h a l f b a k e r y
Faster than a stationary bullet.
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City which stretches instead of sprawls
Dig a deep pit several kilometres wide, seal it hermetically by
vitrification and fill it with water. Stretch a tough elastic surface across
it, cover that in infrastructure and gyroscopically supported buildings
and street furniture. Some of the infrastructure is helical in form and
expand. People and businesses gradually fill the city,
bringing with them urine and waste water, which is treated and
discharged via the sewers into the pit. Also, the city collects rainwater.
As time goes by, the elastic surface gradually bulges and inflates,
moving the buildings further apart, which stay upright due to the
gyroscopes. Build more edifices between the older buildings. More
people move into the city (or engage in economic activity there),
thereby importing more liquid waste and further inflating the city.
Ultimately, what was formerly a flat city becomes a hemispherical city
of twice the area, through which it's possible to move along spiral and
radial roads away from the centre assisted by gravity. Finally, either
dig satellite pits or start building down into the pit, allowing people to
live surrounded by ancient slurry (best not to think about that bit).
||Is this to do with breasts?
||Is this a metaphor for capitalism?
Love the title by the way. <starts mentally building SincChronoCity>
||I don't see breasts as either inflatable or as filled with wee, so whereas
you may have a point, it's subconscious at most, [MB]. It was actually
inspired by a comment on Mornington Crescent that in Chaucer's time
the game was quicker because London was smaller and therefore the
tube stations were closer together. Not a metaphor for capitalism
either until now, but you do have a point, .