The financial and economic crisis, of which we have heard so much discussion since 2007-8, is only one aspect of a whole series of underlying political trends which have been apparent for much longer: a crisis of (in)equality and of increased precarity of the workforce, a human rights crisis, a demographic crisis, an ecological crisis, a crisis in civil liberties, and above all a crisis in democracy.
Contrary to popular perception, the Inner Belt opposition movement was far from unified. While opponents to the highway were united in their objectives, their motivations and strategies were as varied as the group itself. Even residents of the same community differed in their reasons for criticizing the highway.
Principal sources of the Inner Belt controversy included the highway’s potential effects on:
Washington D.C. ranks at the top for worst traffic congestion amongst other cities in the United States of America. However, it's not just the city Washington D.C. itself, it is the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area. This area is known as the Washington Metropolitan area and it is home to an estimated 5,582,170 people. The D.C. area is not at all that big only measuring out to a grand total of 962.9 square miles. This is very problamatic because it yields to the overcrowding of the roads in the nation's capital. Another problem is road system itself.
New York City has a historically corrupt and non-transparent budgetting process. The New York City Council is also known for its extremely non-transparent funding structure whereby the Speaker of the Majority can determine a City Council Member's discertionary budget within a range of $3-$11 Million Dollars. The New York City Council has also had a slew of corruption scandels linking council members to patronage and clientialism.
The New Jersey Peoples’ Tax Assembly was a deliberative event organized in 2003 by the New Jersey Coalition for the Public Good. Its aim was to provide recommendations for specific steps leading to the reform of New Jersey’s tax system, commonly seen as unfair. The Tax Assembly involved nearly 100 motivated citizens who were selected according to certain criteria that would make them representative for the total population of New Jersey. These delegates were given information to help them form opinions and guide their small group discussions. Facilitators compiled notes from the discussions into a report which was presented to the state legislature.