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Guerrilla Activity, The Case for Food Trucks, Increasing Safety for Motorists (The Weekly Chatter)

Earlier this week a small brigade of guerrilla gardeners received a shipment of annuals for use in the battle against ugly public spaces. You’ll notice the small patches of flowers along the in-town TART Trail east of Grant St. With this heat, we may lose some, so if you have extra water give ’em a drink.

This guerrilla campaign has no direct affiliation to the yarn bombing downtown (IPR)…but that’s pretty cool too.

Weekly Chatter

“While Americans still view bicycling as a form of exercise or recreation, a tectonic shift in attitudes has taken place in many parts of Europe, where people now regard bicycling as a serious form of urban mass transportation.”

We see this all over Michigan, the latest…

“Having streets that are safer for pedestrians, and bicyclists, too, is not some ivory-tower dream of automobile-haters…Increasing pedestrian and bicycle traffic makes a city more livable, and hence more attractive and viable. Getting from here to there without being wrapped in a ton of steel and plastic creates a much more social environment.”


  • (Andybikes):  “Moving from carmageddon to cyclotopia” says LA Council President Eric Garcetti.
  • (tomvanderbilt):  Dueling drivers leave cyclist dead (when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers).
  • (ccoletta): “That’s what makes me a Democrat. I’ve accepted the idea that other pple exist, pple who want other things…& grasp that we are all joined together in a common purpose we call the United States of America” – Neil Steinberg
Have a weekend! Find shade.
  1. July 22, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Good stuff Gary. That highway v bike path stat is an eye opener. That said, it shouldn’t be a war. I ride my bike because I like it and because I have to many days.

    I do have to say tat every time I cross Division at 14th I worry that I will become a statistic. The traffic moves so fast and so crazy and many people have forgotten what the little lever that makes blinky lights on your car is for. I see a lot of people get frustrated waiting for a left turn and zip to the right.

    Here this – if you run me down I WILL haunt you.

  2. July 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Flowers have made all the difference in an otherwise ugly stretch of trail. Go, guerrilla gardeners!

  3. Dave
    July 26, 2011 at 11:36 am

    How/where do you come across various articles that you post? I feel it helps strike a balance given a more local focus and perspective that you often display in posts (which is not quite relevant to me).

  4. July 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks, Dave. That is certainly the intention, balancing the hyper-local with the broader experience most of us, irregardless of location, are dealing with. As well as providing tid-bits from “out-there” is an instructive exercise for informing indirectly on local issues. It might be time to write reminder post about this now that I’m 1.5 years into it.

  5. July 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I checked out the annual plantings a couple days ago, and they still look great! Thanks, Gary, for taking such good care of them!

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