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Letters to the Editor: August 28, 2009

Letters to the Portland Editor
The venting of wind-power skeptics in the Phoenix piece " What's Wrong With Wind Power " (by Deirdre Fulton, August 21) really misses a major point — global warming. When we finally get down to grappling with dangerous climate disruption all forms of non-carbon emitting power will rise.

Grappling with Going Green

The waste-to-energy incinerator debate
Green energy," for most, is solar panels and wind turbines.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 10, 2009

Portland City Council highlights water needs

Water ways
City councilor Dave Marshall will speak at this Wednesday’s farmers’ market in Monument Square about the importance of creating a national water trust fund.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 20, 2008

Energetic Engineering

The man behind a far-out idea for providing solar power
This article originally appeared in the June 27, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By MICHAEL MATZA  |  July 01, 2008

Master builders

Books on, and by, architects
A good architectural monograph is more than just a big colorful book with too-good-to-be-true photos; it’s a window into the heart and mind of the architect it profiles.
By DAVID EISEN  |  June 24, 2008

Rage against the machines!

Could robots take over the world? In many ways, they already have.
We’re on the cusp of a perilous era. Our pitiful carbon bodies are evolving much slower than the silicon and steel gizmos we’re inventing. And the guys in the lab coats and pocket protectors are starting to worry we’ve opened Pandora’s hard drive.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 28, 2008

A stormwater popsicle

What the Bayside Glacier can teach us about Portland’s sewage problem
You’ve probably seen the Bayside Glacier: it’s that pile of dirty snow and ice that rises each winter to rival the redeveloping neighborhood’s new office buildings in bulk and height.
By CHRISTIAN McNEIL  |  April 09, 2008


The threat is real. It could happen here. Is the city ready?
Picture buildings from Southie to West Somerville reduced to rubble. Dozens of three-alarm fires all over town. Tunnels flooded with seawater.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 27, 2008

Old ideas for a new year

Plus, a dirty job for Deval: fix the Big Dig
During the past 18 months, the good news out of City Hall has come in the form of fresh faces.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 16, 2008

Blueprint for disaster

Letters to the Boston editor: September 7, 2007
It figures that Attorney General Martha Coakley would scapegoat an epoxy manufacturer for the Big Dig disaster.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 05, 2007

It can happen here

The Minneapolis bridge collapse should be a wake-up call. Plus, a Congressional disgrace.
The American Society of Civil Engineers almost three years ago issued a catalogue of pressing needs related to Massachusetts infrastructure.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 08, 2007

It’s not easy being green

Sustainable design is rising in popularity, but Rhode Island remains slow on the uptake
Seth Handy does not have a long pony tail that snakes down the back of his rumpled hemp shirt, nor does he wear Birkenstocks to work.
By MARISA ANGELL BROWN  |  June 20, 2007

Whatever happened to Memogate?

Waiting for the Globe ’s mea culpa
If the Big Dig tunnel collapse that killed Milena Del Valle is the biggest Boston news story of 2006, the media story of the year is the Globe reporting — incorrectly — that a safety officer at the site all but predicted Del Valle’s death back in 1999. Key moments in memogate: Anatomy of a gaffe. By Adam Reilly
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 10, 2006

Dam shame

Spike Lee won’t let New Orleans go away
In a few weeks, the country will remember one of the greatest disasters in its history.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2006

Design time

Mitchell Rasor on Percy Cycles, the Eastern Waterfront, and the contemporary city
Mitchell Rasor is changing the way your city looks.
By IAN PAIGE  |  August 09, 2006

A Handy Guide to the Big Dig Screw-Up

Who was watching out for the integrity of the work on the Big Dig? Everyone and no one    
As people try to sort out responsibility for the fiasco that led to the death of Milena Del Valle in the I-90 connector tunnel, you might have a hard time keeping the players straight.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 27, 2006

Spectacular failures

An MIT instructor on the Big Dig disaster
Engineers have taken us out of the caves and up to the skies, linked us with far away shores, and connected us to distant lands. And along the way they’ve also made some pretty huge mistakes.
By ANA RIVAS  |  July 25, 2006

Digging for attention

After the Big Dig tunnel tragedy, the Herald and the Globe put on a full-court press. Who came out on top?
A great big plant. That was the main image on the front cover of the Boston Globe on Tuesday, July 11 when the electronic media was buzzing about the death of 38-year-old Milena Del Valle inside one of the Big Dig tunnels.
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 19, 2006

Wet, hot American summer

What Boston will be like in 2106 if we do nothing to stop global warming
On June 2, 2106, it’s hot.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 02, 2006

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