CONTACTTRAFFICABOUT TOM VANDERBILTOTHER WRITING CONTACT ABOUT THE BOOK

Live Dense or Die

An interesting point of departure from this graph that’s been making the rounds of the U.S. packed into one Brooklyn-style New Hampshire is one I’ve mentioned before, via the work of Brian Pijanowski:

If the percentage of parking lot area in the county (0.44%) is scaled to the area occupied by the conterminous United States, the entire states of Connecticut, and Massachusetts (12,550 + 20,305 = 32,855 km2 ) would be paved over with parking lots.

To put this another way: The American parking lot currently consumes much more space than the entire country’s population would if it were scaled to Brooklyn-style density.

Hello neighbor!

[del.icio.us] [Digg] [Facebook] [Google] [MySpace] [Slashdot] [StumbleUpon] [Yahoo!]

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 6:19 pm and is filed under Etc.. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

12 Responses to “Live Dense or Die”

  1. Pete Warnock Says:

    Life would be more homogeneous and boring as a result.

  2. Matt Says:

    How Many New Hampshires fit in Mass and Conn? That has to be a high ratio. Thanks for the post.

  3. Rob B. Says:

    More homogenous??? More boring? What’s more homogeneous than suburban sprawl living? And what’s more boring?

  4. francis Says:

    Life in a city of 300 million would be homogeneous and boring? ???

  5. Twinkz Says:

    Yay homogeneity! And if anybody wanted to nuke our a$$, they could do it one shot!

  6. Lyle Says:

    Yes, we could all live in New Hampshire. But the commute to go work on the farm in Nebraska would be hell.

  7. Scott Says:

    New Hampshire – 9350 sq mi
    Massachusetts – 10,555 sq mi
    Connecticut – 5543 sq mi
    (source: Wikipedia)

    (10555+5543)/9350 = 1.72

    So for every square mile of living space we need 1.72 square miles of parking space. Sad…

  8. Mark Says:

    Interesting…this seems to show, if nothing else, the dangers of raw numbers without rational thought. If we all lived in cities compressed into NH, where would we grow the organic corn and beans so necessary for life…how would we transport ourselves to the fields? Or, would we all live like chickens or pigs raised for slaughter in a confined space with just enough sustenance for reproduction? And, who would grow the sustenance? It’s easy and fun to do math…for example the high school physics calculations that put a battleship (if I recall correctly, which I doubt) into a volume the size of a basketball if all the atomic and molecular particles were completely compressed. In short, it’s pointless to consider the US population living in NH, simply because we couldn’t fit, and continue to live as we’ve grown accustomed to. With all due respect to Bryan C. Pijanowski, this is a meaningless and banal assessment, and typical of stupid and useless “science” being done today by tenured or non-tenured “scientists.” doing trivial studies in what should be futile attempts to justify their salaries. For example: the statement: “The intensity and spatial reach of contemporary human alterations of the Earth’s land surface are unprecedented” is based on what? That’s fundamentally an anti growth and capitalism statement…Certainly the clearing of Europe’s forests and massive burning of coal and wood in the 1500-1700 or 1800s had a huge impact on Europe, but little impact on the Americas. Were the purported asteroid impact in Russia in the early 1900′s or the purported extinction of the dinosaurs in prehistoric times less significant and therefore precedented circumstances? I don’t think so. When “scientists” make politicized statements like this they become as credible (not) as climate scientists. Be careful about propagandizing, it’s unbecoming and in the long term, stupid, especially without facts to back it up.

  9. Lyndell Says:

    Everything would be in walking distance, but you couldn’t drive to get there.

  10. Dan Says:

    @#8 – Geez, no one is saying that we should actually DO this! The point is that we can find ways to use our land more efficiently in order to reduce energy consumption.

  11. Megan Says:

    Seriously? No one who has ever been to Brooklyn would ever consider it “homogeneous and boring”.

  12. Leslie Says:

    The density issue is, to me, a simple one. I do not like living so close to other human beings. They make noise when I want silence. The closer they are, the more their noise makes it difficult for me to think. Making it more difficult for us to think seems unwise. Can you guarantee sound-proofing? Not today. No.

Leave a Reply

Traffic Tom Vanderbilt

How We Drive is the companion blog to Tom Vanderbilt’s New York Times bestselling book, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), published by Alfred A. Knopf in the U.S. and Canada, Penguin in the U.K, and in languages other than English by a number of other fine publishers worldwide.

