Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said a new mobile clinic will increase access to care for city employees and help reach goals that are part of the "A Healthier You" initiative. The Mobile Health Vehicle, operated by Kaiser Permanente, which will offer primary care services and health coaching, also will be available to underserved communities.
Raleigh, N.C., city policy does not see a sidewalk near an apartment complex as a major priority, but the apartment developer is willing to split the cost with the city. That has set up a debate within the city over public-private partnerships and the influence of private money.
The Santa Ana, Calif., City Council unanimously voted to establish the city as a "sanctuary city." Among other things, the ordinance prohibits the city from using its resources for immigration enforcement.
Meriden, Conn., took a former mall site and transformed it into a 14.4-acre park that opened in September. The site includes an amphitheater, pedestrian bridges, a flood-control pond and turf that vehicles can drive on.
The presence of Google Fiber structures that house fiber optic cables in San Antonio parks has led city officials to request the company relocate them. "These fairly large structures threaten to reduce neighbors' access to their parks," Mayor Ivy Taylor wrote in an email.
Lodi, Calif., has been awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote the "Walk With Ease" exercise program, according to Lodi Parks and Recreation. The grant was awarded through a partnership that included the National Recreation and Parks Association.
Birmingham, Ala., works to maintain its urban forest through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens' Centennial Tree program. The program aims to inform residents about regenerating the city's oldest trees and fostering tree-planting efforts using seeds from native trees.
The Triangle Land Conservancy in North Carolina has acquired more than 400 acres of land for the Walnut Hill Nature Preserve. "This is part of a larger, linear conservation landscape that could potentially have upwards of 50 miles of trail," said Leigh Ann Hammerbacher of the conservancy.
Yongin, South Korea, has paid off $691.7 million in debt two years earlier than planned and is now debt free. The city, which was previously South Korea's most indebted city, will now focus on investing in infrastructure, welfare and education.
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