Improving the Urban Environment and Maintaining Historic

How do you move a historic victorian mansion? Very carefully. In this case, it’s the Peter Green House at Brown University, Providence RI.

Source: www.youtube.com

Many cities wrestle with two important, but opposing mandates: modernize the infrastructure to improve the city and maintain the history of the neighborhood to preserve a sense of place.  Most often these are not reconcilable, but with a whole lot of money, this is are very creative way to do both.  

How Many Gun Deaths Are There In Your State?

Red, blue, and purple states wind up pretty much where you’d expect. And if you’re in Louisiana, you might want to keep your head down.

Source: prospect.org

Rhode Island isn’t on the bottom of this list for being the smallest state, but because Rhode Island has the fewest gun deaths (per capita) in the United States.  3.14 per 100,000 residents is lowest in the United States and this is one more reason to be glad that you live in the Ocean State.  Do you notice any regional patterns in the rest of the data?  Any explanations to make sense of these regional patterns?

1,007 species recorded in Rocky Point survey

“A team of more than 140 naturalists set off to document every species of plant, insect, animal, bird and fish that could be found on the premises. A total of 1,007 species had been recorded. The total exceeded the 973 average count for the past 15 annual ‘BioBlitzes’ and greater than what he expected for an area as small as Rocky Point – the annual surveys are usually done on tracts larger than the Point’s 124 acres – and expected in an area that had been so extensively developed.”

Source: www.warwickonline.com

EnviroAtlas

See on Scoop.itRhode Island Geography Education Alliance

EnviroAtlas is a collection of interactive tools and resources that allows users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services. Key components of EnviroAtlas include the following:

This video is a brief introduction on how to utilize the EnviroAtlas mapping platform that has been created by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  This has great potential for the classroom and as a portal for students to explore the data on their own.      

Tags: mapping, environment, physical.

See on enviroatlas.epa.gov

Geography in the News: Geographic Calibrations

See on Scoop.itRhode Island Geography Education Alliance

“Occasionally we need to be reminded that the concepts of distance and area are important to the day-to-day understanding of breaking news stories, as well as many of our daily personal decisions. Although modern communications and transportation have reduced the roles of distance and area in some activities, by no means has it eliminated the utility of these concepts.”  

This classic Geography in the News highlights the importance of basic geographic concepts to understand and contextual global news. 

See on newswatch.nationalgeographic.com

Why Providence Is the Country’s Best Small City


Amazing architecture, great food, wall-to-wall culture—Rhode Island’s capital has it in spades

As the petite capital of our nation’s littlest state, Providence, Rhode Island, seldom steals the spotlight. But what the city lacks in scale and profile, it certainly makes up for in style and spirit, with rich architectural interest, top-notch restaurants, charming waterfront parks, and a creative community whose influence extends far beyond the region. Today the metropolis, its downtown revitalized, is a destination well worth exploring in depth. And what better time to do so than now, when warm-weather getaways beckon up and down this stretch of New England coast?

See on www.architecturaldigest.com

Civics & Social Studies

“The Rhode Island State Panel on Civic Education (SPCE) and RIDE will host the 2014 Rhode Island Social Studies Summer Institute on May 31, at Rhode Island College, from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.”

Seth Dixon‘s insight:

The Rhode Island Social Studies Institute will be held at Rhode Island College on May 31, 2014, from 8am-2pm.  This is a free conference and a wonderful networking opportunity. Click here to register online and I hope that RIGEA will be well-represented there.      

See on www.ride.ri.gov