Mass. Towns May Cut Property Tax Surcharge and Preservation Funds: "Under the Community Preservation Act, a surcharge of up to 3 percent is added to annual real estate tax bills. Participating towns then get a match from the state for the contributions.But some residents in the three towns are saying this money should remain in the pockets of taxpayers during tough financial times, or should be used to bolster community infrastructure." [Boston Globe]
The Street of the Future is a Livable Street: GOOD magazine provides visual examples to what makes an effective pedestrian street. Cool interactive photo provided. [GOOD]
101 Uses for a Deserted Malls: A panel of experts discusses new ideas for malls that have been hit hard due to the slumping retail industry. [New York Times]Costan Rican Airplane Hotel Takes Flight: The Costa Verde Resort now features a hotel suite constructed in an around a 1965 Boeing 727. [Inhabitat] And for the backpacker or traveller on a budget, don't forget about the Jumbo Hostel in Stockholm.
The Preservation of Darkness: France is looking to establish an "anti-light-pollution reserve" surrounding a historic observatory in the Pyrenees. "The goal is to establish a zone with a radius of six to nine miles around the 130-year-old Pic du Midi mountain observatory so that views of the cosmos are not spoiled by intrusive light on the ground." [Discovery News]
A Weekly Dose of Architecture: Design for the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle, a renovation of a 1910 Chinatown building originally used as a home for Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino immigrants. [archidose]
The Putting Lot: "The Putting Lot examines the relevance of empty space in the city. Located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this miniature golf course occupies what was once a vacant lot. Unused, underutilized, and otherwise empty spaces are abundant in the industrial area around The Putting Lot." Sounds like it might be tough to make a shot with the pressure of an urban landscaping looming over you...maybe Kenny Perry should get some practice in here. [ThePuttingLot]
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