Posts Tagged ‘subway’

Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Fri Mar 27th 2009 at 10:39am UTC

China’s Subway Boom

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Fifteen Chinese cities are building subway lines according to the New York Times.

Money quote: “Nobody is building like they are,” said Shomik Mehndiratta, a World Bank specialist in urban transport. “The center of construction is really China.”

How many U.S. cities are doing the same? And, by the way, how much of the U.S. “stimulus” is going to subways?

Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Sun Aug 31st 2008 at 12:57pm UTC

Finding Your Fit

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

According to the New York Times, it takes a while for all those new young people to find their fit in the Big Apple.

But for many, the thrill of arrival is often tempered by the sinking realization of what an alienating place the city can be, especially for those who are not wealthy or who do not have a pre-existing network of friends. Nothing comes easily, even if one can get past the dauntingly high cost of living. The subway maze seems indecipherable. People are everywhere, but ignore each other on the street. Friends might live in distant neighborhoods, and seeing them often requires booking time, like an appointment, weeks in advance.

Money quote: “The city abuses you, and you just have to abuse it back.”