Shanghai maglev rail route may detour to avoid residences- Xinhua

The planners of the Shanghai-Hangzhou magnetic levitation (maglev) rail project will design the proposed route to avoid residential buildings and lessen the impact of radiation upon people, according to a municipal government official.

“The maglev project has basically two environmental effects: noise and magnetic radiation,” said Zhang Quan, deputy director of the Shanghai Environmental Bureau.

A maglev train generates high levels of noise at speeds exceeding 200 kilometers per hour. “A possible solution for the noise problem may be slowing the train in downtown areas and speeding it up when it leaves urban districts,” said Zhang.

Approved by the central government in March 2006, the 175-km Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev rail project is estimated to cost 35 billion yuan (4.5 billion U.S. dollars). Trains will be able to reach a speed of 450 km per hour.

Shanghai maglev rail route may detour to avoid residences_English_Xinhua.

Rejuvenating one of Israel’s oldest urban centers

Compared to such ancient cities as Jerusalem, Acre, Safed and Jaffa, Petah Tikva is a foundling. In relation to the modern Zionist communities, however, it is one of the oldest urban centers in Israel.

PETAH TIKVA’S city center is undergoing a rehabilitation that is expected to result in a soaring real estate prices.

Rejuvenating one of Israel’s oldest urban centers | Jerusalem Post.

Casting Rutland alley as a park

Rutland residents weighing in on the future of the Center Street Alley expressed interest in commercial use, grass and trees and, above all, flexibility at the city’s most hidden park.

Long underutilized and frequently victimized by vandals, the park recently attracted the attention of a local creative economy group trying to revitalize the park by redesigning and rebuilding it.

What the brick-faced and multi-tiered venue might look like in the future won’t be known until landscape architects complete conceptual designs in January.

Casting Rutland alley as a park: Rutland Herald Online.

Government’s offshore wind power target branded ‘pie in the sky’

Industry secretary John Hutton announced in Berlin that Britain wanted to expand offshore wind power to provide about a fifth of the country’s electricity by 2020. This would mark a big increase from the current level of less than 1%.

Five years ago the then energy minister, Brian Wilson, announced that vast areas of shallow sea around Britain would be earmarked for an expansion of wind power that theoretically could power Britain three times over

Government’s offshore wind power target branded ‘pie in the sky’ | Environment | The Guardian.

Historic graffiti mural discovered in Manhattan building

NEW YORK – It was the stuff of urban legend – rumours that a historic SoHo building had important graffiti hidden in its walls.

Except, in this case, it was true. A large mural that was created by some of graffiti’s earliest pioneers was discovered recently in a 10-storey limestone building just as developers were converting it into luxury condominiums.

The artwork contains a variety of images and writing executed in spray paint, grease pencil, magic marker and whatever else was at hand – in silver, gold, pink and red. There are cartoonlike pictures of a bomber airplane, images of a heart and a cake, and several references to Quaaludes, a popular 1970s party drug.

The Canadian Press: Historic graffiti mural discovered in Manhattan building.

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