Cities unleash tremendous creative and entrepreneurial energies, they require substantial oversight and investment on the parts of governments before they can succeed. Cities and megacities need not just virtual infrastructure, broadband and the like, but physical infrastructure to connect them internally and to each other, to speed up the velocity of moving people, goods, and ideas. China in particular has taken a leadership position with high-speed rail.
European cities have had decades to develop cycling cultures. The Dutch and the Danes are said to be among the happiest people on earth, which I can’t help but imagine must have something to do with their bike culture. You find bicycle clubs for the elderly there, clusters of teenage boys with girls perched on the backs of their bikes, commuters chatting along the bike paths, which provide a natural mix of intimacy and distance. On a bike, the city shrinks.