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  1. Double Parking

    No one cares about getting between suburbs - alas. That's an issue with current transportation planning, which is heavily focused on facilitating the rush-hour morning commute going suburb-CBD-suburd at predictable times and en masse. This is a problem, and to really get into it, actually goes in tandem to a degree with car-centric planning, in which the role of a PT system is only to get people out of cars (at the most crucial, crowded spaces and moments) so that other car users have a better time of it, rather than planning for PT users in and of themselves, if that distinction makes any sense. (Um, yes, my thesis might be about transportation planning for demographics with travel patterns that don't fit the standard, middle-class, wage-employment pattern, why do you ask?) In this sense, you're the kind of person - suburb to suburb commuter - who planners don't really 'mind' having a car, because you're not taking up that highly in demand commuter roadspace. Basically, at this point, planners and municipalities in most developed countries would be happy if every suburban household were to pare back to owning one car on average (US current motorization rate is something around 800, IIRC. That's 800 vehicles registered per every 1000 men, women and newborns,) which is roughly the situation you're describing. If you were living with a partner, probably you could make do with 1 car in a city like Geneva (on AVERAGE, of course. You might be the odd household where you both work in suburbs and have two cars but you'd be balanced by your neighbours who both work downtown and don't have any cars, etc), whereas you'd probably need 2 if you were living in Houston. (Travel time, by the way, is a weird thing. People have a reasonable tolerance for it - about 30 minutes on average, I think - and they don't particularly work to minimize it. If anything, it might be growing. Most, it turns out, are pretty happy to spend an hour a day on the train with wifi and their laptop, for example, and they won't change jobs, homes or modes to make that shorter. So sometimes improving your suburban train service will just make people move further out to where they can own a bigger house.) More public transport (and corresponding pressure on parking and driving*) is only even going to be a partial solution, no one is claiming otherwise - there's a whole dynamic around density, walkability, Transit Oriented Development, etc, that needs to reshape the way housing, workplaces, business districts, services, etc, are spread out around the city that reduces the overall, average need for driving to the point where most households will be comfortable with one car, or require only one car trip per day, or even rely on a share-car service for only the ocassional car use, and this is both as convenient and as cost effective for them as owning as many private cars as they do today. Places like the S suburbs might be doomed to car reliance, low density and enternal traffic problems (geometry here. It's not solvable) until they're trashed by the zombie hoardes, for all we know. But, generally speaking, there's an effort to build new places with less of an inherent car-dependence for every trip. *mixed research here - Givoni, 2011, argues that the improvement of bus services in central London did a lot more to reduce traffic than the actual cordon and the results to traffic mitigation would have been almost the same without it.
  2. Double Parking

    Some places are getting there, (Paris. Seattle. Vancouver. Madrid. And Oslo, of course, planning to go entirely downtown car-free) The usual suspects, in other words. Atlanta is trying though!) but its very much a political and education type issue. Its not going to happen unless its made an issue and the city governments that will fight for it are voted in, and instincts, to a large degree, are still to demand better car infrastructure for car-woes.
  3. Double Parking

    Even if the spots are reserved (as I assume they would and should be!) I was referring to road use and parking conditions in general, which has 'trickle down' effects onto each specific situation. You have an urban form that necessitated driving creating untenable pressure on land use for parking which leads to an enternal downtown parking shortage which forces the rare crucial parking lot (like the one belonging to a hospital) to be squeezed for space and forced to draw out very small parking spots which is coupled with a cultural trend for pointless giant cars and you get sick kids doing acrobatics through car boots in parking lots. My point is, if we had a less perennially not-enough-parking situation in cities, the children's hospital would have enough parking spots, even for stupid giant cars because this is the rare situation where a good parking spot trumps making life incovenient for urban drivers. The only way to have enougb parking spots or enough road space? Counter-intuitively, it's to make less of it. This means I have a foolproof way of never being pissed off or angry when I'm stuck in traffic or can't find a parking spot or see someone parked in a ridiculous way or blocking traffic in the classic double-park. I just think that being inconvenienced as a driver . by and large, is right, proper and also couldn't be any other way, and notch up a slight uptick in motivation to use public transport or walk next time.
  4. Both? Depends? If you're teaching a class you expect to be using p-values, include an extensive explanation of what they mean and dedicate a percentage of the class work, exercises and probably the final exam/assignment to making sure they get it in-depth. Social-sciences graduate-level methodologies class made up students who need to be designing their thesis project's research methodologies or what have you. If you've got, say, an undergrad methods or stats class in the humanities and you just need to walk people through what those letters and asterisks that turn up on the ocassionaly paper they read mean, probably you don't need so much of the background. I don't think it's somehow inappropriate to offer a basic definition of p-values and leave it there, since they do get used a lot and there's a category of people out there who would benefit from being able to broadly understand what that p=0.05 or 0.01 is even supposed to represent without necessarily needing to understand it in-depth. It's a literacy more than a numeracy question on some level.
  5. A prominent (if not comically so) 'No litterring please' sign over a convenient garbage bin in the parking lot would seem to be the way to go.
  6. Double Parking

