March 27th, 2012 | brainjuice
- Did El Salvador cut a deal with the gangs to bring down violence? | FP Passport
"With the world's second-highest homicide rate, (around 66 per 100,000 people) it's not surprising that El Salvador might take drastic measures to stop the killing. But a sudden drop in homicides is raising questions about just what the infamous MS-13 gang is getting in return…"
(tags:crime pol )
- When a Parking Lot Is So Much More – NYTimes.com
"A better parking lot might be covered with solar canopies so that it could produce energy while lowering heat. Or perhaps it would be surfaced with a permeable material like porous asphalt and planted with trees in rows like an apple orchard, so that it could sequester carbon and clean contaminated runoff."
(tags:eco architecture cities )