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    Cyburbian Raf's avatar
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    Incorporating "green streets" in new development projects

    Hey All,
    I was wondering if anyone has had an experience, policies, design, etc. on implementing "green streets" as a part of a new development project. My firm is currently working on a specific plan where we are going to take the lead and implement "greener" principals such as requiring percentage of homes to be certified energy-star efficient (a must for a proposed LEED ND project), reducing street paved widths for reduce heat island effect, providing walking trails that connect to commercial, schools, parks etc. but what i really want to implement is a green street that reduces urban run-off through either a bio-swale contained in a bulb-out or planting strip, or other means. I am using Portland's green streets as a model to how to design these things, but it is tough since California doesn't see as much rain as Portland, so i don't know how efficient this will work. Any thoughts or insights will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    All Quiet on the western front

    Wow, I figured i would get some sort of response on this one...

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    alas....half of a response!

    We are doing the median strip bio-swale on one of our streets here in Baltimore. Give me a few days and I can dig up some info. We got $500k to use specifically for that purpose.....

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