There’s nothing quite like a good fearmongering op-ed to get the blood boiling. Unfortunately for everyone, the Wall Street Journal published a whopper yesterday about transportation, homelessness, and urban policy that got my blood circulating faster than normal. Not because I am terrified of the cabal of leftist agitators coming for my...zoning codes?...but because it is quite possibly the dumbest thing I have ever heard or read on urban issues, an impressive feat considering I have attended a lot of New York City community board meetings. The article in question, titled “‘New Left Urbanists’ Want to Remake Your City,” was penned by Chris Rufo, a contributing editor at City Journal, a publication of the right-libertarian Manhattan Institute, and former candidate for the Seattle City Council. Rufo’s contention is that these “New Left Urbanists” are secretly taking over local governments to re-shape cities to fit their priorities which … [Read more...] about I Never Knew An Op-Ed Could Be So Stupid
Getting on board with a brand-new racing series, especially one marketed as “world class” from the very start, can be hard. There’s already so much racing out there to watch, and so many drivers out there to follow, that it might not seem worth it to devote the time and energy to learning something completely new. Perhaps we’ve put Formula E, the all-electric open-wheel series, into that category without giving it enough of a chance to prove itself. (Full disclosure: Nissan flew me to New York for Formula E, put me up in a Brooklyn hotel and provided a place to watch the race. They also paid for a couple of meals.) Not that our collective skepticism wasn’t justified. The whole “FanBoost” thing felt silly and desperate, and it was hard to say whether an electric series—especially one where drivers had to swap cars midway through a race thanks to battery limitations—was on par with the stuff we already watch. But racing fans, … [Read more...] about Why We All Need To Be Paying More Attention To Formula E
The Honda Civic Si is back for another round in the 2020 model year with some subtle appearance tweaks, more responsive acceleration and certain driver-assist features as standard. The new car will also go up in MSRP and down in fuel economy, because that’s just the price we pay for nice things. Honda announced the 2020 Civic Si on Wednesday, saying its updates will bring the base MSRP for both the sedan and coupe up from $24,300 in the 2019 model year to $25,000 for 2020. The 2020 model is just a refresh, meaning the Si will keep its usual 205-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine and six-speed manual transmission for at least another year. But the extra $700 will be good for some styling changes, like red stitching all over the seats (for speed) and 18-inch matte-black wheels, along with new LED headlights and a shorter final-drive ratio that’ll give the Si better acceleration response (also for speed). The 2020 car also gets a bunch of safety and … [Read more...] about The 2020 Honda Civic Si Goes Up In Price But Gets New Features
Countersteer Your true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars. For years when I ran this website remotely from Austin, I’d make fun of my New York City-based coworkers whenever they’d complain about their summer heat. I thought they were cowardly, soft. It’s not really hot if it’s under 105 degrees!, I’d say to them over and over again, as they searched for ways to boot me out of Slack. But it turns out they were right: summer in New York City, particularly in August, is a special kind of humid swamp hell where the garbage and pee smells are just a bit extra pungent. The answer to this, as people have done over many decades, is to leave. And so that is what I am doing for the next week—going upstate to get away from the heat and the bad smells. I’m doing so in this: a BMW M850i Convertible. What do you want to know about the new 8 Series droptop? BMW’s new biggest coupe (and convertible, and gran coupe) came out last year, … [Read more...] about What Do You Want To Know About The BMW M850i Convertible?
Like most folks, I ignore most of the emails from dealerships. Most of them are just ads, but I probably get a few hundred of these a week, so it takes something special to catch my attention. Then Aston Martin of San Diego dropped something attention grabbing in my inbox and I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s time we talked about the 2007-2012 DBS. The particular listing is for this 2009 Aston-Martin DBS in silver with 14,588 miles and a manual transmission. Current asking price is $134,998, or the cost of a modest house in some areas. This isn’t a car that needs much in the way of explanation. It’s what James Bond very briefly drove in Casino Royale before he flipped it a dozen times. However, it’s a car that even today makes you look like a superstar. That can’t be said for too many high-end and exotic cars that have a decade on them. Our resident James Bond aficionado and Aston Martin fan, Justin Westbrook, went on record saying “The … [Read more...] about I Challenge You To Find A Better Ten-Year-Old Car