Getting to 2100


Getting to 2100

Healthy Cities Archive

9 July 2013

The Savior of Cleveland?

Much as I wish it to be true, that brewing beer rescues neighborhoods, jumpstarts local economies and turns around failing cities but…

15 May 2013

What kind of world have we made when our families won’t let our kids walk or bike to school? Danger, fear, obesity, dependency.

3 May 2013

photoThis morning on my commute into work I looked over the Willamette River and saw what to many Portlanders isn’t such an unusual sight–people fishing for salmon. And soaring above them a pair of ospreys, or fish hawks.

1 May 2013

Going for the Gold
Urbanization doesn’t have to mean the loss of viable habitat for wildlife. Vast amounts of metropolitan areas are thinly settled, with single family homes on big lots — space for re-creating native habitat. In the Portland, Oregon region, the Audubon Society of Portland, Columbia Land Trust and Friends of Tryon Creek have teamed up to create a unique Backyard Habitat Certification Program. You can do it, too! Read on…

5 April 2013

Empire of the Automobile is a mini documentary made by BiciCultura of Santiago Chile. Includes the interesting data that recent studies by the Chilean Environment Ministry found that 70% of noise in Santiago is caused by traffic. And that more deaths come from auto-originating pollution than from traffic crashes (about 4,000 per year).

5 April 2013
Even in Spanish, a picture tells a story
Even in Spanish, a picture tells a story

¡Échale un vistazo!

1 April 2013

“Reform is not only adopting good policies but also repealing bad policies. Requiring all buildings to provide ample parking is one such bad policy that cities should repeal.” Portland is going backwards by considering resurrecting the bad policies of the past and is out of touch with national trends. What our neighborhoods need is not more government-mandated, expensive and unneeded off-street parking; rather, we need an intelligent approach to managing cars, including charging for on-street parking…IMG_0557

25 March 2013

Two articles in today’s NY Times highlight the challenge and promise of changing our energy mix.

China is in the midst of its worst air pollution crisis, with images reminiscent of 1950s Pittsburgh, when the noontime sun disappeared regularly in the dark cloud of smog.

While in the US, the tax credit for alternative energy being restored in January has led to a resurgence in wind energy projects. The US still lags most of the industrial world in its percentage of energy produced with non-carbon sources but a recent report done in New York state lays out a viable path for virtually 100% renewable energy there by 2050. The study authors noted:

“We must be ambitious if we want to promote energy independence and curb global warming,” said study co-author Robert Howarth, a Cornell University professor of ecology and environmental biology. “The economics of this plan make sense,” said Anthony Ingraffea, a Cornell engineering professor and a co-author of the study. “Now it is up to the political sphere.”

11 March 2013

The Portland region is one of the few in the US that is actually increasing its urban tree canopy. Trees are making a difference in air quality, temperature, stormwater and beauty. How did this happen? Surprise, it was citizens taking action to make a difference…

[caption id="attachment_332" align="alignright" width="374"]Planting crew from Bamboo Sushi--sustainable fish only, please! Planting crew from Bamboo Sushi–sustainable fish only, please![/caption]
7 March 2013

Once considered the disease of the affluent, obesity and its attendant dysfunction is spreading across the world. The culprits? Nike jumps into the fray in a big way, find out more…