The U.S.S. Prius (New York Times)
Weary of having one soldier killed or wounded for every 24 fuel convoys in Afghanistan — a stat from 2007 — the Navy and Marines have launched an effort to convert to bio-fuels and renewable energy. As columnist Thomas Friedman points out, the idea is to create energy nearest to where it’s needed instead of having to transport it hundreds of miles, where it’s often vulnerable to enemies and roadside bombs.
The High Line, part two (New York Times)
The first segment of the park was a hit — attentive readers know the High Line was an elevated train track on the west side of lower Manhattan that was converted to an elevated park. Work on the second phase from 20th to 30th streets is well underway and will feature the High Line’s first expanse of lawn, a valley between two tall buildings and a grate that will allow visitors to glimpse the street below.
New iPhone app shows parking spaces in Hollywood (Curbed LA)
The app costs $1.99 and gets its information from sensors that have been placed in the street. Motorists can learn which blocks have the most available parking spaces — presumably while they’re not driving. The company that makes the app has plans to expand to other parts of the city.