Infrastructure: The Internet and Canals

An internet connection and a canal could be rather similar. Internet Connections in the Americas, 2012: Looking beyond the Americas, South Korea leads the world with the highest proportion of its population having fast internet service (more below). Shipping Connections…

A Ripple of Problems From Hurricane Sandy

Reading economist Arnold Kling’s explanation of why it will take a very long time to return to normal from Hurricane Sandy, I kept thinking of my own NJ disaster devastated neighborhood with downed trees on roads covered with branches, leaves…

Job Creators or Robber Barons?

I have confessed before that I admire the entrepreneurs who have been called the robber barons. Carnegie and steel, Rockefeller and oil, J.J. Hill and railroads, Morgan and money. These men and others from their 19th century world competed lethally.…

Affordable (Cambodian) Health Care

A village in Cambodia had problems with affordable health care but they found a solution. Traditionally,  if someone got sick, the gods had to be appeased with an offering that might include a buffalo, a cow, some bananas, incense, rice…

A Low (Safety) Grade For a New Jersey Roadway

I have to admit that the Pulaski Skyway terrifies me. Driving across it, I always remember the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed during rush hour in 2007. The Pulaski Skyway is an 80-year-old rickety looking structure. A sister to the Minneapolis…

Municipal Rivalries

Called the Tappan Zee, there is a bridge that extends across the Hudson River just north of New York City. It could have been a mile long or 2 but instead, politicians selected a spot where the river was 3…

Road Building Results

If extra road mileage is built, would you predict more or less traffic? The WSJ tells us that more roads led to additional driving from local residents, commercial traffic and people moving to the area. Public transportation did not influence…

Chinese Roads

Just 2 Chinese road stories today: Charged with evading $556,000 in tolls, a Chinese truck driver was sentenced to life in prison and a $300,000 fine. The Chinese provincial court that convicted him said that for 8 months, he used…

A Chinese Coach

Coach has 41 handbag stores in China and will soon have 8 more. Coach and China though, are about a lot more than handbags. According to NY Times Magazine columnist David Leonhardt, the Chinese consumer can fuel the world economy…

China’s Drivers

Peter Hessler’s Country Driving A Journey Through China From Farm To Factory takes the reader to China’s roads, villages, and factories. Having just completed the first half of the book, I wanted to share random fascinating facts that relate to their transportation…