78. 311 is a Joke with Alex Pareene

By January 11, 2022 Uncategorized

Alex Pareene, a contributing editor to The New Republic and the author of The AP (Alex Pareene) Newsletter, joins the podcast to talk about his recent run of stories on cars, parking and the competition for scarce space on city streets. We discuss 311 — the non-emergency phone number for accessing municipal services — and what it tells us about how government works (or doesn’t work). What message are police sending when they fail to enforce illegal parking? As far as driving is concerned, does anything go? And how does Elon Musk’s insistence on beta-testing Full Self-Driving on public streets relate to it all?

***This episode is sponsored by our friends at Cleverhood.***

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Read Alex in The New Republic.

Listen to The Politics of Everything.

“The Lawlessness that Cops Ignore.” (The Atlantic)

“Losing a Streetfight to Elon Musk.” (The AP)

Read “Fighting Traffic” by Peter Norton.

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