BBC: Why city life may be bad for you by Nick Triggle

When it comes to getting people to be more active, much of the attention is focused on the improving sports facilities, encouraging people to join the gym or lambasting schools for not doing enough PE. But could another crucial factor be the way neighbourhoods are designed? The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) thinks so.… Continue reading BBC: Why city life may be bad for you by Nick Triggle

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EPF is calling out tenders to the first out of eight parcels of land in Sungai Buloh

The first parcel up for grabs next month will be a 26ha town centre-transportation hub. Eight parcels will be tendered eventually with EPF projecting RM11bil in land sales revenue from 546ha, which works out to RM187 per sq ft . Do you remember how much EPF bought the RRI land for? Let me refresh your… Continue reading EPF is calling out tenders to the first out of eight parcels of land in Sungai Buloh

Pekeliling Flats are going to be demolished

NST reports that demolition work on Pekeliling Flats has begun last week and is expected to finish in two years. TWO FREAKING YEARS? WTF? source I wonder, who's paying for the demolition. Even though the mayor said that government-appointed developer Asie  is responsible for demolishing the structures, I am not too convinced. The chronology of… Continue reading Pekeliling Flats are going to be demolished

Jalan Cochrane Government Quarters is set to become IKEA Cochrane (and more condominiums)

After learning the completion of tunnel boring work from the Cochrane to Pasar Rakyat station of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line , I decided to compile information on Jalan Cochrane. Jalan Cochrane used to be a quiet, leafy, close knit neighbourhood filled with rows and rows of quaint pre-war government quarters but sadly, the quarters were unfairly… Continue reading Jalan Cochrane Government Quarters is set to become IKEA Cochrane (and more condominiums)

Why the monarchy isn’t any better than democratically elected leaders (when it comes to selling off public land for their own benefit)

It seems that Sultan Johor has sold off 116 acres of prime land on the Johor Bahru waterfront (where the old Customs, Immigration and Quarantine was sited) to a China-based developer. So there you go, public land being sold off not just to any developer, but to a foreign-based developer. Read the full article at The… Continue reading Why the monarchy isn’t any better than democratically elected leaders (when it comes to selling off public land for their own benefit)

The New York Times: Inequality Is a Choice By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ

The Great Divide | October 13, 2013, 9:06 pm It’s well known by now that income and wealth inequality in most rich countries, especially the United States, have soared in recent decades and, tragically, worsened even more since the Great Recession. But what about the rest of the world? Is the gap between countries narrowing,… Continue reading The New York Times: Inequality Is a Choice By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