January 29, 2003 

Ye Olde Mitre

London: 'Ye Old Mitre' is a fantastic old pub in central London. Good luck finding it. You'll need to locate a virtually invisible passageway off Hatton Garden, then follow it into the darkness. But that's part of what makes this... [read on...]

Posted at 12:48 PM

 January 27, 2003 

LA River Regeneration

Los Angeles: What river? An interesting new project proposes to dam up a section of the LA river to create a long lake next to downtown, surrounded by a strip of parkland. Granted, damming up a river isn't exactly 'regeneration'.... [read on...]

Posted at 04:47 PM
Urban Planning

 January 24, 2003 

Greening the Fleet

Boston: The state of Massachusetts has proposed cutting its fleet of SUVs in favor of more environmentally responsible (and cheaper) vehicles. They also propose scrapping some vehicles altogether in favor of using a car sharing scheme known as 'zipcar'. In... [read on...]

Posted at 04:13 PM
Cars , Environment , Urban Planning

 January 21, 2003 

Maglev Trains

Shanghai: The worlds first commercial maglev train is about to start running from Shanghai airport to the city center at an astonishing 250mph. Magnetically Levitated trains like this are straight out of Buck Rogers and bring new meaning to the... [read on...]

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 January 15, 2003 

Brooklyn Bridge Park

New York: Brooklyn has definitely been coming up in the world for a while now, and the formerly dismal Brooklyn waterfront may see some very enlightened development in the near future. In the spirit of Manhattan's High Line project, plans... [read on...]

Posted at 07:02 PM
Urban Planning

 January 13, 2003 

Scooter Man

London: Here's a brilliant idea! If you've been out boozin' it up at the local pub and find yourself in such a state that driving home is not an option. You can call "Scooterman". A guy then shows up on... [read on...]

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Society , Wildcard

 January 08, 2003 

Photovoltaic Investment

San Francisco: The Moscone Center has just unveiled plans to install a massive photovoltaic array on the roof. Despite the fog (though SOMA is one of the sunnier parts of town), the project is expected to pay for itself in... [read on...]

Posted at 07:47 PM

 January 07, 2003 

Menomonee Valley Redevelopment

Milwaukee: If all goes swimmingly, the redevelopment of the Menomonee Valley, a huge forlorn Brownfield in the middle of town, will be one of the most exciting and successful redevelopments in the United States. It should feature rehabilitated old factories,... [read on...]

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Urban Planning

 January 06, 2003 

Free Municipal Wi-Fi

Long Beach, CA: Free internet access is getting even easier as Long Beach becomes one of the first cities to offer a Wi-Fi area downtown to anyone with a properly equipped computer. [NYtimes article] This is great news for internet... [read on...]

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Internet , Urban Planning

 January 03, 2003 

New Detroit Airport Terminal

Detroit: Well, it's no longer a nightmare to find yourself at Detroit Metro Airport. The new terminal is complete and is truly brilliant. It's spacious, clean, modern, and even has a red train that zips you through the terminal. My... [read on...]

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 January 01, 2003 

Wetland Filtration in a Box

Milwaukee: The Alterra coffee house on Milwaukee's lakefront has created a tiny artificial wetland to filter runoff from the shop's parking lot. Water from the lot flows through a variety of plants, and then into a plastic bin full of... [read on...]

Posted at 04:10 PM
Environment , Urban Planning