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Comment Re:An experiment, can we agree on criteria? (Score 1) 720

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.
http://fivethirtyeight.com/fea...

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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