importance of cities, and pedestrians
From the Monocle article
21st century economy is city-driven, but political power is based on the 19-20th century model of the nation-state.
Cities, not nations, are the community of the 21st century.
% of world pop living in cities 1800–3%, 1950–30%, 2012–50% or more.
18% of global population generate 66% of global economic activity and 85% of scientific/technical innovation– city dwellers
More people are killed by cars than by HIV, tb, or malaria.
97k pedestrians use main street NYC each day, and have 30% of the street space. 56k cars take the other 70%. Flushing main street
45% of trips in Chennai, India, are on foot or bike, yet attract only 3% of infrastructure spending