"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

La Vida Tejana


Here's a very effective picture of a modern Texas landscape (in this case in San Antonio) via a link from a link from a comment by Dano.

This isn't unusual. If you spend any time here in Texas you will end up somewhere that looks very much like this.

The only way to avoid it is to drive in on a back road and never enter a big city, or to stay at an airport for a few hours and fly out. Funny you never see scenes like this in the postcards. It's both very typical and very striking, actually.

Most Texans will pass through a spot like this today and many of them will stop. I only have an 8 minute commute to work but much of it looks rather like that.

Update: The morbidly fascinated can find lots more like this at the unofficial Texas Freeway site, including my commute (US 183 through Austin) viewed mostly from below. Another very striking image is image A on the I-10 and Loop 375 intersection (El Paso) page.

5 comments:

David B. Benson said...

Oh ugh!

Dano said...

The urban ecology guy recoils in disgust.

Best,

D

Michael Tobis said...

What do you mean? There's definitely a few trees by the Holiday Inn back there.

Dano said...

They're stunted from O3 and SOx emissions. They don't count.

Best,

D

zencarver said...

I think that's I-410, but it appears that there are only 14-16 lanes of roadway in the picture. Must be a school zone. ;)

Another example of our great state's roadway behemoths:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Five_Interchange