Walking in Times of Uber Cities

Our mobility originates with our feet. Until the last century, the historic configurations of cities were dictated by the human capacity to walk. The Inca and Aztec civilizations sustained large empires for centuries on foot. Walking 5km/hour for 1 hour provides a radius of 2.5 km and an area of 20 km2. These are the distances…

Mobility and Space in the Dispersed City

Mobility requires infrastructures. Movement within urban and rural habitats involves constant supply of energy and maintenance to motorized automobiles. Data from the book The Urban Political Economy and Ecology of Automobility: Driving Cities, Driving Inequality, Driving Politics tells us that in 1960 the motor vehicle industry manufactured 16.5 million units, 29.4 million in 1970, and 48.6 million in 1990. During…