City veggie gardens flourish

Forget budget furniture or do-it-yourself interior design – New Yorkers are switching to homegrown dining in an effort to cut costs as the economy flounders.

The number of green-thumbed residents using the city’s vegetable gardens has increased by the bushel in recent months because of soaring prices in the food aisles.

“We have had a huge increase in our participation this year,” said Jennifer Plewka, who manages Drew Gardens in the Bronx, where membership doubled from 25 to 50 in the last year.

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Wild orchids taking hold in city : Express & Star

It is hard to believe that under this carpet of stunning purple orchids lies a landfill site.

His desire to spruce up neglected plots of land came following a trip to Holland in 1981, where he was taught the skill of sowing hay to produce orchids. And back home, the former professor of plant ecology at Wolverhampton University set about sprucing up pieces of land which had been left to rot as eyesores.

After talks with Wolverhampton City Council’s landscape architect Peter Millett, the pair decided that a former landfill site in Kitchen Lane, Wednesfield, would be the perfect spot to create a stunning meadow.

SOURCE: Express & StarWild orchids taking hold in city .

Landscaping wait grows – Leader Post

Reginans who want their yards landscaped can thank the current boom in the housing industry for longer-than-normal wait times.

Landscaping architects and contractors alike are struggling to keep up with a higher-than-normal demand for their services.

“Like all the other aspects of the construction industry, the landscape side is certainly booming,” agreed Cam Patterson, senior landscape architect for Stantec Consulting Ltd. and past-president of the Saskatchewan Association of Landscape Architects.

The increase in demand for landscaping services is translating into longer wait times for customers. “Projects are definitely taking longer to get built,” Patterson said. “Our biggest problem is finding people to do the work from the design side. We’re looking to hire,” Patterson said.

SOURCE: LeaderPost – – Landscaping wait grows 

UAE prepares for theme park boom –

The UAE may soon be the world’s premiere home for theme parks as an increasing number of entertainment giants such as Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment are teaming up with local developers to build mega resorts in the country. However, as billions of dollars are being poured into these projects, some experts are raising concerns about whether these parks will be as successful as hoped.

SOURCE: – UAE prepares for theme park boom – UAE Focus.

India’s politicians pay the price for ignoring booming urban economy – News

IT HAS been a frustrating time for many businesses in India’s IT hub of Bangalore. Endless traffic jams, sporadic power, a chaotic airport and many politicians who just couldn’t give a damn.
For four years, Karnataka state, home to India’s “silicon valley”, was ruled by a chaotic coalition with a regional party. Janata Dal (S)’s support base was among farmers, and politicians were criticised for ignoring Bangalore’s IT “elites”.

The result: more decrepit public transport, four-hour commutes, packed roads and blackouts that have taken some gleam off this city as it faces increasing competition for foreign investment from rival cities such as Shanghai and Manila.

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PA to invest $2b in urban projects – Israel Money,

PA to invest $2b in urban projects

Some 1,400 businessmen attend Palestinian Authority’s financial conference in Bethlehem, pledge investments, discuss future of Palestinian economy.

The Palestinian Authority held a financial investors conference last week in Bethlehem. The conference, hailed a great success was led by Tarik Abbas – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ son.

The goal: To show the world the Palestinians have rehabilitated their economy and that the West Bank should not be considered a safe bet for overseas investors.

Read more @ the SOURCE: – PA to invest $2b in urban projects – Israel Money, .

China to build 1.5 mln make-shift houses for quake-affected people – Xinhua

CHENGDU, May 24 (Xinhua) — China will build 1.5 million make-shift houses in the quake-stricken Sichuan Province, which are expected to endure at least three years, Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development Jiang Weixin said Saturday.

The houses, offering 20 square meters floor space each, should be made of anti-quake and environment-friendly materials and equipped with lighting facilities, Jiang said at a meeting held by the State Council’s earthquake relief headquarters here in the provincial capital.

Supportive public facilities such as schools and medical service should also be set up, he added.

The unaffected provinces in the quake were required to provide aid to a designated stricken area in Sichuan. Jiang said the unaffected provinces or municipalities should appoint skilled builders and transport the makeshift houses to the quake-hit areas as soon as possible.

SOURCE: Xinhua News Agency – China to build 1.5 mln make-shift houses for quake-affected people_English

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