tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.comments2005-05-27T11:08:29.026-07:00Peter Gordon's Blog Unknownnoreply@blogger.comBlogger27125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1117217309026593852005-05-27T11:08:00.000-07:002005-05-27T11:08:00.000-07:00Several of us discussed the Reconnecting America s... Several of us discussed the Reconnecting America study at length last Feb. <BR/><BR/>Here's the real "finding":<BR/><BR/> This study finds there is likely to be significant demand for housing<BR/>within a half-mile radius of fixed guideway transit stations ‚Ä?areas called<BR/>‚Äútransit zones‚Ä?for the purposes of this study ‚Ä?over the next 25 years.<BR/>Our market assessment shows that at least Rob Dawghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10042154106850545479noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1117208069097969642005-05-27T08:34:00.000-07:002005-05-27T08:34:00.000-07:00And this won an award? I couldn't believe just ho... And this won an award? I couldn't believe just how shoddy the mathematical analysis was. 800 new riders and 260 fewer parking spaces required. Those 800 new riders came at a "cost" of $810,000. The "value" of those 260 spaces was calculated at $2,726,000. That's $10,000 per space per year. Interesting since they set the price per space at $31,000. Last I heard parking garages haduseful Rob Dawghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10042154106850545479noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1116386310969638612005-05-17T20:18:00.000-07:002005-05-17T20:18:00.000-07:00btw, I really don't think it is accurate to state:... btw, I really don't think it is accurate to state:<BR/><BR/>"An interesting and temperate approach is by Indur M. Goklany, who asks: "Is Climate Change the 21st Century's Most Urgent Environmental Problem?" We know that the Copenhagen Consensus had concluded that it is not."<BR/><BR/>The Copenhagen Consensus says no such thing.David Sucherhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06343613272864578363noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1116385923039934752005-05-17T20:12:00.000-07:002005-05-17T20:12:00.000-07:00It seems to me that if the pro-global warming peop... It seems to me that if the pro-global warming people (i.e. Crichton et all) can point out correctly that consensus per se is irrelevant to the truth or falisty of science, then it cuts the other way: so what if you perceive a consensus -- that doesn't speak to the issue itself but simply to group think -- on all sides.David Sucherhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06343613272864578363noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1116359153090771722005-05-17T12:45:00.000-07:002005-05-17T12:45:00.000-07:00Who cares what a bunch of economists brain fart ab... Who cares what a bunch of economists brain fart about science they clearly are clueless about? Where are the real scientists, like climatologists, on the "Copenhagen Consensus?"Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1113639539705778342005-04-16T01:18:00.000-07:002005-04-16T01:18:00.000-07:00I think the fairness argument is stronger than the... I think the fairness argument is stronger than they may suspect. In the last year I have conducted several political focus groups up here in Napa over land use initiatives, and one thing I was suprised about is how big fairness is as an issue for people, taking precedence over disliking the rich and powerful, for example. What came through clearly is that as Americans people feel a duty to be napabloggerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06214682901721410664noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1112225156356757182005-03-30T15:25:00.000-08:002005-03-30T15:25:00.000-08:00"Cozy arrangement"? Anything like the cozy arrang... "Cozy arrangement"? Anything like the cozy arrangement over here where the government allows the BBC to tax every telly in the land and permits only one serious commercial channel?Patrick Crozierhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00676255732048699451noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1110141162221104032005-03-06T12:32:00.000-08:002005-03-06T12:32:00.000-08:00The comments on privatization reflect a lack of co... The comments on privatization reflect a lack of consideration of all of the available solutions that can be brought to bear on the problem. <br /><br />If all you are willing to consider are tax increases, borrowings, and/or benefit reductions then your outcomes are limited to what these approaches can (and have produced in the past).<br /><br />Failure.<br /><br />Time to try something Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1106150457321954302005-01-19T08:00:00.000-08:002005-01-19T08:00:00.000-08:00Here's the link to Dan Baum's article: http://www.... Here's the link to Dan Baum's article: http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?050117fa_fact<br /><br />Thanks for pointing it out.Dave Greene (BaySense)http://www.blogger.com/profile/05671886804825741305noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1105751023653217122005-01-14T17:03:00.000-08:002005-01-14T17:03:00.000-08:00Opponents to Social Security reform should address... Opponents to Social Security reform should address the following illogic implied by their opposition:<br /><br />As Social Security is currently structured, individuals must first be employed. Secondly, employee contributions are matched by the employer. These two things are prerequisites for the continual funding of the program. If I were a proponent of Social Security in its current format, Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1105664347051499332005-01-13T16:59:00.000-08:002005-01-13T16:59:00.000-08:00You have forgotten to fully discuss the author's c... You have forgotten to fully discuss the author's conclusions, which state: <br /><br />[ " ]<br /><br />The relationship appears to be more complex than diagrammed in Figure 1...[f]irst, our results<br />suggest that the various dimensions of sprawl affect health in different, and even contradictory, ways. <br /><br />Among the four aspects of sprawl...(density,<br />mix, centralization, and Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1104938859895208122005-01-05T07:27:00.000-08:002005-01-05T07:27:00.000-08:00...and higher levels of development could well hav... ...and higher levels of development could well have funded a Tsunami early warning system along the lines of the Pacific Rim one - I saw some figures which I think suggested a system would have cost ¬£14m. Even at ¬£140m the savings in life and property would have been immense.