Bush says he’s not considering scaling back $300 million library – Dallas Morning News

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.

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New park in downtown Phoenix taking shape – The Arizona Republic

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.”

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Miami 21 rezoning changes inch forward – MiamiHerald.com

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.”

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Oman Botanic Garden to Help Preserve Hundreds of Rare Native Plants

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.”

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Burj Dubai maintains record ascent – Saudi Gazette

Saudi Gazette reports “Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building developed by Emaar Properties, set several global milestones in high-rise construction in 2008, an epoch-making year for the tower. On course to open in 2009, Burj Dubai has reached a record 780 meters (2,559 ft) height, and has over 160 stories, the most number of floors in any building.”

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