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AM Inspiration: Sudden Summer Streams - Kids and Water

How many of your summer memories involve water? Whether splashing in a hydrant (what poet Marilyn Singer called the "sudden summer stream . . . the stubby hydrant brings to the city child") or in a sprinkler, kids love playing in a jet of water. Unfortunately, this simple pleasure can come at a h...

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Tags: City, Community, Conservation, Hydrant, Lawn, New york, Sustainable, Water
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AM Inspiration: Walt Whitman and Sustainable Cities

This weekend I was in Philadelphia, a city I've only passed through a couple of times. Walking around on a sunny day through an unfamiliar city I was impressed with the City-ness of it, the way tasting an unfamiliar type of apple would show you, amidst a new taste or texture, the commonalities th...

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Tags: Builidng, City, Museum, Philadelphia, Planning, Pollution, Sustainable cities, Urban, Walt whitman
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For Cheap, Green Thrills, Go to the Park

This weekend I was in New York City, where I was struck all over again by what I noticed upon moving to the city years ago: New Yorkers love their parks. Union Square park, in the middle of busy Park Avenue and Broadway, is hardly a restful spot. It boasts a wonderful farmers' market and the occa...

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Tags: City, Entertainment, Green space, Nyc, Park, Urban
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Completing the Spectrum: From Emerson’s Rainbow to the Green Movement

John Muir, naturalist Does setting aside one day a year for the earth really mean anything? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, just one Earth Day forever changed Americans' attitudes: "Public opinion polls indicate that a permanent change in national priorities followed Earth Day ...

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Tags: City, Culture, Earth day, Emerson, Green, History, Nature, Religion, Spirit, Transcendenatlist, Urban
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NYPD Green: Teaching Respect for the Environment, One Summons at a Time

On the New York City streets, polluters are learning to fear green-uniformed environmental protection police. It would make a great addition to the number of crime procedural TV shows set in the city: watch the officers crack down on undersize trout! Watch them in a sting operation on a supermark...

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Tags: City, Europe, Law, New york, Policy, Recycling, Trash, Urban
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