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  1. Also no mention of turning on the signal preemption devices that have already been installed but which Cranley won't allow them to use. I think those are at Liberty and Central Parkway. $0
  2. George Washington University? DePaul University? Harvard? I'd call those more urban because they're completely integrated into the surrounding city fabric. Or are you using the term "microcosmic campus" to mean a self-contained campus separate from what's around it? UC is actually more like a typical rural campus in that respect, but with the interstitial spaces squeezed out. It's not really urban, it's just compact. While there's elements of urban principles in a few places, it's very disjointed and there's no consistency whatsoever in either the buildings or the public spaces. There's not enough room for the signature buildings to be objets d'art unencumbered by neighbors and viewable in-the-round. However despite the building density, it's still a suburban/rural paradigm of buildings floating in the landscape (of which there isn't enough to do properly) rather than a properly urban typology of the buildings defining street walls. Essentially the figure/ground diagram is wrong for the density. Look at the image below comparing Washington DC and UC. Can you tell where DC's streets are? How about UC's? While the spaces themselves are quite heavily designed, there's no organization to it like in DC or in any old city. McMicken Commons, the most formal open space on campus, is very poorly defined. Imagine UC with a network of small pedestrian access streets and a couple of monumental plazas or quads with the signature buildings facing those spaces but with a certain level of formality and decorum. That would be more properly urban.
  3. "Court and Walnut Parking Garage and oh there's some other stuff in there too"
  4. Even if they did, real actual people would say Fountain Square. Just like real actual Chicagoans still say Sears Tower.
  5. Except that doesn't look as good in a landscape architect's portfolio.
  6. You don't have to look hard at all to find similarly overdone examples. So sadly, I don't think their examples are excessive. https://goo.gl/maps/oxJRC1RMpw32 https://goo.gl/maps/iXCuyWgarhs https://goo.gl/maps/NyFeuHq77ME2 Granted these may not be as overtly kitschy, but there's still plenty of "WTF is going on here?"
  7. I see, I thought "surrounding neighborhoods" meant like Mt. Auburn, Fairview, etc. Still, 32 for the 7-lane option (basically do-nothing) is discouraging.
  8. Did Pastor end up voting no today?
  9. Post the locations with the photos. I know the closed street is Martin Drive/Adams Crossing because I've shot those tracks myself, but not everyone is a super sleuth.
  10. Right, GPS takes care of the odometer and driving in other states or even potentially offroad (though I don't think either of those are really major concerns in aggregate). It is quite Big Brother-y though, which I do sympathize with. Simple odometer readings have the potential for fraud, but they can be policed to some extent. In states that have safety inspections, usually mechanic shops can issue the inspection certificates (yes, that's a form of corporate welfare but let's put that aside for the moment). So I wonder about requiring any mechanics shop, body shop, tow truck operator, lube shop, tire shop, etc., to report the mileage to a central database whenever they service a vehicle. That way there's a running tally over the year so that if an odometer is rolled back it can only be rolled back by a small amount before it starts to raise red flags. Even if that is a bit too invasive, I can see a situation where using a GPS tracker yields a discounted tax rate that can be paid monthly or quarterly, yearly payments at an inspection station are at the full if not a punitive rate to discourage it and pay back some of the fraud potential, and perhaps some mix of quarterly payments (either at an inspection station, or certified independent shop, or estimated with yearly verification) are somewhere in between. Basically you pay extra for better privacy, but going with more frequent payments/inspections still gets you a discount from the potentially fraud-rampant yearly odometer reading.
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