2009 and December 2010, we spoke to hundreds of people about the
future. A few dozen of these people were nice enough to make predictions
about the future.
Some of these
predictions took the form of elaborate short stories, or intricate
drawings or maps.
Click on their
names to see what these participants submitted to the project. (Note:
to see these predictions in context, click on "Timeline &
2x in 2022,
93x in 2029.
Due to increasing
population growth and deteriorating public transportation (due to
continued mismanagement and failing government subsidies as MA keeps
hitting budget shortfalls, even the proposed gas tax doesn't help
much as cars are quickly switching to be ultra-efficient and/or
alternative fuel based [including the new bicycle hybrid single-person
cars which harness foot energy along with solar charged batteries
and night-time micro-windturbines for electric-assisted propulsion]),
traffic congestion in Somerville has grown to the point where government
is forced to intervene. As there is no remaining landmass for additional
roads, the only solution is to build secondary roads above existing
roads. Since much of the congestion in Somerville is getting through
the town, the obvious solution was to build in additional highways
which can also serve outlaying properties.
Thus the new
Route 2X extension (which also has the effect of mitigating traffic
problems at the Arlington/Cambridge border where Rte 2 splits off)
- Rte.2x begins with a ramp preceding the traffic light at the end
of the highway portion of Rte.2 and continues across Somerville
and merges with Rte 28 just at the bridge over Union Sq. This new
highway will have no less than 2-3 exit/entrance ramps in Somerville
for those foolish enough to travel/live in that traffic hell.
93X extension travels due south across Somerville and Cambridge
to connect with Memorial Drive, Storrow Drive and end with a merge
onto I-90. There will be a new bridge built especially for this
purpose (crossing the Charles) as existing bridges cannot handle
with rough outline of new highways. Additionally, due to the new
strategy of multiple-layer roads, all "print" map technology
will become holographic to the extent that road layers can be viewed
(and computerized maps will feature rotate functions as needed).