Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Peak Oil Brain, Part II

I have Peak Oil on the brain again after writing about it once before, but this time it came upon me because of an interesting article that you can read by clicking here. It's a list of the top ten best prepared cities in the US when it comes to withstanding the economic and quality of life shocks brought about by a significant oil crisis.

The top ten best prepared cities are, in order:
1. New York, NY
2. Boston, MA
3. San Francisco, CA
4. Chicago, IL
5. Philadelphia, PA
6. Portland, OR
7. Honolulu, HI
8. Seattle, WA
9. Baltimore, MD
10. Oakland, CA
The worst prepared city? Oklahoma City. Of course.

Why? According to the story...
Of all the factors considered in the ranking, mobility is most important. All ten cities listed by SustainLane boast strong public transportation networks, which would allow citizens to commute to jobs and schools, as well as do their shopping, if car travel is not affordable. The ranking also takes into account factors such as access to locally-grown fresh food and robust wireless networks for telecommuting.
Everything I've read to date indicates that living in big cities will be sheer misery during the next oil crisis. But maybe that comes afterwards...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The worst prepared city? Oklahoma City. Of course."

Ever seen that town ? Kunstler would have a heart attack...or a field day. The 1995 bomb blast gutted an already gutted and ugly city center. "Architecture" isn't a word that can be used in that town, in regard to any structure past, present or planned. What little money there was in the area fled to the suburbs, where big stupid houses shelter big stupid people with big stupid hair and big stupid cars.

10:29 AM, March 28, 2006  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

You said it, not me. I report, you decide.

12:10 PM, March 28, 2006  

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