EFFECTS OF PUBLIC PROVISION OF ROADS ON THE STRUCTURE AND SIZE OF CITIES

It is argued that public provision of city streets introduces an illusionary reduction in the costs of urban transportation, and that this distorts the spatial pattern of land use and land prices in cities. The direction of this distortion is such that it favors use of peripheral land at the expense of land in central locations. The downward bias in the price of urban transportation introduces an upward bias in the size of cities. Because the prices that people face do not reflect the full cost of transportation, too many people are attracted to big cities. The phenomenon discussed here is a long-term one -- an externality which is imposed in the long run when the capacity of the roads is variable.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Pion Limited

    207 Brondesburg Park
    London NW2 5JN,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Borukhov, E
  • Publication Date: 1975-5

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  • Accession Number: 00098579
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1981 12:00AM