French firm wins design contest for new HCMC urban area

VietNamNet
Bridge – A French firm has won the top prize for “unique architectural ideas” to develop three landmark areas in the proposed Thu Thiem New Urban Area in Ho Chi Minh City.

Deso Company was followed by Hagel Company (Switzerland) and Edaw Company (Hong Kong) in second and third places for designs to develop the center square, a riverside park, and a bridge over the Sai Gon River to District 7.

SOURCE: VietNamNet – French firm wins design contest for new HCMC urban area.

Expansion of bike paths keeps city moving forward

In a case of “build it and they will come,” cyclists have been crowding onto Montreal’s first year-round bicycle path, along de Maisonneuve Blvd., since it was opened last November.

Last month alone, more than 25,000 cyclists a week used the $3.5 million path, which crosses downtown on an east-west axis. That’s an average of 3,600 cyclists a day.

read more @ the SOURCE: the Gazette: Expansion of bike paths keeps city moving forward.

New Orleans To New York: Fighting Blighted Properties – Bayoubuzz.com

When critics blasted the slow rebuilding of New Orleans, Ray Nagin shocked the world when he answered that all New York had to show for its recovery was a “hole in the ground” where the Twin Towers used to be.

Outrage flowed from all corners; yet ironically, Research Fellows at the conservative think tank the Manhattan Institute essentially argued that the Mayor was correct.

read more at the SOURCE: bayoubuzz.com – New Orleans To New York: Fighting Blighted Properties.

Legislature takes aim at urban sprawl and global warming – Los Angeles Times

Will Californians drive less to reduce global warming? Maybe not on our own — but state officials are ready to nudge us.

Read more @ the SOURCE:  LA TIMES – Legislature takes aim at urban sprawl and global warming – Los Angeles Times.

San Jose leaders try to reverse urban sprawl

Strip malls and low-rise office parks dominate the landscape of northern San Jose, but a long-term redevelopment plan could make over large swaths of the area along decidedly more urban lines.

Over the next three decades, the city wants to add more than 30,000 new homes and 80,000 jobs within walking distance of a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light-rail line on North First Street.

Read more @ the SOURCE: SFgate.com – San Jose leaders try to reverse urban sprawl.

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