"After all, in an era of overwhelming need for urban infrastructure improvements, trees offer cities some of the best bang for their buck. Trees remove carbon dioxide, filter air pollution, and produce oxygen. They absorb rainwater, UV radiation, and noise. They slow down traffic, improve property values, and reduce human stress and mental fatigue. And they provide shade, which means we have to use less energy to cool down."
Meet the scientist putting a dollar value on America's urban forests.
Construction of Oakland’s first protected bike lanes are now a reality between downtown and 29th Street, and volunteers are needed to hand out good parking awards to drivers and educate people bicycling about new curbside bike lanes. All help is appreciated, even for partial shifts. Sign up here - bikeeastbay.org/telegraph-signup
We need your help to bring healthy food & living-wage jobs to one of the most disenfranchised communities in the U.S. www.kickstarter.com/projects/1...
An urban food production hub that creates access to living-wage careers and nutritious, affordable food in deep East Oakland.
i think about this often while rolling on 980 in oakland. thinkprogress.org/economy/2016...
America's top road-builder is trying to force a reckoning over the misuse of infrastructure dollars to displace and dismantle poor-but-cohesive communities throughout the 20th century -- and maybe even repair some of the damage.
Here's a recap from NextCity:
"The venue, Frank Ogawa Plaza, isn’t typically known for its welcoming feel. The grass-and-concrete space in front of City Hall is mostly known for its role as a gathering point for Occupy Oakland protestors. Our City co-founder Jake Levitas describes it as “basically the most underutilized space in Oakland, if not the Bay Area, in terms of where it is now and where it could be. There’s a beautiful lawn; nobody ever plays on it.”
But for three days, the plaza was a welcoming place for everyone to play, whether it was with a giant mancala board or a “photo wall” or an evening storytime. Kids who “think they’re going to get pepper-sprayed” at the plaza, according to Boyle, were helping to run the installations.
“That’s huge, that’s big, to see kids feel like they are reclaiming a public space, that they are wanted and that their creativity is prized,” says Boyle."
Arts-driven event in front of City Hall fosters civic engagement.
There are some great resources here about the long-term vision. Are there smaller steps we can take now?
For example, imagine if we could get the freeway closed for one day? Like Sunday Streets but on a freeway.
Something similar was done in Akron for 500 plates www.500plates.com/ (though it looks like their freeway was already permanently closed).
It always bothers me as I pass over this bridge that there is so much unused space, while only one side has a sidewalk and there is no bike lane.