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subway envy

Paul | April 27, 2011 in Technology,Transportation,Travel | Comments (5)

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I should start by saying I love living in a city with viable public transportation.  Having the Red and Green lines within a short walk was a big selling point for our condo and the MBTA releasing GPS info has made riding the bus a much better experience (the “Catch The Bus” app rules).

That said, every time I ride a subway in Europe I get a mild inferiority complex.  THEIR subway systems are able to achieve feats beyond the MBTA’s dreams. Like running after bar close and telling you when the next train will arrive.

So it was with a certain schadenfruede that I approached a bank of still escalators in the Frankfurst Messe subway station.  “Great! Their escalators are always broken, too.”  Except the damn thing started up as we approached, took us up to the top, then stopped again after a suitable period.   Impressive, well thought out,  AND energy efficient.

Why can’t we do stuff like that?

Dear Marathon Visitors

Paul | April 17, 2011 in Fun,Transportation | Comments (1)


The whole “Boston has no traffic laws” thing is a JOKE. Crossing three lanes of traffic in a rental car while talking on a cell phone is just as frowned on here as it is in other cities. Nor do you get bonus points for not using your turn signals.

Enjoy your visit!

more things that irritate me

Paul | November 30, 2010 in Gadgets,Transportation | Comments (1)


I bought two items online on Black Friday. Both are about the same size and weight and both shipped from the same place. The one that shipped via UPS is out for delivery. The package shipped via FedExGround has an earliest arrival date of 7 Dec. How does FedExGround manage to be so consistently awful and stay in business?

Urban planning gone bad

Paul | September 25, 2010 in News,Transportation | Comments (0)

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The Somerville DIF seemed to have missed the point.  You don’t make an area vibrant by taking locally owned business by eminent domain and replacing them with parking garages.

From today’s Boston Globe

Coming into Union Square down Prospect Street, you can’t miss Ricky’s Flower Market. Offering flowers and tomatoes all summer and Christmas trees in fall, the indoor/outdoor shop is a community mainstay.

But is it a bright spot or a roadblock? In Somerville, the perspective you take makes all the DIFference.

The city planning department’s proposed District Improvement Financing project has shocked even fans of the improvements planned for Union Square, such as a Green Line stop, reduced truck traffic, and improved storm drains. What sounded like yet another unimportant economic development meeting Sept. 15 introduced a 30-year plan specifying properties the city wants to either buy or take by eminent domain — including Ricky’s.

For a second parking garage, the city plans to buy or take the popular Reliable Market, Somerville’s main source of kimchee.

Boston bike trails

Paul | April 6, 2010 in Fun,Transportation | Comments (0)

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It’s time to break out the bike again!