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Friday, July 17, 2009

Unpave Paradise: Resurrecting Obliterated Waterways

Cities from Singapore to San Antonio have been resuscitating rivers and turning storm drains into streams. In Los Angeles, residents’ groups and some elected officials are looking anew at buried or concrete-lined creeks as assets instead of inconveniences, inspired partly by Seoul’s example. By building green corridors around the exposed waters, cities hope to attract affluent and educated workers and residents who appreciate the feel of a natural environment in an urban setting. Environmentalists point out other benefits. Open watercourses handle flooding rains better than buried sewers do, a big consideration as global warming leads to heavier downpours. The streams also tend to cool areas overheated by sun-baked asphalt and to nourish greenery that lures wildlife as well as pedestrians.

link: Cities Like Seoul Rediscover Waterways They Paved Over -

Since its opening in 2005, hundreds of thousands of people have visited the Cheonggyecheon stream in Seoul, South Korea, with friends and family.


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