India’s urban poor are being squeezed for living space – The Guardian

Guardian reports

There are few more forbidding environments than the American jail system. But it appears that urban life in India may be worse. According to the latest Indian government figures, people in its cities have just 5.5 sq m (59 sq ft) per person – the minimum specified for US prisons.

[SOURCE: Guardian – India's urban poor are being squeezed for living space]

Britain’s cruise ship QE2 arrives to Dubai – International Herald Tribune

IHT reports

Britain’s most famous luxury cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, arrived in Dubai on Wednesday where it will turn into a floating hotel moored off an artificial palm-shaped island.

[SOURCE: Britain's cruise ship QE2 arrives to Dubai - International Herald Tribune].

Leighton JV wins $USD2.4 bln UAE construction deal

The Al Habtoor Leighton Group has signed a letter of intent for the AED 8.85 billion (USD$2.4 billion) Dubai Pearl mixed-use development for Pearl Dubai FZ LLC.

The project involves the construction of an integrated city overlooking the Palm Jumeirah development in Dubai.

Dubai Pearl will feature an iconic building structure comprising four 73-storey mixed-use towers, world-renowned fashion and technology brands, and the Baccarat Hotel and Residences, and will provide a 24-hour living city with commercial, retail, residential and leisure facilities.

[SOURCE: Leighton Holdings]

SustainLane’s 2008 US City Rankings – SustainLane.com

SustainLane has released its 2008 USA Sustainable City Rankings

This report benchmarks each city’s performance in 16 areas of urban sustainability, including an essential new measurement this year: Water Supply.

1. Portland
2. San Francisco
3. Seattle
4. Chicago
5. New York

Most Improved City – Atlanta

Find out where your city came and why @ the [SOURCE: SustainLane's 2008 US City Rankings - SustainLane.com].

Council to consider occupancy limit | press-citizen.com | Iowa City Press Citizen

City Press Citizen reports

“Iowa City Council will vote for the second time Tuesday to consider restricting the number of unrelated people living together. Only three unrelated people, two fewer than what is allowed now, would be able to live in a single unit, according to the ordinance.

“The concern is to keep the downtown viable for everybody,” said Christina Kuecker, associate planner with Iowa City’s Urban Planning Division””

Council to consider occupancy limit | press-citizen.com | Iowa City Press Citizen.

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