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Seattle Covid19

Covid19 cases have doubled in Seattle in the last two weeks. Washington has a Democratic governor, and Seattle has a Democratic mayor. Cases are now higher today than they were when we first went into shelter in place (half assed lockdown), yet we are still open for some reason. This is so fucking stupid that I’m literally breaking. It’s all so much needless sickness and death. Democrats will surely cave in to Trump’s pressure to reopen the schools, because that is what capitalism demands. We are ruled by Death Eaters, in every major institution, as philosopher Heather Marsh has said.

As always, this could all be done with relatively quickly. If Seattle implemented a hard mask mandate tomorrow, meaning everyone must wear a mask at all times when they leave the house, not just for public indoor spaces but also outdoor exercise, being at the park etc, as Goldman Sachs said, the R0 would be 0.6. Cases would go up for another two weeks, then level off, probably around 100 if done tomorrow. In three weeks, just as cases have leveled off and are about to decline, impose a hard 60 day lockdown, nobody leaves their house.

With an R0 of say 0.5, cases during the first week of hard lockdown would fall to 50 per day. By the end of week two, new cases would be at 25 per day. End of week three, new cases would be at 12 or 13. End of week four, new cases are at six. End of week five, we’d be down to three new cases. Week six, one new case per day. Week seven and eight, we’d reach the magical number of zero new cases per day.

At that point, we’d be able to end the lockdown. I didn’t say reopen, I said lift the lockdown. The word reopening, even with phases, has led many to believe we are done with the pandemic. We need a different word, such as phase one recovery, or post first wave containment phase, or something. After the lockdown, people would likely be further traumatized thus there’d hopefully be higher compliance with wearing masks. Once the lockdown is lifted, implement a 90 day mask mandate where masks must be worn at all times outside of the house. Close off ¼ of all car lanes/roads to be used for pedestrians in order to maintain physical distancing of six feet. Being that a mask mandate with compliance rate of just 60% keeps the R0 under 1, with cases at zero, as a city we’d stay at zero cases for three months post lockdown while the rest of the state and country go through absolute shit.

The two month lockdown plus three month mask mandate would get us through the next five months, at which point hopefully the governors of blue states find their strength and will power to resist Trump to do what’s needed to save their own people. I don’t have much hope though, because as Heather Marsh has said, the Democrats are mostly Death Eaters too. They want more deaths because they’re capitalists, and they hope it will lead to a landslide Biden win even though that’s already baked in even if there were no more deaths starting tomorrow.

Dear Democrats, Biden is going to win. Now fucking shut your states down as hard as China did with Wuhan, for two months, and then force everyone to wear masks 24/7 for three months, so nobody else has to die you fucking assholes.

Covid Thoughts, part one million because I’m h*cking mad as hell

I’m super mad, and honestly scared. All this death is so needless. Not just here in the U.S, but in the U.K, Brazil and Russia. I’m mad at Italy, Spain, France, China and others too for their initial slow response to Covid19, but at least they have learned and have brought cases and deaths way down. New Zealand all but eliminated it, as has Taiwan, and Vietnam has zero deaths so far. This virus need not linger with us for many more months as we all suffer in anxiety waiting for a vaccine. For the one millionth time, wear masks when you leave the house.

If I am an asymptomatic carrier, and I’m wearing a mask, and you’re wearing a mask, and we stay six feet apart, your chances of catching it would be just 1.5%. Meaning if you put a line of 20 masked people six feet away from me all wearing masks, maybe one of those people catches it. The rate of transmission without masks and without physical distancing of six feet for this virus is anywhere between 2.5 and 3. If 100% of the population wore masks and did physical distancing of six feet, the rate of transmission of the virus would drop to 0.06 if taking a natural R0 of 3. For simple math purposes you could just round it up to 0.1.

If tomorrow, every last person wore masks AND did physical distancing of six feet, within three weeks the spread of the virus would fall off a cliff. U.S new cases per day is like 35k and will likely break 40k a day here soon, and only to get worse from there. Let’s say because of spread from today, in two weeks new cases reaches 50k per day. It’d likely level off for about a week, and then plummet by 90% in week four. By the end of the first month of 100% of people wearing masks AND doing physical distancing, national new cases per day would be down to 5k. At the end of the fifth week, new national cases per day would be down to 500. Week six we’d be down to 50 new cases per day, as a country. Week seven we’d be all the way down to just five new cases per day across the country. At the end of week eight, we’d be at zero new cases nationally. Keep wearing masks and staying six feet apart for weeks nine and ten, new cases stays at zero and most of the late active cases will have recovered. Continue wearing masks and staying six feet apart for weeks 11 and 12, most of the late active cases in the hospitals will have either been discharged or passed away. By the end of week 13, we will have had gone five weeks without any new cases, and we’d be at zero active cases, thus the virus would be entirely gone from humans.

