torsdag den 6. august 2009

America 2050 - Megaregions

Hvad kalder vi vores 5 regioner ... Nano-regioner?

And there is just 40+ years to go ...


As metropolitan regions continued to expand throughout the second half of the 20th century their boundaries began to blur, creating a new scale of geography now known as the megaregion. Interlocking economic systems, shared natural resources and ecosystems, and common transportation systems link these population centers together. As continued population growth and low density settlement patterns place increasing pressure on these systems, there is greater impetus to coordinate policy at this expanded scale.

America 2050 Megaregions

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Megaregions in Google Earth

Download an interactive Google Earth file of Megaregions (KML format). Add this layer to Google Earth to see Megaregions overlaid on satellite imagery, roads, rail and other layers. Download Google Earth

Recommendations for a Trans-American Passenger Network

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Recommendations for a Trans-American Freight Network

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America 2050 calls for a Trans-American Freight Network with investments that will alleviate highway and rail bottlenecks, electrify the rails, and green the nation's seaports. These investments should foster the growth of our economy, reduce the systems impact on the natural environment, and help to offset the impact of the freight system on local communities. To accomplish these goals the federal government needs to articulate a national freight policy. The following illustrative map identifies key freight corridors, bottlenecks in major metropolitan regions, and the nation's global gateways where these investments might be focused.

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