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Stay on the Trail

Posted in Uncategorized on May 25, 2018 by thewholeworld

8/24/17
TO:

Governor John Hickenlooper
136 State Capitol Building
Denver, CO 80203

Colorado State Senator Dominick Moreno
200 E. Colfax
Denver, CO 80203

Colorado State House Representative Adrienne Benavidez
200 E. Colfax, Rm 307
Denver CO 80203

 

SUBJECT: Future Traffic, Housing and Funding Opportunities

 

Dear Governor and Legislators,

Metro Denver doesn’t have enough housing or roads for people now, so, what will it look like when the population of Denver is 10 million, and the population of Colorado is 15 million?

It’s coming and it’s not that far away.

What are we going to do about it, build a wall?

Maybe.

Or, maybe we could apply a version of the ‘Stay On The Trail’ technique of forest conservation, to our housing, transportation funding, and land development needs?

CDOT is finally speaking of an underground or under-grade project for I-70, but saying only of little or nothing on top.

This raises some questions.

Most notably, what happens to an open ditch, of any size, in a blizzard, or, what happens if we get upwards of 9” of rain overnight, as Houston is predicted to, tonight? Weather extremes are becoming the norm, so the sub-grade freeway must be covered, if only to keep the weather out, but how to pay for it?

Additionally, what will traffic look like when there is another quarter of a million people living between Havana and Quebec within ¼ mile of I-70? Level F operations on all roads and highways?

Maybe consider what it would look like if that quarter million people lived above a subterranean I-70, between Havana and Quebec, all paying monthly rent to CDOT.

Not taxes, not tolls, rent.

Another three quarters of a million people living above I-70 from Quebec to I-25?

All CDOT renters.

The amount of possible rent revenue generated (in perpetuity) by properly developing that immense, continuous airspace, would ameliorate CDOT from any need to create toll roads, anywhere in the state of Colorado, ever again.

That rent would, in the future, help finance the electric rail tunnel needed from Rifle to Golden, to, once and for all, remove all interstate truck traffic from Vail Pass.

How?

Bond Measures issued to begin construction on four to six stories of continuous, open-arched structure along and above the sub-grade I-70, leaving the at-ground-level space mostly open to neighborhood pedestrian traffic and cross streets, the several floors above contain parking with charging stations in the mass numbers we will need, interspersed with transportation-oriented commercial spaces, moving sidewalks, bike lanes, qwik-tubes and light rail, encased in what looks like a giant, open, modern ‘Roman aqueduct’, running across metro Denver, all as a foundation.

Creating these several floors of continuous but ‘open’, multi-modal-transport-oriented arched structure acts as a ‘light-&-air buffer’ between heavy traffic of the subterranean freeway and the tens of thousands of residential units you can stack, side-by-side, two continuous rows with space between, along on top. Now well far enough away from the noise and (mostly ground-absorbed) vibration of heavy freeway traffic, as to be not just livable, but very desirable.

Living units of little more than heated, powered & plumbed, rectangular concrete tubes, with a glass wall & private balcony at one end, and a steel wall & door to the interior hall at the other end. And a view of either New Mexico or Wyoming, a bunch of Kansas, Nebraska, some of Texas.

Cover the south-facing balcony walls with several hectares worth of pv solar and use some of the cavernous interior space available for city-sized banks of batteries to generate and store it’s it’s own energy. Cover the north facing with hanging gardens, and alternate unit size to vary the side surface and roof-line profile.

Average twenty-five or more stories of basic 15’w x 10′ h x 35′ d cubes for low and moderate income housing, include larger more expensive units on upper floors, varied in overall building height, and I-70 itself will help support Colorado’s future population density-vs-open space, and affordability needs, while rents providing new funding for future public works needs.

And do it without the horrific sprawl that still sees new residential/family front-doors being built less than twenty feet from what are in essence busy 4-lane boulevards, creating front yard deathtraps for all the children and pets who live there, forever. (That is not planning, that is the worst kind of sprawl imaginable, and if you want to see it first hand, drive Syracuse from 56th to 30th.

Shame on the Planning Commissions that approved such terrors.

We can build effectively for the huge population increases we are facing, or, we can pretend we are doing it right, right now.

How’s your morning commute, Governor?

