A $28.6 million grant from the UK government will fund a "living laboratory" project in which vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications technology will be tested on public roads. The three-year project will include installation of roadside communication equipment to test as many as 100 connected and automated cars.
Two architectural firms based in Denmark plan to build the largest waste-to-energy plant in the world near Shenzhen, China. The plant, designed to handle 5,000 tons of daily waste, is slated to begin operations in 2020.
Chicago's City Council Human Relations Committee has backed proposed changes to human rights and fair housing laws that would give military personnel new protections when looking for jobs or apartment rentals. The proposal will go to the full council this week.
The Brunswick, Ga., City Commission voted against allowing tours of three city cemeteries by a for-profit company called Last Ride Ghost Tours. A nonprofit conducts tours of the city's oldest cemetery, which contains graves of Civil War soldiers.
The Moraga, Calif., City Council unanimously voted to hire Robert Priebe as interim town manager. Priebe is chief of police and can return to that role when the city hires a permanent manager.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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