Thursday, December 20, 2012

Bullet Points

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

  • 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."