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Moscow Citizens Back Low-Tech Improvements

Rich Heap, Community Editor, Future Cities
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 05:00 EST

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richheap
richheap  
12/13/2013 1:57:34 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: What Muscuvites Want and what they Need
Yes, that's a fair point. This can't be a comprehensive list, but it also can't be dismissed on the basis that it doesn't include everything.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/12/2013 1:18:21 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: What Muscuvites Want and what they Need
Let's not rule out also that people won't want what they haven't heard of. How many instances have we seen where the city council introduces something like bike share than perhaps  many citizens haven't been aware is available as an option? Ditto bus rapid transit vs light rail, or urban farming.

richheap
richheap  
12/12/2013 12:53:57 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: What Muscuvites Want and what they Need
Great points, stillalive. People aren't likely to say they want a new network of driverless cars if they've got nowhere to walk their dog and can't get up and down the underpass stairs quickly. Yes, they may not seem big things but they clearly are to some people, and addressing them can help make the city more people-friendly.

richheap
richheap  
12/12/2013 12:48:04 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Low tech: absolutely fair
Fear not, Mary. I don't remember all the stories you've ever linked to either.

stillalive
stillalive  
12/12/2013 11:20:27 AM
User Rank Town Crier
Re: What Muscuvites Want and what they Need
Agree the sample was smallish, though not smaller than many pilot studies, but it may(incidentally) represent the average views of the whole of the city's population. In my experience, the average person, blue collar worker, small business owner, non-working mother etc, want these things and it is the much smaller sector of business, design and media persons, plus the techno geeks, who want the high tech. Its the difference in the appeal to the whole person rather than to the intellect that shows up here.

Also we should note that none of the Muscovites' stated desires rule out appropriate high tech improvements that do not impinge on their less high tech desires, and that the converse is true. Relevant priorities is another argument of course.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/12/2013 9:34:13 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: What Muscuvites Want and what they Need
Actually, I sit on the floor next to the laptop. Can't leave anything to chance these days, I fear.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/12/2013 9:32:59 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Low tech: absolutely fair
Boy oh boy! Thanks, PostSandy. Somehow I feared I may have forgotten something here. The right hand knows not sometimes....

richheap
richheap  
12/12/2013 5:18:55 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: What Muscuvites Want and what they Need
@Mary: It still happens, and when you do find a plug socket they're on a little stand away from the seating. Do you leave your phone charging there while sitting on one of the seats and hope it doesn't get stolen? Or do you keep circling around the sockets like a vulture that has spied a sickly-looking lion? First world problem maybe, but a problem nonetheless.

richheap
richheap  
12/12/2013 5:12:28 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: What Muscuvites Want and what they Need
@Amy: I know what you mean about conference centres and electrical sockets. I enjoy taking up the floor panels that hide the sockets used for the vacuum cleaners, and then using those sockets. Desperate times, desperate measures.

PostSandy
PostSandy  
12/11/2013 6:31:16 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Low tech: absolutely fair
Ha! Rich told us about it in this thread:

http://www.ubmfuturecities.com/messages.asp?piddl_msgthreadid=14410&piddl_msgid=97243#msg_97243

Just scroll up for the article. 

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