Green Metropolis: Urban Is Good  

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The New York Times has a review of a book called "Green Metropolis" ("Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys toSustainability") in the "cities are the future" genre - Urban Is Good.

Owen, a staff writer for The New Yorker, makes a convincing case that Manhattan, Hong Kong and large, old European cities are inherently greener than less densely populated places because a higher percentage of their inhabitants walk, bike and use mass transit than drive; they share infrastructure and civic services more efficiently; they live in smaller spaces and use less energy to heat their homes (because those homes tend to share walls); and they’re less likely to accumulate a lot of large, energy-sucking appliances. People in cities use about half as much electricity as people who don’t, Owen reports, and the average New Yorker generates fewer greenhouse gases annually than “residents of any other American city, and less than 30 percent of the national average.”

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"Now scientists have begun to examine how the city affects the brain, and the results are chastening. Just being in an urban environment, they have found, impairs our basic mental processes. After spending a few minutes on a crowded city street, the brain is less able to hold things in memory, and suffers from reduced self-control. While it's long been recognized that city life is exhausting -- that's why Picasso left Paris -- this new research suggests that cities actually dull our thinking, sometimes dramatically so."

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2009/01/04/how_the_city_hurts_your_brain/

;-)

I remember doing a post on that article, once upon a time.

Its true cities have a lot of faults and need a lot of redesign - however with good public transport, walkable neighbourhoods, plenty of green open space and (quiet) electric vehicles, I imagine of lot of the mind-numbing effects - due to over-stimulation - would be reduced.

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