e2 5 Seasons 2008

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4. Seoul: The Stream of Consciousness TV-G CC

In 2003, the city of Seoul took a rare step "back in time," demolishing a major downtown freeway to uncover and restore the ancient Cheonggyecheon stream that once flowed beneath it. An impressive feat of engineering, the project re-purposed more than 75 percent of the dismantled highway material for reconstruction and rehabilitation of the stream's banks and commercial corridor. The Cheonggyecheon is now a vital part of the city's commercial and tourism sectors, and has proven that environmental restoration can revive culture and community, as well.

Runtime:
27 minutes
Original air date:
December 16, 2008

Seoul: The Stream of Consciousness

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Genres Documentary
Season year 2008
Network PBS
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig Breckenridge on March 11, 2009
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The whole series of e2 is well worth viewing. The series brings a wealth of information about real initiatives that are being developed and implemented world wide in order to make environmentally sensible decisions. The Transport episodes introduced me to new ideas that have real value in today's fragile world. I highly recommend any of the series to people who are looking to be informed about all aspects of how mankind affects the environment and what methods of sensible design, manufacturing and utilization are possible and are being carried out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By takingadayoff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2011
The e˛ series episode on the Paris Vélib system is extremely upbeat about the prospect of integrating bicycle traffic with cars and pedestrians. When the show first aired in 2008, the cheap bike rental system was less than two years old. Now Vélib is well-established, but there are still problems, which the show downplays or ignores.

They say nothing about the vandalism that leaves many of the bikes destroyed or in need of extensive repair. They do feature a floating repair shop, but leave the impression that the repairs are mostly for routine maintenance. Today's New York Times Green Blog observed that it is not unusual to find every bike unusable at any given Vélib station.

According to this e˛ episode, the worst thing is that people like to ride the bikes downhill, but few ride them back uphill, making it necessary to haul bikes uphill with a tractor so that the bikes are well-distributed throughout the city. Meanwhile the bicycle stations are turning into trendy meeting places for Parisians and tourists, according to the Paris officials interviewed.

JC Decaux, an outdoor advertising company, underwrites the Vélib project in exchange for permission to scatter more than 1,600 billboards all over Paris. There are no interviews with Parisians who think that the ads are an eyesore.

Still, finding new ways to make it easy and cheap to get from one place to another is important, as is replacing transport that makes the city unpleasant (belching buses, gridlocked city centers). Check out the London: The Price of Traffic episode for a more even-handed look at how a big city is tackling the traffic problem.
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By StuCo on October 14, 2013
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Portland is a great example of how urban transport actually improves quality of life, once the public accepts and no longer has to rely on their car as the primary mode of transport.
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By Thomas P. Tracy on July 2, 2013
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I really enjoy learning how different cities are coping growth and how that growth is affecting the planet. This series is a few years old, 2008, but it still somewhat timely in 2013
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