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    In Montpellier, the story goes that by royal edict, Louis XIV, whose statue adorns the Promenade du Peyrou, 52 meters above sea level, had prohibited the construction of buildings above this coast. Some exceptions have scratched the edict … Today, the metropolis welcomes some 6,000 additional inhabitants each year. Its president Michaël Delafosse (PS) has clearly positioned himself both for stopping the city’s sprawl and ” against a chaotic densification of neighborhoods »For the benefit of concerted development zones (ZAC), making the” demography versus town planning “equation complex in a territory with strong land tenure tension. Should we therefore reconnect with verticality? “Densifying does not mean concrete” The city already has of course some notable and notorious tall buildings. Among them the Tour du Triangle (built in 1970, tallest building in the city culminating at 72 meters) in the heart of the historic city, or the very recent and...
    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has withdrawn his nomination of a left-wing activist and tenant advocate to the City Planning Commission. Last month, Williams formally recommended Cea Weaver for the appointment to the agency — but in a Feb. 19 letter to Council Speaker Corey Johnson, he wrote, “I hereby ask the City Council to withdraw her name for consideration at this time.” A spokesman for Williams told The Post Thursday that it was Weaver’s request to have her name withdrawn from the nomination. Weaver, a campaign coordinator for Housing Justice for All, a statewide coalition of tenant groups, has called for rent strikes by tenants and an eviction ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has withdrawn his nomination of a left-wing activist and tenant advocate to the City Planning Commission. Last month, Williams formally recommended Cea Weaver for the appointment to the agency — but in a Feb. 19 letter to Council Speaker Corey Johnson, he wrote, “I hereby ask the City Council to withdraw her name for consideration at this time.” A spokesman for Williams told The Post Thursday that it was Weaver’s request to have her name withdrawn from the nomination. Weaver, a campaign coordinator for Housing Justice for All, a statewide coalition of tenant groups, has called for rent strikes by tenants and an eviction ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Filed under city council ,  new york city ,  urban planning ,  2/25/21
    The de Blasio administration came out swinging against Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s proposed overhaul of city planning Tuesday — saying it would cost the Big Apple $500 million over a decade and slow an already complex process.  Johnson’s plan would require each of the 59 community districts to come up with their own frameworks for future development by 2025, all of which would have to meet targets for housing production and infrastructure needs.  But City Hall argued this process — which would require the city conduct almost 180 detailed studies of neighborhood impacts — would not be “feasible” and could cost the city $500 million over the next decade. Johnson’s plan would require each community to create three potential plans to choose from — each of which would cost $2.5 million to conduct, totaling $450 million per decade, officials told the Council. And, they added, the Department of...
    More On: city hall Ex-NYPD cop took part in violence at Capitol riot, feds say City Hall finally announces launch of mental health program In feud with de Blasio, Cuomo lectures mayoral hopefuls on city issues City probing how ‘A-Train Ripper’ slipped through system, de Blasio says The de Blasio administration came out swinging against Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s proposed overhaul of city planning Tuesday — saying it would cost the Big Apple $500 million over a decade and slow an already complex process.  Johnson’s plan would require each of the 59 community districts to come up with their own frameworks for future development by 2025, all of which would have to meet targets for housing production and infrastructure needs.  But City Hall argued this process — which would require the city conduct almost 180 detailed studies of neighborhood impacts — would not be “feasible” and could cost the...
    NATOMAS (CBS13) – Back to school is on top of many families’ minds. Natomas Unified School District returns as soon as next week, while other districts linger in limbo. “For my son, it’s good news,” said Galaum Nabi, who is eager for his youngest to be back in school. “He’s always wanting to see his friends.” Back to school will soon be the reality for many TK-6th grade students in Natomas. Many will return on a small scale next week, before moving to a concurrent schedule the following week. The district’s decision to return was seemingly made quickly as soon as Sacramento County’s numbers dropped below 25 COVID cases per 100,000 people. “We literally just cleared our schedule Wednesday and started calling board members,” said Natomas Superintendent Chris Evans. Though, CBS13 was told the plans were in motion for much longer, as tentative strategies and cleaning measures were created and...
    PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth City Council will hold a strategic planning session this Saturday, Feb. 20 between 9 a.m. and noon. Last year was an unprecedented year, and the council, as well as the department heads, need to understand the status of the City at this point in time. While the City is close to getting off the fiscal watch list, there are still hurdles that need to be cleared. The goal of the meeting is for everyone in the room to have a firm grasp on where the City is financially and logistically, and well as to plan ahead, and even think big for future development. Many council members are fairly new, with Dennis Packard from the 6th ward and Lyvette Mosely from the 4th ward having come on to council within the year. Getting everyone up to speed will enable the council to operate most effectively. Council, which holds...
    OAKLAND; Calif. (KGO) -- An East Bay urban city planner is using art as a medium and an approach to city planning.James Rojas recreates tiny replicas of cities around the country to help local residents engage in city planning."I want people to understand their city as their experiences and their relationships," said James Rojas, Founder of Place It. "It is about your life and about your story and how that story gets told in city planning."Rojas uses craft supplies, toys and items around the house to re-create small-scale cities."By using objects for storytelling, play and art-making. People have more options to explain their urban city needs," said Rojas. "City planning is really kind of dry and very abstract, but when you have objects, people start to connect with their feelings and emotions."RELATED: Hollywood street artist joins the fight against hungerRojas discovered his love for city planning at a very young...
