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  •  Did I say everywhere would look like Manhattan? (0+ / 0-)

    Manhattan is uniquely constrained by geography, because it is surrounded by water. In that way, it's a lot like Hong Kong Island.  

    As to your comment, about making new cities-- isn't this exactly what the suburbs are?  One of the areas I mentioned, Cupertino, was farmland 50 years ago. Now it's a high tech center, with Apple Computer right in the middle of everything.  

    As to breaking up the cities-- if you start to see moves toward self-sustaining developments within megacities (or big sprawled out areas like Phoenix), as I hinted at in the article, then you will fundamentally alter not only the geography but also the politics.  

    •  Suburbs are dependent..... (0+ / 0-)

      ....on the city they're attached to.  What we need is a greater number of small, independent cities with greater connectivity between them.

      •  Are you even reading? (0+ / 0-)

        I was using the Silicon Valley as my case study.  That is ALL suburbs-- car focused. People who live there ARE NOT BY AND LARGE WORKING IN SAN FRANCISCO.

        In Silicon Valley you have:
        Intel, HP, Cisco, Apple, Applied Materials, Cypress Semiconductor, AMD, Seagate, Solectron, Flextronics, and Oracle.  Those are MAJOR EMPLOYERS.

        Silicon Valley is suburban in its layout but not in the sense of the job market.

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