What if we rely on innovation and technological improvements to make our region better?
The region could continue to grow outward, but use clean energy and more efficient homes and vehicles to reduce the impact of development. To reduce the impacts of new construction on the environment and energy use, homes and businesses could use "green" development practices. The use of advanced technology and alternative fuels could allow transportation systems to operate more efficiently and support the use of alternative transportation in lower-density areas.
This future for our region would let us continue to grow as we have been -- but it relies on the adoption of advanced technology that may or may not come to pass.