MIAMI – Residents and visitors of Wynwood can now enjoy the neighborhood’s first permanent artistic crosswalk, marked by a work that seeks to transform the intersection of Northwest Second Avenue and 25th Street.
The effort is part of the Miami Biennale and WADA’s ‘Wynwood Ways’, a collaboration to make the neighborhood a more pedestrian-friendly cultural destination.
-Source: Wynwood

MIAMI – Residents and visitors of Wynwood can now enjoy the neighborhood’s first permanent artistic crosswalk, marked by a work that seeks to transform the intersection of Northwest Second Avenue and 25th Street.

The effort is part of the Miami Biennale and WADA’s ‘Wynwood Ways’, a collaboration to make the neighborhood a more pedestrian-friendly cultural destination.

-Source: Wynwood

(via thisbigcity)

Young shopper Seth Pinsky, NYCEDC President Darryl Strawberry Shopping for affordable, fresh foods Vegetables

Here are a few photos from the opening of Western Beef in the South Bronx, the first supermarket to open under the City’s Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) program. For more photos, see our Flickr album; learn more about the innovative program to improve access to food in underserved neighborhoods at www.nyc.gov/fresh.

Photos courtesy of NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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Be a Neighborhood Hero (and Earn Some Cash) by Sharing Your Driveway
Have you ever been stuck circling the block waiting for a parking space to open up? The new ParkCirca  space-sharing service might make that a thing of the past. Co-founder  and CEO Chadwick Meyer told me how he was fruitlessly hunting for a  space when he noticed how many private driveways had no cars in them.  Why not let the driveway owners make some money from them, and save  stress (and gas) for the drivers at the same time?
Via @petewarden
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emergentfutures:

Be a Neighborhood Hero (and Earn Some Cash) by Sharing Your Driveway

Have you ever been stuck circling the block waiting for a parking space to open up? The new ParkCirca space-sharing service might make that a thing of the past. Co-founder and CEO Chadwick Meyer told me how he was fruitlessly hunting for a space when he noticed how many private driveways had no cars in them. Why not let the driveway owners make some money from them, and save stress (and gas) for the drivers at the same time?

Via @petewarden

Full Story: ReadWrite

Beyond Sprawl: Creating Self-Contained Neighborhoods | Sustainable Cities Collective
A rendering of Dockside, in British Columbia Credit: Busby, Perkins + Will
Look at many large North American cities and you see a sea of suburban houses. Sprawl has become the norm. But it is costly, damages the environment and affects quality of life. A new generation of planners and architects is beginning to look at sustainable, human-centered solutions to the creeping suburbs. There are several reasons for the rise of the suburbs. The planning structures put in place after WW II encouraged the construction of low-density neighborhoods. Low gas prices created a car-dependent culture. And most developers are resistant to changing the paradigm of the suburbs because it has worked for them. The four architects profiled in this series offer their own analyses of how North America has come to face this situation, and how it might be solved. 

Beyond Sprawl: Creating Self-Contained Neighborhoods | Sustainable Cities Collective

A rendering of Dockside, in British Columbia Credit: Busby, Perkins + Will

Look at many large North American cities and you see a sea of suburban houses. Sprawl has become the norm. But it is costly, damages the environment and affects quality of life. A new generation of planners and architects is beginning to look at sustainable, human-centered solutions to the creeping suburbs. There are several reasons for the rise of the suburbs. The planning structures put in place after WW II encouraged the construction of low-density neighborhoods. Low gas prices created a car-dependent culture. And most developers are resistant to changing the paradigm of the suburbs because it has worked for them. The four architects profiled in this series offer their own analyses of how North America has come to face this situation, and how it might be solved. 

Neighborhood Green Swap Stencil System to Promote Food Sharing

by Lindsay Kinkade

The Neighborhood Green Swap barter system uses recycled furniture to help neighbors meet one another, share plants, and share their bountiful harvests.

Green Swap furniture can be made by any community group to exchange plants for the yard or garden and to exchange bountiful harvests. This system can be part of a neighborhood response to lack of healthy food sources. Neighbors can share their vegetables as they become ripe. Don’t the zucchinis always overwhelm? Who can eat so many tomatoes at once? By making a place to trade and share, the Green Swap makes healthy food more accessible to everyone.

D E S I G N

The project stands out on the street. The inside is now outside, creating a more intimate space on the sidewalk. The green swap barter point also uses color to stand out in the concrete urban environment. The foundation of the first piece of furniture is bright lime green with bright orange stenciled onto it, but the system is open to interpretation by the people who create it.

                   

T O O L   K I T – H O W   T O   M A K E   O N E

The tool kit used to make the project includes stencils of flowers and type. Anyone can use these tools and hardware store-bought paint to transform a piece of curbside furniture into a point of neighborhood transaction. The set of posters can also be used by neighborhood or gardening groups to advertise their Green Swap events. I hope to make these tools available online for free. 

  

Lindsay would like very much to collaborate with you on the implementation of a Green Swap project for your group. If you are interested in doing a Green Swap project or workshop, please contact Lindsay at lkinkade@g.risd.edu.

Design  an Infographic About Neighborhoods: Submissions - GOOD Blog - GOOD
Below, you will find the submissions we received for our latest infographic contest, for which we asked you, our readers, to help us figure out a way to make an infographic about neighborhoods. We’ll be announcing the winner next week, so please let us know your thoughts about which piece you like best in the comments or via Twitter. Thank you to everyone who participated. These are continually so impressive. It’s going to be hard to choose. 

Design an Infographic About Neighborhoods: Submissions - GOOD Blog - GOOD

Below, you will find the submissions we received for our latest infographic contest, for which we asked you, our readers, to help us figure out a way to make an infographic about neighborhoods. We’ll be announcing the winner next week, so please let us know your thoughts about which piece you like best in the comments or via Twitter. Thank you to everyone who participated. These are continually so impressive. It’s going to be hard to choose.