The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing additional funds to improve the basic services and infrastructure in small and medium-sized towns of Bangladesh.
The $87 million loan, sourced from ADB’s Special Funds, will be released in phases. The fund disbursements to each town are linked to governance reform and improvement in urban services.
SOURCE: Asian Development Bank – ADB Reinforces Support for Urban Development in Bangladesh.
A new analysis of migration patterns inside B.C. upsets the notion that small-town folks are increasingly flocking to big cities.
While the main destination for new arrivals from other countries or provinces is Metro Vancouver, a five-year study of census data by BC Stats shows a trend in the opposite direction for those moving around within the province.
SOURCE: BCLocalNews.com – Community News Papers from across BC Online.
In the first study to look at the effect of neighborhood greenness on inner city children’s weight over time, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the University of Washington report that higher neighborhood greenness is associated with slower increases in children’s body mass over a two year period, regardless of residential density.
SOURCE: Indiana University – Neighborhood greenness has long term positive impact on kids’ health.
A reported plan to build a massive research facility with 10,000 people at Pinjarra Hills, west of Brisbane, is simply a “hypothetical” exercise formulated by urban planning students at the University of Queensland.
SOURCE: BrisbaneTimes – ‘Brain city’ a student assignment – Queensland –