Richard Florida defines 7 strategic pillars for a more productive urbanism in his book The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, And Failing the Middle-Class – And What We Can Do About It.
The innovations and strategies in Driving Tomorrow actively support each of the 7 pillars of Richard Florida’s strategy. Together these innovations provide a comprehensive system for convenient, efficient, low-cost living for everyone. One key objective of these innovations is equality: everyone can use the system: people with disabilities, children, and everyone pressed for money.
Pillar 1: Make clustering work for us and not against us: Chapter 8 of Driving Tomorrow describes Linear Cities combining clustering and convenience for everyone with spacious surroundings. Linear Cities, and the other innovations described in Driving Tomorrow, dramatically reduce the cost of housing, both initial cost and ongoing operation Chapter 16 describes Intentional Communities that cluster people with complementary goals and skills. Chapter 17 describes rapid reuse of space further improving economy and clustering.
Pillar 2: Invest in the infrastructure for density and growth: Chapter 4 of Driving Tomorrow describes a comprehensive systemof efficient, autonomous transportation, from personal mobility vehicles, to nested smaller vehicles, to highspeed convoy vehicles. Chapter 5 describes enclosed Autonomous-Ways sized for different transportation applications, and providing power directly to vehicles, thus eliminating heavy batteries. Autonomous-Ways also enclose pipes, wires and other infrastructure, significantly reducing costs. Chapter 6 describes a technique for implementing efficient, non-stop transportation. Continuous Convoys achieve high capacity, more than 10 times cars, while using less than 10% of the energy of cars. Chapter 7 describes a system of Autonomous Elevators providing fast, efficient service using less floor space. Chapter 9 describes a navigation system optimizing autonomous motion indoors around people, as well as for high speeds. This comprehensive infrastructure system forms the physical and service foundation for efficient Linear Cities.
Pillar 3: Build more affordable rental housing: Chapter 10 of Driving Tomorrow further reduces the cost of living with innovations for integrated energy management, recycling and other techniques for sustainable living. Inside buildings and campuses, as overlays on existing areas, or as new cities, the innovations create new living space at much lower costs, so affordable rental space is available. Other work beyond the scope of Driving Tomorrow includes ownership and management options that can provide rental space, and subsidies.
Pillar 4: Turn low-wage service jobs into middle-class work: Chapter 11 of Driving Tomorrow identifies business opportunities created by implementing and using these innovations. Chapter 12 identifies opportunities to transform service work into more rewarding work creating and using the innovations in local communities. For example, low-cost transportation enables people to sell directly to customers instead of working in service jobs.
Pillar 5: Tackle poverty by investing in people and places: The Intentional Communities described in Chapter 16 provide mutual support and expertise to help in the transition from poverty to rewarding activities. Chapter 18 describes learning opportunities for everyone from young children through seniors. Partnering seniors with young children develops the language and other skills needed for a happy productive life, while using seniors’ knowledge and skills productively and giving them ongoing support. Safe transportation enables learners to move to effective, enjoyable opportunities rather than being confined to a classroom. An Open Learning Resource Network matches learners with resources to best achieve their goals. Chapter 19 describes techniques using the innovations to improve everyone’s health and reduce potential for drug abuse and other health challenges.
Pillar 6: Lead a global effort to build prosperous cities: Driving Tomorrow is a call for the entire world to adopt sustainable cities, and the economic and technology drivers to help realize them. Chapter 20 identifies economic drivers for the inevitable change to take advantage of these types of innovations. Responding to a request from a friend Japan, we proposed near-term approaches to aid seniors, applying the innovations in Driving Tomorrow to metropolitan, suburban and rural areas.
Pillar 7: Empower Cities and Communities: Chapters 13-15 describe approaches to the social, security, privacy, and political challenges of the transition to the innovative future described in Driving Tomorrow. The Conclusion identifies near-term opportunities to begin the changes. Senior living and health facilities are rapidly growing needs with the economic power to implement the innovations within buildings and campuses. Seaside communities, airports, over-crowded highways, and package delivery overlays offer more opportunities to get started.
Thus, we believe the innovations described in Driving Tomorrow are an excellent match for the needs and strategy in Richard Florida’s New Urban Crisis.
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