This article in posed an interesting question in the context of Elon Musk‘s vision for a Hyperloop that would zip people and cargo between cities at fantastic speeds – conceptually akin to the the once ubiquitous pneumatic tubes used in most cities until the middle of the last century.

The article looks at emergent development patterns, outlining the rapid progress toward prototyping several variants of the Hyperloop vision, while looking at the pros and cons of having the focus be to connect major urban centers or suburban/exurban hubs. In all likelihood we’ll see a combination, but the thought process outlined is well-reasoned and informative.