Obviously this is just a dream, and it feels like asking a lot, but it’s truly not. It’s better to just sacrifice the next three months of our lives rather than risk dying or losing those we love forever. Also, the U.S has the most cases in the world, so if every country copied this at the same exact time, all other countries would beat us in eliminating the virus. This would mean that when the U.S crosses the finish line, the entire world would be Covid19 free. We’d all be done with this virus. It doesn’t mean a vaccine isn’t needed, just the opposite in fact.

By sacrificing the next three months to eliminating Covid19, we would create more time for all the vaccines being developed to undergo their normal long safety process, with years of testing to make sure the vaccine works. Also, the first vaccines, even if they work, sometimes provide shorter immunity and then later vaccines improve upon the early vaccines and provide greater and longer term immunity. By taking three months to wear masks and stay six feet apart to eliminate Covid19 in the here and now, we buy virologists the time they need to make the best possible vaccines that provide the greatest protection.

Sacrificing the next three months to eliminating Covid19 would also show humanity at its best and would be a successful trial run to show that we do know how to bring epidemics and pandemics to a screeching halt. There will be future zootonic virus outbreaks. In the last two decades alone we’ve had Covid19, Ebola, Zika, Swine Flu, SARS, MERS, Bird Flu. As deforestation continues to clear land for industrial animal agriculture and urban sprawl continues unabated, more viruses will be unleashed and with a warming climate disrupting ecosystems, virus outbreaks will happen more and more frequently. Those that are airborne viruses spread by breathing through the mouth and nose are easy for us to stop in their tracks. Masks.

The last thing I want to point out, to try and end on a good note. The economic theory of degrowth is spreading. Just as Medicare for All broke through with Bernie Sanders in 2016, the Green New Deal broke through with AOC and The Squad, and abolition of the police has finally broken through into the mainstream with the killing of George Floyd, the theory of degrowth has grown quietly but is ready for its breakthrough moment. Degrowth will prevent future pandemics by ending the causes of their outbreaks. If we can end this pandemic in the next three months, we buy critical time without more mass deaths for something or someone to cause a breakthrough moment for degrowth. So yea. Wear masks 24/7 when you leave your house, and do physical distancing of six feet apart.

Covid19 Thoughts

On Thursday, Seattle had 35 new cases of Covid19, and on Friday we had 28 new cases. Seattle and King County have just been approved to go to phase two of reopening though. Seattle has a population under 800k. Beijing throughout the past week has been experiencing roughly the same number of new cases per day as Seattle, but with a population of 21 million people. In other words, Seattle has more new cases per day per capita than Beijing by a long mile, and yet we are reopening while Beijing is shutting down. If Seattle were to be as serious about combating this virus as Beijing is, we would take the same drastic measures with 1 case for every 25 cases that Beijing has. To put it bluntly, if we really wanted to end the pandemic, we would completely shut down with no more than two new cases per day. Shutting down the city at two new cases per day would produce zero new cases within two weeks.

I understand that as we are not an island city or country, we wouldn’t be able to stay at zero even if we got there, because people from other nearby cities would bring it back in. That said, getting it to zero would allow contact tracing to be done much easier, thus ensuring new cases stays in the low single digits. At the current levels of infection in the U.S, it is impossible to successfully do contact tracing. You have to suppress it a lot with hard lockdowns to get the cases down, then mandate mask wearing in all indoor public settings.

High population density does not in itself cause huge spreading of the virus. As populated as China is compared to the U.S, its major cities are just as sprawled out as our cities. Beijing for example, has a population of 21 million people which is massive compared to Seattle, but is believe it or not only half the density. Wuhan is just a bit larger than NYC in population but much less density. We do not need to combat the virus as one whole country, but rather city by city. Unfortunately at this point, the virus is so widespread everywhere that we need to simultaneously all do a Wuhan level hard lockdown for two months to crush it. Get it to single digits if not zero city by city. Then in month three move to shelter in place, to allow the cases to keep falling. Only by month four should a partial reopening begin, with mandated mask wearing in all settings, even for outdoor exercise. By month five you can expand the reopening and just have mandated masks for all indoor public settings.