Math
15′ wide space
350 +/- spaces per mile
2 continuous rows of units, north or south side, with plenty of utility space between rows
700 units per mile
25 floors of affordable housing
17500 units per mile
$600.00 per month unit rent
$10,500,000.00 monthly rent revenue capacity, per mile
$126,000,000.00 annual rent revenue capacity, per mile
$2.2+ billion dollars, annual rent revenue capacity, in I-70 CDOT airspace Ward Rd. to Pena Blvd.

From affordable housing, for almost a million people, any larger more expensive units on higher floors would generate additional rents, as would the commercial rents from space available in the lower ‘arches’ levels.

All without paving another square inch of Colorado.

One time construction cost are high, but shelter is required, and rent is in perpetuity, (as institutional buyers of residential properties will attest.)

Do toll-roads generate that kind of revenue for CDOT?

Miles and miles of prime property stretches across Denver, a developer won’t have to buy to build housing on, might pique participatory interests, no?

Each with a private balcony from at least several floors up, the views will be astounding, as will the savings in the asphaltization of every square inch of Colorado, like we watched happen in California.

Solid city sprawl, without end, mountain to sea, from San Diego to San Luis Obispo has happened in my lifetime. It will, under present circumstance, become solid city sprawl, without end, mountain to plain, from Trinidad to Cheyenne and it’s traffic, in the lives of today’s young children. Will their grand-kids ever see a prairie dog?

Or, we can build in super-densities that provide direct, new funding, and fulfill market housing needs while allowing access to continuous ribbons of open space, bike/jogging lanes and transportation options, on the roof and at lower/ground levels.

Build the living units Euro-style, bare concrete walls and stub-outs, so that when a tenant moves away they take their used interior cabinetry pieces, even the flooring with them, a steam-cleaner comes down the hall & hoses out the hollow concrete tube in fifteen or twenty minutes, a window washer cleans the glass in 5 minutes, a plumber pops in the temp shower/sink/toilet combo unit (a port-a-potty with running water) (if needed), and it’s ready to rent again, CDOT-style.

IKEA and others, just like in Europe now, will sell, or local craftspeople can build, a new kitchen and bath in the empty, sterile space.

 

The rooftop (of varying height) presents a special opportunity.

Continuous open space, freeway wide and miles long, jogging trails, bike lanes, restaurants, micro-breweries, an Amazon drone-port, sunset concerts, 5/10k run in the summer, in the winter when it snows, a half-pipe/terrain parks, 60 floors up.

Take your skis and the elevator up to the top at Havana in the morning and slide down the roof to work at Peoria from sixty floors up with fresh powder in the winter. A roof CDOT makes the snow base on.

Moving sidewalks, qwik-tubes, escalators and elevators move large numbers of inhabitants close, and great distance along the trail in little, or no time at all.

With millions more people moving here, it is utilitarianly absurd, financially havoc-wreaking and environmentally catastrophic for CDOT not to self-fund, to capitalize, by aggressively developing it’s vast airspace.

Developing in a ‘Stay On The Trail’ super-density fashion will also relieve/restrain residential development of much needed farm/ranch lands, to feed all the existing and coming new Coloradans.

We can plan and build for the future while conserving some of the land we have, or we can have more toll-roads, taxes, and sprawl.

Some might complain that it’s building a mountain of housing across Denver, but it’s better than ‘to tear the mountains down to bring in a couple more’.

 

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The Future of Warfare

Posted in Uncategorized on August 13, 2015 by thewholeworld

https://twitter.com/NASAhistory/status/631880412072034304″>August 13, 2015

Giant, ultra-long linger platforms like this, with 5k to 10k of these, ready to deploy, by dropping into any territory.

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3D Printing

Posted in Uncategorized on May 23, 2015 by thewholeworld

When 3D Printing begins using a nanotube carbon-fiber medium, we will see a huge change in structure.

Woven loosely, the cloth still fine, will lay and shimmer like silk, (but ring like a huge gong when stopping a .50 caliber rifle round).

Stacked tightly, the thickness of light cardboard will hold spaceship hull structure and withstand debris impact thousands of times what current shell materials withstand.

None of this even begins to tread the paths that interwoven linked-molecule computers will be able to accomplish.

Complete invisibility, through ‘active blending’ with surroundings wherever you go.

Active-armor clothing for combat situations, uniforms themselves are armor, and a complete file history of the soldier wearing it.

Vehicles capable of safely transporting hundreds of times their own weight.

Air and space travel in vehicles who’s structures weigh less than a 1/100th of their predecessors.

Components that never wear out.

Earthquake-proof buildings that if shaken off, can be lifted and set back on repaired pad.

