The Associated Press and other news outlets have reported over the last few weeks on the growing trend for young people and empty nesters moving downtown in major cities across the USA to save on fuel costs and to reduce their travel time.
The other growing trend is more people opting to use public transport to get to work whether it be driving to a station and riding to work.
Both of these shifts in commuter patterns is due to fuel however it is not solely in the USA, across Europe and Asis are changing their habits however many governments have been left lagging on public transport as they never anticipated a huge spike in oil.
Let’s hope this shift to downtown living and use of public transport stays for the long term and creates more livable walkable cities.
The reference SOURCE: Associated Press – Renters go downtown to save on gas, commuting
Hong Kong has prepared a HK$37 million ($4.75 million) composting plant to deal with up to 20 tonnes of manure a day from horses taking part in equestrian events in next month’s Olympics and September’s Paralympics.
Hong Kong opens processing plant for manure – guardian.co.uk.
It’s not often you go from your day job to turning a sheep over and inspecting its hooves,” says Brigitta Richards. A nursery nurse, Richards is one of a growing number of volunteer shepherds recruited by Brighton and Hove city council as part of an initiative to reintroduce grazing to its urban parks, after an absence of more than 50 years. “It gets me out and about, and you’re doing something to protect and conserve the environment as well.”
SOURCE: The rise of the urban shepherd – Society – The Guardian.
Championing the value of large trees in the urban environment
The environmental, economic and social benefits of trees are well documented. Members of The Landscape Institute routinely work to ensure that trees form an integral part of the urban landscape and public realm. However, the valuable contribution made by large-growing trees in particular is often compromised or precluded by negative perceptions relating to maintenance, nuisance or safety and associated costs.
The Role of the TDAG
The Landscape Institute is a member of the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) – a multi-disciplinary group of individual professionals and organisations from both the private and public sectors who have come together under The London Tree and Woodland Framework to collaborate in achieving an increased awareness of the role of trees in the built environment. Its other members include representatives from the GLA, Design for London, Urban Design London, Transport for London, the City of London and other London boroughs, the London Trees and Woodland Framework, the Forestry Commission, Royal Parks, the Tree Council, Trees for Cities, various leading developers, representatives of the insurance and utilities industries and design consultants.
SOURCE: LI – The Landscape Institute and the Trees and Design Action Group.
Jon Land of 24dash.com reports that Glynedebourne Opera House of East Sussex, UK will install a 230ft (70m) to reduce the venue’s carbon emissions by 70% and will reduce its impact on the environment.
SOURCE: 24dash – Glyndebourne Opera House given go-ahead for 230ft wind turbine>
The city took a tentative step this week toward fulfilling the dream of a certain kind of urban idealist, saying that it will explore the possibility of creating a bike-sharing program that could make hundreds or even thousands of bicycles available for public use.
“This is a really big deal,” said Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group for cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders. “In the realm of things you can do to boost bicycling in a city, bike-share is at the top of the list.”
The city asked companies and organizations interested in running a bike-sharing program to provide assessments of how it could work.
SOURCE: NYTimes.com – City Will Explore Broad Bike-Sharing Plan –
CNN.com gives the basic prinicples of landscaping around your home in defence of wild fires. This article is a reaction to the California wildfires and comments that fire season is all year round in California.
Landscaping that can stop wildfires – CNN.com.