The Bridge of Lions over the Intracoastal Waterway, St. Augustine, Fla. Built in the 1920s, the Bridge of Lions, with its distinctive pride of lions placed at the four corners of the bridge, occasionally causes administrative headaches for the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND), the state sponsor for the federally controlled Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Florida. The narrow opening and the minimal height limits the [...]

City of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wade-ins of the Summer of 1961 On July 4, 2011, the City celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first wade-in by seven (7) African American residents wading in at the City's segregated beaches. The celebration reenacted the the first wade-in. The wade-ins lasted for six (6) weeks. The City filed suit in the Broward County Courthouse to stop the wade-ins. [...]

Canals: Crowded waters | The Economist

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Canals: Crowded waters | The Economist.

Hewn out of the land during the Industrial Revolution, they were once Britain’s main arteries of trade. The rise of railways and roads made them redundant and many were left to moulder, alongside the old industrial areas of many cities. But, as those grimy zones have been spruced up, so have the 4,800km (3,000 miles) of canals that remain.

The former towpaths are hike and bike trails.  Houseboats and sightseeing boats float through the locks.  And actual commercial traffic is up:

the number of containers transported on the Manchester ship canal increased from 3,000 in 2009 to an impressive 23,000 in 2013.

The canals are being refurbished thanks to changes in government policies.

 In 2012, as the government sought to slash budgets, it offloaded British Waterways, the state corporation which ran two-thirds of the canals, from its books. The Canal and River Trust…

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Cleaning Regent’s Canal

Regent's Canal.  Located just north of central London, Regent's Canal links the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal to the Limehouse Basin and the River Thames in east London. Here, a portion of the Canal is undergoing some long-needed cleaning.  Since the 1700's, France and England led the world in Canal construction using substantially [...]