Jordan will host the Eco-Cities of the Mediterranean Forum 2008 scheduled to open on Oct. 18 with aims to tackle urban environmental issues and promote environment-friendly practices across the Mediterranean region, local daily The Jordan Times reported Wednesday.
SOURCE: Xinhua – Jordan initiates environmental forum to tackle urban challenges_
Wastewater is widely used to irrigate urban agricultural land in developing countries, a practice that has both advantages and disadvantages, a 53-city study presented at a water conference in Stockholm showed Monday.
SOURCE: Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – Wastewater often used in urban agriculture: study.
In a case of “build it and they will come,” cyclists have been crowding onto Montreal’s first year-round bicycle path, along de Maisonneuve Blvd., since it was opened last November.
Last month alone, more than 25,000 cyclists a week used the $3.5 million path, which crosses downtown on an east-west axis. That’s an average of 3,600 cyclists a day.
read more @ the SOURCE: the Gazette: Expansion of bike paths keeps city moving forward.
City folks also are relearning how delicious homegrown food can be.
read more of this article @ the SOURCE: Forbes.com – Urban farms grow as cities seek safe, cheap food
In a July interview with Der Spiegel, celebrated Olympic architect Jacques Herzog defended his decision to accept a signature commission from China, despite the nation’s abysmal record on human rights. The headline said enough: “Only an idiot would have said no.” Given the reception that Herzog’s Bird’s Nest has received –
Read more @ the SOURCE: Guardian.co.uk – Kriston Capps: Olympic architecture is a burden after the games end
When critics blasted the slow rebuilding of New Orleans, Ray Nagin shocked the world when he answered that all New York had to show for its recovery was a “hole in the ground” where the Twin Towers used to be.
Outrage flowed from all corners; yet ironically, Research Fellows at the conservative think tank the Manhattan Institute essentially argued that the Mayor was correct.
read more at the SOURCE: bayoubuzz.com – New Orleans To New York: Fighting Blighted Properties.