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Urban Policy Q&A

By Matthew Yglesias  

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Stockholm, Sweden (my photo, available under cc license)

Stockholm, Sweden (my photo, available under cc license)

The Atlantic has a new “The Future of the City” site edited by Conor Friedersdorf and it contains a Q&A with yours truly:

Q. You’ve observed before that Americans are curiously averse to seeing what policy solutions have succeeded in foreign countries. Is this true in urban affairs? What innovations have you seen abroad that are worth considering here in the United States?

Definitely. Many foreign countries don’t have the “only left-wing people live in the city” phenomenon discussed above. Consequently, places like Oslo and Stockholm have implemented congestion pricing schemes that many American metro areas could learn from. The Bush administration actually deserves credit for pushing this idea to a degree, which Michael Bloomberg tried to implement in NYC only to be stymied by the state legislature.

Once Friedersdorf sent me the link to our Q&A I saw the site for the first time and noted that it’s sponsored by IBM. IBM is, among other things, the main corporate creator/operator of the Stockholm congestion pricing scheme. So I think in the future IBM should be giving me large sums of money, right? As veteran readers will know, there’s actually nothing I like better than droning on endlessly about Scandinavian traffic management.

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