Eric Jaffe

Eric Jaffe is a contributing writer to The Atlantic Cities and the author of The King's Best Highway: The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route That Made America. He lives in New York.

America could double its gas tax and it would still be incredibly low

And yet opposition to raising it remains fixed and fierce.

Gas is only cheap because we haven’t raised taxes in 20 years

A gas tax that fully corrected for the social impact of car reliance would upend life as we know it.

What’s more likely to kill you: A car crash or vehicle emissions?

The answer actually surprised us.

When adding bike lanes actually reduces traffic delays

In New York, smart street design helped the city have its safety and its speed, too.

No, bike lanes don’t hurt retail business

They may even bring in more customers, according to a recent Seattle case study.

Do cities really take the lead on climate change?

Cities tend to adopt easier policies first, according to a new report.

Why New York’s Sandy commission recommendations matter

When it comes to weather patterns along New York's coasts, there's a terrifying new normal. A state commission attempts to chart a course in unfamiliar territory.