    By DEAN-PAUL STEPHENS, The Times-News BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Lawrence Slade is defying a history that has denied some Black people the opportunity of owning a business. Slade is the owner of L&M Barbershop on Rauhut Street in Burlington, North Carolina. When he opened in 1977, he did so in defiance of an effort to move Black businesses — for a second time — out of the city’s Black business district, called the Black Bottom. The effort to redevelop Rauhut Street, like the effort to move the Black Bottom from its original home on Worth Street, was among countless examples in the 20th-century United States of government-sanctioned efforts to relocate Black-owned businesses or majority-Black housing districts in the name of improving communities. Those actions have left a legacy that has lingered long into the 21st century. Slade sees the success of his business as a battle in the fight against...
    PORTSMOUTH — The City of Portsmouth, in collaboration with the Scioto Foundation, announced a new Master Plan that has been prepared for the City by MKSK Consultants of Columbus after months of planning with city officials, representatives of the Foundation and a citizen-volunteer Steering Committee. The Portsmouth Master Plan – Elevate Portsmouth – presents a vision for the future of the city with a range of short-term and long-term strategies for implementation, the consultants explained. The City of Portsmouth and the Scioto Foundation shared the cost of the plan development equally with each providing $37,500. “Elevate Portsmouth is a guide and supporting framework for the people in Portsmouth including city residents, business owners and civic leaders, as they foster downtown revitalization and consider future land use. The plan also provides strategic direction for Portsmouth to continue to attract new residents, tourists and development to the city,” MKSK participants said. Elevate...
    Public advocate Jumaane Williams is set to nominate a left-wing activist and tenant  advocate to the City Planning Commission, The Post has learned. Sources say Williams plans to appoint Cea Weaver — campaign coordinator for Housing Justice for All, a statewide coalition of tenant groups — to the 13-person commission. Weaver, 32, has called for rent strikes by tenants and an eviction ban due to COVID-19. “I’m an advocate of tenants organizing for their rights,” she told The Post on Saturday. Describing evictions as “violent,” Weaver successfully pushed for a state law signed by Gov. Cuomo putting a “pause” on evictions amid the pandemic. She also supported the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act of 2020, a bill that died last year but is expected to be reintroduced in January by state Sen. Julia Salazar, (D-Brooklyn). The bill would halt evictions and foreclosures until the end of the pandemic — plus one year to...
    More On: evictions ‘Completely destitute’: NYC landlord faces eviction as ‘deadbeat’ tenants refuse to pay rent Cuomo, AOC want eviction protections extended to NY small businesses Albany sets its sights on landlords New law bars NYC evictions, foreclosures through May 1 Public advocate Jumaane Williams is set to nominate a left-wing activist and tenant  advocate to the City Planning Commission, The Post has learned. Sources say Williams plans to appoint Cea Weaver — campaign coordinator for Housing Justice for All, a statewide coalition of tenant groups — to the 13-person commission. Weaver, 32, has called for rent strikes by tenants and an eviction ban due to COVID-19. “I’m an advocate of tenants organizing for their rights,” she told The Post on Saturday. Describing evictions as “violent,” Weaver successfully pushed for a state law signed by Gov. Cuomo putting a “pause” on evictions amid the pandemic. She also supported the Rent...
    PREMIER LEAGUE chiefs remain determined to keep the season on track - despite the latest Covid spike. Manchester City’s game at Everton on Monday was called off just hours before the scheduled kick-off after  a surge in positive tests at the Etihad. 3Sam Allardyce had backed the calls for a 'circuit-breaker'Credit: Rex Features But Sheffield United played at Burnley on Tuesday despite being without three players - Oli McBurnier, Phil Jagielka and Billy Sharp - and boss Chris Wilder reporting that ‘four of five’ of his backroom staff had tested positive. Fulham’s game at Spurs this evening remained on at midday although Tottenham are understood to believe their rivals may request a postponement. And while there are increasing concerns over the spread of the virus after the discovery of the fast-growing mutant strains, League chiefs have no current intentions of calling the campaign to a halt. West Brom boss Sam...
    A Beverly Hills celebrity hangout has been busted trying to defy strict COVID-19 restrictions with a secret speakeasy-style New Year’s Eve party, according to a report. “Welcome back to the 20’s Prohibition,” read an invitation in script left in takeout bags for those ordering from upscale Italian restaurant La Scala, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We are currently taking reservations for New Year’s Eve dinner. Inside,” the message said of the “Speak Easy” party. “Please keep this discreet, but tell all your friends,” the message reportedly read. Photos of the invitation were soon posted on Twitter, however — reaching city officials and Beverly Hills cops after a slew of people tagged them in posts. “Beverly Hills Code Enforcement is aware and will be handling this matter,” the police department tweeted . City officials contacted La Scala on Christmas Eve to warn it off the planned “secret” party, city...
    More On: Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic making healthcare leaders billionaires COVID-19 survivors reportedly experiencing ‘disgusting’ smell of fish Fauci defends COVID-19 herd immunity goals Golf legend quarantining at home after Christmas hospital visit: ‘F–k COVID’ A Beverly Hills celebrity hangout has been busted trying to defy strict COVID-19 restrictions with a secret speakeasy-style New Year’s Eve party, according to a report. “Welcome back to the 20’s Prohibition,” read an invitation in script left in takeout bags for those ordering from upscale Italian restaurant La Scala, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We are currently taking reservations for New Year’s Eve dinner. Inside,” the message said of the “Speak Easy” party. “Please keep this discreet, but tell all your friends,” the message reportedly read. Photos of the invitation were soon posted on Twitter, however — reaching city officials and Beverly Hills cops after a slew of people tagged them in posts....
