The Irresistible Urge to Build Cities From Scratch

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Article from Bloomberg that offers visions of master planned mega cities.  The article details why so many of these ego driven fantasies are not succeeding and concludes that it may be the result of poor economics, or poor location, or poor design or even misguiding the impact of driverless cars could have on urban planning.

There is nothing in the article about issues of climate change exacerbation – meaning that building these cities is extremely carbon intensive – or habitat destruction or peak oil or social inequality or anything else that will ensure that these places will always be failures.

We dont get a do over as the impending catastrophe looms.  We go into that future with the cities we have.  Imagine all the positives that could have been if energy and resources weren’t squandered on these places, places that will be unlivable very soon.

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