Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 54425
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2022/05/27 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2012/6/30-7/27 [Transportation/Car, Transportation/Car/RoadHogs] UID:54425 Activity:nil
6/30    Cities are better.
2022/05/27 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

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2011/6/20-7/13 [Transportation/Bicycle] UID:54129 Activity:nil
6/17    RIDE BIKE people, where does one buy a cheap < $100 commuter bike
        that will be used by a visiting foreign student for 3 months then
        thrown away?
        \_ You can get a bike that cheap off of Craig's list but you will
           need to do some work on it before it will be safe. I bought a
           used Gary Fisher for $50 but it needed a new chain, new cables
2010/2/10-3/9 [Transportation/Car] UID:53699 Activity:low
2/10    About the Lexus that crashed because of (supposedly) a stuck
        accelerator padel, why didn't the driver simply put the transmission
        in Neutral?  If the cop passenger had time to press at least one
        button to dial 911, wait for the call to be picked up, and had a
        10-second-plus conversation with the operator (which was played back
        in media reports), wasn't there much more than enough time to tell the
2010/1/21-25 [Transportation/Car] UID:53652 Activity:nil
1/21    The brakes on my bicycle lose a lot of braking power when they are wet.
        How come I don't feel the same problem with brakes on my car?  Do car
        brakes sense the braking power and automatically increase the brake
        pressure when there is less power than normal?  Thx.
        \_ Car brakes don't touch the road and the pads are much wider.
        \_ Car brakes don't get wet in the rain. At least not disc brakes.
2008/10/6-9 [Transportation/Car] UID:51403 Activity:kinda low
10/6    Why is drafting behind semi trucks dangerous?  I'm thinking it's not
        dangerous because my car's brakes should perform better than the
        semi's.  So if the semi hard-brakes for whatever reason, my car should
        be able to slow down quickly enough.  OTOH I think a semi following me
        is more dangerous, because if I hard-brake, the semi probably can't
        slow down quickly enough.
2007/7/24-28 [Transportation/Car] UID:47403 Activity:low
7/24    Looking to buy a new car.  I'm going to buy a luxury car this time
        to replace my 10 year old Toyota Camry.  Thinking of spending around
        40-50K.  I'm looking at Lexus, Mercedes, BMW, and Acura.  I know the
        reliability and quality of Lexus and Acura cars, but I don't have much
        info on Mercedes or BMW.  Have their quality improved in the past
        10 years?  I keep hearing about problems with the lower end MB or
2007/7/18-20 [Transportation/Airplane, Transportation/Car] UID:47325 Activity:high
7/18    Can we put anti-lock brakes on airplanes?  This may prevent landing
        accidents in rainy weather.
        \_ You would think most of the braking comes from the reverse
           \_ Then the crash in Brazil shouldn't have been caused by the rain.
2007/6/8-13 [Transportation/Car/RoadHogs, Transportation/Car/Hybrid] UID:46893 Activity:moderate
6/9     Dear hybrid and bike riding fanatics who hate SUVs: What do you
        think about people driving their RVs across the country, or people
        who fly planes (with much less miles per jet-A fuels than miles
        per 87-91 octane fuels for cars), or people who drive high
        performance sportscars with only 10-15MPG? What about the amount
        of pollutants an electric car battery (or hybrid car battery)
2006/12/26-27 [Transportation/Car] UID:45499 Activity:nil
12/26   Got a new serpentine belt in my car.  Now, when I start up the car,
        there is a somewhat loud squeeking noise, especially when I turn
        the steering wheel.  The noise is mostly gone within several
        seconds after starting the car, but does return to some degree if I
        turn the steering wheel far to the right or left.  I also got new
        brake pads installed, but the noise occurs when the car is barely
2006/11/2-3 [Transportation/Bicycle] UID:45099 Activity:kinda low
        Bicycle safety
        \_ It's illegal to ride a bicycle while drunk?  Amusing.
        \_ What is "one wheel skid"?
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2006/9/7-12 [Transportation/Bicycle] UID:44315 Activity:nil
9/8     When you're on a bicycle making a tight turn, should you turn your
        weight into the turn like motorcycles to make the curve better?
        \_ user/pass?
        Also, when you need to brake in a turn should you use your rear
        or front more?
2012/7/29-9/24 [Transportation/Car, Transportation/Car/RoadHogs] UID:54446 Activity:nil
7/29    Is it really true that we subsidize auto driving to the tune of
        $5k/yr? Shit I could probably hire a private driver for less...
