Best place to live if gas goes to $10/gallon?
New York City, according to SustainLane, a nonprofit website for healthy and sustainable living via their Ten U.S. Cities Best Prepared for an Oil Crisis report. It’s no small honor, as NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s acknowledgment attests, “That New York City has been recognized by SustainLane as the best prepared city to face a nation-wide oil crisis is testament to the resiliency and strength of our infrastructure.”
The rest of the list, which in some ways could be seen as the ten most walkable or car-free cities:
1. New York City
3. San Francisco
The rankings are based on the following criteria, in order of priority: Commute time/distance, mass transit ridership, sprawl, traffic congestion, locally-grown food and wireless networks. Growing up in Hawaii, I’m a little puzzled by Honolulu at #7, but I can vouch for the others on the list.
I think their criteria is a little loose as a way to judge the oil-crisis preparedness of a city.
New York? How long will those elevators be able to run, those water pumps able to bring H20 up hundreds of stories, all those air conditioners in all those sealed-tight office buildings? New York must be one of the most energy consumptive cities on the planet. I can’t see how that would make it best prepared for an oil crisis if you factor in all a persons needs besides transortation.