Tarmac, a British company, shows just how much water their permeable concrete can absorb. Using mixer truck, 4,000 liters of water are sucked through the concrete and into the ground in 60 seconds. One of the biggest challenges to urban environments is drainage and water quality. Could this be an innovative solution for the future?

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.