Rail Passenger Service And Development Go Together


Text And Photos By Noel T. Braymer

Having watched improvements in Rail Passenger service in California over the last 35 years or so, I notice new construction and business happens after rail passenger services improves. Let’s face it, the old pre 1970’s train stations were generally not in the best parts of town. In the past the railroad stations were mostly used for freight business with passenger service as a sideline. But as passenger service improved in California starting in the mid 1970’s, so has the neighborhoods around the stations. This is particularly true when train stations have been transformed into intermodal transportation centers.This is a major selling point for expanding and improving rail passenger service. The local transit agency in Hong Kong is also a major landlord in Hong Kong. The rental income from the property it owns around its stations is its largest source of income. In fact…

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Letters to the Power Plant #101 — Dell Summertime

Power Plant Men

After I left the power plant and went to work for Dell on August 20, 2001, I wrote letters back to my friends at the plant letting them know how things were going.  This is the one hundred and first letter I wrote.  Keep in mind that at the time when I originally penned this letter I didn’t intend on it being posted online.

8/3/04 – Dell Summertime

Dear Sooner Plantians,

I realize you guys probably don’t remember me anymore.  It has been about a month and a half since I have written to you, and like most people who leave the plant, after a couple of weeks you sit around trying to remember what that guy’s name was.  “You know.  That guy who used to sit there in that chair that used to read the dictionary for fun….What was his name?”

I have actually started a few letters in…

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.. from SILENCE LOUDER THAN A TRAIN.. ‘Evolution’

Dean J. Baker - Poetry, and prose poems

The gorilla is swinging
from the rooftops
of a civilization he haunts.
In the back yard of this circus,
the pile of corpses
grows steadily higher.
He handles them quite gently;
as if they were puppets:
no sign of excessive violence.

There aren’t any distinguishing
marks on these tools
foolish enough to get caught.
The ape will oblige whomever
it is wants to be in on the act.
Since he grew weary of his hospital
cage, he falls on their beds
from a great height, always
bearing bouquets.

Poems, evil smelling ways for
achieving wealth; a proverbial
monkey on his back
because it has happened again.
This time nobody gains consent.
He didn’t intend to be provocative,
his hemorrhoids were inspiration.

©Dean Baker

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