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) Became the world’s largest tire company in 1919. And it maintained a commanding role in the U.S. tire industry for decades after.

But as Japanese and other Asian cars began to flood the global marketplace, GT came under significant pressure. Just like cheaper cars were attractive to consumers, cheaper tires meant domestic automakers could lower their price points on their cars, so competition increased for GT.

In 1999, Goodyear went in on an alliance with Sumitomo Rubber Industries to once again vault to the top of tire world. But even that didn’t last long.

Now, GT is in tough competition with rivals that are 3-7 times its size by market cap. And automakers are still just as focused on keeping costs down for all their inputs, including tires.

The most recent proof: Q3 net income was down almost 60% compared to the same quarter last year. And GT guided its full-year operating income 25% lower than last year’s. It looks like treading water or a buyout are the best scenarios at this point.

Residents grapple with University City makeover, $2.1B trolley construction

SANDAG officials acknowledged that such transit projects can be extremely disruptive, often involving tearing up asphalt and lots of road closures.

“Your typical construction job is what we call vertical,” said Jim Linthicum, director of mobility management and project implementation for SANDAG. “You put a fence around it and it might create some noise, a little bit of inconvenience, but it’s very controlled. Transportation projects are linear. Just look at the map, and you can see what we’re cutting through.”

Transit advocates have said the project is worth the short-term pain because it will give folks a valuable alternative to driving as the region continues to grow.

“People are drawn to that area because of the excellent jobs,” said Colin Parent, interim executive director of Circulate San Diego. “The inevitable consequence of that economic success is traffic, and the way you manage and address that is through public transit.”

The trolley line — which is scheduled to be completed by 2021 — will likely improve commutes for some working at any one of the number of research, medical and biotech companies in the areas.

Considering the hordes of Christmas shoppers, is it fair to say that SOME people have never had it so good?

I decided to visit 3 shopping centres over the weekend - Westfield, Brent Cross and Blue Water, all in London.

Oddly enough, I answered another question in pretty much a similar way to how you put your questions, and I was tarred and feathered for "not knowing what it is like for real people out there" (am I a figment of someone's imagination?