We need more forward thinking like this to make cities more livable and to improve transportation.
There are a lot of solutions out there to improve the transit experience. They don’t all involve throwing money at the same old bus and subway systems.
Apps like Flow from Alphabet have the ability to improve the experience of all people moving into, out of and through a city.
Flow packs sticks as well as carrots. An “optimised parking enforcement” module would use AI algorithms to calculate the most lucrative routes for parking cops, earning a medium-sized city another $4m in fines.
Sidewalk also wants to redefine public transport. Flow Transit would integrate information and payment for almost every form of transport into Google Maps. Choose a destination and the app will estimate a journey price and duration using everything from buses and taxis to Uber, Lyft, car-share services like Zipcar and even bike-shares.
A study shows the advantages of a circular Economy in a country where infrastructure is not as advanced and car ownership is not as widespread as in mature economies.
By designing the economy to share, reuse, recycle as opposed to the linear “take-make-dispose” model they would experience faster and greater growth while creating a more sustainable and environmentally sound economy.
India Could Leapfrog Advanced Countries By Adopting A Circular Economy
There are models the U.S. can look to for positive long term growth.
Australia has had 25 years without a recession. Its attributed in part to an open immigration policy (open to skilled immigrants at least).
Powering Australia’s Economic Surge http://nyti.ms/2dYDMyo
When it comes to the environment, population growth, and many of our social problems, the quotes below apply more aptly to our entire planet, not just Israel. These are things we don’t talk about but should.
we’re addressing only symptoms, not causes.
environmental problems are largely a function of a rapid increase in population. The country will never be able to control greenhouse gases, maintain even minimal levels in our rivers and streams or protect our fragile habitats if this demographic growth continues at such an astonishing rate.
Housing shortages and soaring prices are a national affliction, all fueled by ever-growing demand.
Rapid increases in population are driving our environmental problems.
The part of the article about poverty applies more so to our whole world than to Israel alone.
We need to see population as the driving force behind many of our worst problems.
Poverty, too, will never be reduced until the country checks the relentless expansion of its population. More than a quarter of Israeli children live below the poverty line; a majority of those live in families with five or more children. Israeli children growing up in families with two siblings or fewer, regardless of ethnic identity or religious affiliation, generally enjoy better opportunities.
Israel’s Looming Demographic Crisis http://nyti.ms/2anLb7E
Environmental sustainability is possible, but we need political will to adjust the markets to favor it.
For this to happen, countries will need to adopt policies that reduce the price of low-carbon investments to make them more attractive for private investors. These policies include environmental regulations to stimulate clean, sustainable development; incentives and subsidies for clean energy investments; and the pricing of carbon emissions, which can be done in a variety of ways, including emissions trading and taxes. We also need to eliminate subsidies that encourage the use and extraction of carbon-based energy like coal and oil. Such policies will take strong political will, especially as economic growth is slowing.
How to Raise Trillions for Green Investments http://nyti.ms/2d4p1WF
Fighting development and population growth with zoning laws is like building a sand castle to keep out the tide.
The world is over populating itself, our country included. Saying we won’t build more homes to preserve desire able neighborhoods ignores the demographic reality. The US will have a third more people by 2050, another 100 million people. Where should we put them?
Cities can either plan for the growth a benefit or pretend you can keep the hordes at bay and suffer the consequences. NIMBYism doesn’t work and this study shows it exacerbates inequality too.
A growing body of economic literature suggests that anti-growth sentiment, when multiplied across countless unheralded local development battles, is a major factor in creating a stagnant and less equal American economy.
“We don’t need one more job in Boulder,” Mr. Pomerance said. “We don’t need to grow anymore. Go somewhere else where they need you.”
How Anti-Growth Sentiment, Reflected in Zoning Laws, Thwarts Equality http://nyti.ms/29rPY6w
You can’t trust private companies like Sidewalk (Google) to act in the public’s best interest while providing innovative civic services. You also can’t rely on local governments to innovate and develop these services even though you can rely on them to act in the public’s best interest.
It’s a sad day when the promise of so much innovation inspires so much doubt that actual citizens will be the winners.