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Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 10:58 am
Kuruma banare: post-car Japan

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imomus
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imomus
Wed, Jun. 25th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)

It is indeed the power of the taxi drivers' lobby which prevents public transport running all night in Tokyo, I've heard. I think the politicians are being short-sighted, though, because a vibrant night economy (which admittedly might be a grey economy, and see little reaching them in the form of taxes) would develop if the trains ran all night.

As for getting stabbed on buses, have you heard about the bandits who raid cars stuck in Brazilian traffic jams? Pele was recently the victim of this "car congestion crime". Crime happens because of poverty and inequality, not because you take a particular type of transport. That's why Pele's "Do you know who I am, a rich and famous person?" line didn't save him, nor his private transport.

Edited at 2008-06-25 06:44 am (UTC)


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Jun. 28th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)

Hi Momus,
didn't you have a post on here somewhere about free bikes in Paris, I can't seem to find it now...


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Jun. 28th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)

"Of course if the South and Midwest ever started using public transportation that'd be a real coup."

Yes...Chicago though has a pretty good public transportation system as far as I can tell, the CTA...lots of people ride it in the city, into and out of the city from the suburbs, etc.


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