Good day blog readers and participants. My name is N. Ter Vivos (the attorneys in the house will understand the play on words!) and I will be writing a column/article on legal issues called "Briefly Speaking." I have already selected several topics about which I will write, but I also want to hear from you. What types of legal issues would you like to see covered? Remember, although I am an attorney, I can provide information about legal issues and topics but cannot and will not give specific legal advice. Please let me know what interests you, what you've always wanted to know about, etc. I make no promises, but will do my level best to cover topics within the realm of my knowledge and experience. I thank you in advance for your contributions, ideas and readership.
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August 10, 2011 9:22 AM - Open Thread
It's about that time again...CobbleHiller and InsertSnappyNameHere will host another raucous CobbleSnaps Event on August 25, 2011. Mark your calendars and get ready to party. Details regarding time and location will follow soon! Tell your ma! Tell your pa! Tell everybody to BE THERE!
August 10, 2011 6:59 AM - Open Thread
It has been one week since the full implementation of the Atlantic Yards driven changes around the intersection of 4th, Atlantic, and Flatbush, and here's my perspective as a resident of block impacted and a frequent pedestrian through the area.
The heart of the changes was the shutting down of northbound 4th along the tiny block between Atlantic and Flatbush. That space was large enough to hold around 3 cars or one large truck in each lane without blocking the crosswalk or traffic lanes at Atlantic. Cars and trucks routinely blocked the intersection here, creating an unsafe situation for pedestrians had have to weave around cars to cross, or go into the Atlantic traffic lanes to get around trucks. This was especially a problem for people crossing with carts after shopping at Atlantic Terminal or Atlantic Center. The intersection routinely being backed up also led to cascading issues at Atlantic/Flatbush, and large amounts of honking through the area.
Since the changes, the crossing of 4th along the north side of Atlantic is obviously easier and safer. I have also noticed a huge decrease in honking along Atlantic. There has been an increase in traffic along Atlantic between 4th and 3rd, especially truck traffic. In my unscientific observations, the reduced honking has more than made up for the increased truck noise.
Traffic lights and walk signals were also changed because of the new traffic pattern. The largest change was adding an additional cycle for Northbound 4th to have a protected left turn onto Atlantic. This has led to increased wait time for pedestrians crossing Atlantic, which impacts people trying to go form the north side of Atlantic to the subway entrance at 4th and Pacific. I have noticed the additional wait time, but it has not been too annoying.
Overall, I would call the changes a success. A major safety issue and annoyance was taken away and replaced with more minor annoyances.
One of my best friends is getting a divorce and has listed her townhouse. I wanted to put it up here just in case anyone was slightly tempted to have a look-see and possible make the jump to Jersey City:
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Based on a drunken idea that I think Rob came up with at Montero, I have created a new private, members only forum called "The Booth."
The idea behind The Booth is that it is a place for things that too offensive to be placed on the public areas of the site.
I want to keep rules to a minimum, although things that will get the site shut down or get me in legal trouble are still off limits.
If you want to be a member, reply here or send me an e-mail with your username to firstname.lastname@example.org
Not sure what is causing this bug, but I'm looking into it.
OK, this has been talked about before, but I wanted a thread more focused on it.
The question is, what should out community standards be for public comments?
Clear prohibitions for me include:
- Non-pubic, personal information about others
- Pornographic Images
- Bestiality Images
Other areas that are more grey include:
- repeated and malicious personal attacks
- Racism and hate speech
Other thoughts or categories?
In the near future I am looking for ways to have private areas where some of the standards could be relaxed.
However, even in private areas there will need to be some sort of standards to meet legal requirements.