No red tapism, no partisan politics leading to uneven growth. For once, the city’s growth will be charted by professionals. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has recruited young professionals from leading urban planning institutes in the country to prepare a roadmap for the city in the next 10 years.
SOURCE: The Times of India – Experts will now chart city’s roadmap-Ahmedabad-Cities-
Kironde offers a column on Tanzania’s rapid urbanisation and how past development was undertaken and what the future holds.
SOURCE: Tanzania Standard Newspapers
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.
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.