Things We Love- July

Here's what we're loving this month:

This New York park is resilient, able to withstand crazy storms and rising seas.

1. Resilient New York Park - WIRED

This park in New York was built to withstand climate change, monster storms, and rising seas. The Hills, as the park is aptly named, features four giant manmade hills that give visitors a spectacular view of New York City. The park will also feature art installations in the future. After Superstorm Sandy caused massive devastation to many of New York’s parks, planners knew they needed a resilient new park design that would be able to make it through anything. The looming danger of climate change added to this need for resiliency, as rising sea levels threaten to drown many of New York’s coastal parks.

A 14-year-old girl's invention changes the lives of her rural neighbors

2. Ingenious Invention - Inhabitat

At age 14, Reyma Jose invented a pedal-powered washing machine built out of old bike parts. Jose created this ingenious machine for herself and her neighbors, who do not have access to electricity. The machine allows Jose and others to get their clothes clean without taking them to the river and back, saving precious time and energy. Now at 20 years old, Jose is working at an innovations lab to continue to create products that will help rural people live a better life. What a remarkable human being.

Summer is a time to enjoy good weather and good food with your friends.

3. Summer Recipes for a Crowd - The Kitchn

Summer to me means getting together with friends and enjoying the terrific weather. We don’t get a lot here in Chicago, but when the weather is good it’s really good. My favorite way to celebrate summer with friends is a backyard barbecue. Getting together with good friends, good weather, and good food is never a bad time. The Kitchn shares 6 great recipes to share with friends, and I can’t wait to make all of them this summer.

Chicago's 91-year-old Union Station is getting a makover

4. Union Station Makeover - Curbed Chicago

Chicago’s Union Station is getting a facelift. The $200 million plan aims to alleviate congestion by increasing passenger capacity as well as creating more connectivity for passengers. The first phase, which was just announced, focuses on tracks, platforms and pedestrian walkways. We can’t wait to see how the 91-year-old structure is improved after the overhaul is complete.

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