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Four contaminants are over the EPA’s recommended levels. Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park was designed by architect Frank Gehry. is underway through the Local Organic Initiative. Fresh produce is becoming big business everywhere, Air quality ranks #45, with the South Side near the Calumet industrial region still showing signs of small and large particulate pollution from its cluster of manufacturing, especially during winter. Overall air quality can be sketchy on summer days, when smog-inducing ozone can cover the entire city all the way north to Wisconsin.

Citizen groups, state and local government agencies, and academic and scientific institutions sponsored public sustainability forums throughout 2006 to get citizens’ ideas about how to move forward. The Philadelphia Urban Sustainability Forum hosts a blog focused on the same efforts. One big opportunity that Philadelphia has missed so far is renewable energy. It may find inspiration by looking to Chicago, Boston and many West Coast cities. (Right) Downtown Philadelphia as seen from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Local food & agriculture Number of community gardens per city, and number of farmers’ markets on a per-capita basis, with additional credit given to those farmers’ markets accepting Women, Infants & Children (WIC) federal program vouchers and Food Stamp vouchers. This data came from both NGOs and the US Department of Agriculture, as well as from cities themselves. Cities and/or NGOs provided the number of community gardens per city. Air quality US EPA air quality data and information is from fall 2005 (Median Air Planning/land use Urban sprawl data from Smart Growth America’s December 2002 Regional Transportation Data from Texas Transportation Institute’s 2003 National Mobility Study (Texas A&M) analyzing regional general public transit ridership and square miles per metro area.

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