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Tag Archives: policy
When should public transportation systems be private?
A recent episode of Russ Roberts’ EconTalk podcast featured a wonderful intersection of interests: economics, public policy and public transit. One of Russ’ academia friends, economist Michael Munger, speaks at length on the program about the public transportation system quality … Continue reading
“Energy independence” is silly. We must use less energy regardless of its source.
My unwavering allegiance to the American Public Media radio program Marketplace was made ever tighter by a clear and compelling opinion piece by Jerry Taylor of the Cato Institute. The piece is written so concisely I can do no better … Continue reading
Fire destroys low-income resident’s apartment. Archaic rent control forces her to leave City.
The Chronicle has a touching and well-written article about the aftermath of the Mission District fire that completely destroyed a 30-unit apartment building Monday evening. Central to the article is the story of Griselda Paleo. Ms. Paleo is 59 and … Continue reading
Posted in econ, happiness, politics Tagged affordable, ceiling, city, control, demand, econ, economics, housing, macro, market, micro, new york, new york city, nyc, policy, price, price ceiling, price control, regulation, rent, rent control, rental, san francisco, sf, subsidies, supply, unit Leave a comment
Why is Congress wasting its time (aka our money) with baseball players?
I’ll admit right up front: I’m not sure what Congress actually does at their meetings in Washington. But, what I glean from an ear half-tuned to NPR is that it’s usually a discussion on legislation germane to American citizen’s lives … Continue reading
The City needs congestion pricing.
(Photo Credit) On a recent episode of KQED’s Forum, Dave Iverson discusses the possibility of congestion pricing in the City with two main guests: Ken Cleaveland, director of government and public affairs with the Building Owners and Managers Association and … Continue reading
Posted in econ, politics, transit Tagged california, cars, congestion, congestion fee, econ, economics, fee, hot lanes, lane, motor vehicles, muni, peak, policy, price, pricing, public, public policy, public transit, roadway, roadways, san francisco, sf, tax, taxes, transit, transportation, usage, usage fee, use, user fee, variable, variable pricing, vehicles 2 Comments
KQED Perspective: Peak Medallions
I condensed my usual rant about peak medallions down to a 2 minute piece for a KQED‘s Perspective. It’s a quick op-ed that airs during the morning drive time. It will air again on Saturday morning. It sounds a bit … Continue reading
Posted in media, politics, taxi Tagged cab, find, hail, kqed, local, local policy, medallions, op-ed, opinion, peak, perspective, perspectives, policy, politics, regulation, san francisco, sf, supply, taxi, taxicab, variability, variable supply 13 Comments
Muni’s incompetent management structure injures more people.
The Examiner reports a Muni bus hit a pedestrian Monday evening bringing the total number of “pedestrian incidents” to 20 since the start of Muni’s fiscal year on July 1. 20 incidents? Why so many? Is this excessive? Yes. Is … Continue reading
Posted in transit Tagged bus, hit, incident, injury, management, muni, pedestrian, policy, san francisco, sf, strike, struck, structure, system 7 Comments
Ridiculous sums of federal capital money encourage foolish transit projects.
Inflated federal funding for the capital costs of transit projects brings about wasted spending, poor planning and poor service for transit riders in the United States.
Posted in econ, politics, transit Tagged capital costs, econ, economics, funding, planning, policy, poor government incentives, public policy, transit, transportation 1 Comment
There’s no free parking.
This excellent article in Slate discusses the hidden costs of parking. I won’t attempt to summarize, it’s worth reading in its entirety. Link It got me thinking about the cost of parking in the City, especially residential parking permits. Is … Continue reading
Posted in econ, transit Tagged congestion, demand, econ, economics, idiocy, local, parking, parking pricing, policy, public policy, regulation, supply 4 Comments