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Could rising gas prices kill the suburbs?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by benecios, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. j

    j Well-Known Member

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    I think that over the next 50 years, cities in which it's easy to live without a car are going to boom, and cities where a car is an absolute necessity are going to have significant problems.

    Public transit, while not perfect, is fantastic in New York. Much easier than having a car. And the savings of not owning/maintaining/fueling/parking a car helps to offset the ridiculous costs of housing. $150 a month for my wife and I for transportation is great. 2 unlimited subway cards.

    Exactly. The areas where light rail is going in in Seattle are supposedly great markets to buy into. Unfortunately, due to the ridiculous gridlock in the way these projects run (and get cancelled, and voted in again, and cancelled again) we are still never sure if and when this is going to happen. But if and when it does, those areas that are connected will see an immediate jump in property values and rent prices because of it.
     
  2. LabelKing

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    Today I realized I only got 9-10MPG.

    I think the valves need to be adjusted since it is also running rich.
     
  3. designprofessor

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    Just build more strip malls!

    And since alot of Americans think WalMart has all the answers lets start there.[​IMG]
     
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    I wouldn't be concerned about gas bills. I would be concerned about the home repair issues on that cheap-slab, OSB, Tyvek, plastic siding, slap-up shit they build in suburbia.
     
  5. someoneNew

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    Anyone who lives in and around the bay area knows that you just can't "move to the city." When 2 BR condos that are decades old are going in the mid 400s people are gonna move farther and farther away. People with 6 figure incomes are commuting over 70 miles one way so they can afford housing. These people will NOT be wanting/keeping big gas guzzling SUVs.
     
  6. j

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    Today I realized I only got 9-10MPG. I think the valves need to be adjusted since it is also running rich.
    Check to see if your air filter needs changing. Running rich is due to the carburetion and air/fuel supply issues.
     
  7. GQgeek

    GQgeek Well-Known Member

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    Just build more strip malls!

    And since alot of Americans think WalMart has all the answers lets start there.[​IMG]


    That's so wrong :p
     
  8. LabelKing

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    Check to see if your air filter needs changing. Running rich is due to the carburetion and air/fuel supply issues.
    The air filter, a very large contraption, was just replaced. However, it mostly seems due to the Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection system, which runs very well if finely adjusted by hand.
     

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