Urbanization News June 3

This week’s featured story is the semiannual occurrence of Manhattanhenge, when the setting sun aligns with the east-west streets of the Manhattan’s grid.

This photo is by Michael Tapp, from Tuesday May 31.  If you missed this week’s “Manhattan Solstice” you can catch it again Tuesday July 12 at 8:25pm EDT.  Enjoy more photos from Gothamist.

Living in the Endless City Book Launch On Monday June 6 the London School of Economics Urban Age Group will hold and event marking the launch of their new book Living in the Endless City.  This book follows up on the work of The Endless City

Marking the launch of a new book on Mumbai, São Paulo and İstanbul – the outcome of the Urban Age research programme at LSE – the event will explore how social and environmental equity are determined by the spatial and political organisation of some of the world’s most complex cities. Find the full event details at LSE Cities.

Cities alter storm intensity We already know that cities are hotter than rural areas due to the urban heat effect, but a new report shows how cities also change the intensity of storms: 

Urban areas have “a strong climatological influence on regional thunderstorms,” scientists conclude in the May Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climate… As storms approached the city, their structure changed in 71 percent of daytime storms and 42 percent of nighttime ones. Many storms broke or skirted the urban area… The scientists suspect the changes trace to urban areas’ tall buildings, pollution and heat-island effect. Read more from Janet Raloff at Science News

Hello Kitty Theme Park Planned in China A new theme park may not seem like immediate news for urbanist but it will certainly be interesting to see how the rural Chinese town of Anji develops along side this new park.

Sanrio Corporation, the Japanese company that created the popular mouthless cat in 1974, has announced that it will build a Hello Kitty theme park in the rural town of Anji, several hours’ drive from the major cities of Hangzhou and Shanghai. Working with a Chinese construction company, Sanrio plans to open the park, which will include rides and a hotel, by 2014.  Read more from the New York Times.

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