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  1. Note any important points from your book reading that connect with or inform your research topic.
  2. Post a link or citation for at least one article per week on your topic (you should have actually read it, and it will help your teammates if you add some comment as to what interested you).

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44 Responses to “Community and Localization”

  1. ecowordsj Says:

    On the topic of Community and Localization, it is most essential to our community that we have a place to trade locally produced food. Right now I am sad to say that our city, or some members of it anyway, are planning to spend $42MILLION of our very own tax dollars to smash our local downtown Wednsday Farmers Market with a new 5-story concrete parking structure. If we are to create a self-sustaining community we should be able to share our locally grown food in the center of town. This brings people from all walks of life, of ever age and background together in harmony which is what a community needs. We can get involved by flooding the city council with our opposition and tears…See the following article and visit
    http://peoplepowersc.org/
    http://www.sensibletransportation.org/vibrantdowntown
    Taking Action
    • Please take a moment to e-mail the Council on this issue, asking that they implement parking demand management before taking any action on the garage. citycouncil@ci.santa-cruz.ca.us
    • Come to the City Council meeting on September 23.
    • Send this web page to others.
    For more info contact Rick Longinotti longinotti@baymoon.com or, Micah Posner micah@peoplepowersc.org.

    People POWER UPDATE
    SANTA CRUZ CYCLING NEWS ISSUE 57 SUMMER / FALL 2008
    Another Downtown Parking Garage? No Thanks.
    The City’s plan to build a $42 million, five-story parking garage at the site of the Farmers’ Market has inspired opposition from numerous groups and individuals in Santa Cruz. People Power, the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, and some downtown business owners have formed the Committee for a Vibrant Downtown (CVDT), united to promote the greener alternatives known as Parking Demand Management (PDM).
    The blueprint for PDM applied to downtown already exists in the Master Transportation Study (MTS) that the City and UCSC paid for and received in 2003. The MTS recommends that customer parking be given priority in the surface lots and parking meters by shifting permit and all-day parking to the multi-story garages, and by pricing parking to favor short-term over all-day use. In addition, the MTS recommends “parking cash-out,” an incentive program of cash, bus passes, and credit at bike stores for employees who use alternative commute modes. According to the MTS, “Managing parking and demand for vehicle travel are the most cost-effective ways to shift travel behavior.”
    Parking Garage continued from page 1
    People Power did a photo survey of the three DOWNTOWN multi-story garages over the busy Labor Day weekend with results that call into question the city staff’s estimate that a “parking deficit” exists. The formula the city’s staff uses to estimate parking demand-every 400 square feet of retail, restaurant, office or theater space requires one parking place-appears to be inaccurate. Photos taken on Friday and Saturday show the top floors of each garage virtually empty at the peak hours of 3:15PM Friday, and 5PM and 7:30PM Saturday. Interviews with business owners in the section of downtown declared by city staff to have a “parking deficit” have indicated support for greener alternatives:
    • Nicolas Roure, Toadal Fitness: “I think other options should be considered first.”
    • Karl Heiman, Caffe Pergolesi: “As a business owner in Parking District 4, we would like to see downtown Santa Cruz grow and expand onto Cedar Street. We do not want to see Cedar Street become a ‘parking dumping ground.”‘
    • Jonathan Schneiderman, Metamusic Records: “It would be sad if they put the garage in. The aesthetic downtown is already a problem.”
    • Wade Hall, Spokesman Bicycles: “Our business has entirely changed. We’re seeing people come in for commuting bicycles.”
    Also opposed to the garage are District 4 business owners David LeVan, of Well Within, and Minho Cho, of Shogun.
    WHAT CAN YOU DO? The City Council will consider funding the design of the garage at a future meeting, though the date is not yet certain. Once the date for the meeting is announced, we will publicize it. For now, you can contact City Council members and let them know that you don’t want another parking garage: EMAIL: citycouncil@ci.santa-cruz.ca.us / TELEPHONE: 420-5020. People Power wants to flood the City Council with emails and phone calls opposing the garage and promoting the innovative green alternatives. For more information, call 425-0665. ∎

  2. michaelgrippi Says:

    Our economy is plunging deeply (Deep Economy). Posted a similar article last Monday – coincidentally another huge sell off in Global Markets happened again this Monday. The Russian Stock Market fell 21% !

