India’s politicians pay the price for ignoring booming urban economy – Scotsman.com News

IT HAS been a frustrating time for many businesses in India’s IT hub of Bangalore. Endless traffic jams, sporadic power, a chaotic airport and many politicians who just couldn’t give a damn.
For four years, Karnataka state, home to India’s “silicon valley”, was ruled by a chaotic coalition with a regional party. Janata Dal (S)’s support base was among farmers, and politicians were criticised for ignoring Bangalore’s IT “elites”.

The result: more decrepit public transport, four-hour commutes, packed roads and blackouts that have taken some gleam off this city as it faces increasing competition for foreign investment from rival cities such as Shanghai and Manila.

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$30m for Punggol Waterfront Town

THE Government will spend about $30 million to develop key features of the new Punggol Waterfront Town.
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Most of that amount will go towards the man-made, 4.2-km Punggol Waterway, which will be constructed next year — $25 million will be spent on landscape and architectural development, not including infrastructure costs such as excavating works.
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The waterway will be the focal point of activities, according to plans by the Housing and Development Board (HDB).

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NEW BOOK – The Concrete Dragon: China’s Urban Revolution

The Concrete Dragon: China’s Urban Revolution and What it Means for the World, by Visiting Professor Dr. Thomas Campanella of the GSD Department of Urban Planning and Design, was recently publishedby Princeton University Press.

The book surveys aspects of rapid urbanization in China during the post-Mao era, exploring the driving forces behind the great Chinese building boom. Concrete Dragon also traces the historical precedents and global flows of ideas and information that are fusing to create a bold new Chinese cityscape. Historian Jonathan Spence has called The Concrete Dragon “a fascinating and timely book that sets the scene for any further discussion of China’s explosive urban growth across the last twenty years.” British urbanist Sir Peter Hall writes, “Anyone interested in contemporary cities, anyone interested in contemporary China, has to read it.”

Thomas J. Campanella is associate professor of urban planning and design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also taught at MIT and Nanjing University in China, and was a Fulbright fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His previous books include Cities from the Sky (2001) and Republic of Shade (2003), winner of the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.

SOURCE: Harvard Graduate School of Design

Urban poor benefit from Las Piñas housing project

N LAS PIÑAS CITY, VACANT LOTS RANGING in size from a few hundred square meters to several hectares are slowly being turned into productive parcels of land where the poor are taught to become self-sufficient.

Since 1995, the city government, with the help of Habitat for Humanity, Gawad Kalinga and other nongovernment and government organizations, has been building houses for urban poor families.

The houses, however, do not come free. At the very least, owners must pay P500 a month to the city government for 25 years for the right to call the houses their homes.

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Urban poor benefit from Las Piñas housing project

Premier leads delegation of green firms to Asia

Premier Gordon Campbell will board a plane bound for South Korea this morning, leading an Asian trade mission comprising British Columbia’s largest-ever delegation of green businesses.

The group of about 30 clean technology and green design companies will be in Seoul and Suwon in South Korea until Wednesday, and then in Beijing until next Saturday.

“Virtually every Asian economy is looking for opportunities to find clean technology and green design,” Campbell said in an interview Friday.

“We have literally dozens and dozens of companies coming to say, ‘Here’s what we have to offer.’”

Campbell said while in Korea he plans to open B.C.’s first trade and investment office in Seoul and to meet Korean Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo.

“One of the things we’re trying to do is diversify our markets so we don’t have the kind of dependency we’ve had on American trade,” said Campbell.

SOURCE: Vancouver Sun – Premier leads delegation of green firms to Asia.

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