The Cities Thread

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  1. That Phat Hat

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    I love Atlantic Cities. Here's a piece that I really like.
    What Makes a Great Street
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    As for the second story that Phat Hat linked to, I wouldn't worry about white people. We tend to turn out just fine. Who should worry are the people in Sunset and Borough Parks, Kensington, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Brownsville, Crown Heights, Flatbush and Midwood who happen to be the next communities down the train lines from the hipsterlands.


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    I just finished that article, too. The author seems to believe that the hipster species (Hipstermus Doofoid) is geographically specific and non-migratory. That's not the case, and I don't think it's going to be the case even now that they're breeding.
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    Whoops. I fixed it. Thanks.
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    That is really cool. As much as I say about loathing Memphis, there are a couple of streets that are great. One is very similar to that of Queens Road in Charolette. It is a 4 lane, divided street with a grassy and large treed median. It runs about 2-3 miles from a lower middle-class neighborhood, past an old, abandoned factory for history, a nice chicane under a bridge, and emerges in a wealthier area of town. It finishes with the zoo and park on one side and a private college on the the other. Recently the west half of the street was take down from 6 lanes to 4 to add a bike lane.

    As a historical note, the street was origionally built to host carriage races in the late 1800s.
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    I go with my kid to the playground and then ignore her for 2 hours. It's the best I can do legally.

    But she will go on the subway when she is 8. That is a guarantee.
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    Sorry. Blame ABC.
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    Oh, believe me, I do.
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    You white people are going to ruin the tacos and strip clubs in Sunset Park.
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    That's why I go to Bushwick.
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    You mean East Williamsburg.
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    Uck. Set your keyboard on fire for that.
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    I honestly don't know a single non-realtor who thought that was a good idea. I mean, what can be realer (and therefore hipster) than "Bushwick"?

    Also, this one covers two of my three pet urban issues - walkability/transit and schools:
    Enforcement of previously existing rules on busing in Arlington County, VA angers some of the 0.08% of riders who live in walking distance from schools

    There's going to be a huge strain on urban and semi-urban school districts in the coming years, as parents are staying in urbanized areas instead of moving out for the wide open spaces. Our old town in NJ had to build a new elementary school, and my daughter's elementary school this year had a 42% jump in kindergarten enrollment.
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    PS 321 in Park Slope is going out with 11 kindergarten classes this year. That's insane.
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    Maybe little kids wouldn't be such chubsters if they walked or biked to school.
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    And I'm assuming Arlington County neighborhoods are pretty walkable. If not, they need to complain about where their property taxes are going.
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    Some are, some aren't. The neighborhoods near Metro stations are pretty walkable but the closer you get to McLean, the more suburban the street patterns become. At least, that's what I recall. Most of my knowledge of Arlington is the Rosslyn to Ballston Metro corridor. I worked in Ballston for years and for some of that time, I lived in Clarendon, so I could walk to work.

    Parents just don't want to be bothered having to drop off and pick up their kids from school. Whiners.
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    Similar problem here. I know a couple of schools that had to move teachers to kindergarten classes from 2nd or 3rd grade classes. Seriously people, pills, condoms, snips, ties, whatever. Stop making babies.

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