“When you’re at the beginning, don’t obsess about the middle, because the middle is going to look different once you get there. Just look for a strong beginning and a strong ending and get moving.”—Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
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 citiesretains 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, playground or soccer field.
Sounds cool, but do they have permission or are they ripping asphalt up under the shroud of night?
When you think about what makes modern humans unique, the chin is probably not the first, second or even third thing that comes to mind. Yet this bony protrusion at the end of the lower jaw is not seen in any other hominid species. So what’s a chin good for? Over the years, researchers have thought up a variety of explanations for why we have chins.