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Next American City 2014-03-07 15:40:40
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A few weeks ago I compiled a spreadsheet of housing unit counts for various U.S. cities, plus Toronto and Vancouver, over the past few decades. Presented above is a chart of housing growth in these cities according to the 2000 and 2010 censuses. I chose the selection somewhat randomly, but tried to encompass most major North American cities …
Climate Progress 2014-03-07 14:38:33
The route of Enbridge’s Line 9, which would connect to a tar sands pipeline in Alberta on one side, and to Montreal on the other. The Montreal connection eventually goes to the eastern coast of Canada.
CREDIT: National Energy Board
While all eyes in America were turned to President Obama’s looming decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, Canadian regulators on Thursday approved …
Building Product Marketing 2014-03-05 05:42:00
Environmental concerns often require finding a balance between environmental and performance concerns, as illustrated in the following case study: Use Prudent Specifications with Titanium DioxideMichael Chusid, RA FCSI CCS ? Letter to Editor, Environmental Building News, Vol.17 No.7I read with interest your article on photoactive titanium dioxide (TiO2) in concrete [see EBN Vol. 16, No. 5]. I have been following …
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Next American City 2014-03-05 13:22:48
Smoke from a bomb rises over a neighborhood in Beirut. Photo credit: ZeNahla via Flickr
Across the world, cities are preparing for worst-case scenarios and looming disasters by building levees, earthquake-proofing buildings and drawing up evacuation plans. But for Beirut, except for the danger of a major earthquake that?s long overdue, the potential catastrophic threats faced by the city are mostly manmade …
Next American City 2014-03-05 12:00:46
The cafe will operate out of a space owned by a Greek Orthodox church.
Running north-south through Kansas City, Troost Avenue has long been the city’s sharply drawn racial and economic dividing line. That’s why Internet advocates, among them a Greek Orthodox priest, are fundraising to open an Internet cafe that would be the first free public WiFi hotspot on the corridor.
WebUrbanist 2014-03-05 18:14:47
[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]
When urban planners and developers want to know what businesses local residents would like in their neighborhoods, where to put new bike lanes, or specific areas in need of revitalization, who better to turn to than the …
Next American City 2014-03-05 18:43:02
The Freelancers Union’s new “Quiet Revolution” map, showing establishments in Portland, Ore.
People today, writes Sara Horowitz, founder and leader of the Freelancers Union, have "stopped looking for more. We just want enough. And better." On Wednesday, her New York City-based organization released an editable, Google Maps-powered map to help them find it.
Of course, enough and better are in …
Triple Pundit 2014-03-05 22:55:22
Next American City 2014-03-05 19:52:52
The European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Credit: Sébastien Bertrand on Flickr
In a new press release, the European Union’s governing body asks those working on data-driven, technology-enabled city building to do more to publish on the progress of that work. It’s part of an effort to bake openness about planning into the Commission’s work on "smart cities" from the start:
The challenge is …
Next American City 2014-03-05 19:27:43
Credit: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley
The Washington, D.C. city council voted on Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana in the District. Assuming Mayor Vincent Gray and Congress don?t veto the bill — yes, the feds have oversight over local lawmaking in D.C. — the 10-1 vote means that weed possession of up to one ounce is slapped with a mere $25 fine, instead of an …
Climate Progress 2014-03-05 23:01:12
The Sydney Opera House.
Almost 200 cultural heritage sites, including the Statue of Liberty and the Sydney Opera House, could be compromised if global warming reaches 3 degrees above pre-industrial levels, a new report in Environmental Research Letters shows.
The research released Tuesday from Austria and Germany used both sea-level estimates for the next 2000 years and high-resolution topography data …
Climate Progress 2014-03-05 22:56:04
Drill station control labels are used as signs for the different rooms at the Running Right Leadership Academy in Julian, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Alpha Natural Resources safety training center grew out of its $210 million non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Helber
Alpha Natural Resources, the third-largest coal company in the U.S., agreed to pay …
Climate Progress 2014-03-05 22:26:39
Rush Holt (D-NJ) saddened scientists and climate hawks everywhere when he announced last month he would retire at the end of his (eighth) term in Congress. Holt brought the unique sensibility of a research physicist to a body that has become increasingly hostile towards science.
He gave an extended interview to Salon last week, and as usual offered a blunt defense …
Climate Progress 2014-03-06 01:10:13
Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, has changed his mind and become the latest prominent opponent of approving the Keystone XL pipeline.
Schultz had angered Keystone opponents by taking the State Department environmental analysis at face value, arguing that the oil is going to come out of Alberta anyways, and the pipeline could be better for the climate. The …
Building Product Marketing 2014-03-06 13:00:00
A building product rep addressed a question to specifiers on the LinkedIn CSI group:I am interested to hear how much MasterSpec is relied upon in creating your specifications. Some of the products I represent are listed in MasterSpec. I am trying to gage the importance of having the products that are not in MasterSpec added to the service.My reply:MasterSpec. Buiding System …
Climate Progress 2014-03-06 14:20:15
Demonstrators hold signs Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va.
CREDIT: AP Photo/John Raby
Nearly two months after Freedom Industries’ leaky chemical storage tank on the Elk River in West Virginia contaminated the drinking water supply for 300,000 people, the State House of Representatives passed a new bill late Wednesday night regulating chemical storage tanks.
Under the …
Climate Progress 2014-03-06 20:22:21
In this Feb. 25, 2014, photo provided by the Incident Control Centre a fire burns at the Hazelwood Coal Mine at Morwell, Australia.
CREDIT: Associated Press
The fire at Victoria, Australia’s Hazelwood coal mine has burned for nearly a month now and blanketed the nearby town of South Morwell in hazardous smog, but the end seems to be near. Firefighters estimated …