Monday, February 07, 2011

Cleveland vs The World = WE'RE #4!!!!!

Reposted from Yahoo Travel:

World's Most Visionary Cities

To see the future, visit these forward-thinking metropolises
By Joshua M. Bernstein

When it's fully operational in approximately 2020, wholly sustainable Masdar City is slated to have zero waste and zero carbon emissions; it will recycle most of its water and rely on solar energy and other renewable resources. Gas-guzzling cars are banned—replaced instead by podlike, battery-operated transit systems that travel underground. It's a visionary template for the world of tomorrow.

While Masdar City may represent the future metropolis, its planners are hardly the world's only visionary urbanites. Across the globe, architects and social engineers are taking entirely unique approaches to redefine how cities function. And traveling to these visionary cities today gives you a taste of the world of tomorrow.

4. Cleveland: Urban Farming 

While Cleveland's forlorn steel mills may be crumbling, the city's shopping malls are springing to life—plant life, that is. In the former Galleria at Erieview mall, a project dubbed Gardens Under Glass is helping the mall morph into a greenhouse. Sunlight streaming through the glassed-in atrium, as well as a hydroponics system, ensures the lush growth of vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, and tomatoes. Once harvested, the veggies are sold at the mall's weekly farmers' market.

Cleveland: Urban Farming

Cleveland: Urban Farming
Photo: Vicki Poole

To see other the other visionary cities of the world, click here.