Via Yglesias, I see that the city of Ithaca is considering a proposal to significantly increase both density and the cost of parking in Collegetown. I think this is a good idea, of course. I lived in Collegetown for my last two years of college. It’s an odd neighborhood. There’s a certain amount of urban-ish density, especially in the area right around the bridge that leads to the Cornell campus, but it drops off rapidly within a couple blocks in any direction. There are a few mid-to-high-rise apartment buildings right in that area, but the apartments in them are very expensive and most students live in the considerably cheaper apartments and houses that form the majority of the housing stock in the neighborhood. Even there, though, the rents are quite high for the area, largely because the Cornell student body is significantly wealthier on average than the non-Cornell population of the city. Parking is always a problem; my senior year I lived in an apartment fairly close to campus and rented a parking space, and it cost a fortune. It was worth it, though, because on-street parking in that area is virtually impossible to find. Making the whole area denser and more urban would largely be a matter of continuing existing trends (those big apartment buildings are pretty new), and removing regulatory hurdles to that would be a major step in the right direction.
January 24, 2009
January 23, 2009
Putting html tables into blog posts: way more trouble than it’s worth. I think it turned out fine without the table.
January 21, 2009
January 20, 2009
I’ve become increasingly pessimistic about a variety of things lately, but I just watched Obama’s inauguration (my mom took off work to watch it and I came into town to join her) and I definitely feel like if there’s anyone who can possibly get us through this mess, this is the guy.
January 15, 2009
So the new blog has been progressing nicely, but slowly. For a while I was having difficulty motivating myself to work on it, but I’ve just in the past couple of days realized that the best way to do that is to make myself do something on it, even if it’s just something little like expanding the blogroll, every day. I’ve found that I can most easily get myself to do things by making them part of my daily routine. Anything on a longer schedule (weekly, say, or monthly) I tend to either forget or obsess over so much that I keep putting it off and eventually either skip it or do a half-assed job. The way I want to do the blog is particularly vulnerable to this sort of thing, because the posts are really long and complicated and take a long time to write, so long that it’s often not possible to do a whole post in one sitting. Just working on them little by little each day, though, makes the whole thing a lot more manageable.
January 4, 2009
January 1, 2009
So it seems 2008 has come and gone. Not a good year for the world in general, at least in most respects, though there were some glimmers of hope toward the end. For me personally, however, it was a pretty good year, during which I accomplished a lot, experienced a lot, and finally figured out more or less what it is I want to do with my life. I’m much more driven and focused now than I was a year ago, and I feel like my life is at last heading in a positive direction after a long downward trajectory. Hopefully 2009 will see the realization of that potential.