This paper explores how the quality of the pedestrian environment around transit stops relates with transit ridership. The primary hypothesis tested is that transit tripmaking is higher in urban environments that are more conducive to non-motorized travel, given that bus transit systems are most frequently accessed via walking or biking. A secondary goal is to contribute to an improved understanding of the measurement of the built environment in geographic information systems (GIS). A composite measure of walkability—incorporating land use mix, density and street patterns—was developed for all transit stops in San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit Systems service area and used as a measure of the built environment. Findings indicate a small but significant, positive relationship between the walkability of the built environment and transit ridership.
Ryan Avent in the NY Times: One Path to Better Jobs - More Density in Cities (His article is apparently based on his new Kindle Single Gated City, which I have not yet read). I have several comments... Read On
On Ryan Avent's twitter feed this morning he made the observation that this list of the top ten cities for job openings per capita also includes some of America's most expensive metropolitan areas... Read On
There is a lot of chatter about the perils of NIMBYism floating around these days, largely due to Ryan Avent's recent ebook, The Gated City, and related pieces in the NY Times and The Atlantic Cities... Read On
Ryan Avent (among others) comments on Ed Glaeser's piece on Skyscrapers: Density and Skyscrapers and seems to support allowing more high density development in cities, which are restricted by local government regulation...
I recently got a chance to read Ryan Avent's Kindle book The Gated City. I have a lot of respect for the author. I think he's one of the smartest people around when it comes to urban economics... Read On
I've just finished reading Ryan Avent's book The Gated City, which UK readers can download for Kindle or PC/Mac reading here. Anyone interested in why we've got cities in the first place, how we ended up with the ones we have, or what's going to happen to them in future should read it... Read On
I read Ryan Avent's ebook, The Gated City on the plane yesterday and recommend that you download it too. The basic themes are similar to my own real estate obsessions, but I was pleased to see that the text is actually quite different from what I'm working on for THE RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH. There's even some stuff I disagree with, though of course my bottom line that we should have more density is similar. ... Read On