Happy Sunday, urbanists!
Gov. Cuomo unveiled the proposed congestion charge to be applied in New York City this week. There will clearly be people vehemently opposed to pay to drive in Manhattan, but I feel the example of Stockholm
must be remembered here: people were opposed until it was implemented and they saw how it work. Approval has consistently risen ever since.
The money from the charge will go to NYC’s struggling subway system, yet its challenges are only a small indication of the lack of transportation investment in the United States. While China surges ahead, building thousands of kilometres of high-speed rail and metro lines, the US is lagging far behind, with its infrastructure being compared to that of developing countries.
Finally, I wrote about how tech companies won’t deliver the emancipatory change they promise will accompany driverless cars, but we don’t need to worry: we already have the technology to transform our cities.
All the best for the week ahead!