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Old 10-30-2013, 10:41 PM
 
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Location: Coastal - sea port

Climate: Mediterranean

Population: 1M - 5M. Big enough to be a major world city. But not megalopolis sized.

Global City Category: Alpha -/Beta+

Zoning: Mixed use and form based zoning. No separation of residential and commercial and even light industrial.. No mandatory setbacks - all streets instead will have "build-to" lines. All buildings must front the street. No blank walls allowed. No surface parking lots permitted. No parking requirements for any building - the market will determine how much parking each building will provide. No impervious cover restrictions. No FAR caps in the center. Mixed use buildings with commercial on ground level and residential on top are not only permitted, but heavily favored.

Streets: Perfect regimented grid - crossed with grand avenues and boulevards that cut counter to the grid on an angle. No one-way streets that are larger than a narrow single lane of traffic. Roundabouts will be heavily favored and the default choice at intersections requiring traffic control. All streets will be complex streets with lanes for autos, bikes and pedestrians. The particular mix may vary from street to street and type to type. But every street will be multi-modal. All avenues and boulevards will have properly terminated vistas. All important government buildings will occupy prominent places on the grid such as at the end of a long avenue.

Sidewalks: Based on great street models with big wide generous sidewalks in all commercial districts and on all avenues and boulevards. More intimate sidewalks employed on residential streets. Some commercial and residential streets will have shared space woonerf roads instead of sidewalks. Street trees will be planted every 20' on center with strict regularity. And all street trees will be of a particular species on a given street (e.g. on Elm Street, all street trees will be, well, Elms, on Maple Street all trees will be. . .Maples). Sidewalks on commercial streets will have street furniture. All sidewalks will be available for businesses to us for various needs (a cafe may set up tables and chairs outside it's storefront)

Blocks: Super flexible 600' x 600' block base - that can be subdivided in many ways. Inner city might subdivide into quadrants running narrow streets between them. A large block could be turned into an inner city campus - or a park, or a museum district. Further out, the blocks could be sub-divided in half by running east/west or north/south alleys.

Parks: One magnificent central park and then small pocket parks, plazas, piazzas and squares located evenly throughout the city.

Freeways: None through the city at all. All interstates are diverted around the city. Highway connections into the city must be tamed to become at-grade boulevards at the city limit and must allow cross traffic at intersections.

Density: No target density and no prescribed limitations. Transect determines building height and massing. Buildings on the grand boulevards and in central core are not limited in height. However, in each transect outside the core, the building mass allowed is stepped down until reach the rural transects.

Housing: Options options options! Policy will not favor any housing type over any others. Zoning will allow for everything from SF detached homes to MF high-rise condos and everything in between. No FAR limitations, no parking requirements, no impervious cover limitations. Granny flats or accessory dwelling units will be allowed for every SF home as a matter of right. Row Homes will be perfectly legal as will shop homes.

Transportation network: High capacity transit built underground through the downtown sections from the get - go. On the edges the subways will give way to street cars running at grade but in protected lanes. Lines will be long, straight and predictable with items of particular importance and interest at either end. Particularly dense zoning will be allowed in the bike and ped sheds of every stop on every transit lines. Small buses will circulate with frequent traffic around bus stops to take care of last mile issues. No BRT or BRT lite, favoring rail instead for transit.

Bikes: Bike infra will be extensive throughout the city with protected bike lanes, plentiful bike parking on all streets and also with an extensive bike-share program.

No urban growth boundary. However, instead, the city will not incorporate any area that hasn't been developed according to a strict criteria, including, but not limited to: 1. all streets MUST be built on an interconnected grid - no gated communities with only a few entrances and exits allowed. 2. All restrictive covenants must expire no later than 25 years after the death of the then living British royal family. and 3. a complete economic analysis has been done demonstrating that the tax base will support all infrastructure maintenance through multiple life cycles. Under no circumstances will government services of any kind be extended to un-incorparated areas unless fees in-lieu of taxes are paid by the unincorporated area in question, 2. the unincorporated area agrees to be annexed at a point determined in the city’s sole discretion and 3. the unincorporated area must be built according the strict criteria outlined above.

