Coronavirus and its Impacts on Urbanism

JumboBuc

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A Tale of Two Chambers.
Reaction to the just-passed Senate version of the coronavirus stimulus bill.
The bill passed the Senate unanimously with full bipartisan support. And one can find plenty of other pieces from publications of various ideologies that generally support the bill given the unprecedented crisis our world is facing.

Ignore the voices of opinion columnists whose literal job it is to stoke division and feign outrage.
 

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Agreed. It's pretty sad though that nothing-whatsoever-to-do-with-covid pork from both sides was added ($25 million for the DC Kennedy Performing Arts Center?). If a clean bill can't be passed at a time like this it will never happen. Where are you line item veto? Onto the House...
 
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The Kennedy Center is OK by me: All the private arts performers and performance venues are as threatened as the airlines by the shutdown, but the Ken Cen can't go to the public markets for capital.
 

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There are legitimate mechanisms for funding projects like the Kennedy Center. Politically-motivated pork attachments, especially to a critical humanitarian aid bill, is not one of them. It is a practice that always smells bad.
That was such a great scene, loved MM. Thanks for the memory, however juvenile the putdown intention.
 
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There are legitimate mechanisms for funding projects like the Kennedy Center. Politically-motivated pork attachments, especially to a critical humanitarian aid bill, is not one of them. It is a practice that always smells bad.
That was such a great scene, loved MM. Thanks for the memory, however juvenile the putdown intention.
Considering the President has personally said he approves this and pushed for it (Melania, oddly enough on the board) seems to point out that it wasn't a partisan addition by democrats to the bill. They also employee 3,000 people, and another 1,000 guest artists.
 

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Yup, the same cranks who originally said that COVID was a hoax will now cite it as a reason we can't have nice urban things. NIMBYs truly excel at random, half-factual reasons for whatever it is their heart desires.

I think it is premature to declare that cities are more vulnerable. COVID hit cities first, but they have great infrastructure. WHen COVID comes to places without hospitals, what will we say of the virtues of rural life then?
 

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I think it is premature to declare that cities are more vulnerable. COVID hit cities first, but they have great infrastructure. WHen COVID comes to places without hospitals, what will we say of the virtues of rural life then?
They will say that the cities caused the pandemic. Look no further than the rhetoric coming from Florida, already blaming New York for the quickly growing infection rate, ignoring that the state government took all of the wrong steps when first responding to the crisis.
 

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Marty Walsh was on the Channel 5 Sunday news program called "On the Record" and they asked him about the Boston construction ban vs. the state. He seemed to hint that it was only a temporary shut-down in order to get proper procedures and safety measures in place. He was evading the question a bit, but his answer left me some hope:

"I want to make sure that every construction worker in the city of Boston in safe. There is no difference between a construction worker working on a construction site or a banker working in a bank," Walsh said. "We're working with the state to make sure the policies are in place that there's proper washing stations and there's proper procedures on site so that a construction worker has the same protections as our first responders do."

On the Record
 

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