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081006/ap_on_bi_st_ma_re/wall_street

  3. chasla Says:

    In chapter five of The Long Emergency, one of the things Kunstler talks about is how global warming is causing weather conditions to become extreme and as it gets worse so will diease. Diseases and viruses are mutating and new strains are developing. There is a really interesting documentary tv series called RX for survival. I encourage all of you to watch it.

  4. ecowordsj Says:

    One major hurding in making a community self-sustaining is power sources. Espicially electricity. This new breakthrough in technology might finally make unsightly power lines a thing of the past! Not to mention how many dead trees are holding up power lines across the country, most of the electricity is lost before it reaches your home. It was originally generated by coal, natural gas(a non-renewable fossil fuel used in Moss Landing), nuclear, or a damn if your lucky. If your really lucky maybe wind turbines or even some solar panels.
    Solar alows you to utilize the sun’s power in the form of electricity generated on-site. Scientists are researching a new way to use solar energy by mimicing a plant’s photosynthesis. Apparently all the materials needed are natural and non-toxic. In the future we might be able to generate so much energy at our homes that a grid would become obsolete. We could plug-in hybrids off of all this excess energy and we wouldn’t need to burn coal or petroleum. But wait…. then all the electric, oil, and nuclear companies would disapear……then we wouldn’t have anything to fight and war over….now we can’t have that.
    Or could we……..

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080731143345.htm

  5. mark1248 Says:

    http://www.slate.com/id/2201176/?y=1

    For some unknown to me reason the URL above to the what to properly do the green way with household waste did not post.

    I’ll try this last time.

  6. mark1248 Says:

    The below site and intro article passage, in a friendly, experienced, and conversational tone, gives practical and professional solutions to what, using the good “green ” list of opportunities, is a green choice and which choice is best for your personal dealings with “household” kitchen waste.

    This article is mainly intended for the waste community group sub member of the 19G class task group, “Community and Sustainability.”

    I hope everyone else who visits this site and reads this article enjoys it to.

    The URL to this yahoo news article is below.

    the green lantern: Illuminating answers to environmental questions.

    Should We Dispose of Disposals?

    The best way to get rid of your leftover food.
    By Jacob Leibenluft

    Updated Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at 6:34 AM ET

    I’m sorry to say I live in an apartment without a composter for organic waste. Given the circumstances, am I better off feeding my leftover mashed potatoes into the garbage disposal, so they don’t end up in a landfill? Or should I throw them in the trash can, so they don’t end up the water supply?

    I hope you all enjoy this site.

    Bye.

  7. mark1248 Says:

    The below site and intro article passage, in a friendly, experienced, and personal tone, gives practical and professional solutions to what, using the good “green ” list of opportunities, is a green choice and which of choices is best for dealing with house hold kitchen waste.

    This article is mainly for the waste community group sub member of the 19G class task group, “Community and Sustainability.”

    I hope everyone else who visits this site and reads this article enjoys it to.

    the green lantern: Illuminating answers to environmental questions.

    Should We Dispose of Disposals?

    The best way to get rid of your leftover food.
    By Jacob Leibenluft

    Updated Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at 6:34 AM ET

    I’m sorry to say I live in an apartment without a composter for organic waste. Given the circumstances, am I better off feeding my leftover mashed potatoes into the garbage disposal, so they don’t end up in a landfill? Or should I throw them in the trash can, so they don’t end up the water supply?

    I hope you all enjoy this site.

    Bye.

  8. michaelgrippi Says:

    I just posted the same long post 4x, written from scratch each time and none of them posted 😦 somehow I got test post in after 3 failed attempts…

    Long story short, stock market crashed today, $1 Trillion lost in a matter of hours. Time for community is near. Scary times ahead but important.

  9. michaelgrippi Says:

    Wierd, I submitted the same comment 3x and it didn’t work.

    What I wrote in short was, our economy had a major stock collapse today and our contries markets lost over $1 Trillion in a matter of hours. The time for community is ever closer ! Scary but important times ahead.

    – Michael

    http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080929/wall_street.html

  10. michaelgrippi Says:

    test

  11. michaelgrippi Says:

    Stock market nearly crashed today .. perfect time to localize and build community.

    http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080929/wall_street.html

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