Tax Policy - no tax subsidies will be doled out to attract businesses nor will any taxpayer money be used to build facilities for the sole use of a sports franchise. However, rates will be kept even and extremely low so as to be competitive with other municipalities. Property taxes will be assessed based on the value of the lot and not based on the value of the improvements. Land banking will be heavily disfavored and penalized through tax policy.

Government Form: A strong mayor style of government supported by a council elected at-large (no districting of any kind permitted in the city charter). Instead of term limits on elected leaders there are term limits, per the city charter, on un-elected bureaucrats. Per city charter, no city pensions for any government employee including first responders - instead, all city employees will have an IRA with a contribution match (up to an amount that is commonly provided in the private sector and no more) by the city. No public employee unions of any kind permitted. No contracts for any city employee except for a limited number of extremely sensitive positives (city manager, assistant city manager, chief of PD, chief of FD, transportation head, etc.). Salary and benefits, per the charter, for ALL employees must be commensurate with that of private sector counterparts (tested every 5 years by an independent 3rd party).

School district: A single school district for the entire city - however, there will be extensive use of smaller and more nimble and more specialized charter schools to provide for a more diverse and better prepared work force. Vouchers will ensure that all students have an equal shot at an education.

Water: The waterfront will be celebrated and embraced part of the city, framed beautifully by buildings coming up to its edge and bringing the city in close contact with the natural and providing a welcome escape from the hustle of the city close enough for workers to enjoy on their lunch hour. All minor tributaries, dry washes and small creeks will be put in a pipe and covered so as to not clip the grid unnecessarily. However major rivers and waterways will be heavily invested in by the city to create great public spaces.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:43 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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San Francisco. This is my perfect city. Except for the housing costs. But perfect in every other way.
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:43 AM
 
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San Francisco. This is my perfect city. Except for the housing costs. But perfect in every other way.
I love San Francisco - but I could easily rattle off ten things that I would change about it to make it better.

Why not take an opportunity to describe a truly perfect city.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:42 AM
 
Location: DFW
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Climate: Mediterranean, similar to San Francisco year round.

Social Values: Similar to Amsterdam

Economic Freedom: Similar to Hong Kong

Entertainment Options: Similar to Tokyo and Dubai

Public Transit: Similar to NYC or Paris
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Portland, OR.
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Old 10-31-2013, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Portland, OR.
But with more sun.
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Originally Posted by Komeht View Post
Location: Coastal - sea port

Climate: Mediterranean

Population: 1M - 5M. Big enough to be a major world city. But not megalopolis sized.

Global City Category: Alpha -/Beta+

Zoning: Mixed use and form based zoning. No separation of residential and commercial and even light industrial.. No mandatory setbacks - all streets instead will have "build-to" lines. All buildings must front the street. No blank walls allowed. No surface parking lots permitted. No parking requirements for any building - the market will determine how much parking each building will provide. No impervious cover restrictions. No FAR caps in the center. Mixed use buildings with commercial on ground level and residential on top are not only permitted, but heavily favored.

Streets: Perfect regimented grid - crossed with grand avenues and boulevards that cut counter to the grid on an angle. No one-way streets that are larger than a narrow single lane of traffic. Roundabouts will be heavily favored and the default choice at intersections requiring traffic control. All streets will be complex streets with lanes for autos, bikes and pedestrians. The particular mix may vary from street to street and type to type. But every street will be multi-modal. All avenues and boulevards will have properly terminated vistas. All important government buildings will occupy prominent places on the grid such as at the end of a long avenue.

Sidewalks: Based on great street models with big wide generous sidewalks in all commercial districts and on all avenues and boulevards. More intimate sidewalks employed on residential streets. Some commercial and residential streets will have shared space woonerf roads instead of sidewalks. Street trees will be planted every 20' on center with strict regularity. And all street trees will be of a particular species on a given street (e.g. on Elm Street, all street trees will be, well, Elms, on Maple Street all trees will be. . .Maples). Sidewalks on commercial streets will have street furniture. All sidewalks will be available for businesses to us for various needs (a cafe may set up tables and chairs outside it's storefront)

Blocks: Super flexible 600' x 600' block base - that can be subdivided in many ways. Inner city might subdivide into quadrants running narrow streets between them. A large block could be turned into an inner city campus - or a park, or a museum district. Further out, the blocks could be sub-divided in half by running east/west or north/south alleys.

