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How bright? In my personal opinion, illumination level will top out between 10 lux (twilight) and 100 lux (very dark day). In places where light pollution is a recognized concern, these levels will be lower. Existing street lighting on busy roads already puts us within this ballpark. Some areas (shopping, entertainment) will be lit brighter, but those areas ...


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iMHO opinion future cities will tend more and more to be built and rebuilt as gigantic single multistory buildings, with corridors taking the place of streets. These cities will be more and more closed cycle ecology with intensive recycling of everything, like moon bases and space habitats. Thus all of their lighting will be interior lighting, and will be ...


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Possible to do, yet unlikely to happen. Cities could be incredibly bright, but seeing how people are more and more erring towards conserving energy, thus having as little waste as possible. Lighting up a city like a Christmas tree is unlikely to happen. As mentioned, there are some places that are illuminated brightly like Times Square or Las Vegas. Those ...


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Yes, this is very much possible. However, at the same time unlikely at the scale you point out. First of all, as pointed out by L.Dutch, an overload of harsh bright light is increasingly uncomfortable and has massively diminishing returns. While it is technically possible to illuminate a city to daylight, it is simply not necessary to do so, and apart from ...


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Our eyes are tuned to a maximum luminosity comparable with that of the sun at noon in a clear day. And already many people prefer to wear sunglasses in those conditions. It's therefore logic to assume that no city would become brighter than that at night, because more than that would become increasingly uncomfortable.


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Hi welcoming the city is of strangers. How the city is oriented (spread wide like LA and Paris or tall like New York and Tokyo)... or buried like Moria. How regimented the activities (random wantonness of New Orleans or regimented order of Pyongyang). Clothing: functional, decorative-but-modest, decorative-but-risqué (or absent, if warm enough) Polyglot or ...


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Good Urban Planning If architecture is the design and style of buildings, urban planning is the design and style of an entire city. While it is true that we tend to reflect on the character of a city by the prevalent building designs, the reality is that those buildings that impress us in a given city are usually in the CBD or similar. The fact that there ...


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I hope I'm answering your question properly. Here it goes: Efficiency vs Aesthetic: what was the purpose of a structure? Sure, a building may house a library, a DMV, etc., but is it built to be pretty or to be functional? Symbols/Flags: Kind of cliche, but do the citizens of this city show off their patriotism? Is it embedded in their culture? This can be ...


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In 2004 there was a man named Marvin Heemeyer, due to his belief that the government was unfairly destroying his livelyhood he armored up a bulldozer and had a night on the town. It lasted around 2 hours before he got stuck in a basement. From what I recall the authorities were going to call in the guard to dispose of him, but they figured it'd do more ...


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For quick response, armed attack helicopters and / or jets. There are three weapons that armed attack helicopters provide for use against golems; some of the comments up stream imply that small arms may or may not be effective. (This answer, mildly informed by some QRF operations I was involved with IRL, is aimed at helping you tell your story) Hellfire ...


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I would think you'd want to chose the portal location based on how effective/fast you want the response to be. And there are further dials beyond that. LA LA is just north of "Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton", HumV's galore, LCACs (hovercraft that can take a tank, a few HumVs, or a crap load of soldiers), tanks, artillery, probably some attack ...


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The answers discussing USA response are very good (time to get armor from Hood, etc.) But I would add that air attack would be very effective (big bombs blow rocky golems apart, heavier canons for golem breaking) and unopposed (lack of golem ranging weapons). Within the day many, many Naval and Air Force aircraft in the Western US and offshore could ...


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These days all Western countries are alert to the danger of a Mumbai-style terrorist attack, involving a significant number of gunmen with automatic weapons attacking a crowded city location. It is reasonable to assume that LA is well-organised and briefed do deal with this. (In the UK, an SAS unit helicoptered in within minutes of a terrorist attack in ...


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Lightly-armed troops would arrive in a few hours. Useful amounts of heavy armor and weaponry would take days. This answer ignores USAF and USMC fighting response, since the OP asked specifically for Army. (looks like an edit changed that) Getting troops there isn't the problem. The nearest National Guard brigade is at San Diego, with subordinate ...


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It wouldn't be an 'all at once' kind of scenario. It would probably go down something like this: 0-1 hours: Initial invasion. Massive wave of 911 calls results in large scale but uncoordinated response by local police. 1-2 hours: Scale of event begins to become apparent. SWAT teams are deployed, but not in a very coordinated way. State Governor calls up ...


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