March 01, 2018 – The Role of Urban Accessibility in Household Decisions

Date: March 01, 2018

Presenter: Mr. He He

Supervisor: Professor Chris Zegras (MIT: DUSP)


Abstract: Improved access to jobs, services, and amenities is fundamental to why people live in cities
and why cities exist. The concept of access – or “accessibility” – has gained traction in recent
decades in urban and transportation planning, where it is becoming increasingly prevalent in project
appraisals. However beyond cost-benefit analyses, accessibility plays a important role in people’s
residential location and vehicle ownership choices. Understanding this relationship is critical to
urban policy-making and transportation investments, e.g. land value capture financing schemes, and
more broadly, understanding how cities evolve physically and spatially over time.


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