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6/27/2017

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.

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6/27/2017

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.

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6/27/2017

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.

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USA Today
6/27/2017

Oklahoma City plans to add 28 miles to its 80-mile trail system, including a 13-mile trail around Lake Stanley Draper.

6/27/2017

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.

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6/27/2017

The Sycamore Land Trust has purchased 115 acres of land near Bloomington, Ind., to expand the Beanblossom Creek Bicentennial Conservation Area, which currently covers more than 1,200 acres.

6/27/2017

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.

6/27/2017

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.

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The Atlantic online
6/27/2017

Detroit has utilized $4.3 million in Michigan grants to buy abandoned rail tracks and turn them into paved trails. The trails will connect to the city's Inner Circle Greenway bicycle and trail loop.

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National Public Radio
6/27/2017

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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Internet radio, Pandora, Facebook, YouTube