Mayor unveils new push for downtown San Jose redevelopment – San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury reports
“Already acting on last week’s pledge to invest in San Jose’s core, Mayor Chuck Reed is pushing a sweeping development plan for the northwestern edge of downtown. And the centerpiece would be a newly sweetened deal for an urban market in San Pedro Square sought by former Mayor Tom McEnery.”

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News – Mayor unveils new push for downtown San Jose redevelopment –

A Waterfront Revival in Columbus, Ohio – NYTimes.com

NY Times reports on a 75-acre area along the Scioto River less than a mile west of this capital city’s downtown was an industrial no man’s land that is being developed into a $USD 750million mixed use development.

read more @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – Square Feet – A Waterfront Revival in Columbus, Ohio

The Work of an Outsider – Metropolis Magazine

Metropolis Magazine talks with Landscape architect Tom Oslund about the making of a I-35 bridge memorial, his Zen time, and ecology vs. aesthetics.

read more @ the [SOURCE: Metropolis Magazine – The Work of an Outsider].

Urban farming school takes root

Vancouver Sun reports “A school of urban farming — a North American first — is finding fertile soil in Richmond.

Richmond’s parks, recreation, and cultural services committee has unanimously endorsed the concept of an urban farm school and directed staff to investigate city land for such a project, either at Terra Nova park at the west end of Westminster Highway, or the south end of Gilbert Road.”

[SOURCE: Vancouver Sun – Urban farming school takes root].

SustainLane’s 2008 US City Rankings – SustainLane.com

SustainLane has released its 2008 USA Sustainable City Rankings

This report benchmarks each city’s performance in 16 areas of urban sustainability, including an essential new measurement this year: Water Supply.

1. Portland
2. San Francisco
3. Seattle
4. Chicago
5. New York

Most Improved City – Atlanta

Find out where your city came and why @ the [SOURCE: SustainLane’s 2008 US City Rankings – SustainLane.com].

Treeless Christmas comes to Granville – Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Sun reports

“There will be no Christmas lights twinkling in the trees along downtown Granville Street this year.

As of Tuesday, only stumps remained of the section of urban forest that stretched from Smithe Street down to the Granville Street Bridge.

Trees along Granville Street have been cut down as city prepares for neighbourhood upgrade. In total, 120 mainly ornamental cherry trees were cut down last week as the City of Vancouver began preparation work on a $21-million neighbourhood upgrade.”

[SOURCE: Vancouver Sun Treeless Christmas comes to Granville].

Center for Urban Waters call for Artists

Artists and/or artist teams from the states of Washington , Oregon , and California are invited to submit qualifications to create site-specific artwork for the Center for Urban Waters.

More information at the Website

Download the proposal

[SOURCE: Welcome to TacomaCulture].

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