Close Encounters of the First Kind

So last week I tweeted that I have yet to see a natural gas vehicle being fueled at the new station which opened up in the Strip District last year to a certain fanfare.

So I was about to compose a post aimed at ferreting out whether there are any owners of non-fleet natural . . . → Read More: Close Encounters of the First Kind

Occupy Nigeria – a reactionary occupy movement?

On January 1st, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonthan put into place a reform that he and key ministers have been discussing for years: he ended a 20-year old subsidy that kept Nigeria’s petrol prices the lowest on the continent. When Nigerians went back to work on Monday, the 2nd, they discovered that not only had . . . → Read More: Occupy Nigeria – a reactionary occupy movement?

China's Future Deconstructed: Holmes vs. Chang

China has become the $5.88 trillion question in the world financial equation for 2012. In an attempt to gauge the direction of this economic elephant, Cambridge House International is asking two China experts to debate the health of the second-largest economy at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference January 22. We called the two . . . → Read More: China’s Future Deconstructed: Holmes vs. Chang

Daily Ranking - Underused Airports

The Infrastructurist has a list of the most underutilized airports in the world.

Yup.

Though I have to say the ‘reason’ they give is pretty misleading.  No mention at all of a few bankruptcies for USAirways and a terminal built to spec for a hub operation they abandoned.

The more things change - energy edition

Some have asked whether I agree with the story earlier in the week on the size of the energy industry in the region.  I have not read it in detail, but without getting into any specific numbers sure I do.  Energy has long been a huge part of the regional economy.  One can argue . . . → Read More: The more things change – energy edition

Jobs and Transit - Transit and Jobs

Historically Pittsburgh has ranked very high in terms of public transit service and usage, but history is history unfortunately.  Take a look at the Pittsburgh profile just out of Brookings looking at spatial mismatch issues here.  We are actually just below average for the percentage of working age residents who live near a transit . . . → Read More: Jobs and Transit – Transit and Jobs

Interesting Readings for June 18, 2010

The Budget Speech of February 2010 had announced a `Technical Advisory Group for Unique Projects’ (TAGUP). The press release about creation of this group is out.

Anil Padmanabhan looks back at year 6 of the UPA.

Heather Timmons and Hari Kumar in the New York Times on the carnage on India’s roads.

NSE does . . . → Read More: Interesting Readings for June 18, 2010

Taxi Companies in Bombay: an Episode in India’s Urban Transportation

The problem

The best thing that you can ask for, in getting around a city, is a comprehensive underground metro system, where a tube station is at worst 200m away from wherever you might be. There is no city in India that has this. While the Delhi Metro is very impressive, it is still . . . → Read More: Taxi Companies in Bombay: an Episode in India’s Urban Transportation

Survival of the Corporate Fittest: The Future of Automotive Companies

Trains Lose

On May 10, 1869, the golden spike was driven home at Promontory Summit, Utah, and the first transcontinental railroad spanned the United States. For the next 60 years railroads were king, moving people, freight and the U.S. mail throughout the nation. By the time the U.S. entered World War I, the railroads . . . → Read More: Survival of the Corporate Fittest: The Future of Automotive Companies