325 Blog Posts From the John Carr Tag


It starts with a nudge

It starts with a nudge

Two superficially bicycle-related stories show us the past and the future of driving. On the East Coast, a town plans to post a speed limit on a bicycle path because doing something ineffective is better than doing nothing. On the West Coast, motorized scooters are controlled from City Hall. Doing something ineffective in response to […]

Work to rule

Work to rule

The school bus just went by, 7 minutes late as usual. There’s a new bus driver this year. Unlike the others he doesn’t start driving until all the children are sitting down. The route is literally 50% slower with him behind the wheel. I explained to a neighbor the term “work to rule.” Is no […]

Another crisis created

Another crisis created

Massachusetts officials spent decades avoiding highway improvement projects and treating drivers as rolling wallets. A study out this month confirms they were successful in creating congestion. Now they offer the prepared solution to the crisis they created: more tolls. It’s the same playbook they used on the Massachusetts Turnpike. The Turnpike Authority put off maintenance […]

Practice makes imperfect

Practice makes imperfect

A few years ago an overzealous prosecutor put a Massachusetts man in prison for life after a high speed chase. He got the jury to call it murder when it was clearly negligent homicide or manslaughter. While that case was making its way through the system a more sympathetic jury on the other side of […]

The ghettos of Lincoln

The ghettos of Lincoln

Lincoln is one of the richest towns in Massachusetts but it has a ghetto too. As in some other states, towns here are legally required to permit affordable housing. Most residents don’t want anybody moving in, and especially those people. What to do? A compromise was reached. The dirty masses would be allowed to live […]

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