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A Swiss lesson in enlightened street design

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hawkinspeter | 4 years ago
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Just seen this: https://www.bipartisanalliance.com/2019/10/we-identified-walkability-of-city-how.html

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Abstract: Intergenerational upward economic mobility—the opportunity for children from poorer households to pull themselves up the economic ladder in adulthood—is a hallmark of a just society. In the United States, there are large regional differences in upward social mobility. The present research examined why it is easier to get ahead in some cities and harder in others. We identified the “walkability” of a city, how easy it is to get things done without a car, as a key factor in determining the upward social mobility of its residents. We 1st identified the relationship between walkability and upward mobility using tax data from approximately 10 million Americans born between 1980 and 1982. We found that this relationship is linked to both economic and psychological factors. Using data from the American Community Survey from over 3.66 million Americans, we showed that residents of walkable cities are less reliant on car ownership for employment and wages, significantly reducing 1 barrier to upward mobility. Additionally, in 2 studies, including 1 preregistered study (1,827 Americans; 1,466 Koreans), we found that people living in more walkable neighborhoods felt a greater sense of belonging to their communities, which is associated with actual changes in individual social class.

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Sriracha | 4 years ago
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Great article. I was struck by the following:
"Starting around 1970, the city began a far-sighted effort to strengthen transit and discourage car travel, including by taking the radical step of reducing parking..."

It seems obvious - if you can't park there is no point using the vehicle.

Of course that works for all vehicles, bikes included. And that is the way it so often is currently with bicycles. If you have an even half-decent bike, there is nowhere to park with any peace of mind.

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ktache | 4 years ago
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Another fine article HP.  I kind of knew it was you posting when I read the title.  Thank you for trawling internet for very interesting stuff.

It is odd how we pander to the moton, and try as hard as they must, they always end up stuck in traffic.

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hawkinspeter replied to ktache | 4 years ago
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ktache wrote:

Another fine article HP.  I kind of knew it was you posting when I read the title.  Thank you for trawling internet for very interesting stuff.

It is odd how we pander to the moton, and try as hard as they must, they always end up stuck in traffic.

You're welcome. I saw it on Hacker News, so there wasn't too much trawling required.

It's worrying how backwards looking we are in this country, especially compared to some of the Europeans. It seems that the majority still believe that personal car ownership is the answer to our transport needs.

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