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Pedestrian “Jungle”: the dispute in Paris over rental electric scooters | Paris

PAris is considering banning electric scooter rentals, warning that its fleet of 15,000 rental scooters has safety issues, stresses pedestrians, clutters city streets and has yet to prove its positive impact on the environment.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo is expected to announce a decision on the future of electric scooter rentals in the coming weeks as the three operators in the French capital – Lime, Dott and Tier – hope to renew their licenses which expire in February. Operators have proposed a range of changes such as license plates so police can track traffic offenses and identity checks to ensure users are over 18.

Paris was the first city in Europe to open up to the “self-service” shared electric scooter market in 2018, where scooters could be left anywhere and collected via a mobile app. Two years later, after complaints of lawless use, the city cracked down on what operators called the toughest regulations in the world: reducing the number of operators to three, automatically tracking and limiting the speed of each scooter. 20 km and 10 km in some areas, even zero. if entering public parks and assigning designated parking areas.

Dockless electric scooters from Lime and Dott sharing services are parked for hire on a street in Paris. Photography: Charles Platiau/Reuters

But a dispute is now underway in Paris over the future of rental e-scooters. Maud Gatel, a councilor for the centrist MoDem party, told a Paris council meeting last week that rental electric scooters had turned the city into a “jungle” where “pedestrians are afraid to cross a street or even walk along the sidewalk”.

David Belliard, the green deputy mayor for transport and public spaces, said all options were on the table, including a ban. “We still have three big areas of concern,” he said. “The first is safety: for scooter users and others, such as pedestrians.” His second concern was the congestion of the streets of the city, despite dedicated parking spaces. “There has been progress, but it’s still complicated: for example, in parking lots, we find electric scooters strewn on the ground and people forced to climb on them, including the elderly.”

He said there were also questions about the environmental side of electric scooters “which are slightly disposable and have a very short lifespan”.

A man reserves an electric scooter for Dott, one of three operators in the French capital.
A man reserves an electric scooter for Dott, one of three operators in the French capital. Photography: Chesnot/Getty Images

He said: ‘If we can’t find agreement with the operators on safety, public space and environmental credentials, then yes, it’s very clearly on the table right now to stop the contracts.’

Belliard said Paris could survive without electric scooter rentals, citing Barcelona which had never introduced them, and towns bordering Paris, such as Montreuil and Aubervilliers which had no rental system.

But e-scooter hirers have argued that Paris has one of the most regulated, dense and widely used e-scooter fleets in the world with 1.2 million passengers last year and a 76% increase. new users between summer 2021 and summer 2022 – most of them residing in Paris.

Operators said banning rental electric scooters would not remove all electric scooters from Paris, nor solve traffic problems.

A woman rides an electric scooter from bike-sharing service company Lime through Paris.
A woman rides an electric scooter from bike-sharing service company Lime through Paris. Photography: Chesnot/Getty Images

There has been a boom in French people buying their own personal electric scooters. In France last year, around 900,000 electric scooters were purchased for personal use, making it the largest market in Europe. Unlike the UK, which bans personal e-scooters on public roads, they are allowed in France but must stay in cycle paths, not exceed 25 km/h and carry no more than one person.

Renters said a majority of their users told them that if they couldn’t travel on a shared e-scooter, they would consider buying their own. The companies argued that private electric scooters were harder to regulate than tracked rental electric scooters. At 25 km/h, private scooters could go faster than Parisian rental scooters, limited to 20 km/h.

Nicolas Gorse, commercial director of operator Dott, said the “massively regulated market” in Paris was the most organized in the world. “There is no other city where you have 2,500 micro-mobility parking spaces, there is one every 200 meters in Paris. It’s an infrastructure boost that marks the massive transformation of Paris in recent years…including more cycle lanes, which aren’t just for cycling but for people using electric scooters.

Electric scooters lying on a Paris sidewalk.
Electric scooters lying on a Paris sidewalk. Photography: Chesnot/Getty Images

Paris recorded 337 accidents related to all types of electric scooters and similar small electric vehicles in the first eight months of 2022, compared to 247 in the same period of 2021. In a high-profile case last year, an Italian pedestrian was killed after being hit by a rental e-scooter carrying two women. But operators say rented electric scooters account for a small proportion of the city’s tragic crashes and have argued they account for fewer fatal incidents per trip than mopeds or cars.

