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Boot Scootin'

RECEIVED Tue., Dec. 11, 2018

Dear Editor,
    If scooter riders acted like motorized vehicles, wore helmets, and rode in bike lanes or on the street, stopped at stop signs and red lights, then they would be viable forms of transportation. They need to be ticketed for violations and place the scooters out of main pathways. I’ve been called stupid and had an operator say FU when I didn’t move over fast enough. And now there will be scooters and/or electric bikes on the trails going 20 mph? Last Saturday I saw an 8-year-old illegally on the trail (violating two laws). The city needs to regulate them with stiff fines for the program to work but fail to do so. San Francisco has only sanctioned two companies and it works so much better. I believe there will be a huge class action lawsuit from all the injuries.
    Walking is good for the environment. I’ve got nothing good to say about the scooters. Follow the money to see who benefits from them.
    Contact the mayor, City Council, and the city manager to give your opinion on a bad situation that will soon be worse.
Kathy Marcus

Density vs. Sprawl

RECEIVED Tue., Dec. 11, 2018

Dear Editor,
    Deborah Ford Femat [“Thoughts on Growth,” Feedback, Dec. 7] is certainly right in stating that increased urban density will require expensive upgrades to infrastructure, such as sewers and water lines.
    However, since Austin is projected to continue its rapid growth, we face a choice – density or sprawl. As much as upgrades to accommodate density might cost, the cost of infrastructure to accommodate sprawl is far greater, given more miles of roads, electric lines, sewers, etc.
    More importantly, dense housing facilitates mass transit. Dense housing often means multifamily structures. Multifamily structures have less surface area, thus reducing energy loss from heating and air conditioning.
    Reduced energy loss and mass transit allow reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. When you factor in the costs resulting from these gases, such as California wildfires and hurricanes like Harvey, and sea level rise, housing density is a real bargain.
Philip Russell
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