RandyCheeseburgers01 t1_jegy9g3 wrote

Reply to comment by sutisuc in Crosswalk Laws by manawydan-fab-llyr

I mean, how many real cities does NJ have? Hoboken/JC, Newark, Paterson, Elizabeth? That's already being generous. Hoboken and Jersey City have made strides in road safety. It all comes back to car dependency though, whether it's in the 'burbs or in the city. And the measures proven to improve pedestrian safety all involve traffic calming / road diets / making things generally worse for drivers by not prioritizing them on 100% of streets and roads.


RandyCheeseburgers01 t1_jeeze9p wrote

To be fair, (Greater) Boston, with its huge student population, is part of the Northeast Corridor, which connects cities from Boston to DC and has the best intra- and intercity passenger rail in the US-- not that that's a very high bar, but still.


RandyCheeseburgers01 t1_je5ep2e wrote

You could see who's playing at the Stone Pony if you're into music. The Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten often has live local music as well. Lots of good food and drink options if you're gluttonous like myself.


RandyCheeseburgers01 t1_je12h3j wrote

I guess the question is why our days are no longer centered around solar noon. Intuitively, that has to be the most natural way, evolutionarily speaking. Our circadian rhythms haven't changed drastically since the Industrial Revolution. That's not the kind of time scale evolution operates on.


RandyCheeseburgers01 t1_je11cgy wrote

Using Boston as an example, the earliest sunset time on EST last year was 4:11 PM EST in early December 2022. You realize that this would mean a sunset time of 5:11 EDT if we had switched to permanent DST? It's not like 8:00 PM sunsets would be a year-round thing with permanent DST.


RandyCheeseburgers01 t1_je0ki1u wrote

Four hours?? I'm not sure it's that long. But I hear your point. The idea still being tossed around; here's a recent Globe article on it. The general public seems to interpret it as a way to alleviate the housing crisis in Greater Boston. People will use any excuse they can get to avoid upzoning and building more housing in Boston and the inner suburbs and to appease the NIMBYs. I know some people are open the idea of supercommuting (I am not one of them). A Springfield-Boston commute would really only be viable if it's high speed rail, not the current iteration of the T commuter rail trundling along. I'm not holding my breath on that.


RandyCheeseburgers01 t1_je09ski wrote

I cackled at that when I watched the press conference yesterday. Could we (as Americans) for once admit that we're flailing when it comes to implementing safe, reliable and effective public transit? There's so much to learn from other cities in Europe, east Asia and elsewhere. The whole "we're #1... at everything!" shtick is so tiresome, to me at least.