Posts Tagged ‘highways’

Texas Cops Deny Fetus ‘Personhood’

July 19, 2022

Texas Cops Deny Fetus 'Personhood'

Brandy Bottone, 34 weeks pregnant, was driving down Central Expressway in Dallas when she was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy at an HOV checkpoint to check whether there were at least two occupants per vehicle as mandated. “There are two of us,” said Ms. Bottone, pointing at her swollen midsection. Despite Texas’ hearty embrace of the US Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade, she got a $215 ticket.

More:

“Pregnant woman says her fetus should count as a passenger in HOV lanes. She got a ticket,” Dave Lieber, Dallas Morning News

“Pregnant woman given HOV ticket argues fetus is passenger, post-Roe,” Timothy Bella, Washington Post

 

Note: We do not consider 2 people in a vehicle “high occupancy,” and refer to HOV 2+ as “Buddy Lanes.”

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Big Highways Make Traffic Worse

May 11, 2021

Expanding highways doesn’t do what you think it does. A Vox video.

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“What’s Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse,” Adam Mann, Wired

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Freewayphobia

April 18, 2020

“Freewayphobia,” a 1965 Disney Studios theatrical cartoon featuring Goofy, directed by Les Clark. Written by Bill Bosché, with music by George Bruns. Animation by Ray Aragon, Frank Armitage, Jack Boyd, Bob McCrea, Cliff Nordberg, and Robert W. Youngquist. Narrated by Paul Frees. Goofy is voiced by Pinto Colvig.

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America’s National Road System

July 31, 2017

America’s national road system: The Federal Highway Administration looks back on a century of America’s public roadways.

More highway history here.

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Highways & Cities

September 5, 2016

20th Century highways were a great development, but not for the cities they passed through. In urban areas, the routes took the paths of least political resistance, through working class and minority neighborhoods.

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“Highways gutted American cities. So why did they build them?” Joseph Stromberg, Vox

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Save The Elves

December 23, 2013

Save the Elves

An Icelandic group is seeking a court injunction to halt a highway construction project on grounds that it will disturb the Huldufólk, the ancient elves of Iceland. There has been no direct comment by the elves.

More:

“In Iceland, elves aren’t just Santa’s little helpers,” Zachary Green, PBS Newsletter blog

“Iceland’s hidden elves delay road projects,” Jenna Gottlieb, AP via Yahoo News

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Montana: ‘Let Them Eat Roadkill!’

February 24, 2013

Montana: 'Let Them Eat Roadkill!'

“There’s a lot of good roadkill that goes to waste currently. We’re just looking for something good for Montana so they can use the meat,” State Representative Steve Lavin (R-Kalispell) told the New York Daily News. The Montana House of Representatives passed the legislation 95-3, and the bill now heads to the kitchen State Senate.

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