[ExI] Are Cities Dead? (was Re: moving bits, not butts)

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Wed Mar 2 03:54:53 UTC 2011

On 03/01/2011 07:25 PM, Damien Sullivan wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 01, 2011 at 11:18:07AM -0700, Kelly Anderson wrote:
>> I don't even like small towns myself anymore. I live in the boonies
>> with the nearest neighbor over a mile away... so I know I'm on the
>> weird end of this spectrum. But I am curious. What are cities good for
>> in the future?
> Cities are also good for enabling you to live a mile away from your
> neighbor.  If the population was evenly spread over the Earth's land
> surface in a square grid, there'd be a person every 140 meters.

Using the entire surface area to get spherical surface area, dividing by 
6 billion and multiplying by 0.30 which is the percentage of land I get 
over 25 km between people.  This is a lot more believable than a person 
every 140 meters.

- samantha

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