moderndukes t1_jc4d995 wrote

Agreed on RCV. Alaska uses that exact system but with top 4, Nevada adopted top 5 in November.

> if you're on the city council and you actually care about the city, your institutional knowledge won't be lost because you will take a job as either staff for a particular elected individual, or you will work some other role in the city government and maintain availability to answer questions and advise council members

They’ll go straight into lobbying firms and that’s who will hold the power in the city. This happens every time in every state where legislative term limits get enacted. I think executive term limits are good and healthy, but legislative don’t tend to work out well.


moderndukes t1_jc3um85 wrote

Making Baltimore fully unable to operate is one of the end goals for Sinclair. The term limits referendum was just like this - ostensibly populist proposal that actually just kills institutional memory and expertise and diverts an amount of power to interest groups like Sinclair. Imagine their machine just constantly churning out recall votes every few months.

There isn’t anything inherently wrong with the idea of recall elections, but I really don’t trust Sinclair to be doing it in the public’s interest.

(Slightly unrelated: I really want to learn how to get a referendum on the ballot because I want to get ranked choice and possibly multi-member districts in Baltimore.)


moderndukes t1_jaxezyt wrote

Reducing the width of a road, either by reducing lane width or the number of lanes.

MLK’s current design psychologically signals to drivers that it’s okay to speed on it due to the lane width, number of lanes (3-5 in some stretches), limited uses loading onto it, and the large right-of-way and setback of uses on adjoining streets (there are some stretches where a zone about the width of the road separates MLK from buildings near it). Some of those things are good for an arterial road and its flow and safety (like loading of uses), but the execution here leaves something to be desired - especially since it was built gashing a hole and severing neighborhoods like 83 and 40 do. This is all doubled by the 395 exit simply becoming the lanes of MLK rather than meeting at an intersection, meaning traffic flows seamlessly from the interstate and if it doesn’t encounter a red-light at Washington Blvd might continue at highway speeds.

It is an easy candidate for protected bike lanes and/or a tram system, and in-fill development - all of which will reduce speeds and accidents. Studies on road dieting have shown a 19-43% reduction in accidents.