Londoners vote for park grants

The Mayor of London has launched a website and campaign for Londoners to vote for which park they think deserves upgrading.

Ten of the Forty Seven parks in London will be granted up to £400,000(USD$616,000)

Voting ends on 5pm, 30 January 2009, so hurry and vote now to Help a London Park.

SOURCE: London.gov.uk – Help a London Park.

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.

Urban renewal programme: Green areas for Kano soon – DALIY TRIUMPH

DAILY TRIUMPH reports

“AS part of the resolve to achieve its urban renewal objectives, Kano state government says it is set to make the ancient city one of the most beautiful cities not only in Nigeria but the world over.
In this regard, the state Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) is currently conducting various beautification exercises toward achieving the set goals.”

[SOURCE: DAILY TRIUMPH-Urban renewal programme: Green areas for Kano soon]

India’s urban poor are being squeezed for living space – The Guardian

Guardian reports

There are few more forbidding environments than the American jail system. But it appears that urban life in India may be worse. According to the latest Indian government figures, people in its cities have just 5.5 sq m (59 sq ft) per person – the minimum specified for US prisons.

[SOURCE: Guardian – India’s urban poor are being squeezed for living space]

Leighton JV wins $USD2.4 bln UAE construction deal

The Al Habtoor Leighton Group has signed a letter of intent for the AED 8.85 billion (USD$2.4 billion) Dubai Pearl mixed-use development for Pearl Dubai FZ LLC.

The project involves the construction of an integrated city overlooking the Palm Jumeirah development in Dubai.

Dubai Pearl will feature an iconic building structure comprising four 73-storey mixed-use towers, world-renowned fashion and technology brands, and the Baccarat Hotel and Residences, and will provide a 24-hour living city with commercial, retail, residential and leisure facilities.

[SOURCE: Leighton Holdings]

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].

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