The picture does say it all. As the Troy City Council succumbs to hysteria, fear, and “debt money”, an infrastructure development that would have worked in conjunction with Secretary of Transportation LaHood’s expansion of a regional transportation authority plan…Won’t stop in Troy.
And I feel for the shift in City Council opinion, that as the rest of the state moves to embrace future infrastructure (whether in light rail by public/private venture or high-speed buses), our podunk Council decides to hide in terror from…$30,000 a year in expense.
Far be it that the “savings” from the “debt money” would have “saved a cop”, the expenses of the City of Troy work far beyond a small pittance required to expand and consolidate both Birmingham and Troy’s public transport system, as well as supplant the Amtrak station that sits nearby.
And maybe we all were watching too many Simpsons episodes from years before, where a “huckster” came in and sold a monorail to an unsuspecting town…Or maybe we’re the bass-ackwards hucksters who elect people who already use federal funds in the operation of their city every day, and won’t mention it out loud either.
The City of Troy isn’t self-reliant. That’s for places like North Korea who use the term “Juche” for their fantasy of self-reliance. Most of the expenditures are balanced by a combination of federal, state, and local funds that drive the city that once claimed to be a city that stayed at the cutting edge of tomorrow. Now, we’re a closeted community of confusion…with a ton of empty commercial office space still unrented…
Wake Up, Troy. The monorail is your City Council. Mako out.