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?