Duet of the Commons: The Impact of Street Cleaning on Car Usage in the New York City Area

Zhan Guo, Peiyi Xu

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Abstract

This article explores the concept of "public commons" and its relationship with travel decisions under a unique setting: street cleaning in the New York City area. Using a natural experimental design, it investigates the impact of street cleaning on car usage for five hundred randomly selected households. Street cleaning encourages car usage for households without off-street parking and discourages car usage for households with off-street parking. The net effect is an increase of vehicle miles traveled by 7.1 percent, at least 27 percent of which is not a mere redistribution from non-street-cleaning days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-48
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013

Keywords

  • New York City
  • car usage
  • natural experiment
  • property rights
  • street cleaning
  • street parking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies

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