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Defining the Urban Edge

Cities need to have an edge, says TED Conference founder Richard Saul Wurman. Without a defined area within which you collect information, it's impossible to compare one city to the next.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:10 EST | 5
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CitySolver
CitySolver  
12/26/2012 3:12:37 PM
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density
I think (if you are asking me), that looking at a cross section of a city or a series of increasing circles that radiate from the centre, we need to then assess denities in each circular band to establish areas that are under or over developed. This is simplistic, but if we start analysing density on a large basis, not just site or neighbourhood specific we can then look at tailoring density regulations so that they are practical and effective. Knowing for example that a large development is going ahead may make people oppose it, but if we are able to show diagramatically how that development can be offset in that same development band, we can educate about sustainable planning without needing rhetoric. A picture is worth a thousand words...etc!!

piratejulie
piratejulie  
12/23/2012 9:10:14 PM
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Re: density
i too was struck by the mention of densities.  thank you for naming this urban reality; of our past, present, future.  by way of densities [as a function of Sustainable / Planning Initiatives] , which areas [in your estimation] should Cities be concerned; especially, say, over the next decade?.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
12/14/2012 3:11:50 PM
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density
Thats interesting. I never really thought about edges. We talk of urban density in cities, but maybe we should think about mean densities (ie density that includeds outlying areas so that we can truly understand environmental impact from a collective viewpoint. If adjacent areas have very different densities for example we can begin to do trade off development which can then benefit both areas whilst ensuring sustainable growth for each. Am I making sense?! bit rambling but I hope you see my point!

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/13/2012 7:22:53 PM
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Re: Terrific!
Yeah, I must say I never really thought about this issue before but I'm eager to see the outcome of this project. ESRI always does amazing things with maps. It's fascinating how much we can still learn about our cities by giving them actual geographical boundaries.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/13/2012 9:38:56 AM
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Terrific!
Wonderful project. We don't think today of cities having edges -- there are so many outlying and adjacent districts. But tabulating information from specific urban areas should be invaluable in getting a look at the reality of big city life.

Can't wait to test it out!

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