Tag Archives: cities

  • Blog
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    (Un)Paving Our Way To Nirvana

    Making better choices in the future
    by JHK

    Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 12:10 AM

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    You can’t overstate the baleful effects for Americans of living in the tortured landscapes and townscapes we created for ourselves in the past century. This fiasco of cartoon suburbia, overgrown metroplexes, trashed small cities and abandoned small towns, and the gruesome connective tissue of roadways, commercial smarm, and free parking is the toxic medium of everyday life in this country. Its corrosive omnipresence induces a general failure of conscious awareness that it works implacably at every moment to diminish our lives.

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    A Better Human Habitat for the Next Economy

    How to build for prosperity
    by JHK

    Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 12:10 AM

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    Executive Summary

    • 'Smaller' will be the major theme in future development
    • The general principles for resilient human settlement
    • How redesigning our towns & cities offers liberation from the soul-sucking models we live in today
    • What we can leverage from the New Urbanist movement

    If you have not yet read (Un)Paving Our Way To Nirvana, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    Before I review some of the basic rules and principles for assembling a human habitat worth living in and with some prospects of enduring, a few words about demographic change. The failing suburbs will not drive everybody in them to move to the cities. The big cities of America face equal difficulties with resource and capital scarcity, failing infrastructure that won’t be replaced, and problems as yet off the radar screen such as water safety, public health, food shortages, and social turmoil. The big cities will have to get a lot smaller and that process will take decades to resolve.

    I’m convinced that the action in this country will move to the existing smaller cities and small towns, especially places that have a meaningful relationship with food production because there ought to be no question that agri-business will fail, and with it the entire food production and distribution process as we currently know it. One implication of this is that we will restore a visible edge between what is urban and what is rural, and what these places are for. As that occurs people will redevelop an appreciation for the distinction. The human settlement will no longer endeavor to be a cartoon of the rural countryside. And rural places will be organized and inhabited differently.

    Therefore, a first general principle is…

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  • Daily Digest
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    Daily Digest 5/19 – The Health Toll Of Immigration, Rebuilding The Coastline At What Cost?

    by DailyDigest

    Sunday, May 19, 2013, 4:12 PM

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    • Lew asks Congress for debt increase, says it’s 'not open to debate'
    • Cities: How crowded life is changing us
    • Gold In 2013 – Too Many Mysteries Remain Inexplicable
    • So Far, the Battery Charger Is Working in Japan
    • The Health Toll Of Immigration
    • Wells Fargo Rises to Record Close as Home Market Rebounds
    • Rebuilding The Coastline, But At What Cost?

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    Daily Digest – June 18

    by Davos

    Thursday, June 18, 2009, 3:15 PM

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    • Introduction to “Broke: The New American Film" (Video, Repost)
    • Greater Depression Coming: Doug Casey
    • Peter Schiff on the Rule of Law…
    • Japanese and Russians Playing Games with Bonds and Reserve Currencies
    • Mall Space
    • Is 2009 tracking a 1930 Great Depression scenario?
    • De-Dollarization – Dismantling America’s Financial-Military Empire – Michael Hudson – financial economist and historian (H/T Fujisan)
    • Lloyds Bank hit by Obama tax purge
    • One by one, cities collapsing (Video)
    • Dealers facing tight supply of SUVs, trucks

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    Daily Digest – June 13

    by Davos

    Saturday, June 13, 2009, 3:00 PM

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    • Financial Sense News hour 3, June 6 (Repost, Audio)
    • * * * * ABBY NORMAL
    • A Nation of Ditch Diggers
    • A New World Order (H/T JerryLee, Chart Jerry Noted China then and now!)
    • Just Short of a Sign in Times Square: China airs fears on US debt, dollar: lawmaker
    • The Still Over-Leveraged Consumer
    • Changing Times, Different Choices
    • California to lead us into Abyss
    • Sales – Still More Economic Cliff Diving (Charts on Page)
    • Weak Hiring and the Jobless Recovery
    • Five stock market experts share their views
    • By the Numbers?
    • US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive

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