Localizing A General Idea

Kate Wagner‘s piece on the Green New Deal – “A Green New Home” – describes the nationwide effects of potential legislation to reduce pollution and carbon dioxide emissions. I like it, as I do nearly all of her work. But as I read it, I realized that the situation here is a bit different, and …

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Seems To Be A Theme

Three articles from the last five days seem to be pointing in a single direction. “Who’s afraid of the pedestrian mall?” by Alexandra Lange, “Study Of Old Rockaway Rail Line’s Revival Back On Track” by Jose Martinez, and “It’s time to ban cars from Manhattan” by James Nevius all discuss different aspects of the problem …

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I know I’ve discussed this before, but it can’t be said enough: reuse of buildings is good for the natural environment as well as the cultural environment. Will Hurst at the Architects’ Journal (UK) recently published a manifesto called RetroFirst. I recommend reading the whole thing: the goals and ideas make perfect sense even though …

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Cleaning Up

The trend towards mapping big data by the city government of New York continues, this time with respect to the new laws to reduce greenhouse gases and energy use by large buildings. Because NYC relies more heavily on mass transit than any other city in the country, buildings represent a disproportionately large percentage of our …

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