Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Using dog poop to fuel a park gaslight

Government Technology reports, in "Pet Poop Fueling City Park Light, Sparks Conversation," about how an MIT visual arts program graduate created a gaslight fueled by a methane digester using dog poop in one of Boston's public parks.

I do think about all the dog poop tossed in trash cans around the various parks in the city (especially around the Coolidge Recreation Center which is a couple blocks from where I live) and how it could be fertilizer or fuel.

(Suzanne confronted one of our neighbors who carries plastic bags when she walks her dogs, but doesn't use them when the dogs dump on people's yards including ours.)

More info:

-- Park Spark Project
-- "Dog Power: Matthew Mazzotta’s Park Spark Project" from the ArtSake blog of the Massachusetts Cultural Council

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