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Emerald City

Emerald City

Emerald City

What does it mean to balance climate risks?

Considering the challenges of flood, heat, and drought, the Emerald City future focuses on reconfiguring land use and urban form to support multiple needs. The repurposing of freeways into multi-modal transportation networks that bisect canals create connected hubs across the urban area where density and vegetation are concentrated.



Iconic changes in this future include simultaneous decreases in personal automobile use and increases in public transportation access and service, which are facilitated by transformations to the existing transit system. Tree canopy cover and urban density are also consistently increasing. By 2060, the majority of existing freeways have been converted to multi-modal transit corridors and the region relies on 100% solar energy.

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