This isn't a new problem, but it's getting worse. Since back in the Eisenhower era, the federal government has maintained a Highway Trust Fund, paid for mostly by taxes on fuel, that helps cover the repair and construction of our country's roads, bridges, and mass transit. The idea was that drivers themselves should bear some of the cost the roads they used. Unfortunately, Congress hasn't raised the gas tax since 1993. Since then, inflation has eaten away at least a third of its value.
Why my old neighborhood wants to kill chain drugstores:
"Each block has a Duane Reade," said Kenneth Yoo, owner of Paper House, a party supplies store on Amsterdam near 73rd Street. "They try killing small business. All the stuff we have Duane Reade has, too -- and cheaper."