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Future City

The Future City

I believe there are several aspects that will define the future ideal city. The city will need to be adaptable. As a network of people, the city functions as an organism. Parts of it are more successful and flourish, while other areas die off and need to re purposed, or rebuilt. To keep the city healthy, several aspects are taken into account.

Population density is a major factor. Keeping the population density high enough that the city feels like its thriving, but low enough that there isn’t overcrowding. Overcrowding raises health, traffic, and wellness concerns. The future city may not totally tackle how to regulate this, but the ideal city might.

Traffic is also a main factor. As of right now, the rate of car ownership(or rental/lease) is too high to be sustainable. The future ideal city will solve this problem. This will likely be solved with a few solutions. First, a thorough network of public transportation. This can be subways, trains, busses, streetcars, etc. As long as it is convenient and efficient, ideally with cleaner energy methods than those of today. Starting now, we can harness energy using the wind created by passing trains. http://thesource.metro.net/2014/03/31/metro-explores-new-green-energy/

There needs to be a change in how we use personal vehicles as well. Better(safer) bike lanes need to be added, and drivers need to be taught how to respect bicycles. The responsibility can’t be completely the bikes. http://bicyclesafe.com/

In terms of personal car transport, I think the Future is moving away from ownership in favor of rideshare companies such as Uber or Lyft. People are now using these taxi services especially in cities where regular taxis are few and far in between. Another alternative is something like Car2Go, where cars are distributed around the city and people can unlock them using an app. They are then rented for a small fee for the duration of their use. When done, the key is left in the car for the next person to use. https://www.car2go.com/US/en/

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Most important, I believe, is that the city be completely walkable. Schools should be within walking distance of the neighborhoods they serve, ideally meaning that school buses are obsolete. (ex. http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/01/17/the-suburb-where-everybody-can-walk-to-school/) Banks, shops, offices, should all be walkable from the neighborhood. The biggest challenge to walkability is grocery stores. These should very much be within walking distance of neighborhoods they serve, as well as possibly having a delivery service. Coming from a family of six, I can’t imagine carrying a week’s worth of groceries home, but this is where the above methods of transport would come into play.

Lakewood, Ohio, a city of 51,000, makes due with no school buses, thanks to thoughtful planning. Image: Lakewood City School District

While our current cities probably won’t be able to be updated to the ideal cities, these factors can help define how we design new developments, neighborhoods, or future cities.