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A New York with all Hybrid Taxis?

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May. 23rd, 2007 | 10:26 am

Just saw this article on engadget:
All New York taxis to be hybrids by 2012

My first thought?

Someone should record the ambient noise right now on a street and monitor it for the next five or so years.

Have you been to New York City? I know plenty of people who have not.

Its not like other cities in the US, because its a big city. One with a lot of people... and when you get that sort of populations the economics change.

You don't want to own a car. You never buy a house. Buying something means having it delivered.

Taxis are everywhere.

Where ever you turn, there is a Taxi, and being a car they are loud. Hybrids are not.

When I think of New York, I think of the sounds of the street. Cars honking, engines cycling up after the light changes.

A New York with all hybrids might be considerably quieter, or maybe it will be like Tokyo where when you stop and listen you hear the hum of people walking and talking.

Very different.

Even the smell of New York will change if the emissions are reduced.

Hopefully someone will instrument the change, it would be fascinating to see.

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Phaedra Lari

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from: phaedra_lari
date: May. 23rd, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
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When I was in New York, there was a one-day taxi strike. On that day there were no cabs anywhere on the streets... and it was *amazingly* quiet despite the slight increase in non-taxi cars out there. It was quite surreal.

You're right, it would be a huge change.

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krong

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from: krong
date: May. 24th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
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yeah, you'll be able to smell more of the "ambiance" of trash and vomit.

not that philadelphia is a whole lot better.

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michelle

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from: delyth
date: May. 25th, 2007 07:17 am (UTC)
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I am (again) seriously considering giving up my car. The cost of insurance in Philly is more than the cost of a monthly train pass back and forth to campus. Right now my car is basically an auxiliary storage unit, anyway.

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krong

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from: krong
date: May. 25th, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
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for the time being, anyway. who knows how high those SEPTA cocksuckers are going to hike fares this time.

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michelle

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from: delyth
date: May. 25th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
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Yes, true. And after spending time in DC on the Metro, I'm once more annoyed with SEPTA.

But gas is going up as well.

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