This isn’t going to happen of course. There’s zero political will, even among the Democrats, to reimpose shelter in place orders, much less lockdowns as hard as Wuhan did. Political and business leaders are willing to let USians keep getting infected and die. They don’t care about us. Only their profits.

We’re in month six and the progressive west coast governors are only now beginning to mandate mask wearing indoors. It is a shame that U.S health officials early on told people not to wear masks and that they don’t work, rather than telling people to wear masks but don’t buy the N95 ones because we need them for the healthcare workers. They hurt their credibility among the general public, thus making it harder for compliance when they later changed course and told people they should wear masks. Any person with a brain knows that masks work to prevent spread of any airborne virus, not just Covid19. People wore masks during the Spanish Flu of 1918. Healthcare workers wear them all the time because of the diseases they face in medical facilities, and they wear face shields and protective clothing. Hell, when I’ve been wearing my mask during this pandemic, it’s helped with my allergies as the mask also blocks out pollen, although I have to put my hood on/t-shirt over my hair to keep the pollen out of my hair. Even without Covid19, if people wore masks, there’d be less spread of the cold, the flu etc. When future airborne viruses come, and they will come if we keep fucking with ecosystems, wearing masks will prevent their spread too.

So yea. When you truly think about it, this virus isn’t all that hard to beat. We don’t need to wait in agony for six more months for a vaccine to be approved (one will almost surely be approved by the end of the year) or 18 months for when everyone who wants to be vaccinated is done so. We don’t need to sacrifice for two whole years just to be done with this thing, we just need to truly sacrifice three or maybe four months and then all wear masks when in public indoor settings. With hard lockdowns and universal mask wearing, you could have your sports back, your movies back, your water parks back, your first class suite flight on Emirates to Dubai to go indoor skiing in the middle of the desert and yea. Plus, if the worst case scenario is you have to wear a mask when indoors for years to come, think of how much less people will get sick every year. We’d be healthier in general. Obviously that won’t happen, so bleh.

Make Buses Sexy

Public transit has taken a hit from Covid19, at least in the U.S in terms of reputation, even though it’s not one of the most likely places for a super spreading event to occur, as people are only on the bus/train for a short period of time. We’re not even out of the first wave yet, much less the second wave, but this will pass, although the deaths to come will be catastrophic beyond belief. When it does pass, we have to invest in and ride public transit more than ever, otherwise usage of cars will make climate change worse, thus ensuring an even worse pandemic to come sooner rather than later. Public transit in the U.S is often associated with minorities, the poor, and the working class. The middle class loves their suburbs and their cars.

Buses in the U.S don’t have right of way like trains do. They for the most part don’t get their own dedicated lanes, thus they get stuck in traffic causing them to be slow. We must in a post pandemic society make literally every last god damn bus route BRT to the highest standard. Take lanes away from the cars and give them exclusively to the buses. Build and buy new buses, articulated, double talls, and bi-articulated. Run them every minute to maximize route capacity. Make the buses free to ride, permanently.

Most importantly though, we need a bus propaganda campaign, to make buses seem cool and downright sexy. Make buses sexy. That’s right. All the young handsome fellas who take the bus should take selfies at bus yards and bus stations. Take your shirt off and show your abs next to a bus. Get the bus driver to join your selfie. Strike poses. Same goes for all the women. When you go to the beach with your girlfriends, take bikini selfies next to a bus. If you see a bus driver, get them to join in the picture, because all bus drivers are pure sexy. Bus drivers are heroes. When you board a bus, tell the driver they are your hero.

We need to have social media hashtags for our bus selfies. I’m just thinking out loud here, but for the men we could use #FellasOnTheBus and for the women we could use #CutiesOnTheBus and then on top of that, everyone use #SexyBus or something like that. Also, I know this sounds really silly and stupid, but we have to set high societal standards for each other. Most everyone loves sex, I think, right? Anyways, if you have a romantic partner, get them to take the bus. So like, for the women who are with men, if you want to ride the D, you have to ride the B, #RideTheB2RideTheD. For the men who are with women, if you want some pussy as the saying goes, you have to get some bus. No bus, no pussy. Of course there should be positive encouragement too, so like in a Lesbian couple, if your partner takes the bus, you reward her by eating her out. Apply this to other LGBTQ relationships as well. Hold each other to high standards, make your loved ones take the bus, and the train too, but especially the bus. Buses can be cool and sexy, if we make riding them the cool and sexy thing to do.

