Weekly News Pool: Bicycles, Social Sustainability and New York City Bees
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A few this week’s stories from the NewsPool are highlighted below, for your end-of-week reading pleasure.
In the world of planning for more sustainable transportation, bicycles are getting well-deserved respect in the US and in Mexico City:
Los Angeles Times – Mexico City Bicycle Program Pedals Uphill
Mexico City’s bicycle-sharing system, Ecobici, challenges assumptions in a car-oriented culture. Its goal is to raise bikes’ mode share from 1% to 5% in the city.
CUNY Sustainable Cities – U.S. Dept. of Transportation Embraces Bicycles
According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, new federal policy will give the same priority to providing amenities for cycling and walking as for driving.
Stories from the U.S. and from Vancouver, Canada reveal problematic social realities of unhealthy and unsustainable school lunches and a shortage of housing accessible to the middle class:
Grist – Why Even the Childless Should Care About School Lunch
This post makes the case that school lunch programs are a critical “green” issue because they transmit cultural expectations and norms about how to eat to future generations. Click the link just to see the photo of a very depressing school lunch, every item of which is prepackaged and industrially produced.
This month, the median price of a single family house in Vancouver crossed the $1 million mark. Even middle class families have trouble affording housing in the city which stands to lose many of its bright young citizens.
Finally, from New York, two very different stories touch on planning from the highest levels of long-range policy to the crafts of citizens in their backyards:
Urban Omnibus – Innovation and the American Metropolis
Urban Omnibus interviews Tom Wright and Rob Lane of New York’s Regional Plan Association about past and present meanings and uses of “innovation” in the New York metro region, as well as technology’s impact on regional planning. Their fascinating conversation takes place in anticipation of their upcoming Regional Assembly on the topic.
NPR – Finally, New Yorkers Can Bee All They Can Bee
New York City has reclassified honeybees from “wild and dangerous animals”, legalizing urban beekeeping in the Big Apple. Rogue beekeepers are now coming out of the woodwork and offering education about producing local honey.
Have a great weekend, everyone!