    More On: new york city Famous brands close their Big Apple shops in record numbers ‘Mr. Christmas Tree’ brings cheer to gloomy NYC Uproar at posh NYC private school after faculty issues lengthy anti-racism manifesto Progressive leaders make it their mission to afflict comfortable New Yorkers In 1936, New York City adopted a new city charter, creating the City Planning Commission and charging it with drafting a master plan that would “provide for the improvement of the city and its future growth and development and afford adequate facilities for the housing, transportation, distribution, comfort, convenience, health and welfare of its population.” Somehow, the commission never got around to producing this master plan, but the next version of the charter, in 1961, was even more ambitious, adding “business,” “industry” and “recreation” to the list of “adequate and appropriate” facilities to be included in the plan. Mayor John Lindsay, elected in 1965,...
    SANTA CRUZ — When it comes to disaster response, the public’s immediate focus in the moment often is on safe evacuations. Safe escape planning and timely evacuation notice were prominent among resident concerns expressed during a town hall meeting last month related to the dangers of mixing pending winter rainfall and the devastation wrought by the CZU August Lightning Complex fires. Santa Cruz County Assistant Director of Public Works Ken Edler said debris flows, the deadly masses of mud, rocks, boulders, entire trees, and sometimes vehicles and homes, often referred to as landslides or mudslides, move up to 30 mph. First responders cannot fight them in the same way they would a fire and evacuation are the most prudent response, authorities say. “If you hear a debris flow coming, it’s too late,” said county senior civil engineer Carolyn Burke, stressing the importance of advanced notification and early evacuations. Santa Cruz County...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A coastal Georgia city will be getting bus system next year after city officials approved operational funding. Brunswick city commissioners on Wednesday approved spending $700,000 in federal money to pay for operations. The Brunswick News reports Commissioner Johnny Cason cast the lone dissenting vote, expressing concern about the $357,000 in matching funds the city will have to pay. Service is set to begin in November 2021. The city has already received $1.7 million to purchase the four buses and two vans and pay for all the planning needed to establish the service. The size of the buses will be determined after ongoing studies are completed. The service will run seven days a week. “We don’t want to see empty vehicles,” city manager Regina McDuffie said. John Hunter, the city’s planning department director, said a business plan for the entire operation including location and number of bus...
    Stormwater management and relieving pressure on combined sewer overflow infrastructure are among the Department of City Planning’s new initiatives for the Gowanus Neighborhood Plan announced Thursday by Marisa Lago, the department’s director. During rainstorms, residents who live near the polluted Gowanus Canal have become accustomed to their streets, and sometimes their basements, being flooded. During storms, the sewer system, overburdened by rainwater, often backs up into the streets. A $27 million sewer expansion project that is slated to create nearly three miles of high-level storm sewers along Third Avenue began earlier this year. Now, City Planning wants developers to include stormwater mitigation measures within new area buildings.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After months of planning, the 49th annual Washington Monument lighting in Baltimore is set to premiere virtually Thursday night due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The monument in Mount Vernon will light up during a holiday special hosted by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. It will air on WJZ and WJZ.com at 7:30 p.m. WATCH: Baltimore’s Annual Monument Lighting On WJZ Holiday Special During a year when so many things were closed or canceled due to the pandemic, the organization was determined the show would go on “in a way that was safe but still celebrating our culture, our music, our neighbors,” the group’s president Shelonda Stokes said. With safety a priority, the Downtown Partnership looked to WJZ as a partner. “When the Downtown Partnership asked us to partner with them to bring this time-honored tradition into the homes of Baltimore, we said absolutely,” WJZ assignment editor Pete...
    The Los Angeles City Council cleared the way Wednesday for a sprawling development planned for the west San Fernando Valley, signing off on a new sports arena, two hotels, a 28-story office tower and more than 1,400 new apartments. On a 14-0 vote, the council approved Promenade 2035, which is expected to cost more than $1 billion, replacing a closed shopping mall in Warner Center with a new “downtown district” featuring a supermarket, public plazas, high-density housing and a 10,000-seat entertainment and sports venue. Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who represents the area, said the project’s combination of restaurants, stores, homes and workspaces makes it “the future of green planning.” Promenade 2035 will offer a “mini-city ... within this larger city,” he said, “where you can get your culture and entertainment and jobs and work — all in a smaller area for less of a smaller carbon footprint.” Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, the project’s developer,...
    The City of Statesboro is accepting applications for appointments to its One Boro Commission and Planning Commission. The One Boro appointment is a two-year term and the Planning appointment is a four-year term. The One Boro commission meets twice a month and the Planning Commission meets once a month. The deadline to apply is December 11, 2020, at noon. The One Boro Commission, formerly the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, was established in September 2018 and consists of 12 members appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The commission is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity among the citizens of Statesboro. The ultimate goal of the commission is to foster innovation, community awareness, and ownership of public policy based on strong democratic traditions. It seeks to improve the experience for every citizen of Statesboro by opening communication and facilitating...
    NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont city of Newport has closed one of its parks after deciding not to spend money this year on needed repairs. The city is instead going to focus on rebuilding the Gardner Park Playground next year with help from a fundraising campaign that began last year. Newport Parks and Recreation Director Jessica Booth says it didn’t make sense to spend money on repairs this year. “Our playground is being used well beyond its intended lifespan, so we’ve been trying to keep up with safety repairs for years," Booth said. The Caledonian Record reports that an inspection by the city’s property insurance carrier recommended resurfacing the play area. But that would have been too expensive, especially with plans for the rebuild taking shape. “It just doesn’t make sense at this point in the game,” Booth said. Instead, with usage down heading into the winter months, she...
