11/21/12

We live in square mile wastelands everywhere I go I see the open spaces moulder in the sun

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We live in square mile wastelands
Everywhere I go
I see the open spaces
like ruins left to moulder 'neath the sun
And I see built around them
the relics of a past where
building was corrupted
retro
and where we treated people
like things
or consumers
fish mouths open 
sucking in the detritus of
our dismal plastic sea
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I see these square mile wastelands 
turning into stadiums
not for teams of Yankees
but for all of us to live in
walk in
work in'
enjoy in
to get education in
to lie sick in bed in
 a block or so from home
to go to school in 
in 100 separate places 
to spawn new economies
to be sheltered from the flood storms
impervious to wind storms
Where public is so nice
that folk just want to sit there
and write their thoughts on tables
eat there
drink there
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I see a rising cluster
of such new communities
filling up these lost and desolate square miles
half medieval cities
half  pre-fab custom spaces
where walls are thin as paper
sound proof as castle walls 
Where stairs give way
to rising ways
and trafficked streets give way
to walks
Where the commute
is over
because any work space anywhere
connects with spaces anywhere
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Yes I see all these things like
others who see forward when they
pass these wasteland places
and reflect that they
are but the harbingers of something bold and new
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Dear Jeff Bezos, here's your big idea. You can do this.


Jeff Bezos - Forbes http://buff.ly/Y2ja8R

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Jeff you told Charlie Rose you wanted to do something
no one else has done
Alright
Do this

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Hire a team to design a prototype of
what I have called a cyber-community
A diverse multi-purpose community 
of around 10K persons  
car-free 
with urban amenities 
where one lives and works and recreates. 
The design should have the following components
The community should be compact 
no more than a mile from side to side
It should have no stairs
and no more than four levels
It should be built to withstand flood
fire and extreme weather
It should generate and distribute 
the bulk of its own energy
It should collect much of its energy 
in the form of wind and sun
It  should be prefabricated
Its surfaces and walls
should be smart and dupllicable
and easily replaceable
A cyber community
of this sort would have
residences and work spaces
and all the public and commercial
elements we associate with urban life
scaled to the needs of the particular community
Stores would be cyber-kiosks 
where one could access all products
on a large screen
and order them for delivery
Public facilities would be used in common
There would be a public square every 100 yards or so

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Once you get the design and build a model
you will be able to market this as
the wave of an ecologically sane future
When you build your next data center
build one of these

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There is much more on cyber-communities
on this little blog
Believe me Jeff
the person who makes
properly-scaled
integral sustainable living
normative
will have
opened the door to a viable future

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