There are some places you just can’t animate… like this California town laid out in Mojave Desert in 1965.
Now it’s just a bunch of abandoned roads (mostly).
California City sits on 80,000 acres of dust strewn landscape; it was a town that was supposed to rival LA in size by now.
I guess people forgot why we have settlements in the first place. Things like:
-for mutual protection
-for skill sharing
-for intra-city trade
-for inter-city trade
-as centers for learning, experimenting, teaching, research, making, growing…
-for tribal gatherings (aka office complexes, community centers and churches)
-for recreation and entertainment
-for increased creativity (now called collisionable hours)
-for greater productivity through excellence
-for greater energy and land conservation
-for improved governance
-for greater sense of community and belonging
-for resilience in times of war or natural disaster
-as transportation hubs (where rivers meet, where railroads terminate, where airports function, where well trafficked roads/pathways connect, wherever Elon Musk’s hyperloop goes next!)
This list tries to explain why cities exist, and why some don’t make it and never will.