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].

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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