Los Angeles International Airport is in the middle of an ongoing $14 billion overhaul, and the massive project is prompting other cities to upgrade their airports as well. By 2019, it's expected that spending on airport improvements nationwide could amount to $13 billion a year.
Many cities moving toward smart technology are interested in investing in "solutions that are based on open IT," according to research firm IDC. It notes that
modular solutions can help cities try different technologies to improve security or data quality, while also measuring their progress on program objectives.
Pittsburgh's Schenley Plaza is an example of how an urban green space can provide innovative, fun and informative community events, writes Scott Roller of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. The 5-acre site hosts a steady stream of events and vendors highlighting various cultures and experiences.
Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman and the Cleveland Metroparks Rangers have been honored by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association. The parks system earlier won this year's National Gold Medal Award from the National Recreation and Parks Association.
The Des Moines, Iowa, metro area is smaller than many US metros but generally has more parkland per 1,000 residents and spends more per resident that the annual median, according to the Trust for Public Land. "In order to compete and to address services that our residents want and the people locating to Ankeny desire," said Ankeny City Manager David Jones, "it's important to make significant investments in parks and recreation amenities."
Hiking and biking trails provide health benefits by encouraging physical activity and social interaction, according to a study of the GreenBelt trail in Carrollton, Ga. "The trail facilitates walking with friends, especially in a city where the lack of sidewalks can make it a challenge to walk anywhere at all and even harder to walk side-by-side with other people," write three instructors at the University of West Georgia.
Playground equipment from a closed elementary school is being brought to Veterans Memorial/Lawrence H. McKinney Park in Saginaw, Mich., thanks to Project Unify. The nonprofit's focus is on adding value to Saginaw's urban parks.
Sacramento, Calif., is rich in small community parks but has been less successful with funding larger regional parks and recreational facilities. Parks officials plan to ask the city to free up about $3 million a year in existing tax revenue to pay for upgrades and amenities at regional parks.
A $35,000 donation will help pay for a new hiking trail and picnic tables in American Canyon, Calif. The gift came from the American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation.
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