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine's capital city have enacted a moratorium on most retail sales from vehicles in the wake of a proposal to sell medical cannabis from a camper-trailer. Augusta resident Giovanni DelVecchio, who owns Weed on Wheels Maine, proposed in October that he would renovate the trailer and park it a permanent location to sell medical marijuana, once he obtained a city license. The Augusta Planning Board instead plans to consider an ordinance that would permanently ban such sales in the city, the Kennebec Journal reported. Members of the Planning Board spoke in favor of the recommendation, which would also ban most other types of retail sales from vehicles, on Tuesday. A public hearing about the possibility of a permanent ban is scheduled for the board's next meeting on Dec. 8. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Mayor Marty Walsh on Thursday announced that the city will begin working on a $2 million marketing campaign to promote the struggling tourism industry and draw visitors to Boston. The money is coming from federal coronavirus relief funds. “As we think about the holidays and heading into early next year, how do we make sure that Boston – as long as we’re safe – can be highlighted as a safe city to bring back the tourism industry,” Walsh said. “What we want to do, ultimately, is help businesses recover.” The announcement comes at a time when Boston and the rest of Massachusetts prepare to enact more coronavirus restrictions on businesses as cases rise. Walsh said the tourism initiative is about looking toward the future. Related: New Massachusetts Coronavirus Restrictions Start Friday “This would not be the appropriate time to market the city, but we’re going to be...
    CHICAGO — One by one, aldermen unmuted their Zoom microphones Wednesday and, over the course of a seven-hour meeting, blasted the city’s planning commissioner for not seeking their input on developments. Mayor Lori Lightfoot plucked Commissioner Maurice Cox from Detroit in 2019 to lead Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development, which oversees development in the city, including the mayor’s signature INVEST South/West initiative. But a year into his reign as planning chief, Cox and his staff were repeatedly criticized for not communicating with aldermanic offices, including from key Lightfoot allies. Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th), Lightfoot’s pick to head the Public Safety Committee, graded Cox’s department with a “resounding D or F.” “I’ve reached out multiple times to you and I don’t get a call back. I have a terrible relationship with your staff,” Taliaferro said. “I feel your staff make my community aware of proposed projects in my ward...
    DOWNTOWN — City agencies have begun preparations for a potentially chaotic Election Day. With less than a month to go before the Nov. 3 election, city departments have staged drills and held “workshops” to plan for any unrest stemming from the presidential race, said Richard Guidice, executive director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Chicago’s emergency operations center will be activated for Election Day, allowing emergency management officials to monitor the city and better coordinate response to any unrest, Guidice said. “The city is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to planning for this event,” Guidice said at a news conference Thursday. The influx of mail-in ballots could cause delays in tallying votes on Election Day, jeopardizing the precedent that winners declare victory the night of the election. President Donald Trump has routinely claimed without evidence the election is rigged and has encouraged supporters to watch...
    Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León took office two months early on Thursday, telling supporters in a prerecorded swearing-in video that the city’s homelessness crisis has devolved into a “dystopian nightmare.” De León, 53, was elected in March to represent the city’s 14th Council District, which has been represented for nearly 15 years by Jose Huizar, now facing racketeering, bribery and other charges. In his swearing-in remarks, which were posted Thursday but recorded last week, De León vowed to be a “voice for the voiceless,” saying he is a lifelong renter who has experienced poverty firsthand. De León promised to work immediately on bringing 200 homeless shelter beds to downtown Los Angeles and building hundreds of “transitional” housing units across the district, which includes downtown, Eagle Rock, El Sereno and Boyle Heights. “When it comes to homelessness and housing affordability, what we are seeing today in Los Angeles...
    After two years of planning Number Thirty Eight, an eatertainment complex complete with an outdoor stage and volleyball courts, as well as an indoor restaurant with two long bars, owners Spencer Fronk and Andrew Palmquist weren't going to surrender to a pandemic. This weekend they opened their venue at 3560 Chestnut Place, named for Colorado's position as the 38th state to join the Union. Although they have plans to open similar spots in other states, this is the first, and it focuses on Colorado. "We're trying to encapsulate what it means to live in Colorado," Fronk states. "We're going to create the après lifestyle right here in the city." While many readers are excited for an option that would let them hear live music again — while drinking from a large selection of Colorado craft beers — others have their doubts, as evidenced by comments posted on the Westword Facebook...
    This year seems like a strange time to open an expansive food, drink and live music venue capable of holding more than a thousand guests at full capacity. But Spencer Frank and and Andrew Palmquist have been planning Number Thirty Eight, at 3560 Chestnut Place, for the past two years, and many of their original ideas fit right in with these socially distanced, contact-free days. Number Thirty Eight is the first in planned series of entertainment venues Frank and Palmquist have planned for several states, with Austin, Texas, Portland, Oregon and Columbus, Ohio also in the works. The name refers to Colorado's position as the 38th state to join the Union, and the theme of the place honors the Centennial State's past and present. As a destination, the venue, built from a former neon sign factory, comprises an outdoor stage and volleyball courts and an indoor restaurant with four service...
    With a vote fast approaching in a Denver City Council committee, city planners are trying to conjure up a magic number: just how many unrelated adults can live together in the same home. "We’ve heard quite a few concerns from you over the course of these last few meetings about those current proposals: chiefly, the number of people allowed to live in a dwelling unit, and concerns of very large households of unrelated adults," Andrew Webb, the senior city planner spearheading an overhaul the group-living aspects of Denver's zoning code, said at an October 6 Denver City Council Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting. The current version of the proposal, which has been in the works since March 2018, suggests increasing the number of unrelated adults who can live together in the same household from two to a base of five, with the chance to increase this number to...
