Land Use of Transportation
In this project (joint with Lyndsey Rolheiser of Ryerson University), we develop a theoretical understanding of transportation modes centered around the land used by the transportation network and related tradeoffs. Cars use a tremendous amount of land, but they enable relatively uncoordinated travel (if you own a car, you simply hop in and go—no walking to a bus stop, waiting for the bus, hoping there's room, etc). On the other hand, mass transit uses relatively little land, but requires a tremendous amount of coordination: you can only take the bus for a trip if there's enough other people taking similar trips to secure a regular bus route. (Walking is high capacity *and* requires little coordination, but it's much slower!) This project aims to flesh out this theory and explore its implications in domains like climate change and the governance of public space in a society structured around racism.