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Where the Rich Use Public Transportation…

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I ran across this quote while reading about what makes Tokyo work as a city:

A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation.

It’s a great quote and the piece attributes it to the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, Gustavo Petro. But he never said it (even though the vast majority of the results on Google say he did). The original quote (from 2012) is from another former mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa, and it reads:

Una ciudad avanzada no es en la que los pobres pueden moverse en carro, sino una en la que incluso los ricos utilizan el transporte público.

That roughly translates in English to:

An advanced city is not one where the poor can get around by car, but one where even the rich use public transportation.

Peñalosa, who made public transportation a central issue during his two terms as mayor, provided his own English translation in a 2013 TEDTalk:

An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport.

I’m not sure if Peñalosa ever actually said the exact quote at the top of the post. The misattribution to Petro seems to stem from a tweet that went viral in 2012, an episode that foreshadowed how easily pithy information spreads on social media but also how difficult it is to correct misinformation once it’s out there. I expect this post to do almost nothing to change that, but one must tilt at one’s windmills.

Tags: Enrique Penalosa   Gustavo Petro
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kbrint
52 days ago
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As only The Onion can...

https://www.theonion.com/report-98-percent-of-u-s-commuters-favor-public-trans-1819565837
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emdot
58 days ago
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"A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation."
San Luis Obispo, CA

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Trick

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kbrint
88 days ago
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... or 3 years ago, these days.
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81 days ago
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digitalaffilate091
88 days ago
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thats true
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mareino
89 days ago
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"All you have to do to make adults cry is state a date and location where they were more than 30 years ago."
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satadru
71 days ago
He's not wrong...says the person resisting digging up memories from 15-20 years ago for the sake of the joke...

Saying the Truth here

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call to attention
Please just STOP, it’s ruining the event itself.

The post Saying the Truth here appeared first on People Of Walmart.

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kbrint
137 days ago
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AND CHRISTMAS STUFF! God damn.
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damn you vlan 1

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don't forget about vlan 1
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kbrint
191 days ago
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I can relate. I had a very memorable spanning-tree meltdown caused by VLAN1 not being disabled on a cross-org trunk.

Fun fact: Back then, CatOS *COULD NOT* disable VLAN 1 on a trunk. Ah, the good old days.
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Finding the Bottom Turtle

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If you’ve never read the classic Reflections on Trusting Trust, and you like the idea of being unsettled about the foundations of computing, go have a read. It’s amazing. It details the strange reality that we can’t truly trust most of the software we use today.

Over time, the ideas from that speech evolved into an important question for open-source software: do we know for sure that the programs we’re running correspond to the source code we have access to?

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kbrint
200 days ago
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A classic if ever there was one.
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Chrome The Moon for a Brighter Tomorrow!

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asks whether the Forest Service or the BLM can alter the orbit of the moon or the Earth in order to fight climate change during a House Natural Resources hearing.

"I would have to follow up with you on that, Mr. Gomert."

Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.

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kbrint
219 days ago
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Sounds legit!
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