Wow! This blog has really been laying dormant and parts of it, due to some back-end changes related to other projects, have been broken. The link rot is unbelievable, and just about every entry a part of the re-launch I did with a "national" perspective have archived out. Not to worry on the latter issue, it became apparent to me that a national perspective wasn't going do it for me. I love Tampa too much specifically, and in particular, it's quest, it's adventure if you will, toward rail. How can I forsake that now?
Well I'm fixing it all now so bear with me. Among the changes, the landing page for Tampa Rail will no longer be this blog but a static resource page that will branch off to equally static information in a presentation model I refer to as "Cache" or "Caching". The theory driving this is that others will provide a real-time voice, but I will provide an intermediate one, and specifically, I will provide it draped in my voice and with fresh content generated by spotters on the ground there. I am still in New York City after all. Trust me, this is going to work.
Shoot, I'll even kick things off with this stark and valid piece by Daniel Ruth, Stop Talking and Build a Rail Line. Seriously right? I remember when I started Tampa Rail back in the mid-90s. Back then, to Ruth's point, I had to dig through CD-rom-based data at the USF library to come up with enough material to talk about on the very first iteration. Search engines weren't quite rich then, and in any event, it wasn't like there was any rail talk or rail history. But the point is, we were talking then, and we're still talking now.
He's being a little cynical however. Tampa might still be "just talking", but don't forget, Tampa pushed itself to an actual vote in 2010 and that my friends, was a miracle. So it hasn't been all talk and no action - Tampa voted and it took a hit (thanks to Hillsborough outliers), so in essence Tampa isn't "starting" to talk or "talking empty", it's got its first vote under the belt and the chances get better with each that rail will pass. All the talk before then served a purpose just like it will today.
By the way, when did Ruth start writing for the Tampa Bay Times? (sigh) I miss so much down there now.