carry more, in privacy, and get away faster.

    Burglary isn’t the main concern of people that ride the subway. It’s assault by one of NY’s many angry Blacks and assorted homeless crazies.

    Women also fear getting raped. That just happened to a tourist actually:
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/tourist-raped-by-stranger-in-new-york-subway/ar-AA11F6t2

    Why are you so pro-transit? Have you even been on the NYC subway or BART?

    I can get being pro-transit in other countries but not the US. There were 461 felony assaults on the NYC subway last year:
    https://nypost.com/2022/01/23/nypd-reported-more-subway-assaults-in-2021-than-any-year/

    Transit in the US attracts the crazies. Where else can you be attacked by a crazy Black tranny with a hammer:
    https://nypost.com/2022/03/09/latest-nyc-hammer-attack-victim-fed-up-with-rampant-subway-crime/

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  192. @John Johnson

    ‘White power was never going to happen in this country.’

    You seem to be overlooking the first two hundred years of our history.

    …that’s why they’re so freaked about January 6th. We don’t even have to try. All we have to do is stand up — and the country’s ours again.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  193. Ralph L says:
    @Jack D

    I-95 North originally came up on the existing Shirley Highway (pushed through by my great uncle) in VA into DC, under the Mall, and then ended abruptly because they wouldn’t put it through the black neighborhoods of NE & NW to hook up with I-95 at the Beltway in MD. You could bear right in L’Enfant Plaza to RFK stadium and get to I-295 to the Balt-Wash Expressway on a short, clogged stretch of city streets. In the 70s, they finally switched I-95 to the east half of the Beltway, while the right half remained I-495 to confuse tourists.

  194. @Alden

    Downtown and the financial district of San Francisco is still empty. Financial district and downtown have hundreds of high rises mostly empty.

    Most big city high rises were half empty well before COVID. It’s everywhere.

    The downtown office headquarters model already had serious problems.

    Everyone has to slog through downtown traffic and then spend another 20 minutes in the parking garage and elevator. It is also really expensive to cool those older buildings that get full sun. Office workers in the old days I guess were just expected to deal with it. All that concrete absorbs the sun and the heat rises through the floors. It really sucks. So you are paying more to be downtown and paying more in energy bills.

    People are constantly late from traffic and those really tall buildings are sketchy anyways. They rock with the wind and you are hosed if there is a fire. The newer ones completely lock you in. You can’t open the windows and fire control can lock the doors.

    It was already not making economic sense compared to building in the burbs. Then COVID forced more companies to work from home and now those buildings are really in trouble.

    The local Chinese are talking about converting all those empty high rise offices to apartments and condos.

    Most haven’t been converted because of regulations. That is true everywhere. Developers aren’t stupid. They only build if they have to.

    • Replies: @Alden
  195. Anonymous[384] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Johnson

    Too many White wealthy “rugged individualists” that would sell their mom in an alley for a dollar and call it the natural state of the market.

    Mr. Johnson, having read some of your previous posts, I would have thought you’d be the one to sell your countrymen down the river if it were “good for the economy,” or helped you to make more money, or other such shortsighted capitalist purpose. “Immigrants are better workers” and all that.

    • Thanks: loveshumanity
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  196. Anonymous[384] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jean Bruce

    I-375 in Detroit did indeed destroy an established black neighborhood with numerous black-owned businesses..

    How long does it take for a new construction like that to destroy a neighborhood? Is it something that happens gradually?

  197. Alden says:
    @Anon

    In my experience most of those save downtown save a neighborhood organizations are fronts for real estate owners. Nothing wrong with that. Whatever works.

  198. Anonymous[458] • Disclaimer says:
    @A1

    The lie that that poor whites don’t exist underlies a lot of these narratives. It turns class issues (which scare Democrat donors) into race issues (which don’t).

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  199. Ganderson says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I 94 was built along the northern edge of my all white neighborhood, Merriam Park. It did take out a commercial corner (Prior and St. Anthony Avenues) and a bunch of the houses. North of the freeway was light industrial and railroad tracks.

