Monday, August 13, 2007

Trolley Finale

Its official – Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz abandons his trolley folly – but only because he knows he can’t get it passed. Our beautiful downtown is spared this ugly destructive blight.

Mayor's Statement re: Streetcars: "There's an old saying in politics: when you've dug yourself into a hole, the first thing you do is drop the shovel. So I have decided that I will not continue to pursue the issue of streetcars in Madison. The issue is off the table.

"The Streetcar Study Committee will meet one more time to finalize its report and will then be disbanded. I will not pursue streetcars as part of the Regional Transit Authority. "Major public investments like streetcars should only be undertaken when there is broad consensus in the community, and that is clearly not the case with this issue".

Perhaps in time Dave Cieslewicz will come to understand there is no worldly danger from atmospheric carbon dioxide and that land cleared for farming, especially biofuel plantations, is the primary source of widespread habitat destruction. Our low density residential neighborhoods are far more natural and far more biodiverse than any corn field. It is ironic that this pronouncement follows a very large and vocal citizen meeting about increasing crime. The Mayor needs to decide if he wants to be an environmental activist working for bees and flowers, or a politician working for his citizen employers.