“We see urbanization continuing. We see a younger generation flocking into (the) city center. We see more and more people without a car,” said Gerard Groener, managing director of Ingka Centres. “To reach this audience, we need to be closer than we were. We were not visible anymore to them. There was no awareness, and we were not accessible to them anymore. So that’s the drive into the city.” … [Read more...] about SF Mayor London Breed says IKEA mall will make ‘huge difference’ for downtown
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Meanwhile, the majority of the workforce still work in factories or warehouses or in health care, public transportation or the service sector and have never been given the option to work remotely, during the crisis or before. "It has changed the shape of our cities already. It is the poorly paid workers who are often black and brown who are traveling on buses and risk contact while the white middle classes studiously avoid urban encounters. I think cities like will become even more phobic and divided as a result," Back adds. … [Read more...] about Does COVID-19 spell curtains for the office?
Would you rather spend up to an hour-and-a-half travelling to the office, squashed like a sardine on a tube or train? Or start the day in the right headspace, having spent more time with the kids, done the school run and returned to work at home for far longer than you would do in the office? … [Read more...] about Darren Lewis: No amount of sanitiser will sway employees and firms back into office
Between 2015 and 2019, TfL spent £5.3 million on 'monitoring' the structure. By 2016, a repair plan budgeted at £27 million had been agreed but TfL never quite got round to starting it. Last year, a few days after the Boat Race, engineers suddenly noticed that things were much worse and so the bridge was closed overnight to all traffic. By then, the repair bill was put at £40 million. Now, it is £140 million. … [Read more...] about Why IS this a bridge too far? It says everything about modern Britain’s paralysis: an iconic bridge across the Thames shut even to boats passing beneath it… because squabbling officials can’t agree who should pay to fix it, writes ROBERT HARDMAN
The said the barrack remains unoccupied at present but even if it were to be occupied by other inmates, it would still be infinitely spacious. Modi's defence team has indicated that it intends to challenge the prison conditions in the course of its arguments this week to try and establish it as inadequate to meet the UK's human rights requirements. … [Read more...] about Nirav Modi extradition case: UK court given fresh video tour of Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail