Patrick Condon’s Rule 7 for sustainable communities: Invest in lighter, greener, cheaper, smarter infrastructure.


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Last of Eight Excerpts

“Road and stormwater infrastructure often destroys the ecological function of the land that supports it and burdens home buyers and taxpayers through its cost to install, maintain and replace,” writes Patrick Condon in his latest book, Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post Carbon World.

“An alternative to this grey, expensive and heavy infrastructure is ‘green infrastructure’ for roads and drainage. Green infrastructure is defined herein as roads and drainage systems that work with, and not against, natural systems. It manifests itself in a set of engineering and construction standards that make road and drainage infrastructure lighter, greener, cheaper and smarter.”


To Learn More:

This is the last of eight excerpts published by  The Tyee in September/October 2010. To read the complete excerpt, click on Why Cheaper Streets Are Smarter Streets or on Patrick Condons Rule 7.



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Posted October 2010