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Japan earthquake and tsunami: How to help

Paul | March 13, 2011 in News | Comments (0)

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Vital links from Yahoo

Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded Friday, spawning a tsunami that hit the the island’s east coast, killing hundreds of people. Many more are missing or injured.

AMERICAN RED CROSS: Emergency Operation Centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters. This disaster is on a scale larger than the Japanese Red Cross can typically manage. Donations to the American Red Cross can be allocated for the International Disaster Relief Fund, which then deploys to the region to help. Donate here.

GLOBALGIVING: Established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donate here.

SAVE THE CHILDREN: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Donate here.

SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. Donate here.

AMERICARES: Emergency team is on full alert, mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region. Donate here.

CONVOY OF HOPE: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. Donate here.

: Putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. Donate here.

SHELTER BOX: The first team is mobilizing to head to Japan and begin the response effort. Donate here.


Urban planning gone bad

Paul | September 25, 2010 in News,Transportation | Comments (0)

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The Somerville DIF seemed to have missed the point.  You don’t make an area vibrant by taking locally owned business by eminent domain and replacing them with parking garages.

From today’s Boston Globe

Coming into Union Square down Prospect Street, you can’t miss Ricky’s Flower Market. Offering flowers and tomatoes all summer and Christmas trees in fall, the indoor/outdoor shop is a community mainstay.

But is it a bright spot or a roadblock? In Somerville, the perspective you take makes all the DIFference.

The city planning department’s proposed District Improvement Financing project has shocked even fans of the improvements planned for Union Square, such as a Green Line stop, reduced truck traffic, and improved storm drains. What sounded like yet another unimportant economic development meeting Sept. 15 introduced a 30-year plan specifying properties the city wants to either buy or take by eminent domain — including Ricky’s.

For a second parking garage, the city plans to buy or take the popular Reliable Market, Somerville’s main source of kimchee.

What on earth is “progressively designed high tech space?”

Paul | June 10, 2010 in News | Comments (0)

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I can’t decide which is worse: the building design or the ad copy.  Either way, if it were being dropped next to MY condo building (sorry, “amenity”) I’d be out rioting. Dropping a ginormous suburban-style office building on the edge of a densely populated urban neighborhood is neither progressive nor high tech.

Continuing Kendall Square’s tradition of progressively designed high tech space, 150 Second Street will enhance a booming business district with smart design and tremendous accessibility. Designed toward LEED certification and surrounded by amenities, the building represents an ideal home for any firm seeking Class A space in a premier location. It will also cut a commanding, highly visible profile, presenting a superior signage opportunity for those seeking to capture a full-building identity in Cambridge.

So beautiful and so unstable

Paul | April 16, 2010 in News,Photos | Comments (0)

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The Eyjafjallajökull Volcano