Garance Lefevre, director of public affairs at US rental company Lime, said Paris was one of the cities with the highest Lime usage in the world – with a Lime scooter ride starting every four seconds.

She said shared e-scooters are often “scapegoats” in the debate over how to properly reshape public space in the city. “Disposal of shared electric scooters will not solve the problem of calming shared public space,” she said.

Fabienne, 53, who worked in the media, had picked up a rental e-scooter in the center of Paris because her bike had punctured. “Paris is right to regulate more,” she said. “But there’s a tendency to blame it all on rental companies when it comes to the people who use them. Like everything in Paris, there is a need for civility.

Djemila, 58, a Parisian department store manager and cyclist, said: “A ban is a good idea because, while some e-scooter riders are serious, many don’t seem to know the rules of the road. You can have two or even three young children on it, having fun. It’s like a toy.

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Urgent warning to drivers about TikTok parking ‘hack’ that could land you a hefty fine

DRIVERS have received an urgent warning about a TikTok parking ‘hack’ that could land them a hefty fine.

Motorists are urged to avoid the #parkinghack challenge gripping drivers across the country.

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Drivers have been told not to follow a TikTok parking ‘hack’ that tells them to fake a breakdownCredit: Getty

The silly TikTok hack has had over seven million views in the past two weeks.

It’s about pretending your car is broken down and waiting to be fixed to get out of a parking ticket.

But Harrison Woods, CEO of Your Parking Space, told the Liverpool Echo that their “seamless” hack leaves out one key detail.

He said: “Although many commenters believe that if you are willing to fight you might be able to get out of a ticket, if you follow this hack you will still get a ticket and have to pay unless you can prove, with receipts, that your car was either awaiting repairs or vehicle recovery.

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“Cameras can also be used to provide evidence of the condition of your car, in addition to your claims having to be consistent with what the parking attendant has said about your case.”

And those who can’t face a crushing fine and be taken to court under the Fraud Act, costing you hundreds of pounds in legal fees.

In the worst-case scenario, you could be convicted and receive an unlimited fine or even be sent to jail, Woods said.

He added: “Leaving the bonnet of your car open when you are away from your vehicle will only result in water damage or, in other cases, harmful intrusion and a temptation for thieves.

“That means you could be seriously out of luck if your car is damaged and you have no proof of how the damage happened.

“Paying to park might seem like an inconvenience in the moment, but keeping your car safe will cause you far fewer problems in the long run.”

In April, drivers were warned that a TikTok trend could land them in trouble with the law, or even send them to jail.

The craze, known as car camping or stealth camping, is outfitting your car with everything from foam mattresses to blackout blinds and then spending the night inside.

The movement has gained momentum in the US, but is also growing in the UK, with #stealthcamping receiving 9.5 million views on TikTok, while Google searches for the trend have doubled in the last year.

Enthusiasts report that it gives them the freedom to go anywhere, anytime, without worrying about the price.

However, would-be car campers have been warned that this can lead to heavy legal penalties if done wrong.

Mark Akbar, Managing Director of CarStore, gave drivers his top tips for participating in the craze safely and legally.

His main warning was that “sleeping in a car in the UK under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal and Britons can face a hefty £2,500 fine, 10 license points or even a jail.

“Even if the car is stationary, you can still be considered legally in control.

“So if you’re thinking of camping in your car after a night out at the pub, think again!”

The Road Traffic Act 1998 states that motorists are liable to punishment if they exceed the limit while “in control” of a vehicle, not just driving it.

He also advised campers to be aware of potential parking fees and to turn off the engine and heater to avoid draining the battery.

Even stopping at a gas station can lead to unexpected parking charges after two hours, according to Mark.

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He further cautioned against driving when tired, no matter how far the destination is.

His advice is to stop every two hours to stretch your legs and get some fresh air, as well as to plan sufficiently long stopovers at hotels or campsites.

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Coweta plans to open Shenandoah Annex in early 2023

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A sign in front of the future Coweta County Government Annex shows the many departments that will be housed on the site.

Coweta County plans to open a new government annex in the Shenandoah area in the first quarter of 2023.

This new addition is being built on the former site of the former AMC Theaters, which for several years was the only movie theater in Coweta County. Coweta County purchased the facility in December 2021 and began construction shortly thereafter.

Mike Johnson, director of facilities management for the county, estimated that the installation is about 80 percent complete.

