A Whole New Norfolk!!!

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Have you ever wondered what Norfolk would look like in 2030? As an urban planner hired by the City of Norfolk, I have been nominated to help re-imagine Norfolk as a sustainable “city of the future.” Not only is Norfolk one of the largest cities in Virginia, but it is also a city with a few problems. I would be using a smart growth plan for new changes and development of such a growing city. I will make a more environmentally friendly place to live with my design proposal to make everyone in the community feel closer and safer with the people in the city.

I will show you the bigger picture of my proposal in this presentation: http://prezi.com/hohtixyrvepd/a-whole-new-norfolk/

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  • How many people does Steffen estimate we will have living in or near cities by mid-century?

Steffen estimated that approximately 8 billion plus living in or near cities by mid-century.

  • Explain how you agree or disagree with Steffen’s point that our energy use is “predestined” rather than “behavioral”.

I agree on Steffen’s point that as population is growing, our energy use is predestined. We are so set on the energy we have now that we rely on energy which means we depend on the energy now making it an everyday essential.

  • What correlation does Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions?

The more dense a city is, the less emission due to the fact that everything we need to get to is close by. We send out these climate emissions because we make trips outside the close city for unnecessary reasons.

  • What are the “eco districts” that Steffen mentions? How you see these as feasible or unfeasible in a city like Norfolk?

Eco districts are places that already exist are put to use to make a more sustainable environment, therefore everything gets brought closer in a sustainable neighborhood. Since Norfolk is already an urban area, the population is likely to keep increasing which would make it a feasible area to project the eco district idea.

  • Explain how you agree or disagree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen discusses related to transportation.

I agree with the “threshold effect” provided that everything is close by and would make for an easy walking commute. I think  the more people start walking and less use of cars, the effect will happen.

  • What does Steffen mean by the idea that, “…even space itself is turning into a service…”? Can you provide any examples that you see here in Norfolk or elsewhere?

I think Steffen is referring to areas that people rent out for use of multiple things. People rent out homes in other areas for vacation. People rent out convention centers and large venues to hold events and expos, and people also use extra rooms in their home to create and office type area for work related tasks in home.

  • Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.

I think it means that the tree may have started out small and the leaves growing off of it may be small, but the end product of the efficiency of the tree or system is what matters.

  • Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk? Spend time with this question!

I feel that Steffen’s ideas could work in a city like Norfolk because it definitely has potential to change. Changes can always be  made to a city which in turn could better the environment as well as the people living in the environment. I don’t expect to see these changes made though unless every person in the community participates and puts their ideas forward to make the change.

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Bjerklie, D., Gorman, C., & Park, A. (2001). DIAGNOSING THE RISKS. Time, 158(16), 42.

This article is referring to the different risks that are associated with hte attacks of September 11, 2001. There are many fears that Americans are facing because they are curious of the fact that there could be more of a series of attacks than just the attack on 9/11.   Many different attacks that the terrorists could propose have been analyzed. There were talks of bichemical attacks, anthrax, hazamat, foot and mouth disease, and even nuclear weapons. All of these attacks are a threat to the United States. Some of these attacks could even be a threat to the terrorist before they would be a threat to us though because the highly contagious attacks would backfire an cause death in terrorists obtaining the bacteria. As Americans, we are only seeing the fear in these attacks to us, not all Americans realize that these attacks could bacfire on the terrorists as well. As Americans, we need to be able to have faith and courage in our country that we will not allow such attacks impact our society or our conscious.

I really enjoyed reading this article because it was senseful and also put more knowledge in my mind about the terrorist attacks going on in the world. Many people do not realize that there are more than just large attacks, there are also small attacks that could be brought on in a series throughout the war. This is relative to stem110 in a number of ways. It shows how technology is not only used for the good but it can be used to propose attacks on countries and people. Technology could be used to engineer new bacterias to go against the attacking bacterias. This would probably steer terrorists away from even trying to do miniscule attacks. I agree with this article when it says a series of small attacks could be done after the big 9/11 attack, however I also understand where they are coming from in the article when they say these attacks could backfire.

Diagnosing The Risks, Abstract 1

Fitness technology!

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Technology has had an impact on my everyday workouts because I am and always have been an athletic kind of person. With that being said, I have found that technology is used in my everyday workout. I use computer technology to map my run, iPod and Nike+ technology to track my run and stats, and I also use treadmills and other cardio equipment to improve my endurance as well. All of which technology is used to engineer such complex equipment. Technology is also used to design my shoes and the different weight equipment. So this is why technology has an impact in my life.