The National Park Service celebrates its centennial today, with a mission that includes conservation, providing access to nature for all Americans and keeping an eye on the future, writes National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. "[W]e are the only federal agency with a mandate to ensure that the American people have some fun," he writes.
Land stretching 10 miles beneath Miami's Metrorail tracks has been proposed as an urban trail called the Underline. Work would begin next year on the park, which is patterned after New York City's High Line by the same team of designers.
Designers Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan have won a worldwide competition to redesign and revitalize the New York State Pavilion, left dormant since the 1964 World's Fair. Officials estimate the project, which may not include Doyle and Wan's design, will cost New York City more than $50 million.
Host Compliance is a startup that helps local governments uncover evidence that Airbnb and its competitors are violating local ordinances. Service fees can be tens of thousands of dollars a year, but city officials say the cost is less than that of hiring full-time employees to do the work.
The parks department in Raleigh, N.C., has created the Litter Reporter app to collect information on cleanup needs. The department notes and tracks citizen trash reports and then uses the data to best address the problem.
A proposed 6-mile parkway and linear park has been proposed for Portland, Ore., with plans and renderings displayed at a public even this past weekend. The Green Loop, which has not been funded, would also connect 24 small parks along its path.
The East Providence, R.I., City Council voted to hire Timothy Chapman as interim city manager. Chapman previously served as city solicitor.
The Columbia, Mo., City Council is weighing a proposal to give employees 10 weeks of paid parental leave. "I think it's a benefit that if we can't pull it off this budget year, it is definitely something we should work toward," said Councilman Michael Trapp.
Only 11 of the 28 private universities with more than $2 billion in endowments contributed unrestricted money to the local municipalities last year, according to a new analysis. Some community leaders are urging schools to give more, while officials in some cities are implementing policies to entice colleges to offer more support.
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