A railway line, now an elevated park

This week Highline Park opened in New York City’s west side, spanning the section from Gansevort Street to West 20th Street.

The Highline is an elevated railway line built in the 1930’s, abandoned in the 1980’s, and was stated to be demolished. Nature…

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No Impact Man speaks in New York

On Sunday afternoon I attended a volunteer organized event titled “Evolver Town Hall”. Gathering in the St. Mark’s Church on the Bowery in New York City, the event spilled out into the adjoining courtyards with workshops, panel discussions, art and…

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Local Economies and the Church of Life After Shopping

The New York-based activist, Reverend Billy is an Elvis-inspired, white-suit-clad iconoclast and self-ordained minister of his own Church, the Church of Life After Shopping. As reverend, he preaches the evils of consumerism.

But with a 40 member choir and a feature…

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Growth of Open-Source City Government

In an effort to actively affect urban life citizen activists have been pushing for the development of open source / open data projects in government. As noted in a recent O’Reilly article it follows that “the conversation about the future of…

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Reclaiming Urban Public Space in New York

New York City has recently began to more actively shape public spaces in the city, implement bike lanes and explore alternatives for dealing with traffic issues.

Various initiatives are in place for the reclamation of urban street space in an attempt…

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