THE LAST “PIT STOP”

By the Mighty Mumford

Getting down close to eleven,

Soon relief will be given…

Patrick tonight

Works till morning light.

Soon I’ll be in weekend heaven!

–J.E.C.

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WHAT’S THAT SMELL? redux

The Time Tunnel

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: WHAT’S THAT SMELL?

The great thing about having access to a TIME TUNNEL is that we are not confined to traveling along a strictly chronological timeline. If we so desire, we can jump forward, backward, or even sideways in time. That’s the beauty of the thing. In light of some current events, I’ve decided to leap forward a few decades. Bear with me. Next week’s edition will feature DOOMSDAY #2! The following article is actually a reprint. I first wrote this on July 28th, 2016, but it seems so relevant and even prophetic now.

 

I grew up in Cuthbert, Georgia, and although I wasn’t attuned to it in my youth, racial bias and prejudice were interwoven into the “colored” fabric of our lives there. In retrospect, I don’t see how I could have missed it but as I matured the signs became obvious.

Going into…

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East River tunnel plan: feasible or fantasy?

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Think tank’s rail tunnel plan: feasible or fantasy?

It took a century to complete even a small piece of the Second Avenue subway. The ARC rail tunnel project was canceled after work began. The quest to build the Gateway tunnel has been dragging on. East Side Access, which was once expected to have connected the LIRR to Grand Central by now, is still about six years away. And the cross-harbor rail freight tunnel, after 30 years of advocacy from Rep. Jerrold Nadler, remains just a hope.

Yep. Building train tunnels around here is hard.

So what did the Regional Plan Association propose yesterday? Two new rail tunnels under the East River.

But anyone who mocks the idea as fantasy should consider the list of big RPA ideas that have been ridiculed over the last few decades only to eventually come to fruition, including the George Washington and Verrazano bridges; open…

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