Posts tagged ‘Claire B’

March 19, 2012

Benefits of public markets – Claire B

I found a few articles and studies about farmers markets and public markets in general and their social impact.

Click to access Ford_Report.pdf

March 8, 2012

Food Delivery Workers

NYT Article: Food Delivery Workers

After our discussion in class today about Fresh Direct and street vendors, I was reminded of this article about delivery people. It’s a compelling piece and gets at a few of the issues we talked about today.

March 5, 2012

Re: Lissy – Claire B

To be fair, this started as a comment but grew a lot…

I understand the ecological argument that you’re making in your post but there are some paths around campus that are so well worn that, to me, it makes the most sense to pave them or put gravel down. For example, students walk from Robbins (or the shuttle stop at Robbins) to Manor by walking the path along the side of Robbins. When that path ends, students hit the dirt and trek the rest of the pathless way to Manor. This student-constructed walkway is so muddy and treacherous that people walk around it and tramplie new paths, tearing up more grass, and making more mud. I think by paving this path would encourage students to keep to the pavement and would overall reduce the ecological damage.

I think it’s also worth considering the layout of Bard’s paved paths and open spaces. The South Quad (the green around the Toasters, Tewks, and the Campus Center) is a giant mud pit for a few reasons: Bard’s lack of common athletic space, the path system, and various campus events.

The rugby field behind was compromised by the construction of New Kline and thus the men and women’s rugby teams took to practicing on the Quad. Bard’s frisbee team also tends to use the quad for practices when Blithewood is too soggy. As Blithewood is sort of Bard’s sacred space this compromise seems fair at the time. Both athletic teams use cleats and tend to use the quad as a practice space rain or shine. Cleats and damp earth tend to create mud. 

Bard’s paths around the quad outline the green and define it’s rectangular shape and are generally effective except for those who cut across the quad to get from the New Toasters to Tewks and such. Take Washington University in St Louis’ quad for example. 


Please ignore the seating plan and focus on the gray path outlines. I’m not saying this criss-crossing paths design would be an effective solution for Bard (especially since open field space is unusually hard to come by) but I think it’s important to consider what other universities are doing to combat the issue of student walkways. Would more ecological damage be done in paving paths or in letting students create mud puddles in common spaces?

The tent party at Spring Fling is also conducive to mud. As a freshman last year I ruined my “SMOG boots” (yes, I had boots that were solely for SMOG because they were just that grimey) in the mud on the quad. By the time Spring Fling rolls around, the quad is already quite swampy but when you add more drunk college students to the mix, the situation deteriorates further and the mud pit grows and expands and consumes footwear.

I know I’m discussing only a few places on campus but I feel like these are places  where pathways might be reconsidered not only for the benefit of students and all those associated with the college but for the general aesthetic and health of the campus itself. Yes, human walkways can be destructive but we have to do a cost-benefit analysis here and think about whether these paths we’ve already constructed are worth making permanent.