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Conclusions The Future is the City, Planning is the Key In the evolution of civilization, empires rise and fall, nations come and go, but through it all, the city endures, often for thousands of years. As the origin of civilization, it is the city that is the clearest barometer its health. A true conservationist knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children. John James Audubon 1785–1851

“Whenever and wherever societies have flourished and prospered rather than stagnated and decayed, creative and workable cities have been at the core of the phenomenon. Decaying cities, declining economies, and mounting social troubles travel together. The combination is not coincidental.”

By the dawn of the modern city, around 1900, world population reached 1.5 billion. Within a century it had doubled, and then doubled once again. Today, world population is projected to rise from nearly seven to over nine billion by 2050, an increase of one-third in less than four decades. 1 In the same span of time that the world will grow by 33%, its urban population will rise by nearly 50%. India’s need is projected to be “comparable to building every US city in just 35 years.”2 In the last three years alone, China has used more cement than the US did in the entire 20th Century. “It’s a statistic so mind-blowing that it stunned Bill Gates.”3 With numbers so daunting and issues so vast, it is only natural to be overwhelmed and seek escape from what the future might bring. But as the world grows smaller and smaller, the only effective way to address the challenges of growth is locally, neighborhood by neighborhood. It is in the city that these challenges can be more readily understood and more easily addressed in a more familiar atmosphere closer to home.

Jane Jacobs

“The ice was here, the ice was there, The ice was all around: It cracked and growled, and roared and howled” The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, 1797

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