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, June 24, 2012

NYC temporary water station and other hot weather treatments

Photo by John Massengale of a water fountain sourced by a connection to a fire hydrant.  (In water utility discussions, people lament how two different systems of water service--one treated water, the other untreated water--weren't created at the outset of the development of water utility systems.  OTOH, this is a side benefit.

2.  Phoenix is going to install a solar-powered "cooling" station in a light rail station.  From "Valley Metro to use solar power in cooling system" in Metro Magazine:

NRG Thermal LLC, a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc., is building an innovative system that uses solar power and the company’s downtown district cooling system to provide cooling to the seating areas of the popular 3rd Street/Washington Valley Metro (Metro) light rail station. The system will launch this July and operate May through September annually, when summer temperatures often exceed 110 degrees.

“I was able to experience a similar system during a business trip to Dubai and brought the idea back to Phoenix,” said Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. “NRG took the ball and ran with it, investing its money and expertise to make this happen. This solar-powered system will make riding the light rail in Phoenix even cooler. It’s an example of public-private partnership at its best.” 

3.  I think that misting stations, which you often see at summer festivals like Baltimore's Artscape, could be installed in walking-oriented commercial districts and on bicycling routes. 

Left: misting station from Aqua Play Solutions.

4.  Apparently, Promotional Design Group makes promotional misting stations, which feature an advertiser-sponsor, as shown in the image on the right.  They are a little garish for my tastes, but workable in a pinch.

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