Editorial: Roundabouts of a Figurative Kind

"Roundabouts of a figurative kind": In this editorial to a new issue of Transport Reviews, Susan Handy discusses how the transportation planning profession has -- and hasn't -- revised its thinking over time on topics like congestion, induced demand, and "accessibility" (as opposed to "mobility"). The article begins: "Back in 1999, I hired a student …

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Blackhawn Auto Museum

Check out the Blackhawn Automotive Museum, in Danville, California. From the website: "The Blackhawk Museums has hosted a collection of International Automotive Treasures for over 25 years, showcasing the world’s greatest manufacturers and coachbuilders, demonstrating that the automobile is not only a game changer in terms of world mobility, but a work of art to …

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Economics of Airline Class

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzB5xtGGsTc This is a video that nicely interweaves the economics and history of airline fare classes. Theoretical underpinnings for some of the economics can be found in a well known article by the late Michael E. Levine, "Price Discrimination Without Market Power." ~Thanks to David Ballard for this post

New Book: Sir Peter Hall, Pioneer of Planning

Check out "Sir Peter Hall: Pioneer in Regional Planning, Transport and Urban Geography," edited by Richard D. Knowles and Celine Rozenblat (Springer, 2016) A review by Ben Derudder (Regional Studies, Vol. 51, no. 3, 2017) explains the key ways that this book touches on transportation history. Derudder points out that "some recurring themes (e.g., the …

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America’s First Bike Lane

As a kid in the mid-1970s I lived in Davis, California. This history of activism, collaboration, and innovation escaped me at the time. I was just glad, as a junior high school student, to be able to bike from home in a subdivision west of downtown Davis along a separated bike path into the center …

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Automobile & Motorcycle History in Wisconsin

Coming to Wisconsin? Check out three great museums and one historic race track. Start in Milwaukee at the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Museum.    Then, go northwest 39 miles to Hartford to visit the Wisconsin Automotive Museum. Then, head north-northeast 54 miles to Elkhart Lake and the world famous Road America Raceway. Racing began in the area …

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New Book: Steamboats on the Indus

Check out "Steamboats on the Indus: The Limits of Western Technological Superiority in South Asia," by Clive Dewey (Oxford University Press, 2014) From the publisher's website: Two forms of water-transport competed for supremacy on the Indus and its tributaries in the middle of the nineteenth century: the local country boats and the steamboats imported by the …

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New Book: Infrastructure Finance in Europe

Were you wondering how the Roman Empire financed roads? If so, you'll get some answers in a new edited book that looks at European infrastructure finance from the middle ages up through the 20th century. The book is "Infrastructure Finance in Europe: Insights into the History of Water, Transport, and Telecommunications," edited by Youssef Cassis, …

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Frisco Congestion: Same as it Ever Was?

San Francisco congestion today, congestion yesterday. What changes? A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle trumpeted that San Francisco has the 4th worst traffic in the world (a highly questionable claim, in my opinion): But even if that's true, is this anything new? Check out this "treasure trove of images of the grid-locked metropolis" -- 60 …

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