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19.20.21: A Study of the Modern Supercity

A new study which examines 19 cities of 20 million people each (and in the 21st century) is about to be undertaken. This study, called 19.20.21, appears to be quite intriguing and I look forward to its results. Check out the site for some interesting urban facts, both historical and recent.

One question though: anyone know who is sponsoring the study? If you have any information about it, please contact me, or put the info into the comments.

(via kottke)

City Evacuation Preparedness Ranking

The American Highway Users Alliance ranked thirty seven large cities in the United States in terms of how prepared they are to undergo a mass evacuation. The results? Most cities are in bad shape (full report card, in pdf, is here). Kansas City, however, can be evacuated easily, mainly “because it’s not densely populated, there are no geographical barriers on any side of the city and it has a good intra-city road system, said Greg Cohen, president of the highway users alliance” (from the USA Today article about it). Wired Magazine also had an infographic in its February 2007 issue about this, but that piece is unfortunately not available online.