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Super Mario transit maps

Artist Dave Delisle has combined two of my favorite subjects to geek-out on: Transit and old school video games. Yes, someone has finally drawn public transit systems as Super Mario and Mario Kart maps. Would you ever miss a train if you could get a...

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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014


Remix your street

Given some of the discussion on turning Main Ave in downtown Spokane into a two-way street, this new tool called Streetmix is perfectly timed. Consider it a practive for what you want your built environment, streetscapes, and elements for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians to look...

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Pope Francis forgoes Popemobile

While I'm not sure where the new head of the Catholic Church stands on climate change, Pope Francis is already shaking things up when it comes to environmental issues. In the beginning, he had made small efforts such as eating meals at home and speaking...

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011

TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011

Tuesday Video: In defense of public transportation

Today's feature is a short and sweet 30-second plea for the improvement of public transportation. It quickly illustrates how public transportation is used by 35 million Americans every day but eighty-four percent of transit systems have raised rates or cut services. The facts remain: Washington’s...

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Stickman Knows Arrives in Spokane 

Did you know an average of twenty pedestrians and bicyclists are hit in Spokane County every month. Here's how you can help: Spread the word about Stickman Knows. The goal of this campaign is to reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities by educating...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 23, 2010

Weekend Listening: The Replacements

I’m a music geek so it is with excitement that I launch a new category on Down To Earth: Weekend Listening. That’s right. Every Saturday I will post a song that has, at least in my mind, an environmental bent. To start things off, I...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 12, 2010

Tuesday Video: Moment Of Zen

Confession: I've been on a bit of a transit kick lately. However, this video is too cool to pass up. Once again, it's about a phenomenon in New York where things are changing fast, particularly people's expectations for space that is designed to accommodate humans...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 8, 2010

Transportation Alternatives

My new obsession: Transportation Alternatives in New York City. This is a hip, three-pronged advocacy approach that covers bicycles, pedestrian, and public transit. The organizations looks at striking a "smarter balance for all road users; one that mandates only a minimum of automobile traffic is...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 17, 2010

PARK(ing) Day in Coeur d'Alene

Today was PARK(ing) Day and Spokane kept quiet unlike last year however Terry Harris, the executive director of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance, had some fun in Coeur d’Alene. Photo Courtesy Of KEA.In roughly 140 cities around the planet, citizens will take back some of the...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 19, 2010

Introducing Transit Score

I love Walk Score, primarily because I can go “nah-nah-nah-nah” since I live in a neighborhood that scored an 82 while the average in Spokane is 59. It’s all about bragging rights after all. But the web tool calculates how walkable a neighborhood is and...

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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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