Buildings that make drive-by shootings a futile endeavor, and place the shooter in greater risk of being hit by ricochet, than anyone inside being bothered by someone having ‘issues’ with them.

Personal submarines that cruise the ocean depths.

Skyscrapers that require cabin pressurization.

Help Utah Fight Back

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2013 by thewholeworld

“We can fight back.

Not by protest, but by the light switch in your homes.

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/10/08/2-Billion-NSA-Spy-Center-Going-Flames

“…requires about 64 megawatts of electricity—that’s about a $1 million a month energy bill…”

A simple smartphone app, to coordinate the timing.

At ‘Go’ everyone turns on their AC, toasters, lights, everything they have to draw power.

Then move to your circuit breaker box.

At ‘Stop’ everyone flips their main breaker.

Would take less than a minute between Go and Stop, no one’s utility bill would suffer.

The sudden draw of all those demands would create huge pull, and the power company starts to ramp up.

The 64 megawatt draw, suddenly has to strain to pull in enough power.

The harder it pulls, the bigger the target it becomes when the sudden Stop action creates a spike, sending it down the line to the biggest pipe it can find.

Voi’la!

Fried servers.

The rest of us turn off all the excess switches, and then turn back on the main circuit breaker.”

Grambling Football, the Canery in the Coal Mine

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19, 2013 by thewholeworld

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/18/grambling-football-boycott-bus-jackson-state_n_4125161.html

Disgruntled Grambling players had refused to travel to Mississippi for the game.

A LOT of schools are going to be facing the exact same problems in the next decade.

As soon as we turned Student Loans into the same kind of financial time bomb that Adjustable Rate mortgages proved to be, we sealed the fate of higher education in America.

Enrollment is going to nosedive, across the board.

Coaches will find their scholarship funds dry up, their budgets shrivel, their facilities waste away, their records suffer and their careers cut short.

Soon their contracts won’t even be honored and being fired will mean lawsuits costing everyone even more.

All because education will be the sole province of the wealthy few who don’t have to take on onerous and predatory loans, just to get an education.

The wealthy elite want it this way.

They want an uneducated populace, too dumb to know what they are being robbed of, and too worried about their next meal to demand a living wage.

They want a people unpropertied and without rights, so they can continue to reap billions in profit for themselves, while the children of their night shift workers are the ones who sweep the floors and work the day shift.

If you think it’s not possible, look at the garment factories that produce your clothes and shoes.

All those jobs that used to pay living wages here, now pay a bowl of rice a day, there.

Globalization does NOT lift the bottom to the top, it drags the top down to the bottom.

The Real Reason Republicans –

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2013 by thewholeworld

Hate Social Security, is more that they’ve borrowed so much from the fund, they hate the idea of having to pay it back.

To pay for their wars, their saber-rattling, their juntas, their regime change experts, their extravagance-

http://www.ccclub.org/

Their power mad drunken stupor-

“… The total life-cycle cost for the entire American fleet is estimated to be US$1.51 trillion over its 50-year life…”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_F-35_Lightning_II

Fifty years?

What kind of technology lasts fifty years anymore?

A trillion and a half dollars for a weapons system that fewer than 250 Americans will ever be qualified to use against any legitimate enemy, even if it does last fifty years.

Republicans would rather spend money on this, than pay back what they already owe to Social Security.

TEPCO EFFORTS FUTILE AT FUKASHIMA

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2013 by thewholeworld

Fukushima Operator TEPCO Calls For Foreign Help As Crisis Worsens       8-27-13

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/26/japan-fukushima-plant_n_3816038.html

“…said it would invite foreign decommissioning experts to advise it…”

Every so-called ‘expert’ on the planet, that’s ever spoken in favor of Nuclear Power, should be forced to go to Fukashima, and made to help clean up at the site.

This is their fault, every single one of them, make them deal with it.

Make them give up their lives in the effort to fix what they’ve broken.

Don’t let them call for volunteers from among the better angels of mankind, but do it themselves.

They won the day, speaking to further this technology at hearing and commission aplenty worldwide, let them now back up their words.

Let their lives be the one’s that burn away and fill graveyards, like those who gave all at Chernobyl.

Let them be judged by the monster they’ve unleashed.

Let the very last one of them perish in the effort, before another good heart is lost.

And let their murderous & filthy toys be buried with them.

Cavemen used sticks and rocks to make fire.

It’s time to use smarter tools.