DC’s stunning Chinatown friendship gate

0601140956One of my favorite activities while traveling is to make an effort to see the Chinatown friendship gates in cities that I visit. Among those I have personally observed are the friendship gates in Boston, Chicago, Sacramento, and San Francisco. From a human scale, Boston’s is hard to beat and San Francisco’s is certainly iconic, but the gate in Washington, DC’s Chinatown (just east of the intersection of H & 7th Streets) is simply stunning for its overall beauty, size, and artistic intricacy.

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Walking out of the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station, the friendship gate immediately captures your attention and holds it tight. It is quite an impressive visual treat. Next time you happen to be visiting our Nation’s capital, hop on the Metro and stop to take a look at the city’s Chinatown friendship gate – it’s worth the trip! Cheers!

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Superhighway superhero

While traveling the Pennsylvania Turnpike on our way to Washington, DC last night we stopped at the Midway Service Plaza in Bedford. This recently updated plaza included a very interesting display on the history of the turnpike, Americas first superhighway. Numerous artifacts and collectibles were presented in the diorama.


Among them, was an intriguing display about a superhero I had never heard of or seen before – Turnpike Man!   Who knows what adventures Turnpike Man dealt with – filling potholes with a single shovel full; clearing/melting snow with a single breath; stopping runaway semis on steep mountain descents; holding back rock slides; or combatting his evil arch nemesis – the Toll Troll (I made that up).

So the next time you are traversing the Keystone State, keep an eye to the sky, for Turnpike Man may zip past on his way to performing superhero good deeds.

Betcha’ none of the guys from Big Bang Theory has a Turnpike Man!

What’s not to like???

A great editorial cartoon found on Facebook. It makes that obvious point that even if climate change is somehow an incorrect thesis, making the world a better place for all of us is still a great benefit to humanity, the environment, and Mother Earth. What’s not to like about that?

Source: facebook.com

Source: Joel Pett/USA Today via facebook.com

Ruining the net one ‘Mad ad’ at a time

Source: businessinsider.com

Source: businessinsider.com

I don’t know about all of you, but I find the increased blizzardization of advertising on the net to be quite annoying anymore. Given the trend lines depicted in the chart above, I fear it will only continue get worse. You can’t hardly watch any videos on YouTube without having to wait at least five seconds and usually much longer for Madison Avenue to bore you with some stupid advertisement. Then, as the video is playing, a pop-up annoyance opens at the bottom of the screen every 15 seconds or so. Some news websites would prefer to sell you something than warn the public of impending danger (say a tornado, earthquake, flood, etc.). Anything to make a freaking buck.

I can remember the good old days – just a decade ago, when you could watch videos or read stories online without being inundated with Mad ads. Some sites are so bad, you literally cannot find the “close” or “no thanks” icon to turn off the advertisement. Others keep popping up no matter how many times you hit the “back” or “refresh” button on your screen and/or keyboard. Sometimes, I just press control/alt/delete to get out of advertising purgatory.

My guess is that some enterprising young tech or marketing genius is going to figure out that buffeting people with the visually pollution of advertising only serves to dissuade them from using a website and will make a mint with less obtrusive advertising and marketing schemes. Or…a tech guru will figure out a way to avoid the ads altogether. Hopefully, one of these brainiacs comes along sooner versus later to save society from this scourge of Mad ads. You may now enjoy the advertisements appearing here on panethos.wordpress.com.   :)

Now this IS a complete street!

Originally posted on Bicycle Trax:

Source: next.cityofboston.gove

Source: next.cityofboston.gov

This graphic also appears as a centerfold in the May issue of Planning magazine. It is a very cool representation of what a truly complete street could and should look like, as well as the features/infrastructure that should be incoporated. Very well done, Boston. Cannot wait to see this in real world practice sometime very soon.

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Going sky-high and energy wise in Jakarta

Source: asce.org

Source: asce.org

The impressive 99 story Pertamina Tower in Jakarta, Indonesia will not only be super tall at 530 meters (or 1,744 feet) when it is completed in 2020, but it is designed to be a net-zero energy user. Wind turbines in the V-shaped pistachio-shaped void between the building facades at the top quarter of the tower will supply energy to the skyscraper.





Where dogs go postal


Source: businessinsider.com

Here’s the 2014 list of the cities with the most postal carrier dog bites. Initially, it appears that Houston sits atop the list as the bad doggy capital of America. But, when the numbers provided below are calculated in terms of the overall urbanized area, the results are quite different:

  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Van Nuys-Santa Ana combine for a total of 107 dog bites
  • Bay Area (San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose-Richmond) = 79
  • Dallas-Fort Worth = 71
  • Baltimore-Washington = 63
  • Denver-Aurora = 53

This leaves Houston’s total of 63 in a tie for fourth place – not great, but better than being the top dog (I know, bad pun).

While at first blush it may appear that New York City is nearly devoid of postal carrier dog bites, both Brooklyn and Flushing make the list, which are parts of the city. As a result, NYC’s total is at least 32. Either way you look at the numbers, the data is interesting and clearly shows there is a danger to postal carriers.

All kidding aside, please do your mail delivery person and anyone else who may happen visit your property a favor and keep your dog properly controlled and secured at all times. Children and the elderly would be especially vulnerable and no one wants to learn of a tragedy that could have been prevented.