Urban Density: Bay Area Edition

Reversing urban sprawl and abolishing the suburbs is super important for fighting climate change, making life more affordable/livable and fun, and preventing future zootonic virus outbreaks. In previous posts, I have densified the states of Oregon and Washington. Today and for the next few days, I will densify the shit out of California. California is a huge state, with nearly 40 million people, so I will do it by regions. Bay Area, Southern California, Central California, and Northern California. First up, the Bay Area!

As Always, I begin with an example city to describe what I’m doing, and then I’ll just list the changes for all the remaining cities. The Bay Area example will of course be San Francisco. San Francisco has a population of 883,305 on 47 square miles of land, a population density of just under 19k people per square mile. It is good by U.S standards, amazing actually that they have such density while being mostly single family housing. That density while being sprawled out is why San Francisco is so expensive, due to the extreme scarcity of land. By any reasonable standard though, it is mediocre density. I myself have two density standards. Barcelona/Paris level density, between 40k-60k people per square mile, and Hong Kong level density of 150k people per square mile. I usually settle for Barcelona/Paris level except cities that sit on the water with great views, in which case I roll with Hong Kong density to ensure the maximum number of people can live with great views and even more can live within walking distance of the water and views. Naturally, San Francisco will be given the Hong Kong treatment. So let’s go ahead and have me snap my fingers and bam, San Francisco now had three million people on 20 square miles of land that’s also able to feed 1.3 million people, eight square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed an additional two million people, and 19 square miles of parks, forests, wetlands, green space etc.

Most of the other cities in the Bay Area will also have Hong Kong level density, although some like San Jose that don’t have much coastline will just be Barcelona/Paris level density. San Jose has just a tad over one million people on 176 square miles of land. Paris is 41 square miles with 2.2 million people, and that includes its two large parks, each of which are twice the size of NYC’s Central Park. So we’re just going to go ahead and drop Paris into San Jose three times. San Jose now has 6.6 million people on 123 square miles of land, and has 12 Central Parks. But wait, we still have 53 square miles left to play with! Well 30 square miles of vertical aquaponics is enough to feed 7.5 million people, so now the city is all set on food. Even with the 12 Central Parks, we’ll of course make the remaining 23 square miles of land be parks, forests, wetlands etc. Close your eyes. Dream. We just made San Jose oh so beautiful. My heart. Okay, moving on. Just going to run down the rest of the Bay Area now.

Daly City: 300k people on two square miles of land and feeding 135k people, one square mile of VA (vertical aquaponics) to feed 250k, four square miles of parks and stuff.

South San Francisco: 450k on 3m feeding 200k+, 1m VA feeding 250k, 5m parks and stuff.

Pacifica: 600k on 4m feeding 270k, 2m VA feeding 500k, 6m parks and stuff.

Burlingame: 300k on 2m feeding 135k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 3m parks and stuff.

Palo Alto: 500k on 10m feeding 350k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 13m parks and stuff.

Redwood City: 400k on 8m feeding 280k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 10m parks and stuff.

Mountain View: 150k on 3m feeding 105k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 5m parks and stuff.

Sunnyvale: 350k on 7m feeding 245k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 14m parks and stuff.

San Mateo: 200k on 4m feeding 140k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 7m parks and stuff.

Santa Clara: 300k on 6m feeding 210k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 11m parks and stuff.

Milpitas: 200k on 4m feeding 140k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 8m parks and stuff.

Fremont: Just plop in Paris here. 2.2 mil on 41m, 10m VA feeding 2.5 mil, add on an additional 26 miles of parks and stuff.

Union City: 150k on 3m feeding 105k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 5m parks and stuff.

Hayward: 2.2 mil on 15m feeding 990k, 6m VA feeding 1.5 mil, 24m parks and stuff.

Oakland: 3.7 mil on 25m feeding 1.7 mil, 10m VA feeding 2.5 mil, 21m parks and stuff.

Berkeley: 450k on 3m feeding 203k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 6m parks and stuff.

Richmond: 1.8 mil on 12m feeding 810k, 5m VA feeding 1.25 mil, 17m parks and stuff.

San Leandro: 600k on 4m feeding 270k, 2m VA feeding 500k, 7m parks and stuff.

San Rafeal: 750k on 5m feeding 338k, 2m VA feeding 500k, 9m parks and stuff.

Vallejo: 1.5 mil on 10m feeding 675k, 5m VA feeding 1.25 mil, 16m parks and stuff.

Santa Rosa: 1 mil on 20m feeding 700k, 2m VA feeding 500k, 19m parks and stuff.

Petaluma: 200k on 4m feeding 140k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 9m parks and stuff.

Napa: 300k on 6m feeding 210k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 11m parks and stuff.

Fairfield: 550k on 11m feeding 350k+, 1m VA feeding 250k, 22m parks and stuff.

Vacaville: 500k on 10m feeding 350k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 17m parks and stuff.

Concord: 500k on 10m feeding 350k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 19m parks and stuff.

Walnut Creek: 300k on 6m feeding 210k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 12m parks and stuff.

Pleasanton: 400k on 8m feeding 280k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 15m parks and stuff.

Livermore: 500k on 10m feeding 350k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 14m parks and stuff.

San Ramon: 300k on 6m feeding 210k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 11m parks and stuff.

Navato: 500k on 10m feeding 350k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 16m parks and stuff.

Antioch: 1.5 mil on 10m feeding 675k, 5m VA feeding 1.25 mil, 13m parks and stuff.

Pittsburgh: 750k on 5m feeding 338k, 2m VA feeding 500k, 10m parks and stuff.

Tiburon: 150k on 1m feeding 68k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 2m parks and stuff.

Mill Valley: 150k on 1m feeding 68k, 1m VA feeding 250k, 2m parks and stuff.

So yea, that’s most of the Bay Area! I’ve now given the Bay Area region a population of 34.3 million people, or almost what all of California’s population is today. The Bay Area would now be able to house more people, it’d be more affordable, it’d use less water as it’d grow all of its own food/be able to feed itself, it’d be greener and more sustainable. San Francisco is a huge hub for U.S flights to Asia and especially India. India under Nareenda Modi has been building concentration camps for its 200 million Muslims as it seeks to establish an ethno state of Hindu nationalism. Hindu nationalism has a strong relationship to the Nazi regime in Germany during the 1930’s and 40’s and is regarded as part of the pure Aryan race. India also has a large underclass population of Dalits, whom are at the bottom of the caste system and are considered to be unpure and untouchable. With a greater population density and sustainability, the Bay Area could take in and become a loving home for millions of India’s unwanted Muslims and Dalits.

 

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