    Corruption has again been exposed at Los Angeles City Hall, with one council member under indictment in a development scandal and another having pleaded guilty to his part in it. The transgressions highlight the real-world consequences of failing to modernize outdated planning codes and leaving decision-making power over development projects in the hands of City Council members. To try to prevent future corruption, the city needs to fix what’s broken about L.A. planning — by fully updating planning and zoning laws according to the recommendations of an outside commission, not the council. Some City Council members have proposed incremental reforms in reaction to the indictment of council member Jose Huizar, who has been charged with a running a “pay-to-play” scheme to shake down real estate developers for cash bribes and campaign donations in exchange for his help getting high-rise development projects approved. Former council member Mitch Englander pleaded guilty to...
    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and city officials have publicly denounced an event reportedly scheduled to be held in the Oregon city on Saturday by alt-right and White nationalist groups, saying they are not welcome and urging them to stay home. Wheeler and several city officials, including Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, released a more than two-minute video condemning the rally that was planned by the right-wing group Proud Boys. “Hate has no home in the city of Portland. Violence has no home in Portland. Anyone intending to intimidate, to create fear, to commit any act of violence or spread hate is not going to be welcomed here and any acts of violence or criminal destruction will be viewed as criminal activity and people will be held accountable,” Wheeler said in the video. “For this Saturday to remain a peaceful day – which is what all of us want – we need everyone’s help,"...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY KATE BOICOURT Right now, New York City’s resiliency is being questioned. An onslaught of articles and pundits pose whether the City will recover from the pandemic and economic crisis – and fear that New York City as we know it gone forever. It’s not gone, and it’s not going anywhere – that is unless we continually fail to prevent crises through addressing the injustices and lack of planning that lead to them. That could not be more true with climate change and the impacts this City of islands faces already.  Just a few weeks ago, New York and the broader Mid-Atlantic experienced massive power outages and damages from tropical storm Isaias, a storm that luckily hit at low tide. Last year, cars were floating in Brooklyn from a heavy rain...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Three weeks after Kenosha police shot Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, in the back, setting off several days of looting and civil unrest, Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian is asking for state and federal funding to help the beleaguered city rebuild. The city also will begin holding a series of listening sessions to gather community input on how to address problems with racial inequity, and other issues that have gained growing attention in the wake of Blake’s shooting and the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis in May. “We can make no change without listening,” Antaramian said Monday afternoon. “I’m not going to sit here and tell everyone ‘Oh gee, this is going to be quick, and we’re going to fix everything, and it’s all done tomorrow, because if we start believing that, then nothing’s going to happen. This is a long-term process. We need...
    CHINA is planning to build a Covid-proof 'smart city' in the wake of the deadly global pandemic which has killed nearly 900,000 people. The new state-of-the-art flagship metropolis - near Beijing - will be specially built so it can combat future outbreaks. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 7China is planning to build a new Covid-proof 'smart city' called Xiong'anCredit: Guallart Architects Architects working on Xiong'an have designed apartment blocks which allow residents to live in style during lockdowns. Each flat will come with a large balcony to allow access to the outdoors and huge communal work areas to allow social distancing. Vegetable gardens, greenhouses and solar power will help families stay self-sufficient in the event of large-scale disruptions to food supplies. There will even be "drone-friendly" terraces to allow vital deliveries of much-needed supplies during quarantine. While cars will be allowed in...
    The St. Paul City Council is poised to redraw residential zoning rules that have barely been touched since 1975. The goal is more housing density and fewer parking requirements near major public transit corridors. In particular, changes would open the door to more triplexes and fourplexes in multi-family zoning areas, or within “RM” zoning, which is common along Grand and Selby avenues, and near the Green Line light rail area around University Avenue. RM zoning also applies to campus-like settings such as the McDonough Homes in St. Paul’s North End. GREW OUT OF 2030 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN The long-awaited RM Zoning study grew out of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, adopted by the city council in 2010, and was a “very long outstanding checklist item,” said city planner Bill Dermody, addressing the St. Paul City Council on Wednesday. “There’s also a need to provide transit-supported, pedestrian-oriented form in this district … and...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The city of Pittsburgh is laying out a land plan for the next two decades. Mayor Bill Peduto says “Forging PGH” has “our people and our planet at its center.” It’s the first city-wide comprehensive land use plan for the city in years. Please add your voice to Pittsburgh’s comprehensive plan. https://t.co/LB1aKc507G — bill peduto (@billpeduto) September 1, 2020 Andrew Dash, the director of the Department of City Planning, says it’ll give a framework for housing, development, mobility, sustainability and land use. The mayor says instead of waiting for developers to come and say they want to build, this will let Pittsburghers have a hand in the future. (Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Aaron Sledge) “We can change the way we do urban planning in the city of Pittsburgh,” said Mayor Peduto Tuesday morning during an in-person press conference. “We can play offense. We can work neighborhood...
    FREMONT — As part of its goal to reduce roadway fatalities and major collisions between drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, the city plans to spend $750,000 to improve bike lanes on 10 miles of streets starting next month. The Fremont City Council is expected to approve the funding request — which would be paid for out of local, regional, and state transportation coffers on Sept. 1 as it pushes ahead with a major tenet of Fremont’s “Vision Zero” plan. Biking advocates and city officials say the changes are a quick and relatively inexpensive way to protect people’s safety, and extend Fremont’s bikeway network so more people feel comfortable using bikes instead of cars. “Everything in the whole city was designed previously for vehicles, and the people who are biking deserve to be safe,” Susie Hufstader, the advocacy manager for Bike East Bay said Friday in an interview. Matthew Bomberg, a senior...
