Enjoy today, build for tomorrow.

The constant development of an Urban Utopia.

Tent City Urbanism

urbnist:

tentcityurbanism.blogspot is a damn cool blog chronicling a series of informal pop-up communities across the US—most of which exist as a response to homelessness and poverty. Some are sanctioned, some are not, but all are inspirational. 

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(Source: tentcityurbanism.blogspot.com)

Bicycle commuting catching on in the nation!

A further look into the census tracts from 2000-2009, 55 metropolitan cities have shown there has been a 70% increase in bicycle commuting to work. Portland ranked the highest in the nation at 5.8%, while Denver ranked in at 1.8%, and Miami at a ridership of 0.4% of the population. The North West region of the country has the highest percentage of bicycle commuters, where as the South East faired poorly with many cities declining in ridership. Check this site out, they may have your closest metropolitan cities rankings.

Failure is success if we learn from it.

—Forbes

Political process flusters high speed rail...

Frustratingly, congress has stripped away money set aside for high speed rail. Though it was only $10 billion set aside, the funding will now be put towards things we can’t really vote on (debt ceiling, cutting spending, etc.). Current talks aim at connecting the North East region (Washington to Boston) and California, independently. These areas were chosen due to the fact that it’s too close to fly and too far to drive back and forth within these regions. Building a high speed rail will enhance the regional economies and provide long term jobs for the future. The numbers project 570,000 jobs combined for the two regions through 2025. This will be an expensive process, especially when Congress is holding back transportation funding, but this article makes references to ideas that are possible solutions to funding.

Example of a retrofitted gas station in my very own neighborhood, Capitol Hill, Denver. I made a post about this about a week ago, and found one in my neighborhood on a bike ride. A friend says there’s another retrofitting near the central business district… will get some pics posted later.

Once a gas station, this space is now a bicycle repair shop, cafe, terrace, and drive thru to grab your coffee on the run! 

Example of a retrofitted gas station in my very own neighborhood, Capitol Hill, Denver. I made a post about this about a week ago, and found one in my neighborhood on a bike ride. A friend says there’s another retrofitting near the central business district… will get some pics posted later.

Once a gas station, this space is now a bicycle repair shop, cafe, terrace, and drive thru to grab your coffee on the run! 

unconsumption:

“What many take for granted,  millions of others have no or limited   access to. The Life Sack is an  innovative idea that could give clean   drinking water to people in  underdeveloped regions of the world.
Life  Sack is an idea for a new water purifier kit by Korean   industrial  designers Jung Uk Park, Myeong Hoon Lee and Dae Youl Lee.
The  Life Sack repurposes grain sacks as water purifier kits.   Contaminated water is filtered using SODIS (Solar Water Disinfection   Process), which  involves a combination of UV-A radiation and thermal   treatment to kill  the harmful micro-organisms and bacteria found in the   water.”
via Design Indaba

unconsumption:

“What many take for granted, millions of others have no or limited access to. The Life Sack is an innovative idea that could give clean drinking water to people in underdeveloped regions of the world.

Life Sack is an idea for a new water purifier kit by Korean industrial designers Jung Uk Park, Myeong Hoon Lee and Dae Youl Lee.

The Life Sack repurposes grain sacks as water purifier kits. Contaminated water is filtered using SODIS (Solar Water Disinfection Process), which involves a combination of UV-A radiation and thermal treatment to kill the harmful micro-organisms and bacteria found in the water.”

via Design Indaba

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) recently released a world wide study, ranking Melbourne, Australia as the most livable city.
The ranking is based on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Certain categories are weighted over the others.
Vancouver placed 2nd after many years tied for 1st, while Harare, Zimbabwe received the lowest ranking. The Middle East, Africa, and Greece took dives in the ratings due to civil unrest, and economic turmoil in the regions. 

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) recently released a world wide study, ranking Melbourne, Australia as the most livable city.

The ranking is based on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Certain categories are weighted over the others.

Vancouver placed 2nd after many years tied for 1st, while Harare, Zimbabwe received the lowest ranking. The Middle East, Africa, and Greece took dives in the ratings due to civil unrest, and economic turmoil in the regions. 

The Croke-Patterson Mansion.

I live in an amazing area in Denver, Capitol Hill. This area is vibrant, active, and friendly. Also, across the street from where I live, is a notoriously haunted mansion. Worth a mention as from time to time it’s a topic of conversation amongst folks who visit, or frequent the sidewalks of my apartment complex. Here are the purported happenings…

"Built in 1890 by Thomas B. Croke, this sandstone residence was one of the country’s most elegant homes. Now serving as an office building, it is also said to be one of the most haunted.

According to the legend Thomas B. Croke, only entered the palatial mansion one time and was so emotionally shaken by “whatever” was there, that he never returned. Just two years later it was sold to Thomas M. Patterson, who’s family kept the home for several decades. Over the next several years, the building served many purposes, including a dance studio, a radio station, and a boarding house before it was converted to an office building.  During the renovation to office space in the 1970’s, construction crews began to experience a number of strange occurrences.

After a long days work, they would often return the next day to find that the tasks they had completed the day before had been “undone.” After this had occurred several times, guard dogs were left to protect the property from what the workmen thought might be intruders. However, the next day they found the two Doberman Pinschers dead on the sidewalk after having apparently jumped from a third-story window. Once the renovation to office building was complete, employees almost immediately began to notice equipment, such as typewriters, copy machines, and telephone that mysteriously began to operate by themselves.

When a séance was held to determine who was haunting the building, they found it to be the spirit of a little girl whose body was supposedly entombed in the cellar. However, when the basement was excavated, they found a hidden chamber was found, filled with sea sand, but no remains of a little girl.

A ghostly image has often been sighted gliding up and down the main floor stairway and otherworldly voices have been heard here as well. Thomas Patterson, former owner of the home, is said to have been spied numerous times in the courtyard between the mansion and the carriage house.

When the building still served as an apartment building, occupants on the lower levels were known to complain about wild parties taking place on the third level. But, when these parties were investigated, they would be met with only silent emptiness.”

Croke-Patterson Mansion

The New South China Mall weighs in as the largest mall in the world at 660,000 square meters. This super structure is severely underutilized as just 2% of the retail space is rented out. The two most popular stores in the mall are located at the front entrance, KFC and McDonald’s. Sad, I know.
China built the megalith in hopes that their growing economy would loosen peoples wallets. This has not been the outcome as the world markets have been hurting, and continue to do so. 
To boot, the lesson has not been learned. Outside the back entrance, there’s another super structure undergoing beginning construction.
America take a note. Build up, not out!

The New South China Mall weighs in as the largest mall in the world at 660,000 square meters. This super structure is severely underutilized as just 2% of the retail space is rented out. The two most popular stores in the mall are located at the front entrance, KFC and McDonald’s. Sad, I know.

China built the megalith in hopes that their growing economy would loosen peoples wallets. This has not been the outcome as the world markets have been hurting, and continue to do so. 

To boot, the lesson has not been learned. Outside the back entrance, there’s another super structure undergoing beginning construction.

America take a note. Build up, not out!