“We kicked off the project pretty quickly in January,” Johnson said.

Instead of movies, the facility will house a number of county departments, including the office of elections, the office of the tax commissioner, the Department of Veterans Services and more.

The need for the new facility was identified during a needs assessment survey several years ago, said County Government CEO Michael Fouts.

Fouts said county government had outgrown the existing administrative offices on East Broad Street due to county growth.

The new building will include a drive-thru window allowing residents to renew their car tag and pay property taxes without leaving their vehicles.

“The public, if they’re disabled, don’t have to get out of their car, they can drive through it,” said Justin McMichael, Coweta County’s deputy tax commissioner.

The drive-thru window will be just one of a handful statewide. McMichael said he remembered seeing one in Lowndes County, on the state’s southern border, but not many other places.

“We’re going to have additional service windows,” McMichael said. “It’s going to be a better design. We’re a little restless about where we are right now. This will reduce our service times (with) the drive-thru.

There will be 10 service windows in one location at the beacon office, compared to the nine service locations at the beacon office in two different windows.

“We’re pretty much maxed out where we are right now, so that’s going to give us a little bit more room to grow, which is what we need,” McMichael said. “We’re trying to keep up with the population where we are right now, so it’s been tough.”

Not only will motorists be able to have their license plates renewed on site, but they will also be able to apply, test and renew their driver’s license on site.

The Georgia Department of Driver Services will have an office in the Shenandoah Annex, making it one of the few in the entire state with both a tag office and a DDS office.

In the parking lot, Fouts said, a driving test area will be on site in the parking lot for motorists to pass the driving portion of their license exam.

The Georgia Department of Veterans Services will also be moving from the 22 E. Broad St. site for the new facility.

Fouts also said the new facility will be more central to most Coweta County residents.

“We’ve heard some people say, ‘Wow, you’re moving far over there.’ It’s still within the city limits here. I think it’s 2.3 miles from the location, and it’s really not that far. If you look at it from a density perspective population, it balances the east side and the west side. People on the east side have been driving downtown for years, so that kind of a balance.”

Additionally, the county’s main early voting location will be moved from the East Broad Street location to the Shenandoah site. For early voters, this will mean more parking, covered places to line up and an indoor place to vote.

County election officials will also have more space to store their equipment, which is distributed on Election Day to more than two dozen precincts across the county.

Additionally, the facility also includes a new training center, which county officials say could be used for a variety of purposes.

Fouts said the new construction takes an underutilized facility and turns it into an asset to the community.

Asked about the future fate of the location at 22 E. Broad St., Fouts said it was “to be determined.”

“We’ve been past that over the years, so we’re currently evaluating the best options moving forward,” he said.

When asked if the county would retain ownership of the facility, Fouts said the county was “still trying to decide what to do.”

The new facility will be located adjacent to the Junction Lanes bowling alley at 87 Newnan Station Drive.

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Rent your driveway? Spacer parking app adds new wrinkle to gig economy

Spacer Technologies was founded in Australia in 2015, before expanding to North America and the acquisition of Where I Park Inc. earlier this year. With more commuters returning to the office, parking has become a more pressing need — and Spacer has been one of the beneficiaries, with Boston receiving more reservation requests in October than any other city on the app.

According to Spacer, one of the factors driving Boston’s surge in users could be the upcoming winter weather. With snow causing headaches for drivers with outdoor parking, some users may anticipate, with requests to reserve covered spots in the Boston area up 77% since July.

Spacer said it has about 300,000 users worldwide and hundreds of locations for rent in and around Boston. He makes money by taking 25% of trades; the remaining 75% goes to users who rent their spaces.

Daniel Vernick, 25, joined Spacer last year to rent their driveway in Somerville.

“It was pretty simple,” Vernick said. “It definitely took some of the rent burden off.”

When Vernick started looking for an affordable apartment last year, his goal was to find an apartment with an empty driveway to rent, to help offset the cost. After some internet research, Vernick found Spacer and a tenant booked the driveway for a full year.

Vernick was able to earn $220 per month. That kind of extra money is what sets Spacer apart from other parking apps, according to Jeremy Zuker, general manager of North America for Spacer Technologies.

“You can actually take something that you’re not using, like your driveway or your garage, and you can just make it a source of income,” Zuker said. “We sometimes joke that we’re like the unsexy Airbnbs, aren’t we? Instead of the chic villa, it’s a parking space.”

