The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to submit a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The city hosted the Games in 1932 and 1984. "We have an infrastructure for our city that the Olympics can benefit from, and not visa versa," Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
An ordinance allowing open containers of alcohol in an entertainment district takes effect today in Birmingham, Ala. The ordinance lets patrons carry drinks purchased from district businesses during certain hours from Thursday through Sunday. Drinks must be in paper cups provided by the district.
The Santee, Calif., City Council has hired Paul Malone as interim city manager. Malone served as city manager of San Marcos before retiring in 2011. "I want to stay involved in civic work and give back to the community," he said.
Government agencies will be transformed by technology in the next decade, OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman writes. Bookman predicts real-time data and smart cities will be among trends in government technology. "The net result will be years of saved time, better decisions and stronger communities," Bookman writes.
An aquatics center in Canton, Mich., will shut down for five weeks beginning Monday to undergo $700,000 in renovations. Locker rooms and showers at Summit on the Park will be upgraded and a water slide will be resurfaced, among other improvements. Memberships will be extended to compensate for the closure, officials said.
Four design firms are competing to build Milwaukee's planned Lakefront Gateway Plaza project. The design teams' conceptual designs are open to public comment, with the city to pick the winning concept this year.
A 40-acre section of Northerly Island Park in Chicago is scheduled to open Friday. The park, built on what was once an airstrip, has a lagoon, man-made hills, trails and micro-ecosystems. The Chicago Park District and federal funding covered the $9.7 million cost.
The K-8 public charter school Paramount School of Excellence in Indianapolis features a garden, chickens and goats, and is powered by wind turbines -- all to help children learn about farming and sustainability. "Classes cannot spend outdoor time during academic instruction without first having an assessable lesson tied to standards leading the experience," said Tommy Reddicks, a co-founder of the school.
Larger parks are better than small green spaces in urban areas, according to a study from the University of Exeter. "If you don't include large contiguous green spaces, then you're probably not going to be providing a., as high as amount of ecosystem services as you could, and b., as many ecosystem services as you could," said Iain Stott, an author of the study.
A hike with children through the Trailblazers Outdoor Adventure Club in North Carolina reminded Karen Chavez that city children need more access to the outdoors. Nature "might as well be on the moon for many minority children who don't traditionally take part in outdoors-type activities like hiking, camping and kayaking, and live in Asheville's poorest neighborhoods," she writes.
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