City planning split in 2 – Moscow

The Moscow Times reports that the city’s urban planning department, headed by First Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin, said Tuesday that it would be divided into two new branches led by his deputies, with one focusing on planning and the other overseeing infrastructure.

Analysts said the move looked like a response to President Dmitry Medvedev’s demand for an increased focus on both public and private infrastructure development.

SOURCE: The Moscow Times

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies – IHS 50 year anniversary

More than half of the world population is living in cities. By 2050 it is expected this will be two-third. Cities are growing explosively. The value of production is increasingly located in cities and so is the majority of wealth. City mayors are influential leaders making direct deals with multinational firms and (inter)national authorities. And we use the facilities created and maintained by city authorities. The cities in which we are living have become more important than the countries we are living in.

SOURCE: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies: IHS 50 year anniversary.

Dubai developer to build new city in Poland for 50,000

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem is ready to build a 50-thousand city in Balin near Chrzanów in the industrial south of Poland – “Polska” daily reports. The investment is to be financed by Al Nakheel Properties. The same developer is currently building the World – a man-made archipelago of 300 islands designed in the shape of a world map located off the Dubai coast.

SOURCE: Polish Market Online.

City Will Explore Broad Bike-Sharing Plan – NYTimes.com

The city took a tentative step this week toward fulfilling the dream of a certain kind of urban idealist, saying that it will explore the possibility of creating a bike-sharing program that could make hundreds or even thousands of bicycles available for public use.

“This is a really big deal,” said Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group for cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders. “In the realm of things you can do to boost bicycling in a city, bike-share is at the top of the list.”

The city asked companies and organizations interested in running a bike-sharing program to provide assessments of how it could work.

SOURCE:  NYTimes.comCity Will Explore Broad Bike-Sharing Plan -

Public hold key to $25m city facelift – NZ Herald

Aucklanders have three weeks to comment on a $25 million plan to revitalise Aotea Square and turn it into the city’s premier civic open space, able to host events for 20,000 people.

Urban design professionals are divided over the draft plans for the square, which opened in 1979 and has been on the drawing board for a makeover since 2000.

SOURCE: NZ Herald – Public hold key to $25m city facelift (+photos) – 10 Jul 2008 –

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