Archive for March, 2017

Riding Up Front With Immigrants’ Stories

A new project hopes to increase tolerance by having passengers strike up conversations with their taxi and ride-hailing drivers.


Seattle’s New Parklet Is a Retrofitted 1940s Sailboat

A parklet, for those who aren’t familiar, is an often-adorable public gathering/resting area, typically carved from parking spaces or under-utilized parts of the streetscape.

Ocean Plastic Pollution Inspires Grim Art in London

Now Londoners out taking a stroll can get a nauseating reminder of the ravages of oceanic pollution, via Jason deCaires Taylor’s new public artwork “Plasticide.” The concrete sculpture, which sits by the National Theatre, presents a family of four on a beach picnic, the parents smiling blissfully while surrounded by a flock of seagulls vomiting plastic. (The puke is actually made from trash found around the Spanish island of Lanzarote.) The despondent children look less oblivious—perhaps an indication they know this will be their generation’s problem next.

 Urban Sprawl Affects School Start Times for Sleepy Teens

What happened? A lot of things, including suburbanization, the energy crisis, and a big cultural shift around child safety norms. But the early start times for American schools have largely been imposed by transportation needs: Getting kids to school became a lot more complicated in the age of sprawl.

Who Gets More Exercise: Walkers or Bicyclists?

The cyclist: quick, sleek, often clad in fun aerodynamic costumes. The walker: steady of foot, plodding, relentless. But who, in fact, is getting the best form of exercise?

New Senior Living Model Needed to Satisfy Aging Boomers

Sean Thomson, senior living director, CR Architects, said a new model is needed to reach the 75-million-strong boomers, and walkable urban communities could be it. Walkable urbanism is in demand among all age groups, but is particularly appropriate for seniors.

The “Anarchists” of Portland Fix Their Own Streets

The men weren’t there for another Trump protest; rather, they were packing asphalt into deep crevices that developed after the Pacific Northwest’s brutal winter.