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Vancouver’s Compost Garden Buried in Snow

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Record snowfalls in Vancouver, a city known for its mild winter weather, have buried plants and composters. Not even the squirrels are out burying peanuts in our garden beds. City Farmer’s greenhouse webcam caught this white scene today. More snow is on the way, and then milder temperatures are forecast after Christmas.

Keep up with the Compost Garden weather by watching our webcam here. (Updated hourly.)

December 23, 2008   Comments Off on Vancouver’s Compost Garden Buried in Snow

Acres of barren blocks offer chance to reinvent Detroit

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The map above by Dan Pitera, a professor of architecture at University of Detroit Mercy. About 30% of Detroit is now vacant land — about 40 square miles, by one estimate — as the city’s population has shrunk from a peak of 2 million in the early 1950s to 900,000 today. Abandoned houses dot empty lots that were once blocks of homes and businesses. Farms, forests, hobby gardens and recreation areas are some suggestions urban planners are considering for using the space.

By John Gallagher
Detroit Free Press
December 15, 2008

Detroit’s thinning population is vividly – some would say disturbingly – illustrated in a new map that is creating a buzz in local planning circles.

The map shows how to tuck the land mass of Manhattan (23 square miles), San Francisco (47 square miles) and Boston (48 square miles) — and their combined populations of nearly 3 million people — into Detroit. All three urban areas fit snugly within Detroit’s 139 square miles with room to spare.

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December 23, 2008   1 Comment