Category: Commuting

Invisible private infrastructure: Part 2, Young and educated and millionaires

15 October, 2013 (12:30) | Buses, Commuting, Housing, Infrastructure, Land use, Markets, Privatization, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Transportation, Urbanization, Zoning |

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we saw yesterday, designer Eric Rodenbeck’s lovely and insightful map showing the private commuting infrastructure network set up by Silicon Valley’s tech giants, featured in Wired (September 6, 2013), has revealed a phenomenon – reverse commuting powered by employer-assisted mass transit – that he […]

Invisible private infrastructure: Part 1, Techy progeny launched

11 October, 2013 (12:17) | Buses, Commuting, Housing, Infrastructure, Land use, Markets, Privatization, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Transportation, Urbanization, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Architect and designer Eric Rodenbeck is a clever fellow, for as demonstrated in a recent article in Wired (September 6, 2013), he hit upon the novel idea of mapping San Francisco’s corporate shuttle buses as if they were a public bus network, and from that graphic he drew quite a set […]

Bringing ‘those people’ to *our* neighborhood

12 March, 2010 (11:02) | Affordability, Cities, Commuting, Housing, Johannesburg, South Africa, Speculation, Transportation |

By:David A. Smith   While housing is immovable, jobs and people move, and where people live in one house and work in another, they must commute between the two, mustn’t they?    RDP houses, Soweto … and jobs are ninety minutes away   As reported in The New York Times, this is often more contentious […]

As a town dies

25 May, 2007 (10:07) | Affordability, Commuting, Homeownership, Local issues |

  Throughout history, cities have been where wealth was created, ideas were born, businesses blossomed, and revolutions started.  Cities exist for their connections of people to people, and as we have seen in posts on local real estate taxes, they too are economic organisms, whose ability to provide services and amenities to their inhabitants depends […]

Driving to the poorhouse?

21 December, 2006 (11:41) | Commuting, Economics, Policy, Transportation |

“How long is your commute?”   There goes 25% of my budget, and 20% of my waking day. Isn’t that always the question you ask a new acquaintance after discovering where he or she lives?    At some instinctive level, we all know that house prices and commute times are reverse-correlated: the price of a […]