Normally, one does a list of the most-read posts of the last year.
But I’ve always tried to write things that would be useful for years, so I’d rather show you the posts that were viewed most often in 2016. I’m delighted that only four of these were written in 2016:
- Does Elon Musk Understand Urban Geometry? (2016) Why tech visionaries miss the obvious when they talk about urban transportation.
- Basics: Walking Distance to Transit (2010). An explainer.
- Sounding the Alarm about Uber’s Impacts on Transit, and on Cities. (2016) The danger of planning cities around unsustainable business models.
- Let’s Quit Pretending About Uber. (2016) A quick flare-up that’s long since resolved. Its the closest I’ve come to clickbait, so of course it got clicks.
- Explainer: The Transit Ridership Recipe (2015). Perhaps our single most essential explainer.
- That Photo That Explains Almost Everything (2011). You’ve seen the photo. I notice a few things in it beyond its first impression.
- Learning from “Mini Metro”. (2014) Geeking out on the best public transit planning game I’ve seen.
- Basics: The Spacing of Stops and Stations. (2010). This turned into Chapter 4 of my book.
- Core vs Edge Debates in Public Transit. (2016) An eternal issue.
- Streetcars: An Inconvenient Truth. (2009) My first controversial post, still starting arguments seven years later.
Remember, this blog is full of old stuff that’s still relevant, notably the “basics” or “explainer” pieces. For links to all of those, see here! This year should remind us all that just because it’s hot off the presses today doesn’t mean it’s either useful or true!