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February 12, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Aerotropolis: The City of the (near) Future

A soon-to-be-released book, “Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next” postulates how metropolitan areas in the near future will be set up.  In an aerotropolis, cities are arranged around a major airport hub – with the airport in the center, and dense cities, suburbs, office parks, etc surrounding it. From the synopsis:

Soon the airport will be at the center and the city will be built around it, the better to keep workers, suppliers, executives, and goods in touch with the global market.

This is the aerotropolis: a combination of giant airport, planned city, shipping facility, and business hub. Already the aerotropolis approach to urban living is reshaping life in Beijing and Amsterdam, in China and Rwanda, in Dallas and the Washington, D.C., suburbs. The aerotropolis is the frontier of the next phase of globalization, whether we like it or not.

This is an interesting vision of the future that conflicts with the author of  “$20 per Gallon,” who says that by $8 per gallon air travel will mostly come to a halt, because the price of jet fuel will make it economically prohibitive.

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