commented on How Far Can You Get from a Subway?
People who live close to a Subway store don't eat there. You'll never see your neighbors at the Subway closest to your house. Subway becomes an option only when you're away from home, when you don't know the neighborhood, when you're on unfamiliar ground and you want a meal that's, if nothing else, safe & predictable.
Subways exist for contractors, repairmen and delivery truck drivers, not for neighborhood moms out for a stroll. A typical Subway franchisee owns three or more stores, virtually adjacent to one another, carving out a mini-territory.
commented on Where RapidRide Wins
What we're seeing is a fragmentation of transportation choices, each with distinct advantages.
Funny how the advocates of private cars (go where you want, when you want) have no problem taking the plane to New York, for example. Yet an airplane is a form of (socialist!) "shared transportation."
commented on And This Is a Problem?
The NYT's Metro Desk should have assigned Thomas Friedman to write that story. "As my cab driver said on the way into mid-town, things have got so bad that many male New Yorkers are going without shirts just to buy food." Or some such, rather than their Style writer.