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Camping in Queens

March 30, 2011
Camping in Queens

Last month, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis made an exciting announcement from Central Park.  As part of President Obama’s Great Outdoors initiative, these two federal offices will be working closely with the New York City Parks Department to expand outdoor activity opportunities, with a specific focus on […]

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Reflections on Cuba

January 27, 2011
Reflections on Cuba

This past Saturday, I returned home from a two week trip studying urban food production in Cuba with the Hunter College Urban Affairs and Planning Program. Urban agriculture in Cuba took off in the early 1990s- known as the Special Period– after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The loss of its dominant trading partner […]

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Making Food Work with FoodWorks

November 23, 2010
Making Food Work with FoodWorks

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Speaker Christine Quinn’s release of FoodWorks, the City Council’s plan for a more sustainable New York City food system, at the Food and Finance High School on Manhattan’s West Side. The plan traces the NYC food system from production to post-consumption (i.e. waste) and outlines 59 policy proposals […]

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Kayaking New York’s Newest Superfund Site

November 9, 2010
Kayaking New York's Newest Superfund Site

I grew up with boats, canoeing the upper Hudson River and its tributaries, kayaking Maine’s coast, portaging canoes between Adirondack lakes and sailing Vermont’s varied winds. But in seven years of living in New York City, surrounded by water, I never once shipped off shore, save for some ferry rides. Blame it on the difficulty […]

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Development Wants What Development Gets

November 4, 2010
Development Wants What Development Gets

The conventional definition of over-development typically applies to the fringe of a city: it impacts pristine land, adds to soil erosion, contributes to pollution in storm-water run-off, loss of habitat, loss of entire ecosystems, etc.  But when it occurs in the center of a city, we drop the pejorative prefix and unreservedly laud it as […]

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