<br /><br />Ian<br />http:/ibanda.blogs.comAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1104539897375477282004-12-31T16:38:00.000-08:002004-12-31T16:38:00.000-08:00Jared Diamond has a lot more clues about the "real... Jared Diamond has a lot more clues about the "real world" than you seem to, perhaps because of his strong background in Geography, the closest "social science" to real science--because the subject STARTS with descriptions of the real world, unlike economics which makes wild empirically-unsupported psycho-social assumptions about "rationalilty" and "self interest."Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1104268095445280532004-12-28T13:08:00.000-08:002004-12-28T13:08:00.000-08:00"Getting people out of their cars" is one of the p... "Getting people out of their cars" is one of the phrases of the age. The justification is usually to do with pollution (both global and local), aesthetics, safety. <br /><br />I am not quite sure what your views are on these. Is it that they don't count? I don't think so. Or, that they are not that important/erroneous? Or that there are other ways to deal with them?<br /><br />For what it'sPatrick Crozierhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00676255732048699451noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1103305079773082562004-12-17T09:37:00.000-08:002004-12-17T09:37:00.000-08:00Carolyn Hoxby would answer, "probably": http://ww... Carolyn Hoxby would answer, "probably":<br /><br />http://www.educationnext.org/20014/68.html<br /><br />"If every school in the nation were to face a high level of competition both from other districts and from private schools, the productivity of America‚Äôs schools, in terms of students‚Ä?level of learning at a given level of spending, would be 28 percent higher than it is now."Patrick Sullivanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14948365865741313524noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1103162253033258952004-12-15T17:57:00.000-08:002004-12-15T17:57:00.000-08:00Dr. Gordon: Any comments on this? www.apolloalli... Dr. Gordon:<br /><br />Any comments on this?<br /><br /><A HREF="http://www.blogger.com/r?http%3A%2F%2Fwww.apolloalliance.org%2Fjobs%2Findex.cfm">www.apolloalliance.org/jobs/index.cfm</A>By the name of this endeavor, I'd say they are making the claim that the public investments would result in leveraging new industries and private investment many times the original governmental spending. The Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1102639187050860462004-12-09T16:39:00.000-08:002004-12-09T16:39:00.000-08:00(adapted from original comments at sprawlers blog,... (adapted from original comments at sprawlers blog, e.g., www.americandreamcoalition.org0<br /><br />So, according to that senile old economist Dr. Friedman, someone who disagrees with "free market capitalism" is automatically a "socialist" or "communist"?<br /><br />Pulleze!<br /><br />For the record, the American road system is probably the biggest example of "social engineering" in history, andAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1098915671566278502004-10-27T15:21:00.000-07:002004-10-27T15:21:00.000-07:00Well, that's a quite a pissy little attack on one ... Well, that's a quite a pissy little attack on one very narrow aspect of David Owen's New Yorker article. (Does academia now mirror politics in the manner of going after people in a snide, small-minded fashion, or did academics invent that game?) In any event, I don't remember Owen claiming that New York did not have people from the suburbs commuting to work there. That seems like a straw-man Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1098130620696186612004-10-18T13:17:00.000-07:002004-10-18T13:17:00.000-07:00The sky high prices for Manhattan housing would se... The sky high prices for Manhattan housing would seem to indicate very high demand for that sort of housing. Here's a thoughe experiment, Dr. Gordon: if there was no severe geographic limit to housing in Manhattan, how many people would choose to live there? My educated guess is several million, not the 1.5 million or so who actually do; e.g., most the 70% of Manhattan workers who don't live on Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1097590219492876722004-10-12T07:10:00.000-07:002004-10-12T07:10:00.000-07:00Peter, If you have time, It would be great if you... Peter,<br /><br />If you have time, It would be great if you could post figures for each decade from 1900 to 2000. Thanks in advance.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1096672925125143532004-10-01T16:22:00.000-07:002004-10-01T16:22:00.000-07:00First of all, thanks for linking to Transport Blog... First of all, thanks for linking to Transport Blog. Much appreciated.<br /><br />Second, didn't realise you had comments - only seem to appear on the individual archive page not your main one. <br /><br />Third, what your posting proves is not that the Red Line is a bad thing but that the claims made for it were false. They are not the same thing.<br /><br />I can't speak for the Red Line but Patrick Crozierhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00676255732048699451noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1096055984760244902004-09-24T12:59:00.000-07:002004-09-24T12:59:00.000-07:00I TOTALLY second that! I say donate your cars! O... I TOTALLY second that! I say donate your cars! Of course I live in San Francisco, where its real easy to get around without a car...<br /><br />check out http://donate-things.org/car for REPUTABLE car donation places.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1095963858002005332004-09-23T11:24:00.000-07:002004-09-23T11:24:00.000-07:00Something to keep in mind in my Urban/Regional Eco... Something to keep in mind in my Urban/Regional Economics class (starts this afternoon). Thanks. :)<br /><br />Jacqueline Passey<br />http://jacquelinepassey.blogs.com/Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1095287178920058152004-09-15T15:26:00.000-07:002004-09-15T15:26:00.000-07:00Americans work more than the people of any other n... Americans work more than the people of any other nation on Earth. And we are falling behind other industrialized nations in quality of life, lifespan and income - especially when the rising (or should I really say skyrocketing) cost of healthcare is factored in. As productivity has gone up, more and more people have been laid off, and it's clear that many of those people will never have a decent Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6268492.post-1094924458075961352004-09-11T10:40:00.000-07:002004-09-11T10:40:00.000-07:00Interesting how just a few days later New York Tim... Interesting how just a few days later New York Times ran an article on the "curious breed" of people who flourish under stress, happily maintaing a lifestyle that is exactly what the article you are referring to cites as a cause of all kinds of desease. Policy wonkiness plus genetic breeding potential, yayQhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08375062102541518102noreply@blogger.com