Vegetable gardens bring urbanites back to earth – People’s Daily Online

People’s Daily Online reports

Green finger syndrome is sweeping China’s modern cities as more and more stressed out office workers seek solace by growing their own tomatoes and cabbages among the concrete high rises

Yu Kongjian, dean and professor of the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture at Peking University said such amateur urban agriculture was good therapy for stressed out office workers and their families.

“What the office workers want is a healthy living style away from the office, such gardens help all generations. The joy brought by labor and harvest also has educational benefits to the young generation and brings memories alive to the older generation,” he said.

SOURCE: People’s Daily Online – Vegetable gardens bring urbanites back to earth

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Citygarden’s popularity boosts Gateway Mall development – STLtoday.com

STLtoday.com reports

The public’s embrace of the Citygarden sculpture park is helping push more work on the Gateway Mall, the 16-block strip between the Old Courthouse and Union Station.

Citygarden has been open for a little more than two weeks and remains a hit with visitors drawn to the nearly three-acre park of sculptures, tree-lined paths and fountains.

Tricia Roland-Hamilton, director of the Gateway Mall Project, said Citygarden was prompting skeptics to re-evaluate their opinion of the Gateway Mall as an endeavor whose time would never come.

read more at the SOURCE: STLtoday.com – Citygarden’s popularity boosts Gateway Mall development

Also read our previous post about Citygarden

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HCM City to develop into greener, roomier city – VOVNEWS.VN

VOVNEWS.VN reports

Ho Chi Minh City will be turned into a greener, bigger urban zone with the city centre being expanded in all four directions, linking up with urban areas in neighbouring provinces, according to recent re-zoning plans.

Following the master plan for Ho Chi Minh city until 2025, the city will now be expanded to the west and southwest, in addition to the three directions previously agreed upon in the 1998 master plan: east, south, north and northwest.

The master plan, jointly drawn up by Ho Chi Minh City Urban Planning Institute and Japanese consultant Nikken Seikei………..

SOURCE: VOVNEWS.VN – HCM City to develop into greener, roomier city – HCM City to develop into greener, roomier city

New Orleans Masterplan Public Meetings

New Orleans is holding a series of Public Meetings for the Masterplan Review this week relating to Sustainability, Economic Opportunity and general feedback on the Masterplan. The meeting started on Monday and continue around the city until Friday.

For further details on the meetings go to New Orleans Masterplan Calendar.
Go to the
New Orleans Masterplan website to look at the New Orleans DRAFT Masterplan, various zoning maps
and other informative documents.

SOURCE: New Orleans Masterplan

Rebuilding Metropolitan Areas as a Way of Rebuilding America – washingtonpost.com

washingtonpost.com Editor writes

PRESIDENT OBAMA addressed a meeting of leading thinkers and advocates Monday to redefine “urban policy.” The mission is to strip it of narrow and negative connotations (slums, poverty and crime) and imbue it with a broader purpose, recognizing the importance of metropolitan areas to the nation’s prosperity.

read the full Editorial at the SOURCE: washingtonpost.com – Rebuilding Metropolitan Areas as a Way of Rebuilding America

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