U. of Pennsylvania Will Spend $40-Million on a New ‘Penn Park’ – Chronicle.com

Chronicle.com – Buildings & Grounds: reports

“The University of Pennsylvania plans to spend some $40-million creating a park full of playing fields on 24 acres of land between the Schuylkill River and what is now the east end of the campus. The land, to be known as Penn Park, includes a large parcel that the university bought recently from the U.S. Postal Service, which used 14 acres of it for parking for what used to be Philadelphia’s main mail-sorting facility.

The park, which is expected to be finished in two years, was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The site will include a system for capturing rainwater and using it for irrigation.”

[SOURCE: Buildings & Grounds: U. of Pennsylvania Will Spend $40-Million on a New 'Penn Park' - Chronicle.com]

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10.7 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2008 – APTA

American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reports

“Despite falling gas prices and an economic recession, increasing numbers of Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2008, the highest level of ridership in 52 years and a modern ridership record, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This represents a 4.0 percent increase over the number of trips taken in 2007 on public transportation, while at the same time, vehicle miles traveled (VMTs) on our nation’s roads declined by 3.6 percent in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.”

SOURCE: APTA: 10.7 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2008 — Highest Level in 52 Years; Ridership Increased as Gas Prices Decline and Jobs Were Lost

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Tulsa updates master plan for Parks and Recreation | KJRH.com

KJRH.com reports

“It has been 30 years since Tulsa updated its master plan for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. But that will soon change. After decades without clear direction, the department is working to put together a road map for the next five to ten years.”

KJRH.com – Tulsa updates master plan for Parks and Recreation

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Ann Arbor moves ahead on city hall art project – Ann Arbor News – MLive.com

Ann Arbor News – MLive.com reports

“Ann Arbor elected officials Monday OK’d a $77,000 fee for German artist and landscape architect Herbert Dreiseitl to develop a proposal for a three-part art installation on the city hall property.

The project is the first undertaken by the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission.”

[SOURCE: Ann Arbor News - MLive.com - Ann Arbor moves ahead on city hall art project]

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Downtown Alliance Wants To Bring Life to Water Street – Tribeca Trib

The Tribeca Trib reports that the Downtown Alliance in Lower Manhattan (NY) is looking into animating Water Street as more companies move out and the street lacks activity at night and on weekends.

The Downtown Alliance has hired Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners and FxFowle Architects, to examine conduct a study on the street and then produce ideas and concepts on how the Alliance can reinvigorate the street.

SOURCE: Tribeca Trib – Downtown Alliance Wants To Bring Life to Water Street

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