I’ve just finished Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers’ What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, which documents and cheerfully promotes the rising tide of new, Internet-powered means of sharing and reusing things. From cars to extra bedrooms, toys to designer handbags, business loans to garden tools, scores of new companies and nonprofits are figuring out how to get all the benefits of ownership without all the cost — or ecological footprint. Sightline is looking into such models, and the legal barriers to them, for Making Sustainability Legal, but this book is worth reading just for fun and inspiration.
From this week’s Sightline Daily news clippings, a harsh assessment of the Columbia River Crossing.
NOAA’s flood: from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, a video simulation of a magnitude 7.3 earthquake on the Seattle fault. (Too bad the proposed south entrance to the viaduct tunnel is only 13 feet above sea level.)
“Bet you can’t eat just one” may be more than clever marketing; it could be psychological.
An interesting look at how people get to work across the country. And, a cool slideshow at the bottom featuring three Cascadian cities.