People tend to hear the word ‘Mathematics’ and run away… So here is a simple article that explains, without any scary formulas, the basic economic principle that leads to the creation of cities and suburbs. It starts with a little something called “The ice cream vendors” that illustrates how a free market leads to a familiar and problematic spatial situation.
We are in the midst of an urban revolution, nothing less. It’s challenging for us to observe it and define it as such, being only human. With our short lifespans and even shorter-term memories. The signs of a revolution are already here. Scarce, subtle and slow as they may be.
The city is primarily a product of transportation. It has always been one. The size of the city and the width of the streets, everything is constantly adapting to the way we move. Even the height of buildings in the city is related to transportation, and was limited to four floors before the invention of the safety elevator – The most popular public, electric, autonomous and free transport vehicle in the world.