I’m testifying today before the PA Gaming Control Board on the subject of where to put Pennsylvania’s 12th casino. For a recap of my full opinion, (spoilers: I like Market8 best,) read: https://sictransitphiladelphia.org/2013/03/29/may-the-odds-be-ever-in-your-favor-philadelphias-second-casino/
This story comes to us from a post by Reddit user /u/alexdingley on the /r/Philadelphia subreddit, which can be found at http://www.reddit.com/r/philadelphia/comments/1dlhfx/this_sound_is_interference_caused_by_the_new/. The short version: the Silverliner Vs are producing a lot of radio frequency interference in the catenary that is rendering the recording studio in his home unusable. It’s unclear if this can get brought to the FCC, but if it can, then either SEPTA, Hyundai Rotem, or both are in serious trouble. And even if the FCC doesn’t care, it’s still bad and should be fixed.
I reproduce the full text of the original explanation here, with obvious speech recognition and style errors (but NOT technical errors) corrected, after the jump:
Continue reading Philaredditor: Silverliner Vs cause RF interference in audio equipment
— Inga Saffron (@IngaSaffron) May 1, 2013
The heart of this tweet is the fear of getting a good idea, bike share, embroiled in an extended NIMBY fight energized by idiots who hold “a cost-free street parking spot” on their own list of rights, right after (or before) speech, religion, assembly, and non-self-incrimination. Fighting idiots is necessary, but creates delays and just feels like a demoralizing waste of resources.
I would suggest simply going around the parking-worshippers and siting bike share pods by simply asking for volunteers. There are plenty of enlightened property owners and/or tenants out there who understand that a bike pod in the parking lane in front of their building adds far more value than a car. Just ask those people or businesses to come forward. The city can then distribute many (most?) of the pods where they will be guaranteed not to be offensive to the immediate neighbors. Indeed, it would make for an effective publicity campaign to base the process around the loudly stated assumption that there will be more demand for a pod than pods to be distributed. Make it a desirable status good, not a sacrifice; if you want to be really cheeky, auction the pods in the most oversubscribed locations. And let the smart businesses reap the benefits of their early adopterhood.
(Normally I would reply to a tweet wih a tweet, but 140 characters is just not enough to explain an idea, sometimes. Apologies for any issues from the WP phone client.)