Urban Futurism: Why Urban?

Previously, I have laid the groundwork for something called Future Urbanism, but now I will say what it is.
The urban part of Urban Futurism suggests that we feel that urbanism is good. Not to say that Rural is bad nor is Suburban bad. As we have stated before, I love humans, and both of these things are creations of the human mind and ought to be cherished. However, too often we see a contrast made between city and country as if there is some kind of opposition. In fact, both of them need one another.

Thus, for many purposes, it’s actually not a useful idea to make a distinction between rural, urban, and suburban. And it’s definitely foolish to hate urban development. The population is rising and we don’t have any population control. Eventually, we’ll need to put these extra humans somewhere. If they want to live closer together, do we need technocrats in Sacramento and at Caltrans forcing us to live apart?
Thus, one of the goals of Urban Futurism is to eliminate laws that restrict development such as CEQA, standards which induce road building such as level of service requirements, and parking requirements. Cities are not inherently environmentally bad, but in part due to the self-hatred of humans, we have made them seem this way.

Thus the idea is to divide the world into two regions: urban and park lands.

I know that there are many people who love the suburbs, and I think that suburban development should continue, but I don’t think that people living in the suburbs ought to dictate the lifestyle of those who live in denser areas. Thus, we should look to ensure that people who live in less efficient and more spread out suburbs actually pay their fairshare.
Ironically, the urban areas often fund suburban development which in turn bites the hand that feeds it by defunding the urban core.

If we put more money into our basic way of life in cities, people will want to visit and live there.
Think about it, even people who claim to not love cities will claim allegiance to the closest big city. The bigger the city, the more likely people are to be associated with it. This reaches absurb lengths when you hear someone from Cherry Hill, New Jersey claiming to be from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Also, when people go on vacation, they don’t go to a suburb or gated community, they go to cities. Even places like Disney are a facsimile of urban design. They could have put large parking lots next to each ride and have people stay in a hotel far off the freeway, but instead they promote walking and the monorail. Strangely, I never heard a suburbanite complain about what they’d call “socialism”. Nor do they whine that Disney will go out of business because there’s not parking in front of the tea cups.

Disney is clean and our cities tend to be dirty because we choose this.

We don’t value our fellow humans which is why we don’t solve the homeless problem which could be easily solved by continuing the benefits that we have paid to many of the homeless when they were in the military. The rest of the homeless could be housed, for the rest of their lives, for a fraction of the cost of our new freeways and the money we just gave away to bankers when they held our “economy” hostage.
Similarly, cleaning the streets is not that expensive, but it’s just not a priority. This is a shame and we should be embarrassed.

When people come to San Diego, they often come to our downtown. No matter how nice a house is out in the suburbs, this does not refect the glory of our city. If we don’t have a beautiful place for visitors to see we should be embarrassed.

Again, not that we should neglect the country nor our suburban areas, but we should ensure that these places are better integrated into the rest of our city. We should not turn our backs on the parts that we don’t like, but rather we should embrace them and make them better.


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