Rather than throw billions of dollars into building the Freedom Tower, imagine if we had instead spent the money on … warrens of vertical farms located throughout the five boroughs that could feed 8 million New Yorkers. As Dickson Despommier, the mad genius touting vertical farms, argues, these structures would also generate “surplus power” and treat wastewater. And of course they’d lighten the burden on conventional agricultural land and our transportation infrastructure. Imagine CSA farms located just down the block.
So what would we call these magnificent beacons of American ingenuity? The Freedom Towers, naturally.