The Daily Blend for Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Daily Blend for Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Crochet Queen Olek takes yarn bombing on a whole new track after covering an entire locomotive with crochet in just two days. (Inhabitat)




  • SWA Group selected to lead a team of design firms in conducting a $500,000 study of how to best develop Fort Wayne’s downtown riverfronts in Indiana. (News Sentinel


  • St. Louis’ “Park over the Highway” broke ground last Friday–a long anticipated project that aims to reconnect the downtown area with the iconic Gateway Arch and riverfront. Though Eric Jaffe acknowledge’s the progress the city has made, it would have been better to demolish the underutilized highway and to construct a park closer to grade-level of the riverfront. (Atlantic Cities)


  • Newark celebrated the opening of Newark Riverfront Park last Saturday. The park’s design was produced by a collaborative team of Lee Weintraub Landscape Architecture, the Newark Planning Office, Hatch Mott MacDonald engineers, and MTWTF graphic designers. (Trust for Public Land)




  • Fascinating maps revealed by geocoded tweets created by Alan Mislove. You can also zoom into the map (embedded in the article) to see what interesting infrastructure Twitter has mapped–such as the tweet trail on ferry boat crossings. (Atlantic Cities)


  • Costa Rica plans to shut down all of its zoos and transform them into urban parks and gardens. (Treehugger)


  • These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do…London is experiencing a walking boom. The Economist dives into the reasons behind the surge in pedestrians–population growth accounts for part of it–and why cities would do well to replicate London’s strategies. (The Economist)


  • August’s Tree of the Month is the Pawpaw! Bearer of the United States’ largest native edible fruit and cherished by the Native Americans and European settlers, the Pawpaw is experiencing a renaissance of sorts with foodies and native plant peoples. (Casey Trees)


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