You may be surprised to learn that the popular wisdom advocating the avoidance of fat in our diet has actually contributed to heart disease rather than reducing it.
According to experts such as cardiologist, Aseem Malhotra and David Haslam, PhD and Chair of Britain’s National Obesity Forum, the standard advice of the past four decades to avoid all saturated fat has been the most tremendous medical error of recent times. In fact, experts say that this advice has actually caused many people to develop the risk of cardiovascular disease leading to incorrect prescription of statin drugs. Continue reading…
October 27, 2013
You may be surprised to learn that the popular wisdom advocating the avoidance of fat in our diet has actually contributed to heart disease rather than reducing it.
October 26, 2013
If you borrowed money to finance your college education, you are in good company. According to data from FICO, the average student owes educational financiers $27,253; a figure which represents a 58% rise since 2005. The following tips will come in handy as you prepare to repay your student loan. Continue reading…
October 25, 2013
The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility has come out to strongly criticize the assertion that genetically modified crops are now safe. This is after the biotech giants Syngenta and Monsanto were awarded the 2013 World Food Prize.
The coalition brings together over 90 academics, scientists and physicians. In a statement, the network seeks to address widespread claims in circulation purporting that the GMO debate is now over. Continue reading…
January 24, 2014
For most people, having a hobby is a way to enjoy a little spare time by ourselves in doing things that we really enjoy. In most cases, we get so much engrossed with what we are doing that we often forget time, as it quickly passes. We get so preoccupied by our hobbies that we end up getting much better with what we do, refining our skills. Eventually, people you know will notice your skills that they might even pay you to do what you do best. Hobbies start out as small activities that were primarily made to keep us occupied as in the case of kids in nursery or day care centers that spend half of their time playing and developing their skills. Some kids may become too bored that they may turn over to other things that might be of interest for them while other kids may spend hours and hours just being so fascinated on what they are doing.
Eventually, children will grow up and move on in finding other things that may entice them to pursue their chosen interests such as stamp collecting, butterfly collecting, scale model building and a whole other things that children commonly enjoy doing besides spending almost the whole day, playing video games. To some extent, playing on-line computer and video games are now even considered as a means of earning money. The concept works with building up your video game character, especially if it is a roll playing game (RPG) in which you continuously play, as you build up your characters points and items. Accumulating points, credits and even game items that you can trade off to other players for other items as well. It even has gotten to a point in where players with high ranking characters and premium items which they have collected were sold off or redeemed with actual money!
For other people, having a hobby is considered as a way of relaxing from the daily rigors of their normal jobs. hence, a way to unwind. It is not uncommon to see professionals such as doctors, lawyers and engineers to have other special skills besides what they do as a profession. Some of these professionals even have found the time to apply their special skills and hobbies and turned it to a profitable endeavor. Hobbies and skills are usually developed during the early stages of a person’s life in which some developmental behavioral researchers attribute to a person’s natural ability to solve problems through natural discernment. Researchers also added that not everybody has the same ability to find solutions to simple problems and that some people might even need to further find the need of asking solutions to simple questions.
Although researchers quickly said that it is not a basis of finding out a persons intelligence, analytical responses may vary from person to person as one might posses a high aptitude for mathematical problem solving but fall short on other aspects such as mechanical skills. People with high mathematical skills often end up becoming computer analysts or accountants who often find the pleasure of dealing with numbers on a daily basis. For more tips on how to become an accountant, you can visit http://www.tipsforaccountants.com for more information.
People with a stronger inclination for having mechanical interests often end up as becoming skilled craftsmen. Oftentimes, these people earn most of their time from what they do best and the hobbies that started their interests in the first place. Most people who have developed their special skills from their hobbies and are applying them on a daily basis, do not consider their work as a struggle but actually find it enjoyable as they go about it with ease. Enjoying one’s work is simply the best aspect of earning from what you do best, and added that it brings out the best result in which people give credit to your skills.
When is it the best time to turn your hobby into something that you can really earn from? Time will be the answer to that as time will be the basis of how you can improve and refine your skills in regards to what you are doing. Getting more information in regards to your hobby can help you improve upon what you already know. New skills and methods on your hobbies are always being updated and there are a lot of helpful information floating around the Internet where you can update your skills. Learning from other people who have new ideas is always a good way to keep your skills on a competitive advantage.
