18 Jan '12, 7pm

Urban Depavers Return Parking Lots to Paradise

Urban Depavers Return Parking Lots to Paradise

Urban areas are great for increasing density and reducing collective resource use, but they're not quite perfect. The asphalt that covers so much of cities retains heat and is impermeable ; it leads to stormwater pollution and is bad for air quality . Not to mention that every block of pavement is a block where plants can't grow. Yet all over American cities, there are abandoned parking lots and public spaces that could be a lot more pleasant, and healthier, if it weren't for the layer of asphalt covering them. But one group is slowly taking back the land in an effort to create more green space and improve the local environment, by ripping up unwanted asphalt. Depave is a Portland-based non-profit that organizes volunteer "depaving" sessions, wherein a group descends on an empty or underutilized lot and transforms it into a public green space, whether a community garden, p...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/urban-depavers-ret...

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