The Daily Blend for Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Daily Blend for Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Bears, elk, and wolves rejoice: Canada’s Banff National Park has installed animal overpasses and underpasses that have been successfully proven to facilitate safe animal crossings over the four-lane Trans-Canada Highway. (Story Board)




  • Alice Webb takes a stroll through Montreal’s public spaces, keeping an eye out for tastefully patterned pavement. (Land Perspectives)


  • How do you feel about out-of-state landscape architects practicing in your neck of town? Local landscape architect Michael Gibbons has some strong opinions. His two complaints filed with the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architecture have successfully stalled the efforts of New York-based Christopher Counts from moving forward on Raleigh’s Moore Square Redesign. (Raleigh Public Record)


  • The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) certifies eight new projects under the nation’s most comprehensive rating system for the sustainable design, construction, and maintenance of built landscapes. New SITES guidelines, informed by the extensive, two-year pilot program, will be announced later this fall. (The Dirt)


  • The long, sometimes frustrating, permitting process that land use planners regularly face as told through the tale of Over the River, a two-decade old effort to get the necessary permits to cover 5.9 miles of the Arkansas River with an art installation, a project by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the artists behind temporary outdoor art projects such as the Gates in New York’s Central Park. (The Field)




  • While we’re more globally connected than ever, our neighborhoods have become alarmingly anonymous. A social network focused on neighborly love, Nextdoor uses our love for social media to bridge that gap across the fence, so that “online chats” can lead to more “clothesline chats.” (Pop Up City)


  • No words needed: The shocking reminder of how damaging freeway construction can be to neighborhoods as told in three telling pictures of southeast Indianapolis. (Urbanophile)


  • What’s green, furry, stinky, and threatening to blossom in a water source near you? Algae blooms. The proliferation of algae blooms is a global problem and causes billions of dollars in damage, mainly due to precipitous declines in property value. And who’s the main culprit behind it? Agriculture. (NPR)

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