    We used to play down in the roadbed for the freeway while they were building it.d

  200. @scrivener3

    closed down traffic to one lane each direction and limited it to busses

    Yeah, that’s not at all what I’m suggesting anyone should do. Allow cars, just don’t make the road 5 lanes wide and cut down all of the trees so that people feel comfortable driving fast.

  201. BosTex says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Reg-really good post, was thinking exactly same the other day. If we aren’t making enough children then we need to bring over some of the “white adjacent” to bolster our numbers.

    I think with Hispanics/Latinos: a decent majority are very friendly and strongly like white
    Folks. Culturally they are Christians and have similar overall values (doesn’t mean we shouldn’t lock the border tight, we should and we have a right and duty of self defense; stupid GWB).

    With Asians it really depends on nationality, but the Vietnamese and Filipinos seem pretty close to us (I have met quite a few Vietnamese in Houston. that have adopted Texas accents as part of who they are. Always makes me smile when I see it; good people and they seem to take the republican ballot.)

    MENA: which ones? Educated Christians and Jews. They are already white, we just need to point it out. Muslims are very foreign and need
    To go home despite being white/whiteish.

    Subcontinentals: smaller minority.

    Mulattos: really depends on how they lean. BHO
    was raised by his white family and really just hates white people. May be just a projection of dislike of his white family onto all whites. Really sick.

    I am pretty certain I have met mulattos who are very “white” in their values, behaviors and interest over the years.

    Thanks for the post.

  202. @Anonymous

    Too many White wealthy “rugged individualists” that would sell their mom in an alley for a dollar and call it the natural state of the market.

    Mr. Johnson, having read some of your previous posts, I would have thought you’d be the one to sell your countrymen down the river if it were “good for the economy,” or helped you to make more money, or other such shortsighted capitalist purpose. “Immigrants are better workers” and all that..

    Not sure why you would conclude that. I am quite critical of Con Inc and the free market crowd.

    I talked before about hiring Mexicans because the White contractors don’t even show most of the time. It isn’t that they are being lazy, they just get better offers than working small jobs on homes. Even mediocre White contractors in my area make \$60-80 an hour. That is how they afford 60k trucks with 20k spent on jacking them up and adding accessories. Maybe you only picked up the end of that conversation.

    So I’m not a White nationalist nor a free market evangelist. I’m White but I really get annoyed with White people. No other race has spent so much time trying to bullshit me. I grew up with Whites on both sides telling me fibs about reality. Very frustrating and it took a lot of time to think through. This started very young with White relatives trying to push me to their side.

    I think the best we can aim for is a racial-realist type populism. So no promoting White guilt and accepting some inequality but also no talk of kicking out the Mexicans or anything like that.

    But feel free to disagree. I don’t get emotionally riled by disagreement or alternative theories.

  203. Liza says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Will we still be us when polygamy and female circumcision are common?

    We have not been us since (non religious) male infant circumcision became common.*

    We have not been us since serial monogamy (polygamy by another name) became popular.
    ————-
    *The CDC has calculated the present rate of circumcision in the United States to be 81%; Morris et al. found a somewhat lower present incidence of 77% in 2010. During the 2000s, the prevalence of circumcision in men aged 14–59 differed by race: 91 percent of non-Hispanic white men, 76 percent of black men, and 44 percent of Hispanic men were circumcised, according to data in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. (from wikipedia)

  204. @Kylie

    You can still change it.

    Pass sit on.

  205. AceDeuce says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  206. @Colin Wright

    ‘White power was never going to happen in this country.’

    You seem to be overlooking the first two hundred years of our history.

    Oh right when the wealthy decided to keep Africans like farm animals instead of paying Whites a decent wage. Then a lying egalitarian started a war and suspended the constitution instead of trying to resolve it peacefully.

    …that’s why they’re so freaked about January 6th. We don’t even have to try. All we have to do is stand up — and the country’s ours again.

    Yea well I don’t like the Jan 6th crowd and I thought that was all stupid. I support standing up to the establishment but that didn’t do anything for us.

    That same crowd watches diamond and silk while talking about “big government” holding down Black areas. They’d leave poor Whites to suffer as part of the “free market” and then those poor Whites would bring in leftists. And we would back to here.

