Transportation Policy

Bench Bust

Bus stop crackdown

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On May 12 the city of Indianapolis snatched 350 benches from under the behinds of bus riders, and targeted dozens more for removal. It turns out that many of the benches at city bus stops had been placed there, without the proper permits, by companies hoping to sell ad space on the backrests. Worse, the deputy director of the Department of Public Works thought they were tacky. 

"They aren't pleasant-looking," Kyle Walker complained to the Indianapolis Star. Walker said he has received "nothing but complaints" about the alleged eyesores. After the bench roundup, the contraband seating was dumped unceremoniously in city parks, where the benches will be painted green to obscure the names of the companies that paid for them.

"These are illegal benches," Director of Code Enforcement Emily Mack told a local television station. "They are placed in the public right of way, and a vendor is profiting off of this. The city has no oversight and no benefit." Never mind the benefit to the city's weary bus riders. At press time, Indianapolis had 4,000 bus stops but only 218 approved shelters with benches.

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  1. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets…in order to really get the Books of the Bible, you have to cultivate such a mindset, it’s literally a labyrinth, that’s no joke

  2. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane.

  3. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane.

  4. I don’t got your point. But thank you all the same.

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