Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Transit Oriented Business Idea

Back at the "Leading the Way Youth Summit" in Edmonton, all of the groups were given the task of presenting an idea to help revolutionize various aspects of transit.

My group had decided to pursue the topic of greening transit.  As a result we came up with the idea of crowd sourced deals oriented to those businesses that choose to locate in a TOD (Transit oriented development).  Similar to the deal of the day promotions through Living Social, Groupon,  transit would advertise a daily deal though an agreement with businesses located in a TOD. 

This would be a huge boon for businesses as transit users are all on foot and can easily swing in your store to buy your daily deal coffee.  No hassle with providing your customers with parking on your dime.  Businesses would see an upswing of transactions, and they get free advertisement through a public body that is used by 100,000 people daily.

This sort of arrangement would also benefit cities greatly as this deal would only apply to businesses within 800 meters (10 minutes walking distance) of a major transit station.   This would be a great encouragement for TOD's as all of your businesses are already located within your TOD.  People would want to live by their amenities and thus would be more likely to elect to live in a TOD, and utilize the conveniently located transit to go about their daily lives.

Such an arrangement would give municipalities the tool to help develop TOD's, and as a result citizens are living in concentrated areas cities do not have to spend tax dollars wastefully on inefficient sprawl.

Climate Action Requires a Thought

Governments around the world are not taking a strong enough stance to curtail climate change.  Governments will only take strong action to prevent climate change if their people are demanding action.  If people were to lend a thought for climate change once a day, and if news outlets generate the proportionate attention for possibly one of the greatest threats humanity faces in this age, governments would be quicker to act on climate change.

It is human nature deal best with the now, and it hard to give credence to faceless enemy a few years away.  This can be especially true in these days of economic hardships, where you are overburdened with more work with fewer resources while you worry about making your bills daily.  You may have your children's mouths to worry about feeding.

It will be inevitable that if we continue our current path that climate will soon be at the very forefronts of our thoughts.  Extreme weather events will continue to increase, and with that peoples homes destroyed, crops destroyed and people displaced.  As a result food prices will rise, it has been shown that as food prices rise so does people's frustration.  The revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and the remaining Arab spring nations can all be linked to a preceding rise in food prices. 

It is inevitable that humans will rise up strong and hard against the enemy of climate change.  However we can help speed this up by giving Climate a thought but once a day, and help avoid the pains that will come by delaying action.