Cars and freeways are ugly, buses and trains are cool and sexy.

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.

 

Seattle with Kolkota India density

Kolkota India is the most densely populated city in the world, to the extent that I know of, with a population density of 185k people per square mile. Density and abolishing the suburbs is what we need to fight climate change, and make cities more livable. Sprawled out cities creates a scarcity of land which drives up the price of housing, drives up the cost of public transit, drives up healthcare costs, increases destruction of nature leading to zootonic virus outbreaks. I previously did a post where I gave Seattle the density of Hong Kong’s most densely populated neighborhood, the Kwun Tong area of the Kowloon District, 150k people per square mile. Since then I found out Kolkota India is the best, so we shall do that.

India has prior to the pandemic finally begun its rapid growth phase to catch up to China, thus India is still quite poor from the lasting impacts of British colonialism. One estimate has the British owing around $40 trillion in reparations to India, or the size of the U.S and China economies combined. If India returns to rapid growth post Covid19 vaccine, I’d guess it’s about 20 years behind China. If left to grow without interruption from pandemics, climate change, war or other things, India is bound to catch up and surpass China, thus why China is acting now to contain India while China has the strong upper hand. Therefore, I will model Kolkota density in Seattle using modern developed means, not as a direct copy of Kolkota and its slums.

A 20 by 20 house is a comfortable one bedroom home. A 40 by 20 house is a comfortable two bedroom house. A 40 by 40 house is a comfortable three bedroom house. You build a 40 story public housing building in the shape of a plus sign. Two 40 ft by 120 ft buildings put together. 40 ft by 40 ft middle part where the two buildings meet, where the stairs and elevators would be. For every seven floors of housing, two floors would be single bedroom homes, two floors would be two bedroom homes, and three floors would be three bedroom homes. The bottom four floors of the building is for retail. Next 14 floors are for housing. Then four floors for indoor vertical aquaponics. Then another 14 floors for housing. The top four floors are for resident services, such as a resident gym, swimming pool, healthcare room, rooftop bar, small movie theater etc. The building would be able to house 400 residents.

Vertical aquaponics, with a height of ten feet per floor, would be able to feed annually 125 of the residents. The building would sit on a plot of land 220 ft by 220 ft. Using permaculture and agroforestry methods, the outside area of the building would able to produce enough food to feed another 56 residents, meaning 181 of the 400 residents, or 45%, are fed from food grown right on site. With 5280 feet in a mile, you’d be able to fit 22 x 22 for 484 such buildings in a square mile, for a population density of 194k people per square mile. Not only that, you leave 440 feet of space going north-south and east-west, enough to split into two spaces each 220 feet wide, enough for a tram line running under the shade of trees. The buildings would either have vertical vine going up their sides, or vertical gardens. The areas around the buildings are green as they are permaculture and agroforestry, meaning plenty of trees. Every square mile going both north-south and east-west would have two tram lines, with stations half a mile apart, in other words, every square mile of housing would have eight tram stations.

On 30 square miles of Seattle, you’d be able to house 5.8 million people and feed 2.6 million people. Using another 15 square miles just for vertical aquaponics, you’d be able to feed another 3.8 million people. You’d then be able to take 36 square miles and use it for parks, wetlands, forests etc. That’s a lot more than all of Seattle’s parks and golf courses combined today. Take the remaining 2.9 square miles and use it for a stadium/entertainment/factory district.

In my Hong Kong density post, I had Seattle with a population of 4.2 million people. Now with Kolkota level density, Seattle has a population of 5.8 million people with no less green space. That’s an additional 1.6 million people Seattle could house. We could support every Palestinian in the Gaza Strip, every Rohingya refugee, one million Syrian refugees, and one million Roma people in Europe. If we want to help fellow USians survive the fascist Trump regime (he won’t leave office until he dies, and even then power could be passed onto Ivanka) we could house one million LGBTQ people from around the country, two million blacks, and two million Latinos/Central & South Americans. That’s just within Seattle alone, not including the suburbs.

Urban density/climate change/the unwanted/pandemics – Oregon edition!

