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January 14, 2016


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Aw man, you missed the best parts of Fury Road if you turned it off after its (admittedly sub-par) opening. It's actually a fantastic celebration of feminist strength as well as a focused meditation on belonging and purpose, all driven with a clear-eyed directorial vision that knows exactly what it wants to communicate and doesn't waste your time with diversions. All that AND flamethrowing guitars. Phenomenal movie, easily the best one I saw last year.

ANYWAY. As someone who used to spend quite a lot of each workday on the contested area of 32, I'm actually a giant fan of widening it. It clogs up every. single. morning and evening, commuters creeping single-file, often trapped behind some kind of farm vehicle going half the speed limit. In the absence of some kind of public transit that follows the same route (light rail, in my wistful daydreams), widening the road will at least allow people to pass slower vehicles without putting their own lives at risk. Better lighting will make it easier to see wildlife at night, too.

I get that you're trying to discourage development. But it's already happening. 32 between 70 and 108 is already a major route. People are going to buy in Carroll because it's cheap, but they're still going to work in Howard/PG/Anne Arundel because that's where the jobs are. Like I said, I'd spend the money on transit. But if that isn't going to happen, I'll take the widened road.

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