Housing in the world’s largest cities is increasingly unaffordable to the people they rely on to provide services and keep the city running. A big part of the problem is the fact that, in many cities, governments stopped building public housing, expecting private developers to pick up the slack. But they didn’t, and prices have surged as a result of the lack of housing available; particularly housing tailored to the needs of average people. Luxury condos are profitable, but affordable rental units? Not so much.
Another big issue facing cities is transit, and a groundbreaking working paper was releasing this week giving definitive proof that ride-hailing services are taking riders from public transit, with severe consequences. Uber and Lyft are putting more cars on the road, which is making traffic congestion worse and thus making some forms of transit (like buses) even less efficient.
Finally, you’re going to want to see Los Angeles Metro’s new PSAs. There are three in all, focusing on transit do’s and don’t’s with a particularly creative spin. More transit agencies might want to give something like this a try.