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2/5/2016

The number of vehicles in central London during rush hour nearly halved in 2014 compared with 2000, according to a report by Transport for London. Meanwhile, the number of cyclists tripled. The report credits a congestion charge introduced in 2003.

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CityLab
2/5/2016

The Sunland Park, N.M., City Council has hired Bob Gallagher as interim city manager. Gallagher, a former regent with New Mexico State University, has a six-month contract. He also works part time as city manager of Jal.

2/4/2016

Connecting with younger visitors and a more diverse audience are important goals as the National Park Service turns 100 this year, said Director Jon Jarvis. Jarvis is highlighting civil rights sites within the national park system this month. "Clearly we already know statistically that the visitation to the national parks does not represent the diversity of the nation, and we want to change that dynamic," he said.

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The Associated Press
2/4/2016

Developers in Paris have designed rooftop apartments that can be built on existing buildings. The first three apartments in the 3BOX project are expected to sell for 40% less than market rate. A recent property law calls for 70,000 new dwellings annually.

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CityLab
2/4/2016

Nashville, Tenn., has spent $52 million on the 11-acre West Riverfront Park and the 6,800-seat Ascend Amphitheater to replace an urban landfill. The park has geothermal wells, a water-harvesting system and an arboretum with 38 species of trees.

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Nashville
2/4/2016

The Steubenville, Ohio, City Council has appointed Jim Mavromatis as city manager. Mavromatis is expected to begin a three-year contract Feb. 17.

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Ohio city council
2/4/2016

The general public doesn't fully understand the benefits of being in nature, according to a report. The report compared the views of nature held by experts with those of the public. Researchers say there are four key areas where both groups agree: Humans evolved from nature; humans are sustained by nature; cities are stressful; and nature promotes feelings of well-being. One area of divergence was on the importance of nature to public health.

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The Dirt blog
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2/4/2016

Urban schools hoping to promote outdoor learning can create outdoor mini gardens or bird boxes; plant seeds and bulbs in a classroom garden; or look for short walking trips, among other options suggested in this article.

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The Guardian (London)
2/3/2016

Winnipeg, Manitoba, has a major sewage problem, with more than 1,700 overflows into rivers each year. The problem stems from a combined stormwater and sewage system. City staff estimates more than $700 million is needed to separate sewage and stormwater.

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Winnipeg
2/3/2016

The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce in Massachusetts will offer a $300 prize to the person that creates a design that best represents the city of Holyoke, which it will then use on communications and marketing. Public voting will be available on Facebook and the Chamber's website.