Nimble Cities

Slate wants your ideas! They want to know how you would move people efficiently, safely, and in a pleasurable way.  Then they want you to vote on the best submission.  Its called Nimble Cities, the second part of their Hive series.  The first part in the series focused on ways to live in a cheaper, more energy efficient way.  It was called The Efficient Life.  Submissions can be viewed here.  The current project, intended as a collaborative process, looks to collect thoughts from around the world on how  to create more nimble cities.  They point out that a majority of the world’s population is moving to cities and will continue to do such well into the future.
The world is moving to cities for the reasons they always have: because cities are centers of opportunity, of social connection, of innovation. But social mobility requires real mobility, and the cities that will succeed will be those with the fastest flow of ideas and the most efficient and robust links between people. (original article)
Some of the ideas that have already been suggested include:
  • Improve intercity rail system – create a reliable, comfortable European-style intercity rail network.
  • Graduated gas tax – incentivize carpooling by instituting a graduated gas tax.
  • Lots of little cities – ditch the idea of large urban metropolises.
What are your ideas?
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2 Responses to Nimble Cities

  1. unexppp says:

    I agree, there needs to be some accessibility to cars. Removing it all together in pedestrian type mall environments can be very harmful to the success of the retail spaces. However, we need to improve how we price parking, while continuing to promote alternatives and improve mobility. The car should be an option, not the only option. Dense urban environments make dining, shopping accessible for people to walk or bike because of proximity. Continuing to encourage walkability will give people a reason to gradually move away from always driving their car.

  2. ntomlinson says:

    My understanding is there’s a lot of money to be had from the U.S. government for rapid rail funding, but I think it’s restricted to longer, inter-city runs, such as Los Angeles to San Francisco.

    Here’s a roundup article on how cities are ditching the automobile, with or without a gas tax!

    Auto Immune: Cities Convert Streets into Pedestrian, Cyclist and Mass Transit Thoroughfares
    http://tiny.cc/fj2kd

    Something like the opposite of “if you build it, they will come” … if you make dense urban environments virtually inaccessible to cars, it’s been shown that they’ll stay away!

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