How to Reduce Your Commuting Delays

Transportation can be called a “friction.” Costing us huge time and money, we spend as much on transportation in the US as on health care. And now, we might add $50 billion to the total. In New Orleans, talking about…

Negative Externalities: Guaranteed Parking

When we have guaranteed parking, we tend to drive more. Comparing the driving habits of residents living in 2 NYC communities, transportation researchers concluded that 31 percent more Jackson Heights, Queens residents drive to work than car owners who live in Park…

A Tragedy of the Commons: City Streets

As a frequent driver to NYC, I was surprised to learn how much space my car occupies. Driving down 5th Avenue at 15 kilometers an hour (9.3 MPH), my car requires 40 square meters of street (430 square feet). If I…

Do You Like Rent Control?

Asked if it makes sense to mandate lower rents for some apartments in large cities, many of us say yes. Lower rents facilitate diversity and they enable middle income municipal workers to live close to home. Affordability is good. Yes?…

Singapore’s Pollution Solution

When a country’s economy is ranked the 2nd freest in the world, how do they manage auto congestion and pollution? By auctioning a limited number of vehicle permits, Singapore makes owning a car very expensive. A VW Passat in Singapore could cost…

“It’s Not Easy Being Green”

Hearing Kermit the Frog say, “It’s not easy being green,” Mexican environmentalists might agree. Since March 2009, Mexican households have been offered cash payments or subsidized loans for replacing refrigerators and air-conditioners that were more than 10 years old with new energy…

A Neighborhood Education

By Mira Korber, guest blogger. You probably know that where you live says quite a lot about the public education you receive. However, living in a geographical zone that touts quality schooling may cost more than you realize. A new…

Overhead Problems

You’ve probably heard the story. Fed up, a flight attendant tells passengers what he really thinks of them, grabs a beer, presses the button for the emergency chute, and leaves the plane. The overhead storage bin might have been the…

Parking Problems

Parking expert Professor Donald Shoup has identified a traffic problem with implicatons far beyond city streets. Essentially he says that cheap city parking is really rather expensive.  Throughout parts of NYC, for example, drivers can select meters that might require…

Costly Behavior

Do you approve of Pigovian taxes?  These are taxes levied on seemingly undesirable behavior in order to compensate for their negative impact on society. soda tax: Among other municipalities, New York State and Philadelphia are proposing soda taxes. bag tax:…