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The debate over the Keystone XL pipeline has gotten pretty heated and Kinder Baumgardner has an idea to cool the emotions: a really long bike path. The creative director for the SWA Group, an Houston-based architectural firm that designed Google Inc.'s >>

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Kathy B. (105)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 4:55 pm
he debate over the Keystone XL pipeline has gotten pretty heated and Kinder Baumgardner has an idea to cool the emotions: a really long bike path.

The creative director for the SWA Group, an Houston-based architectural firm that designed Google Inc.’s corporate campus, says building the lane along Keystone’s path through the country’s mid-section could turn what is now a source of rancor into a tourist attraction.
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The firm sent a letter Oct. 17 pitching the plan to the State Department and TransCanada Corp. (TRP), the pipeline’s sponsor. Its illustrations show scenes of smiling bicyclists riding over buried pipe and by a farmer’s market, Native American teepees, cows, sunflower fields -- and a protester in a tree.

“If you’re the average American, you live on the coasts in a city,” he said in an interview. “You’re not going to meet a rancher. You’ll never meet a Native American. You’re not going to meet an oilman. The stuff in the middle of the country gets overlooked.”

While the illustrations are tongue-in-cheek, Baumgardner insists the idea isn’t: making Keystone more palatable by creating a “recreational corridor” along its right of way.

“If it was built, how could you make it better for the population?” he said his creative team asked. “To us, it was ridiculous that you would go through all the effort and it would have only one use.”
Eyesore Conversions

Local officials have sought in recent years to turn eyesores into attractions, perhaps most famously in Manhattan where an old freight rail line on the west side was converted into the High Line park.

In Texas, SWA is working to build bike paths underneath power lines owned by CenterPoint Energy Inc. (CNP) It already turned a polluted waterway into a scenic promenade called the Buffalo Bayou.

Michael Kirkby (95)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 3:16 pm

Kerrie G. (135)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 7:15 am
Noted, thanks.

Dmitry Nikiforov (222)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 7:27 am

Donna G. (42)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 12:47 pm
Personally, I'd rather the Keystone pipeline not be built. I don't much care how ugly it is. Have you seen poverty lately? It's pretty ugly and most seem to want to sweep it under the rug.

The pipeline will do nothing to create lower gasoline prices. Much of it will probably be exported anyway. Alternative energy is the way to go.

Birgit W. (156)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 1:37 pm

Dianne D. (492)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 1:54 pm
Need to educate the people about what is going to happen if we allow the Kock Brothers to do this. They make more money at the expense of the taxpayers and the lives of animals. The oil doesn't even stay in the USA. It's too dirty and we don't have refineries to clean it. The Alaskan pipeline oil didn't stay in the USA either according to my uncle who worked at a refinery. The Alaskan oil is sold to Japan to be cleaned and then the USA buys it back for 4 times what we sold it for. When will we learn our lessons.

Anne F. (17)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 10:54 pm
The pipeline is dangerous to water (from where the tar sands are dug up, where the earth is fracked, along the way (N Dakota pollution and Texas just this week), where the product is refined, and when the fossil fuels are burned. Some 'creative' way to pretty the pipeline doesn't change that.

Karen Kersten-Chestney (112)
Friday November 1, 2013, 4:05 am
Thanks........They can dress up the pipeline any way they want and it's still a disaster witing to happen. We do not need that pipeline. It's the Koch Bros. that really want it. Kochs own the tarsands in Cananda,They need the way to get it to the Gulf. Bottom line....more $$$$$ for the Kochs.
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