OTPers won't ever pay to park, so expecting them to pay to occupy space for an even shorter period of time seems unrealistic.
At the least, you have to hide the costs from them. Remove the emotional reaction of being charged to drive in a lane on every single trip you make in that lane, and they won't dive any deeper into the math. It works beautifully for the rest of their commuting expenses.
No one is getting squeezed out of college, except the minute portion of the population that does not qualify for federal loans. We sell students the idea that they must have a college education - no matter the price - and they proceed to take out loans that they do not understand the ramifications of. What's another $1,000 over last year when you're already taking out $50k+ for school - especially when your parents are telling you about the limitless riches to be earned after college? Society, including the President, keeps selling the lie that college is worth the cost no matter what. As long as demand is essentially limitless ("you must go to college" + easy availability of federal student loans), tuition will keep increasing at a rate that eclipses inflation.
"What loving, caring, responsible mother wouldn't employ a vice-like grip on her little boy's hand when they are facing such a dangerous situation?"
Maybe one that is walking three children yet only has two hands?
And it's obviously so much safer for her to walk three tenths of a mile to a crosswalk and then walk three tenths of a mile back to her complex...at night...alongside the busy road. I'm sure there is no risk at all of danger in doing that. In fact, there is no possible way on earth that couldn't be safer than just crossing at this intersection without a labeled crosswalk.
I am sure those that only see the personal responsibility aspect of this would not ascribe so much to personal responsibility if it was an OTPer's child that was killed while the parent was breaking the speed limit. Traffic laws broken while in the car don't count - but any laws broken by the less affluent? String them up.
I have worked and gone to school downtown for the past 2+ years, and I have not once seen anyone screaming at cars. I haven't seen anyone aimlessly wandering in the street, either. I see plenty of homeless people, but they don't do those things down there. Maybe more wandered in the street in the past and natural selection thinned them out, but I just have not seen it, and I'm down here nearly every day, walking to lunch, work, and to school.
The iced-over sidewalks forced me to drive into work today instead of walking. Clean commuting fail.
I work down near Peachtree Center, but I still don't see the people bobbysgarage is talking about. The only place in Atlanta that sounds like what he is describing is Bankhead.
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