A few things I’ve run across this past week:
Four hundred years ago, a Dutch ship called the Half Moon guided to the shores of what is now New York City with Captain Henry Hudson at the helm. This led to the establishment of New Amsterdam and the New Netherland colony. Some 167 years later, in 1776, the Dutch were the first to salute the flag of the United States of America. And now, we have Holland on the Hudson. Aside from the fact that the website promotes all thing awesome…I ran across this bit of news: I guess the Dutch are begging us to ride their bikes. Maybe they just wanted to meet Lou Reed.
Now I don’t want to go too far down Alice’s rabbit hole, but the Dutch, with their tulips, and now the annual spring tulip proliferation in NYC has caused a sensory Tulip Mania, which could be metaphorically linked to our own busted speculative economic bubble. I never thought volatility in flower prices would interest me. (wikipedia is the biggest time suck of my life.)
Also, The Italian government is going to start subsidizing bicycles. Basically their giving you 30% off that new cruiser. Aside from making it a bit easier to get on a bike, it shows a real incentive towards improving air quality, particularly in the urban areas.