Daniel Parker: Why bother ‘planning’ if we defy smart growth? – tallahassee.com – Tallahassee Democrat

The Dec. 14 Associated Press analysis “Planning hasn’t prevented growing pains” needs to be put into local perspective to fully understand the difference between a legal view to planning and a sustainable one.

read the full blog piece @ the SOURCE:  tallahassee.com – Tallahassee Democrat Daniel Parker: Why bother ‘planning’ if we defy smart growth?

Dubai-based firms announce thousands of redundancies – MEED

MEED.com reports

“Consultants and contractors shed staff in wake of collapsing real estate sector.

Dubai-based consultants and contractors are now laying off thousands of staff, as increasing numbers of projects are being shelved in the wake of the collapse of the real estate sector.”

read the full article @ the [SOURCE: MEED – Dubai-based firms announce thousands of redundancies].

Property firms adapt to tough times – The National Newspaper

The National Newspaper reports

“Construction companies are restructuring salary packages and relocating staff within the Gulf to try to counteract the slowdown in Dubai and avoid redundancies.”

read the full article @ the SOURCE: The National NewspaperProperty firms adapt to tough times

Marketing Market Square: New plans for park account for humans, and dogs | Editorial | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle reports

“Houston can’t quite get the hang of downtown parks, though other cities have featured this bit of urban design for millennia. There’s a valiant new effort, though, to lift Market Square Park up to its potential. If it works, credit should go to the planners for asking what humans really want in an oasis.”

read the full article @ Chron.com – Houston Chronicle – Marketing Market Square: New plans for park account for humans, and dogs

City of lost opportunity – Opinion – TheStar.com

Michael Warren of the Toronto Star writes an op-ed piece about Toronto – “Twenty years ago Toronto was on the cusp of becoming a world class city. Since then it has squandered that potential. Today it’s just another struggling North American city bracing for the onslaught of the worst recession in living memory.”

Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: TheStar.com | Opinion | City of lost opportunity]

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