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It’s not that everything is going to be gentrified because of transit — that’s not what we’re arguing. But in Los Angeles, you have the highest possibility of gentrification near stations than in other areas.

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, UCLA Magazine Online

Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

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Golf Club Could Be Used for Flood Control
Houston Chronicle

Now that the Clear Lake City Water Authority has presented a master plan for transforming the former Clear Lake Golf Club at 1202 Reseda Drive into a flood-control facility, it will focus this year on creating conservation easements for planting and habitat creation.

How the Environment Shapes Music, Stradivarius
Bldg Blog

I have to admit to a certain, by no means small, amount of obsession with the various quasi-scientific hypotheses for why Stradivarius violins have their so-called “perfect” sound

How the Crows Made Me Fall in Love w Where I Am
KCET

It is fitting that we gather here — in the light and air of Los Angeles and on its good earth — to commence another starting point in your lives and to celebrate what you have achieved.

New Tool Helps Plan Greener Cities
Science Alert

Australian citizens can become more involved in planning their cities with wildlife in mind thanks to a new tool developed by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED).

April 29, 2013
China’s Lost Rivers
The Atlantic Cities

As recently as 20 years ago, there were an estimated 50,000 rivers in China, each covering a flow area of at least 60 square miles.

Making Green Housing Affordable
Al Jazeera

What comes to mind when you think about green communities? I find many people think about technology – solar panels, wind turbines, or rapid public transit.

April 28, 2013
Bicycle as Catalyst of Nature Conservation
The Nature of Cities

Fast, efficient and individualistic, the bicycle is no ordinary mode of transport. It’s a church, a gym, a community creator, a cash printer, a protest placard, a dopamine generator, a mechanical expression of self-determination, an icon of hope.

Protecting Marin’s Urban Forests
Marin Independent Journal

TOO OFTEN, when we reflect on the wonders of nature, we think of our great wildlands – Yosemite, Big Sur, our own Marin Headlands – and we fail to appreciate the everyday natural wonders all around us.

How to Preserve Open Space
ASLA Dirt Blog

Given the cost and complexities involved in purchasing and setting aside green, open space, no one type of organization can go it alone.

April 25, 2013
California Mayors Want CEQA Fixed
Los Angeles Daily News

As mayors of two of California’s largest cities, we’ve joined with other large city mayors including San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, and Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, to call for a modernization of one of California’s oldest and most important environmental laws, the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.

Urban Lawns Create More Greenhouse Gases
Discovery News

Grass lawns may belch more greenhouse gas than grain fields. Urban lawns released more carbon dioxide than corn fields in a recent study, but blades of grass might not be the carbon culprits.

April 24, 2013
How Sprawl Made Midwestern Floods Worse
The Atlantic Cities

As I write, places like Clarksville, Missouri, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, are under water, having been hit by severe rains and consequent flooding over the last week.

Most Critical Issue Designers Face is Water
ASLA Dirt

According to the heads of the major built-environment design organizations, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the American Planning Association (APA), it’s water.

Conservation as a Land Use Designation
American Planning Association Sustainability Blog

During the March 12 Tuesdays at APA-DC event earlier this year, planners learned about the importance of supporting conservation as a land use.

April 23, 2013

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