World’s cities to expand by more than twice the size of Texas by 2030
At the recent Planet Under Pressure Summit in London this past week the message is build up not out! Meaning move everyone into an urban growth boundary then build up! I’m talking huge multi floor housing complexes that will decrease “urban sprawl!”
The immediate plan is to encourage and “buy up” all the rural areas and build within an established area, an UGB! All amenities within the living area, a greenway running through it, a bike rack to rent a bike to go across town, down the greenway of course. Need a pizza, dry cleaning or a gallon of milk? Well, just go downstairs and indulge!
I see these huge complexes such as those being built in Bradley County as future crime scenes where large communities settle in and out, encompassing a cross cut of the community where crime runs rampant or folks drift in to participate in the “good fortune” of those “fortunate enough” to live in this grand community!
Building up tells me someone is going to lose their property rights! At some point or another new “land use regulations” take over! You know those “regs” that really don’t have a meaning.
Recently planners in London said they were going to use the Manhattan skyline as the model for their Agenda 21 inspired growth plan!
Yep! Just as suspected, in preparation for the next Rio Earth Summit, the plan is to herd everyone into an urban growth boundary, lock the door and throw away the key!
You want it you get it! You sleep, they act! Oh well! At last you weren’t warned! Again, using false science as their guide. Read below.
Building denser cities like Manhattan, not shown, could be the answer!
By Ian Johnston, msnbc.com
Cities worldwide are on track to expand by nearly 580,000 square miles – more than twice the size of Texas – in less than 20 years, according to experts at a major international science conference.
Yale University professor Karen Seto said the North American suburb had “gone global, and car-dependent urban developments are more and more the norm.”
The world’s population is expected to grow from the current 7 billion to about 9 billion by 2050, according to the United Nations.
Experts meeting at the Planet Under Pressure 2012 conference in London said in a statement released by the organizers Tuesday that unless changes were made, “humanity’s urban footprint” would increase in size by 1.5 million square kilometers (nearly 580,000 square miles) by 2030.
This is significantly more than twice the size of Texas or, according to a “back-of-the-envelope calculation” by Seto, more than 43,000 football fields every day for the next 18 years.
”The way cities have grown since World War II is neither socially or environmentally sustainable and the environmental cost of ongoing urban sprawl is too great to continue,” Seto said in the statement.
“People everywhere, however, have increasingly embraced Western styles of architecture and urbanization, which are resource-intense and often not adapted to local climates,” she added. “The North American suburb has gone global, and car-dependent urban developments are more and more the norm.”
Seto was one of the authors of a report in the journal PLoS One about global urban sprawl, along with Michail Fragkias of Arizona State University, who is one of some 2,800 participants at the London conference.
The Planet Under Pressure conference is designed to give an idea of the health of the globe ahead of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June.
Fragkias told msnbc.com that “the answer [to urban sprawl] is denser cities.”
“The main message is we are not going to get away with cities like Phoenix or cities like Los Angeles,” he said. “These are the typical cities of the single-family house, with a huge lot and huge highways that connect various areas of the cities because there is no way you can have an efficient or cheap enough mass transit system to support them.”
Instead, densely populated areas such as Singapore or Manhattan – but not New York City’s surrounding urban sprawl – provided possible models for the future. “If cities can develop in height rather than in width that would be much more preferable and environmentally not as harmful,” Fragkias said.