    But Colin I think you add a lot of insight and have some really witty observations. So I don’t want to sound too negative. I voted for Trump but don’t support Trumpism if that makes sense.

    I think you and others here have a lot more sense than the Trump crowd. I don’t think they have the answers.

  207. Anonymous[384] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    The lie that that poor whites don’t exist underlies a lot of these narratives. It turns class issues (which scare Democrat donors) into race issues (which don’t).

    You are wrong. Racial motivation is the paramount motivation of Democrat donors and voters. Hence the endless “Holocaust” propaganda, the evergreen Emmett Till story, the obsession with “slavery,” the pressing for immigration, and the hysteria about “White supremacy.”

  208. Muse says:
    @Seth

    No, the truth is that the land is worth a fortune. If you know anything about the “D”, you would know that south of the short I-375 spur/feeder is a brand new NFL football stadium, newer MLB ball park, casino, and not far from that a new NBA/NHL arena just west of I-75. Running north of I-375 is Jefferson Avenue and the shoreline of the Detroit River to Grosse Point, waiting to become shiny and new. This dirt is about to become “magic” again, as it will be contiguous with the Riverfront, a sports and entertainment district, a rejuvenated central business district and Grosse Pointe.

    If you knew who owned the land north of I-375, you would know who is benefitting from this pork.

    Cui bono? It sure as hell isn’t poor folks. The race card is a smoke screen, and the media is in on the deception.

    It is about the land Scoob!

  209. @Fuzzy Nietzsche

    Fuzzy, that’s very nice, very evocative.

    In fact, those roads are racist. Then take you home. Specifically to your home. And the concept of “your home”–a home just for you and your family, not for other people–is clearly xenophobic and racist.

    But “belonging” and “home” sure do sound nice.

  210. Anon7 says:

    OT: Listen to this heartbreaking story from Chloe Cole, a young woman who was pushed into transitioning to be a “male” as a twelve year-old girl.

  211. Ed says:

    There is just so much material Republican ad makers could use but most of the time they don’t. “Democrats spend billions of your money on racist roads”, then just pan over an a highway.

  212. @John Johnson

    Why are you so pro-transit? Have you even been on the NYC subway or BART?

    I’m not “pro-transit”, just pro-balance. We don’t live in the city anymore, but if we did, my sons are of that age where they can take the bus but not yet drive. I rode the city bus to school in fourth grade.

    I rode the NYC subway all the time in the Son of Sam era. It was way worse than in the Giuliani and Bloomberg years, but we survived.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  213. Alden says:
    @Joe Stalin

    Unarmed guards and a muzzled dog. Gee, I’m scared.

  214. Alden says:
    @John Johnson

    The San Francisco Chinese are working on changing the regulations right now. They changed the minimum. sq ft of a condo down to 600 sq fr about 30 years ago. I’m sure if they ever convert the financial district to condos they’ll get it down to 500 sq ft

    Concerning regulations, no San Francisco fire health and safety zoning or building inspector dares to do anything about all the illegal add ons additional units and poultry slaughterhouses in single family home garages. Or sewing factories in single family home garages. Or anything the Chinese do to change the city into Asian rabbit hutch buildings.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  215. Jack D says:
    @Joe Stalin

    What does the muzzled dog do? Drool on the perps?

    • LOL: Liza
  216. Jack D says:
    @Sick n' Tired

    Apparently there is a sewer line running under the underpass so they can’t just dig the road lower.

  217. @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    Whatever else, you have the coolest name on this whole board. It ties so many things together.

  218. @Alden

    There is something to be said for living where the population isn’t going up by much and nobody elsewhere thinks it’s the cool place to be.

    When I moved to Connecticut in 1994, people back home in Colorado thought I was crazy. Well, I was but I came here for a job and made more money than I ever did back there. Things were supposed to be depressed here, everybody moving out, no new jobs, etc.

    Sometimes it pays to surf against the tide.

