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Monday News Roundup

Jan 12, 2010

We’re starting a new feature where every Monday, we’ll do a post on news or other blog posts that we found interesting from the past week.

Architecture Doesn’t Hide Bad Planning in Dubai (Planetizen)
An article from the Chicago Tribute that discusses the magnificent buildings and creations in Dubai, but the lack of an urban connectivity.

Adobe Headquarters Installs 20 Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (Inhabitat)
“The electricity generated from the turbines will eventually power an electric vehicle charging station in the garage below”

Deep Walkability (WorldChanging)
“The true test of walkability I think is this: Can you spend a pleasant half hour walking or on transit and end up at a variety of great places? The quality of having a feast of options available when you walk out your front door is what I’m starting to think of as “deep walkability.””

Fed-Up Commuter Fixes Freeway Sign Himself (Planetizen)
Great recounting of a Los Angeles commuter/artist who became fed up with poor freeway signage, and designed, constructed, and installed changes to the sign himself.

It takes a community to sustain a small farm (Grist)
“as anyone who has ever raised grain or livestock can tell you, the farmer is not the only person in the chain of players from her farm to your fork. In addition to producers, your food chain includes processors, distributors or transporters, and retailers. In other words, to have a truly local food system, we also need local butchers, bakers and millers, local truck drivers, local grocers, and a community that supports them in all their efforts.”

Vancouver Is Cascadia’s Greenest City, Who Is Second? (The Tyee)Vancouver is announced as Cascadia’s greenest city, but then the question for second place is: Seattle, or Portland? The writer notes that most people assume that Portland will take second places, but wants to dig into the individual issues deeper. No spoiler alert, but the city that takes second deserves it.