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DSM419
DSM419  
7/23/2013 5:57:17 PM
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Re: Walk up
Exactly! Make something more inviting and then people are bound to give it a try!

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
7/23/2013 1:18:47 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Walk up
"Often stairwells in buildings with elevators are scary. They are concrete and dimly lit behind heavy doors that close shut."

Spot on description of typical stairwells, DSM419. They are absolutely not inviting, and sometimes you approach them thinking, "...should I really be in here?"

I think it's fantastic of Bloomberg to push New York to revisit stairwells. Stairwells are typically developed in a way that makes clear that they're not really intended for use (and certainly not for enjoyable use!). Bloomberg is looking at them and saying, here we have this structure that is essentially ignored but could benefit the public... let's make use of it. That's great leadership!

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
7/23/2013 1:12:06 PM
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Re: Climbing Stairs Is Good But Eating Better Better
Agree with you here, kq4ym. Cities need to promote both exercise and healthy eating. Bloomberg has certainly worked to push both agendas here. I hope his successor will help us keep the momentum up -- New Yorkers are living longer than everyone else, after all.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
7/22/2013 11:35:48 AM
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Re: Incentives for Using the Stairs
Love this idea of having stairwell art. Too often, stairwells have a spooky quality to them -- like you're not even supposed to be there and if you are, you're risking your safety. Time to change that up!

CitySolver
CitySolver  
7/22/2013 7:47:50 AM
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glamoursizing violence
The rolling stones cover is a terrible exaample of killers gaining publicity, i agree. Why was this even considered, maybe to gain the press that it has achieved.

DSM419
DSM419  
7/20/2013 10:40:27 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Walk up
I'm really glad Bloomberg is leading by example. I personally have loved him as our Mayor. I think that making the stairs more visible will make people more likely to use them. Often stairwells in buildings with elevators are scary. They are concrete and dimly lit behind heavy doors that close shut.. New buildings can change that! I live in a four floor walk up and it's really not so bad. On hot days like today it's not fun but I know it's good for me!

kq4ym
kq4ym  
7/20/2013 8:47:48 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Climbing Stairs Is Good But Eating Better Better
While walking up and down stairs is good for the muscles and heart, and more energy efficient (the body's reuseable energy after all), the exercise hype is not going to to make much difference in the long run.

What we really need to do is eat less and eat healthier. That is one quick way to save resources from farm to medicine. But not many want regulations requiring that!

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
7/19/2013 6:28:36 PM
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Re: Incentives for Using the Stairs
Hi Rich,

Thanks for the info. I didn't know about Tube fabric accessories. It would be like carrying a bit of the Tube with you!

I hope you are having a great birthday, although it's getting a bit late there for an old married man. (Django Unchained and Nepalese food seems good me, although I might prefer spicy Szechuan or Thai.)

richheap
richheap  
7/19/2013 6:17:43 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Incentives for Using the Stairs
Yes, Tube seats are covered in a very hard-wearing fabric. You can also get accessories made out of the same material (bags etc.) if you so desire.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
7/19/2013 5:21:47 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Incentives for Using the Stairs
Hi Nicole,

I guess the London subways have been using fabric seats for decades. I remember them when I rode the Tube during my first trip to Europe right after grad school in 1971. (I had no job and had a little money, so six weeks in Europe with Frommer's Europe on $5 a Day seemed like a great idea, much to the chagrin of my father, but not my mother.)

Yes, the New York Times has gotten smaller, but I haven't read a paper newspaper in a long time, although I'll take The Guardian if it's offered on the plane!

Reading paper publications is a smart idea for people worried about theft of their phones, Kindles or tablets. The major problem is if one finishes the publication and has nothing else to read! Especially awful if the train is stuck for a long time. However, with my phone, I always have more than 100 books to read.

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