May 22, 2013
by David Lennett
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California Issues Precedent Setting Rules to Collect Tons of Additional Mercury from Old Thermostats

David Lennett, Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C. and Beijing
Today, California is charting a path other states should follow to protect public health by adopting new rules promoting the recycling of old mercury thermostats that hang on … Continue reading

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April 22, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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This transit system is also the world’s longest art exhibit

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
The Wikipedia entry for Stockholm’s Metro system says that it has 100 stations in use along 106 kilometers (about 65 miles) of track.  I seem to recall … Continue reading

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April 4, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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For Wikipedia users, being ‘Wikipedian’ may be more important than political loyalties

Wikipedia users who proclaim their political affiliations within the online community consider their identity as “Wikipedian” stronger than potentially divisive political affiliations, according to new research. Continue reading

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February 25, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Hummingbird flight: Two vortex trails with one stroke

As of today, the Wikipedia entry for the hummingbird explains that the bird’s flight generates in its wake a single trail of vortices that helps the bird hover. But after conducting experiments with hummingbirds in the lab, researchers propose that the… Continue reading

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January 30, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Checking out open access

From Wikipedia to shareware, the Internet has made information and software more widely available than ever. At the heart of this explosion is the simple idea that information should be open and free for anyone. Yet with publishers charging exorbitant … Continue reading

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June 22, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Rebuilding downtown from scratch: striking images and a video from Christchurch

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
  After the quake
 
  Today, retail reborn with shipping containers in the Re: START mall
Christchurch, a city of about 367,000 people (460,00… Continue reading

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March 30, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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The emptiest mall in the world

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
In this space, I have written before about dead shopping malls, past their prime and doomed by a business model stuck in the late 20th century.  Although I am… Continue reading

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February 17, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Where am I? Given crazy jurisdictional borders, it’s hard to tell

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
  
We’re looking at a satellite image of Netherlands countryside surrounding the Dutch town of Baarle-Nassau, home to just under 7,000 residents.  (No… Continue reading

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August 2, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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A powerful statement in the form of urban folk art: Detroit’s amazing Heidelberg Project

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC    
Detroit’s problems of urban distress, decay, and inner-city abandonment are all too well-known.  Yet the city remains host to some amazing architecture, … Continue reading

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July 21, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Video week: Jane Jacobs on neighborhoods, placemaking & active living

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC    
Amazingly, the video below is the first time I have seen and heard the late Jane Jacobs speak.  Everyone in my world knows her work and her wisdom, of co… Continue reading

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July 14, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The original ‘High Line’: la Promenade Plantée in Paris

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC  
 
New York’s City’s hugely successful and justly celebrated High Line wasn’t the first elevated urban railroad bed to be converted into a mu… Continue reading

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June 24, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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How sprawl is like Bernie Madoff

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC  
Here’s what Madoff did:  He took people’s money, promising a return on investment.  In other words, he borrowed it.  But the returns were… Continue reading

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December 17, 2010
by Kaid Benfield
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Arts-driven revitalization in Kentucky – yes, Kentucky

     
To creative-class types who inhabit trendy east and west coast cities and a few mid-country oases like Austin and Boulder, sleepy Paducah, Kentucky (population estimated 25,720 in 2009) might seem an unlikely location for a ma… Continue reading

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