Dealing with environmental issues

Walkable winter cities

Coming in from my slow run on this morning’s packed snow, I am grateful again for my old, walkable neighbourhood that tempts me out of doors, even in the cold weather.

Let it rain: Great places still shine when the sun does not

What makes neighbourhood character strong and compelling enough to tempt us to move through it on foot even in the rain?

New “Green” Bioswales Begin Testing Period in Midtown Atlanta


The Midtown Alliance and TSW will soon begin a test program at the intersection of 5th Street and Juniper Street to determine if an innovative and sustainable stormwater runoff solution will help alleviate stress on the city’s combined sewer system, while beautifying the neighborhood at the same time.  TSW, an Atlanta-based planning, landscape architecture and architecture firm, has designed two bioswales featuring large basins that capture the first flush of stormwater off the street and sidewalk and treat it naturally with soil, vegetation, and microbes before the water is absorbed into the ground. This design and process will reduce the amount of stormwater entering the city’s combined sewer system and increase groundwater recharge.

The encyclical of the New Urbanism

You didn’t have to be a person of faith this week to be moved by Pope Francis’s historic call for a new era of environmental stewardship.

City trees and greenery cut pollution and boost health

The fates of nature and cities are intricately related: Nature needs cities, and cities need nature.

Congregations practice faith through environmental leadership

A growing, multi-denominational religious movement is placing environmental protection at the center of its teaching and practice.

Midtown’s Greenprint plan begins

As part of the Greenprint Midtown streetscaping project in Midtown Atlanta, TSW was asked by the Midtown Alliance to improve the aesthetics and function of Juniper Street. Although Juniper Street is home to some of the city's most popular restaurants and theaters, and is part of the Midtown Business District, the street has sections that were in need of repair and weren't pedestrian or bicycle-friendly.

Bringing sustainability to small-town America

Although sustainability planning is harder to find compared to big cities, terrific examples of green initiatives are emerging in small-town America.

The greening of a suburban downtown

If planners for Bethesda, Maryland, fully realize a conceptual vision, the once-quiet but now-bustling suburb's downtown could become a beacon of urban sustainability.

Philly walks on water

Some of the most dramatic juxtapositions with nature are possible in big cities, like The High Line in New York City and now the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk in Philadelphia. 

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