Perhaps the Beatles were the first to turn a crosswalk into a recognizable landmark, with their legendary Abbey Road album cover (just do a Google Image search for “famous crosswalks” and photos of the Fab Four– and imitators– crossing Abbey Road will explode across your screen). Anybody who has seen the snapshot of John, Paul, George, & Ringo crossing that otherwise mundane road will likely conjure up mental images of Britain, or maybe a song or two from that album.
There is no limit to the simple creativity that abounds when it comes to the classic “art” of drawing with chalk on asphalt. It’s easy, it’s cheap, and the creations only last until the next rain, so there’s no big mess to worry about. As a result, kids love to draw on pavement, and, heck, so do many adults for that matter!
Infrastructure is a major but necessary expense in most government budgets, so reducing the amount of taxpayer money needed to pay for upgrading roadways is always a priority.
In recent weeks, we’ve talked about Philadelphia’s ambitious plans for using more porous paving in local streets as well as research from Toronto about the possibility of using asphalt pavement as an energy source.
You might be driving your car on a future source of power.
Paved asphalt, as anybody who has walked down a city street in the summer can tell you, is a tremendous absorber of heat from solar energy– hence the term “heat island effect” during hot days. Well, if researchers from Canada have their way, there may be an opportunity to utilize the heat-absorbing effect of asphalt as an effective power source.
Summer brings with it a lot of great things… fireworks, swimming, barbecues, and more.
As you well know, recycling is a prevalent, and easy-to-practice form of environmental stewardship. Use it, recycle it, and re-use it… it’s as simple as that.
The road to perfecting asphalt has been a long and winding one. With perhaps some speedbumps along the way.
An informative article from the National Asphalt Paving Association describes the history of a product that we take for granted in today’s world. Indeed, we walk and ride on paved asphalt every day, and yet most of us probably never even think about how asphalt is made, where it came from, or why it’s the best option for road surfaces. Well, correction, we here at APCON think about it!
In our last blog post, we talked about Philadelphia’s “Green 2015” program and how the City of Philadelphia aims to remove unused pavement in the City and install green areas instead.