Suburban Centers – Fast and Slow
What impresses most in Stockholm around 2050 is the multifaceted cityscape spread all the way to the end stations of subway and the commuter trains. While some are talking about the disappearance of the suburbs, others speak about the awakening of the bedroom city, though that label never referred to sleeping cities, but cities where people only slept. Regardless of which, by 2050 Stockholm is mostly urban districts or suburbs, nearly all of them linked to the inner city via the radiating subway and commuting lines whose stations still retain the old names. There are some 130 urban districts in the region, most of them with around 10,000 residents with a diverse housing structure with several thousand work sites, such as offices, shops, workshops, institutions and schools. Purely residential sections have been supplemented with work sites and the reverse. Wherever we step off the subway or commuter train we meet first the older extended and renewed urban district center with rather tall high-rise apartment and office buildings, student housing, service facilities, bachelor and regular hotels, shops and various types of restaurants. Included as well are district office complexes for administration, social services, police, office rentals, secondary and post-secondary educational facilities, plus libraries, primary care facilities, car and vehicular facilities for parking and rental. Some stations also boast comfortable stops to change between cross-town trolleys.