Developer asks input of residents – Regional News – Charlotte Observer.com

“I’ve been doing this for seven years, and I’ve never seen it done like this,” said Heth Kendrick, a senior associate landscape architect for Land Design. “ … The developer wants this to be a marriage with the community and find out what folks want.”

SOURCE: CharlotteObserver.comDeveloper asks input of residents – Regional News |

China to have 1,700 km of urban rail lines by 2015 – Xinhua

“Urban rail transportation would play an increasingly important role in public transportation in Chinese cities, said an official.

Fifteen major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, have planned the construction of more than 60 urban rail lines recently, Liu Shijin, vice director of Development Research Center of the State Council, said at a forum on urbanization and rail transportation here on Friday.”

SOURCE: XinhuaChina to have 1,700 km of urban rail lines by 2015_

Award-winning Nanjing to spend $4b on new housing

“Nanjing will spend another 30 billion yuan ($4.41 billion) to renovate 3 million sq m of dilapidated residential areas before the end of 2010, a government spokesman said yesterday.

The measures were announced after Nanjing won the top UN Habitat award at the ongoing World Urban Forum in the city.”

SOURCE: Chinadaily – Award-winning Nanjing to spend $4b on new housing.

It’s time to rethink ideas on urban planning_English_Xinhua

Paul Farmer, chief executive officer of the American Planning Association, once summarized his planning concept as “honor history, celebrate the present, and choose the future.”

In reality, especially at the current development stage in China, we seem to have too many “celebrations” of the present at the expense of historical heritage and future generations’ well-being.

SOURCE: Xinhua – It’s time to rethink ideas on urban planning

Rutland and RBS to appeal against 2,600 homes masterplan refusal – Property Week

A joint venture between the Rutland Group and Royal Bank of Scotland will appeal Waverley Borough Council’s rejection of its plans for 2,600 homes at the Dunsfold aerodrome near Guildford, Surrey.

SOURCE: Rutland and RBS to appeal against 2,600 homes masterplan refusal – Property Week.

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