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April 7, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Holland, MI and its Heated Sidewalks

Years ago Holland, MI diverted waste heat from its power plant into pipes that run under streets and sidewalks in the central business district. Thanks to the underground pipes, no matter how cold it gets, the sidewalks stay clear and dry, all because someone was thoughtful enough to use an industrial by-product that other towns blithely discarded. Recently, Holland has added a gas-powered hearth rises up from the sidewalk near the corner of 8th Street. On cold days, people gather around it, just as they do around a fireplace. The low walls built up around the fireplace invite people can sit, stay, and chat.

(via MetropolisMag)

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