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Measuring the Failure of Planning and Its Impact on Sustainable Travel in Dublin, Ireland

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  • Simon McDonnell

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    (Furman Centre for Real Estate and Urban Policy, New York University, 139 MacDougal Street, Room 207, New York, NY 10012, USA)

  • Brian Caulfield

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    (Department of Civil Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin,)

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    Abstract

    With the end of the recent housing boom in Dublin, Ireland, it is perhaps a good time to analyze how the commuting and development patterns have been impacted by this unprecedented level of housing construction in recent years. In this research, the authors focus specifically on the commuting patterns of those individuals living in the newest housing stock to see how these patterns adhere to the Irish government’s stated transportation and sustainability goals. Data from the 2006 Census of Ireland is used to explore the commuting patterns of individuals living in the four counties that make up Dublin who lived in the most recently constructed housing stock (built between 2001 and 2006, constituting almost one fifth of all housing units in Dublin). The results demonstrate that the latter populations were more likely to have longer commute times and to depart earlier to get to work. The findings also suggest that, despite ambitious government level goals, housing built during the property boom was more likely to be in low-density areas.

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    Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Energies.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 5 (April)
    Pages: 727-740

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jeners:v:4:y:2011:i:5:p:727-740:d:12225

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    1. Commins, Nicola & Nolan, Anne, 2011. "The determinants of mode of transport to work in the Greater Dublin Area," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 259-268, January.
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