Ranking the 'Worst Cities for Car Drivers'

A finance website called nerdwallet took it upon itself to rank the "worst" cities to drive a car.
SurangaSL / Shutterstock

To be fair to John Kuo, who writes the post that accompanies the list, he acknowledges that the cities topping out the "worst" list are also likely to have "well-supported public transportation systems," which can function as "an an environmentally-friendly alternative to waiting in traffic."

The ranking system is based on metrics such as how expensive it is to own a car, how overcrowded the city is ("Weaving though trolleys, cab drivers, pedestrians and cyclists can be difficult and dangerous"), and congestion. New York City, Detroit, and San Francisco top the list.

Tanya Snyder at Streestblog tipped off the urbanism internet community to the list provides her take on the list: "The pop-finance website’s new ranking of the worst cities to drive in includes, predictably, some of the country’s best cities to walk, bike, take transit, or otherwise be in."

Full Story: Worst Cities for Car Drivers

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95
Book cover of Unsprawl

Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places

Explore visionary, controversial and ultimately successful strategies for building people-centered places.
Starting at $12.95