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Traffic Jams Are A Sign Of Income Inequality

Traffic Jams Are A Sign Of Income Inequality


June 6, 2019

By Leonid Bershidsky

Read More: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/ar...ome-inequality

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The Dutch-based navigation company TomTom NV has discovered in the course of research for its 2018 traffic congestion index that the German cities with the highest and fastest-growing apartment rents are also the most congested. This finding contains an important message for city planners: Instead of trying to fight cars, perhaps it’s worth putting effort into building more housing and decentralizing the business infrastructure to put people closer to their jobs.

- TomTom found that Hamburg, the ninth most expensive German city for renters, is the most congested; Berlin and Stuttgart are in the top five in both rent levels and congestion; Munich, where apartments are the priciest, is the sixth most congested. The company did this exercise only for Germany, but the trend is obvious in the U.S., too. — There, seven of the 10 cities with the highest rents and six of the 10 most expensive cities to live in are among the 10 with the worst traffic problems. TomTom’s explanation is that in more expensive cities, people tend to move to the suburbs, where they can afford the rents but they still travel downtown for work.

- From a city planner or mayor’s point of view, the obvious way to reduce congestion (and the emissions it produces) is to get rid of cars, especially those that use fossil fuels. Amsterdam, for example, intends to get all gasoline- and diesel-powered cars off its streets by 2030, long before such vehicles are entirely out of the Dutch car fleet, which is, on average, more than nine years old today. — The measure looks progressive but, especially in an old city like Amsterdam with a lot of activity in a single center, it effectively penalizes the poorer residents, who have had to move to the periphery, away from their jobs, and who can hardly afford new electric cars.

- Congestion pricing in cities and its extreme form a ban on older, cheaper cars deliver the not-too-subtle message that urban centers aren’t for the poor. If you can’t afford to live there, try not to come at all. Or use often inconvenient, overcrowded and underfunded public transportation, further lowering your living standards. — There are less painful ways of delivering the same message, such as trying to provide more employment opportunities closer to where those forced out of downtown live. Although an academic debate about the effectiveness of job and housing “co-location” has raged for years, some recent work shows that trying to make cities more polycentric works to cut commuting times and reduce congestion.

- It doesn’t, of course, work in isolation from other necessary efforts. Berlin, for example, has two centers left over from the time it was cut by a wall and an enviable public transportation network yet it’s Germany’s second most congested city. The steady rent increases keep pushing people outside the city, and many newcomers who find jobs in the capital settle outside its city limits, in the surrounding state of Brandenburg. — In 2018, about 215,600 people commuted from Brandenburg to Berlin for work, 13.9 percent more than in 2013. Berlin traditionally has fought the trend by trying to control rents.

- Rent controls, however, have long been known to economists to be far less efficient than new construction in pushing down housing prices. And, as instinctively as they want to ban cars, city administrators shun issuing more building permits. In Berlin, their number keeps dropping. — A city can reduce congestion and make the air cleaner through three parallel efforts: Allowing as much housing construction as possible without overstraining the infrastructure, trying to decentralize employment and building up the public transportation network. — These efforts are relatively costly, and at times the construction and decentralization parts may be unpopular. But pursuing them simultaneously is probably a fairer way to resolve congestion and air quality issues than artificially limiting poorer people’s mobility.

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Decentralizing jobs is generally bad for transit usage, and encourages driving.
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This is stupid.
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Dumb.

Hamburg has the worst metropolitan rail network in Germany, so that may be related to increased congestion. Also, its wealth patterns are kinda North American, in that the wealthy tend to live in leafy SFH suburbs west of the city.
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It's almost as if rising rents and increased traffic are both signs of economic expansion in an area? Or to distill it to even more "duh" terms: it's almost as if they are both signs of people desiring to be in a given area...
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What an incredible find, the largest,most prosperous and attractive cities are among the most congested!!!
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I wish we were all equally poor, therefore we all couldn't afford to own and operate cars, all be forced to ride the bus and then traffic would lessen.

Maybe one day!
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Traffic congestion is a sign of a more prevalent creative class.
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Originally Posted by LouisVanDerWright View Post
It's almost as if rising rents and increased traffic are both signs of economic expansion in an area? Or to distill it to even more "duh" terms: it's almost as if they are both signs of people desiring to be in a given area...
That's exactly what I read. Rising rents means increased demand for housing, which means that the local economy is doing very well.
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