This is something that has come up briefly here before in a more hypothetical context, but now it looks likely to become very real. Detroit, America’s favorite example of urban failure, is making serious plans to tear down many of its nearly abandoned neighborhoods and reconcentrate its population in a smaller area. The resulting open space can be used for parklands or agriculture. Industrial use is also a theoretical possibility, but as the article notes, there is unlikely to be much demand from industry. This “shrinking cities” idea comes originally from the former East Germany, and it has been gaining popularity in the past few years in some parts of the Midwest. Youngstown, which the article mentions, has been the most prominent example so far. Detroit, though, is much bigger and better-known, so it’ll be very interesting to see how this experiment goes.
March 22, 2010
March 16, 2010
Now that I’ve gone and ordered a new computer, the internet connection on my old one has started working again. Given its recent history of unreliability, though, I’m not willing to trust it, so I’m glad I went ahead and got a new one.
March 14, 2010
So it looks like I’ll finally have to replace the computer that I’ve had for almost seven years. It’s been getting increasingly slow and frustrating recently, and last night it finally just stopped connecting to the internet entirely. I tried it out with an ethernet cable today to see if it was just a problem with the wireless, but it wouldn’t connect that way either, and in addition the battery wouldn’t hold a charge for five minutes after having been plugged in for weeks. I’m not going to get rid of the thing right now, since until it dies entirely I can still use it for stuff that doesn’t require an internet connection, but I will need to get a new one. Any suggestions on what I should get? Cost is probably the most important factor.
March 3, 2010
I think just writing all that out made me feel a bit better, and then I got a bunch of stuff done today, which helped too.
March 2, 2010
I’m not sure exactly why, but I’ve been in a bit of a down mood all day today after being pretty happy for the previous few days. Part of it might be due to the continuing discussion of this, which is the sort of thing that depresses me to no end. I think more of it, however, has to do with a couple of things that have been sort of hanging over my head for a while. They’re both kind of trivial, and pretty similar, but it’s precisely this kind of small thing that has a tendency to send me over the edge when it reaches a certain point.
Both problems have to do with refilling prescriptions. One is for my contact lenses. I’ve finally gotten to a point where I need to use the last pair in the boxes I have, and I need to get some more. Because I tend to use each pair for much longer than I’m supposed to, I’m pretty sure the prescription has expired. Usually when this would happen when I was in Albuquerque I would just go to the optometrist and get a new prescription, and I could do that here, but optometrists are expensive and not covered by my health insurance. So instead I ordered some more boxes of my same prescription from 1-800-Contacts and gave them the name of my optometrist in Albuquerque to check on the prescription. I have no idea what’s going to happen, but I hope this works. I really don’t want to have to go to an optometrist here.
The other issue has to do with my antidepressants. Until now I’ve just been refilling the prescription I got when I saw my doctor in Albuquerque over the summer, but I’m almost to the end of the last refill. In the past I know at least once I’ve just refilled the prescription through Walgreens and had them contact the doctor to get it renewed, but I’ve been trying to do that through their website and it doesn’t seem to be working. I haven’t been getting any confirmation e-mails, at least. Rutgers does have a counseling center that seems to be able to prescribe medications (although their website kind of downplays that), so it doesn’t look like it would be that hard to get a new prescription if I need to. I sure don’t want to have to do that, though.
Writing it all out here makes me realize how easy it really is to solve these problems, but they still bother me. I hate the whole world of doctors and medicines and wish I could just avoid it entirely, but I know I can’t.