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Interesting essay on the connections between recent Black Lives Matter protests that block freeways and the long-term relationship between transportation networks and race. Transportation, however, has long been central to the black civil rights movement, with the Selma march, the Freedom Rides, and Rosa Parks’s appeal to equal rights on public buses. Fifty years ago […]

Fixing the Subways

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On June 2, 2016

The big subway systems of New York, Washington, and Boston are just getting worse and worse. Cities and states are struggling to keep up the maintenance. Commuters are getting frustrated. But the prob

Houston

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On May 12, 2016

This is a really interesting article on Houston. Probably the most car-centric city and certainly the most anti-zoning, given that it doesn’t have any, city in the nation, Houston is an urban pl

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Self-Driving Cars

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On April 4, 2016
Atrios is right. Self-driving vehicles ain’t going to happen, at least not in the United States. Volvo’s North American CEO, Lex Kerssemakers, lost his cool as the automaker’s semi-autonomous prototype sporadically refused to drive itself during a press event at the Los Angeles Auto Show. “It can’t find the lane markings!” Kerssemakers griped to Mayor […]

Deficit Spending

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On April 3, 2016

Yglesias is making a lot of sense here. With interest rates this low, the nation should just borrow the money to rebuild its infrastructure and not worry about some existential need to pay off the deb

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Corporations and their lackey politicians love state-level regulation. They usually frame this as hating federal regulation, but that’s not quite true. They do have federal regulation because the federal government is large enough to be relatively protected from corporate pressure, at least compared to the states. The effectiveness of agencies like OSHA and the EPA […]

Bronx Commutes

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On September 23, 2015

You might think that compared to where you live, New York has a pretty good public transportation system. And by some metrics, that’s probably true. But New York needs a massive infusion of mone

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Ban Private Drones

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On August 20, 2015
Will it take a plane crash that kills 200 people to lead to a crackdown against privately owned drones? Or are drones the new gun, with their use “personal freedom” no matter what the cost? At 8:51 a.m., a white drone startled the pilot of a JetBlue flight, appearing off its left wing moments before […]

Train Funding

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On May 15, 2015

John Boehner may think discussing Amtrak funding in the wake of the crash is “stupid” but of course it isn’t. Boehner notes that the crash was caused by the train going too fast, not

Express Lanes

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On April 12, 2015

No matter how many lanes of traffic governments build, they will never solve traffic problems because they incentivize more driving and more traffic, effectively subsidizing the problem they are meant

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