“Besides its disappointing (but still salvageable) plan for an Olympic Village, Chicago’s 2016 bid book raises another major design issue: Will the Games mar or upgrade Washington Park, the South Side park planned in 1871 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the same pair that produced New York City’s masterful Central Park?
That question has gained a new intensity because the city’s Olympic organizers don’t just want to put the temporary, 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium in Washington Park, as they first announced in 2006. Now they are proposing to put the Olympic aquatics center there as well.”
SOURCE: chicagotribune.com – Chicago’s Olympic plan puts scenic South Side Park in peril
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JOHN LORINC of Globe & Mail in a special report states
“In the City of Toronto’s looming $8.7-billion operating budget, this year’s $1.6-million allocation for tree planting looks like little more than a sapling-sized line-item. It’s an outlay that will add 100,000 young trees to Toronto’s parks, public spaces and front yards.”
[SOURCE: globeandmail.com: $1.605MNEW PLANTING $3.853MMAINTENANCE $0.686MPROTECTION]
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People’s Daily Online reports
“Work to rebuild Sichuan province’s Wolong Nature Reserve, which was destroyed in the massive May 12 earthquake last year, is expected to start later this month after an aid program gets a nod from the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government.
The epicenter of the 8-magnitude earthquake was just 30 km from Wolong. The disaster left a panda dead and another missing ever since.
The bureau has jointly developed a reconstruction plan with Peking University, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing-based Turenscape Company.”
SOURCE: Quake-hit panda reserve awaits Hong Kong aid – People’s Daily Online
Technorati Tags: panda, earthquake rebuilding, Turenscape, parnda reserve, wolong
The Augusta Chronicle reports
“The vision of the future Augusta and North Augusta sees hundreds of new houses along the Augusta Canal and a revitalized shopping district along Broad Street that links to a new riverfront baseball stadium.
The new Augusta Tomorrow urban core development plan released today……”
[SOURCE: The Augusta Chronicle - Urban development plan proposes $1.5 billion in projects]
The Boston Globe reports
“Teams of Boston middle school students presented their urban design plans and architectural ideas to Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday, Jones Lang LaSalle said.
“The presentation was the culmination of the seventh annual urban planning ideas competition that engages over 100 middle-schoolers each year,” Jones Lang LaSalle said in a press release.”
SOURCE: The Boston Globe – Students present urban vision – Daily Business Update
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