The nonprofit Friends of Governors Island is experimenting with mobile structures that provide Wi-Fi, seating, shade, lights and electricity on the back of a bicycle for visitors to the island park in New York City. Two prototypes are being tested.
The Fargo, N.D., Fire Department has added a drone with a thermal-imaging camera to and is teaching two firefighters from each shift to operate it. "It's a lot easier to put this thing up than to put somebody else's life at risk," said Cass County Sheriff's Deputy Mathew King.
City officials around the country are facing a dilemma in which adding green space to low-income neighborhoods leads to higher taxes and more expensive housing that inadvertently displaces low-income populations. One example is Chicago's 606 elevated-rail trail.
A park has opened in San Francisco's Mission District, the city's first new park in about 10 years. A parking lot was razed to make room for In Chan Kaajal Park, which features a large lawn, an outdoor performance space, fitness equipment, an interactive water area, a play area and a community garden.
Frankfort, Ill., has partnered with the nonprofit Conservation Foundation for advice on preservation issues. The city will seek the group's input on the care and maintenance of detention ponds in Prairie Park.
As an increasing number of studies suggest that spending time in nature is beneficial for both physical and mental health, fewer people are actually spending time in nature because they live in cities and may not have the resources to go to natural areas, argues Michael Dorsey of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
Boone County, Mo., aims to boost recruitment and retention of emergency dispatchers and is looking into advertising on the radio, Pandora Internet Radio, Facebook and YouTube. Officials are planning for a more positive message than in previous ads, which used sound bites of 9-1-1 calls.
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