Spacer is relatively new to the rental scene and has plenty of competition. Websites like Facebook and Craigslist have long served as platforms for advertising and parking space rentals.

But Janelle Emmanuel, who joined Spacer and Craigslist to rent her driveway last year, says she feels safer on Spacer than she did rummaging through Craigslist.

“I feel like with Craigslist, you don’t always know what’s going on there,” Emmanuel said. “But Spacer, I felt very safe.”

Emmanuel rented his driveway in Watertown, capable of fitting up to three cars, after a friend recommended the rental service as a side gig. Emmanuel said the app adds an element of separation between renter and host, which made him feel more secure.

Residential neighborhoods like Allston, Brookline, Somerville and parts of Cambridge are all popular locations on the app. Spaces in the downtown and seaport areas are fewer and more expensive, but Spacer executives hope the app can help ease parking congestion in the city.

“This idea of ​​efficiency is about both infrastructure and spaces,” Zuker said. “But also just to get people where they need to go without wasting time and fuel.”


Collin Robisheaux can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ColRobisheaux.

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Maple Shopping Plaza reconstruction unveiled at Longmeadow Planning Board meeting

LONGMEADOW – Longmeadow’s planning board heard plans at its November 2 meeting to rebuild Maple Shopping Centre, a plaza that burned down after a major fire on November 23, 2021. Plans have focused on larger storefronts and a new facade in the same footprint.

Diana Pun, representing Pun Longmeadow Realty, said the square “has been such a focal point in your lives”, noting the holiday dinners prepared by Armata’s Market and the people who prepared for special occasions at the Longmeadow Salon. The “tragic” fire will allow them to rebuild the 62-year-old structure with a “better shopping experience” in mind, she said.

Capital Studio Architects Principal Architect David Holmes, along with Architect-in-Training Damoy Porteous and Engineering Manager Suzanne Choate of Design Professionals, presented plans for the rebuilt Maple Mall.

Holmes began with an update on the demolition of the existing structure. He said the hazardous materials component of the demolition is complete and the remaining walls will be demolished within three weeks.

The start of construction has been pushed back from December to early 2023. Holmes told the board that the building should be finished within a year. The car park may take a further two and a half months, if the work is carried out at the same time as the building, however, depending on funding, the car park may be completed as a separate second phase of the project. When planning board clerk Walter Gunn asked why the land was being demolished and rebuilt, Holmes explained that it was at the end of its useful life and that it made sense to complete the two land projects. construction before stores reopen.

The building will sit on its original footprint; however, interior spaces have been redesigned to provide more space for some of the returning tenants. Four companies will return to the square once rebuilt. Armata Market will once again be the anchor of the mall, with an 11,600 square foot store larger than its former store. Similarly, Longmeadow Salon will have an additional 1,000 square feet of space. Iron Chef and Dream Nails will also be back in the square. There are a few storefronts that haven’t been rented yet, Pun said. Reminder publication.

Choate explained that the building will be designed to modern fire and building codes, including the use of sprinkler and fire alarm systems, grease traps for the sewer line and a sewer separator. debris to preserve water quality. The parking lot will be updated with an additional accessible parking spot and a realigned exit on Maple Road.

Regarding the aesthetic, Holmes said, “We strived to do something cutting edge.”
The part of the building to the right of the bottle store remained largely intact after the fire and is structurally sound, requiring only a cool facade. The 25-foot-tall roofline for the remaining building will be flat except for what Holmes called the “Clock Tower”, a 35-foot tower at the 90-degree corner where the L-shaped building sections meet.

Deputy Town Manager Corrin Meise-Munns told council that the Longmeadow Police and Fire Department had no stated concerns, but wanted to review the parking lot exit change. She noted that a PVC sewer line, but under Massachusetts law, PVC lines are not allowed within 10 feet of a building. Choate said she is working with City Engineer Time Keane to resolve these issues and any additional feedback from the building department.

Planning Board member Chris Legiadre noted that there is a slight spill on adjoining properties according to plans. Gunn asked about smells and noise from tenants, pointing out that restaurants often have such complaints from surrounding neighbors. Board vice-chairman Mark Gold, who attended the hearing, said the most common complaints about companies were about smells, noise and light. He told Holmes that the city had adopted the BUG lighting rating system (backlight, uplight, glare). Holmes said he would raise those concerns with his plumbing and ventilation engineer and consider the rating in selecting the height of the light and fixtures.