Please send tips, news, research papers, links, photos (bad road signs, outrageous bumper stickers, spectacularly awful acts of driving or parking or anything traffic-related), or ideas for my Slate.com Transport column to me at: info@howwedrive.com.

For publicity inquiries, please contact Kate Runde at Vintage: krunde@randomhouse.com.

For editorial inquiries, please contact Zoe Pagnamenta at The Zoe Pagnamenta Agency: zoe@zpagency.com.

For speaking engagement inquiries, please contact
Kim Thornton at the Random House Speakers Bureau: rhspeakers@randomhouse.com.

Order Traffic from:

Amazon | B&N | Borders
Random House | Powell’s

[del.icio.us] [Digg] [Facebook] [Google] [MySpace] [Slashdot] [StumbleUpon] [Yahoo!]
U.S. Paperback UK Paperback
Traffic UK
Drive-on-the-left types can order the book from Amazon.co.uk.

For UK publicity enquiries please contact Rosie Glaisher at Penguin.

Upcoming Talks

April 9, 2008.
California Office of Traffic Safety Summit
San Francisco, CA.

May 19, 2009
University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies
Bloomington, MN

June 23, 2009
Driving Assessment 2009
Big Sky, Montana

June 26, 2009
PRI World Congress
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

June 27, 2009
Day of Architecture
Utrecht, The Netherlands

July 13, 2009
Association of Transportation Safety Information Professionals (ATSIP)
Phoenix, AZ.

August 12-14
Texas Department of Transportation “Save a Life Summit”
San Antonio, Texas

September 2, 2009
Governors Highway Safety Association Annual Meeting
Savannah, Georgia

September 11, 2009
Oregon Transportation Summit
Portland, Oregon

October 8
Honda R&D Americas
Raymond, Ohio

October 10-11
INFORMS Roundtable
San Diego, CA

October 21, 2009
California State University-San Bernardino, Leonard Transportation Center
San Bernardino, CA

November 5
Southern New England Planning Association Planning Conference
Uncasville, Connecticut

January 6
Texas Transportation Forum
Austin, TX

January 19
Yale University
(with Donald Shoup; details to come)

Monday, February 22
Yale University School of Architecture
Eero Saarinen Lecture

Friday, March 19
University of Delaware
Delaware Center for Transportation

April 5-7
University of Utah
Salt Lake City
McMurrin Lectureship

April 19
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (Organization Management Workshop)
Austin, Texas

Monday, April 26
Edmonton Traffic Safety Conference
Edmonton, Canada

Monday, June 7
Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Wednesday, July 6
Fondo de Prevención Vial
Bogotá, Colombia

Tuesday, August 31
Royal Automobile Club
Perth, Australia

Wednesday, September 1
Australasian Road Safety Conference
Canberra, Australia

Wednesday, September 22

Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s
Traffic Incident Management Enhancement Program
Statewide Conference
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Wednesday, October 20
Rutgers University
Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
Piscataway, NJ

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre
Injury Prevention Forum
Toronto

Monday, May 2
Idaho Public Driver Education Conference
Boise, Idaho

Tuesday, June 2, 2011
California Association of Cities
Costa Mesa, California

Sunday, August 21, 2011
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Attitudes: Iniciativa Social de Audi
Madrid, Spain

April 16, 2012
Institute for Sensible Transport Seminar
Gardens Theatre, QUT
Brisbane, Australia

April 17, 2012
Institute for Sensible Transport Seminar
Centennial Plaza, Sydney
Sydney, Australia

April 19, 2012
Institute for Sensible Transport Seminar
Melbourne Town Hall
Melbourne, Australia

January 30, 2013
University of Minnesota City Engineers Association Meeting
Minneapolis, MN

January 31, 2013
Metropolis and Mobile Life
School of Architecture, University of Toronto

February 22, 2013
ISL Engineering
Edmonton, Canada

March 1, 2013
Australian Road Summit
Melbourne, Australia

May 8, 2013
New York State Association of
Transportation Engineers
Rochester, NY

August 18, 2013
BoingBoing.com “Ingenuity” Conference
San Francisco, CA

September 26, 2013
TransComm 2013
(Meeting of American Association
of State Highway and Transportation
Officials’ Subcommittee on Transportation
Communications.
Grand Rapids MI

 

 

[del.icio.us] [Digg] [Facebook] [Google] [MySpace] [Slashdot] [StumbleUpon] [Yahoo!]
Twitter
March 2010
M T W T F S S
« Feb   Apr »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031