Dot-matrix graffiti bike, don’t buy–rent, NYC buildings, and homeless in suburbia

There are four articles I found today.

1. You may remember the dot-matrix graffiti bike from its popularity before the 2004 Republican convention in NYC. Or not. Either way, it’s awesome. Joshua Kinberg created the bike that he was going to use to spray messages, in chalk, on streets and sidewalks near the convention. Users could go to Josh’s website and type in a message that would be sent to Josh’s cellphone that told the spray cans what to type out. It’s genius. However, the police arrested Josh before he could start peddeling around NYC during the convention. Read the full story on Wired.

2. The New York Times printed an article called “A Word of Advice During a Housing Slump: Rent” today about how renting during the current housing slump may be better than buying. “Prices may not yet have fallen far enough for buying to look better than renting today, except for people who plan to stay in a home for many years.”

3. Buildings, not cars, are responsible for the majority of New York’s carbon dioxide emissions. Here’s the full article: Buildings Called Key Source of City’s Greenhouse Gases.

4. Alternet posted an article today called “Suburbia: America’s Unseen Poverty.” The article explains that “from Las Vegas to Boise to Houston, suburban poverty has been growing over the past seven years, in some places slowly, in others by as much as 33 percent.” It’s well worth reading.