China to Reconsider One-Child Limit – New York Times

China is studying how to move away from the country’s one-child-per-couple restriction, but any changes would come gradually and would not mean an elimination of family planning policies, a senior official said Thursday.
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The official, Zhao Baige, vice minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, told reporters at a news conference that government officials recognize that China must alter its current population-control policies.

“We want incrementally to have this change,” Ms. Zhao said, according to Reuters. “I cannot answer at what time or how, but this has become a big issue among decision makers.”

China to Reconsider One-Child Limit – New York Times.

No way to run a modern city

It’s time to shake up and rearrange Greater Toronto.

At Queen’s Park, the City of Toronto hardly exists. It’s being absorbed into the “Greater Golden Horseshoe,” an urban mass that sprawls from Brighton up through Orillia and down through the Niagara Peninsula.

Read more @ TheStar.com – No way to run a modern city.

Planning without the greed | The Australian

BETH Morgan is the Britney Spears of the planning world.
The former Wollongong City Council planning officer’s sad story of self-destruction will serve as a cautionary tale to men and women in town planning courses across the country. Hopefully, they don’t need the lesson. Their carefully structured undergraduate or postgraduate degrees will have covered the ABCs of public office, along with the technicalities of development assessment and urban design.

Most people have an abstract understanding of the serious games of power, money and politics that arise whenever the public sector makes decisions about the use of land, potentially conferring multimillion-dollar windfalls on lucky landholders or developers.

But applying this abstract awareness to the decision-making process structured by planning law requires a level of professional training and responsibility. It’s risky to assume that it can be learned on the job.

Planning without the greed | The Australian.

Waterfront tanks starting to come down – NZ Herald

Demolition of giant storage tanks is the first sign of progress in the largest waterfront development in the history of Auckland.

The tanks have been used since the mid-1970s at the BP Lubricants Auckland production centre at Wynyard Pt, also known as the Tank Farm.

Waterfront tanks starting to come down – 25 Feb 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news.

Mayor has plan to deal with building height limit

Chula Vista city officials are preparing for a citizens initiative on the June ballot that, if successful, would lock in strict building height limits citywide.

The initiative, sponsored by community activist and real estate investor Earl Jentz, aims to secure a 45-foot height limit for new buildings on Third Avenue between E and G streets, and an 84-foot limit for most other areas east of Interstate 5.

It exempts certain areas near mass transit, and the future site of a planned eastern urban center with an educational campus, high-end retail stores and a technology park.

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Metro — Mayor has plan to deal with building height limit.

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