Rocky Mount Telegram reports
The most idealistic of advocates envision cities and towns that burst with food, be it from skyscraper roofs, apartment balconies, back alleys or repurposed plastic tubs. In this world, people plan their meals around what’s in season, relegating supermarket trips to coffee, wheat and other staples they can’t get within the region.
read more about the people converting grassy yards into thriving urban food gardens at the SOURCE: Rocky Mount Telegram – Urban gardens are changing the landscape of food
TheStarOnline (malaysia) reports
MORE needs to be done to keep the Paya Indah Wetlands Sanctuary in Dengkil appealing and meet its objective of being a tourist attraction. The relaunches are not having the desired effect of drawing the crowd.
The park has opened and closed on three occasions since the Federal Government first launched it in October 2001. The RM160mil mega project meant for nature conservation has failed to attract visitors and is a forlorn sight.
SOURCE: [TheStarOnline] (Malaysia) – Wetlands remains a white elephant despite massive upgrade
Grumblings have started at the New York Post about the escalating maintenance costs ($500,000+ per acre) of the Highline. The newly opened stage 1 of the Highline project has become too successful with somewhere between 3-4 times as many visitors as expected and with more people comes more maintenance = higher costs. To cover the costs a new tax precinct has been approved by the City of New York where about 5000 property owners will pay a tax levy to assist with the maintenance costs of the Highline.
Many feel that the Highline has had a flow on effect for the surrounding properties bumping up the property values and patronage in surrounding businesses.
How will this effect the next stages of the project? Will there less planting and more paving? Will more commercial development occur on the structure to offset the cost of maintenance?
As landscape architects and designers we often have to weigh up the costs of maintenance, public vs private space, return on investment and aesthetics vs practicality. Lets hope the this issue does not effect the development or design of the next stages of Highline and that the masterplan design for the site is implemented without being watered-down or compromised.
Post by Damian Holmes in reply to the New York Post – SKY ‘HIGH’ COSTS TAX-SEEKING NEW PARK ALREADY NY’S PRICIEST VIA Curbed NY