Read an article in a recent New Yorker magazine on traffic of Moscow:”Stuck“. It reminded me of Beijing. The similarity amazes me. How both countries, after their corresponding rigid communist central planning years, their capital both decided to abandon all concepts of urban planning and embrace “market” when it comes to car and road. Yet, results of the before and after seem to have some similarities too.
We’ve been here before. The cars standing in endless lines on the crowded Moscow streets: they resemble nothing so much as the people who used to wait in endless lines outside the Moscow stores for Polish coats, Czech shoes, and, famously, toilet paper. Now, more comfortably, they wait for the light. They are willing to endure all manner of humiliation to keep driving.