The Future Norfolk is Near

In order for Norfolk to keep up with other big cities in American, it will have to continue evolve with the available technologies.  Norfolk will need to upgrade its transportation system and its sources of energy.  Norfolk just introduced The Tide which is a light rail system.  They will need to expand this rail system as the years progress as it is not far reaching.  I think the city will have housing and work places very near each other like in Boston.  Boston is a very intermingled city and I would like Norfolk to follow suit.  I picture a Norfolk that takes advantage of being by the ocean by using hydro-power and wind power.  I have attached a link to what I envision Norfolk below in the year 2030.


ODU Baseball has a double header starting at 2pm againist Marist at the BUD.  It suppose to nice and warm so ladies dust off those sundresses and come out and support your baseball monarchs!

Activity 2


1. How many people does Steffen estimate we will have living in or near cities by mid-century?

2. Explain how you agree or disagree with Steffen’s point that our energy use is “predestined” rather than “behavioral”.

3. What correlation does Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions?

4. What are the “eco districts” that Steffen mentions? How you see these as feasible or unfeasible in a city like Norfolk?

5. Explain how you agree or disagree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen discusses related to transportation.

6. What does Steffen mean by the idea that, “…even space itself is turning into a service…”? Can you provide any examples that you see here in Norfolk or elsewhere?

7. Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.

8. Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk? Spend time with this question!


1. He estimates there will be 8 billion people living in cities by mid-century.

2. I agree with the point because the size of the city will determine the amount of energy spent.

3. Steffen says that the more dense a city is less emissions will be spilled into the air due to the fact that travel is less.

4. Eco districts are were substanable neighborhoods are being built in high density areas.  I believe it is possible to do in Norfolk because there is a lot of areas that could be built up.

5. I agree with the threshold effect because many people in New York City and Boston do not own cars as it is not needed.  They get around by taxi or metros because they are more effective.

6. I agree with Steffen and I think he is saying people are being more creative with our resources.  Space and land has always had value determined how useful it is.  We are now finding eco friendly ways to use this open space.

7. I believe he is saying that we need to take full advantage of our resources no matter what they are as they can all be useful in some way.

8. I believe that Norfolk is not the place to implement his ideas.  Norfolk is military city where the population is always changing.  Because of this I do not think Norfolk is the place for Steffen’s ideas.

Opening Day

It’s opening day at the BUD at 3pm.  Come out and support your Monarchs play Temple and enjoy a beer.  FIrst 250 fans receive a free ODU baseball hat.

Abstract 1: Technology Overview and Impact

Brooks, D. (2001). Facing up to our fears. Newsweek, 138(17), 66.

I was sitting in my 5th English class when the first air plane crash into the twin towers on September 11, 2001.  It was a history changing event that put fear back into American’s hearts for the first time in years.  After the ending of the cold war American’s went into isolation and put foreign affairs on the back burners.  American’s started living very personal lifestyles and became independent.  This was possible because America was booming as technology was rapidly improving.  People were becoming self-reliant and grew apart from the government.  This would change drastically after 9/11.

9/11 would bring America together like no other event in history had before.  People realized they had to come together because they could not protect themselves by themselves no matter how self-reliant they had become with the advancement of technology.  No matter how much technology continues to advance the greatest power comes from people and in numbers.  We needed each other to cope with the pain and suffering that the attacks had caused.