        \_ You might have missed the point.  Hiring a chauffeur to drive your
           private vehicle won't change the amount of gasoline your private
           vehicle use or the amount of real estate it uses on freeways and
2012/5/25-30 [Transportation/Car/RoadHogs, Reference/RealEstate] UID:54400 Activity:nil
5/25    Sorry suburban hicks, properties in walkable cities retain
        better values:
2012/3/5-26 [Reference/BayArea, Transportation/Car] UID:54326 Activity:nil
3/5     What's a good place in the south bay for families where you can
        meet other stroller moms and dads? So far people tell me that
        Santa Clara has a bad school district, San Jose is cheap but
        only if you can tolerate the commute, Mountain View Castro is
        better for singles, Los Altos Palo Altos is great if you can
        afford it. Where else is good?
2011/7/10-8/2 [Transportation/Car/Hybrid] UID:54141 Activity:nil
7/8     Is there some reason we can't have mass market nat gas cars?
        \_ Not enough infrastructure for refuing.  Chicken and egg.
        \_ Not enough infrastructure for refueling.  Chicken and egg.
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2009/11/23-12/2 [Transportation/Car/RoadHogs, Reference/RealEstate] UID:53540 Activity:moderate
 11/23  "Warming's impacts sped up, worsened since Kyoto"
        \_ what do you propose we average Joes do about climate warning?
           Oh really? Yeah, exactly.
           \_ Make life choices which reduce your carbon impact.  Communicate
              with your representatives that you consider this an important
2009/4/6-13 [Reference/Tax, Transportation/PublicTransit] UID:52808 Activity:high
4/6     Alameda sales tax is now 9.75%. that's pretty rough. sales
        tax is regressive.  Some boneheaded Oakland city council member
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        \_ Yes, the sales tax, car tax, and income tax increases enacted by the
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Cities US population in cities growing faster than in suburbs New census data show that cities grew by 11% from 2010 to 2011, while suburbs grew by 09%, as the economic downturn accelerated urban expansion. New York saw a greater population growth rate last year than in the prior decade, and Los Angeles grew at more than twice the average annual rate of the 2000s. New York saw a greater population growth rate last year than in the prior... But new Census Bureau data indicate that, in general, cities last year grew faster than suburbs, reflecting an urban renaissance accelerated by the Great Recession. For all 51 metro areas with a million or more people, cities as a whole grew by 11% from 2010 to 2011, while suburbs increased 09%. That's a big change from the last decade, in which suburbs expanded at triple the rate of cities. "This can really be seen as a milestone," said William Frey, a Brookings Institution demographer who analyzed the census data to be released Thursday. "What's significant about it is that it's pervasive across the country." Cities are retaining more residents, especially young people, as downtowns have been cleaned up and attractions have sprouted. Chicago, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh went from significant population declines in the decade of the 2000s to growth in 2011. Los Angeles, a paragon of American sprawl, last year grew at more than double the average annual rate of the prior decade. The shift toward cities, experts said, underscores the profound effects of the 2007-09 recession, which sharply slowed the formation of families and what had been an inexorable migration to the outer edges of the city. "The sharp downturn in the suburban housing market has left many cities holding on to would-be suburbanites," Frey said. "I don't predict that cities will continue to dominate growth to the detriment of further suburban development. But it's certainly put the brakes on something that's been a staple in America." Before the recession struck, the suburbs boomed during the last decade as many more people bought homes. Now, even after housing shows signs of life after the bust, credit remains tight and weak job growth has kept many people from moving. Young people typically dominate migration activity by starting families and buying homes. But these days, many are doubling up or moving back in with their parents. Some cities have lured young professionals with new downtown apartments, amenities and more job opportunities. Pittsburgh, for example, lost on average nearly 1% of its city population every year during the 2000s. But between 2010 and 2011, the city eked out growth of 02%. Other Northern cities, such as New York, Boston and Philadelphia, saw faster growth last year than in the prior decade. Louis continued to lose population in 2011, the decline was much less dramatic than in previous years. The increase in the cities' population went hand in hand with slower growth in suburbs. Chicago's city shrank by 05% on average annually in the last decade, while its suburbs grew by nearly 1% every year. But in 2011, both Chicago's city and suburban area grew by 03%. Similarly, in the Los Angeles area, the population grew at about the same rate in the city and suburban areas. "In general, the continued malaise of the suburbs has a lot to do with the general mini-revival of cities," Frey said. "Overall, city growth is up and suburban growth is down." Discussion FAQ * ctplnr at 6:42 AM June 28, 2012 For the past 10/15 years, many cities have intentionally established revitalization policies and programs to make their downtowns more livable. The policies allow residents to live closer to work, drive less and, perhaps take transit, and enjoy the amenities that cities offer -- museums, cultural events, etc. Cities have been actively going after people that want a certain lifestyle. Those people also tend to have more expendable income, so cities will continue to grow. For example, 50 from Los Angeles will put you into the metro area of San Diego.