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L.A. needs more parks. Here's how we should pay for them.

Los Angeles needs more housing and less expensive housing. But the city also needs more parks and open space to balance the increased density and accommodate the influx of residents. To pay for those parks, the Los Angeles City Council is considering levying higher fees on new condo and apartment...

Generic Form Letters Mailed To Owners Of Poorly Maintained Surface Parking Lot Notifying Them Of Code Violations

In May I posted about the parking lot to the East of my condo building, see Deplorable Surface Parking Lot At 1601 Locust Cited, Fined. The next month I submitted a request to the city for copies of the notice(s) sent to the owner. I’ve finally received  them. Here’s the timeline:...

In the heat of election season, political apathy in small Virginia city

Manassas Park has three open council seats and big decisions looming. Only one candidate gathered enough signatures to be on the ballot.

Albuquerque Throws Birthday Party for Brutally Slain Girl

Victoria Martens was brutally murdered in Albuquerque Wednesday— her 10th birthday. On Sunday, mourning residents of the city came together at a park the little girl loved to throw a birthday party for her, the AP reports. Thousands of people picnicked and ate donated pizza and birthday cake, children played...

What Monetary Policy Needs Is Fiscal Stimulus

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Regional Bank held its annual research symposium at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming this week. The focus was on the limits of monetary policy. The challenge faced by central bankers is that since the Great Depression, the world has faced deflationary pressures from overcapacity. Show More Summary

The Terrible Amusement Park that Explains Chongqing’s Economic Miracle

With China's cities drowning in debt, one megalopolis is getting its books in order by selling off trained dolphins, Australian iron ore, and life insurance companies.

Woman Injured By Fallen Branch In City Park Still Waiting For City To Cover Medical Bills

The city continues to investigate the situation, and the city attorney is not yet confirming that the city will be footing the bill for medical expenses. [ more › ]

Tech billionaire Sean Parker reportedly just bought a third adjacent townhouse in New York City

In what appears to be another move towards a megamansion, Sean Parker has bought a third townhouse on West 10th Street in New York City, The New York Post reported. The new addition is directly adjacent to two other townhouses Parker...Show More Summary

Why Are Tennis Permits In NYC Parks So Outrageously Expensive?

One of the greatest tennis players in history, Serena Williams, learned to play the game on the free public courts of Compton. But here in New York City, where Serena arrives this week to try and win her record 23rd major singles title, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is charging $200 for a seasonal permit to play tennis. [ more › ]

What Is The Public Art In City Hall Park Saying?

“The Language of Things is a bit cerebral for a public art exhibition (the description does begin with a Walter Benjamin quote, which inspired the title); like the four speakers pointing inward in Watson’s sound installation, it can feel somewhat insular, even for art about codes.”

FYF Fest impresses in sound, but feels on the precipice of change

FYF becomes practically its own city when it takes over Exposition Park each summer. But the fest, like much of L.A. in general, may be hitting its gentrification phase. On one hand, 38,000 well-heeled, beautifully dressed local music fans happily paid $217.83 for general admission tickets and $361.68...

Windy City Playhouse announces 2017 season

Windy City Playhouse announced its 2017 season Wednesday, which will mark the company's third year in Irving Park. Opening the season in January is Robert O'Hara's "Bootycandy," a coming-of-age-tale about a boy growing up gay and black, which the playwright will direct. In May will be "King Liz"...

Sunday Poll: Two Questions on Urban Food Production

A number of things online recently got me thinking about urban food production: City and suburban agriculture takes the form of backyard, roof-top and balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots and parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture and livestock grazing in open space. (USDA) One of the things that got...

Football: Friday's scores

Friday, August 26th CITY NONLEAGUE Belmont 22, Los Angeles Marshall 6 Canoga Park 22, Taft 20 Fairfax 42, Los Angeles Roosevelt 10 Franklin 31, Hollywood 15 Grant 46, Bernstein 12 Hawkins 27, Los Angeles Hamilton 6 Huntington Park 8, Lincoln 0 Jefferson 28, Bell 21 Los Angeles 52, View Park 6 Los...

Long Weekend in Lisbon

Picturesque Lisbon has finally emerged from the shadow of flashier European cities such as Paris, Rome, and Barcelona. Visitors are attracted by the coastal capital’s many charms—historic castles and palaces, beautiful parks and plazas, gorgeous boutique hotels, and a packed cultural calendar are just the start. Show More Summary

Dubai Brings the Rainforest to the Desert

It seems that Dubai will stop at nothing to have the biggest, best, most over-the-top theme parks, hotels, restaurants, basically everything. When it comes to pulling out all the stops, the city knows how to top itself each year. Set to debut in 2... via

Decoding Public Art in City Hall Park

3 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

Between the four speakers of Chris Watson's "Ring Angels," the fluttering of a thousand wings fills a corner of City Hall Park.

Ford's app lets you find and pay for garage parking

Ford is making some canny moves to get its brand in front of the public, even for folks who don't own one of its cars. Its latest update to the FordPass app lets your reserve a parking spot in garages at over 160 US cities. You justShow More Summary

5 Lessons From the Founder of a Platform That Funds Community Projects

For Jase Wilson, it all started with a love of cities. He had a passion for understanding how they were built, and ended up studying them in college. Along the way, he nurtured a deep appreciation for open spaces, parks and playgrounds. Wilson...Show More Summary

Park Inn by Radisson Leuven Hotel

The Park Inn by Radisson chain offers polished, modern, well-priced city accommodation, and this is a very good example of the brand: friendly, comfortable and efficient. Conveniently located beside the railway station, it provides an excellent base from which to set out on foot to explore the town.

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