Monday, August 27, 2018

Planned Cities

Here's a good design for a city. Buses run on all the main streets, which are all numbered or lettered. There isn't any need for a transit center. The need for separate school buses would be minimized. Some areas usually aren't serviced by school buses. Here, these students wouldn't need to drive or get rides from their parents, thereby reducing traffic. All of the main streets go through without obstruction. No one way streets. This would be located several miles from an interstate(s). A highway would run around zone C.

Someone could get from any point in the city to any other point with a maximum of one bus transfer and a total maximum walk of about one half mile. The average walk in this instance would be about a quarter mile total.

Within the central area, zone A, there wouldn't be any private autos. Everything else: bikes, motorcycles, rideshares, commercial vehicles, etc. There would be parking areas at the perimeter of zone A at all main streets. Big box stores would be placed in zone C.

Ideally, the buses would be free, perhaps paid for through sales taxes or commercial property taxes. They could be subsidized through commercial property taxes because employers wouldn't need to pay workers as much. This would improve ridership and improve ride times. There would be less traffic in all zones, which would also improve ride times. Shelters at the stops would be ideal.

Affordable housing would be a key feature. Liberal residential zoning would facilitate things like micro lofts with minimal square footage requirements. Minimum square footage requirements for single family residences would be about 500 square feet, maybe 900 for duplexes. There could be provisions for tiny house villages, and excessive, cost prohibitive building codes would be discouraged.

A place like this has a low HUT index, or housing + utilities + transportation costs. It is designed around people, as opposed to individual self-interests.

A design like this is completely practical. Nowadays there are rideshares, delivery services and better communications. Stress would be lowered because there's less traffic and it is easy to navigate. Here, someone wouldn't really need a car. If she/he had one, they wouldn't need to drive as much, thereby saving on fuel and service costs. There's another thing that's gone way up. Repairs are expensive, and it is difficult for someone to work on their own vehicle. Where a household might have two cars, here they might only want one.

It would be nothing for a few tech companies to get together with a couple of healthcare companies, perhaps, and banks and develop something like this in someplace like Iowa, Alabama or Missouri, where they could use some development. This would take some of the pressure off an over-developed place like Silicon Valley. Tech companies have a lot of money, they could send their employees out to the Rockies to play, if that was an issue.

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