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richheap
richheap  
1/15/2014 4:44:54 AM
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Re: Many possibilities
Surveys could be helpful if they were actually listened to, but they're often used to give the impression of consultation before people in charge do what they were going to do all along.

But, yes, in theory it'd be good to get ideas from more people.

stotheco
stotheco  
1/15/2014 4:37:35 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Many possibilities
I definitely agree with Nicole on using surveys to figure out how to best utilize these spaces. The government raises some revenue, and commuters get the most out of these to-be-built establishments.

stotheco
stotheco  
1/15/2014 4:36:50 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Revenue rules
Lol Rich, I feel your pain! Or rather, my brother-in-law does, because he feels the same way. I think it's time men's roles in parenting come to play.

richheap
richheap  
1/14/2014 11:42:29 AM
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Re: Many possibilities
Yes, more adverts and a tannoy announcement while you're sitting there: "You're currently sitting on the 'throne'. Next, why not visit Buckingham Palace?"

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/14/2014 11:29:09 AM
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Re: Many possibilities
I understand that, but wasn't there talk of putting more advertising underground? What if, say, "Toilet Bowl Manufacturer X" sponsored an underground restroom, for example? I'm just saying that I think there are ways to make money that aren't explicitly tied to retail.

But even if that's too farfetched, why not pose a challenge to the public to come up with revenue-generating ideas (with proof) for what would work best in these vacant spaces?

richheap
richheap  
1/14/2014 4:05:20 AM
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Re: Many possibilities
The big problem for these socially useful ideas is that Transport for London wants to raise revenue from whatever it puts into these spaces. That gives it a direct economic benefit. It's much harder to see what are the economic benefits for the city if TfL installs public toilets or sets up mini doctors' surgeries in these empty spaces.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/13/2014 6:06:43 PM
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Many possibilities
There are so many potential uses for these spaces it makes my head spin. I do like the convenience of the click-and-collect idea; and your point about being able to get off and pop into an underground coffeehouse to do some work sounds good as well.

But surely there are lots of ways Londoners could make the most of these spaces. Why doesn't the government survey the public on what they might like to see there? Or host a competition to determine the best use of these spaces? 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/13/2014 3:19:51 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Revenue rules
Well, in the day and age when Pope Francis advocates public breast-feeding, forcing you to change nappies on the dirty floor is just wrong!

richheap
richheap  
1/13/2014 2:38:07 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Revenue rules
You're right. It's either that or the floor of the men's toilets. Grim!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/13/2014 12:39:01 PM
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Re: Revenue rules
Rich, I think you're being discriminated against. Your example clearly shows how men have changed and are changing, so to speak. I applaud you and I think cities need to catch up to you and those like you.

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