Each year I’m interested to see which posts have gotten the most attention. Note: This list shows the most popular post in 2021, not the most popular posts written then. As you can see, many of my older posts remain useful and popular for years. And if you are just starting to explore this blog, the place to start is the Basics posts!)
- That Photo That Explains Almost Everything (2011). You’ve seen the photo. I notice a few things in it beyond its first impression.
- The Dangers of Elite Projection (2017). This is one of my most useful posts ever, about a basic mistake that’s everywhere in city planning. It’s an example of my attempt to talk very patiently and inclusively about a difficult topic that makes people very emotional.
- The Power and Pleasure of Grids (2010). An explanation of why grid transit networks are so effective. This showed up in Chapter 13 of my book.
- Basics: The Spacing of Stops and Stations. (2010). This turned into Chapter 4 of my book.
- Basics: Walking Distance to Transit. (2010).
- Access, or the Wall Around Your Life (2021). My most important 2021 piece by far, in which I talk about a new way to measure public transit’s success Glad to see it on top of the 2021 stack. Keep promoting it!
- US Commuter Rail: What It Is and What It Could Be. (2021)
- Fixing US Transit Requires Service, not just Infrastructure (2021). The usual warning about US Federal public transit spending.
- San Francisco: A Forbidden Fantasy Comes True (2020). A minor post about a transformation of San Francisco’s rail network.
- The Problem of School Transportation (2017). Why don’t transit agencies serve schools in just the way they need? Here’s the answer.
And a few important ones that are just outside the top ten:
- The Bus Driver Shortage is an Emergency (2021). Speaks for itself.
- Should Bus Rapid Transit be Open or Closed? (2021) The biggest question about BRT that most people aren’t thinking about.
A very sensible selection, readers, by you and the publications that linked here! Honored to have such a thoughtful audience.
Happy New Year.