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Down To Earth archive for March 2010

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010

Photos Of The Day: Creative Bike Racks

Renaissance man David Byrne is an avid cyclist, even designing bike racks as pictured left in New York. (Watch the hilarious video report HERE.) Above image courtesy of David Byrne.Can Spokane go above and beyond the basic rack model offered and stake out their own...

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Pedals2People Grand Opening - April 9

We had a lot of fun last week sharing our mulitmedia profile project of Pedals2People, and now we're even more excited to bring you this special announcement. Pedals2People Celebrating Sprague Shop Grand Opening SPOKANE, WA — Pedals2People is holding an open house at its new...

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Blueprint For Transit Oriented Communities

In April, Spokane will host a brilliant exhibition that brings together the work of Washington artists and planners around the theme of transit oriented communities. And by transit oriented communities we mean access to choices in housing and transportation by creating more mixed-use and mixed-income...

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Plastiki sets sail

Remember the Plastiki - that 60-foot catamaran with hulls made of a rigid plastic structure and filled with about 12,000 empty plastic bottles? It set sail last week from San Francisco to Sydney on an 11,000-nautical mile journey that will go past the Great Pacific...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010

Tuesday Video II: "Dirty Oil" 

Finally: A documentary about Alberta’s pollution delivery system. The cosmic open pit mines up north produce vast quantities of oil from tar sands and they’ve made Canada the top foreign supplier to America. In fact, the province is the second-largest storehouse in the world, next...

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Spokane River news

The 2010 Spokane River Forum Conference was held last week at the Centerplace Regional Events Center in the Spokane Valley. Issues discussed at this year's event included assessing and meeting water supply needs, developing a comprehensive aquifer management plan, implementing Avista's dam license, Lake Coeur...

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Tuesday Video - short but sweet

“Our results show that the ice loss, which has been well documented over southern portions of Greenland, is now spreading up the northwest coast.” - Shfaqat Abbas Khan, lead author of the study that will appear in the journal Geophysical Research LettersToday's video is our...

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MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010

Another Green Monday 11 

On Saturday evening, from 8:30 to 9:30, many people in Spokane joined Mayor Mary Verner, the City of Spokane and millions worldwide to turn out their lights for one hour for a display of international cooperation towards climate change solutions and conservation. Near the entrance...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010

Remember the lights go out today 

By the time most of you read this, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and maybe even China and India will have gone dark for Earth Hour 2010. And when it’s all said and done over 4,000 cities and towns in over 90 countries world wide will...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010


Friday Quote: Ronde van Palouse 

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010

Climate change news 

Have you heard the argument about how the Earth has been cooling for the last decade? So have we, and though we contested that it didn't refute climate change, we also found it hard to hold strong while attacks were made on climate scientist's credibility....

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010

Flash Mobbin for Google

"Google is coming - Google is coming!"Well, not yet, but maybe. Our city officials and city PR people have until Friday, March 26th to make a push to attract Google's new fiber optic project, Google Fiber for Communities, to Spokane. What's at stake: Google is...

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Pedals 2 People's new location on the corner of Sprague and Pittsburgh in the heart of Spokane’s burgeoning International District. (Paul Dillon / Paul Dillon)

Pedals 2 People - a DTE multimedia feature

*From DTE:We tried something a little different recently - and the result is our first video feature to accompany a story we wrote about the very awesome Pedals2People. Is this the beginning of DTEtv?The following story can also be found as a multimedia package on...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010

Upcoming Events

Bust out your iPhones and BlackBerrys - here are some upcoming events. And notice also that we try our best to keep our Events Calendar section updated with all of the events that come our way. And if there's an event you'd like to publicize...

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Smart Cycling, Traffic Skills 101 

Occasionally on our commute we see bicyclists do things that ruin it for everybody else. No signals, riding on a wrong way, running red lights, etc. Next time you see this rebel, find a way to get them to the below classes. Seriously: This is...

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MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010

Another Green Monday

“This is what change looks like.”After an impassioned speech from President Obama and all the votes were counted, the Health care bill passed 219-212. (View a cool map that breaks down which representatives voted for and against.) But the struggle for health care reform has...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010

Friday Quote: RiverSpeak Spokane Limerick competition

When it comes to litter pollution,Spokane has a clever solution.Now I don’t mean to gloat,but a trash-eating goat?Why the logic is downright Confucian - Devon KelleyFor the month of March, Spokane RiverSpeak, a local arts non-profit group sponsored by Community-Minded Enterprises ran a Spokane-flavored limerick...

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USDOT supports Complete Streets

Great news for Complete Streets: Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood issued a policy statement calling for pedestrian and bicyclist transportation projects that also focus more on transit riders and people of all ages and disabilities. “This is end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010



Make your streets safer

Pedestrian safety week is coming up and the City Of Spokane will have a walkability audit workshop this Saturday.The Office Of Neighborhood Services partnered with the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and the Pedestrian Transportation and Traffic Committee (PeTT) to host a walkability audit workshop on...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2010


Who's to blame for obesity? 

From Stephen McDaniel at Freaklytics. Here's an alternative take. You’re looking at the correlation between subsidies and federal nutrition guidelines. In the next chart, McDaniel changes the numbers to display how the federal government would have to change agricultural subsidy spending to connect with federal...

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