Episode 123: Transportation, Land Use, and Freedom (with Randal O'Toole)

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Randal O’Toole joins us for a discussion on land usage, urban planning, public transit, transportation, and driverless cars.

Henry Ford’s mass production of the automobile ushered in a new era of human mobility, one that public planners always seem to be attempting to steer the American public away from.

How is transportation important to human freedom and flourishing?

How much are we spending on public transit? When, if ever, does public transportation make sense?

What will driverless cars do for traffic congestion? Are driverless cars going to cause people to drive more? Less? Are there any potential roadblocks to driverless cars?

Show Notes and Further Reading

O’Toole’s books on various topics:
The Vanishing Automobile and Other Urban Myths: How Smart Growth Will Harm American Cities (2001):
https://www.amazon.com/dp/097064390X

The Best-Laid Plans: How Government Planning Harms Your Quality of Life, Your Pocketbook, and Your Future (2007):
https://www.amazon.com/The-Best-Laid-Plans-Government-Pocketbook/dp/1933995076

American Nightmare: How Government Undermines the Dream of Homeownership (2012):
https://store.cato.org/book/american-nightmare

Randal O’Toole blogs at The Antiplanner: https://ti.org/antiplanner

Trevor mentions this article from The Onion (a satire site): “Report: 98 Percent Of U.S. Commuters Favor Public Transportation For Others”:
https://www.theonion.com/article/report-98-percent-of-us-commuters-favor-public-tra-1434

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History and Geography

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