08 January 2009

An Hydrologic Engineering Project

How do Boston and Chicago compare in their efficient use of water?

Alexander Balsley, a Northeastern University senior majoring in civil engineering, reports based on his trip to Chicago as part of his Hydrologic Engineering course. Further discussion and inquiries are welcome.

Thanks, Alex, for sharing!


  1. Wow, Alexander, what a very interesting vlog! That must have been a very interesting course. I'm curious, what did you all learn about Boston and their "green ways"?

    And of course... who won the comparison? :)

    I hope you'll answer those questions in another vlog (instead of in comments here) because that information deserves its own vlog post!

  2. I am drooling over Chicago's bicycle lanes. Buffalo has a few bicycle lanes. The city could use more of it.

    The Chicago City Hall Green Roof sounded very
    interesting that I googled to find the image of it.

    Here's the link for those who are interested : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:20080708_Chicago_City_Hall_Green_Roof.JPG

  3. More information on the Chicago City Hall Green Roof


  4. Wow, that's interesting vlog! I never knew about Chicago and Boston about water. I learn something new about Chicago! I would love to visit Chicago someday. Actually, I love Boston and I always wanted to live there someday!

    Take care!

  5. Anthony, wipe off that drool of yours and push the folks in Buffalo to put in more bicycle lanes. If you convinced the people at your co-op to use reusable furnace filter then anything's possible!

    Cyclists are found everywhere where I live in Philadelphia and there are bike lanes. How many or how good as Chicago? That needs to be investigated :)

    Philadelphia, if not in every part, is wonderful for their green ways. At least, my home area is though :) Without going into details, I'll post this link that lists a couple of great things that are happening in Philadelphia.


    If one asks me what I am most proud of about this city, it is for their attempt to make things better for the air, water and earth.

  6. *Wiping the drool off of my face* LOL.

    Nice to know you are from Philadelphia. We hosted four Philadelphia bicyclists here at the Plankton Co-op in the past summer. They stuck around for five days, because one of cyclists was injured, before they cycled off to Oregon. They made it there. We got a piece of cardboard-postcard from them. It was nice. I can imagine you have cyclists in Philadelphia through the winter, too. We know snow, is that right? :)

    From what I know, Buffalo is continuously improving by adding more bicycle lanes and paths through the years.

    There are goals for 2010:


    I think almost all major US cities are going green which is good!

    Thank you for the motivation!

  7. Oh yes, I've seen bicyclists during this winter! They're more brave than I am.

    I agree that major cities are likely to go green because they are where it's overpopulated. With more people, the area is prone to pollution of air and environment and it forces awareness to make changes.

  8. Yup, there is extra work to be a comfortable winter bicyclist. The bicycle needs more maintenance during the winter. It needs winter tires. After finished riding the bike, it is very important to spray it with water and dry the bike and with a towel or the salts are going to rust it up quickly. Water is bad enough so it is essential to take five minutes to dry the bike with a rag.

    I have a good feeling the Obama Administration will encourage more cities, suburbs, and countries to go greener. We'll see what happens.