Tag Archives: By R. Dovey

A Lake and a Long History

In Akron, Ohio, investment in the civic commons sparks a dialogue about social equity.

By Rachel Dovey

A map of the Ohio & Erie Canal Summit Lake Trail. The area has a long history of racial segregation. Image courtesy the Ohio & Eerie Canalway Coalition.

Summit Lake in Akron, Ohio, is a glacial landmark shaped like a lopsided figure eight. It sits along a continental divide, so its waters flow both north toward Lake Erie and south toward the Mississippi River. “Not many cities have this kind of asset,” says Kyle Lukes, ASLA, a senior landscape architect with Environmental Design Group in Akron. Continue reading A Lake and a Long History

Resilient by Design, and Before Disaster

Breeching levees may be a good thing.

By Rachel Dovey

The team led by SCAPE proposes breaching levees to allow trapped sediment out, creating a stronger network of marshes and mudflats that can cushion developed areas. Image courtesy SCAPE/Public Sediment team.

They’re no stranger to wildfires and drought, but the cities around the San Francisco Bay haven’t been hit with a climate change-fueled disaster on par with Hurricanes Sandy or Harvey—yet. Continue reading Resilient by Design, and Before Disaster