This afternoon I found this article on www.bigthink.com entitled “The Science of Cities: Is Urbanization Sustainable?” and the gist of the article is about The Santa Fe Institute and its study of urbanization. I found some interesting thoughts that I wanted to share with our readers. This quote from Geoffrey West from The Santa Fe Institute:
“is New York just a scaled up San Francisco, which is a scaled up Santa Fe? Superficially, that seems unlikely because they look so different…On the other hand, a whale doesn’t look much like a giraffe. But in fact, they’re scaled versions of one another, at this kind of cross-grained 85, 90 percent level.”
Another interesting statistic from the article is:
West and colleagues tracking these dynamics of urban centers around the world have discerned therein lies laws containing a “universality” to them. For instance, “doubling the size of a city systematically increases income, wealth, number of patents, number of colleges, number of creative people, number of police, amount of waste… all by approximately 15%.” Additionally, this doubling effect “saves approximately 15% on all infrastructures.” These results have been observed in hundreds of cities and counting, all around the world.
As a county commissioner, I need to keep my eye on such as I find these type of statistics absolutely fascinating!
- The Future of Urbanization (sophisticatedfinance.typepad.com)
- The rise of the megacity (globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com)
- Is urbanization sustainable? (santafe.edu)
- Is the City Where You Should Be? (city-journal.org)
- The sameness of organisms, cities, and corporations: Q&A with Geoffrey West (ted.com)