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  •  Urban planning (4+ / 0-)
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    melo, NoMoreLies, Magnifico, BruceMcF

    Last summer a group met to do some serious brainstorming about the tri-city area of New York, Albany, Troy, Schenectady with the focus on how to improve life in Albany. There was lots of public input looking for better transit options. The area used to have an extensive rail and streetcar network a century ago but is now webbed by a net of highways instead.

    The organizers made the objection that traffic delays only average 20 minutes at rush hour, so they didn't understand why so much interest in transit. Even though they were interested in a more sustainable city, they still didn't get it. If you don't have a car here, it's almost impossible to live or work. This was a year ago before gasoline prices shot up. I wonder what they'd think now?

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 04:20:25 AM PDT

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