Debate over the fate of cities and suburbs in the post-petroleum era has tended to swing between two extremes. One school of thought considers these forms of social organization so unsustainable that they will eventually be abandoned; the other dreams of eco-cities rescued by mass transit and high-rise agriculture.
In “Cities and Suburbs in the Energy Descent: Thinking in Scenarios,” TCLocal contributor Karl North subjects these viewpoints to a rigorous analysis that points to a third outcome: a transformation of both cities and suburbs that leaves them habitable, but capable of supporting a much smaller population. You can access his article at
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