The Southern states practically invented the idea of incentives. First it was to get new plants. Then to get companies to add jobs or keep them. Now it's to get companies to move (Georgia also offered ncentives to Pulte Homes to move from Michigan). Given this, who will be left in SoCal or in the NJ suburbs? » 1/19/15 10:22am 1/19/15 10:22am

Jim Cobb is one of the best editors I ever worked for. He's a journalism treasure. Norman, Jim and the gang are all special people. I know there will still be auto coverage in the Times, but an era comes to an end. » 10/29/14 7:42pm 10/29/14 7:42pm

CBC Radio Q airs on about 150 NPR stations. It's been a successful import and a big profile raiser for the CBC in the States. Given the revenue stream that Q has provided the CBC, the allegations must be serious for them to fire (and him to counter sue). » 10/26/14 6:14pm 10/26/14 6:14pm

Why it works for me 1) spectacular shots of coffee. 2) spectacular shots of New York that make me miss New York. 3) Jerry doesn't just go for fancy cars. He brings back some that you'd forgotten about, like the Pacer. 4) He actually converses with the guests, rather than set up bits. » 6/11/14 8:16pm 6/11/14 8:16pm

I met Senna, and he was as charismatic and charming in person as you see in the movie. I will never forget the jolt of hearing that he died. In those days, there was no Twitter or Facebook, which would have shared it instantly, and I'm not sure if there was ESPN yet. But it made CNN, which broadcast the news that… » 5/01/14 11:55am 5/01/14 11:55am

I did some work for The Economist about Texas, and the difference between California and Texas is stunning. There's no state personal income tax, and corporations are taxed at a rate of 0.5% to 1% (you can get that waved depending on the deal you get from the state). Much of the U.S. population is within 500 miles of… » 4/28/14 12:21am 4/28/14 12:21am

Thanks, Zac, for the mention, and thanks everybody, for suggesting a "relatively" in front of easy. No, it is doesn't compare with the ease of cars of today, but compared with driving a horse and buggy or a wagon with a team, it was much simpler. » 4/15/14 6:46pm 4/15/14 6:46pm

So as a Jalopnik Dame, or at least a Jalopnik Dame Emeritus, here's my thought. Once something like this happens, you lose control of the narrative. The Washington pundits and Jon Stewart and the editorial boards get a hold of the story, and your message goes out the window. Doesn't matter how good the legal case is,… » 4/03/14 12:42pm 4/03/14 12:42pm

I made the mistake of passing a streetcar once in Toronto, and I will never, ever do it again. People honked and yelled and I considered heading straight for the border to get away from their wrath. » 11/10/13 5:47pm 11/10/13 5:47pm

You have to wonder why the announcement was made at all. Dave Bing isn't running again. The gubernatorial election is a year away, so it can't help whoever the Democratic candidate would be. And, the government is going to shut down next week (supposedly), so will any wire transfers actually take place? » 9/27/13 6:05pm 9/27/13 6:05pm