From a source, I hear that the following compensation was offered to the villagers at tonight's meeting: Two-storey cluster houses: upstairs - 600 square feet; downstairs - 600 sq feet; outside porch, etc - 200 sq feet. The developer would allocate...
While the furore about hill-slope development continues, this photo was taken by a concerned Penangite this morning at Taman Desaria, Sungai Ara. Can you imagine living in front of that? [googlemaps https://maps.google.com.my/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=desa+ria+sungai+ara&aq=&sll=5.370545,100.296852&sspn=0.184238,0.308647&ie=UTF8&hq=desa+ria&hnear=Sungai+Ara,+Bayan+Lepas,+Penang&t=h&ll=5.322244,100.264492&spn=0.020083,0.020127&z=15&output=embed&w=470&h=470]
Hopefully, the Penang state government will put in place a large public park and other free recreational spaces, vegetable farms and fruit orchards for food security, and planned sustainable transport infrastructure, including bicycle lanes and top quality pedestrian networks...
The Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 2 EIA report is on public display at Level 4 of Komtar until 21 February - but response to view the three volumes has been poor. http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=140556 The process appears to be just going through...
Urban planner Chau Loon Wai has given us a glimpse of what Penang Road, Air Itam Road, Prangin Canal and Sungai Pinang could look like. A good dose of planning could do wonders for the quality of...
Photos by a kind soul 1600: The developer, Nusmetro, has held a press conference in George Town. It denies there was any legal agreement to hold back demolition, according to a reporter at the scene. Only a court order can...
Watch what happens when a visionary mayor, Jaime Lerner (now retired), sets about transforming the city of Curitiba, Brazil, into a model of sustainable development and urban planning. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRD3l3rlMpo?rel=0&w=600&h=450]
Another massive land reclamation project has received approval in principle from the Penang state government. This time it is Eastern and Oriental (E&O) Bhd's plan to reclaim an additional 740 acres in Tanjong Tokong under Phase 2 of the...
More than a dozen years ago, Penang property prices were climbing and speculators were diving into the property market. Then the unthinkable happened, and the property sector slumped during the Asian financial crisis. The country/state suffered from a...
Gurney Drive, a major landmark in Penang, will be significantly changed with the Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 2 project undertaken by E & O. http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984 This morning I attended the public consultation attended by a few hundred people at the Straits...

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