07 Apr '11, 1pm

Everyone is gaga over heated sidewalks in @metropolismag , but toasty feet come from filthy coal.

Everyone is gaga over heated sidewalks in @metropolismag , but toasty feet come from filthy coal.

Main Street, Holland, Michigan. Image Credit: Lloyd Alter Sally Augustin of Metropolis makes some grand claims in her post Places that Work: Holland's Sidewalks that I want to believe and promote; after all, I have always said that private investment follows public infrastructure. She writes: Years ago, a small town in Michigan, best known for its annual tulip festival, diverted waste heat from its power plant into pipes that run under streets and sidewalks in the central business district. For generations Hollanders have appreciated their forefathers' prescient decisions, especially in hard, freezing winters with their Lake Effect snow storms.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/are-heated-sidewa...

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