mcgrath618 wrote:Why are they saying that it will "force people out of homes?"
My 2¢ is it might be another example of that infamous "binary response" that more and more researchers are trying to understand. For whatever reason some people interpret events, rules, situations etc. in black/white, on/off terms. Things are either fantastic or they're horrible with nothing in between. The latter fires off the brain's flight-or-fight center which is why the reactions can be so extreme. It was similar when the LPA for the NHSL spur was announced. It's true SEPTA did a tone-deaf job of planning the Turnpike crossover and should have realized the initial idea was a non-starter, but the reactions of many who would have been affected were big-time disproportionate. Instead of "wait a minute, this isn't gonna work. How can we fix it?" people were actually screaming that "bulldozers will be coming down our street next week" and other such disaster scenarios. Ditto for the crime bogeyman. Trying to point out that city residents were already
coming to the area by bus (and for JOBS, not pillage) was like whispering in a storm.
For me at least a takeaway would be that planners and presenters need to do a better job of taking the likelihood of binary responders into account, and do more to get out in front of possible flash points. It'll never be smooth, but as with the tpk crossover there may be clear issues that can be defused before events start devolving.
Don't want to go OT again, so back to PATCO.
Requiem for it's/its, your/you're, than/then, less/fewer. They were once such nice words with such different meanings...