Detroit's riverfront is thriving, with plans to add another two miles to its length. City officials are trying to encourage continued investment along the waterfront while keeping the space diverse, economically and otherwise.
Las Vegas, which receives around four inches of rain per year, is one of the most progressive US cities when it comes to water technology. The city recently partnered with both public and private entities to create WaterStart, an incubator for new water technology.
Amsterdam plans to appoint the world's first "bicycle mayor" this summer. The semi-official post will advocate for cycling concerns to city hall and community groups. "We need to keep promoting bike culture, to show that bikes are amazing," said Maud de Vries, co-founder of CycleSpace, an organization that advocates for bikes.
New York City's free Wi-Fi network, known as LinkNYC, is already coming online, and the city expects to replace 500 pay phones with smart kiosks by midsummer. The kiosks' connectivity will generate ad revenue to pay for themselves and will also allow for streamlined communication throughout the city.
Jersey City, N.J., will spend $300,000 over five years to help a parks coalition plant 5,000 trees. Separately, the free OpenTreeMap app will enable residents to identify and keep a record of trees and learn about needed maintenance.
Nature and health are linked, and there's a lot we can do to improve both, writes David Suzuki, an author and environmental expert. "[C]onnecting with nature is beneficial for physical and mental health. Caring for ourselves and the biosphere would pay many times over in improved health and happiness," he writes.
The Bay Area Bike Share program in San Francisco has announced plans for an expansion that will add another 1,500 bikes to the current 700 in the area. The first phase of the three-phase expansion will add 34 stations and 350 bikes to Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland city centers.
Traditional methods for gathering public opinion research, such as telephone polling, are no longer effective, writes Adam Davis. City researchers are using online surveys and social tools to gather information that's demographically and statistically more accurate.
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