Archive for May, 2010

Keep It Simple

One other thought on Felix’s piece on Charles Komanoff and congestion pricing. Felix casts Komanoff, accurately I think, as a man obsessively devoted to documenting the full and complete cost of driving in Manhattan, block by block, moment by moment, so as to put together an ideal system of road pricing. The piece reads in […]

Reduced Congestion is Good for Drivers

I don’t know what’s most strange about this Matt DeBord post on Felix Salmon’s congestion pricing piece in Wired, his insistence on making every policy discussion into a tribal battle between Team Car and everyone else, his bizarre suggestion that drivers have no problem with congestion, or the ludicrously hyperbolic assertion that using pricing to […]

More on Tyrannical DC

Conor responds, in part: In my piece, I was writing about the effect of Washington DC’s social scene on folks operating inside or on the fringes of ideological movements, especially on the right — I tried to be clear about not having very much experience of the ideological left’s social circles, and I certainly didn’t […]

It’s Not DC, It’s You

I like Conor Friedersdorf. I don’t know him that well, but I wrote a few pieces for his ill-starred media project Culture 11, and I’ve bumped into him while out and about in Washington a few times and we exchanged hellos. He’s one of the few conservative writers who really appreciates the importance of cities. […]

Paper of the Day

Is here: It has been well documented that employment outcomes often differ considerably across areas. This paper examines the extent to which the local human capital level, measured as the share of adults with a college degree, has positive external effects on labor force participation and employment for U.S. metropolitan area residents. We find that […]

Density, Productivity, Affordability

You, regular readers, are hopefully cognizant of my general feelings on the issue of building height. There are substantial and underappreciated costs to limiting heights — a tendency toward higher real estate prices, reduced density, reduced revenue-raising capacity, and so on. City leaders and residents all too often fall into the trap of thinking that […]