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After reading your previous post on mobility I think you and your readers have gotten really close to closing the place/mobility gap in this conversation but the still missing element that I didn't notice explicitly called out is time (in Years, not minutes). You defined mobility as the number of places that you can get to within a given time frame. This recognizes that there's no greater value in a wider travel "bubble" with fewer destinations versus a smaller bubble with more destinations. What if a transportation intervention increases the number of destinations within an existing bubble over time? Doesn't this have a transportation value? (Of course proving that will happen is a whole different ball of wax.) You're absolutely correct that services aren't necessarily interchangeable however can you really argue that there is a difference between the likelihood of finding desirable destinations by extending the bubble verses increasing the number of destinations in the bubble? Sure if you want to get to that particular restaurant on the other side of town, this is true, but, in the big scheme of things, services come and go within a metro and where they go is dependent on the transportation network. Glad to hear you're likely joining us at CNU. Should be a good conversation.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2011 on imagining cities without mobility at Human Transit
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