The Solution

Rapidly shift from away from car, sprawl, paving and cheap energy infrastructure over to compact pedestrian oriented renewable energy and land, materials and energy conserving ecocities.

From sprawl to ecocities. Denver, Colorado Transformation. Illustration by Richard Register

Instead of trying to improve an unhealthy automobile and oil based infrastructure, the problem we’re facing today calls for the city, town and village to be redesigned around the measure, needs and potential of the human being and based upon ecological principles.

Specifically it calls for urban diversity at close proximity, instead of scattered uniformity. It calls for land uses, architecture and a steadily and rapidly growing infrastructure for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit, powered by renewable energy sources and balanced with preservation and restoration of natural and agricultural lands and waters.

We have not yet tried such an approach. Its promise for creative, productive and restorative solutions are enormous.