Chicago Department of Transportation Infrastructure for Great Cities

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7. This slide demonstrates just what we mean by sustainable cities from the Center for Neighborhood Technology hear in Chicago This slide demonstrates just what we mean by sustainable cities from the Center for Neighborhood Technology hear in Chicago

8. Cities by their very design are sustainable. But cities are facing unprecedented growth Within five years half the world's population will live in cities. By 2030 the urban population will reach 4.9 billion--60% of the world's population In 1975 5 cities had a population over 10M, by 2000 19 cities had a population over 10M and by 2015 they predict 23 cities will have a population over 10 Million Half of the 6.6M+ people alive today where born after 1950 These same people have lived in a world were all they have ever know is unprecedented, expedential growth. There are 400 cities of million people or more today. Tokyo, the largest city in the world was 1.5M people 100 years ago, in 1975 it was 19.8 M, oday it is 26.4M people Nearly all population growth will be in the cities of developing countries, whose population will double to nearly 4 billion by 2030--about the size of the developing world's total population in 1990. Cities by their very design are sustainable. But cities are facing unprecedented growth Within five years half the world's population will live in cities. By 2030 the urban population will reach 4.9 billion--60% of the world's population In 1975 5 cities had a population over 10M, by 2000 19 cities had a population over 10M and by 2015 they predict 23 cities will have a population over 10 Million Half of the 6.6M+ people alive today where born after 1950 These same people have lived in a world were all they have ever know is unprecedented, expedential growth. There are 400 cities of million people or more today. Tokyo, the largest city in the world was 1.5M people 100 years ago, in 1975 it was 19.8 M, oday it is 26.4M people Nearly all population growth will be in the cities of developing countries, whose population will double to nearly 4 billion by 2030--about the size of the developing world's total population in 1990.

9. Sustainable Urban Design In addition, there are 839 acres of public park space and 53.4 miles of lake and river frontage. The department of transportation maintains the public way, 23% of the cities land area. So how we go about the business of designing and maintaining projects makes a difference. But how do we, as the conference agenda suggests, design our transportation infrastructure in an “environmentally concious manner where the ability of future generations to meet their own needs is not compromised”. If sustainability is a process or state that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely, “self sustaining”, Is there such a thing as a self sustaining transportation project, and if so what would it look like and what would it take to make one? The department of transportation maintains the public way, 23% of the cities land area. So how we go about the business of designing and maintaining projects makes a difference. But how do we, as the conference agenda suggests, design our transportation infrastructure in an “environmentally concious manner where the ability of future generations to meet their own needs is not compromised”. If sustainability is a process or state that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely, “self sustaining”, Is there such a thing as a self sustaining transportation project, and if so what would it look like and what would it take to make one?

10. What Makes A Great City Therefore, how we define and design cities is critical. I think it is helpful to begin this discussion with a reminder that the city is as much a part of the ecosystem as the ant hill, just as humans are as much apart of the ecosystem as the ant. As Dour Farr, the principle author of LEED ND (neighborhood design) states, it takes three things to make sustainable neighborhoods: Green buildings, aka good buildings Walkable communities Sustainabile infrastructure Note transportation is critical to two out of three Therefore, for a city to be great it’s infrastructure must be great, and since cities are sustainable so must their infrastructure be sustainable. Great infrastucture is sustainable infrastucture. Therefore, how we define and design cities is critical. I think it is helpful to begin this discussion with a reminder that the city is as much a part of the ecosystem as the ant hill, just as humans are as much apart of the ecosystem as the ant. As Dour Farr, the principle author of LEED ND (neighborhood design) states, it takes three things to make sustainable neighborhoods: Green buildings, aka good buildings Walkable communities Sustainabile infrastructure Note transportation is critical to two out of three Therefore, for a city to be great it’s infrastructure must be great, and since cities are sustainable so must their infrastructure be sustainable. Great infrastucture is sustainable infrastucture.

11. Establishing a Process for Sustainable Infrastructure

17. Wider Implementation

24. Monitoring

25. So why does all of this matter All of life is contained within the biosphere, the global ecological system integrating all living beings and their relationships, at a minimum 5, 400 meters above sea level to at least 9000 meters below sea level is the equivalent of less than the thickness of a piece of saran rap on a basketball. All of the worlds biomass accounts for 3.7 kg carbon per square metre of the earth’s surface, making a total of about 1900 gigatonnes of carbon. We are pumping 70 million tons of carbon a day into the atmosphere Turning the world into venus We must accommodate growing populations and the inherent iron is that the only way to do this is to challenge the creed of expedential growth, should ADT’s always go up? As David Susaki said, “Nothing within a finite system can grow forever, this is what ecology teaches us. Stedy growth forever is the creed of the cancer cell and economists and the result is the same, death. Test tube exampleSo why does all of this matter All of life is contained within the biosphere, the global ecological system integrating all living beings and their relationships, at a minimum 5, 400 meters above sea level to at least 9000 meters below sea level is the equivalent of less than the thickness of a piece of saran rap on a basketball. All of the worlds biomass accounts for 3.7 kg carbon per square metre of the earth’s surface, making a total of about 1900 gigatonnes of carbon. We are pumping 70 million tons of carbon a day into the atmosphere Turning the world into venus We must accommodate growing populations and the inherent iron is that the only way to do this is to challenge the creed of expedential growth, should ADT’s always go up? As David Susaki said, “Nothing within a finite system can grow forever, this is what ecology teaches us. Stedy growth forever is the creed of the cancer cell and economists and the result is the same, death. Test tube example

28. So why does all of this matter All of life is contained within the biosphere, the global ecological system integrating all living beings and their relationships, at a minimum 5, 400 meters above sea level to at least 9000 meters below sea level is the equivalent of less than the thickness of a piece of saran rap on a basketball. All of the worlds biomass accounts for 3.7 kg carbon per square metre of the earth’s surface, making a total of about 1900 gigatonnes of carbon. We are pumping 70 million tons of carbon a day into the atmosphere Turning the world into venus We must accommodate growing populations and the inherent iron is that the only way to do this is to challenge the creed of expedential growth, should ADT’s always go up? As David Susaki said, “Nothing within a finite system can grow forever, this is what ecology teaches us. Stedy growth forever is the creed of the cancer cell and economists and the result is the same, death. Test tube exampleSo why does all of this matter All of life is contained within the biosphere, the global ecological system integrating all living beings and their relationships, at a minimum 5, 400 meters above sea level to at least 9000 meters below sea level is the equivalent of less than the thickness of a piece of saran rap on a basketball. All of the worlds biomass accounts for 3.7 kg carbon per square metre of the earth’s surface, making a total of about 1900 gigatonnes of carbon. We are pumping 70 million tons of carbon a day into the atmosphere Turning the world into venus We must accommodate growing populations and the inherent iron is that the only way to do this is to challenge the creed of expedential growth, should ADT’s always go up? As David Susaki said, “Nothing within a finite system can grow forever, this is what ecology teaches us. Stedy growth forever is the creed of the cancer cell and economists and the result is the same, death. Test tube example

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