The Wrong Kind Of Business

Here in the gold coast region of Fairfield County the drive has always been to attract more Wall St and other financial businesses in favor of just about everything else. Trading was the business and Stamford, where the current governor hales from became essentially a company town for pushing tokens.  The factories and production that had made the city what it was had been driven out and the keys to the city given to the big money being made to push bigger money around. Well that could not be sustained and it hasn’t.

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Another Of CT’s Economic Problems

This is typical of state politics. It’s called, let’s keep the state from growing under any circumstances.

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-old-lyme-fra-blumenthal-0812-20160811-story.html

This is a classic case.  A small group of homeowners stopping needed infrastructure improvements regardless of the consequences to the rest of the state.  I know that many states have NIMBY problems, but Connecticut takes those problems to a whole new level. At this point it is virtually impossible to get vitally needed infrastructure improvements started, let alone completed. This has been a trend here in CT since the early 1980’s or so. Small groups of politically connected very vocal  citizens block a highway, pipeline, power plant, large store or other development or infrastructure improvement strictly on narrow self interest.  About 1/2 mile from me a quickly created “citizens group” was formed to “protect the Merritt Parkway” blocked a badly need interchange improvement.  It turned that this “conservation” group was the creation of a lawyer who owned a building next to the interchange who would have had cars passing a few feet closer to his building. Never mind the fact that the parkway was built in the 1930’s as a make work project and that the interchange desperately needs improvement if for no other reason than to prevent accidents.

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Old Engines, A Tech Stuff Special

Recently I posted this video in Tech Stuff. Since people seemed to like it and I really like big massive machinery I thought that I would make Tech Stuff special post with engines, lots of the big engines and some not so big.  Also The CT Antique machinery show is coming up and this is a good way to show off the show.

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How CT’s Death Spiral Started

With Weicker’s income tax. Lowell Weicker’s income tax was supposed to save the state’s problems.  Instead it may have been the largest contributing factor in killing the states golden goose.  The legacy of the income tax is in businesses not started and jobs not created and a future that never came.

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CT Loses Another Business.

They state that it was the business climate.  This is bad for me, because businesses like this one represented opportunities for work.  Every one that goes away, just makes my problem worse.

http://www.myrecordjournal.com/news/latestnews/8948595-154/canberra-moving-production-from-meriden-to-tennessee.html

This has been a trend for some time now, but Malloy’s taxing and giving to the unions has accelerated the process.

(Picture above is of a generic dead factory in CT. There are a lot of them.)

Pratt’s New Engine, The PW1000g

Pratt has finally completed it’s geared bypass engine for commercial aircraft. The development for this engine has been going on for a long time. There are reasons for that.  Some of it’s FAA red tape. The biggest part though, is the expected long life of the engines themselves.

It’s not like the old days where you did all your development in a backshop. Of course the aircraft aren’t enlarged kites anymore either.

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Cities Are Living Things

 

This is the third in the series of post about city planning, though it’s actually the one I started first.  So far I’ve discussed city planning as science fiction and the fact that it was a good thing that it stayed as fiction.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/the-1980s-we-did-not-getand-thats-a-good-thing/

Here I discussed city planning and it’s effects on urban economics.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/what-makes-a-city-work/

 

Now I’m going to  look at city planning and it’s effect on the most important part of why you have cities in the first place, the need for people to have places to work and live. This post will start of with some stuff from William Whyte, who did a lot of studies on how urban spaces are used during the 1970’s

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Tech Stuff 1

This is a sort of search and discover newsletter of my findings of things that may relate to technology in one way or another.  It might be the latest gosh wow tech, it might be something as old of humanity.  It might relate to science large or small.  It might be art for art’s sake.  Or somebody just doing something funky. Because I think that technology is just the representation of human creativity and breaking boundaries.  So I’m certainly not going to place boundaries here except that it won’t be the same old, same old.  So almost no gadgets or yacking about the latest phone or whatever, unless of course it involves taking them apart or destroying them in unusual ways.  Or putting them to work in imaginative ways that most people won’t even think of.  So buckle up, it’s going to be a fun ride.

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