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How Amazon’s ‘invisible’ hand can shape your city

Patrick Sisson, Curbed

It begins with boxes. For most people who order goods from Amazon—with nearly half of U.S. households enrolled in the company’s Prime program, that’s quite a few of us—interactions with the Seattle e-commerce giant start with a search and a click, and end with a delivery. 

SCTL Center Director Anne Goodchild discusses the Urban Freight Lab and is quoted on the importance of factoring in freight delivery congestion in city planning: 

Freight doesn’t appear to exist in urban planning, and that’s a problem. Most people look at public transit and mobility, but they don’t appear to be living in a physical world. How can they plan complete streets when the words ‘freight delivery’ [aren’t] used? It’s like a transit system where you didn’t plan for the bus stops. We all know we’re bringing more and more goods into the city, but there’s no programmatic way to account for what they’re delivering and when. We need scientific, data-driven, systematic views of urban freight analysis and planning.