Creative Urban Gardeners in Washington D.C.

Adrian Higgins of the washingtonpost.com reports

Suzanna Dennis surveys the fruits of months of tender care: a vegetable garden of vigor, health and bounty………………
All this can be found in the meager 9 by 5 feet of a sidewalk bed on Capitol Hill that, until Dennis transformed it this spring, held the rotting stump of a fallen street tree. “I saw this space lying fallow,” she said. “I decided to turn it into a vegetable garden.”

Read the full article at the SOURCE: washingtonpost.com – Adrian Higgins: Squeezed for Space in the City, Green Thumbs Get Inventive

Britain’s streets revealed as no-go areas – Living Streets

Living Streets announced the findings of a report into street survey yesterday. The new report was to mark the 80th anniversary of the formation of Living Streets (formerly the Pedestrians Association), highlighted the changes in how streets are used.

Stating that almost half the children aged between 5-10 years old never play on their streets and that over 2/3 of the parents use the car or public transport to go to supermarkets as they were out of walking distance.

New research shows our streets are in danger of losing the social function they have had in the past, as they are shifted from social hubs for the community, into spaces considered no go areas for children.

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Living Streets said:

“Overall the research published today paints a bleak picture of how our streets have changed over the past 80 years. More than a quarter of people today know less than two of their neighbours, where as the majority of older respondents remember knowing at least 5 of their neighbours well when they had a young family. In addition to this, it is becoming increasingly rare to see children playing out on the streets. We have effectively designed ourselves out of our own communities through urban planning that has failed to prioritise people.

SOURCE: Living Streets

Pier 11 back on table

Metro International reports

PHILADELPHIA. Redevelopment of a 1-acre pier shooting into the Delaware River has been touted as a change for the better at the mostly-ignored waterfront …….

“There is a lot of physical problems why [development has] been difficult to achieve in the past not the least is the highway,” said James Corner of design firm Field Operations, which won the contract to redesign Pier 11……

Read the full article at the SOURCE: Metro – Pier 11 development is back on city’s radar

Vital wetland restored to natural glory

JournalLive reports

A 50-YEAR healing operation for internationally-important wetlands in the North has taken a major step forward.

A £700,000 project to push forward the restoration of the 12,000-year-old Border Mires has been completed nearly two years ahead of schedule. Over 2,500 acres of the Border Mires.

Read the full article and watch the video @ the SOURCE: JournalLive – News – Environment – Vital wetland restored to natural glory

Chelsea design bidders include five linked to prince – The Guardian

The Guardian reports

Five firms of architects closely allied to the Prince of Wales’s approach to architecture will compete to draw up plans for the vacant Chelsea barracks site in London, after the prince succeeded in blocking an earlier design that he deemed “unsuitable”.

SOURCE: The Guardian – Chelsea design bidders include five linked to prince

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