Portland, Oregon is three times the size of Paris France but has less than one million people. Damn urban sprawl. Let’s make Portland better! Portland isn’t on a large body of water, so it doesn’t need to have Hong Kong level density, so we’ll go with Barcelona/Paris type density. *snaps fingers* Portland now has 4.4 million people on 82 square miles, including either eight Central Parks or four Bois de Boulogne. With vertical aquaponics covering 20 square miles of land, Portland now grows enough food to feed 5 million people. Portland also an additional 31 square miles of parks/forests/wetlands/greenspace/land reparations to the indigenous.

Now let’s do Oregon’s other cities!

Hillsboro: 350k people on 7 square miles of land, 2 square miles of VA (vertical aquaponics) to feed 500k people, 13 square miles of parks and stuff.

Beaverton: 350k people on 7 square miles of land, 2 square miles of VA to feed 500k, and 11 square miles of parks and stuff.

Tigard: 200k people on 4 square miles of land, 1 square miles of VA, 7 square miles of parks and stuff.

Lake Oswego: 150k on 3 square miles, 1 mile of VA, 6 sq miles of parks and stuff.

Gresham: 400k on 8 sq miles, 2 miles of VA, 13 miles of parks and stuff.

Eugene: 1 million people on 20 sq miles, 4 miles of VA, 20 miles of parks and stuff.

Springfield: 250k on 5 sq miles, 1 mile of VA, 10 miles of parks and stuff.

Salem: 1 million on 20 sq miles, 4 miles of VA, 25 miles of parks and stuff.

Albany: 300k on 6 sq miles, 2 miles of VA, 10 miles of parks and stuff.

Corvallis: 250k on 5 sq miles, 1 mile of VA, 8 miles of parks and stuff.

Bend: 750k on 15 sq miles, 3 miles of VA, 15 miles of parks and stuff.

The Dalles: The Dalles is narrow and stretches along the Columbia River, so in order for as many people as possible to enjoy great river views, it should have Hong Kong level density, thus 300k on 2 sq miles, 2 sq miles of VA, 2 miles of parks and stuff.

Pendleton: 200k on 4 sq miles, 1 mile of VA, 5 miles of parks and stuff.

Redmond: 250k on 5 sq miles, 1 mile of VA, 9miles of parks and stuff.

St. Helens: 150k on 1 sq mle, 1 mile of VA, 3 miles of parks and stuff.

Astoria: 300k on 2 sq miles, 2 miles of VA, 2 miles of parks and stuff.

Newport: 450k on 3 sq miles, 2 miles of VA, 4 miles of parks and stuff.

Medford: 500k on 10 sq miles, 2 miles of VA, 13 miles of parks and stuff.

Roseburg: 200k on 4 miles, 1 mile of VA, 5 miles of parks and stuff.

Coos Bay: 450k on 3 sq miles, 2 miles of VA, 5 miles of parks and stuff.

Klamath Falls: 300k on 6 sq miles, 2 miles of VA, 12 miles of parks and stuff.

Milwaukie: 100k on 2 sq miles, 1 mile of VA, 2 miles of parks and stuff.

Oregon City: 150k on 3 sq miles, 1 mile of VA, 5 miles of parks and stuff.

Forest Grove: 100k on 2 sq miles, 1 mile of VA, 3 miles of parks and stuff.

Grants Pass: 200k on 4 sq miles, 1 mile of VA, 6 miles of food and stuff.

So yea, that’s not all of Oregon, but at the very least, Oregon now has a population of 13 million people, with all those cities growing their own food and having more green space, cheaper housing, less urban heat island effect and so forth. Oregon would become a more diverse state as it’d now be able to take in Syrian refugees, Tamil people from Sri Lanka, Dalits and Muslims from India and so forth. Like I outlined in my Washington post, Oregon would be able to take in some of the world’s unwanted population while also fighting climate change since densification of cities is one of the key features of a degrowth society. In my next post, I will densify and make California better!

