Journey in Life

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Không cần xây hầm để xe khi xây chung cư

Mexico bỏ quy định buộc các nhà phát triển bất động sản phải xây đủ (tối thiểu) chỗ đỗ xe cho mỗi dự án -> thay bằng quy định tối đa,
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The largest city in North America has done away with one of the biggest hidden subsidies (trợ cấp) for driving: minimum parking requirements.

Mexico City eliminated requirements that force developers to build a minimum number of parking spaces in each project. The city will instead cap the number of parking spaces allowed in new development, depending on the type and size of the building. Existing parking spaces can also be converted to other uses.

The policy change applies to every land use and throughout the entire city of 8.8 million residents. It promises to make housing more affordable, reduce traffic, and improve air quality.

…The old rules mandated parking even though only about 30 percent of Mexico City residents own cars and the city has a well-developed subway system.
There are now parking maximums in place instead of minimums…
Within the central city, the new rules also require developers to pay a fee if they build more than 50 percent of the maximum parking allowed…
Revenues from the parking fee will be used to improve transit and subsidize housing.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"Take time by the forelock" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Kate Brady.

'Take time by the forelock' có từ forelock là tóc mái trước trán, bờm trước của ngựa -> giống như nếu thời gian được hình dung có forelock thì ta sẽ tóm lấy khi nó đến, chứ không phải khi nó rời đi -> cụm từ này nghĩa là hành động dứt khoát, không do dự, không bỏ lỡ cơ hội (to act decisively; to accept an opportunity without hesitation).

Ví dụ
The Philadelphians are taking time by the forelock, and have already made out a programme for their part of the inaugurating ceremonies in March.

Both Mr. Darnton and Mr. Borneman seem to be surprised by the way in which the East Germans ultimately seize time by the forelock, boot out the old slippery mob of leaders and embrace West Germany.

It may be thought heartless to allude (ám chỉ, nói bóng gió) to the fact, but the 1st of May, -- the day most dreaded of the 366 in the leap-year calendar, -- is upon us. To-day families who have not appeased (nhân nhượng, nhượng bộ) landlords (chủ nhà) by submitting to the threatened addition to their rent, must take up their beds, carpets, sofas, and chairs, and travel to new abiding places. The clear sky yesterday tempted many to take time by the forelock, and cartloads of furniture were to be seen traversing the City in every direction.

Phạm Hạnh

Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Stall for time" nghĩa là gì?

Muốn eo thon, dáng đẹp, đừng trì hoãn tập belly dance. Photo courtesy Garry Knight.

'Stall for time' nghĩa là câu giờ, trì hoãn (to cause a delay intentionally).

Ví dụ
To stall for time until a professional negotiator arrived, Tsang began talking to the man.

We also need to gerrymander (sắp xếp gian lận những khu vực bỏ phiếu để giành phần thắng trong cuộc tuyển cử) along racial lines to guarantee wins, then stall for time before complying with the unamimous court decision.

The piece also mentions that Anthem, and in particular Jeff Jarrett, are currently looking to stall for time in the hopes of dissuading (can gián, can ngăn) the Hardys from pursuing the matter any further.

Those who would rather stall for time and argue that it is wise to wait for greater certainty will find instead that the climate system is moving into new unexpected regimes.

Phạm Hạnh