How to know when you are ready to earn from your hobby? Well, you can find out from people around you who will personally tell you that you are doing a good job at what you do. You should also consider on some objective criticism that you may get from time to time from other people that are not really satisfied with the result of what you do. You should never consider a bad review of what you do as a negative thing, but you can use this feed back and improve from it, finding out the weak points of your skill or the products that you made. Improving through negative results will determine if you are really ready to show the world your skills.
Never ever think that you are too young or too old for that matter, to try and learn a new skill as life is a never ending process of learning. That old saying that goes “It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks” is such an over stated phrase that it is not a practical ideology to go by. People are never too old to learn new things in life as your grand parents are never too old to start learning to use a computer. Learning new things is the basis of how we improve our lives on a daily basis. Your hobbies may never look anything profitable right now, but with a good amount of time and dedication, it might have the potential to become one of the most sought after product or services that people will be clamoring in the future and there is no better time to start improving on your skills than right now.
January 23, 2014
Books can prove to be your best friends because you can learn a lot from them. The good news is that you do not have to depend on fitness trainers or fitness cds to learn workouts and strength program. I got a chance to look into a great book related to strength workouts. Yes, people I am talking about The Naked Warrior. Frankly speaking, it is the first time that I invested in a fitness book. However, I am happy that I made the right pick, I surely have no regrets related to my choice, and I feel I made the right selection.
Most of us tend to get obsessed with strength training the great part is that this book specifically caters to this need. The book primarily focuses upon two exercises. The exercises revolve around the one-legged squat and one arm one-legged pushup. However, these exercises are sufficient to equip you with the strength that you eventually need. Now most of us are novice in the world of workouts. Therefore, I need to applaud this book on one thing it has made everything so easy that you will learn to handle the workouts as effortlessly as I did. Every step is explained in detail and you can be a good self-learner. Now we all know that images make the workout more interesting, because they are a self-explanatory guide and help you to understand the workout in a much better manner. Moreover, the book really goes well with those people who do not have the time to go to gyms or buy extremely expensive equipment at home. When you will go through the instructions, for each workout you will get a sense of independence and I am promising you one thing that positive results are bound to come your way. However, remember one thing that for any workout there is one rule of the game and that is that you have to follow the workout religiously if you want quick results.
The book the naked warrior explains the mechanism behind fitness and strength training. The mechanism is that the body muscles need to remain tensed and thus this would contribute to strength training. Moreover, you will learn the art of breathing through your diaphragm. You will get to know that breathing mechanism plays a key role in workouts and this technique will eventually help you in your future workouts as well.
Workouts only tend to become difficult if we take them as a compulsion. We need to take them as a fun activity and a step towards fitness and a healthier future. The naked warrior equips you with the basic requirement and that is strength. Once you develop the strength and endurance then believe me that other workouts become a piece of cake for you. Therefore, this book is a giving a new beginning to your fitness. Invest on your health and if you do you can look forward to a more active lifestyle. The workouts presented in this book are surely going to be a pleasure to go through.
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January 23, 2014
Do you want to remodel your kitchen? Are you on a budget and want to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to your kitchen remodel? When it comes to remodeling your kitchen on a budget, the following article will help you make wise decisions.
Many people want new cabinets in their kitchen; however, when they begin shopping for new cabinets, they realize how expensive replacing kitchen cabinets truly are. If you do not want to have the expense of replacing your kitchen cabinets, you may want to consider having your cabinets refaced. If you want to change the look of your kitchen without replacing the entire cabinet, this is a perfect option. If your cabinet is in good condition, you can change the look by simply changing out the cabinet doors. This costs less than a third of the price of new cabinets.
Changing out your cabinet drawer handles and pulls can instantly update any kitchen. This is one of the least expensive things you can do to update your kitchen. When it comes to drawer pulls and handles, there are many options. From antique wrought iron to contemporary brushed nickel, you can find the handles you are looking for at your local home improvement store.
When it comes to kitchen countertops, there are many choices. Laminate countertops and butcher block countertops are the least expensive, while solid marble and granite countertops are the most expensive. When it comes to countertops, carefully consider how much you want to spend before going shopping.
There is a myriad of options when it comes to kitchen flooring. There are linoleum flooring, ceramic tile flooring, hardwood carpeting, marble and flooring flooring. Each of these has disadvantages and advantages; so, it is important to choose carefully.
When it comes to lighting for your kitchen, you need an overhead light as well as task lighting. Task lighting illuminates your work areas, while an overhead light illuminates the room.
