Friday, May 5, 2017

Freeways: driving further to lower paying jobs

What does it say about values when governments plan new freeways?
  1. They expect there will be no job creation near where people live
  2. They expect we will drive, in our own time and at our own expense, further and ultimately in more traffic to get to work
  3. Charitably, they want employers to have a greater catchment for hiring so they can find the best employees for the job
  4. More realistically, they want employers to have a greater catchment for hiring so they can make a greater number of people compete for a job, which drives overall wages down.
Upshot: they are saying they want you to spend more time and money getting to work, in bigger traffic jams, to a job with lower wages.

These points also broadly apply to most public transport upgrades, even though they are less problematic since mass transit public transport is much more efficient to run and cheaper to use than private car use, meaning that ecological impact (not mentioned above) is much more favourable - but basically it's to the same ends.

And this doesn't even touch on the social and ecological impacts of outer suburban sprawl in and of itself
Freeways and urban sprawl: the millstone around our neck

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