Transport key to cities’ growth: minister

Asiaone.com reports that “The quality of urban transport matters greatly to a city’s character, its liveability, and whether it can continue to sustain itself and grow, said Transport Minister Raymond Lim yesterday.

‘Today, about half of the world’s population already lives in cities,’ he said, adding that a UN report forecasts that this would rise to 70% in the next 40 years.”

SOURCE: Asiaone motoring – Transport key to cities’ growth: minister.

Atlanta a poor choice for real estate investing, report says | ajc.com

AJC.com reports that “the construction activity in Buckhead is “goofy.”

That description comes not from a disgruntled neighbor but the Urban Land Institute, a national organization of developers, many of whom are in Atlanta.

Buckhead absorbs less than 500,000 square feet of office space annually, but more than 2 million square feet is under construction, the report said.

ULI presented its annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report on Tuesday and once again Atlanta is portrayed as overbuilt and not a particularly attractive place to invest.”

SOURCE: ajc.com – Atlanta a poor choice for real estate investing, report says | ajc.com.

Green roof innovations flourish on Colorado campus building – SmartBrief

“Grand Junction, Colo., has an innovative green roof installed on the new business building at Mesa State College. Landscape architect Rob Breeden said he designed the 6,000-square-foot roof to be unique in various ways — all of the plants are either drought-tolerant or cold-hardy, and custom planters have a unique soil mix that will keep them light even after watered to ease pressure on the roof structure”

SOURCE: OPEI SmartBriefGreen roof innovations flourish on Colorado campus building

Quake relic park opens in Sichuan – Shanghai Daily

THE first Sichuan earthquake relic park opened today in Qingchuan County of Guangyuan City.

The park covers nearly 50 square kilometers and includes five villages and one town, Chengdu Business Daily reported today.

The area was the most heavily damaged by the May 12 earthquake that measured 8.0 on the Richter scale. Thirty-six quake lakes formed within the park’s area and other geological formations created by the quake can be seen.

SOURCE: Shanghai Daily – Quake relic park opens in Sichuan

Penn State Outreach Program Wins National Award for ‘Rethinking Urban Poverty’ – MarketWatch

“The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and the Outreach Scholarship Partnership has awarded Lakshman Yapa, a professor of geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State, the 2008 C. Peter Magrath Engagement Award for his work with Rethinking Urban Poverty: the Philadelphia Field Project.”

SOURCE: MarketWatch – Penn State Outreach Program Wins National Award for ‘Rethinking Urban Poverty’

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