Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Another Reason for Spiky Cities


Another reason some cities are becoming spiky (I believe) is that the cities need to become more densely populated but further apart for the next wave of transportation. The magnetic levitation train will take people from one end of the country to the other much faster than airplanes, and with less vulnerability to weather. They will not be powered by oil.

Consider this:

  • the average speed of a person walking is 3 mph
  • the average speed of a car driven is 30 mph
  • the average speed of an airplane flying 300 mph

The next “link” is the magnetic levitation train, and will eventually travel at about 3,000 mph!!

Therefore, subconsciously people are migrating for their own selfish reasons, but the result serves the trend.

Sent by Jim

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3 Responses to “Another Reason for Spiky Cities”

  1. Libby Says:

    Fascinating technology but, good grief, that speed is downright frightening!

  2. Jim H Says:

    As a follow-up to this thread, they’ve been on the drawing board for 40 years but the politicos have finally approved routes for the 500kph maglev trains to replace bullet trains: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nb20081022a1.html

    Lawrence Weinstein’s page on maglevs [odu.edu]: http://www.physics.odu.edu/~weinstei/srhr/maglev-1/talberts.htm

    Super Trains: Plans to Fix U.S. Rail Could End Road & Sky Gridlock
    With airports and highways more congested than ever, new steel-wheel and maglev lines that move millions in Europe and Japan have the potential to resurrect the age of American railroads: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/transportation/4232548.html?page=2

  3. Ken Says:

    I don’t entirely follow your logic. Shouldn’t it be the case that the 3,000 mph train comes first followed by clustering around it. If 3,000 mph transportation comes, would it be an effect of spikiness, rather than a cause of spikiness when the train doesn’t even exist yet.

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