This is a thread about what a typical western city would (or will) look like under conditions of severe fossil fuel depletion. By that I mean very high prices for oil and natural gas...but not for electricity. The first thing that will happen is an ideological shift away from personal economic liberty (or the right to do whatever you want with what you have) towards a strategy geared towards the survival and flourishing of the society over all. 1. The government will create a list of food products allowed to sold, effectively banning anything else that doesnt appear on the list. The list will include all grains, vegetables, nuts, milk products, eggs and meat...but exclude approx. 80% of current products available processed from those basic ingredients and the multitude of chemical additives. No more oreos or cheese doodles. 2. The government will ban the construction of commercial buildings without an integration of a set percentage of residential space under one roof. This will encourage people to live where they work. Remember that transportation costs are currently second only to housing costs for the average citizen. 3. As cities contract in area, they will NOT rise to higher heights as you might expect. Laws will establish a maximum of five stories as you see in many parts of Europe. City centers will also be established as car-free zones, a la Copenhagen. 4. Taxis will be subsidized and become very affordable, while personal vehicle ownership will become very expensive for non-commercial use. What are some other ways a city can survive a fuel depleted environment...assuming we will not see vastly improved batteries (10 fold energy density) for the next century?