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.

Treeless Christmas comes to Granville – Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Sun reports

“There will be no Christmas lights twinkling in the trees along downtown Granville Street this year.

As of Tuesday, only stumps remained of the section of urban forest that stretched from Smithe Street down to the Granville Street Bridge.

Trees along Granville Street have been cut down as city prepares for neighbourhood upgrade. In total, 120 mainly ornamental cherry trees were cut down last week as the City of Vancouver began preparation work on a $21-million neighbourhood upgrade.”

[SOURCE: Vancouver Sun Treeless Christmas comes to Granville].

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