I’m also trying to read up on cities and resilience, which is frustrating me. This book, The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover From Disaster sounds like it would be just right. It would be a totally good book if I were reading it for fun*. But it isn’t helping, because they keep talking about sudden perturbations, like fire and bombings and earthquakes, which doesn’t help me. Now I’m thinking that I maybe need to understand how cities withstand siege, but I can’t go chasing down all these tangents.
Droughts! I need to understand. What does the drought actually DO? What does it do on the household and block and annual level? How does it aggregate to effect a city? How could that be countered?
*DAMN! Cities NEVER give up. Like, ever. You cannot raze a city so bad that it goes away. Like, some study showed that between 1100 and 1800, only forty cities stopped existing. I suppose that makes sense. I mean, the fact of a city not existing is so powerful that we remember it forever: Atlantis, Babylon, whatever that one was that got volcanoed. I’ve been wondering if New Orleans and Galveston will be the leading edge of a new era of cities vanishing. We’ll know in a generation, I guess.