City officials in New Rochelle, N.Y., are hoping to persuade Amazon to build its new headquarters by offering multiple site options: office development in the downtown core and a recreational space for employees on Davids Island. Development Commissioner Luiz Aragon says New Rochelle also offers "access to the region without really having to be within the boundaries of New York City."
Authorities in the Tajikistani city of Dushanbe are tearing down many old Soviet buildings to make room for more modern apartment buildings and shopping malls as part of an urban development strategy aimed at accommodating the rapid growth the city expects to see over the next decade. Work is already underway on a new parliament, an elevated highway and metro stations.
An audit of the Davis County sheriff's office in Utah found time card fraud, improper spending and unauthorized use of vehicles and equipment. Sheriff Todd Richardson attributed the findings to paperwork errors.
Deputy City Manager Wiley Stem III received unanimous support from the Waco, Texas, City Council to succeed longtime City Manager Dale Fisseler, who plans to retire in March. "I love the city, I love working here, I love the people that I work with and we have a lot of exciting things going on in Waco," Stem said.
The property of Cliveden, in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, dates to 1767 and was the site of a Revolutionary War battle. The property highlights its history through tours, student activities, Eagle Scout projects and use as a public park.
Officials in Charleston County, S.C., are asking residents for feedback on proposed projects the county could undertake using greenbelt funds derived from a half-cent sales tax approved in 2004. One option is for the county to buy out properties that are prone to flooding and use them as conservation easements.
Many community parks aren't living up to their potential as places to promote public health, and a study by RAND Corp., City Parks Alliance and The Trust for Public Land has suggestions for improving visitor engagement. The study says parks need a better variety of features and activities, better marketing and offerings for different age groups.
More needs to be done to expand forested areas in Baltimore, write Katie Lautar and Miriam Avins of nonprofit Baltimore Green Space. "Despite all the value they provide, protections for forested land in Baltimore are minimal; municipal and individual action is needed," they write.
Two groups plan to build a park to commemorate Ford Hunger March of 1932, during which five people were killed when police and Ford Motor security guards fought with unemployed autoworkers. The Fort Street Bridge Park is still about $300,000 away from its funding goal.
Three playgrounds will be built in Pendleton, Ore., thanks to a grant pledge by playground builder GameTime to match the city's spending on equipment. The playgrounds will help replace five shut down two years ago because the equipment wasn't safe.
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