Wheelchairs teach street lesson

 The people who design New York’s streets and sidewalks found out what it’s like to roll on someone else’s wheels Wednesday.

“It was very difficult,” said landscape architect Steve MacAvery as he stepped out of the wheelchair he’d used to travel about a hundred yards up State Street and back. “It’s very hard work on your arms. You feel all the little bumps.”

MacAvery, based at the state Department of Transportation’s regional headquarters in Poughkeepsie, was among about 20 landscape architects from around the state who participated in a training exercise using wheelchairs on loan from the Center for Disability Services.

Read more @ Wheelchairs teach street lesson by Cathy Woodruff 

Source: Times Union – Albany NY.

Weep for Urban Renewal

As fantastic as our annual Doors Open weekend (May 26, 27) has been in giving us a chance to tour a vast number of wonderful buildings, it’s also a reminder of the vast number of wonderful buildings we won’t get to see.

Of the more than 20,000 structures that were demolished during the “urban renewal” of the 1950s and ‘60s, arguably the grandest was Toronto’s General Post Office that at one time stood on Adelaide at the head of Toronto Street.

Source: The Bulletin is Downtown Toronto’s Best Read Community Newspaper.

Weep for Urban Renewal

As fantastic as our annual Doors Open weekend (May 26, 27) has been in giving us a chance to tour a vast number of wonderful buildings, it’s also a reminder of the vast number of wonderful buildings we won’t get to see.

Of the more than 20,000 structures that were demolished during the “urban renewal” of the 1950s and ‘60s, arguably the grandest was Toronto’s General Post Office that at one time stood on Adelaide at the head of Toronto Street.

Source: The Bulletin is Downtown Toronto’s Best Read Community Newspaper.

America’s cleanest cities

Want to live where the air is sweet, the water is pure and the streets are clean? Try the country. But what if you don’t like the sticks? Then try Florida.

Source Financial Post – America’s cleanest cities.

Is Suburbia Turning Into Slumburbia?

The dark side of this surreality is that the places far from these hallowed urban cores are experiencing unprecedented decline and, according to some experts, threaten to become tomorrow’s slums.

We’re not talking about mean inner city streets getting meaner, we’re talking about the pristine, newly built developments of four-bedroom, three-bath dream homes produced in the last housing boom becoming ghettos for the poor and the disenfranchised.

Slumburbia? After decades of middle class flight from the cities in search of safe neighborhoods and good schools — a flight that continues today even from gentrified cities like San Francisco — it’s hard to conjure the image of a truly derelict suburbia. Will all those manicured lawns sprout weeds and broken bottles like a Baltimore back alley? Will drug dealers take over the local cul-de-sac? Will squatters set up camp in the neighbor’s McMansion?

Source: SFgate.com – Is Suburbia Turning Into Slumburbia?.

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