    A place like a children's hospital is one of the spots where there's a particularly high value to having good car access and convenient parking...but, as you describe, it's being crowded out of usefullness. You want people to be able to quickly and easily get their sick kid to the hospital in their (one!) car or cab or whatever, and for that we need everyone else to stop taking up road space and parking space because they can't get a loaf of bread within a mile walk of their house or don't have public transport of have their road use massively subsidized!
  7. Fashion thread: updating classics

    Aha! I was wondering why you didn't put those in the running.
  8. Careerchat II

    Does anyone else ever have a complete and total freakout that they're doing utterly the wrong thing, career-wise? Someone sat in on a class I'm taking because they're thinking of starting the planning program next year, and then asked if it's all 'so quantitative' (this was transport economics...the economics was little more than Micro 101 and virtually no actual maths.) We pointed out that, yes, sort of, and really if he's interested in design and landscape architecture, he should go study architecture or engineering, since you'll hit an (elegant, modernist) concrete ceiling with a planning degree in the private sector at some fairly early point....and I've been freaking out ever since. I mean, I knew this and have always know this, and have always know I have no interest in architecture or engineering per se as well. And nevertheless, somehow my grim conclusion was that I have to quit everything and go do a BA in civil engineering like right now.
  9. Fashion thread: updating classics

    Is it weird that the one I think is best is the version of the dark brown in tan? The color is more striking somehow that of the original tan ones and I kinda like the tassels but not the prominent seam pattern on the other tan ones.
  10. Careerchat II

    Is three years at a job not, like, reasonably respectable at this point? The idea of spending 20 years at the same firm would seem to be done for a lot of fields, no? the job itself also something you want to be doing, and have done going forward, rather than just the better pay, conditions and geography? And I have no clue here really, but just getting officially engaged (which you esentially are, right? That is what mutually agreeing to get married eventually means?) might be enough for a visa.
  11. Double Parking

    In bad parker trolling, I just saw a photo of a terrible double park in Jerusalem, where someone stuck a condom and a note saying 'please don't reproduce' under the wiper.
  12. Double Parking

    A year or two after that, it will be too full again, and you'll need to build another floor. And then another floor. The company will cut those shuttles for the contractors, the curbside parking will get a little better so the rest of the city will take up using that space again with more people driving into downtown thus quickly filling it up again, that multistory parking structure might even drive away a little business by making the block a little less walkable, a little less human-scale. Not a lot, for sure, a few percent, but maybe that will put that one shop under and whatever you used to be able to get there would now require more driving...this aggregates througout a city and all parking ends up being inadequate parking.
  13. Double Parking

    Parking is a planning dilemma. Like, geometrically. If you had as much space as you would want to put cars next to all the things you would want to put cars next to, there would be no room for the things themselves. Roads and parking takes up 30-60% of ALL SPACE in cities. (You can guess which cities are closer to 30 and which are closer to 60.) Making life nicer for cars makes for more cars, because everything else has to move apart to accomodate the cars, meaning it is necessary to have more cars to get between the far apart things which then need to park somewhere. It's a doom spiral. I'm not saying that parking lot design in not a neglected art form, and if you're going to build them, you might as well do it well, but it is literally impossible to always have as many parking spots as everyone wants, where and when you want them. So parking is always going to be a problem, with double parking and wandering about looking for spaces and disporportionate anger at the poor bastard who parked crookedly and feeling like they make spots too small. It's ok though, at a guess, cars will banned from most urban cores within most of our lifetimes.
  14. Double Parking

    Ugh, I just tried to figure out what London's long-term parking policy plans are, and it seems to have a kind of semi-devolved authority on parking policy to the individual boroughs who all seem to be doing their own research and planning. Hippies.
  15. You're snowball sampling?