If looking ahead 25 years were easy, we’d have flying cars and hoverboards. Unfortunately, it’s pretty challenging to predict the weather sometimes, let alone the future in a scale of a quarter century. That didn’t stop Popular Science Monthly from taking a stab at it in 1925 with their vision of a metropolis setting in 1950.
Many of the ideas in the drawing are strong, including a clever multi-level transportation concept that separated slow and fast cars from pedestrians, trains, and each other. Self-sufficient buildings would keep people centralized with their day-to-day activities, and since every vision of the future has flight as a central piece of personal transportation, every building would have a landing field as a roof.
Thanks to Payne Chevrolet for the find.