A Hayekian Story About Taxis

9 April 2010 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

| Peter Klein |

No, not taxis, but taxis. You know the old story about colleges placing paved footpaths along the paths already worn down by students, relying on “spontaneous order” to select the best routes across campus? Here’s a similar story involving New York City taxicabs. This New York Times infographic tracks taxi traffic and pick-up/drop-off locations across Manhattan throughout a typical week. You can see where traffic clusters during the weekly commute, on Saturday night, and so on. If the city were going to improve certain roads, build taxi stands, re-time traffic signals, and the like, these data could allow for a sort of Hayekian solution. (Via Cliff Kuang, who provides interesting commentary as usual, including this link to a similar San Francisco project.)

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