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World Bank offers new credit to develop urban centres – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

The World Bank (WB) Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved a US$194.36 million credit plan to help four secondary cities in Việt Nam build critically-needed municipal infrastructure and strengthen urban planning.— Photo ndh.vn WASHINGTON — The World Bank (WB) Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved a US$194.36 million credit plan to help four secondary cities in Việt Nam build critically-needed municipal infrastructure and strengthen urban planning. The Dynamic Cities Integrated Development Project aims to increase access to improved urban services in Kỳ Anh in Hà Tĩnh Province, Tĩnh Gia in Thanh Hóa…

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China’s mass urbanisation projects mean the end for Guangzhou’s 1,000 year-old urban villages

A doomsday atmosphere has developed in the village of Chentian on the outskirts of Guangzhou, the capital of China’s Guangdong province. Red banners urge local residents to leave the village that has stood for over 800 years, small shops are clearing out their inventories, and people who had lived there for decades are nervously debating their uncertain futures.The whole mini world of Chentian – made up of hundreds of low-rise concrete buildings and thousands of small shops and restaurants… Source link

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Hong Kong tops the world’s most expensive cities for owning homes in CBRE study of 35 urban centres

Hong Kong was the world’s most expensive urban centre to buy a home in, with the average residential property costing 40 per cent more than second-placed city Singapore, according to a survey of 35 cities around the world by real estate consultant CBRE.The average cost of owning a home rose 5.5 per cent last year to HK$6.9 million (US$1.2 million), which translates to US$2,091 per square foot for a typical abode measuring 574 square feet (53 square metres), CBRE said.The survey findings… Source link

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Singapore wants to liven up CBD with more hotels and residential property, according to urban plan

Living where you work and play may not seem like the ideal balance in terms of escaping the grind, but it is a key plank of Singapore’s vision for its central business district.Like many cities’ financial centres, Singapore’s is bustling by day and close to deserted on a weekend. The government hopes to change that and laid out details of how it aims to go about it in an urban draft plan released last month.Chief among the proposals is increasing the number of residential developments and… Source link

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The US is ready for this super cheap urban mobility solution, says Chinese electric scooter maker

Niu Technologies, a maker of high-end electric scooters, will expand into the US market this year as the Beijing-based start-up bets its two-wheelers will catch on outside Asia as a way to help ease urban congestion.Chief executive Li Yan said the company was seeking to broaden earnings contributed from different regions of the world, adding that income from international sales “is still a very small part of our portfolio”.“We are selling in 27 countries compared with 17 countries this time… Source link

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Singapore 

Urban legend in the making: Who is the Yishun Mask Lady? , Singapore News

Yishun estate is infamous for being Singapore’s “Upside Down”.  Now imagine walking through the blocks of the estate to find a masked lady staring you down. Is that a human? Or are my eyes playing tricks on me? Well, if it eases your mind, you’ve probably just met Yishun’s newest quirk, the Yishun Mask Lady.  The Yishun Mask Lady definitely passes off as a character from urban legends. Picking out oranges and shuffling through the supermarket with a huge mask that covers her whole head, she sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the…

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China 

Almost one-third of Chinese cities are shrinking, but urban planners told to keep building

The perception that China’s urbanisation is still in full swing is untrue for nearly one-third of Chinese cities, whose populations are shrinking, according to new findings by a Chinese university.A research team from Tsinghua University used satellite imagery to monitor the intensity of night lights in more than 3,300 cities and towns between 2013 and 2016. In 28 per cent of cases, the lights had dimmed.China now has 938 shrinking cities, according to Long Ying, an urban planning expert at… Source link

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Urban farmers frustrated with people taking their produce from Choa Chu Kang garden, Singapore News

A group of local gardeners have had the last straw with passers-by taking and eating produce grown in an allotment garden at Choa Chu Kang Park. Stomp contributor Jaime and her uncle Wellington, who call themselves urban farmers, alerted Stomp to the situation after their fresh batch of passion fruits were found missing in the early hours of Mar 1. “Those passion fruits took three months to harvest,” an exasperated Jaime told Stomp. “On Feb 28 at about 4.30pm, I last saw my passion fruits intact and nothing was amiss,”…

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Vietnam 

Hà Nội wants Asia Foundation to help boost urban agriculture – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Farmers tend to their vegetables in Hoài Đức, a suburban district of Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Vũ Sinh Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội is willing to co-operate with Asia Foundation to promote urban agricultural production, said Chairman of Hà Nội Nguyễn Đức Chung at his meeting with Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Việt Nam Michael DiGregorio. Speaking at the meeting in the capital city on Thursday, Chung said he appreciated the operational efficiency of the Asia Foundation’s projects in Hà Nội. He said its…

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A pedestrian-friendly approach could transform key urban areas into vibrant social and retail hubs

Hong Kong’s retail landscape is in danger of falling behind, as millennial and Generation Z consumers, who continue to influence the future of retail by setting new benchmarks for the industry, demand digitally-engaging, entertaining and shareworthy experiences. I believe a fundamental mindset shift is needed to deliver these experiences and secure Hong Kong’s retail competitiveness moving forward. To reinvigorate retail, the answer could lie in addressing one of the city’s major challenges: a… Source link

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