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By zippo (registered) | Posted June 03, 2010 at 12:23:39


I agree with you. It's not hard to imagine an increase in the density of downtown Hamilton of the type you describe if you were only to consider the amount of land that is now vacant downtown i.e. parking lots, containing fully occupied mixed use 5-6 story buildings, and the amount of vacant space in existing buildings.

Also agree that Brown's "Export Land Model" makes the problem for N.America and Europe worse than it would otherwise be.

I know much is made of Cuba as a case study of what is possible, and they certainly did make huge changes during the "special period" following the loss of almost free oil from the Soviet Union. But still, after all that, their per capita oil use was about the same as that of Mexico. It's not so much that they figured out how to "do it" without oil but that they were using so much more per person to start with. I don't mean this to be a criticism of the Cubans, obviously the challenge of survival under the American sanctions is profound. Just trying to put what happened there in perspective.

"Remain hopeful" Hmmm..."

Comment edited by zippo on 2010-06-03 11:28:25

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