Category Archives: environment

Rain shadow cities and planning


Rain shadows are a fascinating geological and meteorological phenomenon that results from moisture being squeezed out as weather systems pass over higher elevations on the windward side of the mountains, leaving the leeward side much drier, sometimes even with a … Continue reading

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Getting “reel” about our environment


After way too many years of using a gasoline powered lawn mower, my wife and I recently made the switch to a human-powered reel lawn mower. Once the standard for lawn care, these basic mowing machines have been long regulated … Continue reading

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Stitching together a “Quilt Barn Trail”


On Michigan’s historic Old Mission Peninsula, the community has banded together to stitch a Quilt Barn Trail. One may ask, as I first did, what is a Quilt Barn Trail? Essentially, it is an effort to celebrate and recognize the … Continue reading

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Best new planning term in years: “spreadlining”


  Friday, @schmangee of streetsblog.org and rustwire.com pointed out an ¬†interesting issue on her Twitter feed. It noted: “We need issue branding as good as the term gentrification for the more common & devastating combination of sprawl, segregation & bad … Continue reading

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Raising the High Line’s influence to new heights¬†


  It’s not often that you see a skyscraper design that thinks outside the box here in the United States, but I must admit the proposed Spiral in New York City is an eye-catcher. This handsome tower incorporates a stunning … Continue reading

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Neutralizing airport carbon footprints


  The Airport Carbon Accreditation program began in 2009 as a n effort to reduce and eventually neutralize the effects of CO2 emissions at airports around the world through proactive steps. To date, more than 135 airports are participating in … Continue reading

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Largest cities straddling the Equator


Each of the following cities straddles/abuts the Equator, as the coordinates for each are less than one degree latitude from the Equator. Only the core city population is provided, so there may be some suburbs that could have been part … Continue reading

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