Melbourne urban sprawl may grow with new outer ring road – The Age

The Age reports

“MELBOURNE(Australia) might continue to sprawl to the west, with a potential shift of the city’s urban growth boundary revealed in plans for a new ring road.

The outer metropolitan ring road, which will also include a rail link, will run in an arc from Avalon Airport to the Hume Highway.

The road is set to be included in the State Government’s transport plan, due out within days.”

SOURCE: The Age.com.au – Melbourne urban sprawl may grow with new outer ring road.

Council to consider occupancy limit | press-citizen.com | Iowa City Press Citizen

City Press Citizen reports

“Iowa City Council will vote for the second time Tuesday to consider restricting the number of unrelated people living together. Only three unrelated people, two fewer than what is allowed now, would be able to live in a single unit, according to the ordinance.

“The concern is to keep the downtown viable for everybody,” said Christina Kuecker, associate planner with Iowa City’s Urban Planning Division””

Council to consider occupancy limit | press-citizen.com | Iowa City Press Citizen.

Wellington City Council: Let’s Do It Again – Scoop.co.nz

Wellington City Council doesn’t like its five-year old upgrade to the pedestrian Mall. The City has decided to reinstate the two-lane road with two-way traffic. The City’s reasoning is to reinstate the precinct known as the Golden Mile in Wellington, it would also allow bus routes to pass through the mall at a 30km/h(18mph) speed limit.

[SOURCE:Scoop: Wellington City Council: Let’s Do It Again].

Design of new ballpark worries some

Omaha.com reports

“Some future neighbors of the north downtown ballpark are worried that it won’t have the ground-level retail as originally recommended.

Recent plans for the new No-Do stadium, which include less ground-level retail space than originally planned, have caused concerns among the complex’s future neighbors.”

[SOURCE: Omaha.com Money Section].

ULI Launches Global City Index Report: London, NY are still world leaders

According to Urban Landscape Institute Global City Index, London and New York still rank among the world’s most successful cities, but face increasing competition from other global cities, according to an analysis of 30 major global indices and other data prepared by the Urban Land Institute, a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use. The report, entitled ‘City Success: What do the global indices tell us?’ was released today at ULI’s London New York Dialogue Conference in London.

The report subdivides the indices into four key clusters that illustrate the core strengths and weaknesses of cities:

1. Global Economic ReachLondon and New York are recognised as joint world leaders, followed by Paris, Tokyo and Chicago

2. Quality of Life – Identifies Copenhagen as a world leader followed jointly by Vancouver, Vienna and Zurich.

3. Image and AttractivenessParis tops the rankings followed by London, with Sydney, Vancouver, Venice and Vienna in joint third place

4. Investment and FiscalNew York and Paris share first place followed by London

[SOURCE: The Urban Land Institute]

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