Greenbelt Station’s (in Maryland at one end of Metro’s Green Line) parking lot has 3,399 all-day spaces and uses an area of 37 acres. ..at the average US household size of 2.6, almost 4,000 people could live in a small streets village that extends no further than the current boundaries of the parking lot. We’d still have plenty of room for buses, taxis, and Zipcars on the edges.
turn this parking lot into a village. smallstreets, 29.02.12.
When we’re talking about infrastructure, we never compute the cost of inaction.
The best example? The Army Corps of Engineers had a request in to rebuild the levees in New Orleans before Katrina. It would have been a little under a billion dollars. They said there was no money. After Katrina the federal government spent $17 billion on repair. That’s what the public’s got to start understanding. The cost of inaction is greater than the cost of doing something. —
Edward G. Rendell, former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania governor who now heads an infrastructure advocacy group.
beneath the surface, the beltway crumbles. washpo, 30.03.13.
Tree People video: Capture the Rain and Rebuild the Economy: It Can Happen Here!
This fun animation shows how reconnecting trees to our city’s watersheds is one of the fastest ways to create lasting jobs while rebuilding local economies and preparing our communities to thrive and survive increasing threats of severe weather.