Urban density/climate change/pandemics/the unwanted – home state (Washington) edition

Washington state is larger in land size than Bangladesh. We have ten times more coastline than Bangladesh. Somehow though Bangladesh has 20 times the population of our state. Urban sprawl and suburbs are a curse on life. They degrade the land, increase resource use, fuel white supremacy, cause climate change, lead to zootonic virus pandemics and so forth. There are some cities in the world which provide gold standard examples of density with comfort, such as Barcelona, Hong Kong and Paris. Barcelona and Paris each have population densities around 50,000 people per square mile with very few buildings reaching ten stories tall. The Kwun Tong district of Hong Kong has a population density of 150,000 people per square mile over four square miles. I won’t talk about the famous Kowloon Walled City, which had a population density of three million people per square mile. If someone were able to make a modern version of it with good living standards, that’d be awesome, but until then, I’ll leave it out. Hong Kong is squeezed for buildable land so their housing is mostly high rise, unlike Barcelona and Paris. If I could snap my fingers and instantly make the world better, here is what our cities would look like.
Seattle currently has a population of 744,955 on 83.9 square miles, for a density of 8,879 people per square mile. There have been great proposals by some of turning Seattle’s golf courses into housing using Barcelona’s superblocks, thus a density of 40-50k per square mile like Barcelona and Paris, but Seattle has a lot of coast line and hills, thus many great views, and I think as many people as possible should be able to live with great views, therefore in my dream world, Seattle is more like Hong Kong with lots of high rise housing near the water. Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Greenlake, Lake Union and the Duwamish River. *snaps fingers* Seattle now has a population of 4.2 million people on 28 square miles of land, 20 square miles of land used for vertical aquaponics which is enough to feed 5 million people, and 36 square miles of parks/forests/wetlands/green space/land reparations to the indigenous. The entire Seattle metro area is now able to live just within Seattle alone. So are we done here? No! There are 70-80 million stateless people in the world, such as the Roma in Europe, the Palestinians, the Rohingya, the Syrian refugees to name a few. If Bangladesh can support 160 million people on an area smaller than Washington, than surely we can take in millions of refugees and stateless people. So on we go!
Bellevue has lots of coastline like Seattle, on Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, while also having quite a bit of hills, therefore perfectly suited for Hong Kong level density to ensure as many people as possible live with great views. The city is 32 square miles of land, thus.. *snaps fingers* Bellevue now has a population of 1.75 million people on 12 square miles, 7 square miles of land for vertical aquaponics which is enough to feed 1.75 million people and 13 square miles of parks/forests/wetlands/greenspace/land reparations etc. Hey look at that, the whole Seattle metro area now lives in just Seattle, and Bellevue is now able to house, feed and support all of the Rohingya people!
Tacoma sits on the water too, let’s see what it looks like in the future..*snaps fingers* Tacoma now has 2.4 million people on 16 square miles of land, 10 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 2.5 million people, and 24 square miles of parks etc. Wait now Tacoma can house and support all the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. If Israel won’t recognize the human rights of Palestinians, Tacoma could easily become the new Gaza. Yes, they’d be hypothetically joined by their West Bank friends, and the Palestinians in refugee camps in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon among other places. I’ll get around to it as I go down the cities list.
Everett..*snaps fingers* now has 1.65 million people on 11 square miles of land, 7 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 1.75 million people, and 15 square miles of parks assuming you get rid of Paine Field because in this dream we are greatly reducing airplane travel. Although if we keep Paine Field, then perhaps 10 square miles of parks and stuff.
Kirkland..*snaps fingers* now has 900k people on 6 square miles of land, 4 square miles of vertical aquaponics feeding 1 million people, and 8 square miles of parks and stuff.
Edmonds..*snaps fingers* 450k people on 3 square miles of land, 2 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 500k people, and 4 square miles of parks and stuff.
Mukilteo..*snaps fingers* 300k people on 2 square miles, 2 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 500k people, 2 square miles of parks and stuff.
Mercer Island..*snaps fingers* 600k people on 4 square miles of land, 3 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 750k people, 6 square miles of parks and stuff. The density on Mercer Island would be mostly near the light rail, but also circle most of the island, while the middle part of the island would be basically a huge park similar to Central Park in NYC, with the food growing on each side of the park.
Bainbridge Island..*snaps fingers* 600k people on 4 square miles of land, 3 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 750k people, and 20 square miles of parks and stuff.
The remaining cities I’ll mention in the Seattle metro area will have Barcelona/Paris type density, meaning roughly 50,000 people per square mile using superblocks that stay under ten floors tall.
Vashon Island..*snaps fingers* 300k people on 6 square miles, 2 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 500k people, 28 square miles of parks and stuff.
Shoreline..*snaps fingers* 200k people on 4 square miles, 1 square mile of vertical aquaponics to feed 250k people, 6 square miles of parks and stuff.
Marysville & North Marysville..*snaps fingers* 400k people on 8 square miles of land, 2 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 500k people, 11 square miles of parks and stuff.
Bothell..*snaps fingers* 250k people on 5 square miles of land, 1 square mile of vertical aquaponics to feed 250k people, 7 square miles of parks and stuff.
Lynwood..*snaps fingers* 100k people on 2 square miles of land, 1 square mile of vertical aquaponics to feed 250k people, 5 square miles of parks and stuff.
Kenmore..*snaps fingers* 100k people on 2 square miles of land, 1 square mile of vertical aquaponics to feed 250k people, 4 square miles of parks and stuff.
