Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 3)

  • Re: Capital spending on transit

    Antiplanner has a lengthy post answering this crucial question: Does transit capital spending boost ridership? Lots of statistics and graphs, but here’s the bottom line: The amount of money transit agencies spend on capital improvements has almost no effect on ridership or regional growth. If anything, regions that spend…
    Sam Hieb, November 26, 2019
  • Charlotte Housing Authority, aka ‘Inlivian’

    Today’s Charlotte Observer editorial weighs in on the new name for the Charlotte Housing Authority: “Inlivian.” You don’t have to travel far on the internet to find some smirking about Inlivian, the new name announced Monday for an 80-year-old Charlotte agency that provides housing assistance to low-income residents. Yes,…
    Sam Hieb, November 25, 2019
  • ‘Air rights’ for Greensboro affordable housing

    According to Rhino Times editor John Hammer, the Greensboro City Council’s at-large member Michelle Kennedy threw the work session agenda “out the window” to address the issue of affordable housing: Kennedy paid no attention to the agenda but presented two ideas for new affordable housing after the lone agenda…
    Sam Hieb, November 21, 2019
  • Greensboro might just get its downtown trolley

    The results are in are in for the City of Greensboro’s participatory budgeting vote, and residents in all five city districts approved $18,000 for a downtown weekend trolly pilot program. Interesting that the trolley ran strong in all five districts, placing first or second except in District 2. All…
    Sam Hieb, November 20, 2019
  • GCS bus driver walkout

    WFMY reports Guilford County Schools bus drivers plan a walkout next week to protest low pay: Guilford County Schools’ (GCS) bus drivers say they’ve been fighting for pay raises for too long. Joshua Graham has been a GCS bus driver for six years. “Besides pay I enjoy my…
    Sam Hieb, November 19, 2019
  • How to get more people on the bus in Charlotte and Raleigh? One guess, one guess only

    And if you guessed make it free, you win the prize. Yesterday’s McClatchy editorial— appearing in both the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News & Observer— thinks both the Queen City and the Capital City (and probably every other city) should be like Kansas City–eliminate bus fares altogether.
    Sam Hieb, November 15, 2019
  • Charlotte City Council approves $50m Silver Line contract. What’s next?

    Charlotte Observer headline reads: City Council approves $50 million Silver Line contract. Here’s what happens next. Actually my headline is more accurate, because–based on the Observer’s article—no one really knows what happens next, at least when it comes to funding. And that’s the most important part, right? The proposed…
    Sam Hieb, November 13, 2019
  • Who is this man and what has he done with Leonard Pitts?

    Headline in Leonard Pitts’ column appearing in today’s Greensboro News & Record: Foresight or hindlsight and regret: The choice is yours I honestly thought this was going to be column about how those who voted for Trump in 2016 were supposed to exorcise their regret and by doing the…
    Sam Hieb, November 12, 2019