‘Urban’ doesn’t have to mean more dense: Beyond DC

I just read J. Daniel Malouff  post about  how people can still live in higher density but aren’t getting the benefits of urban living at his blog Beyond DC .  I know this type of community is not just limited to Washington DC or the USA it’s happening all across the world where communities are living in higher density but are lacking the transport and services needed to make urban living actually livable. As Malouff states

….suburban apartments are simply preposterous. If you’re going to be building at that density anyway, then for goodness sake use an urban layout.

Read more at Beyond DC – ‘Urban’ doesn’t have to mean more dense

Rochester hires consultant for master planning

Postbulletin.com reports

The Rochester City Council agreed on Monday to spend $100,000 to hire Sasaki and Associates to prepare a new master plan for downtown Rochester.

The total cost of the plan is nearly $350,000…………

read more at the [SOURCE: Postbulletin.com: Rochester, MN].

Link urban and rural India

Prakash Joshi of the The Times of India reports in Link urban and rural India, says Rahul

“There is one India living in the urban areas, which is completely different from the one in rural India. We have to connect the two so
that the latter also enjoys the fruits of India’s growth,” said AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi at a rally in Panvel on Thursday.

The venue was apt, as Panvel has a mix of both urban and rural India. Within a few kilometres from the main town is rural Panvel, which has witnessed a lot of protests recently. Some have been over land acquisitions for Cidco, the proposed Navi Mumbai SEZ and Mahamumbai SEZ.

read more from the SOURCE: The Times of India – Link urban and rural India, says Rahul – Mumbai

Urban Farms, a Growing Trend – Digital City

Digital City reports

“A recent chapter in urban gardening starts in Detroit, Mich. with Hantz Farms whose plan is to be the world’s largest urban farm.The first part of the plan seeks to utilize vacant land and abandoned properties in Detroit’s lower east side, adding up to over 70 acres.”

SOURCE: Digital CityUrban Farms, a Growing Trend

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Diridon Station to Be Focus of Harvard Design Group

From PR-USA.net

“The City of San Jose has entered into an agreement with the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for an Urban Design Studio Project to begin identifying possibilities for the future of San Jose’s Diridon Station and its adjacent surroundings.

The project, “New Ways: San Jose/Silicon Valley,” will offer a creative vision that will support overall economic development goals, enhance grant funding opportunities for the station expansion, and complement other planning taking place in preparation for the start of California’s new high-speed rail service.”

SOURCE: PR-USA.net – Diridon Station to Be Focus of Harvard Design Group


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