Palaces For The People
Monday, September 22, 2003
 
Illustration of a NEW ECOCITY

Dawn of New Cities
Ecocities

4 square kilometers (2.54 square miles)
119,000 residents

21 hectares (blocks) of Heavy Industry (factories, junkyards, foundries, smelters, etc.)

21 Hectares of Public Use Spaces (government bldgs, parks, convention center, museums, etc.)

170 Hectares of Mixed Use Bldgs (residential, shops, offices, storage, workshops, light industry, dispersed government functions (post offices, schools, police substations, etc.))

374 Hectares Residential Occupancy

163 Hectares of Private Patios

City is built in a grid of 15 by 15 blocks, with 14 by 14 dividing streets and one ring-road around the perimeter. Perimeter is assumed to be greenbelt area, so no residential building is farther than two blocks to the closest park. Almost half of all buildings are tangent to a park. From the geographic center of the city it is one kilometer to the city limits (7.5 blocks), every other point is closer to the wide-open spaces, and can be reached in less than 15 minutes walk. It takes 30 minutes to walk from one side of the city to the opposite side. There are 170 blocks of indoor malls, all climate controlled. 80% of all commute destinations are within 8 blocks. Many commutes terminate downstairs. Within one block of every residence is 861,000 square feet (80,000 square meters) of shops, restaurants, offices, and services.



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