Evenly odd

In Oklahoma City, the number on your house determines the days you can water your lawn: there are more odd days than even days in a year, but so far, nobody has mounted a serious fairness challenge to the ordinance.

Meanwhile in France, something similar was envisioned for the streets of Paris:

Government officials in Paris announced over the weekend that a new plan would go into effect early Monday morning: only about half of the city’s cars would be allowed to drive on any given day. The reason, as you can probably guess, was to reduce the amount of smog in the air.

The plan, however, didn’t make it to Tuesday:

French officials say the rule banning roughly half of Paris’ car traffic from the city’s streets will not be in effect Tuesday.

Minister of Ecology Philippe Martin says 90 percent of Parisian drivers followed the rules [Monday], according to Le Monde. He said new data shows a “clear tendency toward improvement,” citing changes in weather patterns that have contributed to the city’s smog.

This is how the French differ from us: when they backpedal on something, par Dieu, they do it completely.


  1. fillyjonk »

    18 March 2014 · 3:38 pm

    Already feeling anxiety about that kind of plan: what if you had no coworkers or willing friends who had a house with the number scheme opposite yours? (Though of course, Paris has public transport. We don’t. So if some way TPTB thought that was a good scheme, I’d be on shank’s mare half the days….)

  2. CGHill »

    18 March 2014 · 3:47 pm

    I suspect some people will just take their chances. (That situation prevails in the OKC watering plan, in which the fine is higher than Paris collected from wrong-day drivers.)

    This is probably better, though not much better, addressed through a “congestion charge.”

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