It just won't work.
It just won't work.
This is just pure speculation, but I would assume that local businesses would gladly pay the full cost of local roads but that highways would be paid for by users.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. Psalm 24
"True law is right reason in agreement with nature . . . Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature [and] will suffer the worst penalties . . ." - Cicero
What is to become of this closed road? Does it get repossessed by bank? If so, how does a bank liquidate an "unprofitable" road? In the event that they want to auction off the land, do they have to sell it an unimaginable loss due to the increased transactional cost to demolish it and turn it into something else?
I am not sure if you have been involved in building roads or bridges, but those pricks are expensive and time consuming to build. Not only that, given the stabilization requirements to maintain a level surface (sheet piles that are driven 50+ feet into the ground, multi layered surfaces), to turn a safe road into something else would be much more expensive and time consuming than building it.
Care to address this?
Last edited by Kushinator; 03-04-10 at 06:40 AM.
It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
"Wealth of Nations," Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article I, pg.911
And what if an unprofitable road that links two profitable ones, owned by someone else, is closed? What if the road is the only way in and out?
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Now go sing, "...Another day older and deeper in debt..."