In a recent article Franke James was wondering ” Why do we cover up the earth with impermeable materials that stop the rain from going into the ground and require expensive sewers?
According to the Chicago Green Alleys Handbook quoted by Franke, unpaving our streets would bring many advantages such as reducing localized flooding, recharging groundwater and saving taxpayer money.
I seriously wonder what cities will look like with such ideas. The handbook linked above brings many creative ideas that would decrease the impact cities have on the environment.
From high albedo pavement and recycled construction materials to dark sky compliant light fixtures or urban gardening, there are plenty of possibilities.
As more and more people live in urban areas, we truly need reflections on this topic.