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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ideas for Atlanta's future include -- of course -- "pod-like vehicles"

Atlanta -- the water-deprived, sprawl-ridden capital of confusion -- was selected for a History Channel series about what cities can do in the future to alleviate their major woes, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports. Eight teams of local designers, architects and planners competed for a chance to win $10,000 and be crowned national champion for the most innovative ideas. Mentioned in the article are Eric Bishop of design firm EDAW -- the series' winner -- and Ellen Dunham-Jones, a Georgia Tech professor.

From the article, some of the ideas:

Landscape architect Eric Bishop of winning team EDAW said the city could benefit in the year 2108 by moving its network of streams from the city's antiquated sewer system back above ground where it could be filtered and cleaned.

[Dunham-Jones'] team believed Atlanta's existing web-like network of freight train rail lines could be used to create a commuter transportation network where high-density development would be built in "nodes" where the lines intersect.

Water could be conserved by separating the city's stormwater and sewage water, properly treating it and returning stormwater back to the city's lakes and reservoirs, she said.

Other teams examined building large, multi-story tall "beakers" that would collect rainwater, the creation of deep water wells and pod-like vehicles that would replace cars.

Oh, dear God, no. Weren't "pod-like vehicles" featured in Logan's Run? What's next, futureheads? What other grotesque plans do you have in store for us? Renew! Renew!

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