Las mega ciudades del futuro

Las mega ciudades del futuro

Unless we get creative with solutions, the problems that plague big cities are only going to get worse.

In the late 1700s, philosophers envisioned a world of big cities that did not have enough food and water to go around. Advanced agriculture techniques are helping to solve those problems (like the vertical gardens we talked about in another section).  But with 60% of the world’s population predicted to live in big cities by 2030, there are a host of other issues that need to be addressed.

London, which was the world’s biggest city in 1900, is about to undertake an ambitious bicycle lane project. It will spend nine million pounds on over 200 kilometers of bike lanes, platforms and rehabilitated tunnels to increase the number of people who commute by bicycle (already at an impressive 24%).

And more creative solutions will be needed. As populations swell, a current lack of park space, hospital beds and efficient public transportation will be felt even more.

Yet some people see urban density as the solution. A denser city center, where people can learn to sacrifice some personal comforts, will preserve valuable farmland and countryside.  But this depends heavily on things like public transpiration, livable wages and intelligent planning.

Can it be done? People who said megacities would never work have been wrong once. But it won’t be easy.

 

i360-by-diverbo-useful-vocabulary   VOCABULARY

To plague –acosar, molestar

To envision – concebir

Bike lane – carril bici

To commute – viajar hasta el lugar de trabajo

To swell – aumentar

Lack – falta de

Wage – sueldo

 

 

25/03/2015Level - difficulty 2United StatesUnited States 2Audio