When communicating with colleagues, don't be long-winded, don't interrupt and don't be quick to debate everything, Art Petty writes. "Ask for feedback from trusted colleagues on your communication style, including whether you are known for sharing ideas and communicating in a crisp, transparent manner," he advises.
High-profile parks such as Chicago's 606 and New York City's High Line can drive up property values and encourage real estate development that encroaches on existing residents and neighborhoods. "The question now is, how do we create amenities like this that are inclusive, not exclusive?" says Juan Carlos Linares of LUCHA, a housing-advocacy group.
Lake Okeechobee in Florida is struggling with blooms of toxic blue-green algae that pose a health threat and could affect tourism. Groups such as the Everglades Trust and the Sierra Club are supporting legislation that would buy land south of the lake to create a freshwater reservoir to alter water flows.
Grand Rapids, Mich., will not consolidate its 911 services with Kent County because the financial savings would not be realized for up to 15 years. Eric DeLong, the city's interim manager, said he is confident in the capabilities of the city's dispatch center.
Among the methods Denver is considering to reduce its carbon footprint are new regulations on buildings beyond a requirement to add green roofs to new structures. For example, the city could require new buildings to be "net zero" energy, with incremental improvements required for existing structures.
Sea-level rise and its effect on future flooding have members of coastal communities considering ways to address the issue, including the possibility of relocation. Meanwhile, one recent study says sea-level rise will be a threat to underground fiber-optic cables in cities such as New York, Miami and Seattle within the next 15 years.
Parks and recreation agencies should be acquainted with government guidelines on the disposal of fluorescent lights, especially as regulations are different for nonresidential users, writes Bobby Farris of TerraCycle Regulated Waste. "Box and store, shipping or crushing bulbs are three options for disposing of used CFLs, linear bulbs and high-density lamps," he writes.
The defunct Snell Road Landfill in Oshkosh, Wis., has been transformed into a conservation park. Ken Robl Conservation Park features a pair of ponds, hiking and bicycling trails and a pier built from recycled plastics.
A play area for children of all abilities has opened in Soda Springs, Idaho. Caribou CommUNITY Playground was hand-painted and hand-built, with sensory panels, therapeutic swings, a merry-go-round and other features.
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