Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Accounting for Urban Decentralization

Urban areas are expected to continue growing in population, but or that population to disperse themselves radically into the surrounding countryside. Fast cheap and clean transportation, telebusiness, and energy decentralization will allow this to become the best way for cities to develop.

Transportation and urban environments are closely tied. Building greenspace in urban zones will decrease the pollution caused by conventional driving and make cities more pleasant to look at. More lightly constructed urban environments will proivide more pleasant neighborhoods and less crowded spaces with more opportunity for healthy lifestyles and economic activity. Ideally transportation will increase in speed and efficiency to make getting around these broader, less dense cities also less time consuming, bringing people closer together faster without the need to pile them on top of one another and edge out the environment.

Decentralized warehouse space will replace conventional direct outlet trucking. Maglev trains will also reduce the average trucking distance. Internet commerce will reduce the number of commutes a citizen must make in a day and provide more secure and convenient commerce, without the business expense of a store. This method can also be used to reduce commercial real estate and replace some commercial zones with residential spaces or greenspace.

Transportation will take a different role in life in the coming years. It will no longer be necessary to have a vehicle to get to many jobs or to do business with most enterprises. Society will enable more transportation efficiency through changes in commerce and shipping and increase in social and business transportation support.

Fuel oils will become less important as energy decentralizes and vehicles shift away from reliance on oil. Production of goods and business and economic growth will become less reliant per unit of work on fuel and electricity, to the benefit of business and society. International fuel arrangements will shift and decrease as technology changes to allow regional areas to become more able to produce their own energy and fuel sources. This will aid in the construction of go-anywhere public transit and business transit, and non/low-transportation business and shipping systems.

We at the Transit Authority will never be out of a job, as people will always travel and rely on assistance to do it, but our jobs may become much easier, and yours too! Amen.


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