Cities network with resources along transit lines. When cities are flatscape grids, isolated by distance from each other, this networking process is very inefficient and very ineffective. Raw resources coming from places around the world come together at factories to make material goods. These goods must be transported over great distances to get from producers to consumers. This requires vast energy resources to stay viable. Since traffic accidents cause a lot of destruction to people and products, it is also extremely wasteful.

A network megalopolis is essentially a city that exists along the networking paths that connect cities together.


When every segment of the megalopolis is locally strong in an economic sense, the whole city becomes stronger.

Local resources for local purposes reduces the distance anything must be moved and thereby we avoid the need for tremendous energy resources. This, in turn, makes the local economy stronger. It also increases the power of the multiplier effect. This economic principle significantly reduces road traffic which allows minimizing the road networks. In linear cities, a few well built roads exist somewhat parallel to each other and cross town roads exist only every 5 miles or so. This results in road minimization which allows effective and efficient point A to point B transit.

The process of building linear cities involves extending growth of the cities along connecting highways and railroad lines. Eventually, cities grow together by recycling structural components from the old cities to make the linear city that connects them together.

At first, the cities grow in leap frog fashion using tower towns as anchor points for extending the city growth. It is crucial that the first tower towns be well built and perceived as desirable places to live. If linear cities are to be successful, they must grow because they attract people to live in them.

Linear City (the name I call the mature megalopolis caused by joining grid cities and loop cities) may take more than a century before the whole system becomes well connected and established. The growth rate should be about the same as the rate we can recycle structures within grid cities to transform them into loop cities. Hopefully, as the early constructs begin to come on line, people will see the value of these new kinds of cities and begin to support them more and more. This may lead to an exponential growth process that proceeds at an accelerating pace.

It is important that cities change at rates that cause a practical minimum of culture shock. Culture shock is a result of causing too much adjustment to new ideas too quickly. This is another reason why we must attract people to live in the higher standard of living that linear cities make possible. *****

We may be seeing ever more need for disaster relief for large populations in the future.  Many people have been made suddenly homeless by natural disasters and human caused problems.  Tower Towns can be a way of helping people made homeless have a place to live.


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