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A vibrant discussion about the past, present, and future of our region.

Threat to Our Water Quality Demands Action


Long Island is facing its greatest economic and environmental challenge ever. The quality of the source of our drinking water and surface water has declined precipitously. We’re seeing it everywhere. Beaches are closing. So are shellfish beds. Hundreds of thousands of fish have been killed. Turtles, too. Why? The answer is nitrogen contamination. It comes

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Gas Station Reuse

Exterior of Olio Restaurant in Saint Louis, MO.

Where fuel pumps used to stand, diners eat at outdoor tables under twinkling lights in St. Louis, MO; a gleaming modern kitchen has replaced an auto-body space in Berlin; and two abandoned stations in Amsterdam now charm passersby with the shifting lights of an LED art installation.

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