Maintenance concerns raised about Beckley Intermodal Gateway

The Landscape architect Molly Davis of PB Americas presented the designs for Beckley Intermodal Gateway(BIG), a $24 million federally funded downtown revitalization project during a Beckley Common Council meeting.

During the meeting on Tuesday evening the city raised questions about maintaining the project after completion.

VIA: The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia – Maintenance concerns raised about BIG.

City considers demolishing homes to develop two new parks

Just when the news seemed to be filled with shrinking cities and other cities having too much open space to maintain. It is refreshing to see a city, in this case Mountain View purchasing land with existing houses so that they may demolish them in the future to create open space for its citizens.

The city has $2.4 million to spend on building a new 27,000 square foot (approx. 2500 square metres) park on Mariposa Avenue and also a 16,500 quare foot (approx 1532 square metres) on Del Medio Avenue.

According to the Mercury News

the city council will consider awarding the design contracts to Santa Cruz-based SSA Landscape Architects and San Francisco-based Robert Mowat Associates.

Read more about the Mountain View plans at the [SOURCE:  Mercury News – Mountain View considers razing some homes to develop two new parks]

Oklahoma City maps out big plans

OKLAHOMA CITY MAPS OUT BIG PLANS

A $777 million MAPS 3 plan unveiled by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and members of the Oklahoma City Council for a proposal that is expected to be considered by the citizens of Oklahoma City on December 8. It will include a large 70-acre downtown Central Park, designed by Hargreaves Associates.

SOURCE: Hargreaves Associates – Firm News.

New Orleans master plan has far to go, expert says

NOLA.com reports

Paul Sedway, who has served as a board member of the American Planning Association and a two-term vice president of the American Institute of Planners, urged public officials to delay passage of the plan, saying it needs additional work and editing to make it useful.

“Our conclusion is that this plan is not yet fully adequate,” Sedway told a packed ballroom at a BGR-sponsored breakfast in the Chateau Bourbon hotel…….

Read all of Paul Sedway’s comments at the SOURCE: NOLA.comNew Orleans master plan has far to go, expert says

Indianapolis urban renewal project focuses on sustainability

The Indianapolis Star reports

Neighborhood renewal leaders picture a landscape of energy-efficient homes, cozy shops and restaurants bustling with patrons, a light-rail station and plentiful manufacturing jobs — maybe even jobs making solar panels to power nearby homes.

SOURCE:  IndyStar.com – The Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis urban renewal project focuses on sustainability

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