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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday Links is considering form-based blogging

+While I would never give up on the idea that we should address the causes of Climate Change, this editorial poses an interesting counterpoint. Should we start worrying about adapting?

+Road diets are central to the plan. A road diet uses a variety of methods to reduce road width, slow traffic speeds, re-establish community linkages and generally improve accommodations for pedestrians and bicycles. Flint, MI goes on a road diet to find a clearer path to a viable future.

+A novel idea: "Consideration of the form-based zoning approach is in response to growing concern among residents that the scale and style of new developments are not fitting into the downtown's historic character," according to a memorandum from City Manager John Bohenko. Form-based zoning differs from current zoning by de-emphasizing use and focusing more on building placement, scale and design. Portsmouth considers a form-based zoning ordinance.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday Links is gonna totally hack the earth

+Maybe hacking the planet is an easier solution than massive cooperation. To Fix Climate Change, Scientists Turn To Hacking The Earth.

+All Gehl’s concepts involve decreasing space given over to cars and increasing space inhabited by pedestrians, thereby encouraging human interaction across class lines and reducing the debilitating effects of high-rise isolation. New documentary, The Human Scale, argues for building cities for people and not cars

+“Nobody is really approaching growing in the city from the standpoint of it being something that’s worth the labor cost,” said Andy Dragt, founder of City Farmers. “We think one person farming on two or three lots could make way better than minimum wage.” Urban Farming collective in Grand Rapids, MI sets out to prove urban farming can be profitable

+Is the key to ending climate change denial to simply tell people to "stop being dicks"?  

Monday, October 21, 2013

Ecological Economics Part II coming

The second half of the my pieces on Ecological Economics will be coming next week. In lieu, I have a ton of links for this week.