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Comment Re:It's the suburbs... (Score 1) 108

The suburbs I grew up in didn't have Netflix...but then I grew up before the internet. Our nearest fast food place was a couple miles away, and we had a baseball field at the end of our street where my friends and I used to play ball. We spent more of our waking hours outside than in. I'd typically put 1000 miles on my bicycle during the summer.

So, while you may blame the 'burbs, I'd argue that it's a generational issue.

Comment Re:It is a dog's life. (Score 2) 108

While dog (Kaygogi) is eaten, it's rather uncommon. I lived there for six years, and only came across it once when my landlord invited me to their elderly grandmother's birthday.

I haven't read the article, but my knee-jerk reaction to the headline is disbelief. Korea is highly polluted, with a very large smoking population, and tuberculosis was much more common there than in the US. Many homes are heated using "Ondal", a form of charcoal, smoking out into the open air. Of the roughly 50 countries I've been to, Korea had the worst drivers...Wikipedia shows 18.2 fatalities/billion km...the U.S. has 7.3 in comparison. The country also has a habit of hiding issues...they refused to admit there were any cases of AIDS for quite a while.

Comment Re:An experiment, can we agree on criteria? (Score 1) 723

Pretty much in agreement with the parent here...

I'd like to suggest that people not jump to conclusions. My own knee-jerk reaction was that it's a silly idea. But, as you suggest, I think it's a good idea for us to try and experiment with it. We'll certainly need to do something for future generations. Also, there are several ways to implement this experiment, so we shouldn't necessarily jump to conclusions if the first attempt doesn't prove successful.

Five Thirty Eight did a good article on this a while back.

Comment Re:Go! Government! Go! (Score 1) 267

" there have been a rash of barber, bookstore, coffee shop, etc. closings in what's a fairly metropolitan area"

Um, sure there have, but are you putting the blame on the correct source. It's difficult for smalltime barbershops, and coffee shops to compete with the likes of Haircuttery, and Starbucks. As for bookstores, how does a bricks & mortar compete with Amazon?

Comment Re:Go! Government! Go! (Score 1) 267

"Residential areas are created so that people can be part of a community that shares a common interest in the quality of living in that place"

If you live in some areas like Washington DC metro, it's rare that people know many of their neighbors. I've lived in my home since '02, and can only tell you the names of the owners of a few. If my kid hadn't played with neighbor kids, I'd likely know fewer. It's a transient area, and people head to work in the dark, and come home when it' dark, and try to catch up on the weekends. And, while you might say it's just me, I hear the same from many cow-orkers.

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