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Jan, 2019

How to Transform Ineffective Public Roads

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Ineffective or unsafe public roads can be transformed into highly useable spaces, and it often takes less money and construction than you think. We are going to look at a few different scenarios in which an ineffective and unsafe public road in New York was transformed into a much more effective and beneficial space. Before we get into the examples, here are the most prominent ways to revitalize ineffective or unsafe roads: Make bike lanes safer by adding barriers and ensuring crosswalks are free of traffic Change roadway rules, and/or […]

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Jan, 2019

What is the NYC Plaza Program?

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The New York City Plaza Program is open to all organizations within the city and is run by DOT (the Department of Transportation). Through this program, DOT works with organizations to redesign neighborhood plazas, turning unused spaces into quality spaces that people can enjoy. The goal of the program is to make it so that anyone living in New York can walk to a quality open space within 10 minutes of their home. New York is a concrete jungle, although too much concrete isn’t good for anyone. In fact, access […]

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Dec, 2018

The Problem with Narrow Bike Lanes + Other Dangerous Bike Lane Designs

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Bike lanes are intended to make people feel safe when riding their bike alongside traffic. Narrow bike lanes and other design flaws can make a bike lane incredibly unsafe, preventing people from using it or putting them in danger when they do. If a bike lane doesn’t feel safe, most cyclists will not take the risk and they will ride elsewhere.  This decreases the bike-ability of a city, and it can also decrease traffic to storefronts in an area. In general, there are two types of bike lanes. The first […]

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Dec, 2018

Using Commercial Trash Receptacles to Reduce Litter & Promote Recycling

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Is your business constantly covered in litter? Commercial trash receptacles can help fix littering issues and promote recycling. In fact, one of the biggest contributors to littering is a lack of trash receptacles. If people cannot find a place to throw away their garbage, and most people won’t look that hard, they will toss it wherever they can. Some may assume there is no consequence for littering and that someone else will pick it up as part of their job. You can help make the decision to responsibly dispose of […]

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Dec, 2018

Do Plants Need Self-Watering Planters?

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Most plants can thrive in a self-watering planter, but some plants do notably better when housed in a self-watering container. There are several key signs that your plants (and you) could benefit from a self-watering planter, such as: You often forget to water plants You tend to overwater plants Have had any issues with root rot Plants are kept at a large property that requires a lot of maintenance You’re housing plants that are finicky about their environment and don’t do well in soil that is too moist or too […]

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Dec, 2018

The Solution to Corroding Union Metal Light Bases

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Union metal light bases have been around for quite some time. Metal and steel are commonly used materials due to their strength and dependability. Yet, if you have ever dealt with metal light bases you know that they are prone to rusting and breaking down over time. These issues are especially prevalent at the base of the pole because this is where the most physical contact with the elements occur. Think of it like this, when someone knocks a light pole with a weed whacker, or a passing dog lifts […]

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21

Nov, 2018

The Best Bike Lane Width for Protected Bike Lane Design

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The best bike lane width for protected bike lane design varies based upon the layout of the road, existing barriers, traffic levels, and so forth. Local regulations, traffic levels, and other factors may also influence how wide bike lanes should be in a particular area. Bike lanes are most beneficial on streets with high vehicle volume (greater than 3,000 vehicles on average per day), a speed limit that exceeds 25 mph, and areas that require better separation between bikes and automobiles. There are three main classifications of bike lanes: Left-side […]

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Nov, 2018

Planters from Recycled Materials: All About Recycled Plant Pots

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Planters from recycled materials are better for the environment, and they can provide some unexpected benefits as well. Especially if you purchase TerraCast planters, but more about that later. First, we are going to jump right into the benefits of recycled plant pots. Benefits of Using Recycled Pots Reduces waste in landfills by reusing old materials and making them new again. Conserves natural resources used to make plastic from scratch Qualifies for LEED points and credits Utilizes less energy Made from durable materials—so durable, in fact, they can be used […]

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Nov, 2018

Self-Watering Planters + Other Green Landscaping Ideas That’ll Save You Time & Money

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Did you know adding something as simple as self-watering planters to your landscape design can reduce how much water you use, lighten the load on the environment, and save you time? It’s true! Our uniquely designed self-watering attachments fit inside any of our planters, creating a separate chamber for excess water to collect. As a result, plant roots aren’t left to soak in water—an occurrence that commonly leads to root rot and other issues. Designed with water-wicking technology, the water is drawn back up into the plant soil as needed. […]

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Oct, 2018

An Alternative to Union Metal Light Poles: Resin-Based Lampposts

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Today we want to discuss alternatives to Union Metal bases and Union Metal light poles. While metal is a strong material that can withstand a lot, it will without doubt corrode and break down over time. The goal when installing a lamppost is for it to last as long as possible so you get your money out of it. We took the same underlying ideologies behind our long-lasting planters to create a lamppost with the same durable properties.  Why Do Metal Post Bases Break Down? Traditional metal light bases are […]

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