Re: Transit Nerds Making Themselves Heard
- --- In carfree_cities@y..., rickrise@e... wrote:
> From: RichardAnd check out
> The complete article can be viewed at:
Their success is why I think geekiness can help. Just saying the
walking transit/density perpetuates is good for your physical, mental
and social health, and it lowers pollution inputs (levels if you must
so indirect) isn't enough, especially with G.W. going so strong here
in the USA. Don't get me wrong, these things motiivate me to commit
my life to getting carfee options a reality here in the US, but we
must make progress, and I think real, non-reatorical data like in the
above links can show we aren't spin-doctors, but discerning, skeptical
folks who are just as reluctant to see money wasted (possibly by the
ever pressing liberals, or what ever bogie man you or I or more
important the masses especially now percieves in the shadows).
Not that I'm a transit hound, I'm a carfree dude, but that leads me to
xportation; that's city planning. Note the 2D density maps the geeks
present. I know its just preaching to the choir here, but NOTE THEY
ARE SINGING OUR SONG, and MAGISTRATES ARE LISTENING! (been reading to
much European history at my bed side lately.) They say density is
good for light rail. Officials say, "density good!" We say, "Yes, we
agree. More density better, ugh!" Let's get geeky (and still go
after the TV stuff, and grass roots eduacation via the Samrt Growth
inititive, etc.). Let's just not do the feel good thing only though.
It won't work and it's not responsible. Well, I think anyway.
I had to delay my transportation modeling tutorial because of a
pending GRE exam which I did fine on, for entrance to a Community and
Regional Planning graduate program her in Austin and the recession and
dot com bust here has made job hunting even more ernest than a man
with a non-working wife and three kids and a mortgage usually
experiences. But I'll start again, especially since my simple steady
state method, which for all I know is the same solution the texts use,
is damn easy to follow. You can figure steaady state loading for any
topology given the desity pools for each stop, I've figure out the
most useful but have to finish the graphics and justification. So now
thaat I see some success for the geek factor that I had at
leaaast hypothisized in deciding to attempt the tutorial and make it
for several different audiences. Maybe geeks can help! It would be
nice. Come on geeks!
Note that I worked in geekdom for severral years, and these are guys
and gals who can be impressed bby charts, however, have tricked
theirsselves into not looking for the daata, because of a learned and
understandable fear of the boondoggle. They are yet reactive and
blind due to this fear. If we can win them over, we would have the
engineers on our side, which we presently do not have.
BTW, I don;t know if this has been said recently on this group but I
am getting the feeling that all my discussion of carfree ideas I put
out there in my daily life, at the SLIGHTEST opportunity, is helping
bring carfree, density etc. into the lexicon of a few folks anyway.
WEll I don't KNOW that it helps, but I don't know that it doesn't.
You know, the question regatrding this is how many degress of
seperation is there between the entire decision making population.
Sorry for the rambling, but I'm staarting to see some day light here,
we just need to keep swinging those pick axes and better choose what
we swing at.