Born to Run From Toll Roads

RECEIVED Mon., July 19, 2004

Dear Editor,
   Judge Barrientos may be right in claiming that people "won't stop moving to our sweet city," but wouldn't it be ironic if the people who are now expected to pay for the roads that they have already paid for started moving out ["Divided CAMPO Says Yes to Toll Plan," News, July 16]?
   I was born and raised in New Jersey, land of toll roads. Ever get a "better them than me" laugh out of a NJ Turnpike or Garden State Parkway joke? Trust me, every one of those jokes is justified. It is not only a hassle to travel via toll road, it is a constant insult to continue to pay for infrastructure which has already been paid for by tax dollars.
   And last time I checked, "models" Houston and Dallas had, oh, a few million more residents than Austin. Maybe toll roads do work to ease the traffic congestion there. If so, good for them. But I didn't choose to live in a giant metroplex; I chose to live in a midsized, very green, very small-townish city.
   A city that's now starting to look – or at least feel – like my ugly old stomping grounds on the East Coast.
   Run while you can.
Amy Torres
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