Regarding the Sept. 18 news article “ McCrory wants to borrow $1B”: Pat McCrory’s proposal to borrow $1 billion for transportation improvements in the name of economics misses the mark. Building more highways in rural areas without strategic plans for luring industry and commerce is shortsighted and undermines the growth happening in the state’s urban areas.
Interstate-quality highways can and do spur development but are no panacea for lagging economies and often have the risk of eroding the character of cities small and large.
McCrory needs a comprehensive view that focuses on improving passenger and freight transportation by rail, creating context-sensitive land-use plans, enhancing existing corridors like I-95 and forgotten business routes, supporting mass transit and regional planning, providing more support to education at all levels and attracting businesses that are good corporate citizens.
The residents of North Carolina deserve more than money being thrown at transportation projects in the name of politics. That’s been done for years.
Carnell Brame Jr., Raleigh