Comments on: Counting intersections http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/19/counting-intersections/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: samadamsthedog http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/19/counting-intersections/comment-page-1/#comment-31203 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 02:36:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10008#comment-31203 Hmmm… How do fatalities in the Village or financial district compare to those in Hell’s Kitchen, where i hang my harness?

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By: BruceHeerssen http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/19/counting-intersections/comment-page-1/#comment-31116 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 22:02:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10008#comment-31116 Gah. Apparently, I can’t post links in comments. How annoying. Anyway, here’s the new neighborhood:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Houston+He ights,+Houston,+TX&hl=en&sll=29.772423,- 95.389751&sspn=0.130228,0.203247&vpsrc=0 &t=m&z=14

And here’s the old:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Clear+Lake +Forest,+Taylor+Lake+Village,+TX&hl=en&s ll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=30.461748,52. 03125&vpsrc=0&t=m&z=14

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By: BruceHeerssen http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/19/counting-intersections/comment-page-1/#comment-31115 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 22:01:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10008#comment-31115 I recently moved from the suburbs of Houston to near the center of the city. Here’s a map of my old neighborhood, and here’s a map of my new neighborhood.

I now have numerous destinations within walking distance, and many more within biking distance. Previously, destinations within walking distance were few.

I love my new neighborhood. Guess which one was built before 1930.

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By: wah718 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/19/counting-intersections/comment-page-1/#comment-31078 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 04:09:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10008#comment-31078 The distance between 5th and 6th Ave is “far too big” ? Really Felix it’s hardly a howling wilderness between those two avenues, and the rabbit warren aspect of some narrow streets downtown is really not charming. (Pearl & Pine St area). The side streets between 5th and Park – short blocks bisected by Madison Ave – are also cramped and dreary. Similarly 38th Street between 7th and 8th Ave isn’t particularly pleasant – but in all these cases thats mainly the fault of the buildings on either side of the street. Walk down West 22nd St. between 9th and 10th and the “far too big” distance is much nicer than many shorter blocks.

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By: Curmudgeon http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/19/counting-intersections/comment-page-1/#comment-31073 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 23:16:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10008#comment-31073 This is why I read you, Felix. I learn something new almost every day.

That said, while the underlying research may be interesting, I was disappointed that the article lacked any sort of rigor to its argument. In general, there are too many confounding variables to draw the conclusions that it does. For example, while it’s certainly possible to believe that people drive more in cul-de-sacs than in traditional blocks, it’s not at all clear that it’s due to the street design as it is when the neighborhoods were created.

The relative locations of grocery stores and offices don’t at all seem to be functions of the street layout. It almost seems like the author is intentionally confusing the purpose of cities and suburbs.

In short, the article started by assuming its conclusion, and declined to look at other explanations for the data. While the conclusion may be true, this decidedly not fantastic article does it a real disservice.

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By: jmh530 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/09/19/counting-intersections/comment-page-1/#comment-31065 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:31:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10008#comment-31065 Great post. Reminds me of what Jane Jacobs said.

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