You can choose from a variety of finishes when it comes to appliances. Today’s modern kitchens look beautiful with professional grade stainless steel appliances. If you do not want stainless steel appliances, there are numerous colors to choose from including red, green, blue, white, black and almond.
Whether you want a contemporary kitchen or a traditional kitchen, you can find the plumbing fixtures you desire. There are standard chrome faucets and sinks, farmhouse inspired sinks and the faucets that come on with a simple touch of the hand. Additionally, if your family enjoys cooking, you may benefit from a vegetable sink in addition to a kitchen sink.
The kitchen is often known as the center of the home. Families spend a lot of time in this room, so it needs to be up-to-date. Remodeling a kitchen can be quite expensive; however, by following the techniques listed above, you can remodel your kitchen without breaking the bank.
Many people want new cabinets in their kitchen; however, when they begin shopping for new cabinets, they realize how expensive replacing kitchen cabinets truly are. If you do not want to have the expense of replacing your kitchen cabinets, you may want to consider having your cabinets refaced. Changing out your cabinet drawer handles and pulls can instantly update any kitchen. Whether you want a contemporary kitchen or a traditional kitchen, you can find the plumbing fixtures you desire. Remodeling a kitchen can be quite expensive; however, by following the techniques listed above, you can remodel your kitchen without breaking the bank.
December 18, 2013
We are all well aware of the fact that health is wealth. However, you have to try hard to attain this wealth. Exercise is one thing that is bound to bring about a positive change in your life. It is human nature that we judge ourselves in a very critical manner. Therefore, if you want to discover a flawless inner self then the best way is to pamper yourself by exercising. This will have a positive effect on your metabolism and you will enjoy a revitalized feeling throughout the day. Above all exercise will bring in discipline in your life and introduce you to an organized way to living this precious gift of God. Some people believe that they need to follow a rigid workout routine to remain healthy. Well this is a very wrong perception. And recently we have a new trend which takes us back to the basics: calisthenics. Calisthenics in other words – just bodyweight exercises is a great way to stay strong and fit without need for any equipment, spending money on the gym and in as little time as you have!
Reliving life at its best through exercise
The first step towards exercise is that you have to figure out your approach and if you know nothing about exercise calisthenics is a great way to start. You can either follow a specific routine, but there is disadvantage to it. The more complex you will make your work routine, the more difficult it will become for you to follow it. Therefore, the best approach is to have a look at the workout routine we put up for you. This routine keeps the fast lifestyle into consideration and the major prospective of this work routine is to encourage you to workout. The exercise will help you gain strength. We do not encourage the lean look because it is not healthy and will not work out for you in the end. For this routine you do not need any equipment or money. Just your own body and a bit of space.
The exercise regime plan for beginners
It is more difficult for you to take up strenuous exercises. Therefore, we will follow the simple rule slow and steady wins the race. You can start your workout with rings. These light exercises would not pull the energy out of you and yet bestow you with fitness. Another good idea is to start with a pull up bar. However, it is up to your convenience and ease and not a compulsion. We intend to make exercise fun for you and not really a hassle to deal with. Moreover, you have to visualize goals and have to follow them to the core to achieve your ultimate objectives.
Here is the beginners’ callisthenic routine
3 rounds with 9 sec rest in between rounds
- Elevated Pushups -10 reps
- Leg Raises – 10 reps
- Inverted rows -15 reps
- Bench Dips -10 reps
- Squats -20 reps
For inverted rows and bench dips just use a piece of furniture available around. I am sure you can find something. There should be no rest in between the exercises. If you cannot do the reps prescribed just do as many as you can. You will get there.
November 26, 2013
Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) happens when the bundle of nerves and blood vessels that passes through the neck and collarbone gets pinched between to muscle groups in the shoulder. This can manifest in minor discomfort or excruciating pain, usually centered around the limbs that the nerve and blood vessel bundle feeds into.
Sometimes it can only be felt as a bit of numbness in the pinky and ring fingers, or an ache in the upper or lower arm, shoulder, or neck, sometimes even the back. Tingling and discoloration can occur too.
Moderate to extreme cases of TOS can seriously affect the patient’s quality of life, as it certainly limits the activities that one can engage in. Signing up for a gym membership, of joining a martial arts class, for example, must be carefully weighted and considered. A lot of women decide to forego having children as they fear that pregnancy might aggravate symptoms. And not only that, but the physicality of taking care of a baby and rearing a child may be too much for a body that suffers from thoracic outlet syndrome.
