Any time you go the movies or read a book about the distant future, the scene many times appears to be described like either amageddon or the Jetsons. There is this idea that we’ll be whizzing around in flash two-seaters, alighting onto top decks to access our homes and businesses. And there are never any stop signs. The more I think about it, the less likely this idea of the future seems. Can you imagine the line for security to get into your flash two-seater? TSA would be overwhelmed.
Rather I think the city of the future might look look more like this. Where the outdoors is more and better integrated into our
cities. There is less asphalt and more trees. What type of mobility will be needed to traverse a city like this? Bikes are an answer but they won’t work in place like Houston, Tx. or even Firestone, Co. Or would they? Will we still need to rely on cars but cleaner burning ones? Or will we turn our communities completely around, requiring shops, schools and businesses in every community. Big box becomes small, ubiquitous box? Will corporations allow individuals to work from home? How will cities and counties earn money for roads if fewer people are purchasing fuel?
Once you start thinking about how we live and work and then begin to change a few of those elements, you realize that there are so many dependencies.