    This beautiful parkway hasn’t changed since I got here. Neither have the neighborhoods I’ve lived in, except that some of the houses have gotten bigger. Sometimes I complain about the weather, but yesterday I took my 6 mile walk through my neighborhood and realized how lucky I am.

    Fall is coming…

    Gee, I must be in a good mood.

  219. @Liberals hate me

    Interstate 95 is a pretty racist road.

    When I was a kid, my Black Supremacist history teacher taught us that our local Interstate was a racist road. You see, there was this thing called the King Alfred Plan, where the government was going to round up all the blacks next time they got uppity. The Interstate was built, she said, for the military and police to use to invade and extract all the captured blacks from the ghetto. But the blacks had a defense. They would all park their cars on the Interstate to block the military and police. So then the government built the commuter rail, which wasn’t really for commuters but so blacks couldn’t block government trains taking them to concentration camps.

    The King Alfred Plan was a secret plan, but she and all the other blacks knew about it. Many of the black kids in the class nodded sagely at this. One of my (black) friends said his mother worked on it and saw the documents when she was in the government.

    If there really was such a Plan, I wondered, why did they let a black woman see it? And, if the military and police, which both had large black contingents, were supposed to carry out this Plan, how was that going to work?

    When I got older, I realized there were other discrepancies about this “Plan”. Like that the Interstate predated much of the ghetto. And the rail predated much of the Interstate. And my history teacher was a loon. But no one said that at the time.

    The point is that whether it be medicine, or space flight, or Interstate roads, a primeval scream of “racist!” has long greeted the white man’s juju, because in some way these achievements awe and terrify the natives. You may think you are bringing the light of civilization to the benighted, but you misapprehend how much the sullen peoples love their night.

    [MORE]

    • Thanks: Polistra
  220. Brutusale says:
    @Bostonvegas

    I found the Townies to be taciturn drinkers who mostly kept to themselves if not provoked. The Southie guys were easily provoked.

    A coworker at the club theorized that the Townie guys were more circumspect because they were already bank robbers in training. Keep the heat to a minimum.

    • LOL: BosTex
  221. @Reg Cæsar

    I’m not “pro-transit”, just pro-balance. We don’t live in the city anymore

    Pro-balance huh? Public transport for thee but not for me? You live in the burbs and defend third world containment systems for other people. Balance for them of course. You might as well join the DNC.

    I rode the NYC subway all the time in the Son of Sam era. It was way worse than in the Giuliani and Bloomberg years, but we survived.

    Now that’s a ringing endorsement. Should be their new slogan.

    NYC Subway: You will survive!

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    , @Reg Cæsar
  222. @Alden

    The San Francisco Chinese are working on changing the regulations right now. They changed the minimum. sq ft of a condo down to 600 sq fr about 30 years ago. I’m sure if they ever convert the financial district to condos they’ll get it down to 500 sq ft

    It’s not simply square feet. To retrofit anything requires all kinds of ongoing work with the city.

    The SF Chinese cannot change the liberal bureaucracy. Even a group of liberals would be unable to change their own system.

    There are empty office towers in every city because the economics of conversion don’t normally work. It is usually more cost effective for developers to buy a used lot and build new.

    Concerning regulations, no San Francisco fire health and safety zoning or building inspector dares to do anything about all the illegal add ons additional units and poultry slaughterhouses in single family home garages.

    You think some Chinese mob is going to retrofit an office building by breaking the rules? The city can come in and take the whole thing. It isn’t like an illegal addition that no one notices.

  223. Art Deco says:
    @John Johnson

    You need some musical accompaniment:

  224. @AceDeuce

    ‘Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?’

    Couldn’t say. ‘Parkways’ are an East Coast thing.

    • Replies: @AceDeuce
  225. @Anonymous

    ‘So all you freaks gonna act like you didn’t push a destructive and unnecessary Covid lockdown that destroyed millions of lives? You’re going to act like you weren’t part of a big lie?’

    https://colinwrightssite.wordpress.com/2020/03/16/this-is-starting-to-seriously-irritate-me/

    Notice the date.

  226. Anonymous[190] • Disclaimer says:

    The easiest solution is to build DIE roads. Connect the poorest black areas with the richest white areas via superhighways.

