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βœŠπŸ™ Airbnb is pushing up NYC rents πŸ“ˆ Self-driving truck trials expand 🚚 CAHSR announces higher costs πŸš„

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Hey urbanists! Some very interesting articles this week. There's a new report out on the impacts of A
 
March 11 · Issue #24 · View online
Radical Urbanist
Hey urbanists!
Some very interesting articles this week. There’s a new report out on the impacts of Airbnb on the NYC rental market, and it’s not good!
There are also several new self-driving truck announcements. As I’ve been saying for a while, level-5 driverless vehicles are still years away, but trucks will hit the streets β€” or rather the highways β€” far sooner. I wonder if someone’s going to try to revive the idea of a Canada-US-Mexico highway reserved for self-driving trucks, though the uncertain future of NAFTA could throw a wrench in any such plans. πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
Governments in Ontario and Cascadia are moving forward with studies on their respective high-speed rail proposals, and California got updated figures on its line this week. Even with the increased costs, my bias is that it needs to go ahead. North America has fallen behind Europe and Asia, and needs to build its own network of high-speed rail.
Finally, Elon Musk tweeted some revised Boring Company plans on Friday, and while they are an improvement, his vision is still lacking.
Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week!
β€” Paris

πŸŒ† NYC is feeling the impact of Airbnb
What Airbnb Did to New York City's Housing Market What Airbnb Did to New York City's Housing Market
LA Airbnb rentals protested by local labor union
🚚 Self-driving truck trials expand
Waymo self-driving trucks are hauling gear for Google data centers Waymo self-driving trucks are hauling gear for Google data centers
Uber’s self-driving trucks are now delivering freight in Arizona
Pull over, Uber. This self-driving truck is driving with no one on board
πŸš„ High-speed rail in North America
Cost for California bullet train system rises to $77.3 billion Cost for California bullet train system rises to $77.3 billion
High speed rail between Vancouver, Seattle and Portland inches closer to reality
Ontario starts key study in $20B high-speed rail plan
πŸ•³ Boring Company plans are still boring
Elon Musk
Adjusting The Boring Company plan: all tunnels & Hyperloop will prioritize pedestrians & cyclists over cars
5:10 PM - 9 Mar 2018
Elon Musk
Boring Co urban loop system would have 1000’s of small stations the size of a single parking space that take you very close to your destination & blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city, rather than a small number of big stations like a subway
5:53 PM - 9 Mar 2018
Elon Musk took to Twitter on Friday night to announce revisions to his Boring Company plans: no longer would the tunnels be primarily for cars, but pedestrians and cyclists will be prioritized. There’s no question this change was prompted by the criticism he received a couple months ago (see issue 13). I tweeted a few of my immediate concerns with the new vision, and will likely write about them in the coming week.
Paris
If Boring Company tunnel boarding is through on-street elevators and peds and cyclists are going to be given priority, does that mean there will be line-ups of private cars waiting to use the elevator? How does Musk propose that prioritization actually work?
6:56 PM - 9 Mar 2018
πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Can Melbourne learn from London?
Ten things about London Underground, and lessons for Melbourne
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