Blair Kamin from Chicago Tribune starts a conversation “This could be a smashing year for Chicago, but not only for the reasons — including Barack Obama’s inauguration — that probably come to mind. Specifically, 2009 could make a historic mark because it will give the residents of Chicago and its vast metropolitan area a chance to start a civic conversation about how we live, how we grow and whether the mass suburban sprawl of the last few decades still makes sense in the era of declining fossil fuel supplies and global warming.”
Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Chicago Tribune – The Skyline– Planning for Chicago's future requires Burnham-style vision--and a big pair of green-tinted glasses]
Undeterred by a battered public image and a recession that might dampen fundraising for his library, President George W. Bush said Thursday that he hasn’t considered scaling back the multimillion-dollar project at SMU.
“I don’t think popularity ratings have anything to do with whether people want to support a good idea,” he said.
read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Dallas Morning News – Bush says he's not considering scaling back $300 million library]
The Arizona Republic reports “The $30 million park taking shape in downtown Phoenix will be like no other the city has built, officials say.
The yet-unnamed spot will use water, lights, shade and art to create an oasis for nearby Arizona State University students, office workers, residents and tourists, landscape architect Tom Byrne said.”
read more @ the [SOURCE: The Arizona RepublicNew park in downtown Phoenix taking shape].
MiamiHerald.com reports “Two key pieces of the ambitious Miami 21 zoning overhaul received the divided endorsement of the city’s planning board Wednesday, but questions over the controversial plan’s effects on neighborhoods meant members were still debating the plan late into the night.”
Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: MiamiHerald.com – Miami 21 rezoning changes inch forward]
Khaleej Times Online reports
“A vital step has been taken to protect the hundreds of plants native to Oman, many of them threatened with extinction due to natural and man-made factors, with the setting up of a state-of-the-art nursery at the Oman Botanic Garden (OBG) in Al Khoudh in the Muscat governorate’s Seeb wilayat.
The nursery was designed by WS Atkins, constructed by Carillion Alawi and project managed by Bovis Lend Lease. The glasshouses were designed and outfitted by Cambridge HOK. “We want to develop the beauty of the Omani Environment and OBG will give an opportunity to scholars and researchers to get details about the Omani trees from one place,” Patzelt said.”
read the full article @ the SOURCE: Khaleej Times Online – Oman Botanic Garden to Help Preserve Hundreds of Rare Native Plants.