Always Look On The Bright Side of Life (with apologies to Monty Python)
Philadelphians are used to trailing behind other large cities like New York and Washington in polls (attractiveness to immigrants, hip factor, etc.) However, sometimes it is better to be last. In the 2005 Urban Mobility Report compiled by the Texas Transportation Institute, we came in last of 13 very large urban areas with a population of more than 3 million (p.12). What does this mean?
It means we have the least amount of congestion, per person of all large urban areas. Less than New York – less than Atlanta – even less than PHOENIX! With fewer annual delays per traveler there is more time to nosh on dim sum in Chinatown or stroll for objets d’art in Manayunk.
A major factor in quality of life is traffic. It has made such a HUGE negative impact in Atlanta – weekly coverage in local newspapers, consulting with engineers from Los Angeles, people leaving their homes at 5 am to beat rush hour. My parents are even leaving for a small town in Florida to get away from it all.
Three cheers to locals who ride a bike to work, take public transport, or live close to their work!!!