The case for central planning?

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My friend/co-worker Leon (a native of Shanghai) asked me recently why it takes so long to build commuter train lines here in the US. Then, coincidentally, Conrad Hackett of Pew Research posted on Twitter today about subway evolution in Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro.

In the image below, I’ve borrowed from Conrad’s image and added a scale map of Seattle’s subway. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do in the next 2 years!

subway evolution - Seattle vs Shanghai

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