Urbanization may threaten region's rich fishing industry
Fish like herring, perch and striped bass don't do as well when land uses shift from rural and forested streams to those found in suburbs and cities, which puts at risk things like a multibillion-dollar fishery in Maryland and Virginia.
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Since: Nov 11
Claymont, Delaware 19809
#1 Feb 12, 2012
Molly Murray is one of the NewsJournal's best environmental writers. She has raised a very important issue that land-use management must also include redesign of our national infrastructure , how we build our factories , cities, towns, highways, dams, levees, bridges, need a new focus on natural ecosystem /built capital development.
I 'm just finishing up a new book assigned by my friend , Professor Eric Zencey 's new class on Sustainability and Surviving the End of Infinite Planet Economics.
"A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction is a 1977 book on architecture, urban design, and community livability. It was authored by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein of the Center for Environmental Structure of Berkeley, California, with writing credits also to Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King and Shlomo Angel. Decades after its publication, it is still one of the best-selling books on architecture.
"The book creates a new language, what the authors call a pattern language derived from timeless entities called patterns. As they write on page xxxv of the introduction, "All 253 patterns together form a language." Patterns describe a problem and then offer a solution. In doing so the authors intend to give ordinary people, not only professionals, a way to work with their neighbors to improve a town or neighborhood, design a house for themselves or work with colleagues to design an office, workshop or public building such as a school."
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