Mayor Luigi Brugnaro of Venice, Italy, is asking UNESCO to exclude the city from its list of World Heritage sites after federal officials failed to endorse a plan that would close off a city canal to cruise ships. Brugnaro says his city no longer has confidence that Italy's government will help protect it.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, city manager Janette Smith has promised the city will provide protection against hate groups for events on public property after a confrontation between Pride supporters and religious protesters left several people injured. Smith also says the city is looking into preventing the use of public spaces for events hosted by hate groups.
The Philadelphia City Council plans to conduct public hearings after the city's police department finishes an investigation into Facebook posts by more than 300 of its officers that contained violent and racist content. Seventy-two officers have been placed on administrative leave as multiple parties determine whether some or all of the posts are protected under the Constitution.
If leaders want a culture of feedback, it's their responsibility to go first by seeking advice from the people around them, writes management consultant M. Tamra Chandler. "You'll set a precedent that your people can come to you to share both the good and the bad, which will be liberating for them and enlightening for you," Chandler writes.
Commissioners in Jackson County, Fla., rejected a proposal to increase local gas taxes to generate revenue for infrastructure maintenance and repairs. "[T]his would have been a way that everybody that drove on these roads would have paid for them," says commissioner Lloyd Sutterfield.
Belvedere Castle in New York City's Central Park will reopen June 28 after being closed for over a year for restoration work. The castle more closely resembles what it was intended for when it was built in 1858.
Dog ownership is up in the US, according to a trade association's figures, which could be driving an increase in recreation and park departments operating dog parks. This article profiles the benefits for animals and humans at the dog park in South Kingstown, R.I.
Haywood County, N.C., is considering changes to its Recreation and Parks Department to focus it on economic development and avoid overlap with the town of Waynesville's agency. Separately, Santa Rosa, Calif., is merging its Department of Recreation and Parks with another city office as part of a larger reorganization.
Two splash pads run by Jacksonville, N.C., Recreation and Parks are getting aquatic wheelchairs this summer.
A proposed playground in Spokane, Wash., would serve all children, including those with sensory issues. The Shane's Inspiration Playground, funded by a donation, would have a separate sensory area and accessible parking.
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