30 May '13, 1pm

Energy Solutions: Energy Use by Buildings

Locating factories downtown might increase urban air pollution. Locating all factories and large commercial office buildings downtown would require the construction of a more elaborate infrastructure of public transportation. Granted, this would provide a long-term benefit to urban dwellers, but it would be expensive. Locating all factories and large commercial office buildings downtown in hopes that workers will be able to commute to work by subway or bus will only work if affordable housing exists close to a subway stop or bus stop. Many U.S. cities already lack affordable housing in these locations, which is why so many people live a long ways away from where they work. Moving factories and large commercial office buildings downtown is not enough if the plan does not include a comprehensive overhaul of America's approach to providing affordable housing. If this last poi...

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