Our trains are increasingly sealed from the outside world. The older trains
are called slightly demeaningly "slam door". The new ones have
electronically controlled doors and the coach interiors are air-conditioned.
I find it claustrophobic at times. There are little hammers in emergency
boxes so that if the system breaks down passengers can escape through
breaking a window.
There is a tall block of flats with an open air balcony on every floor. The
block is to be refurbished and the council is arguing that on grounds of
cost, safety and health (to keep pigeons off the balconies) the balconies
will be glassed in and become "conservatories" with glazed windows that will
only open enough for cleaning but not so you can hang out plants or lean out
to breath the fresh breezes.
I will continue to argue for the reversal of this process but I am afraid
many of these trends are quite popular - and the safety arguments are always
difficult to combat, not withstanding the future illnesses that may be being
seeded by cutting people off from the external world.
The ridiculous thing as that when many people go on holiday in rich
countries they seek the "great outdoors".
On 3/7/05 12:36, "Debra Efroymson" <anima1205@...> wrote:
> Cars, elevators--same story, isn't it? We are killing
> ourselves (lack of exercise) and our environment by
> mechanizing everything, when what we--and our
> environment--need is for us to expend more personal
> energy and less carbon-based energy.
> Anima (from elevator-lite Dhaka)
> --- "J.H. Crawford" <mailbox@...> wrote:
>>> Accessibility in a carfree city will much better
>> than almost anywhere
>>> else. And this should be another selling point!
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