Friday, September 2, 2011

Build Red Iguanas, not mass transit

Best of the Web linked a story about a Utah restaurant that built a second location just a few blocks from the original.
Why did the restaurant need an expansion? Construction of a light rail system in front of the original.
Q: How bad has the disruption caused by the light-rail project been?
Mr. Coker: We estimate we lost about $300,000 over the last 12 months. Primarily it impacted our lunch numbers because a lot of our business, probably 10 to 20 percent during the week, was business meetings from downtown. We’d call them the “suits.” We’d look through the room and you’d see a sprinkling of suits.
Light rail construction has finished. The restaurant has seen revenue grow $2 million in two years, despite the work.
President Obama should ask that more restaurants be built as part of Thursday's speech.

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