Syracuse, N.Y., has many high-poverty neighborhoods, especially in areas with high proportions of Hispanic and black residents. One cause is the city's decision in the 1950s on where to locate an interstate highway. The decision led to a neighborhood's demolition and enabled many residents to move to the suburbs.
State or national parks in Washington, California, Minnesota, Delaware, Colorado and Oregon are among those waiving fees on the day after Thanksgiving.
The Open Hands Foundation and The Bridge for Youth are preparing to open an emergency shelter for youths in Chanhassen, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis. The facility will open Dec. 1 to those ages 10 to 17. "People assume because we're affluent, everything is OK," Open Hands board member Pam Langseth said. "These kids are caught in family challenges, and there are no services for the kids unless they are downtown."
San Luis Obispo County, Calif., is telling residents to prepare for potentially bad winter storms and flooding from El Nino. Roofers are handling a significant increase in repairs as residents take heed, while hardware stores have seen a surge in sales of roof-repair products, pipe insulation, weatherstripping and drop cloths.
The Seaside, Calif., City Council is expected to approve the hiring of Craig Malin as city manager at a Dec. 3 meeting. Malin served as city administrator of Davenport, Iowa, for 14 years.
The Plover, Wis., Village Board approved an ordinance that levies a fine against parents of bullies. The ordinance fines parents of repeat offenders $124. Plover Police Chief Dan Ault proposed the ordinance.
Mount Pleasant, S.C., voters rejected a referendum about raising taxes to pay for parks and other projects. Supporters say the issue could be raised again at the next election.
Most bike-share rides are between two stations, indicating the services are being used for transportation. But the majority of round-trip rides occur near parks or trails, suggesting riders are also using bike-share programs for recreation, according to a report by Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. "The more stations there are throughout a city, the more destinations people can go to from any one kiosk. So, commuting activity can increase exponentially as a system expands," said co-author Kelsey Walker.
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