Cars make cities less compact | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal –

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Period9 May 2022

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  • TitleCars make cities less compact | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal –
    Media name/outletBusiness Fast
    DescriptionOne of the most radical innovations of the last century is the invention of the automobile. Cars have completely changed the way we travel to work or undertake leisure activities. Because car travel has become cheap and fast, many people now live much further from their work than they did 50 to 100 years ago. Pooley and Turnbull (2000) show that in Britain, commuting distances have increased from about 3.5km in 1900 to 15km now. An average Dutch person spends more than a week per year on their way to work. During Covid, we saw these numbers dip, but roads and highways are slowly becoming more congested. In many cities around the world, traffic congestion is once again a severe problem, and people are spending hours and hours each day in traffic jams. Furthermore, cars emit CO2 and other pollutants, making car-dominant cities unfriendly to the local and global environment.
    PersonsHans Koster