Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Lively City vs. Empty City

According to its transportation network (via # of trips):


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Pay particular attention to the vertical y-axis, what I'm calling contextual impact. The transportation network has certain inputs and outputs, such as cost and infrastructure (input) as well as noise and pollution (output), which form a circular multiplier effect. These outputs reduce the quality of space, meaning reduced safety and desirability. The result is even less pedestrians. As a body politic we then turn and say, "well, there's no pedestrians and we have traffic, build more roads!"

We lose.

We lose:

Our wallets.

Our sanity.

Our quality of life.

Talent looking for a place to live and work.

Businesses looking for places for their employees to live.

Major events looking for a venue.