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Underground City Highway System

No More Traffic Lights and Plenty of Room to Park
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Isn't it annoying having to stop at all those traffic lights on the way home? And then when you finally get there you can't find a place to park? Well, when you think about it, it can be avoided. Here's my idea: have an underground highway system that runs beneath the city. It would have an exit ramp on every block which would lead into a spacious parking area. what is now known at the "streets" would become this spacious parking lot with plenty of room to spare for walking malls, parks, greenery and playgrounds. This would solve the parking problem, as there would be more than enough room to park, and would make the city a much more pleasant place to live with the absence of cars driving on the surface. The only downside would be the drivers themselves who would now have to drive in a tunnel and would not be able to enjoy the scenery. But they would be more than compensated for with the quick ride and the scenic pleasant surface once they get there. An additional advantage would be that all underground things that require maintenance, (pipes electric etc) would be easily accessible through doors in the tunnel. Since there would be less confusion with traffic lights and stop signs and pedestrians, etc, there would be fewer accidents. It would be a little expensive to build but it would be worth it and the city would gain from the increased revenue as more would move in.
ProblemSolver, Aug 31 2004

The Big Dig http://www.bigdig.com/
[theircompetitor, Oct 04 2004]

Boston's Money Pit http://www.csmonito...19/p02s01-ussc.html
Just to offset the glowing engineering achievements described in the link above, a few quotes: "$14.6 Billion"; "The project cost was more than double the Panama Canal's in today's dollars."; "Costliest public-works project in US history." [jurist, Oct 04 2004]

Reminds me of the road system in this http://www.irobotmovie.com/
[RayfordSteele, Oct 04 2004]

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       Being tried in Boston,I believe
theircompetitor, Aug 31 2004

       /a little expensive/   

       A little?
bpilot, Aug 31 2004

       The Big Dig is a little bit different. It covers a smaller area, mostly business disctricts and has many levels. it also allows cars on the surface.This would use the same techniques but be deployed to a slightly different objective. It's amazing that it only cost them 15 billion. You could probably do a whole city for only a few times more than that.
ProblemSolver, Aug 31 2004

       How do you figure?
Worldgineer, Aug 31 2004

       This is a nearly identical description of the city plan proposed by influential Le Corbusier, in his 1929 book "The City of To-Morrow and its Planning".
Laughs Last, Aug 31 2004


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