Placemaker, Gary Howe returns to discuss the concept complete streets. Gary and local film maker Aaron Dennis have completed two in a series of visual promos for the support of complete streets planning in Northwest Michigan communities. Plus Gary brings along his own set of demonstrative pictures outlining the principals of complete streets. Complete streets connect neighborhoods and whole communities. Complete streets do not favor one form of transportation over another. Drivers, bikers, runners, walkers and strollers are all served safely. Gary and Dave discuss the connecting value of a complete street vs the separation cause by single use thruways.
ICR takes a look at the work of local teacher, Bill Kouchy who three years ago publicly announced his plans for a local scale biodiesel production facility. Under the name Northwest Michigan Biodiesel, Kouchy's production facility is about to start up. Bill shares his experiences with technical development, financial pressures and decisions, and networking with others in the field. His financial decisions reflects the hurdles that exist to local investment in local-scale projects, his networking an example of building social capital. His ultimate plan includes local production of canola, food grade canola oil to be used in local restaurants, and that oil recycled into biodiesel fuel to be used principally as local farm machinery fuel. A totally local loop!