Mayors and leaders from world’s leading cities to gather in Abu Dhabi to discuss future of urban living – albawaba.com

albawaba.com reports

“…..high-profile set of municipal leaders will participate in the Mayors Panel of Global City 2009, the two-day international forum scheduled for April 7 – 8 at the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi. The Global City 2009 conference, currently in its fourth edition, is taking place in the Middle East for the first time.”

[SOURCE: albawaba.com - Mayors and leaders from world’s leading cities to gather in Abu Dhabi to discuss future of urban living]

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Empty big boxes not easy to fill | CharlotteObserver.com

Jen Aronoff of CharlotteObserver.com reports

Recent bankruptcies in the USA has opened 900,000 sq. ft. of retail space.

“The International Council of Shopping Centers says an estimated 148,000 stores closed across the country in 2008, the most since 2001, with 73,000 more projected to shut by July”

[SOURCE: CharlotteObserver.com - Empty big boxes not easy to fill]

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Foster + Partners unveils designs for new mixed-use community in Paris at MIPIM

Foster + Partners reports

Hermitage Plaza will create a new community to the east of La Défense, in Courbevoie, that extends down to the river Seine with cafés, shops and a sunny public plaza at its heart. Revealed by Foster + Partners at MIPIM in Cannes, the project incorporates two 323-metre-high buildings – the tallest mixed-use towers in Western Europe – which will establish a distinctive symbol for this new urban destination on the Paris skyline.

[SOURCE: Foster + Partners]

U. of Pennsylvania Will Spend $40-Million on a New ‘Penn Park’ – Chronicle.com

Chronicle.com – Buildings & Grounds: reports

“The University of Pennsylvania plans to spend some $40-million creating a park full of playing fields on 24 acres of land between the Schuylkill River and what is now the east end of the campus. The land, to be known as Penn Park, includes a large parcel that the university bought recently from the U.S. Postal Service, which used 14 acres of it for parking for what used to be Philadelphia’s main mail-sorting facility.

The park, which is expected to be finished in two years, was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The site will include a system for capturing rainwater and using it for irrigation.”

[SOURCE: Buildings & Grounds: U. of Pennsylvania Will Spend $40-Million on a New 'Penn Park' - Chronicle.com]

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10.7 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2008 – APTA

American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reports

“Despite falling gas prices and an economic recession, increasing numbers of Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2008, the highest level of ridership in 52 years and a modern ridership record, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This represents a 4.0 percent increase over the number of trips taken in 2007 on public transportation, while at the same time, vehicle miles traveled (VMTs) on our nation’s roads declined by 3.6 percent in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.”

SOURCE: APTA: 10.7 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2008 — Highest Level in 52 Years; Ridership Increased as Gas Prices Decline and Jobs Were Lost

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