“We would probably want to approve each applicant their own review of the sitemap,” Gunn said. Although the building occupies the same footprint as its predecessor, he said, changes to the interior layout and the location of the walls qualified the project as new construction. He also said the commercial property was unable to claim reconstruction as “as of right”, as a burnt down residence would. While Holmes disagreed with this assertion, Meise-Munns said state law was silent on the matter.

Bruce Colton, member of the Planning Board, felt that site design reviews are not about internal structures; however, the location of exhaust fans may require tenants to submit to an examination.
Resident Alex Byrne asked if the flat roof could be used for solar power. Holmes explained that the option had been discussed but that more conversations would be needed with Eversource before a decision could be made.

Another resident, Marianna McKee, requested that the privacy fence separating the property from her neighbors be replaced. Holmes agreed to report the “reasonable” idea to the owners.
Resident Laurie Ferreira said the designs presented by Capital Studio Architects, which contained a variety of materials and textures, resembled “a strip mall” and asked if the architecture could be close to the colonial design of the Longmeadow Shops .

Holmes explained that the building materials and processes are new and “exciting”. He said a conscious effort had been made to change the appearance of the building.

Longmeadow salon owner Jose Rijos said he was “very excited and happy” to be returning to Longmeadow and, more specifically, the place.

Planning Board Chair Cheryl Thibodeau kept public comments on the matter. James Thomas, owner of The Bottle Shop, asked Pun if funding for the project had been secured or if it was “based on signed leases”. He also protested that he had material on the site that he had not been allowed to retrieve. Pun said funding had already been secured and suggested Thomas return the documents if he wanted to rent space in the rebuilt plaza. Additionally, she said, Thomas would be allowed on site to collect his belongings once he was safe. Thibodeau stressed that these questions were between the two parties and did not concern the objective of the public hearing.

Prior to the fire, the property’s dumpster was on adjacent land. Holmes explained that he expected the property to be used in the same way, but there were no plans to improve the land. A resident said the lot was often used as extra parking. Again, Thibodeau said the other lot was not the focus of the hearing.

The hearing continued until a next meeting. Meanwhile, Holmes said he would find definitive answers to the odor, noise and light issues, as well as present the changes to the parking lot to police and firefighters.

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Proposed apartment complex for another Oceanside cinema site

The Regal Cinema in the Mission Marketplace center could be Oceanside’s next multi-screen theater to be demolished to make way for a multi-story apartment complex.

A developer met with officials from Oceanside’s planning department last month to discuss plans to build 336 apartments wrapped around a seven-tier parking structure in the mall on the northwest corner of the road National 76 and Boulevard College.

The project applicant, NewMark Merrill Companies, is 40 years old and has offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Chicago. The company owns and manages properties in more than 90 cities.

The Mission Marketplace center is anchored by a Target, Sprouts, Ross and other retail stores and restaurants, as well as offices and the cinema. However, theaters across the United States have seen a dramatic drop in box office since the pandemic, and Regal Cinemas filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September.

“Significant headwinds in the theater business .. (cause) the plaintiff to anticipate the theater closing and a significant portion of the center to become unproductive,” says NewMark Merrill’s application filed with the city.

“The proposed project would not only provide a significant amount of new housing for the town of Oceanside, but would revitalize a soon-to-be-obsolete part of an otherwise thriving shopping center, while creating a customer base to support the success and longevity of other existing merchants,” the app says.

Six floors of apartments would wrap around a seven-level garage with 604 parking spaces, according to the plan. It would have 26 studios, 201 one-bedroom units and 109 two-bedroom units. The lowest side of the building would be 41 feet 6 inches tall next to the adjacent neighborhood of single family homes, rising to 65 feet 6 inches tall next to the existing retail buildings.

Access to the site, which is at the rear of the mall, would be improved by removing approximately 8,870 square feet of underperforming retail space on the main upper level of the mall to create an entrance. In addition to the cinema, a property management office, a residential real estate sales office and a day care center would be demolished.

Residents of the new building could drive from the commercial area across a bridge to the fourth level of the parking structure. The entrance plaza would also include space for community events, concerts and other activities.

The residential building would include a first-floor swimming pool with cabanas and barbecue, pavilion and fitness area, and landscaped courtyards.

