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Four Visions of Urban Transportation in 2040 (Video)

What will cities look like in 2040? To my 8-year-old self’s disappointment, they probably won’t be filled with flying cars and replicants and jackets that dry themselves after you’ve fallen off your hoverboard into a fountain. What they will have to deal with is dramatic population increases and fuel shortages. Forum for the Future, a non-profit focused on promoting sustainability, recently produced four videos that give us a glimpse of our possible futures:

Megacities on the move – Planned-opolis from Forum for the Future on Vimeo.

Megacities on the move – Communi-city from Forum for the Future on Vimeo.

Megacities on the move – Renew-abad from Forum for the Future on Vimeo.

Megacities on the move – Sprawl-ville from Forum for the Future on Vimeo.

Which model of transportation is best? Well, not “Sprawl-ville,” which is obviously the Mad Max, this-is-what-might-happen-if-we-don’t-change vision of the future. No matter what mix of urban planning, alternative fuels and self-driving technology we end up with, the point is that fossil fuels are not long for this world and cities are going to have to deal with drastically increased populations. The good news? A lot of these technologies are basically here–there is no reason we can’t further develop the driverless cars, high-speed rail and alternative energy sources that we already have to fit the mega-cities that will exist 29 years from now. The question is whether we’ll make the jump early so we’re prepared or whether world events will painfully force the issue upon us.

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About Keith Wagstaff

Keith Wagstaff is a journalist living in New York City. He received his degree in print journalism from the University of Southern California and his work has appeared in such publications as The Village Voice, Newsday, The Huffington Post, Kilimanjaro Arts Journal, The L Magazine and others.

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