Posts tagged with 'congestion'
The Origins of Bloomberg's PLANYC
The Origins of Bloomberg's PLANYC
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking at Regional Planning Association annual meeting. Photo by Ethan Arpi. In The World In 2008 – a supplement to the Economist – Mayor Bloomberg outlines some of the aims and inspirations for his super-ambitious PLANYC, ...
Sao Paulo: City of Walls
São Paulo is a city of walls erected on a foundation of fear, with it’s 11 million residents, or at least the subset that can afford to, hunkering down in gated condominiums, strolling in private parks, playing soccer on private ...
Technology Recommendations for Congestion Pricing
Technology Recommendations for Congestion Pricing
For historical reasons, wireless systems for use in the transportation sector have taken a separate path for technology development. This divergence no longer makes sense. Every other sector in the economy is finding secure, reliable, and economical systems that use ...
The Ethics of Driving
New York Times Magazine writer Randy Cohen, aka The Ethicist, sits down with Mark Gorton from The Open Planning Project and discusses the ethical implications of driving, congestions pricing, biking and the use of public space by private individuals. Mr. ...
Milan Mayor Introduces Congestion Charging
Milan Mayor Introduces Congestion Charging
It’s not fashion week in Milan, so the chatter on the street is all about transport. Photo by William Butler Yeats Best known for haute couture and hot wheels, the northern Italian city of Milan has followed the lead of ...
Poznań, Poland Confronts Transport Challenges
Poznań, Poland Confronts Transport Challenges
Poznan’s currently car-free central square is threatened by increasing traffic congestion in the city. Photo by Lee Schipper. Lee Schipper was recently invited to Poznań, Poland by the consulting firm Convoco. In this article, Lee and Sylwia Klatka (Convoco’s managing ...
A Good Traffic Joke From a Great Humorist and a Bit of Nostalgia
A Good Traffic Joke From a Great Humorist and a Bit of Nostalgia
Ferry-boats in the Bosphorous (left) by Kıvanç and traffic on one of Istanbul’s freeways (right) by Roderick Maclean on flickr Aziz Nesin was a wonderful and prolific Turkish writer, humorist and social/political commentator. I just read a 1992 interview with ...
Beyond the Price Tag
Beyond the Price Tag
Circled by freeways, Atlanta has some of the worst traffic in the United States. Photo by Nrbelex from Flickr. Via Public Routes Blog, Peter Lindsay, a political scientist at Georgia State University, writes about the externalities of car use, arguing ...
China's Moving Masses
China's Moving Masses
Traffic in Beijing on a normal day. Photo by 2 dogs from Flickr. During their annual holiday, Chinese workers participate in one of the largest human migrations in history, with hundreds of millions of city-dwellers returning to rural areas to ...
Bus Rapid Transit, Beijing Style
Bus Rapid Transit, Beijing Style
Via Smart Growth Around America, this video of a hard-hitting, hardhat-wearing journalist who goes underground to explore Beijing’s new subway line and later comes out again to examine the city’s new bus rapid transit line, provides a good sense of ...
What is Congestion Pricing?
What is Congestion Pricing?
Photo of traffic congestion in Hong Kong by A.H. 1987 from Flickr Solving the problem of congestion is usually a top priority for city authorities, who note that congestion not only causes air pollution, but also decreases quality of life ...
Is There a Third Way to Think About Low-Cost Cars?
Is There a Third Way to Think About Low-Cost Cars?
Photo from https://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j212/anjanesh/Blog/tata-1.jpg By Ethan Arpi and Rob Katz While discussions of Ratan Tata’s 1 lakh car – and other entrants to the ultra-cheap car market – are nothing new to thecityfix.com and many other blogs, the concept received another ...
The Hidden Costs of Personal Mobility
The Hidden Costs of Personal Mobility
A biker struck by a car in Beijing. Courtesy of pmorgan of Flickr. It’s helpful to think about traffic safety with the following thought experiment: What would happen in a democratic forum, if the world’s population, represented by elected officials, ...
Demystifying TranSantiago
Demystifying TranSantiago
TranSantiago in action. Photo by Cobalito. “It is not common for a president to stand before the nation and say ‘Things haven’t gone well,” Michele Bachelet, Chile’s President, said in March of this year. “But that is exactly what I ...
New Yorker Embraces Congestion Pricing
New Yorker Embraces Congestion Pricing
Bloomtown: The Mayor plans to boost spending on public transport. (Photo: Frank Franklin II/AP) This week’s Talk of the Town section of The New Yorker features an opinion in support of congestion pricing for lower Manhattan. Written by climate journalist ...
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