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Nov 22, 2010

Innovative Brevi Bus Unveiled in Rural Putnam County (Passenger Transport)
Putnam County has many rural areas and many unpaved roads which still need access to public transportation. These new Brevi Buses will fill this unique local and national need.

High-Speed Rail: Track Record of Success (Passenger Transport)
A new study from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)—using lessons learned from other countries—found that high-speed rail can boost a nation’s economy, curb pollution, provide an appealing alternative to congested roads and airports, and conserve energy.

Grassroots Planning Transforming Waterfront (Planetizen)
A group of citizens calling themselves Destination Bayfront have led the charge to turn their underused waterfront into a destination hotspot.

Solar-Powered French Gym Offers an Energizing Workout (inhabitat)
Architect Jean Marc Rivet’s funky design for a small gym located in Saint Gilles, France features an imaginative profile that slopes toward the sky. The gym’s inclined, rounded boxes are certainly good fun, but they also provide raised surfaces that capture sunlight.

Building a better intersection for pedestrians (Spacing Toronto)
Would rounded Crosswalk edges to help keep pedestrians safe?

Living, Water-Recycling Building Wrapped in a Network of Tubes (inhabitat)
This artists’ atelier and office building in São Paulo, Brazil features a facade covered in plants sustained by a network of tubes that provide mist at regular intervals.

Tiny Transformer Apartment Has Moving Walls, Dropping Beds and More (Treehugger)
TreeHugger founder Graham Hill is trying to radically reduce his footprint and live happily with less space, less stuff and less waste on less money, but with more design. He calls it “LifeEdited.”

Will industrial land be rezoned for a new MEC store? (The Vancouver Sun)
Industrial land, especially land for light industries such as the little citizen-serving businesses that most of us depend on but few of us notice, is never very sexy. A big new store, especially one whose reputation is built on the greenest of business practices and the most ethical of sourcing, is.

New incentives would spur growth in Pioneer Square (Crosscut)
New higher zoning limits are coming to Pioneer Square and the south downtown Seattle neighborhoods. But will these changes achieve the desired effect of bringing more residents to these neighborhoods without harming the existing urbanscape?

Planet Re-use: a dating service for used materials (Treehugger)
There are some things that the Internet is very good at, including helping put people and people or things and things together. Nathan Benjamin runs a dating service for materials, putting people together with the used materials they need.

The Best Sustainable Designs From Greenbuild Day 3 (inhabitat)
Last week Inhabitat joined the architects, designers, and green building enthusiasts that filled the halls on the final day of Greenbuild 2010.