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Residential Location, Land Use and Transportation: The Neglected Role of Nonwork Travel

Bumsoo Lee, Peter Gordon, James E. Moore, II, and Harry W. Richardson
Simple introspection as well as accumulating evidence from academic research suggests that a core idea of urban economists, that journeys-to-work dominate households’ choice of residential location, is suspect (Giuliano and Small, 1993). Indeed, our own recent research identifies neighborhood characteristics (attractions) that help to explain longer commutes; we found very few neighborhood types that would help to explain a shorter journey to work (Gordon et al., 2005). Also, findings that reveal the relative importance of non-work activities and trips, some of which may be amenable to more flexible scheduling and/or are less essential, also inform the long-running discussion about the potential power of peak-load road pricing to reduce highway congestion.