The Rapid Posts – then Removes – a Study Critical of The Rapid

Down The Rapid's Memory Hole

Another example of The Rapid’s continued baffling behavior! An article that The Rapid posted on their own web site, showing that spending too much money on public transit achieves the opposite of the intended effect, was suddenly removed when a commenter on the Grand Rapids Press web site pointed out the absurdity of The Rapid’s actions.

The original GR Press article, available here, announced that the failed “Silver Line” would be brought up for vote again next year. A commenter by the name of “ezkl2230” posted excerpts from a recent study: “New public transit encourages gentrification, lowers ridership, study says.” The commenter went on to quote the study,

“That means renters and low-income residents — you know, the folks you think would ride public transportation — get priced out of the neighborhood and, once again, away from easy access to the very system that’s thought to serve them the most.”

The same commenter, a little farther down the page, pointed out that this information was posted on The Rapid’s own web site! A link was included, and sure enough, there it was!

Stunningly, a few days later, the study and news item were removed from The Rapid’s web site! The original link is here. As you can see, it is gone. Thankfully, Google keeps cached copies of web pages available, so a copy of the original page is still available here. In case that disappears, you can see a downloaded copy of the page, here, saved on our own server.

We’re reminded of George Orwell’s book, 1984, about a totalitarian society which makes uncomfortable news and history simply disappear, down the memory hole. From Wikipedia’s definition of memory hole:

A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a web site or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.

You can access the study originally quoted on The Rapid’s web site here.