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Overlapping Benefits of Green Infrastructure

03/08/16 | View Comments

Urban greening initiatives are in operation or in development around the globe. In a roundtable this past week from Nature of Cities, David Maddox reminds us “…The word landscape conveys a richer meaning that includes, of course, the aesthetics of nature and the out of doors, but also the organization and design or infrastructure, the biophysical and social services of ecosystems, the livability of communities, and the justice aspects of how our living environments are (or are not) democratically decided upon and created.”

Last week we briefly reviewed the history of the physical implementation of U.S. urban infrastructure. Effective technological innovations in transportation, communications, energy, and environmental services (water, wastewater, garbage disposal) enabled economic growth, and contributed to the physical transformation of city planning and development. Although hinted, we didn’t delve into the social or non-human benefits from infrastructure development. But one doesn’t need to search far to learn how sanitary systems dramatically changed the lives of urban dwellers.

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Celebrating Snow in all its Forms

01/26/16 | View Comments

Snow, rain, stormwater & all the opportunities.

Snow days stick in our memories and turn parking lots into community play zones. Images from this past weekend of deers in the streets of D.C., time-lapse videos of snow packed backyards, and children touching the snow for the first time are joyful reminders of our love of impromptu nature.

A Brooklyn child is inspired into a handstand. Source: Several Seconds

A Brooklyn child is inspired into a handstand. Source: Several Seconds

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