By CAITY WEAVER MARCH 20, 2019 The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. By CAITY WEAVER photographs by: Holly Andres Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train. Depending how you slice it — time or money — there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to … [Read more...] about There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.
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BIDDEFORD — Patrick Doherty frequently finds himself telling people Biddeford isn’t what it used to be. From behind the bar at his brewery, Nuts & Bolts Brewing, the 27-year-old Biddeford native serves beer to millennials who live in the city’s former textile mills, recommends restaurants that have opened up downtown and finds ways to collaborate with other small-business owners.“I remember when I was growing up there was a ‘for lease’ sign in every store on Main Street,” Doherty said. “Now it’s difficult to find space.” Doherty is among a growing number of people in their 20s and 30s moving to Biddeford, drawn by available and affordable space, the urban feel and the increasingly vibrant downtown atmosphere and nightlife. Biddeford is now the youngest city in Maine. The median age of all residents is 35, and it’s just 29 in the city’s downtown area. More than a quarter of the city’s 21,400 residents are … [Read more...] about Not your parents’ city anymore: Biddeford is now Maine’s youngest
Fourteen of the candidates for mayor responded to our questions about Chicago’s finances. Among our questions was this one: Revenue: Of the following often proposed sources of new revenue for Chicago, which do you favor, and why? A Chicago casino Legalized and taxed recreational marijuana A LaSalle Street tax A commuter tax A property tax increase A municipal sales tax increase A real estate transfer tax increase A video gambling tax We also ask: What other sources or new revenue do you favor or oppose? Here are the candidates’ full and unedited responses, in alphabetical order: DOROTHY BROWN A Chicago casino YES To increase revenue for the City, I favor building a casino in Chicago or a neighboring suburb with an intergovernmental agreement to share revenue. I favor this source of revenue because casinos have proven to be a great source of revenue. Many Chicagoans already go to casinos in other states, even all the way to Las Vegas. In addition, it would be a good … [Read more...] about Where 14 candidates for mayor stand on taxes and money — their full responses
In November 2010, as he was readying for his second term as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Joe Straus invited Midland oilman Tim Dunn to breakfast. It was an attempt, after a bruising election season, to extend an olive branch. Dunn had helped bankroll the tea party surge in Texas, and an organization he started, Empower Texans, had attacked Democrats and participated in rallies across the state protesting property taxes and excessive government spending. Straus, a San Antonio businessman from a well-off Republican family, had been chosen as Speaker in January 2009 by a coalition that comprised GOP fiscal conservatives like himself and all the chamber’s Democrats. But in the 2010 election, the Democrats lost 24 seats. Dunn, in other words, had done much to shrink the Speaker’s base of support. Nevertheless, Straus regarded himself as fiscally responsible and thought he and Dunn might find common ground on that subject. With plates of eggs before them, Dunn … [Read more...] about The Power Issue: Tim Dunn Is Pushing the Republican Party Into the Arms of God
News Arts Music Food Movies Calendar Guides Shop About Contests SFR Fun By Matt Grubs | 30 minutes ago "Even though we can feel good about this work," Mike Loftin told the mayor and Santa Fe City Council, "what's happening is that the real work is just beginning." Along with 22 other people, the Homewise CEO spent the past five months crafting an outline for the city to address what many believe is a housing crisis. The numbers the advisory group gave to the governing body Wednesday night are disturbingly familiar to anyone who's been following Santa Fe's housing problems: More than 6,300 households pay more than half their monthly income toward rent, more than seven out of 10 people who work in Santa Fe but don't live in the city do so because it's too expensive, more than 2,400 affordable homes are needed to catch up. More. More. More. "I grew up on West San Francisco Street, the 700 block," Edgar Vergara of the Chainbreaker Collective told … [Read more...] about Santa Fe council, mayor get blunt talk about housing crisis