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April 26, 2008

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This edition of Closer Than We Think on mega-regions of 1975 was published in 1961 - the same year Jean Gottman published his classic, Megalopolis. The text reads:

Tomorrow's map will be vastly different from today's. Great patches over much of it will indicate the super-metropolis cities which are already evolving out of our once-separated urban centers.

The "regional cities" of tomorrow will be nearly continuous complexes of homes, business centers, factories, shops and service places. Some will be strip or rim cities; some will be star-shaped or finger-shaped; others will be in concentric arcs or parallels; still others will be "satellite towns" around a nucleus core. They will be saved from traffic self-suffocation by high-speed transportation - perhaps monorails that provide luxurious nonstop service between the inner centers of the supercities, as well as links between the super-metropolises themselves.

Via Paleo-Future, pointer from Chris Briem.


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hayden fisher

What did ever happen to the mono-rail??

hayden fisher

To answer my own query: http://www.monorails.org/ a site devoted to bringing back the monorail, the uniquely qualified urban transport medium that we should have seen in many more places by now. Sign up and help make it happen!

Whitney Gunderson

I'm just happy to have an Acela system in Bos-Wash! Isn't strange how the U.S. is the richest country in the world, but can't figure out a good, sustanable way for mass transit?

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