Walking in Phoenix

Walking in Phoenix

 

Culdesac Tempe is poised to become a walking oasis in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Cars are a staple of the concrete, or rather stucco, jungle that Phoenix is purported to be. Before the pandemic struck, a real estate developer bet $170 million on a car-free neighborhood complex with its own retailers. People living there will have to rely on public transit. As a combination of urban life and developed community, Culdesac aims to attract people who want to remain connected to city life while enjoying a car-free environment in their neighborhood. The viability of the project rests on the number of residents – young professionals and empty nesters – it can attract.

 


Video Spotlights: Design of a No Car, No Road Neighborhood

                                 Life in Car-Free Cities


This post is based on The New York Times article, The Capital of Sprawl Gets a Radically Car-Free Neighborhood, by C. Dougherty, October 31, 2020, and the YouTube videos, No Car, No Road Neighborhood, by Sam Bur, October 22, 2018, and Carfree Cities: The Gritty Details, by CarfreeCities, February 7, 2012. Continue reading

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Ready to Ration Care in Utah

Ready to Ration Care in Utah

 

After numerous warnings, Utah hospitals are preparing to ration care.

With soaring numbers of coronavirus cases, Utah hospitals have seen their ICUs reach dangerously high occupancy levels and have been forced to do the unthinkable: prepare to ration care. Under the Utah Crisis Standards of Care, protocols for deciding who gets ICU space or ventilators aim at doing the greatest good for the greatest number. In other words, some patients will have to be sacrificed to make room for others with better prospects of survival. It is hoped that the chilling guidelines will persuade Utahns to be more vigilant about limiting the spread of the virus.

 


Video Spotlight: Shortage of ICU Resources in Utah


This post is based on The Salt Lake Tribune article, Utah’s Hospitals Prepare to Ration Care as a Record Number of Coronavirus Patients Flood Their ICUs, by E. Alberty and S.P. Means, October 25, 2020, and the YouTube video, A Utah Infectious Disease Doctor on His State’s Coronavirus Crisis , by PBS NewsHour, October 26, 2020. Image source: Pordee_Aomboon / Shutterstock.

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1. What are the factors contributing to the high occupancy rates of ICUs? Why is it difficult to Continue reading

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Tesla Is Revving Up for its Entry into the Indian Market

Tesla Is Revving Up for its Entry into the Indian Market

 

Elon Musk has been teasing Tesla’s fans in India with an imminent market entry.

Tesla’s CEO has targeted the Indian market for a few years. Currently, there are several conditions favorable to making the electric vehicles (EV) in India. Initially, Musk might consider exporting vehicles from its manufacturing base in neighboring China to satisfy demand in India. Irrespective of the location, the car company will have to reduce its costs significantly in order to be a viable contender in India’s EV market.

 

 


Video Spotlight: Will Tesla Build a Gigafactory in India?


This post is based on the CNBC article, Why Tesla’s 20-Million Electric Vehicle Goal Could Next Take Elon Musk to India, by V. Barhat, October 22, 2020, and the YouTube video, Will Tesla Build a Gigafactory in India?, by Cleanerwatt, October 6, 2020. Image source: Shutterstock / Luciano Mortula.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the opportunities for Tesla’s entry into the Indian market?

Guidance: There are many opportunities that make Tesla’s entry into the Indian market an attractive proposition. The potential market size and labor pool are huge, and the fan base is expanding. Battery prices are falling, making it easier Continue reading

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