Postcards from the edges: Density is not Destiny

June 1, 2020

By Joe CortrightCity Observatory There’s a meme equating density with Covid-19 risk.  Two polar cases shows that density (or lack thereof) has little to do with the spread of the pandemic. Many, including New York’s Governor, have been quick to blame density for the spread of Covid-19.  Last month, we looked at data for one of…

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Transportation planners flunk Econ 101: Price elasticity of demand

January 1, 2020

Opinion By Joe Cortright  The most basic concept in economics is that higher prices lead to less consumption, yet this fact is routinely ignored in transportation planning and policy. If we got the prices right, many of our most pressing transportation problems would be much easier to tackle If we have too much of some…

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Time to Stop Building Disposable Places

June 1, 2019

by Daniel Herriges You hear it so often it sounds like a cliché: “Our ancestors used to build things to last. Now we build them to be thrown away.” Sometimes, this sentiment is a cliché or an oversimplification: when it comes to homes, for example, our ancestors built plenty of rickety wooden shacks. They’re just…

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