It's Time to Learn from The Brits


A street in London built on a human scale. Photo by dnlb2.

The BBC has run a piece by Dermot Finch, the director of Centre for Cities, which argues that UK cities have a lot to teach their Trans-Atlantic neighbors on subjects such as suburban sprawl and traffic. Finch’s argument is broken into four categories:

  • Tackling Gridlock
  • Keeping Town and City Centers Alive
  • How to Beat Suburban Sprawl
  • Lavishing Attention on Cities

Of course one of Finch’s main points is about congestion charging, which has boosted revenue for mass transit by 125 million pounds.

To read more than the BBC article, check out this study done with the Brookings Institute.

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