Reading this, I agree with the magazine.
Energy distribution is not the best thing to place at the center of the city, and would it not be better to build larger plants servicing a few cities?
I think that "commercial" and governmet buildings should be placed in the center and that only freight should be moved underground. I believe that transportation is less depressing when above ground. Think about flying over a mono-chromatic, and clean, city on a lightning-fast monorail.
The Greek polis was an urbanate before its time. Will hydroponics be used more? If so farming can be better achieved indoors in huge structures servicing hundreds of cities. In this way farming can be safer and more quickly advanced, it also saves even more land for better use.
I can see the future farmer leaving his home, taking a monorail over forests and rivers toward a dark silhouette on the horizon, this being a mile-high, mile-wide superstructure in which agriculture takes place.