Charlotte's rise in power is due to its commitment to infrastructure. Its new, well-planned light rail system set it up to pull in $8 billion in the Obama stimulus package set aside for development of railway transportation grids.
Nashville, by contrast, got some money for police, but nothing for mass transit that I know of. Is our Mayor too committed to private growth and not committed enough to public infrastructure to put us in a position to maximize available federal revenue?
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UPDATE: Christy and Freddie below assert against my ignorance that Nashville is getting stimulus money in millions for mass transit thanks to shovel-ready projects. So, I'll ask again: has this administration done everything possible to maximize available federal revenue? Billions (a billion equals 1000 million, right?) vs. millions seems like a huge disparity between Charlotte and Nashville.
UPDATE: Is my math correct here? If we got $14 million in stimulus for transit and Charlotte got $8 billion, did we actually receive less than one-quarter of 1% of Charlotte's haul for having an exemplary people moving system that the federal government wanted to invest more money in? Relative to what we could have received had we had a Charlotte-like grid, isn't our stimulus take inconsequential? If inconsequential is it not more likely to sustain Nashville's mediocrity?
CORRECTION: The math above is not correct because the $8B is the total Obama allocation to high speed rail nationally. Thanks to Freddie O for pointing out my error. I should have let common sense cue me that $8B is an incredibly high amount for one metro statistical area, let alone a state. According to another report, Charlotte is actually getting around $4 million more than Nashville for public transit, and transit officials there were disappointed that they did not get more to save some cancelled routes. Contra the rather rosy picture for Charlotte painted by the Facing South article, Obama's limitation of the $8B to high speed rail means that Charlotte's light rail and buses did not get any that went to North Carolina.