    BERKELEY (CBS SF) — The city of Berkeley plans to hold the first of three community meetings on Monday to discuss planning for the Ashby and North Berkeley BART stations. The meetings are part of a collaboration by the city and BART to collect public input and “create a community-driven plan to improve access to these stations for everyone and provide much-needed affordable housing,” the city said in an announcement. Monday’s session, which will be held online via Zoom from 6-8:30 p.m., will offer information about the Ashby and North Berkeley BART project, zoning standards being created, other development guidelines being considered, and other aspects involved in re-imagining the two stations. “The project aims to re-imagine these stations as vibrant places that include housing, open space, and community amenities,” the city said. “We are working with BART to create zoning and site planning parameters that reflect a shared community vision...
    Kids, teachers, administrators, other school employees, and their loved ones are deeply concerned with how the new school year will work in light of COVID-19. In much of the country, the coronavirus is simply too widespread to allow a return to in-person education with any reasonable degree of safety. That reality hasn’t stopped some absurdly irresponsible Republican officials from pushing hard to do so anyway (here’s looking at you, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott). New York City, however, has gone from being the pandemic’s American epicenter to the one very large city with infection rates low enough to—according to the current plan—offer at least some regular in-person instruction at every public school, including the ones my children attend. No one knows how it’s going to go. No one thinks it’s going to be easy. And no one, at least around here, is taking reopening lightly. New York City’s process has been driven by...
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Max Weinberg, the longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen and the bandleader for Conan O’Brien’s Late Night and The Tonight Show, has been appointed to a local planning and zoning board in the Florida city where he lives. Weinberg, 69, told The Palm Beach Post he’s looking forward to serving Delray Beach during the two-year term. He said he plans to thoroughly review plans that come before the board. “You owe that to the community,” Weinberg said. “I want to see Delray Beach developed in a way that takes into consideration all of the different viewpoints. You need to look at these plans from every angle.” He was recommended for the board post by Commissioner Juli Casale, who said she met Weinberg while campaigning last year. “I was impressed with his knowledge and vision of real estate and development,” she said. “I love Springsteen. Who doesn’t?...
    Associated Press DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Max Weinberg, the longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen and the bandleader for Conan O’Brien’s Late Night and The Tonight Show, has been appointed to a local planning and zoning board in the Florida city where he lives. Weinberg, 69, told The Palm Beach Post he's looking forward to serving Delray Beach during the two-year term. He said he plans to thoroughly review plans that come before the board. “You owe that to the community,” Weinberg said. “I want to see Delray Beach developed in a way that takes into consideration all of the different viewpoints. You need to look at these plans from every angle.” He was recommended for the board post by Commissioner Juli Casale, who said she met Weinberg while campaigning last year. “I was impressed with his knowledge and vision of real estate and development,” she said. “I love Springsteen....
    After voluminous public comment and deliberations that combined to last exactly eight hours, the Denver Planning Board voted unanimously on August 19 to approve a major overhaul of outdated sections of the city's zoning code that deal with group living. "We are doing this because we know we have an immediate need for housing of all types in Denver," Andrew Webb, the city planner overseeing the project, said during the hearing. The changes, which have been in the works since March 2018, still need to be approved by Denver City Council in the coming weeks. If council gives the okay, then the number of unrelated adults who can live together in the same household will increase significantly, from two to five, as will the areas of the city where congregate living settings, such as homeless shelters and halfway houses, can be located.Related Stories Denver Zoning Code Update Would Let More Adults...
    DENVER (CBS4) – As the city of Denver seeks to provide a wide variety of equitable, affordable housing in the city, the city’s planning board has voted in favor of proposed plans to its group living rules. The proposed plans will now go to the city council for discussion and decision. The unanimous approval came with an amended text to ask that an evaluation should be conducted annually over the next four years looking into the unintended consequences of the new rules. All voted yes for the amended text. The board voted also that a community meeting must be held before a community corrections facility can open in a single unit, two-unit, or row-house zone districts. (credit: CBS) The approval vote comes following a more than eight-hour-long meeting Wednesday, with 74 people speaking during the public comment period, and planning board members asked dozens of questions about the proposal. The decision...
    After plans for the Industry City rezoning proposal seemed possibly scrapped and Councilmember Carlos Menchaca announced in an Instagram video that he opposed the plan, the City Planning Commission is recommending that the plan be approved. The Commission announced the recommendation following a vote that took place the morning of Wednesday, August 19. Industry City CEO Andrew Kimball discussed the situation in a statement.
    WWE SUMMERSLAM will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, according to reports. The staging of the event has been up in the air in recent weeks, following confirmation last month that it would not be taking place at its originally scheduled venue. 4The Amway Center is set to host SummerSlam this monthCredit: AP:Associated Press 4The venue is the home of Orlando MagicCredit: AP:Associated Press SummerSlam had been pencilled in for the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, before the coronavirus pandemic put paid to those plans. Confirming the news at the time, the WWE released a statement reading: "In coordination with our local partners, government officials and TD Garden, WWE’s SummerSlam and related events will no longer take place in Boston. “Refunds are available at the original point of purchase. “We are grateful to the city of Boston for their longstanding partnership and look forward to holding WWE events...
    MANCHESTER CITY have not made an approach for Sergi Roberto despite talk of a bid for the Barcelona star. The Spaniard's agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, has denied any suggestion that his client will leave the Camp Nou. 2Sergi Roberto is set to stay despite Barcelona planning a clear out this summerCredit: USA TODAY Sports After reports that Roberto will be offered to City in their move for young defender Eric Garcia, Orobitg stated the right-back's intention to stay with the Catalans. Manchester Evening News quote the agent as saying: "Sergi Roberto has no plans to leave Barcelona. "Now there are no clubs showing interest and Barcelona have not submitted any proposals for the player to us." Pep Guardiola has long been described as a big fan of Roberto, 28, having given the La Masia product his debut back in 2010. Capable of playing in central midfield and the right side...
