We've blogged about deconstruction before (and don't worry, we're not talking Derrida.) For example, in Cleveland, Brad Guy explains how to take apart a house piece-by-piece for reuse, "instead of just clobbering it with a backhoe and sweeping it into a landfill."
In an economy that so sorely needs jobs, we think the approach the article explains is not only an ecologically responsible choice, but an economically responsible one as well. Much of the lumber used for construction in old houses—old growth Douglas Fir—is tremendously expensive today. Because it grew much more slowly than those new 2x4's down at Home Depot, it's also much stronger, and enterprises such as Portland, Oregon's Rebuilding Center are showing that there's a healthy market for reused building materials.
via the New York Times
photo by Alejandra Laviada for The New York Times