Portland Set to Consider Urban Chicken Ordinance – MPBN

Maine Public Broadcasting Network reports

The urban chicken movement is on the move again – and may be coming to Maine’s biggest city. Portland city councilors will hear from residents on Wednesday about the pros and cons of keeping chickens in the backyard. Two years ago, the South Portland city council voted to join the growing list of municipalities across the U.S. that have adopted chicken ordinances, which allow people to keep limited types of poultry, under certain conditions.

[SOURCE: MPBN – Portland Set to Consider Urban Chicken Ordinance]

Urban renewal gets more funds – The Times of India

The Times of India reports

“With rapid urbanisation going hand in hand with crumbling infrastructure in towns and cities, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee raised the
allocation for the government’s flagship programme — Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission — to Rs 11,842 crore from Rs 10,447.98 crore in 2008-09.

The government has already sanctioned 386 projects worth Rs 39,000 crore under the seven-year mission which started in 2005, aiming to pursue reform, good governance and planned development in urban areas……”

SOURCE: Urban renewal gets more funds-India-The Times of India

Vondel Verses by Anouk Vogel and Johan Selbing

Dezeen reports

“Landscape architect Anouk Vogel and architect Johan Selbing have won a competition to design new lighting and furniture for the Vondelpark in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

NEW PARK FURNITURE FOR A DUTCH NATIONAL HERITAGE
The last jewels are added to the crown after ten years of renovation of the Vondelpark.

A professional jury has unanimously chosen the design of Anouk Vogel
and Johan Selbing as the winning proposal in a competition for the new
park furniture of the Vondelpark in Amsterdam.”

SOURCE: Dezeen – Vondel Verses by Anouk Vogel and Johan Selbing

Green trees deliver green benefits – ABC News (Australia)

ABC News reports

“The economic benefits of greening urban areas outweigh the costs, a new US study has found.

Dr Greg McPherson of the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Davis, California will present the most comprehensive modelling to date on urban forests at the Urban Greenscapes Symposium in Canberra this week.

“This research is quantifying the role trees can play in clearing the
air, reducing stormwater runoff, sequestering carbon dioxide and saving
energy,” says McPherson, of the Center for Urban Forest Research…”

SOURCE: ABC News (Australia) – Green trees deliver green benefits

Rwanda: Kigali Master Plan Launched

allAfrica.com reports

“Kigali City Council (KCC) yesterday launched its Conceptual Master Plan which will serve as a roadmap for the expansion of the city in the next 50 years.

The Master Plan is based on research and analysis of a wide range of background conditions and technical aspects outlined in the existing conditions report.”

SOURCE: allAfrica.com: Rwanda: Kigali Master Plan Launched (Page 1 of 1)

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