|Delivery, distancing, and retreat from public space|
|Waggish takes on autoism and social distancing|
Delivery services seem useful, but threaten to accelerate the erosion of brick-and-mortar stores and restaurants. They also shift to contractors and lower-wage, lower-benefit employment, and in our current circumstances erode the safety net.
As people avoid transit, there are concerns the reduction in farebox revenue will cause reductions in service that could persist. Cherriots' consultant Jarrett Walker notes, "Preliminary and unpublished numbers shared with me by two US West Coast agencies showed ridership losses of 30-50% from pre-crisis levels." That's alarming.
|Hiking depends on autoism|
It will be interesting to read what Strong Towns finally has to say. They have flirted over the years with austerity and the gold standard, been wary of Keynesianism. But right now is a time for stimulus and the expansion of the safety net. This is when we need a big and strong government - like a fully funded CDC. (See "Running out of Options," "When Money Dies," "Financial Deformation," and "Understanding Growth," for example. If city budgets are more like household budgets with regard to debt, national budgets are somewhat different, but the tendency at Strong Towns is to treat them with the same deficit hawk approach as if they operated the same way. This crisis may clarify some things for a Strong Town approach.)