It was less than a year ago that we reported a serious crash at the bottom of Vancouvers Cambie Street after a utility pole in seemingly the worst place split an Audi in half without killing anyone — the latest accident in the same spot where more than a dozen cars have crashed since the early 90s.
Dramatic fatal crashes are so sadly common that we rarely report on them here, but this particular street seems to need some attention. According to Douglas, in the last 20 years they’ve lost three fire hydrants, multiple poles, and had various vehicles end up in their front lawn.
via Canadas Crashiest Street Claims A Life And Another Audi.
A 3-foot tall statue standing in the marsh along the shoreline in Brick Township, New Jersey is being called a miracle.
Since Hurricane Sandy hit, residents had been focused on the clean-up and recovery.
It wasn’t until days after the flood waters receeded those who live along Sheldon Avenue, spotted Saint Francis of Assisi. The small concrete statue, faces away from the waters that flooded their homes.
“I guess it’s a sign someone up there cares,” said one resident.
via ‘Miracle’ in the Marsh | NBC 10 Philadelphia.
Jason Coburn issues an indictment of the “community malpractice” by policy-makers that’s led to America’s glaring health inequalities, and argues that 2013 must be the year that planning works towards improving the living conditions of the poor.
In light of urban America’s enduring inequities in “life expectancy, disease and disability by racial and ethnic groups and neighborhood location,” Corburn, an associate professor at Cal Berkeley’s School of Public Health & Department of City & Regional Planning, argues that “2013 must be the year we all view community development and city planning as ‘preventative medicine.'”
Coburn then goes on to recommend the routine use of the Health Equity Impact Assessment as a planning tool.
via Resolving to View City Planning as ‘Preventative Medicine’ | Planetizen.
A new study out of England provides the first “holistic assessment” linking school design to learning rates. “[S]chool layouts can influence a child’s development by as much as 25 percent over the course of an academic year.”
The results of a study conducted by University of Salford’s School of the Built Environment and architecture firm Nightingale Associates, published in Building and the Environment, “revealed that the architecture and design of classrooms has a significant role to play in influencing academic performance. Six of the environmental factors — colour, choice, connection, complexity, flexibility and light — were clearly correlated with grade scores.”
via New Study Shows Impact of School Design on Grades | Planetizen.
The ensuing devastation left an already poor and struggling nation with an incapacitated infrastructure and hundreds of thousands of people dead.
Three years later, …Haiti is no better off.
As many as 400,000 people still live in tent cities. It’s likely that UN peacekeepers inadvertently caused the country’s worst cholera epidemic in recent history. And more than half of funds pledged for reconstruction efforts remains undelivered.
via BBC News – Why is Haiti no better off despite quake relief effort?.
Federal Brazilian police and military personnel, some wearing United Nations insignia, are forcibly relocating whole communities in Brazil at gunpoint under the guise of returning huge tracts of land to a small group of Indians whose ancestors were allegedly there at some point. Thousands of local residents who have lived in the area for decades or were even born there, however, are fighting back, with critics saying the government’s actions smack of Stalinism and may constitute crimes against humanity.
About 3,000 people lived in Posto da Mata, including 700 school children who will now be homeless if the government gets its way. “Where are we going to stay? Where are we going to live? What are we going to live off of? What are we going to eat going forward?” wondered a tearful girl outside one of the town’s two schools in a TV interview. “I’ve lived here all my 17 years and I’m not leaving.”
Where is UNESCO in all of this.
via Amid Federal Land Grab in Brazil, Whole Towns Evicted at Gunpoint.
President of the National Assocation of Police Officers and Boston Police Officer Thomas Nee is a member of Vice President Joe Biden’s gun control task force, which was created by President Obama in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Nee’s son, Joseph Nee, was convicted in 2008 for planning to commit mass murder of students and teachers at Marshfield High School in Massachusetts, similar to that of Columbine in 1999. After spending nine months in prison, Nee’s conviction was upheld by the Supreme Judicial Court.
via » Member of Biden’s Gun Control Task Force Has a Son Convicted of Planning School Mass Murder Alex Jones Infowars: Theres a war on for your mind!.
There are 270 million guns in this country right now, John, and they’re adding to them at a rate of 16 million a year. – Pat Buchanan, The McLaughlin Group, weekend of January 5, 2013
via Buchanan: “There Would Be A Revolution” If Government Confiscated Weapons | RealClearPolitics.