Stuck

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.

3 thoughts on “Stuck

  1. I definitely know the feeling, everyday, in Manila. It took me one and a half hour from airport to home in 7:15am traffic. In the US, i am thinking 15 minutes will be more than enough for the distance. That is why I actually need to hire a driver. The outlook is not promising and the Manila traffic would ever make it to the New Yorker either…

  2. New Yorker did another article a few years ago on the amount of time people spent on their commute. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/04/16/070416fa_fact_paumgarten?currentPage=all

    the interesting things i remember from the article was that Atlanta’s commute nightmare proved that contrary to intuition building ever wider road will only make commute worse, wont solve traffic problem. fascinating.

    never say never, JoyMocha MM, SE Asia is just as interesting if not more so than Atlanta, Georgia! fingers crossed. meanwhile i did find this letter from maila from new yorker archive. 🙂 http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1976/05/03/1976_05_03_083_TNY_CARDS_000317156

  3. So ironic, how fast that another incident put Manila back to the front page, and it is so shamefully stupid and unbelievably inefficient and poorly handled in every senses.

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