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Old 14.10.2021, 16:04
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Re: 30kph in towns/cities survey

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Talked with some work colleagues that know a bit more about this, its their job.
Their worry is the unintended consequences. If commuting times become longer, living outside the city becomes less attractive, even more people than today would like to live in the city and no surprise at all....even higher rent. The whole thing can make the city less livable when the goal was to make it livable in first place....
Also being involved in those discussions as this is (sometimes) part of my job: the point of this measure is to make commuting with cars less attractive inside the city, for all dwellers, those from in and out of the city. It will be less affecting long distance traveling.
The arguments is kind of funny, it will just lover the prices in places with worse public transport connection and raise in those with better, irrespective if that place is in the city or outside of it. The attractive areas are already going through a process of densification and will be still going in the future. Less personal transport is one of the strategies how to keep a quality life there. Tools to lower the rent does not include more unregulated market.
At the same time many small towns and villages in Switzerland do want to keep their way of life and don't have much interest in becoming part of another satellite urban sprawl or that their way of life is changed too much by city dwellers who romanticize life in the land, there are many initiatives about it.
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