Diigo Bookmarks 05/11/2008 (a.m.)

by Yule Heibel on May 10, 2008

Gas Prices Send Surge of Riders to Mass Transit – New York Times

Something to think about “out west,” where existing public transit might be spotty, or where the only public transit is buses. Rail definitely makes sense for many people here.

“Some cities with long-established public transit systems, like New York and Boston, have seen increases in ridership of 5 percent or more so far this year. But the biggest surges — of 10 to 15 percent or more over last year — are occurring in many metropolitan areas in the South and West where the driving culture is strongest and bus and rail lines are more limited.”

tags: transportation, transit, transit_oriented_development, cars

Creating new habits = essential for innovation; old habits remain, but can be lessened (if bad,eg.) by new habits.

…brain researchers have discovered that when we consciously develop new habits, we create parallel synaptic paths, and even entirely new brain cells, that can jump our trains of thought onto new, innovative tracks.

Rather than dismissing ourselves as unchangeable creatures of habit, we can instead direct our own change by consciously developing new habits. In fact, the more new things we try — the more we step outside our comfort zone — the more inherently creative we become, both in the workplace and in our personal lives.

This reminds me very much of SEED magazine’s 2006 article, The Reinvention of the Self, by Jonah Lehrer, which profiled the work of Prof. Elizabeth Gould.

tags: psychology, brain, habits, innovation, success, business

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maria May 10, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Two great links — and on somewhat linked topics too, if you consider the what happens when we develop new habits consciously!

We are facing not only rising gas prices around here in the North Bay of the SF area, but there is talk of raising bridge tolls considerably, including slapping on a congestion toll.
Meanwhile, millions are being spent on widening the freeway (the only way in and out of this area), instead of developing alternate routes and alternate forms of transportation.

Then again, by the sheer number of Hummers and other SUVs on the road here, rising prices don’t seem to be much of a concern for most of Marin’s population….

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