TIME: Detroit: The Death and Possible Life of a Great City.

Time magazine has run the cover story Detroit: The Death — and Possible Life — of a Great City.

Detroit has to shrink its footprint, even if it means condemning decent houses in the gap-toothed areas and moving their occupants to compact neighborhoods where they might find a modicum of security and service. Build greenbelts, which are a lot cheaper to maintain than untraveled streets. Encourage urban farming. Let the barren areas revert to nature.

read the full article at TIME: Detroit: The Death — and Possible Life — of a Great City

Indianapolis Museum of Art to Open on June 20, 2010

The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced recently that 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park will open on June 20, 2010 with a public grand opening celebration including tours and a Summer Solstice program. Located on 100 acres of land that includes untamed woodlands, wetlands, a lake, and meadows adjacent to the Museum, 100 Acres will be one of the largest museum art parks in the country and the only one to feature the ongoing commission of temporary, site-responsive artworks. The park will open with eight newly commissioned inaugural works by international artists, a LEED-certified visitor center and numerous walking trails that highlight the indigenous landscape. As with the IMA galleries, admission to 100 Acres will be free.

The IMA has engaged architect Marlon Blackwell and landscape architect Edward L. Blake to develop a LEED-certified visitor pavilion and related walking trails throughout the site that emphasize native plantings.

SOURCE: The Indianapolis Museum of Art

Toronto approves tranformation of Queens Quay

Toronto City Council has overwhelmingly approved Waterfront Toronto’s recommendation to transform Queens Quay into a grand lakefront boulevard by replacing two lanes of traffic on the south side of the street with a beautiful linear park.

Transforming Queens Quay by creating open public space along the south side of the street with a generous new pedestrian promenade and expanded Martin Goodman Trail is part of the winning design for revitalizing the central waterfront by West 8 + DTAH.

SOURCE: WEST 8

Urban rail is a new engine for development – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail reports

“With the Canada Line coming, it was not business as usual. We knew that,” says Terry Crowe, the manager of policy planning in the suburb of Richmond south of Vancouver, which launched an aggressive initiative five years ago to redesign its city around the five transit stations in preparation for new development.

Read the full article @ the SOURCE: The Globe and Mail – Urban rail is a new engine for development

San Francisco tilts toward wind power

SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle) reports

The two famous windmills in Golden Gate Park could soon have a lot of company as a broad array of city officials, business leaders and environmentalists push for streamlined, modern versions to spring up at famous spots all over the city.

Wind turbines could soon be built at Twin Peaks, Treasure Island, the Civic Center, Ocean Beach, the San Francisco Zoo, city parks and the airport as demonstration sites for how urban wind farms could help power San Francisco – and to educate residents in the hopes they’ll put them on their rooftops.

Read more at the SOURCE: SFGate.com: San Francisco tilts toward wind power

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