COVID Place making
March 3, 2021

The Lady Walking Her Dog & The Lady Walking Her Dog

Covid times have made us see our streets differently, and also arguably who is there. The usual task of walking down a sidewalk takes on a new stress to ensure that you have given adequate clearance to other sidewalk users.

But what would you do if you ran into this lady and her avatar?

As reported by Sara Barnes  on My Modern Met, Yarn Artist LIisa Hietanen took things to another level when she created  “life-sized knitted and crocheted sculptures”  and  “replicas of her fellow villagers in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. ”

Using metal for the bases and wrapping them the figures look pretty life-like from a distance. And to prove she has a sense of humour, the artist created one of herself walking her dog. You can see that photo in the start of this article.

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Join author Katie Martin for a discussion about a new model for charitable food, one that measures success, not by pounds of food distributed, but by lives changed. The key is to focus on the root causes of food insecurity, shifting attention to strategies that build empathy, equity, and political will.

Reinventing Food Banks and Pantries with Katie Martin
Date: Wed. March 10
Time: 12 noon Pacific Time

You can register by clicking this link.

Katie Martin has over 20 years of experience developing and evaluating creative solutions to hunger and building collaborations with local and national anti-hunger organizations. Before joining Foodshare, Katie was an Assistant Professor and Director of the Public Health program at the University of Saint Joseph. She has a Ph.D. in Nutritional Science & Policy from Tufts University.

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While everyone knows that active transportation is good for you, there has been little data on exactly how much carbon emissions are lowered by walking, biking or taking public transit.

A new study published in Elsevier looked at the climate change impact of daily commuting using active travel. By gathering travel activity information in seven European cities  this study found that car travel contributed seventy percent to CO2 emissions across different modes and cycling contributed to just one percent.

Christian Brand at Oxford University and twenty other researchers concluded that if a car driver or passenger changed from a car to a bicycle they decreased “life cycle” CO2 emissions by 3.2 kilograms of CO2 daily.

This study looked at data from several cities instead of just one, and also took into account “full life cycle impacts” of both active and vehicular travel. Using life cycle analysis cycling is not “zero-carbon” emissions because of the creation, maintenance and eventual trashing of bikes, and any associated batteries and motors. The researchers did note that life cycle emissions for passenger vehicle travelled are ten times higher than that of cyclists.

The researchers looked at “short to medium sized trips, ” typically 2 km for walking, 5 km for cycling and 10 km for e-biking ” It is these short trips that “contribute disproportionately” to emissions when conducted by vehicle because of cold engine starts.

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Graphic artist and writer Stanley Woodvine has a good eye for design and form and he has achieved what so many has wished for: he has “righted”  Bjarke Ingel’s Vancouver House. Not once, but twice.

As Mr. Woodvine writes on his twitter account at @sqwabb  

“seen from Fairview, the scoop out of the lower East side of Vancouver House tower condo has been filled by a perfectly rectilinear tower newly positioned behind it”.

Using his camera at Alder and 11th Avenue, Mr. Woodvine completes the work in the photo below stating:

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This webinar date was changed  due to the inclement weather in the United States.

It is now rescheduled to:

Date:Thursday March 4, 2021

Time: 10:15 Pacific Time

If you have previously registered you will receive a link.

If you have not previously registered, you can register by clicking this link.

Journalist Angie Schmitt discusses her new book, “Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America.”

“Right of Way” unveils a crisis that is rooted in both inequality and the undeterred reign of the automobile in our cities. It challenges us to imagine and demand safer and more equitable cities, where no one is expendable. \

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