No Alternative?

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No Alternative?

It’s one of those frequent responses that clenches the jaw when I hear it – people saying they are going to vote for the multi-billion dollar tax increase to fund a light rail mass transit plan for Nashville because “we have to do something,” as if that’s the only thing that can be done.

Proponents of the light rail plan are spending millions of dollars to convince voters of two things: (1) there’s no alternative and (2) it’s a solution to increasing traffic congestion. Both of those things are false.

I had the honor of moderating one of two panels, featuring six experts, invited by the Beacon Center of Tennessee, who spoke and answered questions for three hours about four specific alternatives, and the reasons the light rail plan won’t work – why it’s worse than a complete waste of a lot of money we don’t have.

Since then, a new organization has cropped up, Nashville Plan B, which is promoting many of the same alternatives the attendees at the Beacon Center Forum “Off Track” at Belmont University learned about.

For those who could not attend, and don’t have three hours, but may have 10 minutes (or a half hour) to spare, I’ve put together a short slide show featuring the recommendations of those six experts, and I’m going to present that slide show to you in a Facebook live streaming “vodcast” on Friday, Saturday, or Monday.

I’ll make my decision on the day and time based on the first 100 votes on Facebook, where I will post this blog.

If all goes as planned, I will introduce the program from my basement studio, present the slide show (5-10 minutes) and then read and respond to the comments coming in on Facebook during the slide show.  I’ll go for about a half hour total.

If it works well, I may do it again sometime. If it doesn’t, I’ll blame it on Ben Cunningham, founder of the Nashville Tea Party, who asked me if I would consider live-streaming a program on the light rail referendum.

Please vote on Facebook for one of these times:

Friday, 12:15 p.m.

Friday, 2 p.m.

Friday, 6 p.m.

Saturday, noon

Monday, 12:15 p.m.

Monday, 2 p.m.

Monday, 6 p.m.

Once the program has been live-streamed, it will be available for others to see – unless I delete it.

Please vote for a day and time now if you want to watch it “live” and have a preference.