1616: Josh Horwitz

Josh Horwitz is a journalist at Quartz. He subscribed to FoT in January 2015.

1) What change do you want to see in the world of mobility by the end of 2016?

I’d like to see ordinary people each doing their part to make transportation just a little more efficient — and I use that word in the broadest sense. Maybe that means artist-types improving street signage around their city. Maybe that means startups finding more effective ways to utilize vehicles that spend most of their time sitting in the garage. Maybe that means a group of students designing and popularizing a fast and cheap way to get around campus.

2) If you had to drop everything right now and build something that had the greatest impact on mobility, what would it be?

If we’re talking pipe dreams, let’s aim low and target simplest form of mobility — walking. What if we made all of our sidewalks a little wider? Made sure all pedestrian walkways had lighting, and maybe a little greenery so we would enjoy using them more? Made sure every part of the city could be accessed by foot? So much of mobility is thought to revolve around wheels, but what if we focus on our feet instead?

Josh Horwitz Bio
Josh Horwitz is a writer based in the great city of Hong Kong. He’s interested in the emergence of transportation network companies, how they will grow and change as businesses, and how they will interact with governments. His other interests include streaming media and China’s internet. He’d love to hear from you. Feel free to get in touch at jhorwitz111@gmail.com, or on Twitter at @horwitzjosh.

1616 is a compendium of ideas from 16 FoT subscribers about our near-term mobility future. You can read all 16 entries here; you can sign up for FoT here.