The carmaggeddon predicted by the complete closure of six-mile portions of the metro area’s central traffic spine didn’t materialize. Yes, some people spend more time in traffic, some people had to adjust their commute, but a 20-mile, 25-minute commute is not a right that we all must pay for. Want more evidence that decreasing traffic lanes in a select few commercial zones will not be cataclysmic? We can all agree that traffic is worse in NYC right? Well, what happened when a major thoroughfare was recently completely closed to traffic?
The book to read is “Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)” by Tom Vanderbilt. He’s set up a blog that expands and illuminates much of the material in the book. Check it out at How We Drive.