For those who suffer severely, only surgery can offer relief. For mild to moderate cases, some physical therapy is sufficient to address the symptoms. Physiotherapy treatments usually involve improving the posture, so that the least possible pressure is exerted on the neurovascular bundle. When patients learn to open up their chests when they’re walking and during their everyday activities, it loosens up the muscles in the neck and shoulder and minimizes the pinch that it makes on the nerves. Exercises that stretch out the nerves that run from the neck to the hand help a lot too.
If you live in Chicago, you can make a consultation at Piano Vein & Vascular to learn about treatment options.
November 26, 2013
The best vein treatment you can give yourself is to simply not get stressed. When you’re stressed and tense, your veins and blood vessels get tense too, constricting and narrowing and ultimately causing you to have high blood pressure, not to mention one of the many types of anxiety disorders. All it takes is to breathe deeply and retreat into your mind for a few seconds. Notice how your breath shortens when you’re worried, and your body starts to wind up and coil around itself like a spring? You can get some much needed relief and release when you close your eyes and breathe in and breathe out, slowly. Concentrate on the air coming in and out of your lungs. Pretend that you’re breathing in bright, warm light and life when you inhale, and with every exhale, see in your mind that you are expelling all the darkness and negative emotions within you. Let go of your burdens and just be. Just breathe. Appreciate the beauty and calm that Southfield seems to have in abundance.
Another way you can help your cardiovascular system is to eat right and exercise regularly. A healthy and balanced diet with lots of vegetables and right fats in the right amounts will ensure that your arteries are free of clogs that could hinder efficient blood flow. Exercising, on the other hand, gets your heart working, which strengthens the cardiac muscles, and gets the blood pumping which allows it to circulate better, bringing much needed nutrients to the cells and bringing out excess water and other waste products. It doesn’t hurt that physical activity releases feel-good endorphins that help you relax and breathe easier.
November 25, 2013
When it comes to your health smart choices have to be made. This includes a yearly visit to your doctor and in particular an obstetrician. This professional will advise you on matters that are in relation to your health in a general perspective. He or she will let you know the best times to have screening, testing procedures and diagnosis to assist in the maintenance of a healthy body. You can ask your gynecologist to be your obgyn just in case you are in need of one.
All women should visit their doctors once a year but the sad truth is that there is a misconception about the whole process. Most people are misinformed when it comes to the examinations and the options that are availed for management of particular conditions. A professional usually takes their time to assess your needs and they will provide a comfortable space for the discussion of your needs.
The visit usually focuses on the sexual health of a woman. A routine Pap smear test and a pelvic exam are performed and these appointments are relatively quick. A detailed discussion of these procedures is done by the professional and the procedures tend to have little or no discomfort for the patient. The purpose of these tests is to screen for cancers and to implement treatment at the earliest stage possible.
During the first visit your doctor may ask questions about you and about your family. Do not be offended as some of the questions might seem very personal. Your doctor needs to ask these questions so that he or she can better understand how to care for you and to keep you healthy. Giving honest answers to these questions is the key to your proper care.
It is important to know that whatever is discussed in your doctor’s office will remain confidential. A lot of young women are afraid that whatever they tell their doctor, the doctor will most likely tell their parents. If this is a concern then discuss it with your doctor before answering any questions.
Concerns about your period, weight, birth control or just anything that has its roots in sexuality can be discussed by a professional. A person who is competent will listen to your issues and they will be able to help you so that you can deal with these issues easily. Look for a doctor who is a very good listener to get the most efficient services.
You have to visit a professional if you are pregnant or if you see any signs of infection in the vaginal region. The symptoms might include pain, burning, itching or signs of blood. These need to be attended to by the professional in an efficient manner. Sever pain in the abdomen should be attended to immediately as it shows an indication of a severe problem.
If you have missed your period, you are on the pill or you just need a physical exam, it is very crucial that you make an appointment with an obgyn in phoenix. Making that first appointment might not be easy but it is the first step towards better health. Also remember to ask as many questions as possible to get the most effective treatment.
November 11, 2013
Thinning hair should not stop you from looking stylish. That is why we want to talk about some of the best hairstyles for thinning hair. Although there are many hairstyles out there, you may want to change up your look, from time to time, and we have a few great tips on how to make thin hair look thicker, even if it is in appearance only. Read on to learn more about the best hairstyles for thinning hair.
