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Building on what mike0123 said, it would be great if instead of using the basemap's travel time for cars, it used the actual system's travel time for existing buses. I want to design a realistic system, using realistic travel times. No more realistic travel time than the time that exists right now. For example, if you have a bus that takes 10 minutes to go from A to B and 14 minutes from B to C. You also have a bus that takes 13 minutes to go from A' to B. It would be great to be able to build a bus that goes from A' to B to C, and know that it would take 27 minutes.
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The most stunning thing, of course, is just how much of the city that covers. But zooming in on the central core, I'm struck by how much of what is commonly thought of as downtown is limited here. Pretty much the entire Northwest / Judge's Hill sectors are limited by "compatibility." These are downtown! People think of downtown as booming, but it's absolutely straitjacketed by single-family zoning and compatibility with it. I've come to use the terms "incompatible" and "inappropriate for the context" for the straitjacket of limitations on downtown and downtown-adjacent zones. It's partly reclamation of language, but mostly resentment that the language could be so twisted.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2014 on Compatibility: The Map at Austin Contrarian
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Of course, if we see a boom in 2014 or 2015, it might be a refutation of your thesis, or it might just be that price increases have made it viable to buy a cherry-picker to pick the high-hanging fruit.
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2014 on Low hanging fruit? at Austin Contrarian
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For what its worth, my condo is 494 sq ft and feels luxuriously large to me. But Lance beat me to the point I was going to make: one way of making the required land costs affordable is to split the required land per unit over multiple people. The proposed rules to further restrict the number of roommates per unit will further restrict that solution.
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This is what you were speaking of before? The only way to get dense residential is through VMU in a commercially-zoned area, with ground-floor retail subsidized by the residential on top of it? Marcus used to live in apartment buildings at 33rd and Red River. Low-slung and sparse by West Campus standards, but way denser than SF housing anyway. The parcels that are zoned for this type of housing didn't see upzoning as a result of the CTC process?
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2013 on Letter to City Council at Austin Contrarian
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Does designating a street as a Core Transit Corridor automatically upzone parcels along them? Or give procedural advantages in the process of upzoning them? Or permitting VMU?
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2013 on Letter to City Council at Austin Contrarian
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