For much of the fall, the Department of Justice seemed ready for a fight in the US Airways-American Airlines merger, claiming it would result in decreased competition and higher fares for air travelers. Last week, however, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a settlement that was, in the words of one New York Times analyst, “basically a face-saver.” Jacob Anbinder delves into the potentially problematic existence of airline hubs.READ MORE
Ohio's presumptive Democratic nomineee for governor might be just the person to sway the nation in the direction of good regional planning. Our cities depend on it. Blogger Jacob Anbinder offers commentary on how city planners can revive dying metropolises by thinking of urban centers and suburbs as single entities.READ MORE
Come tomorrow morning, either Bill de Blasio or Joe Lhota will wake up the mayor-elect of the country’s biggest city. And, unless polls are way off, it’s not likely to be the one who led the M.T.A. But that doesn’t mean New York straphangers should give up hope of seeing transit improvements in the next four years. Here are three transportation issues that would be relatively easy for the new mayor, whoever he is, to tackle.READ MORE
For years, Arlington, Texas was the largest city in the country with no public transit. Now, residents may be wondering how they ever got along without it.
Ridership on the city’s new bus line the MAX (Metro Arlington Express) has far outpaced expectations since service began last month. About 250 riders per day are paying $5 to take the bus, which runs between the University of Texas-Arlington campus and a commuter rail station about ten miles away, outside the city limits.
It’s too early to tell what the long-term impact of the MAX will be, but the service’s early success begs a question: if sprawling, conservative Arlington was considered the least likely place for a bus system, then why is the new bus so popular?READ MORE
Yesterday, I gave my diagnosis of the most pressing economic problem facing the United States. Specifically, I argued that it’s impossible to think of issues like jump-starting growth, reducing unemployment, and controlling debt without also thinking about how to deal with trade deficits, currency issues, and competitiveness. In short, the world is facing an oversupply of labor, productive capacity, and capital.READ MORE
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