An analysis by consultancy Kimley Horn indicates that even with as many as 400 apartments, the project could generate 826 fewer daily vehicle trips than existing uses on the property.

This is the second time this year that a developer has filed plans to build a multi-story apartment building on a Regal Cinema site in Oceanside.

A Newport Beach developer met with planning officials in May to discuss a proposed seven-story combination of residences, retail stores and restaurants for the 2.7 acres occupied by the 16-screen Regal complex on Mission Avenue in downtown Oceanside.

The proposed 75-foot-tall building would feature 321 residential units and three parking levels, including a basement, as well as outdoor courtyards, a “resort-style pool, spa, lounges and lush gardens,” according to the preliminary application filed at Oceanside City Hall.

Both of Oceanside’s redevelopment projects are in the early planning stages, and any groundbreaking could take years. However, they are embracing the trend of infill building in what planners are calling “smart growth” areas within walking distance of jobs, services and public transportation.

California isn’t the only state where apartments could replace Regal Cinemas.

A developer in Ormand Beach, Fla., proposed in June to build a 312-apartment complex on a vacant Regal site, according to a report in the online newspaper Ormond Beach Observer. The city’s planning council approved the project unanimously.

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Furious driver ‘can’t talk to a human’ to appeal £100 parking fine | United Kingdom | New

A driver has shared his frustration after being fined £100 in a row for a £1 parking space – and claims he couldn’t even ‘talk to a human’ to complain. Keith Morby said he paid £2 – double the charge announced on Sunday – to use the car park before being ordered to pay the triple-digit fee.

According to Birmingham Live, a sign at the Backcester Lane site in Lichfield clearly states the £1 parking charge between 7am and 7pm on Sundays. However, the 68-year-old still received a request for £100 from operator Euro Car Parks, who later refused his appeal on the grounds that he had overstayed.

The denial letter – received by Mr Morby a month after he parked there on Sunday September 25 – said his pay-and-display ticket only entitled him to four hours of parking at the ‘clearly displayed rate’ . The stunned pensioner, who had been shopping with his wife, said he was amazed as he had been forced to pay £2 because the machine was not working properly.

The former vehicle damage assessor, from the village of Whittington, near Lichfield, described the situation as “a perfect example of the world gone mad”. He told BirminghamLive: “I feel really upset. You can’t talk to the manager, you can only fill in an online form.

“You can’t reply to the first email, you can’t reply to the rejection email, and you can’t talk to a human.”

A sign in the car park clearly states that on Sundays the charge is £1 between 7am and 7pm, appearing to contradict the letter received by Mr Morby. In total, he parked for four hours and 32 minutes, between 1:38 p.m. and 6:10 p.m.

He said he planned to take the matter to the parking ombudsman and had “waived” his right to pay a reduced fee. He added: “It’s just silly, just ridiculous. The previous Sundays it was exactly the same.

“As far as I know, this is still going on now. The machine asks you to select what you want to pay.

“Obviously Sunday 7am-7pm is £1 so you select payment but there is no plan to select £1. You can only pay the minimum of £2.

“The machine thinks you’re paying for four hours. I thought the first time it happened – because it’s happened before – the machine was out of sync, it thinks it’s Monday or Wednesday.

“But obviously not because it happened this time and I went over four hours and finished. is £1 all day on Sundays.

“There are two other car parks belonging to Euro Car Parks, which are exactly the same. Same advice, same machine, same result. I can’t be the only one.”

Euro Car Parks was approached for comment, responding with an automated response, stating that the parking operator would endeavor to respond within 28 days.

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Upcoming transformation to the lower level of the Granada Theater

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) — For decades, the lower level of the Granada Theater has been vacant. Now, thanks to months of planning and tax credit money from new markets, coupled with local funding. The neighborhood will soon be transformed and the city is helping to get the renovations off the ground.

“I think Bluefield is unique in that it has a very supportive municipal government providing funding, a loan for this project. Bluefield also benefits from the presence of the Shott Foundation,” said Bluefield Arts and Revitalization Corporation Executive Director Brian Tracey.

Tracey says local historians say the lower level of Grenada may have been a showroom or service area for cars. You can still see vehicle lifts on the ground. But soon, this space will have two rooms with fifty seats and more. Tracey says parking won’t be a problem.

