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.
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.
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.
Propelled largely by funds sent home by people working abroad, mostly in the Gulf countries, Kerala’s coastal belt is undergoing rapid urbanisation of a kind not witnessed elsewhere.
Kerala has five cities, 53 towns and about 1,000 village panchayats. The division into urban and rural areas is arbitrary. Many urban areas retain their rural character and many villages boast of urban amenities. Continuous habitation from one end to the other gives the state the character of a rural-urban continuum.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Sindh Today – A megalopolis in making on India’s southwest coast (Letter from Kerala)