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Scamp wrote:I was just watching this on my cell phone, while traveling 60 mph in my big V8 American made truck. I heard a thump and looked up and I believe I may have just ran over some poor idiot on a bicycle out here in the fast vehicle only lanes. I hope I didn't get any damage to my vehicle.
Casually joking about breaking transit law, committing manslaughter and ending a human life is not as amusing as you think.
This is coming from a guy claiming to believe in "christian values". The same sort of people go out of their way to try to push everyone into doing whatever wacky morals they believe in. No wonder someone had to make up a invisible magic being to control people like this... If they didn't have the constant fear of having someone watching over their actions, the world would be on literal hell.
XogGyux wrote:Casually joking about breaking transit law, committing manslaughter and ending a human life is not as amusing as you think.
Houston is god awful in terms of city design. I actually like the vibe of the city (believe it or not, there's lots of varied culture/diversity due to immigration, universities, and tech presence), but fuck man, they need a redesign. Same goes for Dallas.
Austin, might have a chance given they recently passed a transit expansion prop that includes additional light rail lines. They are also looking at burying I-35 in a tunnel and putting like an 8 mile long park at surface level.
QatzelOk wrote:When you spend most of your life bubble-wrapped in a steel tank, you tend to lose your empathy towards "other people" who are more like "obstacles" in your daily life.
Also, when you live in suburbia, all you really contribute to "society" is carbon monoxide and dog shit (if you also own a dog).
Puffer Fish wrote:All the "good" American cities were built before cars had become a commonly owned thing.
There have been virtually no new cities designed by government planners in America in over a hundred years.
Most of the newer cities have been built by private developers...
AFAIK wrote:The USA built it's highway system after WWII and bulldozed entire neighbourhoods to accommodate ugly smelly roads. Cities like New York and San Francisco are vibrant and livable because locals successfully resisted attempts to turn their cities into truck stops.
Godstud wrote:Not all countries are the same, and it's good to remember that. Cities vary depending on how new they are, and where they are. Not all cities HAVE suburbs, or at least not as we know them.
AFAIK wrote:Cities like New York and San Francisco are vibrant and livable because locals successfully resisted attempts to turn their cities into truck stops.
When politicians in the West decided to let car companies and oil companies "define" the new urban model after WW2, they were letting these profit-seeking corporations decide how many friends children would have (fewer), how many spontaneous conversations would happen (a lot fewer), how many adults children would have regular contact with (very few), and how interesting women's lives would be (extremely dull, required drugs).
The drug phenomenon of the 60s and 70s was a result of suburban damage to human character. Angry feminism from that period channeled all the anger and hatred that a bungalowed life of social isolation caused... onto the males of the species.
Children with fewer adult role models, fewer friends, less access to activities... Adults with fewer visitors, far fewer spontaneous conversations, and (for housewives) no more social community in which to participate.
BUT... the upside of the suburban model was that it made lots of money for car companies and oil companies by.... taking away all other options for life.
late wrote:The idea was that suburbs would make a nuclear attack more survivable.
QatzelOk wrote:there is far more demand for traditional urbanism than there is supply.
Yes, this was the scary ScienceTM that the military profiteers used as a sales pitch.
On TV, sitcoms used idyllic country life as a trope for the first few decades of television - which is exactly when suburbs went up. So media propaganda was created to sell suburbia.
And then, Car-Oil companies bribed politicians into supporting suburban zoning, limiting new mortages for veterans to bungalows, and sponsoring the above-mentioned propaganda.
They also destroyed USA streetcars - mafia style.
And now we live depleted lives with no community - all so that car companies and oil companies could control our politics and maximize how much money we give them.
For some reason, these entities really didn't care about all the social damage their relentless profit-making would lead to.
late wrote:...owning your own home makes a lot of sense when government programs give a variety of subsidies to help make it happen.
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