Grand Canyon Transportation Planning: The Railroading of VisitorsPosted on October 15, 1999 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Dennis Foster
The National Park Service (NPS) has spent years designing and redesigning transportation plans for Grand Canyon National Park. The current state of these plans calls for a light rail system to be used to shuttle visitors into and out of the park. The stated goal of the transit system is "to provide more convenient access to the park than is now experienced." The premise is that the quality of the visitors' experience is currently being degraded not only by increasing congestion, but by the mere presence of the internal combustion engine.
Preserving Open Space - The Private AlternativePosted on February 01, 1999 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi
It is often noted and well remembered that Arizona is one of the states with the fastest growing population in the nation. The growth of our population during the 1990s, 24 percent, ranked only behind Nevada. The state's growth rate in the 1980s was third, once again behind Nevada, and Alaska. This rapid growth has created the worry that Arizona's exceptional natural beauty will soon be buried under tract houses, golf courses and strip malls; a worry leading to several government initiatives to preserve the State's natural heritage.
Get 'Em While They're Young - The Second Childcare Revolution and the Expansion of the Nanny StatePosted on November 01, 1998 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi
An easy way to make it into the papers in Arizona is to come up with a list ranking the state's standing in various indicators of well-being. Kids Count, the Children's Rights Council, the Corporation for Enterprise Development, all make news telling Arizonans how bad off they are compared with other states.
The Dash - Time to Kill that Wascally WabbitPosted on October 15, 1998 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Melinda Ogle
Those who believe that the government can only provide inferior services should take a look at the National Park Service's line of premier outhouses: $420,000 for one disguised as a corn-crib, $330,000 for one with limestone capstones for its porch railing and a slate roof, and a whopping $1 million for a four-holer with state-of-the-art, solar powered composting units and a backup propane generator.
A Tale of Two Cities: Phoenix, Portland, Growth and Growth ControlPosted on October 01, 1998 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi
Steve McQueen, the actor, once said that he would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth. This is a typically American attitude toward cities. This distaste of the city environment, the cramped spaces, the crowds, the pollution and the noise goes all the way back to Thomas Jefferson who dreamt of a nation founded on yeomen farmers. Although there aren't many farmers today, the dream lives on in many families who wish to live in their own, single, detached home.