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Detroit: City’s plan to put foreclosed homes to use – freep.com
Hit by a deluge of foreclosures in the past three years, the City of Detroit said it has found a tool to get some of the houses back into use.

Winner selected for Jarvis Slip Competition – WATERFRONTToronto.ca
Waterfront Toronto, joined by its government partners, today announced that a team led by Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes Inc. is the winner of the Jarvis Slip Public Space Design Competition. The design competition was held to produce an innovative design and to bring a fresh, new perspective to the one-acre site at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street.

Talk to your Neighbours First – Ann Arbor News
After hours of listening to residents speak against a large student housing project that the City Council eventually rejected, Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje had some advice for the next developer hoping to build on the site: Talk to the neighbors first.

Not in Silver Lake’s Backyard – by Christopher Hawthorne – Los Angeles Times
If you’ve spent any time in Silver Lake lately, you’ve probablyseen the signs. They have nothing to do with this year’s presidential campaign; they don’t point the way to a movie set or offer cash for your house.

They’re the result, instead, of a neighborhood battle that has turned increasingly bitter over the last year or so.

Europe

High and mighty by Will Alsop – The Guardian
Cities never stay still. The destruction of large parts of London in the second world war allowed a new urbanism – not all of it good by any means – to take place. The rise of London to become perhaps the world’s finance capital was accompanied by a realisation that a denser city of mixed use is environmentally more responsible than spreading out into green-belt areas and beyond. All these pressures make our urban environment more vibrant.

LI joins offers Prime Minister support in tackling climate change – Landscapeinstiture.org
The Landscape Institute today welcomed a collaborative letter signed by the leaders of the built environment professions including LI President Nigel Thorne, sent to the Prime Minister, urging a “detailed, equitable and binding agreement” to avert the worse consequences of climate change.

Middle East

UAE Finalising railway plan – UAEinteract.com
The UAE is finalising a 350-kilometre national railway network plan to ease road congestion, said Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Government Sector Development. The track will link Abu Dhabi to the east coast and will eventually be connected with the proposed GCC-wide railway network.

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