“We have municipal parking lots right outside our front door, so it’s very convenient for people to enter this facility. Not just for entertainment with the two theaters, but for the professional training programs that the new river will offer. So we also looked at what we could do, more than just bring in theaters,” Tracey said.

When completed, Tracey this space will have the capacity to host film festivals and show first-run films.

“To see this project as it is today and believe that in six to seven months people will come here to a state-of-the-art theater. Sitting in nice comfy seats, having a drink at our bar, it takes a vision,” Tracey said.

Now that vision is rolling off the drawing board and into reality in less than a year. Tracey hopes the theater will be open by May 2023.

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New Highway 40 footbridge to connect the cycling network, Kirkland REM station

The mayor of Kirkland welcomes a new overpass for cyclists and pedestrians, but said parking spaces are needed at the REM station.

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Kirkland Mayor Michel Gibson hailed the City of Montreal’s recent announcement to build a pedestrian and cyclist bridge over Highway 40 near the future Kirkland REM station.

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The new viaduct, which will be operational by 2027, will be part of Montreal’s Réseau express vélo (REV), a 184-kilometre cycling network that will also facilitate access to the future Grand Parc de l’Ouest.

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While this is good news for cyclists looking to cross Highway 40, Gibson said Kirkland is still pushing for parking spaces at the new REM station being built next to the RioCan Center and Parc des Bénévoles. He said having dedicated bike lanes and walking paths near the REM is a good idea for people who live near a train station, but added that most West End residents Island still depend on automobile to get around. He said parking spaces were still needed.

“What we want are parking spaces reserved for residents of Kirkland only. But that hasn’t been done yet,” he said.

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“Promoter Broccolini, who owns 50% of the RioCan site, knows what we want,” he added. “It can be underground or above ground (parking). They know our needs. So if they need a permit to do anything on this site, they will have to provide over 200 parking spaces.

In 2021, Broccolini Real Estate Group and RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust announced a partnership in a major redevelopment project at the Rio-Can Center site in Kirkland. The massive project covers approximately 240,000 square feet of office space and 135,000 square feet of retail space, including a residential component.

Gibson indicated that two traffic studies have already been carried out taking into account possible future residential and commercial developments around the REM.

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“The first study showed that the number of units (developers) sought did not correspond to the existing infrastructure. We asked our administration to do another traffic study to see how 200 to 500 spaces would fit into the current infrastructure. The council decided that we could put roughly 200 to 300 places there.

Gibson said local residents are also being asked to provide input on future Société de transport de Montréal (STM) bus routes that will take passengers to the REM. The population was invited to register for the public consultations of the STM, which plans to rethink the city’s vast bus network in anticipation of the future REM network.

Residents of Kirkland, Pointe-Claire and Beaconsfield will be consulted on Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m.

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Gibson said there will be a bus terminal near the Kirkland REM station. “It will be a bit like the one at the Fairview mall. There will also be a drop zone.

He specifies that not all bus lines will be affected by the arrival of the REM.

“The routes will basically remain the same. There will probably be fewer buses going to Saint-Charles or Henri-Daoust, because the new urban boulevard (between rue Antoine-Faucon in Pierrefonds and chemin Ste-Marie) will become a bus lane and a pedestrian and bicycle lane . Thus, most buses from Pierrefonds will head towards Antoine-Faucon Street. and heads towards the REM station along the old Highway 440 right-of-way.”

He said more local cycle routes are planned in the area.

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  1. A redevelopment project has been announced for the RioCan Center in Kirkland near the future REM station along Highway 40.

    The RioCan Center in Kirkland will undergo a massive redevelopment

  2. The REM says it has not yet decided exactly how many parking spaces there will be at the six West Island stations.

    West Island commuters bring home their need for parking at REM stations

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Vendors for an action against rental bike owners occupying a parking lot in Margao

October 23, 2022 | 06:51 IST

Vendors for an action against rental bike owners occupying a parking lot in Margao

Team Herald

MARGAO: Rental bikes occupying the public parking space continue to haunt the city of Margao. And therefore, the sellers of Margao, in addition to the general public, demanded strict measures against the owners of these rental bikes at the earliest.

Locals complain about the parking space used by many bicycle and car owners for a very long time. Several vehicles are noticed parked for several days, depriving others of using the space.

Vinod Shirodkar, president of the New Market Vendors Association, told reporters that this problem has persisted for several months and that the civic body and other relevant authorities have not taken any initiative.

