As Simon suggests, there is indeed a flip side to
safety. My sources tell me that SARS (the
pneumonia-like killer disease that spread through
Southeast Asia) was spread in Vietnam because the
first patient was in an expensive, air-conditioned
hospital; everyone who treated him got the disease,
and many died. Once they realized how contagious it
was, they turned off the air conditioning and opened
the windows, and no other medical workers in the
hospital caught it.
Just because something is difficult doesnt mean we
shouldnt fight it! We can provide infrastructure for
the lazy, everywhere, and then encourage them not to
use it, or we can build cities that encourage
activity. Older apartment buildings in Singapore
seemed to take the middle road, with the elevator/lift
stopping only on alternate floors; alas, modern
buildings have abandoned that. I just refuse to
believe we should automatically provide facilities for
And yes, one of the pleasures of Bangladeshs trains
(not to mention that people can ride standing on top
of them!!!) is that the windows are wide open,
allowing a real view of the countryside moving very,
very slowly past (ahem).
--- Simon Baddeley <s.j.baddeley@...
> Dear Debra
> Our trains are increasingly sealed from the outside
... 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.
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