I grew up in Tel Aviv and Singapore; subsequently lived in New York, Providence, Vancouver, and Stockholm; and currently live in Paris. I started out as a pure mathematician, with a side interest in urbanism and mass transit that is entirely unrelated to my work; I am now writing about public transit full-time, sometimes here, sometimes at the publications listed in a sidebar on the right. I’ve lived in enough countries that I tend to prefer cross-national comparisons to find the best way to run transportation and deal with other political issues. American political culture tends to be exceptionalist and shy away from such comparisons, and New York political culture even more so; to the extent I’ve said things others have not, it’s often because I was willing to look at what other cities around the first world do.
My email address is alon @ the URL of this blog.