Michael Lewyn is an assistant professor at Touro Law Center in Long Island.
I was reading Wendell Cox's recent attack on the Center for Neighborhood Technology's affordability calculations, and was struck by one thing he wrote:“transportation costs will be reduced in the future by the
far more fuel efficient vehicles being required by Washington.”*
In other words, don't worry about Americans being impoverished by the cost of a car for every man, woman, and 16-year old in the House: the technological miracle of fuel efficiency will save us.
Monday, April 26, 2010 - 2:03pm PDT
A few weeks ago, Randall O’Toole (a leading anti-anti-sprawl commentator) and Matthew
Yglesias (a Washington-based pundit who primarily writes about politics, but occasionally veers off into planning issues) had an
interesting discussion about the extent to which sprawl is a result of
Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 5:17pm PDT
When Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s
bicyclists’ needs should be accommodated in federally-funded road
road lobby responded with something approaching hysteria.
Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 1:55pm PDT
I am spending this spring at the University of Toronto working on an advanced law degree (called an L.L.M.), and am writing a thesis comparing sprawl in Canada and the United States. Here are a few preliminary findings:
Monday, March 8, 2010 - 11:43am PST
A decade or so ago, after reading some of Jane
I became aware of the distinction between mixed-use and single-use
neighborhoods. In those days, I imagined
that in a well-functioning urban neighborhood, every non-polluting use
mixed together, and the lion of housing would lay down with the lamb of
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 11:54am PST
Most attempts to regulate suburban development have focused on containing the growth of suburban housing. But such regulation, by restricting the supply of buildable land, risks incresing housing prices. And from a more libertarian perspective, an individual's interest in choosing to "drive to qualify" may seem quite appealing. Attempts to regulate commercial suburban development do not involve the same sentimental considerations as limits on residential development, but do risk increasing prices for commercial land, thus increasing prices for everything else.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 8:01am PST
Every so often, one sees an article arguing that one mode of
transportation is cheaper, more efficient, or less dangerous than another
because it uses less energy/kills more people/costs more per passenger-mile. (1)
It seems to me, however, that per passenger-mile
comparisions are flawed in one key respect: they assume that trips on any mode
of transportation will involve the same mileage, so that if the average driver
lives 20 miles from work, the average bus rider will also live 20 miles from
Friday, January 15, 2010 - 9:30am PST
Every so often, I read a blog post or an article talking about the trade-off between "mobility" and making places more accessible to nonmotorists. The hidden assumption behind such statements is that "mobility" means cars going as fast as possible. So if every street is an eight-lane highway with cars going 70 miles per hour, overall social "mobility" is therefore high.
Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 6:16pm PST
Conventional wisdom dictates that middle-class families would find urban schools more tempting if we only “fixed the schools”- a concept that implies that urban public schools are simply unable to educate anyone, because they are either horribly underfunded (in the liberal version of this claim) or horribly mismanaged (in the conservative version).
Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 6:19pm PST
recently read an article containing a World War II-era poster: “When You Ride
Alone You Ride With Hitler.” The authors of the article asked whether governments
could use similar powers of persuasion today to discourage energy consumption
and thus address climate change.
Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 9:25am PST