Sammamish..*snaps fingers* 300k people on 6 square miles of land, 2 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 500k people, 10 square miles of parks and stuff.
Puyallup..*snaps fingers* 250k people on 5 square miles of land, 1 square mile of vertical aquaponics to feed 250k people, 8 square miles of parks and stuff.
Burien..*snaps fingers* 200k people on 4 square miles of land, 1 square mile of vertical aquaponics to feed 250k people, 6 square miles of parks and stuff.
Tukwila..*snaps fingers* 150k people on 3 square miles of land, 1 square mile of vertical aquaponics to feed 250k people, 5 square miles of parks and stuff.
Silverdale..*snaps fingers* 200k people on 4 square miles of land, 1 square mile of vertical aquaponics to feed 250k people, 7 square miles of parks and stuff.
Gig Harbor..*snaps fingers* 100k people on 2 square miles of land, 1 square mile of vertical aquaponics to feed 250k people, 3 square miles of parks and stuff.
Issaquah..*snaps fingers* 200k people on 4 square miles of land, 1 square mile of vertical aquaponics to feed 250k people, 6 square miles of parks and stuff.
Redmond..*snaps fingers* 250k people on 5 square miles of land, 1 square mile of vertical aquaponics to feed 250k people, 10 square miles of parks and stuff.
Renton..*snaps fingers* 350k people on 7 square miles of land, 2 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 500k people, 14 square miles of parks and stuff, assuming you tear out Boeing Field which I would because it currently takes up the best land in Renton, that which is right on Lake Washington.
Kent..*snaps fingers* 750k people on 15 square miles of land, 3 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 750k people, 16 square miles of parks and stuff.
Auburn..*snaps fingers* 600k people on 12 square miles of land, 3 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 750k people, 14 square miles of parks and stuff.
Federal Way..*snaps fingers* 450k people on 9 square miles of land, 2 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 500k people, 13 square miles of parks and stuff.
Lakewood..*snaps fingers* 250k people on 5 square miles of land, 1 square mile of vertical aquaponics to feed 250k people, 11 square miles of parks and stuff.
So yea, that is most of the Seattle metro area! Our metro area currently has a population under four million people, and this would bring it to 17.6 million people. Not only that, every city within the metro area would be able to feed itself, would have a reduced urban heat island effect because of all the parks and other green space, would have a world class public transit system, would be resilient in the face of pandemics, and much more social and diverse. I’ll now expand onto the rest of the state.
Spokane Valley..*snaps fingers* 1 million people on 20 square miles of land, 4 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 1 million people, 14 square miles of parks and stuff.
Spokane..*snaps fingers* the southern part of Spokane is the downtown area and has a hill, so there’d be 10 square miles of Spokane with Hong Kong density, so 1.5 million people on 10 square miles. Another 20 square miles of Spokane would be like Barcelona/Paris, so 1 million people on 20 square miles of land. In total, Spokane would have 2.5 million people on 30 square miles of land, 10 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 2.5 million people, and 19 square miles of parks and stuff.
Vancouver Washington..*snaps fingers* Vancouver is on the Columbia River and stretches long along the river, plus has great views of Mt. Hood to the east and the northern part of Vancouver, with Hong Kong type density, would allow many people to live with a great view of Mt. St. Helens. Therefore, Vancouver gets 2.2 million people on 15 square miles of land, 10 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 2.5 million people, and 21 square miles of parks and stuff.
Port Angeles..*snaps fingers* 450k on 3 square miles of land, 2 square miles of vertical aquaponics, 6 square miles of parks and stuff.
Port Townsend..*snaps fingers* 300k people on 2 square miles of land, 2 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 500k people, 3 square miles of parks and stuff.
Anacortes..*snaps fingers* 450k people on 3 square miles of land, 2 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 500k people, 7 square miles of parks and stuff.
Bellingham..*snaps fingers* 1.35 million people on 9 square miles of land. 6 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 1.5 million people, 12 square miles of parks and stuff.
Yakima..*snaps fingers* 450k people on 9 square miles of land, 2 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 500k people, 16 square miles of parks and stuff.
Moses Lake..*snaps fingers* 750k people on 5 square miles of land, 3 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 750k people, 8 square miles of parks and stuff.
Pasco (Tri-Cities)..*snaps fingers* the Tri-Cities are where the Columbia and Snake Rivers meet, so you want as many people as possible to live with those great views. Pasco gets 1.5 million people on 10 square miles of land, 6 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 1.5 million people, 14 square miles of parks and stuff.
Kennewick (Tri Cities)..*snaps fingers* 1.35 million people on 9 square miles of land, 6 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 1.5 million people, 12 square miles of parks and stuff.
Richland (Tri-Cities)..*snaps fingers* 1.8 million people on 12 square miles of land, 8 square miles of vertical aquaponics to feed 2 million people, 16 square miles of parks and stuff.
West Richland (Tri-Cities)..*snaps fingers* It’s not right on the river so it gets Barcelona/Paris density. 350k people on 7 square miles, 2 square miles of vertical aquaponics, 10 square miles of parks and stuff.
So yea, that’s most of the cities in the state. We’d be able to house and support all of the Rohingya, all the Roma, all the Palestinians, and a good chunk of Syrian refugees. We could take in lots of the people the rest of the world doesn’t seem to want or care for, while fighting climate change and reducing the chances of further zootonic virus outbreaks. Our cities would be more populated yet feel smaller as they’d be more walkable, public transit easier to access, and more parks and green space that make you feel like you’re not in a city. It’d bring the population of Washington to a minimum of 32 million people, still significantly less than Bangladesh. The other benefit though is that we’d have 32 million plus people while all the cities grow their own food, thus all the farm land is no longer needed and can be returned to the indigenous.

