Marchetti’s Constant explains urban sprawl – Big Think


via Marchetti’s Constant explains urban sprawl – Big Think

From small to sprawl: how a curious constant (and modern transport technology) determine city sizes.

  • The average commute, from antiquity to now: half an hour
  • That’s Marchetti’s Constant, and it informs the growth of our modern cities
  • But we’re stuck in traffic, and waiting for the next great leap forward.
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