Archive for May, 2008

Mistakes Continue to be Made

Call me crazy, but I’m of the opinion that the best use of scarce, valuable urban land is not to allow suburbanites to speed from one point outside of the city to another outside of the city–not unless they’re willing to pay dearly for the right. As such, I’m rather fond of the notion of […]

Glorious Density

Dana Goldstein writes about biking in Washington: In Washington, D.C., since 2000, the number of cycling commuters has risen by 50 percent to encompass 5 percent of all workers. Indeed, the city is becoming a national leader in decreasing traffic and pollution by encouraging cycling. In mid-May, the city rolled out a bike-sharing program called […]


Q: Is “clean coal” likely to be a cheap and easy solution to global warming? A: No.


I really wanted the Nats to come to Washington, and that may have influenced my thinking on the extent to which the baseball stadium deserved public funding. My position all along was that we shouldn’t roll over for MLB, but that there was a plausible case to be made that money spent on the baseball […]

Because Good News is Rare

Jobs! The Washington-area labor force grew by 28,400 jobs in April on an annual basis, up from a rate of about 22,000 jobs in March, according to data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The April rate of growth is nearly on par with 2007, when the region added 29,000 jobs for the […]

Paper of the Day

The abstract: In the United States, workers in cities offering above-average nominal wages — cities with high productivity, low quality-of-life, or inefficient housing sectors — pay 30 percent more in federal taxes than otherwise identical workers in cities offering below-average wages. According to simulation results, federal taxes lower long-run employment levels in high-wage areas by […]

Save Your Generation

Over at Megan’s place, Tim Lee titles a post “The Collectivist Candidates,” and highlights a couple of statements chiding both Obama and McCain, but mainly Obama, for asking Americans to consider devoting a part of their time to public service, rather than just seeking to make as much money as possible. In the first statement […]

Reasons to be Annoyed by the IRS

A Freakonomics reader writes to the site: I traveled to Atlanta last week for a conference, and as it’s nearby, I simply drove. So when I got back, I of course filled out my mileage report, and did pretty well: $159. We, like many other companies pay according to the I.R.S. mileage rates: 50.5 cents […]


The Brookings Institution released a report today examining and ranking the per capita carbon footprints of the 100 largest metro areas in the country. Do give it a read. A couple of key points: 1) The way a metro area generates its power is important, as is climate. The western part of the country performs […]

Here Comes Tysons

The great promise of Metro through Tysons has never been the new commuter routes or the transit link to Dulles, but the possibility of a dramatic reversal of years of sprawling, automobile oriented development in one of the nations largest business districts. With the rail proposal seemingly back on track, the move to reinvent Tysons […]