- A city is an economy embodied
- An economy is social and financial exchange
- In-person exchange is encoded in our DNA
- In-person exchange is always more beneficial than digital, but not always more necessary
- The internet is better as a tool aiding in-person exchange than it is a substitute.
- Car-dependent exchange networks and movement is effectively a tax of distance, infrastructure, and energy. Qualitatively and quantitatively.
- There is very little chance any economy can sustain itself willfully taxing itself unnecessarily.
- These dynamics take a generation or two to play themselves out, hence Mumford's quote: "necropolis is near yet no stone has yet crumbled."
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I just wrote these down in my notes to help clarify my thoughts a bit, so I might as well post them. I accept them as defensible and acceptable truisms