Jonathan Richmond’s Publications

My MIT disseration in official thesis format came to 731 pages and looked ugly. I was on the student newspaper, The Tech, and had access to typesetting equipment that would both compress the document and make it look more attractive. After hours of producing shiny film that had to be cut to size with knives and pasted up with hot wax, the document you see here was ready. And, I'm happy to say that the MIT Library accepted this as the official copy of the thesis even though it departed heavily from normal layout specifications.

Links to a selection of my publications and other online resources are included here (fuller listing available in my resume).

Academic Thesis Work

Master’s thesis at MIT. Perpetuum Mobile — AMTRAK: The Original Sin,1981.

Doctoral Dissertation at MIT. Transport of Delight — The Mythical Conception of Rail Transit in Los Angeles, 1991.

Recommendation letter by doctoral dissertation supervisor, Professor Donald A. Schön.


The Private Provision of Public Transport, Summary and Conclusions. Taubman Center for State and Local Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2001. ISBN 0-9709022-0-4. Review by John Allen in Journal of the American Planning Association.

A book based on an updated and revised version of my MIT dissertation Transport of Delight — The Mythical Conception of Rail Transit in Los Angeles published by the University of Akron Press, 2005. Reviews by Donald Shoup in Journal of the American Planning Association, and James Smart in Technology and Culture.

Refereed Academic Articles

Introducing Philosophical Theories to Urban Transportation Planning or Why All Planners Should Practice Bursting BubblesSystems Research, Vol. 7, No. 1. March 1990: 47-56.

Simplicity and Complexity in Design for Transportation Systems and Urban Forms.” Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 17, No. 3. Spring 1998: 220-230.

The Mythical Conception of Rail Transit in Los Angeles.” Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Vol. 15, No. 4, Winter 1998: 294-320. Article based on my doctoral dissertation.

A Whole-System Approach to Evaluating Urban Transit Investments.” Transport Reviews, Vol. 21, No. 2. April – June 2001: 141-179.

Bringing Critical Thinking to the Education of Developing Country Professionals.” International Education Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, April 2007:1-29.

Transporting Singapore — The Air-Conditioned Nation.” Transport Reviews, Vol. 28, No. 3, May 2008: 357-390.

Other Academic Journal Publications

Ed. Martin Wachs, Ethics in Planning. Book review in Journal of the American Planning Associationi>. Summer 1986: 370-371.

Ed. Susan Hanson, The Geography of Urban Transportation, 2nd Edition. Book review in Journal of Planning Education and Research. Vol. 16, No. 2. Winter, 1996: 155-156.

Donald Schön — A Life of Reflection.” Wrote contribution and edited compilation of submissions from ACSP conference session in honor of Prof. Schönís memory. Journal of Planning Literature. Vol. 13, No. 1. August 1998: 3-10.

Flyvbjerg, Bent et. al., Megaprojects and Risk. Book review in Planning Theory, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2005, p. 115-119.

Learning from Mel.” Mel Webber 1920-2006. Special Issue, Access, Winter 2006-2007: 27-28.

Schrag, Zachary M. The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro. Book review, Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol. 30, No. 5, 2008: 583-585.

Publications — Other Academic

Choices for Mobility Enhancement in the Greenbush Corridor — A Review. Taubman Center for State and Local Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. October 1999.

Course Outlines from UCLA (Spring term 1994).

Thought and Action in Planning: The Case of Transportation Planning in Los Angeles (graduate course).

Transportation Geography (undergraduate course).

Consulting Reports

Slicing The Cake — The Case for a Los Angeles – San Diego Bullet Train Service. Prepared for City of Tustin, California, August 15, 1983.

Mauritius Transport Consensus Forums — Briefing to the Hon. Members of the Cabinet. Government of Mauritius, September 28, 2006.

Editorial/Opinion Articles

Ethical Tools More Useful than Rules.” Technology Review. May, 1989.

The Costly Triumph of Ideology.” Editorial article. Los Angeles Times. January 21, 2001.

A Bangla Language of Government.” Editorial Article. The Daily Star, Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 27, 2007.

A Memorable Evening at Shilpakala Academy.” Editorial Article. The Daily Star, Dhaka Bangladesh, December 21, 2009.

Reaching Mutual Agreements on Jakarta’s Transportation Modes.” Editorial article. Jakarta Globe, November 16, 2017.

Arts Reviews/Articles

Soviet artist Bashmet makes whole new instrument out of the viola.” Christian Science Monitor, March 23, 1988.

Musical tribute to a betrayed hero. ‘Estrella,’ new Peter Child cantata, tells story of a Nicaraguan martyr.” Christian Science Monitor, December 15, 1988.

Music Weekends Make an ‘Experience.’ Christian Science Monitor, March 23, 1989.

In Pursuit of Beethoven’s Own Sound.” Christian Science Monitor, April 10, 1989.

Norrington’s Reading of ‘Idomeneo’ Was Highlight at Boston’s Orgy of Ancient Music.” Christian Science Monitor, July 11, 1989.

Are Beethoven’s Metronome Markings Dependable Guides to Tempos? — Some Doubt It.” Christian Science Monitor, April 3, 1990.

 ‘Authentic’ Speeded-Up Beethoven Lacks Depth.” Christian Science Monitor, April 3, 1990.

The Virtues — And Traps — Of Early Music.” Christian Science Monitor, June 17, 1991.

Lowell House Opera: Yossele Solovey: Work of genius.” The Tech, March 12, 1999.

Old Media, New Spirit?” Opera, June 2003.

A Musical Construction.” Daily Star Magazine, Dhaka, November 13, 2009: 30-31.

Treading the enlightened path. Music festival in honour of Shah Abdul Karim.” Daily Star, Dhaka, March 10, 2010.

Review of Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles in Mauritius. Opera, December 2009.

The Vic is in Full Swing.” The Nation, Bangkok, December 20, 2010.

Somtow gives death the last laugh. Siam Opera takes a dark turn in a powerful production of ‘Savitri’ by Gustav Holst.” The Nation, Bangkok, December 20, 2010.

Meherjaan on tour. Daily Star, Dhaka, November 16, 2011.

Angkor Dance Troupe’s Apsara Dancing Stones.” Boston Phoenix, November 2, 2012.

Somtow transcendent. ‘The Silent Prince’ is a stunning opera — and a lesson for our times.” The Nation, Bangkok, December 11, 2012.

A Royal Play Raised High. ‘Viva Phra Samut’ at the Vic Hua Hin restores joy and meaning to Rama VI’s old story.” The Nation, Bangkok, December 17, 2012.

Review of Bizet’s Carmen in Tijuana, Mexico. Opera, January 2013.

Strange Creatures Come to Life. Chiang Mai thrills to the best of Southeast Asian puppetry.” The Nation, Bangkok, February 28, 2013.

Review of Verdi’s Otello in Bangkok. Opera, June 2013.

Review of Beethoven’s Fidelio in Milwaukee. Opera, February 2014.

Angkor Dance expresses drama through subtlety.Lowell Sun, November 11, 2015.

UML gives urban dance a spin.Lowell Sun, December 17, 2015.

Review of Puccini’s Tosca in Milwaukee. Opera, January 2016.

Hang’s Pin Panhchapor a masterpiece performance by Angkor Dance.Lowell Sun, November 23, 2016.


Greeting card showing extracurricular activities with students from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.


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