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  • jax
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The Department of Urban Affairs
This thread is about cities and civilised life; the centralised conglomeration of constructions and the people who live in or under them, as well as the people passing by; their planners, shapers, and runners; their light, their shade and activities; their impact on the world around them and on each other; citizen getting along or across with citizen; their tools, trade, and technology; their growth and decay; and whatever else it takes to finish this sentence.

Be urbane.

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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
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Ban cars everywhere. It's false that the world economy needs desperately to move at car velocity in such a way that it justifies all the consequences cars cause.

It almost feels as if that sentiment were the intent of the Institut Curie's current slogan:
<img src=http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/myl/Curie1.png alt="Ensemble, prenons le cancer de vitesse">

  • Belfrager
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #101
Everybody has an idea that won't work. Banning cars everywhere is yours. Congratulations, I think...

If, at least, you could explain why it "won't work"... but you can't, because it works perfectly.
Since young age that humans are being indoctrinated that we need cars, we don't.
It almost feels as if that sentiment were the intent of the Institut Curie's current slogan:

My Fench got a little rusty since, unfortunately, French as the language of Culture, was killed for long ago and not substituted by anything, but that's a somehow strange slogan, isn't it?
Together, let's get the cancer of speed? or Together, let's get rapidly cancer?...

Le Français, il sont fous...
A matter of attitude.

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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #102
Le Français, il sont fous...

I believe that should be "il sont fous, ces Gaulois!" :)

but that's a somehow strange slogan, isn't it?
Together, let's get the cancer of speed? or Together, let's get rapidly cancer?...

Prendre means to take in more ways than one. Together, let's take on cancer quickly! (i.e. let's fight against...)

I kind of like it as Together, let's take on the cancer of speed.

In Dutch the same kind of ambiguity applies. Opnemen has similar meanings to take on or indeed prendre. To make matters simpler, in Dutch it's disambiguated by the addition of the word against (tegen). So you take on against cancer, rather than simply taking on cancer.

  • Belfrager
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #103
Prendre means to take in more ways than one. Together, let's take on cancer quickly! (i.e. let's fight against...)

I kind of like it as Together, let's take on the cancer of speed.

Yes, I was exploring the funny part of it... :)

P.S. well, maybe "funny" was not the most appropriate word to use. Dark humor.
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A matter of attitude.

Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #104
What's going on in Houston, Texas, and what do you think about it?
Here's a clip from the NYT article.
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Supporters said the ordinance was similar to those approved in 200 other cities and prohibited bias in housing, employment, city contracting and business services for 15 protected classes, including race, age, sexual orientation and gender identity. Opponents said the measure would allow men claiming to be women to enter women's bathrooms and inflict harm, and that simple message -- "No Men in Women's Bathrooms" -- was plastered on signs and emphasized in television and radio ads, turning the debate from one about equal rights to one about protecting women and girls from sexual predators.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/04/us/houston-voters-repeal-anti-bias-measure.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

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Reply #106
I like it!

  • Belfrager
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Reply #107
The guy is clearly German. Only a German needs to dress as a woman just to take out the "soutien" to a girl...
A matter of attitude.

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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #110
Although I would find it boring it is fascinating and imaginative.
"Quit you like men:be strong"

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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #111
If I had any confidence in your ability to speak the Queen's English, I'd think you meant that anything "fascinating and imaginative" is boring, for you! :) But I don't.
So, you likely meant you expected it to boring but... But it's almost telly, eh? :) Suits your attention span.
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"Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts!" - Richard Feynman

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Reply #112
Quite interesting coming from a bloke who lives in a country that tortures the English language. :sing:
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Reply #113
So: You won't say which you meant? Is that because you don't know the difference? :)

Granted, Spanglish and Ebonics are almost as bad as Scots... But give us time!
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
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 :hat:
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #115
This video is alright (not great, just alright):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQSxPzafO_k

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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #116
Well the urban thing actually differs in countries I would suggest. Here railways expanded to the benefit of the less well off for example and changed society. On trams here they did not have the gaps of miles between routes as suggested in that film and so on.  it was an interesting film but not something that covers everywhere else.
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
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This video is alright (not great, just alright):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQSxPzafO_k

There are some points on density and transport-oriented development (TOD). A living city is essentially a walking city. Not necessarily because the citizens will be walking, but because cities interact better on a human scale. That makes the cityscape you're in "here" and not "somewhere inbetween".

Compare New York City around  1955, 1985 and 2015. 1955 was the time the suburbs literally made inroads into NYC in the form of expressways and physical segregration (Robert Moses). While New York was a lively and highly enjoyable city in 1985 as well, it didn't put high emphasis on quality of life.  By 2015 projects like the High Line, Times Square, Hudson were more likely to happen.

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Reply #118
Being a staunch Glaswegian (in case anyone was not aware) my city lost it's tram system in 1962. It was over 125 miles altogether and had been the largest outside London and I took 3 years to build it on a railway simulator programme i have. Even today our suburban railway which is mostly overhead electric is second to London. Although there has been like anywhere suburban growth the population is very much lower than decades ago. In the early 1980's around '81 or or 82 it was circa 1,089,000 but today over 500,000. And before some numpty comes on yakking there were 2 very constructive points.

Firstly here there were still big families (thing of the past nowadays except for immigrants) and overcrowding. But our politicians did something very progressive in building not just one but several new towns  and proved very popular.  So progressive politicians and the places thrived. Just shows what can be done.
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
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But our politicians did something very progressive in building not just one but several new towns  and proved very popular.  So progressive politicians and the places thrived. Just shows what can be done.
This must be the time when the fairytale appears...
A matter of attitude.

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Reply #120
Shows how much you know and zilch an easy answer. We HAVE had new towns here but then we don't have to go with the begging bowl like south Europe.....
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #121
How many are strewn with minarets...? :)
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #122
None.  :P
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #123
Of course, you wouldn't notice... :) 
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
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Minarets gives to towns a fancy oriental atmosphere. I like it.
The belly dance is also good for culture and... art.
A matter of attitude.