Art in the Streets

Art in the Streets

This post is a bit long in coming, but check out the pics of the 2011 Sarasota Chalk Art Festival below. For those of us who were there, it's a nice reminder of how quickly the event has grown. For those of you who weren't...well, don't miss it in 2012! Sarasota has a...

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The Conscious City (part 1)

The Conscious City (part 1)

  It's the new year, and not just any new year. 2012. The end of the world. Or just a year of notable changes, depending on how you translate ancient Mayan. In any case, the turning over of the calendar offers a chance to wipe the slate clean; to self-reflect, to...

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‘Tis the Season

The holidays they are approachin', so we at Laurel Park Management thought we'd pass along info on this weekend's appropriately themed events and to-do options in case the spirit moves you. Enjoy! Atomic Holiday Bazaar: December 10-11 Atomic Holiday Bazaar, Sarasota's...

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Sustainable Sarasota: Fill ‘er up with Gator Gas?

As the quest for more viable renewable and alternative energy sources continues, some of the options suggested seem brilliant while others remain firmly in the world of the bizarre. Take, for instance, a biofuel mentioned in a recent article on portstrategy.com:...

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America’s 100 Favorite Public Spaces

...and Sarasota's nowhere on the list! What about Island Park? No Arlington Park? Payne Park got snubbed? Well, it should probably be noted that this ranking was assembled by Planetizen and Project for Public Spaces largely through crowdsourcing, meaning that the...

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I ♥ SRQ: The Perfect Saturday Morning

The morning sun wakes me. It is warm but no longer carries the burn of summer; the orange light is pleasant, inviting. I wake gradually, as does the dog. The cat is stretched out on the wood floor in a bath of warm light. He half opens a single eye to watch me walk...

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Creating 8-80 Cities

Gil Penalosa, the founder of 8-80 cities and a consultant with Gehl Architects, speaks at a TEDx conferences about towns and cities can adapt and improve. He's a smart guy, and his ideas and advice are beyond...

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Sustainable Sarasota: Sell a Car, Buy a Bike (part one)

   {image source} Anyone who's read this blog from its inception knows that we at Laurel Park Management are big supporters of bicycles and the folks who ride them. To clear up a quick issue of nomenclature, I tend to use cycling when I mean higher speeds, longer...

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Sustainable Sarasota: Is Old the New Young?

 {image source} NEW YORK (AP) — America's cities are beginning to grapple with a fact of life: People are getting old, fast, and they're doing it in communities designed for the sprightly. To envision how this silver tsunami will challenge a youth-oriented society,...

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