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Hit It! The St. Patrick's Day Edition

Hit It! The St. Patrick's Day Edition

March 17th is St. Patrick's Day and while Ireland gets the day off to celebrate, those of Irish decent (and whoever else may be thirsty) will be celebrating this weekend. So, we decided to put a "green" version of Hit It! for this week to get you in the mood.

Our bonus video this week is from Fáilte Ireland, the tourist board. They put together a virtual postcard from the Emerald Isle, featuring the song Higher Love by Vincent James McMorrow, and it's enough to make any Irish person swell with pride.

Lá fhéile Pádraig shona daoibh! Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

If you are planning on celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year for the first time and are for some reason wondering what beer is made of and what effects it may have on people, this young gentleman explains it perfectly.

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Out With The Car, In With The Urban "Super-Island"

Barcelona architect Ton Salvadó explains how a new way or organizing urban areas might lead to greener, more peaceful cities.

Photo of a man riding a bicycle in a lane reserved for cyclists.

Man riding his bike in Barcelona in an area where cars have been largely restricted.

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There's no pristine white sand and palm trees framing turquoise water on Ton Salvadó's "super-islands." When the Barcelona architect uses the term, what he's referring to instead are chunks of city, in nine-block groupings, whose interior streets are closed to cars, forming pedestrian "islands" where foot traffic is king.

The idea for super-islands first emerged when Salvadó became director of Barcelona's Urban Model, at a time when the city was embroiled by civic protests over the high price of housing. After some initial success, Salvadó, a Barcelona-native, might have the chance to revolutionize his city's pedestrian geography with 500 additional super-islands in the future.

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