Nashville Mayor Signs “Declaration of Transportation Independence”

With a $5.4 billion transit referendum on its May 1st ballot, Nashville is currently a hotbed of transportation discussion, including signs we in *Albuquerque recall only too well in months past:

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These large signs are up in many places, as are smaller yard signs in favor of the project. 

In the middle of the referendum heat, Nashville’s new mayor (why a new mayor, long story) David Briley sat down with famed former NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and they together signed a “Declaration of Transportation Independence.”

Copies of the Declaration were then distributed at the conference. Here is my copy, photographed with creases and other imperfections to provide authenticity as a historic Declaration and all:

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What do you think of the Declaration? What do you think of pretty much stealing it and replacing “Nashvillians” (I prefer “Nashians,” as I mentioned earlier) with “Albuquerqeans” (or “Burqueños”)?

While such non-binding documents, even those signed by mayors, are nothing compared with legislation, traffic code, and improved roadways, Mayor Briley’s signing just before the May 1st vote says a great many things. I guess we’ll find out exactly what those many things are when the referendum votes are cast & counted in 23 days.


*Yes, I know we didn’t vote on A.R.T., but the sign here is uncanny, right down to the font and liberal (get it?) use of the color red.


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