Tina K. Russell

September 12, 2007

Good Grief

Filed under: new york, us — Tina Russell @ 2:03 pm

Here’s an NYT article on New York mayor Michael Bloomberg trying to move the city past mourning and into healing. I think that’s a really great idea. I always thought that the idea of building a majestic “Freedom Tower” atop the ruins of the World Trade Center was really insensitive, like you’re trying to make a theme park out of the September 11th, 2001 attacks. It’s healthy to grieve and it’s healthy to move on, and I hope that the memorial that eventually exists at ground zero–whenever all the red tape finally subsides–is something modest and somber, reflecting on the great lives that these people lived, and not congratulating ourselves for our false humility or opulence in the face of tragedy.

Anyone whose lost someone knows that you have to mourn, you have to grieve, you have to move on, and you have to remember… I think it might be best to let those who lost loved ones grieve in their own way, and let them know that the city and state of New York, and America, is there for them, for whatever they need. I think that might be best. The almost celebratory tone of each year’s 9/11 coverage is an insult to those who died, but I think those who lost loved ones probably know best what to do, and perhaps we should start following their lead instead of making up our own.

The office of the mayor of New York cannot afford to continue being president of 9/11… I think it might be best to move on, and find some way, some modest, humble way of remembering those who died and letting their loved ones know they will never be forgotten.

July 17, 2007

Bikes in Paris again

Filed under: environment, new york, portland, transportation, us — Tina Russell @ 10:40 pm

I wrote something about the Paris bike-share program yesterday, and how we should do it here in Portland, Oregon, from which I hail. Well, this guy in the New York Times says they should try it in New York. Come on, Portland! We can’t lose to New York. Let’s show those East Coasters what’s what.

…By that I mean hurry and adopt a program like this before they get the chance, all in the spirit of friendly competition, and the fact that our city is way better. Also, our city is way more bike-friendly, and a much better pilot city for this kind of project. So, come on! One and all! Support a Portland bike-share program because it wil help our people, it will help the economy, it will help the Earth, and because we are totally awesome.

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