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Transportation in ultra-dense urban areas.

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  • Alan Grimes
    One of the biggest problems in ultra-dense urban areas such as Manhattan, is transportation. The streets and subways are always packed. The taller buildings
    Message 1 of 2 , May 21, 2005
      One of the biggest problems in ultra-dense urban areas such as
      Manhattan, is transportation. The streets and subways are always packed.

      The taller buildings also have a problem getting people to all of the
      floors because they are essentially filled and emptied each day.

      A possible solution to this problem is to build a new network of
      public streets at intervals of twenty floors above the ground.

      Something like this was presented in the classic movie, Metropolis,
      where many of the roads were extremely high off the ground.

      The first deck could probably be made to support compact cars... --
      though parking and elevator service would be issues, the second deck
      could support light-weight open vehicles such as golf-carts. (provided
      wind isn't an insurmountable issue, the third deck could provide
      pedestrian service...

      Anyway, I gotta stop thinking about this cuz I need to do other
      things... =P
    • cmwillett57
      That would be very interesting, and probably make traffic a little less intense. However, in cities that have a sidewalk level and a second-story sidewalk
      Message 2 of 2 , May 31, 2005
        That would be very interesting, and probably make traffic a little
        less intense. However, in cities that have a sidewalk level and a
        second-story sidewalk level (typically indoors) among buildings,
        critics have found that the upper-class people typically get to use
        the second-storey walk and the poorer people are left at street level.
        Your proposal for outdoor roads and sidewalks might prevent this though.
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