11184Prepare for the Best
- Jan 31, 2009Certainly the best article of January, perhaps of the year:
Great ideas from Philadelphia--which had some pretty great ideas 250
years ago too, leading to the found of the US.
"Philadelphia has 40,000 vacant lots. Their best use is now for
growing fruits, berries and veggies. Same with many of our 700
abandoned factories: These are prime sites for vertical and roof
farms, hydroponics, aquaculture, mushrooms. Plant the parks, too.
Greenhouses extend seasons. Land breathes again when abandoned
parking lots are depaved. Edible landscaping blooms meals. Edible
community centers process neighborhood yields. Fallen leaves stay in
neighborhoods to become new soil. Feeding kitchen scraps to worms
(vermiculture) builds the food of food."
"...ride a bike. Hop on the bus. Revive street rail with ultralight
passenger cars. Restore regional freight routes. Raise transit funds
with local gasoline tax. Make pathways for bicycles, rollerblades,
skateboards, Segways, scooters and wheelchairs. Restore canals. Zone
for mixed use, to reduce travel needs. Live near your work. Employ
multitudes making mosaic sidewalks. Convert paving to playgrounds."
Mentions groups now working on the next civilization, including one
of our favorites, Carfree Cities.