How Banks Decide Where To Put Branches, And The Strange Role Parking Plays [Roundup]

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Leave public figures alone when they’re traveling. It’s really bad etiquette. Plus. No politician has ever said oh gee I better flip flop on my position because some random nuisance got all up in my face.

  2. Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.

  3. We need to confront them in the streets and stand out side their homes. don’t let them have any type of peace. Restaurant parks airports. Let them know we want to make America like California

  4. @Jojo – A noble sentiment about California but perhaps impractical. Sure, having a higher level of empathy for people, forward looking environmental laws, and a huge and varied economy would be amazing but most states – for differing reasons – just aren’t there right now. Besides, even California has its problems.

    On the haranguing elected officials because they happen to be at your mercy thing, I disagree. That’s how bullies act and I don’t condone it on either end of the political spectrum.

  5. Seems O’Rourke supporters are all immature crying babies.

    Harassing is a undereducated behavior. Grow up, you low life.

  6. Term limits would help knowing they would be out in 8 or 12 years instead of dying in office surrounded by all the corruption they received.

  7. I disagree that “How banks site branches.” is a good read. While the author, Patrick McKenzie, is obviously knowledgeable and intelligent he is not a good writer. He is not a good explainer. He could explain the same idea with one third or one fourth as many words if his writing was not so cluttered with insignificant information. I would hope he can begin to express his ideas in a more focused and easy to understand manner.

  8. The article about bank branches was fascinating to a point because I’ve never read an article that was so poorly edited. However, It’s writing style is so obtuse I can see why Gary loved it…..

  9. What do bank branches have to do with airline travel? Are we going to have articles about sewer technology next on this “travel” blog (we all use sewers when traveling)?

  10. Hey.Jake: because banks issue airline credit cards and some historical information about the physical locations of the places you may need to visit in conjunction with those cards may be relevant?
    That’s the best I can conjure….

  11. Fascinating article on bank locations- I thought it was technical but comprehensible. But would echo Jake’s comment on it having little to do with travel blogs, particularly since it makes the claim, “they have developed an important novel insight into human behavior: people cannot fly”!

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