              The Minneapolis City Planning Commission voted unanimously Monday evening to add a commemorative sign reading “George Perry Floyd Jr. Place”, dedicating two blocks of Chicago Avenue to memorialize the May 25th killing. If fully approved by the city council, the sign will be placed between 37th Street East and 39th Street East. Along with the recent grant to preserve current George Floyd memorials throughout metro, many other memorial measures are occurring throughout the nation. Guest speaker Matt Hanan with Minneapolis Public Works Transportation Engineering and Design introduced the proposal, along with its original applicant: Public Works’ Director Robin Hutcheson. Despite some news coverage that the two blocks along Chicago Avenue would be renamed “George Perry Floyd Jr. Place”, the application only proposes to add a secondary, distinctive sign for Floyd alongside the current street signage. As for the 38th Street intersection where George Floyd died, Hanan said...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The City of Minneapolis Planning Commission on Monday voted unanimously to place a commemorative street sign for George Floyd near the site of his death. At the intersection of 38th Street east and Chicago Avenue, there will be an additional street sign named George Perry Floyd Jr. Place. The name is intended to honor George Floyd who was killed on May 25. The commemorative name addition will not affect addressing on the street, and will not change the name of Chicago Avenue. Public Works Director Robin Hutcheson was the one who petitioned this action. She says it’s “very rare” for someone in her position to become the petitioner. The community is also largely supportive of this addition, according to politician Andrea Jenkins who spoke in favor of it. The City also mentioned it has yet to make a decision on reopening the intersection to traffic.
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The American Museum of Natural History is planning to reopen in September. The museum said if it got the necessary approvals, it would open to the public on Sept. 9, and to members a week earlier on Sept. 2. The dates are pending approval from New York State and the city, which have not officially given a green light for museums to reopen. Cultural institutions like the museum had been initially scheduled to reopen in the second half of July, but that was put off by the state with no new date set over concerns that opening indoor spaces like those would lead to a surge in coronavirus cases. In May, the museum announced a wave of layoffs and furloughs to account for reduced attendance and operating hours. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be...
    PITTSBURG (CBS SF) — By a one-vote margin, the Pittsburg Planning Commission on Tuesday night approved a 1,500-home project proposed for the hills in the southern portion of the city. The project’s fate now moves into the hands of the City Council. “This is a real big deal,” planning commissioner Christophe Moreno said during the meeting. After hours of public comments and some technical interruptions, the seven-member commission passed the Faria/Southwest Hills proposal just before midnight. The massive project is opposed by environmental groups, citizen activists and some local government agencies, including the city of Concord and the East Bay Regional Park District. It would include single-family homes on 341 acres, with another 265 acres set aside as open space. The subject of a 2005 city ballot measure that passed by less than 400 votes, the project is being proposed by the Seeno Construction group under its Altec Homes subsidiary....
    The legacy of structural racism in Minneapolis was laid bare to the world at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street, the location where George Floyd’s neck was pinned to the ground by a police officer’s knee. But it is also imprinted in streets, parks and neighborhoods across the city – the result of urban planning that utilized segregation as a tool of white supremacy. Today, Minneapolis is seen to be one of the most liberal cities in the U.S. But if you scratch away the progressive veneer of the U.S.’s most cyclable city, the city with the best park system and sixth-highest quality of life, you find what Kirsten Delegard, a Minneapolis historian, describes as “darker truths about the city.” As co-founder of the University of Minnesota’s Mapping Prejudice project, Delegard and her colleagues have been shedding new light on the role that racist barriers to home...
    BREAKING: 14+ People Shot Near Chicago Funeral Home; Feds Planning To Deploy To City
    The city of St. Paul has named a new director for its Department of Planning and Economic Development. Nicolle Goodman comes from Oklahoma, where she was vice president of operations and redevelopment programs for the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, a nonprofit contracted by the city to “manage economic development entities, programs and projects.” Nicolle Goodman was named July 21, 2020, to serve as director of St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Department (City of St. Paul) In the role, Goodman helped manage a city project aimed at creating inclusive growth and wealth in underserved communities, which encompasses a planned development expected to yield $1 billion in economic impact and nearly 7,000 new jobs, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s office said. Before that, Goodman worked as the program administrator for the city’s MAPS 3 Program, a long-standing initiative funded by a 1 percent sales tax used to fund...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — City officials have restored the World War I memorial statue in Lawrenceville that was vandalized on Memorial Day. Pittsburgh City Planning said cleaning work to the “Doughboy” statue was completed this week. The statue was defaced with red paint; since then, the FBI has joined the investigation. (Photo Credit: Lindsay Ward/KDKA) The statue sits at Butler Street and Penn Avenue and had recently been cleaned for the Memorial Day holiday. According to police, the vandalism happened just before 8 a.m. on May 31. In addition to the splashes of red paint, images of a hammer and sickle, and the phrase, “June 19, 1986 Glory to the Day of Heroism,” were scrawled across the memorial. Restoration work was completed on the Doughboy War Memorial in Lawrenceville this week. The work began after vandalism early this summer left the patina and bronze of the memorial damaged. Thank you to...
