If we are talking about a city built "from scratch," I would be inclined to forget about high rise office buildings and government buildings filled with workers in cubicles. That notion is going to disappear, perhaps in our lifetime.
JohnboyTown would consist, regardless of the shape, of neighborhoods where folks could live, work and shop. Lots of folks and lots of green space between them where the schools and cultural stuff would be.
Cars? Cars in the city? Why? Rather, an above ground and efficient transportation system.
And then there would be a "no sprawl" zone.
Have I managed to offend everyone's sensibility about urban planning?
Yes, I was talking about building a hypothetical city from scratch.
When I talk about the business gov't section being in the middle, I didn't automatically envision cubicle-ville.
Building from scratch there could be plenty of natural light, glass (tinted and untinted) staggered layers and stuff. I don't know anything about architecture, so I don't know how to describe what I'm seeing.
I was thinking that having the housing area in a ring would make it LESS exclusionary, again, if you're building from scratch. The housing ring would be wide. Again, I'm no math expert, so I don't know how wide a circle would have to be to house let's say between 1 and 2 million people. If it got over a mile wide, I think you'd have to have "dots" of service centers. So no one would need to go more than a mile to buy necessities. If all the housing were in a ring, you could alternate higher cost housing next to lower, next to middle. Would this perhaps be a crime deterent? Now, poorer, high crime areas are isolated in distinct areas of the city, and the rich in other distinct areas. Making mingling mandatory would cause the law abiding want to set up more neighborhood watches, and most of the middle and poorer certainly would join forces to feel safer. Where would the criminals go if different socio-economic people worked together?
There is the problem of growth of the population. The city center would keep getting further away. Even if we build up.
Set, was this what you were talking about?
Where the center 7 cells would start out as the city center, and cells of various uses encirle it?
Yeah, as the population grows, more city center cells could form on the outskirts.
But then it would be cutting into already existing recreational/agricultural cells.