A City is Primarily
a Place to Work and a Place to Live
Interactive Megalopolis is a necessary response to the escalating
conflict between rising employer requirements for knowledge workers
and quality of life concerns for urban residents. Quality of life
concerns are not arbitrary subjective values describing aesthetic
urban environments, but relate to and measure the cost of urban
life of which the most basic needs are access to employment and
Hans Blumenfeld (1895-1987) stated the obvious that A
City is Primarily a Place to Work and a Place to Live
some fifty odd years ago, the maturing urban form was the metropolis
brought about by changing industrial, commercial and residential
location behavior made possible by the freeway. The expansive nature
of the metropolis enabled residents to enjoy an unprecedented access
to jobs and affordable housing.
the ensuing years, urban planners have come to understand the limitations
of an expanding road network as the environmental consequences of
the automobile became evident. Today, most planners advocate "Smart
Growth" communities as the proper environmentally
sustainable response to urban growth. In an ideal world, it would
make perfect sense to live in communities where you could walk or
cycle to work. However, because hardly anyone stays with the same
employer for 25 years at a fixed location and because spouses also
work, it appears that the Smart Growth strategy is less capable
in building compact urban communities than it was in the 1950's
when employees did stay with a single employer for an extended period
while their wives stayed at home.
Technology Inc. believes the popular adjective "Sustainable"
describes not only environmental objectives but also economic objectives
as well. The urban form ought to be able to adapt to both changing
economic conditions and to environmental constraints. Federal, state
and local agencies have embraced these two notions in many of their
urban planning and transportation plans.
another objective is equally important. The urban form has undergone
several important transformations but at every stage, Americans
as a society enjoyed greater prosperity. The emergence of a growing
middle class continued throughout the century as home ownership
became more accessible. Housing quality increased with each successive
generation, whether the tenure status was owner or tenant occupied.
This social achievement was the most enduring urban quality in Urban
Technology Inc. strives to develop and deploy a transportation system
that will enable the urban form to continue its evolution in a manner
that is environmentally, economically
and socially sustainable.
Periodically we will post a feature story to discuss an important
theme of urban development, drawn from media coverage that
highlights any of these three elements.