I learned the Cautious Eye thing pretty early on** in fact the day after my boa constrictor bit me.
I was entirely at fault for startling the sleeping snake by grabbing it in the cage without putting the lights on.
My dad (erring to the side of caution) took me to the ER where I proceeded to explain how it had happened. I doctor cleaned up the hundred or so puncture wounds, explaining to my dad that it was much less dangerous than a dog bite, (or human bite for that matter) the snakes mouth being by nature much cleaner... and gave me a booster tetanus shot "In case I stepped on a nail." and sent me home.
The next day in the local news paper was a big splash titled "A BOA BITES!" and going on to rail against pet shops that sell "exotic pets" "badabe badaba..."
LOL they even got all the stats wrong. wrong address, misspelt my name and so forth... what BS!
** if I often come off as cynical, it's a learned cynicism ...most of which I picked up in my youth.
I think your town is a little bit bigger than you're letting on
Well the population is 750,000 in the city limits, with another 1,000,000 in the surrounding suburbs and towns, but what is considered the downtown area is only a mile long and a few blocks wide, the area that the first phase (the half a billion $) of the light rail is supposed to benefit. It's mainly a residential city, not a lot of manufacturing (clean air ) mainly assembly and office type business, and most of that is in the suburban areas, not the city proper so much. It's nickname is Cowlumbus. Not really a cultural hub.
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Sounds kind of like Baltimore, only larger (Baltimore's population is around 650K).
Downtown proper of Baltimore isn't a huge area either, but the light rail that extends into the northern and southern suburbs and to the airport is fantastic. Initially I thought much like you. What a waste, there isn't a need for a light rail - then I rode it and found how convenient it was, and discovered an extra $50 a month in my pocket I saved on parking costs for college and work. I'd ride to to school, then hop on and jaunt over to the harbor on the other side of town afterwards for social activities, just one daily ticket. I still ride it down to Ravens stadium.
In ten years your view might be quite different too.
Edited by SgtBaxter (05/29/0911:15 AM)
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I was just talking to someone the other day about why I had to buy a car when I got a job out in Wellesley while I was living in Arlington. There was a way to do it by rail, but it would have taken a heck of a long time and uncanny timing to do it. You bet Boston needs more rail!
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You are describing a town much bigger than Boston and we have plenty of commuter rail but not nearly enough.
You're that big and you don't have any trains? No wonder they roll the sidewalks up. No one can go anywhere.
Two entirely different places. We're a city in the middle of farmland. This place is single family dwellings for the majority. The population is a little more here, but the area is about 2.5 times the size of Boston, so the population in Boston is much more dense, I'd guess many more condos, apartments and high density dwellings.
Most everything outside of the city and suburbs here is country for at least 20 miles or more as compared to a pretty dense populace adjacent to Boston I believe, except the water of course. You can only go so far and you hit farmland in all directions here, the city and suburbs are about a 15 mile or so wide circle, then you're taking a train to cows. If the trains didn't drop you at cows at the end of the ride it may be a feasible plan.
Yeah. Newton, Wellesly Hills, Cambridge, Braintree and Revere at least have subway/streetcar access. Everywhere else requires bus transfers or commuter rail. And there's almost no redundancy. In NYC, you generally have at least two subway lines and a bus line to get from anywhere to anywhere else. If there's a shutdown on the F, for instance, and you want to get from W23 St. to 3rd Ave. in Midtown, you just walk two blocks east and grab the 6.
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