An example in Wellington would be Taranaki St, which often gets mentioned in terms of fix-ups. (Street view: https://www.google.co.nz/maps/@-41.294824,174.7774881,3a,75y,43.53h,75.67t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sMwRaoJfajN5ViPKy3bGTaQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656) Trees and paving can't fix the disaster of the car yard and the Briscoes parking lot.
What I'd love to figure out is how to encourage businesses that are destructive to street life to improve their land use. Has anyone had any success in this area?
Note for nitpickers: Why yes, people have survived higher doses of all of these things. (Almost all of these things. To my knowledge, nobody has ever come close to the inhalation toxicity dose of marijuana, because that would be really difficult) However, these really do correspond to the "LD50," the amount which causes a lethal reaction 50% of the time. For most ingested substances, LD50's are actually given as amount per unit body weight, since most of these substances diffuse more or less evenly through your body (or more or less evenly through some part of your body, like your liver, whose mass is proportional to your mass) and so someone twice as big could survive twice as much.
Note for the incautious: If you just got very alarmed about my warning of the use of DHMO in soft drinks, you just saw a good example of what "chemical alarmism" looks like. DHMO, short for "dihydrogen monoxide," is better known as water, and like pretty much any other substance, enough of it can hurt or kill you. There are lots of people out there (e.g., the infamous "Food Babe," Vani Hari) who make a lot of money by keeping you scared of things; don't be fooled, and in general, you can ignore at least 90% of the food and chemical panics you hear about -- 99% if they're being touted by celebrities. We live in a surprisingly safe world.
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