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John Hantz, of the financial services firm Hantz Group, hopes to rejuvenate the city of Detroit by creating the world’s largest urban farm. Hantz Farms – owned, operated and staffed by residents of Detroit – could provide the city with “hundreds of “green” jobs and a generous supply of fresh, local, safe produce for local families and the region in general.” You can read about the project in more detail at hantzfarmsdetroit.
The High Line was a 1.5-mile-long unused elevated rail structure running through NYC’s lower west side. Today, thanks to community-based group Friends of the High Line and famed architects Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, the amazing public space is being reclaimed and refitted with pathways resembling train tracks, weed-like plants and benches made of wood, concrete and steel. The southern section, from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street, is now open to the public. For details, visit thehighline.org.
Hat Tip: coolhunting.com
Environmental campaigners and residents have pledged to fight plans to turn historic meadows close to the river Avon in Bath into a car park for 1400 automobiles. Protesters say the plan will ruin the meadows and become an eyesore visible from miles away. They are asking the town council to come up with more radical and more sustainable solutions. Details here.
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Hat Tip: Pauline for the link to earth911.com
Late last month, Congress approved a massive public lands bill that protects 200 million acres of wilderness in nine states and a thousand miles of rivers, a 50 percent increase in the wild and scenic river system. Ocean protections are also contained in the package of legislation. You can read the details here.
In towns throughout Appalachia, unregulated mining prior to 1977 created a huge environmental problem called Acid Mine Drainage.
In 1994, a group called Team SPLASH (Sustainable Partnership of Landscape Architects, Scientists, and Historians) made up of artists, scientists, and humanists came together with the town of Vintondale, Pennsylvania, to explore the opportunities for innovative AMD treatment.
The result is a passive treatment park with public art pieces that lend historical perspective and an air of celebration to sustainable community development.
For more information, visit http://www.amdandart.org/