    UNION CITY — Plans to build 80 below-market rate apartments and more than 6,000 square feet of office space on a vacant city-owned lot along Mission Boulevard are moving ahead after the city planning commission gave the project the green-light. The Planning Commission unanimously approved the plans for the Lazuli Landing project from nonprofit developer MidPen Housing at its July 2 meeting, and the City Council will have final say on the complex at its July 28 meeting, city staff said. The project, if approved, will take advantage of more than $20 million in various public funds, the bulk of which are coming from Measure A1 affordable housing funds, a $580 million set of bonds approved by voters in 2016. In one building — expected to be two to four stories high — the project will have 80 apartments for lower-income people and families as well as a manager’s unit. ...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Research from the University of Minnesota found that access to gardening could greatly impact a person’s emotional well-being. The study collected data from over 370 participants in the Twin Cities, where they were asked to use the app Daynamica to track and rank their emotions during various activities. Research from the U of M Humphrey School of Public Affairs found: Gardening at home is linked with high emotional well-being, similar to biking and walking. Vegetable gardening is associated with higher emotional well-being than ornamental gardening. Household gardening is the only activity in this study where women and people with low incomes reported higher emotional well-being than men and those with higher incomes. There if no difference in emotional well-being while gardening at home alone than with another person. Researchers say these findings “show how urban gardening can meet a city’s planning goals by creating a...
    For years, one of San Jose’s most influential commissions has been overwhelmingly controlled by white representatives from some of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods. But that’s about to finally change. The San Jose City Council has appointed five new members from different areas across the city to the Planning Commission after public scrutiny for its longtime lack of racial and geographic diversity. The commission, which evaluates land-use policies and gives recommendations on planning and development proposals, will now include three Latinx residents, three white residents and a Black resident — all seven of whom reside in separate council districts. The council, however, did not appoint any Asian-American candidates even though nearly a third of the city’s population is made up of people of Asian and pacific island descent. “We got an excellent pool of candidates, which speaks volumes about the council’s willingness to step up to this kind of commitment and...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Many of the plans for July 4th are being cut back because of the pandemic. But it looks like Philadelphia residents will still have a reason to keep an eye to the sky. The Department of Defense says military planes will soar over the city as part of Independence Day celebrations. Download The New And Improved CBS Philly App! It would be the city’s second flyover in two months. You may remember the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds soared over the city in April to pay tribute to workers on the frontlines of the pandemic. Details of the latest flyover, including the timing, haven’t been revealed yet but we of course will let you know when they are.
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Mayor Bill Peduto announced Monday that he is appointing Andrew Dash as the Director of City Planning. (Photo Credit: City of Pittsburgh) Since June, Dash has been the acting Director of the Department of City Planning. The City Council will have to approve Peduto’s decision. “I’m honored to lead this Department and the talented staff that we have as we plan for a sustainable and equitable future at such an important moment in Pittsburgh’s history,” Dash said. “I look forward to continuing to learn from Pittsburghers to help create a resilient city where development benefits the City and our neighborhoods and equitably works for all residents.” Responsibilities for city planning include neighborhood and parks planning, zoning and permitting, and supporting the Americans with Disabilities Act. Dash lives in Pittsburgh’s Manchester neighborhood and was hired by the department as a senior planner in 2008.
    DOWNTOWN — Two aldermen are planning an ordinance that would lead to the removal of controversial monuments to racist historical figures in coming months. Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33rd) and Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) are working on the legislation. They’d want to remove the city’s two Christopher Columbus statues and the Balbo monument outside of Soldier Field, and they hope to rename Douglas Park on the West Side. They could add more statues to their list of monuments to be removed. Ramirez-Rosa said they are researching the proposal to identify problematic statues and monuments in the city. “I think it’s incumbent upon both aldermen and the public to look deeply and to look at our built environment and to look at the public spaces that are named around us and really dig up and see who exactly are we honoring,” Ramirez-Rosa said. Ramirez-Rosa said they also would encourage organizations like the...
    By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's casinos will be able to reopen July 2 at 25% capacity, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. In a Twitter post, the Democratic governor also said indoor dining can resume on that date, with restaurants also operating at 25% capacity. The city's nine casinos have been waiting for a reopening date for weeks, even as casinos in other states reopened. The governor said additional safety and health guidelines will be released in the coming days for casinos and restaurants. Many of the casinos have been planning on their own for a reopening, and have adopted measures including increased hand sanitizers and social distancing to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. But some were planning more stringent measures than others. For example, Hard Rock says it will require masks to be worn by all employees and guests,...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City’s casinos will be able to reopen July 2 at 25% capacity, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. In a Twitter post, the Democratic governor also said indoor dining can resume on that date, with restaurants also operating at 25% capacity. The city’s nine casinos have been waiting for a reopening date for weeks, even as casinos in other states reopened. “We’re delighted to get the reopening date,” said Joe Lupo, president of the hard Rock casino. “We thank the governor that we’ll be able to be open for the July 4th weekend to meet the demand on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk.” The governor said additional safety and health guidelines will be released in the coming days for casinos and restaurants. Many of the casinos have been planning on their own for a reopening, and have adopted measures including increased hand sanitizers...
    THE Queen has visited hundreds of countries in her long reign and attended countless engagements up and down the country.  She’s the most well-travelled monarch in UK history, after touching down in 116 countries during 265 official visits, but there are some places she likes better than others.  4The Queen is the most well-travelled monarch in UK historyCredit: Getty - Pool A royal author has claimed the 94-year-old isn’t a big fan of Manchester, the north’s biggest city.  Karen Dolby shared the monarch’s true opinion of the metropolis in her book, The Wicked Wit of the Royal Family. She revealed the Queen was less than impressed to stop by the city, which she’s visited multiple times.  Karen wrote: “The Queen is usually the model of diplomacy but there have been a few lapses over the years.  4The Queen said Manchester 'wasn't a nice place', a royal author has claimedCredit: PA:Press...
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