"Doubling the size of a city," West concluded, "systematically increasess income, wealth, number of patents, number of colleges, creatives, police, crime, AIDS and flue and waste all by 15%. Regardless of the city. This data suggests that these are not independent phenomena."
West said that unlike average animals, we in our society today have a consumption/metabolic rate that corresponds with what you would expect to find in a 30,000 kg gorilla.
"We need a new paradigm," he urged, "a new integrated quantitative predictive paradigm. We are in deep doo-doo if we don't come up with a theory integrating all these things in a sustainable way."