Why Traffic Jams Could Spread Less

First in the nation for pre-Covid gridlock, Boston has a #1 award that no one wants. During 2019, Boston’s average rush hour driver lost 149 hours in congestion. In just five years, traffic congestion will have absorbed a month (730…

Where and Why We Fly (Less)

Looking closely, we see a lot more about where and why we fly for business and leisure travel that can explain the impact of Covid.

How Covid Changed Commuting Time

In its 2021 Urban Mobility Report, Texas A&M tells us how and where Covid vastly changed our commuting time and our traffic congestion.

Why Renaming Countries and Cities is Costly

Renaming countries and cities is costly when we think of the municipal, business, and individual changes that it necessitates.

The Unexpected Cost of a Pistachio Nut

A small city in California is dealing with a big dilemma. Ridgecrest is the home of thriving pistachio farmers. The city also depends on a nearby U.S. Navy base for most of its tax revenue. They both need a lot…

An Update: Law and Odor on North Carolina’s Hog Farms

The massive manure pools created by North Carolina’s hog farms have many problems that have not been solved.

The Surprising Upside of Sustainable Investing

Sustainable investing can generate a larger return but not for the ethical reasons most of us would expect.

What Covid Teaches Us About a College Town

As much as university and college shutdowns affect schools and students, they can also have a devastating impact on local towns and cities.

Where the Pork Supply Chain Is Broken

When we lose close to 40 percent of our pork processing capacity, the pork supply chain breaks in a direction that you might not expect.

The Problem With Predictable Surprises

Economists can explain and improve our inadequate disaster preparation for predictable wildfires, diseases, hurricanes, and earthquakes.