Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante announced that former Laval, Quebec, manager Serge Lamontagne will take over the post of city manager. Lamontagne has worked in municipal government for 30 years, including 12 years with Montreal.
City council members in Victoria, British Columbia, have appointed acting manager Jocelyn Jenkyns to the post of city manager, about nine months after former manager Jason Johnson left abruptly. "She's an incredible leader and has the capacity to make sure that the things that need doing get done well at the same time as building strong relationships," Mayor Lisa Helps said.
Cities are trying to reclaim highway underpasses such as the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in New York City, where an underpass has been redesigned to include metal planters and a raised path. The Sixth Street Bridge in Los Angeles will soon house a green space with food and basketball courts.
If you evaluate yourself based on your title or profession, try thinking instead about what you do for others and what that means to you, writes Naphtali Hoff. "[W]hen a person chooses to identify first by who they are as people and what motivates them in the service of others, they can more easily and confidently move forward," he writes.
New York City will spend an additional $150 million to make schools more accessible to students with physical disabilities under a budget deal informally struck by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city council. The budget deal also includes almost $14 million to put social workers in schools with large numbers of homeless students.
A $290 million riverfront revitalization is planned for Omaha, Neb., and Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River; and construction could begin as soon as mid-2019. Omaha's plan includes lawns, a walking promenade, a water plaza and a dog park.
The Industrial Development Board of New Orleans, La., has reached a deal with New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell to let the city oversee the redevelopment plan for the former Six Flags New Orleans amusement park. The board gave Cantrell a year to find a developer for the property, and has indicated that it may not be able to shoulder maintenance and security costs at the site when funds run out around the end of the year.
The eight communities participating in the National Recreation and Park Association's Safe Routes to Parks initiative found that the effort was helpful in developing local partnerships with technical expertise, writes Rachel Banner of NRPA. "If an unforeseen opportunity arises during the process, take advantage of it; rework the task list to accommodate the opportunity," said the Morris Park Alliance.
The flat, open landscape of Tom Lee Park in Memphis, Tenn., will be replaced by hills and shade trees in a project costing between $45 million and $55 million. The work at the riverfront site will take more than two years to complete.
Two water slides will be installed at Otter Cove Aquatic Park in St. Charles, Ill., with one slide featuring a drop and the other offering the chance for three people to race to the bottom. The water park is the St. Charles Park District's biggest revenue source.
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