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A Historic Opportunity to Improve Our Cities

improve-our-citiesPopulous place, dazzling gargantuan buildings, high technologies and affluent of vehicles; these are seemingly the features that actually what we commonly pictured out to such an augmentable city. Undeniably, the gargantuan buildings need cooling and heating energy sources for individuals’ conveniences. The high technologies use also some energy for these to work. Same with the transportations, vehicles also need fuels. However, these features are just few to consider that a certain city is one of the extemporaneous ones. We must also consider some factors that help the rating of such city to be a remarkable one. Andrew Wootton (Design against Crime Solution Director) stated that some planners only think of cities in terms of shopping areas, whereas we must also look wider. This simply explains that there are lots of things to do to make the city great.

What are the factors that may affect the improvement of a city?

* Green Society leads unto Great City – Aside from its populous residents, gigantic building and high technologies, city is considered to be one of the best cities is when it is clean. Not just simply clean as for its appearance, but rather, a certain city must be away from any pollution (air, water and land). Through this aspect, it is cantankerous for the government to achieve a pollution-free city. It is because a big city are composed of gigantic buildings that need cooling and heating energy sources for ones’ need; it needs also vehicles for transportation and high technologies in which we are aware that these materials definitely produce carbon that will enables to pollute the surroundings.

* High Technologies spark to have Big Cities – Since gargantuan buildings and fancy homes need such lots of high technologies to access and make things work faster, high technologies are commodious now to such city. High technologies are so helpful and relevant for big cities. In the crime scenes, we are now aware that big shopping areas (department stores, malls or merchandise), factories or even the street roads are recently having the what we commonly called as CCTV camera to lessen crime cases.

On the other side, we, beings, are nowadays aware of the global warming that definitely awakens our green conscience. As concern citizens of the universe, some of us now are probably apprehensive to use technology. Remember that high technologies are great factors for improving a city. The problem now is how people can use technologies without destroying the earth. I’ll tell you; this concept can never be happened. Somehow, there are many alternations to lessen the emission of carbon gasses that polluted the surroundings. Nowadays, there are several of technologies that feature less carbon and some gases that will surely deepen the problem of greenhouse effects are being used. Through this, our eco-friendly mind will quietly unstressed of thinking this matter.

* Transportations are relevant for Big Cities – By the time city is getting bigger, the bigger also the usage of vehicles that are ample for all residents. As of now, price hiking of fuels that vehicles’ need is boosting. Somehow, one of New York Times articles stated that price hiking of fuels are starting a fluctuation in the American dream. Sooner, the amicable and cozy downtown houses or condos in the first-class suburbs may replace extravagant houses as it signifies the good life of such sub-urban. With the rising of fuel costs, residents who lived in suburbs or fringes area in America is now sparking to struggle this fuel price hike. There will be a great possibility that these people will rather choose to live in a squatter area just to be in the heart of the city and to lessen the fuels they will use for their vehicles. They may never give attention to their dream homes now for the rising of fuel costs. This may lead and prefer them that they will just sell their downtown dream homes just to be nearer to the center of the city where they find their earnings.

According to Joe Cortright, an economist from Impresa Incorporation, building subdivision or housing market is getting weaker in far-flung or remote areas in the State. Several sources quoted in the New York Times reported that home values are seemingly having extreme declines in the fringes of Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Denver and some other metropolitan regions rather than in the urban core. In addition, a professor of urban planning at the University of Michigan – Christopher Leinberger – predicted today’s affluent house makings might becoming tomorrow’s poorness.

Despite of these happenings from fringe areas, we still have seen ourselves at a historical turning point. A certain thing about American life for the past 6 decades has been the steady appearances that lies upon the city, with wealthy residents that patch the suburbs carved out of the countryside.

About the Author:

A senior writer and editor of The Green Guide and a father of 3 kids (1 girl and 2 boys). Rob's special interests include geography, enviroment study and hiking. Rob has traveled to over 100 places in 30 different countries in the past three years. His exotic and fun experiences will be talked in his new book which is going to be published soon.

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