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Hey Silicon Valley nerds designing the city of the future: Here are some ideas

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Roadtown
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Roadtown


Broadacre City (and today's suburbia) were designed on the principle that cars can go anywhere. But in 1909, most travel was by trains that ran on rails and were linear. Edgar Chambless imagined a linear city that was built on top of a railway line. Chambless described it:

The idea occurred to me to lay the modern skyscraper on its side and run the elevators and the pipes and wires horizontally instead of vertically. Such a house would not be limited by the stresses and strains of steel; it could be built not only a hundred stories, but a thousand stories or a thousand miles....I would take the apartment house and all its conveniences and comforts out among the farms by the aid of wires, pipes and of rapid and noiseless transportation.

More: Roadtown: Linear City Proposed 100 Years Ago Would Work Well Today

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