Given the worldwide pandemic, was Al Gore just slightly off-base when he pushed the notion that suburban Americans needed to move into...?

... urban high-rises located very near subway stops and other public transportation?

 

IOW, former Vice President Gore's vision for the future was much like New York City.

 

Do you think Mr. Gore still views that as a good idea? Do you think it is?

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  • Mike
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago
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    Al gore never has been right 

  • User
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    I've always like Asimov's idea of underground metropolises.

    Imagine ALL human habitations being subterranean

    by which I mean: deep enough that they are located below the deepest tree roots.

    On the surface of the earth

    we have parks

    and farms (with their necessary surface buildings)

    and

    mostly

    protected natural habitat

    and perhaps surface roads connecting these metropolises

    and of course things like airports, heliports, space launch ports.

    All regular (non-emergency) transportation of humans within a metropolis is by public transport. There are no private vehicles.

    - Asimov imagined high-speed conveyor belts for public transport, I'm not crazy about his idea, but it's nice in that it doesn't require mass transit VEHICLES like buses, everyone travels by foot

    Our current system

    is about economy.

    Extremely capitalist.

    What's cheapest

    and at the same time profitable.

    Example:

    You build a business near a river because it is advantageous for some reason or other

    and certainly cheaper than buying land in a metropolis for the business.

    You build houses and farms nearby because it's less trouble for workers than a long commute and fresh milk and eggs are needed by the workers and their families and it's more expensive to haul them long distances.

    And so on, and soon you've got a new city

    spread out

    taking up a bunch of land (because single-story or two-story buildings are cheaper)

    not only the city itself

    but the supporting farms and other outlier supporting businesses as well.

    It's all about minimum expense for maximum profit

    and not even a little about ecology.

    Very strict ecological measures

    would result in

  • Dan
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    I don't think he means right now. 

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    I'm not familiar with that proposal. But you seem hung up on Al Gore. You think a lot about him, far more than Tipper does.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Al Gore also invented the internet 

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