Growing Cities

  • imbrad

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    Apr 25, 2013 5:52 PM GMT
    Tomorrow (friday) the West Light Rail opens connecting Downtown Denver to the western suburbs of Englewood, Lakewood, Wheatridge, Arvada and Golden (Union Station to the Federal Center). This is one of the most densely populated areas in the expansive Denver Metro Area.

    My car sits for weeks at a time because I usually take the bus to work and I can't be more excited that there will be a train running almost 24 hours a day between my house and my job. Gone are the days of traffic, parking and road rage. As the train floats over the city along Colfax Avenue.

    It got me thinking about how other cities grow and how people get around them. Any more it seems that relying solely on a car is a bit irresponsible and more of a headache than a convenience. Don't get me wrong, I love my old Ford but it just doesn't make sense to spend $60 a week to use it.

    Being born in Denver and growing up here I have seen a lot of changes. While cars are still very popular, the ever changing demographic means ever changing ways to get around. Denver celebrates the bicycle. Walking is often the easiest way to get around the city. RTD is expanding in very exciting ways.

    I know I might be the only one as excited about a new train on here but it makes me curious. How do RJ'rs get around? Every city is different and has it's unique challenges and advantages. What's your favorite way to get from point A and point B and how does that effect the way you experience your city?
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    Apr 25, 2013 11:02 PM GMT
    Where I live now, you need a car to get anywhere. It's awful.

    I much prefer a city where you can walk to everything. If I lived in Budapest or Prague, London or Paris, New York or Washington, I would almost certainly dump my Jaguar and hoof it.

    In Baltimore, there's a free bus route that takes you everywhere downtown and even has a stop at the door to my apartment building. They installed it about a year after I moved away, the bastards! icon_mad.gif

    Cycling is good too, but you must have a place to store the bike at both ends and most likely a place to shower, too.
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    Apr 25, 2013 11:23 PM GMT
    Vancouver (and the Lower Mainland) has a good (not great) transportation system. I too, have seen this city grow (since '78 when I was a wee child). I loved taking walks around the city when I was young...but now it's just getting too "crowded".

    I moved to Surrey (3 cities east of Vancouver) almost 4 years ago and I try to walk as much as I can, but these blocks sometimes seem endless!

    What I would like to see (as in Really Big Picture) is BC and Alberta (maybe even the rest of Canada) have a MagLev Train system. <-(totally off topic!) lol
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    Apr 25, 2013 11:36 PM GMT
    I am a recent transplant to the Kansas City area of Missouri. I actually live just across the state line in Overland Park, Kansas. I really like public transportation, but I did not do deep research on that before I moved here. Yes, Overland Park does have a bus system, but it really is only for those who work in Kansas City's downtown or between and only early morning leaving or late afternoon coming back. Any other time, and you're kind of screwed unless you have a car.

    One of the great things here for me is that Overland Park has side walks EVERYWHERE! And for the most, the streets and sidewalks are flat and you can walk and ride your bike.

    KC's population denied light rail back around 2004 or 2005, I think. I think that all of these small cities/towns should merge together. Kansas City is Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Downtown on the Missouri side the trolley is gone none, but the buses to run very well. But just like I said, if you live on the Kansas side or not close to downtown, you will probably need a car at some point.