    Connect the toniest white neighborhoods in DC with the most wretched black neighborhoods.

    It will do wonders for equity as the poorest will have access to what the richest have. And as the DC rich are 95% Democratic, they should celebrate this. They should be happy to INCLUDE poor blacks in their communities.

  227. @John Johnson

    You live in the burbs…

    I live out in the country. At least two counties from the “‘burbs”. Or even the ‘xurbs.

    …and defend third world containment systems for other people.

    My ideal “third-world containment system” is keeping them within their own borders.

    (Actually, the original meaning of Third World was “non-aligned”. Like Switzerland. Really, the Swiss used the term for themselves. In other words, stay out of other nations’ affairs. George Washington was thus the first Third Worlder.)

    Public transport for thee but not for me?

    Don’t have it out here. Transit and roads have more in common than you think. They’re controlled, if not technically owned, by the state, making both socialist in nature. They are subsidized. (Maybe not your stretch, but how can you tell?) They are strictly policed– you are being watched at all times.

    I just don’t see the point of championing one over the other to the point of monopoly. I rode the bus to work in the city for years, then commuted 75 miles each way by car the last two years. Why should I feel guilty for doing the first, and not for the second?

    Two downsides of motor vehicles: one has to keep a biometric state-issued ID on one at all times. And it’s illegal for anyone under a certain advanced age to operate one.

    You might as well join the DNC.

    I have never voted D in over forty years of elections. The party is a criminal enterprise with a rap sheet longer than the Communists and the National Socialists combined. It should be outlawed in the same way that the latter is in Germany. But forced to bleed itself dry in reparations beforehand.

    Only one political party in history has ever resorted using to nuclear weapons. And on women and children.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  228. @John Johnson

    In my home I can defend myself while the typical urban subway/mass transit bans concealed carry.

    Mine didn’t. Well, only for the drivers. One reason I didn’t apply for the job.

    Assaults on mass transit happen every single day.

    Lenore Skenazy was excoriated for letting her 9-year-old daughter ride the NYC trains alone. (During the day.) But that’s the age when kids should be enjoying independence. Of course, she taught the girl basic rules of safety. Good for her.

    That was in the Giuliani years. So it doesn’t have to be that way. Cities need to elect more Giulianis and fewer– well, whoever was mayor of Minneapolis/Portland/Kenosha, whatever.

  229. AceDeuce says:
    @John Johnson

    Transit lines bring in criminals to non-criminal areas. Even liberal SF admitted that a while back. The wealthy libs blocked an extension because they didn’t want crime in their neighborhoods.

    The rich libwipe Democrats who populate DC’s Georgetown area have done the same thing, keeping the Metrorail out of G’town for the past 50 years.

  230. AceDeuce says:
    @Colin Wright

    Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

    Couldn’t say. ‘Parkways’ are an East Coast thing.

    Well, you could say. There’s no law against it. You just don’t know the answer… ; )

    So, here’s a West Coast question in the same vein:

    Why does Hawaii have interstate highways?

  231. @Reg Cæsar

    Don’t have it out here. Transit and roads have more in common than you think. They’re controlled, if not technically owned, by the state, making both socialist in nature.

    I know all about transit and roads. State ownership doesn’t mean socialism.

    Trains predate socialism.

    That doesn’t mean I am going to shill for a third world containment system I don’t use. I would respect a politician that actually rode the subway to work. Still waiting to hear about one. They all want mass transit and dense urban living for other Whites.

    I just don’t see the point of championing one over the other to the point of monopoly.

    The championing of mass transit usually goes with race denial. We already have underutilized transit systems because of race and cultural decay. The Democrats will of course respond that this is racism but they aren’t using them either. I was in Portland last year and the light rail was practically empty at night. The station looked like something from Mad Max. These are the same liberals that tell us we need more rail to save the earth.

    Two downsides of motor vehicles: one has to keep a biometric state-issued ID on one at all times. And it’s illegal for anyone under a certain advanced age to operate one.

