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We get used to a given pattern, don't see the problems with it, and get clobbered. Renewable energy would be much more suited to a strip city design than the current urban node design. Such a city would also be much less endangered by modern weapons!

Surely you aren't proposing that we dismantle our urban cores and move everyone into strip cities? That doesn't sound very energy efficient or cost effective no matter how energy efficient and productive we can make those strip cities.

There are loads of advantages to urban cities that we wouldn't want to lose by moving everyone to strip cities.

New York City is a paragon of efficient living: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/greenest_place_in_the_us_its_no...

"the average Manhattan resident consumes...just 90 gallons [of gasoline] a year, a rate that the rest of the country hasn’t matched since the mid-1920s. New Yorkers also consume far less electricity — about 4,700 kilowatt hours per household per year, compared with...more than 11,000 kilowatt hours in the United States as a whole. New York City is more populous than all but 11 states; if it were granted statehood, it would rank 51st in per-capita energy use.

The key to New York City’s relative environmental benignity is...its extreme compactness."
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