Aspen, Colorado swaps coal for wind to become 3rd city to run solely on renewable energy

Downtown Aspen (Courtesy Daniel Case / Flickr)

Downtown Aspen (Courtesy Daniel Case / Flickr)

Fossil fuel dependency is now a thing of the past for this municipality on Colorado’s Western Slope. Aspen has just announced that it’s only the third city to kick the habit and is fully reliant on renewable energy sources.

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How Nave Can He Be? Parsing Goldman Alley

East, Eavesdroplet
Friday, July 20, 2012
(Garrett Ziegler/Flickr)

(Garrett Ziegler/Flickr)

Financial giant Goldman Sachs has received lots of attention recently for its headquarters at 200 West St. New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman waxed poetic about the building’s glass canopy by Preston Scott Cohen. The canopy, said Kimmelman, “elevates what is really just a gap between two buildings into something almost as inspired as the nave of a great Gothic cathedral. That’s the power of architecture.” Or, in this case, the architecture of power.

The latest, and more critical, take on Goldmans’ HQ by Times writer N. R. Kleinfield outlines the firm’s impact on the surrounding area which at the time of the buildings completion in 2009, was short on shops and restaurants. So using its $1.65 billion in Liberty Bonds plus $115 million in tax breaks, Goldman just created a neighborhood in its own image.

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