Best Hairstyles for Thinning Hair
There are several hairstyles out there for thinning hair. Many of them may rely on side-parts, lightly razored edges, clarifying shampoos designed for thinning hair, and more. You can find all the hairstyles that we talk about here in a variety of styles, lengths, and more. What is best of all is that many of these hairstyles are very popular right now, even with celebrities and more. Be sure to ask your stylist about other ways you can pump up your thinning locks. Not only can you learn how to make thin hair look thicker from them, but they may also have some great styling trick up their sleeve for your particular hair style, length, texture, and more.
Curls are fantastic because they add volume and lift to hair, making it appear fuller and thicker than it may actually be. This is one of the most versatile of hairstyles for thinning hair because curls can be used in any hairstyle, with any length hair, or on any cut to give it a fuller, more luscious appearance. Feel free to even experiment with curling irons, diffusers, or more yourself before you consider any drastic change to your hair (like a permanent) that always gives you curls. You may find that you only want curls some days, and on others you prefer your natural hair.
Bobs and lobs (long bobs) are all the rage right now. This is in-part thanks to the many movies and television shows that are set in the 1920s era. Bobs look classic on nearly any shape of face, and work with nearly any kind of hair. You can even create a faux bob by using bobby pins to pin your hair up in the back. Bobs allow for more natural movement of hair, which, in turn, makes your hair appear fuller and thicker. You can even combine a bob with curls for an even greater boost in volume.
November 4, 2013
I decided to get personal training in my local area of Irvine. I decided to do this because I think it was time to start taking my weight loss seriously and I wasn’t making progress on my own. Although personal training does cost more than just a regular gym pass, I think it’s definitely worth it because it almost guarantees results. I found an excellent fitness center in Irvine called Next Level Fitness. They’ve been around for more than 10 years and they have some of the best trainers in Orange County.
My goal with my new personal trainer is to lose 20 lbs in the next two months, so 10 lbs a month. Not only will my personal trainer keep me motivated and show me the correct exercises to do, but also push me while I’m doing each exercise to make sure I do them completely. There are a lot of workout machines at the gym that I have no idea how to use and my trainer is definitely going to help me learn how to use them and which ones are the best ones to use. Of course he will also show me floor exercises and body exercises that don’t require any weights or machines. I’m really excited to learn these ones in particular because I’ll be able to do these at home also.
Additionally, he’s going to give me a meal plan so that I can make sure I eat healthy when I’m at home and when I’m at work. According to many resources on health and fitness, nutrition and diet is the most important factor to lose weight.
So why did I pick Next Level Fitness? I chose them, because they offered top of the line personal training in Irvine according to a recommendation from a really close friend who has been training there for six months. She said she really liked the facility and her trainer. She said she would definitely recommend that I go there, too. My friend is really into fitness and working out and she said that her trainer is the best trainer that she has ever had and went on and on about this place. How could I say no?
I am really excited to get started working out and beginning a new lifestyle. Being fit and healthy has a really big impact on your life more than just the way you look, but also the way you feel. When you work out a lot and exercise a lot you really feel great on the inside and have more energy levels throughout the day. I can’t wait to see the effect it has on me throughout my full working day and my energy level at night so that I can go out more. Not only that but I think it’s going to be really great for my health, too. Getting exercise, and especially with a personal trainer, will really make a difference in the long run for my health. Continuous exercise has proven to show a decrease in cholesterol levels, chance of getting diabetes, improved cardiovascular health, and obviously decrease risk of obesity (which I’m definitely trying to move awake from!). I can’t wait to get started and share my results with all of you.
October 20, 2013
Near the mouth of the Savannah River you will find Augusta, Georgia’s third-largest city. Bordering South Carolina and 136 feet above sea level, Augusta experiences hot, humid summers and mild winters with occasional freezes. Augusta was named in honor of Augusta Saxe Gotha. She was a princess of Wales born in the year 1736, the year in which Augusta was established. The city has since grown to a healthy population of over 500,000.
If you’re a golf fan, you know that Augusta hosts the famous Masters Tournament each year. But there’s more to this place than golf. History buffs flock to the Georgia area. In fact, the Historic District encompasses most of downtown, honoring Georgia’s pre-Civil War history and her role in the conflict. You will also find the boyhood home of Woodrow Wilson, a history museum, an art museum, and a cultural center.
Augusta Museum of History
After stopping by the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau to get your bearings, I recommend heading off to the Augusta Museum of History. The place is dedicated to preserving and interpreting Augusta’s past.
They strive to enrich present and current generations by keeping Augusta’s history alive. Inside, you will find exhibits on golf, local legends like James Brown and Ty Cobb, and of course everything about Augusta from Indians to the war in Vietnam.
