Tag Archives: By J. Lerner

Growing Pains

The Museum of Modern Art wonders whether unsanctioned, light-footprint design gestures can humanize the world’s megacities.

By Jonathan Lerner 

A megacity twofer: In Hong Kong, an informal oyster-farming settlement is next to a “new town” that has a reputation for family tragedies, attributed to its remote location, few jobs, and high density.

In exploding cities around the world, ever-increasing populations of the poor find themselves occupying dense makeshift settlements, or dangerously subdivided apartments, or massive, isolating housing estates. Continue reading Growing Pains

Nature’s Salary

A Florida rancher, among others, finds himself enmeshed in conservation’s next big thing: payment for ecosystem services.

By Jonathan Lerner 

Flooded agricultural land in payment for ecological services approach in interior Southern Florida.

Low dikes separate pastures on the Florida cattle ranch Jimmy Wohl’s father bought in 1962, when Jimmy was 12. Continue reading Nature’s Salary