Beijing expands 24-hour transport system for Olympics revelers

BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) — Midnight revelers will have a wider choice of public transport during the 2008 Olympic Games as Beijing is to launch special bus routes and add seven routes to the 24-hour bus network.

Thirty-four bus routes would be arranged to relieve possible transport pressure around venues and tourist sites during the Games, said Liu Xiaoming, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Transportation Commission, on Thursday.

Beijing expands 24-hour transport system for Olympics revelers_English_Xinhua.

Re-imagining an Aegean city

A huge project aiming to realize ‘the vision of I.zmir’ with high-rises, congress halls and fair grounds is introduced by Mayor Kocaog(lu. The project, which has its supporters and detractors, is to transform I.zmir into a city of tourism and culture

Re-imagining an Aegean city – Turkish Daily News Dec 13, 2007.

Shanghai maglev rail route may detour to avoid residences- Xinhua

The planners of the Shanghai-Hangzhou magnetic levitation (maglev) rail project will design the proposed route to avoid residential buildings and lessen the impact of radiation upon people, according to a municipal government official.

“The maglev project has basically two environmental effects: noise and magnetic radiation,” said Zhang Quan, deputy director of the Shanghai Environmental Bureau.

A maglev train generates high levels of noise at speeds exceeding 200 kilometers per hour. “A possible solution for the noise problem may be slowing the train in downtown areas and speeding it up when it leaves urban districts,” said Zhang.

Approved by the central government in March 2006, the 175-km Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev rail project is estimated to cost 35 billion yuan (4.5 billion U.S. dollars). Trains will be able to reach a speed of 450 km per hour.

Shanghai maglev rail route may detour to avoid residences_English_Xinhua.

Rejuvenating one of Israel’s oldest urban centers

Compared to such ancient cities as Jerusalem, Acre, Safed and Jaffa, Petah Tikva is a foundling. In relation to the modern Zionist communities, however, it is one of the oldest urban centers in Israel.

PETAH TIKVA’S city center is undergoing a rehabilitation that is expected to result in a soaring real estate prices.

Rejuvenating one of Israel’s oldest urban centers | Jerusalem Post.

Casting Rutland alley as a park

Rutland residents weighing in on the future of the Center Street Alley expressed interest in commercial use, grass and trees and, above all, flexibility at the city’s most hidden park.

Long underutilized and frequently victimized by vandals, the park recently attracted the attention of a local creative economy group trying to revitalize the park by redesigning and rebuilding it.

What the brick-faced and multi-tiered venue might look like in the future won’t be known until landscape architects complete conceptual designs in January.

Casting Rutland alley as a park: Rutland Herald Online.

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