This would be the 80-story pollution-fighting skyscraper designed by Czech architects Pavlína Doležalová and Jan Smékal and featuring pollution scrubbing algae attached to the exterior with concrete spikes. Wha? The building is meant to look like a sea sponge and function like a massive air purifier, and Animal New York suggests placing them in Greenpoint, LIC, Chinatown, and Hunters Point. An idea we could get behind! Wind turbines, we are officially over you.
In recent years a little noticed shift has been transforming suburbia: the home of the middle class has become the home of the working poor. As a result, roadways that were built for the car are now used by a growing population that can’t afford to drive. The consequences can be deadly.
The state acknowledges that fully eight of Buford Highway’s 30 miles are hazardous for pedestrians. And roads just like it can be found in nearly every state in the country.
According to a recent report, by two national transportation groups, about 43 thousand pedestrians were killed in the U.S. in the last decade; “the equivalent of a jumbo jet going down roughly every month.”
Reconfiguring an infrastructure built for cars, she says, means untangling decades of bureaucracy.
On Sunday (July 18, 2010), Germany’s Ruhr Valley region, this year’s Capital of European Culture, shut down a 60 km (36 miles!) stretch of one of the continent’s busiest motorways. More than two million people came out for the shindig.
As expected, the SANDAG board of directors this morning selected the route for a $1.2 billion extension of the San Diego Trolley north from Old Town to the UCSD campus and University Town Centre.
The new 11-mile trolley route is expected to be in operation in early 2015. Conservative estimates expect 20,000 riders per day, comparable to the Green Line which services San Diego State University and the Mission Valley shopping centers…
At Gilman Drive, the trolley line will veer west of I-5, away from the train corridor, to a stop at Nobel Drive, followed by an on-campus stop near UCSD’s Price Center. At Voight Drive the trolley crosses back over I-5, then across Genesee Avenue before ending at a University Towne Center transit center…
There will finally be a reasonable alternative to driving from campus to downtown. from UCSD to Old Town to Downtown in around 20 minutes. (buses take 30+ minutes, cars: 15 mins.)