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Neighborhood and Community Gathering Spaces

A long while ago, I heard Robert D. Putnam, author of Bowling Alone, speak at Franklin & Marshall College.  His speech piqued my interest, and I read his book, in which he provides compelling evidence of the decline in America … Continue reading

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A Gas Tax to Stabilize Gasoline Prices

People generally don’t like taxes, and taxes on gasoline are no exception.  The rates on gasoline taxes are generally hidden from obvious view: people buying gas for their vehicles only see the price at the pump, which is a function … Continue reading

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Completion of my 1-year Bird Survey of Phillips Park, Newark, DE

Starting last January, I decided to do a systematic survey of the birds in Phillips park, Newark (Delaware).  I followed the protocols of eBird, an online database of bird observations that is a joint effort of the Cornell Lab of … Continue reading

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Announcing the Newark, Delaware Sustainability Initiative

This post announces the launch of the Newark, Delaware Sustainability Initiative.  Living out the “Think Globally, Act Locally” motto, I’ve gotten together with some people locally to start doing things to make our community more sustainable.  We had our first … Continue reading

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Best Practices for Sustainable Tree Planting

Tree planting is a good thing, right?  After all, trees hold the soil, provide shade, valuable food for wildlife, absorb carbon dioxide and clean the air by breaking down various pollutants.  They can provide windbreaks which can lower heating bills, … Continue reading

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The Joys of Through Streets

Having a grid of through streets was something I more or less took for granted for most of my life.  I grew up in Lancaster, PA, went to college in Oberlin, Ohio, and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio…all of these … Continue reading

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