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Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#72)

Twenty Loaves of whole wheat bread in seven plastic crates.
A canvas bag containing 4 books.

Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#71)

20 pounds of whole wheat flour in two plastic containers.

Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#70)

$65.68 worth of groceries.
Two packages of sushi (California roll).
Three liters of red wine.
A u-lock.
Two plastic soda crates.

Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#69)

2000 feet of plastic wrap.

Three Qualities of a Sustainable City

This is a great interview with Jan Gehl...the Danish architect who specializes in sustainable city design (to read a short bio of him click here).

If you're a regular reader of this blog this video is preaching to the choir, but it's an inspiring one none-the-less (and worth the 4 minutes to watch). Hopefully more cities in America will heed his (and other advocate's) advice.

Jan Gehl: 3 Qualities of the sustainable city from Sustainable Cities™ on Vimeo.

Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#68)

Two ceramic dinner plates.

The Relentless Urban Rabbits

This has not been a good summer for vegetable gardening...it's bad enough that there has been a low yield with all the rain and lack of heat and sun, but what has been growing has been slowly and consistently chewed away by rabbits.

I recently posted on the subject of the explosion of urban rabbits this summer (click here to read it), and it hasn't gotten any better. A few nights ago I came home to see a rabbit calmly sitting in the middle of the garden gnawing away at what remains of a broccoli plant...and it didn't even run away initially...I had to stamp my feet (as if my neighbors don't already think I'm a little nuts). Thus far the rabbits have eaten all of the broccoli (two-foot wide plants down to stumps), most of the Brussels sprouts (they left the leaves for now but ate all of the actual vegetable), and have even eaten a pot of jalapeno plants...peppers and all! I've also noticed some suspicious nibblings on the red cabbage. Next year I'm going to b…

Camper Bike (trike, actually)

Just when you thought you may have seen everything...along comes Kevin Cyr's Camper Bike, it's a functional piece of artwork created by the artist. I imagine it's top speed is something like 2mph, and it's probably not that stable...none-the-less, it's pretty cool. Apparently he creates these pieces in order to paint them. To visit his site (and see his other projects) click here, to see a simple google search of his images (there are plenty), click here. And to read a brief article about his camper bike at wired.com, click here.