tidbits from GOOD MAGAZINE (alexander)

just finished my “fall” issue of GOOD.  (does ryan still get it?).  this is that great la-based magazine that is entire non-prof and funded by private ways.  even subscription $ is for charity.  yet they used to be monthly, then 10/yr and now they publish quarterly – so be it.

wanted to share…

their cover was “good’s pick of 100 best things for the world right now”..

one favorite was a redesign your farmers market contest winner form LA: FARM ON WHEELS – a fleet of electric trucks dispatched throughout the los angeles area offer local, organic produce where it usually would not be found.  BRILLIANT!   i want to drive it!

another – the first bottled water ban in bundanoon, australia.  first urban ban of that type in the world!



We declare that the residents of the City of Roses are doing more than their fair share of innovation, because:

1) They live in the only city in America where the phrase “urban-growth boundary” can be used to kick off cocktail-party conversation or, in certain company, as the anchor to a pickup line. (And because they adopted the nation’s first such boundary, which contains suburban sprawl and preserves farm land, all the way back in 1978.)

2) They built America’s first modern streetcar line—and now they’re manufacturing the first American-built streetcars in almost 60 years. Go, U.S.A.! Viva multimodal transportation!

3) Almost one out of every five of them rides a bike as his or her primary or secondary means of transportation. Between that and the veganism, there are some skinny people there.

4) They give the nation delicious microbrewed beer, artsy cool-climate pinot noir, and fanatically sourced and flavor-profiled microroasted coffee—and are only moderately self-satisfied and annoying about it all.

5) They consider the whole urban-chicken trend so 2007 compared with ducks and goats. Portlanders don’t need a permit to keep any of those beasts—this town knows just how important duck eggs can be. And, hell, you can get a permit to keep a cow within city limits for just $31.


this was also cool… places like LA and las vegas are starting programs called CASH FOR GRASS, in which you can get PAID to remove you water hogging grass to replace it with climate appropriate foliage and rock gardens, etc.   (i look back on my years in los angeles and can’t believe that i was actually mandated by the landlord – who was in HI – that we watered the grass regularly, keeping it green year round.  we did this, he paid the bill, but surely what a waste that was and i didn’t even consider it.  thanks be to life in portland!) 

and also the whole PAINT YOUR ROOF WHITE movement.   all such great stuff.  check out good.is


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