While it was not the first to open in the United States, the New York City subway system is the nation’s best-known and most extensive, and has served passengers since 1904. It is also one of the factors that enables the city's residents to live small and minimize their carbon footprints, as illustrated in David Owen’s Green Metropolis, which was my introduction to urban sustainability.
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Privatization of government-run services, from education to infrastructure, has been an ongoing trend in recent decades, and SpaceX continued it by successfully launching a private rocket in 2008. Robert Frost, a NASA instructor and flight controller, aptly explains of the pros and cons of this shift here, and alludes to the tensions between of public good and private profit that are a root cause of many complex challenges.
Urban Loops and Wonder
The streetlights go on. The coffeemaker percolates. Potable water flows from the tap. The toilet flushes. The city works. Through Foresight’s various projects, I’ve been fortunate to gain an insider's perspective on many of these urban systems.