another example of pure greedy fukkery at it's worse....in the late teens, early 20's of last century, Henry Ford, Goodyear Tires and Standard Oil formed a secret troika that started a land company that quietly began buying up tens of thousands of small parcels across the US. Why these particular parcels? Ford's industrial spies had obtained the exact location routes of all the additional track lines the railroads wanted to crisscross the US with to keep railroads the prime mover of good and folks. So by buying up all the key intersection parcels with roads and highways along the planned routes, they effectively blocked them. When the railroad magnates banded together and took their case to congress, the troika's bought and paid for congressmen prevented them from even getting a hearing. Once the railroads abandoned their plans, the Troika's next push with congress was to lobby them to start building highways across the US, the major ones following those exact routes. And so their master plan was a huge success, shutting down the viability of trains for mass transportation of goods and people, guaranteeing the immense future profits of the auto, tire and gas companies, and effectively shutting down forever the viability of rapid mass transit across state and country. We are rapidly approaching the tipping point, in so many ways..