Morris Museum of Art
Now that you have a feel for what Augusta is all about, head over to downtown’s Riverwalk, where you will find the first ever art museum dedicated to artists from the American South. Opening in 1992, the Morris Museum of Art now has an extensive permanent collection that includes paper, photographs, sculptures, and nearly 5,000 paintings. The museum hosts about nine special exhibitions each year, so you never know just what you’ll find!
After a rich experience in the art world, it’s back to history at the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson. The 28th President of the United States (1913-1921), Wilson is known for being a leader of the Progressive Movement. World War I began during his second term. Wilson is also remembered for his statement Fourteen Points, his role in negotiating the Treaty of Versailles, and the organization of the League of Nations.
The charming, two-story house (Presbyterian Manse) serves to depict the life of Woodrow Wilson as a boy who grew up during the Civil War and following Reconstruction. The house is the oldest Presidential residence in Georgia and serves as both a historic attraction and an educational facility. Its white columns will invite you in and make you want to further explore Wilson’s boyhood history.
“Tommy” Wilson lived in the house from 1860-1870. While living there, he experienced the hardships of war, started his education, and became a devout Presbyterian. His experiences here would prepare him for his later responsibilities as President of the United States. Woodrow Wilson’s famous quote proves that he never forgot his roots: “The only place in the country, the only place in the world, where nothing has to be explained to me, is the South.”
Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau: 1450 Greene Street, Suite 110
Augusta Museum of History: 560 Reynolds Street
The Morris Museum of Art: 1 10th Street
The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson: 419 7th Street
October 14, 2013
Lee Epstein, attorney and land use planner working for sustainability in the mid-Atlantic region, recently discussed Augusta’s master plan for revitalization, on the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Staff Blog. Below is a summary and highlight of the key points covered.
The city of Augusta has many faces: some see the sweet green golf courses with fiendish sand traps, while others see it as their home, a heart of the South and third-largest city in the state.
Distressingly, the city has begun to lose its luster, in tune with many other great cities in the United States. These cities are fading due to a combination of empty downtown areas and an increase in suburban sprawl.
The neighborhoods could definitely do with some renovation. Not all is lost, however; the Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program has come up with intensive plans to revitalize this old Southern belle of a city.
The Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program (ASDIP) has paired up with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to use one of their challenge grants to revitalize Augusta and its empty neighborhoods. The project’s main goal is to upgrade Augusta, injecting sustainable economic development, enhanced transportation, and improved neighborhoods to bring the city back to life. The program is focused on results, not just plans.
They hope to work wonders on Downtown Augusta – ranging from the 4.5 mile long Dean’s Bridge Road, to the Regency Mall and through the neighborhoods near the rail yards. Like many malls in America, Regency Mall slowly faded and then died, becoming an abandoned relic. With the ASDIP program in place, it would become a village center, while the neighborhoods leading to the mall would offer the basic amenities needed to sustain a bustling community. These would include farmer’s markets, grocery stores, medical clinics, and small restaurants – all the ingredients needed to create a successful neighborhood. During the rebuilding process, they will also add some mixed-unit and higher density housing, though older neighborhoods will likely remain untouched.
Another large focus of the project would be transportation. Without accessibility, the revitalized sections would never flourish. Many elderly or mid-to-lower income residents don’t have cars or do not drive, so a renewed public transport system will be required to ferry them to the rejuvenated sections of Augusta. The program will also create better walking areas, with repaved sidewalks and more sitting areas in shady sections, as well as pedestrian walkways and crossing areas. Bike lanes will also be implemented and made safer.
The hub of the transport reform would be a new transit center to replace an old bus transfer station. At the same time, a nearby building will be rebuilt to become a pedestrian shopping and commercial village.
They hope to improve the number of parks and playgrounds, as well as renew previously existing ones. The program looks to acquire more land for public parks in strategic neighborhood locations, as well as improve storm water management and other green projects. The public areas would be enriched by public art and mixed-use centers for everyone, creating a welcoming, friendly neighborhood feeling.
Most impressively, this project has been meticulously planned for and articulated, with required costs enumerated and accounted for. Specific proposals have also been evaluated, together with potential funding sources – both public and private. The Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program members appear to have spared no effort to make this program successful, identifying all possible ways of fulfilling their plans for urban development as well as managing vacant housing. All in all, this project stands to be one of Augusta’s best chances for revitalization – restoring its former glory as well as propelling it towards the future.