Britain’s gardens: A private passion and a public disgrace – Telegraph

Juliette Waide in the Telegraph writes

“Hang on to your hollyhocks – someone’s having a go at our gardens. An American academic, if you please, is saying that we are making too much of them; that the energy we put into our own patches is sapping our attention, “holding Britain back” from concentrating on its public spaces.

True, Martha Schwartz, a landscape architect and Harvard professor, is right when she says that all too many public parks are litter-strewn wastelands, about as horticulturally interesting as boxes of paperclips. But for this, blame years of council-budget capping, not the lupins and lilacs we grow at home.”

[SOURCE: Britain’s gardens: A private passion and a public disgrace – Telegraph]

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A New Water Economy – The Denver Post

The Denver Post reports

Water conservation and efficiency programs at the city, state and federal level should be tied to economic recovery and stimulus programs that:

• Incentivize the private sector to create green Colorado jobs. Landscaping, landscape architecture, and the nursery industry represent a $1.8 billion economy in Colorado — using government incentives to point that industry in a more sustainable low-water direction would stimulate the economy and put Coloradans back to work.

[SOURCE: A New Water Economy – The Denver Post]

Ann Arbor’s public art program gets attention – The Ann Arbor News

The Ann Arbor News – MLive.com reports

“The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission’s decision to ask German artist and landscape architect Herbert Dreiseitl submit a proposal for an installation at Ann Arbor’s city hall has generated a quite a bit of discussion.”

[SOURCE: Ann Arbor’s public art program gets attention – Judy McGovern – The Ann Arbor News – MLive.com]

Work begins on Parkway trail in Greece | democratandchronicle.com |

Democrat and Chronicle reports

“A new trail for bicyclists and pedestrians that runs along the Lake Ontario State Parkway is expected to open by November.

State Department of Transportation crews started last week clearing away scrub vegetation to prepare for the $1.9 million project, said DOT spokeswoman Lori Maher……… Jon Harman, DOT landscape architect, said the new paved 12-foot-wide
trail will run through the existing DOT right-of-way, “weaving in and
out of the existing vegetation.”.”

[SOURCE: Democrat and ChronicleWork begins on Parkway trail in Greece]

Urban development plan proposes $1.5 billion in projects – The Augusta Chronicle

The Augusta Chronicle reports

“The vision of the future Augusta and North Augusta sees hundreds of new houses along the Augusta Canal and a revitalized shopping district along Broad Street that links to a new riverfront baseball stadium.

The new Augusta Tomorrow urban core development plan released today……”

[SOURCE: The Augusta Chronicle – Urban development plan proposes $1.5 billion in projects]

Students present urban vision – The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe reports

“Teams of Boston middle school students presented their urban design plans and architectural ideas to Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday, Jones Lang LaSalle said.

“The presentation was the culmination of the seventh annual urban planning ideas competition that engages over 100 middle-schoolers each year,” Jones Lang LaSalle said in a press release.”

SOURCE: The Boston Globe – Students present urban vision – Daily Business Update

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Master plan unveiled for NC State Fairgrounds :: WRAL.com

WRAL.com reports

“North Carolina’s State Fairgrounds is getting a $121 million makeover.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler unveiled a master plan on Wednesday for 48 projects scheduled to be completed over the next 20 to 30 years. Proposed projects include new exposition space, new entrance gates and additional parking.”

[SOURCE: Master plan unveiled for NC State Fairgrounds :: WRAL.com]

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