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8/21/2017

A development plan by the Indian-administered government of Kashmir will encourage residents to settle in flood-prone areas, ignoring lessons learned from disastrous floods in 2014, say disaster-prevention officials in the city of Srinagar.

8/21/2017

City Council members in Fife, Wash., have tapped former Boulder City, Nev., Finance Director Hyun Kim to take over as city manager when current manager Subir Mukerjee retires next month.

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Tacoma Weekly (Wash.)
8/18/2017

Brainstorming, combined with thought starters and clear parameters and goals, can help you uncover valuable ideas, writes Lisa Kent. Keep participants informed of relevant background data, and consider bringing in outsiders to broaden perspectives and ask important questions.

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Forbes
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Lisa Kent
8/18/2017

Officials in Portage, Wis., will have about $152,000 to spend on pavement repairs and street sign and traffic light maintenance thanks to the city's $20 "wheel tax," which is applied to every new vehicle registration or renewal. City Administrator Shawn Murphy warns that state legislation could require voters to determine whether or not to continue collecting the tax.

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Shawn Murphy
8/18/2017

City Council members in Auburn, Ala., have agreed to hire interim City Manager James Buston to run the city permanently. Buston has been serving as interim manager for the last six months.

8/17/2017

Data from a comprehensive map of the Chicago area's tree canopy highlights the significance of greenery for neighborhoods in affecting property values, health and crime. "Areas where trees are prevalent, people tend to be outside, mingling, enjoying their community," says Lydia Scott of the Chicago Regional Tree Initiative, which created the database along with the Morton Arboretum.

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Atlas Obscura
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Morton Arboretum
8/17/2017

Dog parks in cities can bring disparate people together while giving space to play for an increasing number of urban dogs. The phenomenon brings controversy, however, with territorial neighbors and worries about gentrification, safety and the lack of dog parks in low-income areas.

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CityLab
8/17/2017

Florida's Palm Bay Police Department is having school resource officers and youth service officers spend time connecting with young people at area parks. "These guys will go to the parks, play some basketball with the kids or hand out coupons for Slurpees," said police Sgt. Cliff Graves.

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8/17/2017

Waupun, Wis., hopes to attract specific industries to boost its economic development and plans to update its brand and add website and social media content as part of an effort to do so. "Waupun is strong in agribusiness and advanced manufacturing ... but a newer sector we could possibly claim would be logistics transportation," said Kathy Schlieve, the city's director of economic development.

8/17/2017

Indianapolis City-County Council members have approved plans to set a $13-per-hour "living wage" for city and county employees. "Thirteen dollars an hour is a baseline, and this is what we as a city need to be doing to lead by example," said City-County Council member Vop Osili.