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principles of intelligent urbanism

Cities in the US are expected to make up a significant portion of the world GDP. More here:

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/04/global-economic-dominance-us-cities/1787/

“We’re being strangled by the lack of action at the federal level. That’s why mayors are where the action is.”

thegreenurbanist:

citymaus:

thegreenurbanist:

citymaus:

Happy friday! 
man, Chicago is cool. Pilsen, 23.03.12.

Re-blogged this the other day but wanted to add comment now: 
These are all over the city; Chicagoans had to stop the destruction of these old meters; due to their use as bicycle parking; when the city sold the rights to Chicago’s sidewalks to a private corporation. This occurred via the parking meter privatization and how the city lost control of our streets.

whaa?? Chicago’s sidewalks—privatized??! I will look up info. 

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/features-cover-april-9-2009/Content?oid=1098561
The Chicago Reader’s Ben Joravsky has the low down.

thegreenurbanist:

citymaus:

thegreenurbanist:

citymaus:

Happy friday! 

man, Chicago is cool. Pilsen, 23.03.12.

Re-blogged this the other day but wanted to add comment now: 

These are all over the city; Chicagoans had to stop the destruction of these old meters; due to their use as bicycle parking; when the city sold the rights to Chicago’s sidewalks to a private corporation. This occurred via the parking meter privatization and how the city lost control of our streets.

whaa?? Chicago’s sidewalks—privatized??! 
I will look up info. 

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/features-cover-april-9-2009/Content?oid=1098561

The Chicago Reader’s Ben Joravsky has the low down.

think-progress:

CAUTION: There’s radioactive material beneath your feet. 
Red Gate Woods, Illinois
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think-progress:

CAUTION: There’s radioactive material beneath your feet. 

Red Gate Woods, Illinois

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The poetry of cities doesn’t lie in idyllic harmony at all, but in the impervious anarchy of many little lives in a concentrated terrain.
(via secretrepublic)
nprfreshair:

Edward Humes on Puente Hills, the largest municipal landfill in the United States: “The smell is not as impressive as the sheer scale of this place. It has 130 tons of garbage contained in this mountain. It is a high point in the south end of Los Angeles so you can see the entire basin of Los Angeles by standing on a mountain of its trash.” [full interview here]
Puente Hills Landfill (by wallofhair)

nprfreshair:

Edward Humes on Puente Hills, the largest municipal landfill in the United States: “The smell is not as impressive as the sheer scale of this place. It has 130 tons of garbage contained in this mountain. It is a high point in the south end of Los Angeles so you can see the entire basin of Los Angeles by standing on a mountain of its trash.” [full interview here]

Puente Hills Landfill (by wallofhair)

thegreenurbanist:

Bicycle-Safety Tips
We pay for this stuff and it goes right into the waste bin, and we’re not capturing it the way our recycling programs are intending us to capture it. We’re just sticking it in the ground and building mountains out of it.
About 69 % of our trash goes immediately into landfills. And most landfill trash is made up of containers and packaging – almost all of which should be recycled, says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes, (via nprfreshair)