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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wednesday Links is off the grid

+"While climate change deniers were babbling on the airwaves, we were quietly going about our work of becoming a more resilient community with better transit, more energy efficient government buildings, improved bicycle facilities and green infrastructure to address storm water runoff. Every city is, or should be, looking at the impacts of climate change now and into the future. Future generations of Grand Rapidians will look back on this time with gratitude for the far-sightedness of our city.” Grand Rapids, MI mayor speaks out.

+By 2045, 80% of people will be in living in cities. That sounds line an opportunity, if nothing else.

+Urban planning is not really about developing buildings, roads, and parks, but about the people who will build their lives within those spaces. Urban Planning and Decolonization.

+The octogenarian Republican from western Maryland—more than once labeled “the oddest congressman”—found himself gerrymandered out of office a year ago and promptly decided to take action on the warnings others wouldn’t heed, retreating to a remote property in the mountains of West Virginia where he lives with no phone service, no connection to outside power and no municipal plumbing. Having failed to safeguard the power grid for the rest of the country, Bartlett has taken himself completely off the grid. He has finally done what he pleaded in vain for others to do: “to become,” as he put it in a 2009 documentary, “independent of the system.” Roscoe Bartlett: Congressman, Doomer.

+Rolling Stone says, "Hey, you Millennials! pay attention!"