Parks: One magnificent central park and then small pocket parks, plazas, piazzas and squares located evenly throughout the city.

Freeways: None through the city at all. All interstates are diverted around the city. Highway connections into the city must be tamed to become at-grade boulevards at the city limit and must allow cross traffic at intersections.

Density: No target density and no prescribed limitations. Transect determines building height and massing. Buildings on the grand boulevards and in central core are not limited in height. However, in each transect outside the core, the building mass allowed is stepped down until reach the rural transects.

Housing: Options options options! Policy will not favor any housing type over any others. Zoning will allow for everything from SF detached homes to MF high-rise condos and everything in between. No FAR limitations, no parking requirements, no impervious cover limitations. Granny flats or accessory dwelling units will be allowed for every SF home as a matter of right. Row Homes will be perfectly legal as will shop homes.

Transportation network: High capacity transit built underground through the downtown sections from the get - go. On the edges the subways will give way to street cars running at grade but in protected lanes. Lines will be long, straight and predictable with items of particular importance and interest at either end. Particularly dense zoning will be allowed in the bike and ped sheds of every stop on every transit lines. Small buses will circulate with frequent traffic around bus stops to take care of last mile issues. No BRT or BRT lite, favoring rail instead for transit.

Bikes: Bike infra will be extensive throughout the city with protected bike lanes, plentiful bike parking on all streets and also with an extensive bike-share program.

No urban growth boundary. However, instead, the city will not incorporate any area that hasn't been developed according to a strict criteria, including, but not limited to: 1. all streets MUST be built on an interconnected grid - no gated communities with only a few entrances and exits allowed. 2. All restrictive covenants must expire no later than 25 years after the death of the then living British royal family. and 3. a complete economic analysis has been done demonstrating that the tax base will support all infrastructure maintenance through multiple life cycles. Under no circumstances will government services of any kind be extended to un-incorparated areas unless fees in-lieu of taxes are paid by the unincorporated area in question, 2. the unincorporated area agrees to be annexed at a point determined in the city’s sole discretion and 3. the unincorporated area must be built according the strict criteria outlined above.

Tax Policy - no tax subsidies will be doled out to attract businesses nor will any taxpayer money be used to build facilities for the sole use of a sports franchise. However, rates will be kept even and extremely low so as to be competitive with other municipalities. Property taxes will be assessed based on the value of the lot and not based on the value of the improvements. Land banking will be heavily disfavored and penalized through tax policy.

Government Form: A strong mayor style of government supported by a council elected at-large (no districting of any kind permitted in the city charter). Instead of term limits on elected leaders there are term limits, per the city charter, on un-elected bureaucrats. Per city charter, no city pensions for any government employee including first responders - instead, all city employees will have an IRA with a contribution match (up to an amount that is commonly provided in the private sector and no more) by the city. No public employee unions of any kind permitted. No contracts for any city employee except for a limited number of extremely sensitive positives (city manager, assistant city manager, chief of PD, chief of FD, transportation head, etc.). Salary and benefits, per the charter, for ALL employees must be commensurate with that of private sector counterparts (tested every 5 years by an independent 3rd party).

School district: A single school district for the entire city - however, there will be extensive use of smaller and more nimble and more specialized charter schools to provide for a more diverse and better prepared work force. Vouchers will ensure that all students have an equal shot at an education.

Water: The waterfront will be celebrated and embraced part of the city, framed beautifully by buildings coming up to its edge and bringing the city in close contact with the natural and providing a welcome escape from the hustle of the city close enough for workers to enjoy on their lunch hour. All minor tributaries, dry washes and small creeks will be put in a pipe and covered so as to not clip the grid unnecessarily. However major rivers and waterways will be heavily invested in by the city to create great public spaces.
Los Angeles...!!

[within 100 years - maybe]
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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But with more sun.
Nah, I love the cloudy days. For me, random trips from time to time to someplace sunny during the cloudy months is all I need. My wife and I will probably take the random trip to San Diego during the winter months when we move back.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Portland, OR.
Portland with a strong, growing economy.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:55 PM
 
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Looks like there has been no thought given to the suburbs of this city. For example, routing freeways around it will surely draw development to its suburbs. Since a large number of city residents would end up commuting there, has any thought been given thereto? I assume commuter rail to make the city an attractive place to set up offices. Also, where is the airport?
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