EcoDensity debate elevates planning to top-level issue

You don’t care where your kids, and their kids, are going to live and you don’t care about the future of the planet.

Do you really want to tell the rest of the world that this mindset pretty much sums up the collective attitude of Vancouverites?

It looks like a few of your neighbours would like to broadcast just such a message as the debate over EcoDensity reaches a crescendo next week.

No other North American city has been able to focus public attention on a simple high ideal that speaks so clearly to the global challenge we all face, and easily translates into real action in our neighbourhoods to ward off these forces that threaten our quality of life.

We should be celebrating, with a global fanfare, that one of our politicians has done just that.

EcoDensity debate elevates planning to top-level issue – Vancouver Sun.

Royal welcome to first ‘Trim Town’ – Scotland on Sunday

IT IS the town that promises to help you to stay thin.

The Prince Charles’ Foundation for the Built Environment is planning the new town with more than 300 homes, shops, other businesses and leisure facilities on land near Cumnock in Ayrshire.

But it will be the first in the UK to be specifically designed with the health of its future residents in mind.

The new town, which may be called Knockroon after a nearby farm, will incorporate a range of features to discourage residents from using their cars, and lead them to adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Royal welcome to first ‘Trim Town’ – Scotland on Sunday.

Jerusalem deconstructed

Over the past three millennia Jerusalem has known its fair share of master builders, from Kings David, Solomon and Herod to Suleiman the Magnificent and mayor Teddy Kollek. But the city has also known a mirror-image legacy of monumental and municipal projects that were stillborn or abandoned.

Read more @ Jerusalem deconstructed | Jerusalem Post.

Controversial Turner Centre given planning permission

MARGATE’S contentious Turner Contemporary is a step closer to getting off the ground, after Thanet District Council granted the project planning permission.

The decision, which was made last night, paves the way for Kent County Council to appoint a contractor.

Work is expected to begin in the autumn and finish at some point in 2010.

Read more @ Controversial Turner Centre given planning permission | Kentonline.co.uk.

Urban congestion: the problem is cars, not trucks in Australia

Urban congestion: the problem is cars, not trucks

The congestion in Australia’s cities is mainly due to motorists in their cars, not truckies in their cabs, the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, told Parliament.

Read more @ Transport & Logistics News – Urban congestion: the problem is cars, not trucks.

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