    Those are the downsides? If anything the laws are too weak. I don’t think 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to drive at night or on the weekends unless they have a job.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  232. @John Johnson

    I don’t think 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to drive at night or on the weekends unless they have a job.

    Unfortunately, the layout of the edges of our cities and towns has become quite unfriendly to walking and biking. This is a terrible environment for our children. White children. How do they get around, without harassing their parents (0r friends) for rides?

    Assuming whites are still having children.

    Did you know the driving age in NYC (except for Staten Island) has been 18 for generations? Nassau County (which used to be part of Queens), too.

    The championing of mass transit usually goes with race denial.

    Including positive developments. Washington, DC, has been whitening for some time now. Add a number of the more civilized non-white immigrants (and more gays than SF), and much of the city’s transit system will be increasingly civilized.

    Not that they should ever get a seat in Congress, or keep those electors.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  233. @Reg Cæsar

    I don’t think 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to drive at night or on the weekends unless they have a job.

    Unfortunately, the layout of the edges of our cities and towns has become quite unfriendly to walking and biking. This is a terrible environment for our children.

    I agree with you there. In fact I get annoyed with new developments that don’t put in sidewalks. My wife used to bike by commute in the city and people would actually throw sh-t at her or try to run her off the road. This was in one of the most liberal areas where Whites would easily vote over 85% for a public transportation referendum.

    I am fine with 16/17 year olds driving for utilitarian reasons. Driving to school or work. Letting 16 year olds drive around for no reason is a bad idea.

    Did you know the driving age in NYC (except for Staten Island) has been 18 for generations? Nassau County (which used to be part of Queens), too.

    NY state is 16. Maybe that was true in the past but not today.

    Including positive developments. Washington, DC, has been whitening for some time now. Add a number of the more civilized non-white immigrants (and more gays than SF), and much of the city’s transit system will be increasingly civilized.

    Well I guess but the same can be said of a lot of urban areas. The urban Democrat plan has been to bring in random immigrants to dilute Blacks. I wouldn’t call that progress. NYC is filled with random immigrants and subway assault crimes are up 50%. Some random Asian and Ahmed will watch and do nothing as you fight a crazy street Black by yourself.

    Let me know when actual Democrats that promote public transportation ride the bus or light rail. I mean daily and not for a controlled photo op. In DC they are carted around in giant SUVs.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  234. @John Johnson

    NY state is 16. Maybe that was true in the past but not today.

    It was 16 in 57 counties, and 18 in five. Apparently the state “harmonized” (to borrow an EU term) the requirements, making it easier on the city’s teens while harder on the rest. There were few if any “graduated” stipulations when I grew up upstate.

    The Graduated License Law and Restrictions for Drivers under 18

    Instead of two zones, there are now three, with stricter rules for two of them. There were no pictures on the licence until 1984, when the drinking age was jacked up. Another teen-related issue.

  235. Racist roads
    Take me home
    To the place
    I was born,
    In suburbia
    Gated high
    With remotes
    For residents.

  236. Hibernian says:
    @Alden

    LA is unique. The more common pattern of expressways damaging neighborhoods occurred in both Chicago and the Bronx.

  237. Hibernian says:
    @Anon7

    “If you’re a professional worker, you don’t have a time clock, so you’re not under pressure to get to work,”

    LOL!

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
  238. @Hibernian

    “If you’re a professional worker, you don’t have a time clock, so you’re not under pressure to get to work,”

    Truly amazing how some politicians are totally out of contact with reality.

    The underlying idea is that if you regard yourself as important, then you expect everybody else to schedule themselves around you without any consideration for others.

    So for an example, a judge keeps a courtroom full of highly paid lawyers waiting for their arrival, or a surgeon shows up late and keeps the anesthetists and surgical assistants waiting while the operating room is unused.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  239. Hibernian says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    I hope that surgeon is sanctioned quickly. He could kill someone being late.

    I’m an engineer for a local government agency and I have to clock in and out because I’m government. I think most organizations keep close watch on the time of engineers, accountants, etc., for cost control purposes.

  240. AceDeuce says:
    @Jean Bruce

    …”plantation welfare policies were instituted which destroyed black families.”

    black families destroyed black families.

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