Sunday, May 06, 2007

Reader Responses

There have been some really great comments in the past month or so, and I'd like to offer some thoughts on them:

  • Regarding my diatribe on the much-talked-about Muslims-won't-scan-your-bacon story, G points out that if you take a stand on an issue you have to live with the consequences. It's a good point: if you are morally opposed to some widespread practice in your community, then you certainly have to realize that actively opposing it means putting yourself in a significantly awkward position to say the least.

  • Tara is really nice and agrees with me that teenagers can indeed be annoying and, when gathered in groups, present potential security problems. Just because kids making a ruckus isn't criminal doesn't mean it doesn't scare off ordinary folks who otherwise want to shop and lead an adult life!

  • Anonymous points out that in my article on airport accessibility I didn't include mass transit travel times. Good point! I'll look into it and see if I can get numbers for y'all...

  • A couple folks also share my frustration with coffee shops that are reluctant to use mugs instead of disposable cups. I guess we're not alone, what with San Francisco and the plastic-bag-ban thing. Progress!

  • Bonnie also is annoyed by a lack of clarity in real estate advertising. She asks what the word "flat" really means. I've got no idea at this point. I think it means "expensive", or at least "British". Maybe if you live in a "flat" you drink scotch and talk about the glory days of the colonies?

  • My friend in DC writes that DC residents are content with 30-to-90 minute one-way commutes. He points out, and I agree, that that is totally insane. He also asks whether people calculate commutes in terms of drive time, or door-to-door time. That's indeed interesting--I wonder if the census bureau stat (average one-way commute = 24 minutes) takes that into account.

Coming this week:

Monday: Blogabout!
Tuesday: Blue Sky Guide
Wednesday: Getting Around: Highway Access
Thursday: Downtown Living
Friday: Reader Responses


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of long commutes, did you read the New Yorker's big recent feature on "extreme commuters"?

8:35 AM  

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