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“People could meet most of their life needs without having to get into a car. Most Americans are owned by their cars, rather than the other way around,”

More trash from the enviro-weenies. Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, it snowed like crazy today & the roads were largely untouched. But what do you expect from a city run by dumbass Democrats???

1 posted on 12/26/2012 3:15:02 PM PST by surroundedbyblue
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To: surroundedbyblue

Just what I would want to do, ride the subway unarmed with a subway car loaded with Holders People. Thank God I live in the sticks.


2 posted on 12/26/2012 3:25:12 PM PST by Husker24
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To: surroundedbyblue

Philly cheesesteaks with Swiss cheese, just like Kerry loves...


3 posted on 12/26/2012 3:30:07 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: surroundedbyblue

The Eiffel tower is starting to rust out, it’s probably time to move it to Pittsburgh.


4 posted on 12/26/2012 3:37:45 PM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: surroundedbyblue
Jackson, who teaches at UCLA, says Paris is a good example of a healthy city that Pittsburgh could become.

In Paris, the beautiful parks and avenues are the result of a thriving economy -- not the cause. But liberals believe that if you create the appearance of prosperity, the real thing must necessarily follow.

It's what drives them to constantly increase welfare. They mistake the trappings of the middle class [house, cars, education] for the cause. Instead, though, they are the effect of a good work ethic and solid morals.

Putting the eternally-poor into decent housing and giving them a lower-middle-class income will not make them middle class. If anything, it will encourage them to become even more slothful.

Northeastern libs in cities like Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, etc. drink this stuff like fine wine, though.

5 posted on 12/26/2012 3:39:19 PM PST by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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To: surroundedbyblue

I’m a Cleveland Brown’s fan . . as long as that despotic city puts up with the like of the Steelers, it will NEVER be a Paris!!!


6 posted on 12/26/2012 3:39:52 PM PST by 2nd Amendment
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To: surroundedbyblue

Sneaky.

The author poses a romantic notion that Pittsburg can become the urban mecca that Paris is, if we just give up our cars.

No problem with making Pittsburg a better place, it’s just that the unsaid implementation means forcing people out of cars, except for government officials who are too important to walk or take public trans.

Disclaimer: I moved to a city where I have to walk alot, by choice.


7 posted on 12/26/2012 3:47:15 PM PST by cicero2k
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The gag tag is correct. The unions and liberals have destroyed a once vibrant (albeit a bit smokey) city that served as the arsenal of the world. Now the powers that be are trying to transform what used to be a "shot 'n beer" town into their vision of a metrosexual paradise.

These photos capture the Pittsburgh of my childhood when J&L and USS afforded near full-employment to anyone able to work. Sure, the air was thick with the fumes from the mills along the three rivers but it was the smell of prosperity in what was a working man's town. Given a choice between the "Paris on the Confluence" and the Pittsburgh I recall, it's an easy choice for me. Bring back the smoke!


8 posted on 12/26/2012 3:47:51 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: surroundedbyblue

Please, please.

We may love knocking the French, but Paris is still one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

(At least for a while - until the muznuts take over and convert it into a replica mid-east slum,)


10 posted on 12/26/2012 3:52:56 PM PST by Da Coyote
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Progressives want to get us out of cars and single family homes and into trains and mass housing.

Their agenda is evidenced many, many ways.


12 posted on 12/26/2012 3:54:03 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: surroundedbyblue
Not likely since the most rude and obnoxious people I've ever had to deal with on a regular basis with were from New Jersey and Pennsylvania..........

Personal experience being my company's now closed manufacturing plants in both Red Lion and Philadelphia...........

Even their lame attempts to appear friendly was obnoxious.......

13 posted on 12/26/2012 3:55:10 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: surroundedbyblue

We'll always have Pittsburgh.


14 posted on 12/26/2012 3:56:39 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: surroundedbyblue

And Detroit can be the new Rio.


17 posted on 12/26/2012 4:06:08 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: surroundedbyblue
The next Detroit is more like it.


19 posted on 12/26/2012 4:10:20 PM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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This has long been the liberal dream. I heard Hubert Humphrey say the same thing in a speech in Pittsburgh in 1974.


20 posted on 12/26/2012 4:10:41 PM PST by mak5
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“People could meet most of their life needs without having to get into a car. Most Americans are owned by their cars, rather than the other way around,”

So we can assume the professor does not drive nor own a dirty car?

21 posted on 12/26/2012 4:13:38 PM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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It is a very romanticized vision. Pittsburgh isn't going to become "the Next Paris" because Paris drew on talent from a whole country, continent or world. Pittsburgh has too many competitors: somebody's going to decide Dubuque or DesMoines is a better candidate and your wanna-be Parisians will move there.

It's also too much of a consumption centered vision. Old Pittsburgh wanted to produce goods for the rest of the world and did so, well and on a large scale. That was a good enough destiny for any city. After that, crepes and aperitifs is a major comedown. You're not going to get back the identity and sense of purpose that steelmaking gave the city by inviting in artists and hipsters who'd just as soon be somewhere else.

You're right that the vision of the "new Paris" is the bait people are offered to swallow the "carless future" idea. But I wouldn't be too down on that idea. Who can say what conditions will be like 50 or 100 years from now?

Children who grew up a century ago in the real mansions of Fifth Avenue and Newport got really sick of those environments and came to prefer apartment living. Who's to say that the kids in today's minimansions may not follow a similar path?

Already a lot of retirees are moving back to cities, glad to be rid of the hassles of suburban existence. Of course the freedom and mobility cars bring shouldn't be surrendered, but if people choose otherwise for themselves without diminishing your options, is it really a bad thing?

22 posted on 12/26/2012 4:14:17 PM PST by x
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Is there enough dogcrap on Pittsburgh’s sidewalks to resemble Paris?


23 posted on 12/26/2012 4:17:30 PM PST by 353FMG
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Dr. Richard Jackson, Chair of the School of Health at UCLA, and former head of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), argued that how we shape our environment impacts our health. There are now deep-rooted structural issues with the built environment that are creating epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and depression. Also, the current way of dealing with these structural issues is only just increasing the annual amount of spending on healthcare (now at 17 percent of GDP), instead of addressing the underlying problems. “We are now medicalizing the problems people are experiencing with their environment. We are no longer creating wellbeing.”

Instead of addressing the public health impacts of the absence of trees, low-albedo streets (which contribute to the urban heat island effect), as well as a lack of sustainable transportation planning, which can help spur the growth of public transit options, we are instead “looking at the end of the pipeline,” the medical effects. Our environment is sending us a message: “We are appendages to our cars.”

While in California he helped establish the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program and state and national laws to reduce risks from pesticides, especially to farm workers and to children. While at CDC he established the national asthma epidemiology and control program, oversaw the childhood lead poisoning prevention program, and instituted the federal effort to “biomonitor” chemical levels in the US population


24 posted on 12/26/2012 4:25:57 PM PST by kcvl
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Could Pittsburgh Be The Next Paris?

No.

31 posted on 12/26/2012 4:56:41 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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‘burg ping!


34 posted on 12/26/2012 5:14:40 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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