Cambridge have merged.
(source: Jay O'Grady. To see all of his predictions, click here.)
(image source: modified map from the US Census
20% of the food it consumes.
(source: Seth Itzkan. To see all of his predictions, click here.)
The city experiences
drainage problems in 2050, resulting in significant loss of water
quality. Low lying apartments and businesses along the Mystic are
abandoned or rebuilt. Assembly Square Mall abandoned.
(source: Steven Popkes. To see all of his predictions, click
is the hot new place to live; artists and students are forced to
move because of rising rent. Somerville Hospital has become a world-famous
addiction rehab center for the rich and famous.
___There is a large tax rebate for
those who use biodiesel fuel. The MBTA is ultra-efficient, and offers
a limo service.
___The influence of the Mafia and the
Freemasons is extraordinary; they are not prosecuted for their crime,
but are applauded for their charity work.
(source: Ayanna B. To see all of her predictions, click here.)
(image sources: MBTA.com and corporatecaronline.com)
2050-2060, a major hurricane strikes town. Many low-lying parcels
are flooded, and there is extensive damage to property near the
Mystic. To better cope with these catastrophes, political boundaries
are redrawn again; the new Somerville now merges with Charlestown
and a portion of Medford. This new city is called "Peninsular
(source: Alex Pirie. To see all of his predictions, click here.)
gas emissions cut in half (source: Kuhn, "G8 pledges to
halve emissions by 2050," NPR)
region is a leading cultural and economic capital, known for environmental
___Zoning laws changed. 65% of all
housing is multifamily, almost no new single-family construction;
people prefer denser housing. Buildings have bicycle parking. Most
live and work near transit hubs. Many employers offer free or reduced
public transit passes to employees
___Work week reduced to 30 hours. Community
engagement is up. People are more active and healthier. Poverty
rate reduced by almost 90%. World is measured by GPI (genuine progress
indicator) instead of GDP. This measures quality of life and sustainability
___Highways are redesigned to accommodate
public buses, bicycles and scooters. Most of downtown is closed
to private cars. Public transit is free downtown
___Energy use is ½ that of 2000,
due to more efficient machinery, etc. CO2 emissions reduced by more
than 70% from 2000. Water use is reduced by 40%
(source: Tellus Institute, "Vision for sustainable Greater
50 percent of
the world's energy comes from renewables.
(source: Schirber, "A timeline to energy independence"
is home to 449m people. Worldwide Muslim population is now 2 billion.
India is a major global power, while US's power is greatly diminished.
(source: "Global catastrophes and trends: the next 50 years")
The world has
become a market-based democracy, with no central economic power.
Nations start to deconstruct. This means states won't be able to
enforce rights. NGOs and companies will try to enforce rules--both
as law-giving bodies, and with private security forces.
(source: Attali, "A brief history of the future: a brave
and controversial look at the twenty-first century")
begun having sex with, and marrying robots
(source: Choi, "Forecase: sex and marriage with robots by
2050," Fox News)
is 9.3 billion. Developing countries see population growth, as industrialized
countries remain stable.
(source: Wikipedia, quoting the United Nations Population Fund)
Number of people
worldwide with Alzheimer's disease tops 100m.
(source: Sanderson, "Alzheimer's cases around the world
to quadruple by 2050," London Times)