Wishful thinking?

June 15, 2008 at 9:33 pm 2 comments

I always love a good plan for a future city, especially one with pretty graphics like this one

The good news about the components of this plan is that it’s a good place to start thinking about how urban areas will be organized in the future.  While algae ponds and vertical farms might be a little far-fetched, the ideas of short-term-use cars and new high-tech forms of mass transit are things that leaders should start looking at and implementing yesterday.  I really love the idea of a pod car beacuse it allows people to maintain that feeling of being in control of their transportation, but it limits that use to a certain area, more specifically the area that we travel the most, which usually includes short trips to shopping, dining, nightlife, or work.

While a lot of these ideas are almost sci-fi in nature, there are many things here that are great for the urban area of today.  Car pods (lol, a boy can hope), rainwater collection, wide use of solar energy, and focused and efficient mass transit are all things all cities (large and small) should be looking at right now. 

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Entry filed under: Economics, environment, technology, Urban Planning. Tags: , , , , .

Bureaucracy at its finest A global trend as seen through my life.

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  • 1. taylorshelton  |  June 16, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Zach-
    again, you’re right. I’ve never looked into the feasibility of pod cars or whether or not anyone is actually trying to make them work (I guess so – at least to some degree). But rain gardens, renewable energy and sustainable transportation are all very much within our reach. We are just stuck in this representative democracy where no matter how much we like the person we elect, they never seem to get it exactly right.

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  • 2. Pod cars, ftw! «  |  June 24, 2008 at 4:02 pm

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