Densification of Detroit

Detroit Michigan is 138 square miles in size with a population of just under 700,000. Paris France is 41 square miles, with a population of 2.2 million. There are two large parks in Paris, Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincenness, which combined are more than three times the size of NYC’s Central Park. If densified, Detroit could fit Paris three times over, with a population of 6.6 million people, have nine versions of its own Central Park, and still have over 15 square miles of land to play with. Vertical aquaponics can grow up to one million pounds of food annually per acre. There are 640 acres in a square mile. That comes out to 7.6 billion pounds of food grown per year within the city boundaries of Detroit. The average USian eats 2,000 pounds of food a year. Thus Detroit could grow enough food to feed 3.8 million people. If you were to add in rooftop farming, Detroit could feed even more people. In total, to fight climate change and prevent further zootonic pandemics by reversing urban sprawl via densification of cities, Detroit at Paris density levels could house 6.6 million people, have nine Central Parks, and grow enough food for nearly four million people. Not to mention, such a Detroit would have a world class public transit system.

BooCAYH (Boobla Cares About Your Health)

1. Medicare for All (Improved on Bernie’s plan)
2. Manicures, pedicures, facials/face masks for all (@Rrrrnessa on twitter idea)
3. Gym and pool memberships for all
4. Bicycles and helmets for all
5. Annual pair of walking shoes, annual pair of running shoes
6. Healthy meals & vitamins for all (three daily healthy meals and daily supply of vitamins either home delivered or available for pick up)
7. Therapy for all
8. Increase the # of nurses and physicians per capita to double the current best country in world
9. Build three new nationally run hospitals for every million people. Subsidize 66% of the cost of building 10 new state run hospitals for every million people. Subsidize 33% of the cost of building 10 new county and city run hospitals for every million people.
10. Abolish IP, medical guilds and hospital/provider monopolies
11. End all extractive and polluting industries
12. Shorten the work week to 24 hours over four days, split into two three hour work sessions with a two hour break in between. This gives workers a mid day break, and means they get home 1/2 hour earlier every day, so 1/2 hour more time with lovers, family, and children each day, plus one less day of work
13. $2k a month UBI funded by a ground rent tax/$50 an hour minimum wage/abolish poverty
14. Affordable, low cost, and dense social housing for all/abolish homelessness
15. Free public transit
16. N95 masks for all and face shields for all, even in non pandemic times (one mask per day per person, comes along with your healthy meal pickup/delivery)
17. Free sexual health services for all.