Originally Posted by recursive
Actually the suburbs probably won't die. I see 3 scenarios that are more likely:
1. Since the rich people will now want to ride on public transit, the governments will have a sudden change of course and pour billions into plush new light rail systems so the burbanites can continue to go into the city to work and do lunch and a matinee.
2. Housing prices will crash in the 'burbs and rise in the core cities. The rich will enjoy city living. The poor will be forced to live in the suburbs, 3 or 4 families in each decaying McMansion, and they'll commute to jobs in the city on rusty old hybrid buses. 1...2...3...Everybody switch houses!
3. We won't make any changes at all, the climate will go to hell, and billions of people will die off. The survivors will rocket to Mercury for a cooler climate.
I guess I see # 3 as the most likely outcome. But maybe I'm just having a bad day.