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Sid Burgess
Helping cities.
Helping cities.
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Public Space Banking and Thoughts of Flexible Street Uses
Streets are tricky things.  I was reading Car Parking vs. parks vs. restaurant patios , over on Richard Layman's blog, Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space .  It is a short but good article that made me think about why we don't allow more uses of on-street "...

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Hunger
We all think starvation in the world is a tragedy.  But what can we do about it?  Well, a lot really.  If everyone gave a couple of dollars a month, it would quickly disappear from the globe. There are thousands of cracks, graffiti marks, dead trees, crumbl...

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More on paying attention
Consumers pay for what they buy in a very direct way.  You walk up to the cash register with a gallon of milk and hand them the money.  Citizens are removed from the actual transaction of purchasing items, like a new road.  We elect people who then turn aro...

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Happy Birthday to Me
Today is my 30th birthday and today I have given myself something I have been wanting for a while.  Nearly 100% disconnect from all things social online.  So starting at around midnight I began systematically deleting all my profiles, pages, and posts and I...

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Quote of the day
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb

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Understanding where you should not be walking
Microsoft recently secured a patent on a "Pedestrian route production" tool. VentureBeat The idea is simple.  The walking navigation tool will direct you around areas you wouldn't want to walk.  These could be areas that are unsafe because they have high cr...

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Momentum Matters
When was the last time your broke ground on a project? One of the challenges that small towns face is they are often spending more time fixing leaks than pouring new sidewalks or sweeping streets. You can't ignore the leaks, but you can't afford to ignore t...

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Beautiful Sewers
In virtually every class in college where I was required to write an essay, I figured out a way to write about one of my favorite people - Joseph Bazalgette .  He has always been an inspirational person to me.  Perhaps I will post one of my short essays abo...

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Speak Up
One thing I am troubled with increasingly in America is the lack of participation with government at the local level.  I get it if we are busy, which we all are.  But one excuse I keep hearing bothers me and I wanted to address it. "I voted for my represent...

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Today's tab dump 1/19/11
I always enjoy it when Tulsa blogger Michael Bates shares a potpourri of links always ranging in topic but rarely uninteresting. I have really had to cut back on my reading lately as I have been busier than usual.  However, I enjoyed a few good reads today ...
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