Thursday, March 16, 2023

Transit in crisis, great train robberies, NIMBYs are killing America, why 15-min cities are flawed, and more

 Just clearing out some backlogged misc items this week:

"Much of the national media, in chorus with urban political and economic leaders, have been pushing these train-focused approaches since the days of Jimmy Carter. The stated aim is usually to move Americans away from their supposedly evil and pernicious love of the private automobile. Americans drive not because they irrationally love cars—although some do—but because it is simply by far the best way to get around. 
We know this because for the most part, train-heavy investments have reaped little in terms of riders and virtually no reduction in auto usage. Indeed, even before the pandemic, transit ridership, despite the creation of new lines, was sagging. Since then transit has continued and accelerated its decline. By the end of 2022, the transit market share had fallen 50%. Today, despite the end of the pandemic, that number has barely moved at all. It is into this fading market share that the current administration and much of the political class now wants to throw its money."

“The country can no longer afford this form of “shadow subsidy,” Smith argues. If America continues on this path, standing by the “build-nothing” mindset, then the middle class will slip into “genteel poverty” and America will lose its leading position in the global economy, he claimed indirectly, albeit poetically: “Someone else will build the future on the bones of our civilization.”  

He urged America to slash the “thicket of red tape” around development, and it seems the world’s richest man agrees.”

"If 15-minute cities were so great, we would still be living in them. But as soon as people got cars, they moved out of them and used their new-found mobility to get better housing, better jobs, and a wider variety of low-cost consumer goods.

Every city in America is a 15-minute city if you take automobiles into account. Thanks to automobiles, the typical U.S. urban resident lives within 15 minutes of more than 100,000 jobs, several different supermarkets that compete hard for their business, one or two shopping malls, parks and other recreation facilities, a variety of health care facilities, friends and relatives, and many other potential destinations and activities. Even the densest cities in the world can’t provide that kind of variety and opportunity within 15 minutes on foot."

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At 1:48 AM, March 21, 2023, Blogger VeracityID said...

The key to ending the various foolishness described in this post is to sustain and extend the US market for good governance that is our Federal System. By shifting responsibility (and funding) for things like roads totally to the states. Then the wisest states will easily outclassed the laggards, forcing them to change to compete. Same goes for schools and Healthcare. The Feds just enforce irrational monopolies. In the end nobody really knows the answers so experimentation sharpened by competition is the best mechanism to find what works. Bill R

At 8:11 AM, March 21, 2023, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

Completely agree. There is so much waste going for federal dollars, especially with rail projects that no locality would build with their own money.

At 12:56 PM, March 21, 2023, Blogger George Rogers said...

End the fed and restore sound money! The problem is you can subsidise shit as long as you can print money.


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