The city of the future?
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.
I’ve been traveling for work and have had little time to update my blog, which is a shame. But I’ll be back with it this week as I start up the residential portion of the Green Building course down at CSU this Wednesday. I am really excited about this upcoming class as I hope to learn about things I can do to improve my own home.
I picked up a couple of interesting (and used) books from Amazon recently:
- Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough
- Green to Gold by Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston
The Cradle to Cradle book is interesting as it isn’t actually made from paper but from plastic resins. It feels like waxy paper but it’s water proof and can be reused to make paper.
Tried riding the scooter to work today only to encounter wispy clouds of grey carrying snow. I had to turn around in the drive way. I guess I was a little overly exuberant about the relatively clear weather.
I am signing up for the Seattle to Portland ride in July. I am very excited and pretty psyched about training for a 200 mile event. I am supposed to start putting in the mileage this weekend and if the weather clears I will take my first ride of the year.
I have heard lots of talk from the candidates about including provisions for green jobs in their economic stimulus packages. I wish I knew where to go to find out more information about what that means but I am thrilled to hear the candidates talking that way.