Archive for July, 2014

Steel Sun

Monday, July 14th, 2014

So, you’ve got hundreds of acres of brownfield from a former steel foundry. You can’t build anything new on it, because you can’t dig down into the contaminated soil.

How about putting a solar farm on top?

Pop-up Housing

Monday, July 7th, 2014

An interesting article on Atlantic Cities — er, “Citylab” — about the DC Office of Planning trying to eliminate “pop-up housing”. I hadn’t heard the term before, but the photo at the top of the article is illuminating.

It’s fascinating to watch people try and cheat the laws of supply and demand, and always fail. If you continue to keep people from building housing in a high demand area, you know what you get? San Francisco. Have fun trying to run a city when nobody making the median salary can actually afford to live there.

“Hand on the bars!”

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Like many places, Germany has laws regarding the safety equipment that must be present on a bicycle. Unlike most places, they actually enforce those laws. Even to the point of absurdity: such as ticketing a one-armed man for having a bicycle with only one brake lever.

Germans are just so good at following rules, aren’t they?