Fleet of mobile libraries begins circulating through Somerville.
Vans full of books and other print material; home-repair tools;
bike-repair tools; gardening implements and supplies; media-making
technologies; art supplies; and musical instruments rotate through
Somerville's squares on a weekly basis. Community members can borrow
from these communal collections for short-term projects.
(source: Alana Kumbier. To see all of her predictions, click
Every door to every business in Somerville is now fitted with a
microgenerator, so every time people enter and exit shops, restaurants,
and offices, they will be helping to power the electrical grid.
(source: Adam Olenn. To see all of his predictions, click here.)
old landlady gives him his old apartment on Charnwood for free,
because she misses him so much.
(source: Tim Devin. To see all of his predictions, click here.)
The Green Line,
which is slated to expand to Medford in 2014, opens sometime between
2015-2017. "It's a shame really when you think about how fast
they can build these things in Europe or China."
(source: Andrew Lynch. To see all of his predictions, click
(image source: Andrew Lynch. Click here
to see the full map)
Zip Car has
become a very popular and reliable service in Somerville, causing
residents to give up their cars. Driveways become gardens; air quality
improves, along with children's health. The newly clean Mystic River
Parkway becomes a popular family destination.
___ Most businesses ban styrofoam,
and eliminate plastic bags; composting and recycling minimize litter
and trash. People purchase products with minimal packaging, to further
(source: Maureen Barillaro. To see all of her predictions, click
The Green Line expansion is completed.
(source: MBTA announcement, Summer 2010)
are 550 cities worldwide with populations over 1 million people.
(source: Attali, "A brief history of the future: a brave
and controversial look at the twenty-first century")
food supplies give way. Water shortages. Violent riots worldwide.
Security community and right-wing politicos try to cope with breakdown
of national governments and rise of international corporations by
forming the Alliance for Global Salvation. This attempt causes left-wingers
(source: Tellus Institute, "The crisis of 2015")
start asserting themselves. Sustainable development is pushed.
(source: Tellus Institute, "The great transition")
world's population is 7.2 billion. Half live in cities. Half do
not have sufficient access to water. Water scarcities in Middle
East, Africa, South Asia, and China, causing regional tensions.
___ The United States continues to
be a major force in the world community, but its economy suffers
a sustained downturn. This has a deleterious economic and political
effect on the rest of the world.
(source: National Institute of Science, "Global trends 2015")