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Where do we compare with Stockholm?

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The city of Stockholm asked an Advertising agency to develop a presentation about the city and its attractiveness to business and entrepreneurs! Click on the link below to see the result. Turn sound up!

http://bit.ly/GT6c4K
     
And, what will Bengaluru showcase? Rotting garbage all over; forever grid-locked traffic; a Mayor who is charged with land-grabbing, and presently out on bail; the capital of a state that has more than half its ministers charged with land-grabbing, or some other misdeed.

Muralidhar Rao

 

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Stockholm Syndome

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Murali sir The add you have refenced in the blog is like any other add, It is just an advertisement to hard sell ones goods.  What are you trying to convey sir?

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Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in whichhostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.[1][2] The FBI’s Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly 27% of victims show evidence of Stockholm Syndrome.[3]

Stockholm syndrome can be seen as a form of traumatic bonding, which does not necessarily require a hostage scenario, but which describes "strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other."[4] 

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We do have our own tradition in Bangalore. I am referring to the global meet we have from time to time.

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@murali re: stockholm syndrome

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>> Rotting garbage all over; forever grid-locked traffic; a Mayor who is charged with land-grabbing, and

>> presently out on bail; the capital of a state that has more than half its ministers charged with land->grabbing, or some other misdeed.

Rotting garbage and corrupt politicians ruling the roost as if the country is their fiefdom is pretty much synonymous to thirdworld countries, so nothing new there. To a certain extent rampant corruption by exploiting loopholes in the law is prevalent even in first world countries such as the US.

As far as gridlocked traffic goes, i think that is a disease that afflicts most cities accross the world. The difference is that some cities have developed or are developing public transport alternatives to gridlocked traffic (Delhi,Ahmedabad,London,Paris,Seattle,Vancouver etc.) and some cities simply don't (Los Angeles being the notorious example).

 

My point here?

-  Indian cities as a whole need to clean up rotting garbage and make the cities livable; forget marketing and presenting the cities..cities need to be made livable and hygienic for the betterment of the citizens themselves. Marketing & ads are not needed since investment and jobs are flowing in thanks to the talent available. It will only increase if infrastructure & overall cleanliness improves.

- A strategic master plan (not just on paper) is needed with dedicated busways intermeshed with the metro and connected with last mile connectivity options like autos to combat the Grid Lock. Somebody with vision needs to drive this. Any folks doing the planning seem to think that road widening is going to do magic, and i dunno why. They only need to go and look at Los Angeles freeways during peak commute hour to know why it will not work (16 lane parking lots). No matter what alternatives are provided there will be some people insistent on sticking to their private vehicle and clogging up the roads, the plan should be not to invest money on private transport infrastructure.

- Another way to combat gridlock is to rethink urban planning and cluster offices around bus terminals that have access to dedicated busways. This is something i had proposed quite some time back on praja.

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@blrpraj Combating grid lock

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Combating grid lock is best done by Land Development, with a Unik Modular road network Design Concept.

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With the above considerations we propose to develop a new signal free modular road network design concept for a vernacular land development with active segregation of Pedestrian and non motor transport like cycling and hawking carts. A network consisting of major and minor arterial roads are dealt with in the proposed design.    "

 A detailed study on the subject is available at  " Developing Bangalore online”  To access the personal blog Click here.

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The Discarded Median Innovation in Town planning

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With the arguments put forth in the preceding paragraphs, we now introduce the following innovation:

1. Whenever there is a requirement for a new road in the outskirts of a city, instead of building one dual way road, separated by a median, build new or modify existing two roads separated by a wide enough usable land as a pair of two one ways. These roads need to be barricaded, so that free NMVT access to roads is denied, except at the Bus Stations.


2. In the case of an existing arterial road being selected, the criterion should be based upon serving the needs of the entire city, optimally.

The idea behind this innovation is to save the obtrusive wastage of the median!                                                          "

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