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NB: I am not a macroeconomist (IANAM) A few years ago, Francis Fukuyama put out a book called Trust, a summary of some arguments are presented at: Social Capital and Civil Society – Prepared for delivery at the IMF Conference on Second Generation Reforms…

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The Handbook on Transport and Development is now available for a not unreasonable price in paperback, purchase details below. If you can’t get it, ask your library. We have a paper in the Handbook (which is also available in pre-print from our University…

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Welcome to the sixth issue of The Transportist. As always you can follow along at the blog or on Twitter. Transportist Posts Transit Ridership On the predictability of the decline of transit ridership More on declining transit ridership Retail Shopping…

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Bern Grush wrote in about my last post (on transit decline) to say: There is a third contributor. Marchetti, in his 1994 classic: “Anthropological invariants in Travel Behavior”, wrote: “…People spend about 13% of their disposable income on traveling. The…

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Noting that transit ridership is generally down in the past few years, Jarrett Walker tweeted: “Would somebody please do a quick but defensible study on why this is happening in so many US cities? I’m tired of having only anecdotes.”   Boom times Income…

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Eric Roper in the Star Tribune writes “Consumers wrestle with deluge of cardboard boxes from delivery services, online shopping“. And what about traffic from all the deliveries? The Minnesota Department of Transportation estimates that e-commerce will be…

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Below are a selected list of rules that I have accumulated over time about academic production and output, which I impose upon students, but have never before put in one place. Papers should be focused and to the point, and not begin with trite…

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Spontaneous Access: Reflexions on Designing Cities and Transport on sale for $0.99 at Amazon Kindle TODAY (March 9, 2017) only. Table of Contents The City Spontaneous The 60-Year Line Community without dendricity The pint-of-milk test The timeless way of…

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  Ananya Bhattacharya at Quartz India writes: “With Hyperloop, India eyes an unrealistic future.” I remain puzzled by the popularity of Hyperloop. I am quoted. … “I don’t think it’s (Hyperloop) practical any time soon,” David Levinson, a professor of…

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I will be on Minnesota Public Radio’s MPR News with Kerri Miller program Tuesday March 7, 2017 at 9 am CT regarding President Trump’s plans to beef up spending on infrastructure – what that might look like, how it might work, what the spending might focus…
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