“These bicycles are parked for a long time around the municipal building in Margao, which has the effect of depriving the general public of parking. It has also had a negative impact on businesses, as the public avoids coming to town due to lack of space. parking lot,” he said.

He demanded that the traffic police or the RTO take action against the owners of the rental bike.

It may be recalled that the previous year the same issue had been raised at the council meeting by some of the councillors, following which the then chief officer, Agnelo Fernandes, had ordered an internal investigation. , but no concrete action had been observed. It was noticed that the owners of the rental bike are illegally using the parking space around the municipal building.

Councilor Mahesh Amonkar told reporters that he had already discussed the matter with Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Dharmesh Angle, in addition to RTO officers at the Margao office.

“The traffic police informed us that owners of rental bicycles are not allowed to park their bicycles around the municipal building. Angle has also assured to take action against the violators,” he informed.

SP Traffic Angle said rent a bike is not allowed to park their bikes in the space designated for public parking.

“This will be a final warning to rental bike owners or strict action will be taken. At the same time, I appealed to the Margao City Council to provide us with space to keep these bikes, on which action is being taken,” he urged.

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Developer offers 14 ‘workforce’ housing units in Biddeford

Shown here is a preliminary sketch of a proposed 14-unit apartment building for vacant land at 69 Elm Street. Developers are looking to build a three-story structure that would provide one-bedroom and one-bedroom workforce housing units. Courtesy Image

BIDDEFORD – Biddeford Planning Council had questions for the developer about a 14-unit project on vacant land in Elm Street originally proposed as affordable housing.

The “affordable” designation for the 3,445 square foot lot, located at 69 Elm Street, has been changed by the developer to workforce housing. Planning Board members said they wanted more information on the proposed plan and the definition of the workforce housing developer.

The vacant lot is close to the former Saco Lowell store which is currently being transformed into The Levee, a community of 96 market priced apartments, and the train tracks.

The proposal for the three-story building was originally 11 apartments, then 13 and now 14, developer Peter Lavoie of Plan East, LLC and senior project manager DM Roma Consulting Engineers told the planning board. earlier this month.

The building would offer a mix of one-bedroom and studio apartments and would be owned by the applicant. The project would use public water and sewers. Electric heat pumps would be installed on the roof and out of sight. Because the lot itself is small, each unit would have a reserved space at the Pearl Street parking garage, approximately 500 feet away, rather than on-site parking.

Asked about accessibility for people with disabilities, the planning board was advised that there would be a ramp to the property, but no lift to the second and third floors.

The proposed project is located in Main Street Revitalization District 3.

Haskell of DM Roma Consulting Engineers, said Plan East, LLC originally offered the three-story, 14-unit complex as affordable housing, but learned from the Maine State Housing Authority that funds for the program had run out.

“However, depending on unit size, the target demographic will be workforce housing,” Haskell said.

Michael Cantara, member of the Planning Board, asked about the definition of workforce housing in this case.

” Ordinary people. It will be as affordable as possible,” said Lavoie, the promoter. “I can’t quite throw monthly rates there right now; it depends on a number of variables.

Cantara asked if Lavoie could talk about the annual income of the proposed tenants.

“That’s a tough question,” said Lavoie, who said he would be more willing to answer at the next meeting. “I can do more calculations.”

When asked, Lavoie said he didn’t have a specific screening process for a labor category, but he wouldn’t exclude someone who made more money.

‘The way it came to council tonight was that it was pitched as affordable housing and I now understand it is labor housing,’ said Cantara. “I need some sort of guarantee or assurance that whatever happens is something we can rely on for years to come.” He said the developer may not have any intention of flipping the property, but “no one has a crystal ball” to see someone’s financial situation five years in advance. “I need more information,” Cantara said.

Planning Bard member Roch Angers urged Lavoie to call the Maine State Housing Authority to find out if affordable housing funds might become available, noting that it can happen.

Biddeford had been looking for ways to expand affordable housing for some time and earlier this year he convened a Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force to look into the matter. The town is a popular location for those looking to build residential rental accommodation, but most are market priced.

Member Susan Deschambault asked if the cost of a reserved parking space in the Pearl Street garage would be included in the rent, and was told that it would be.

She further inquired if there was space at the front of the proposed apartment building where a tenant could park, unload groceries, and then drive to the parking garage.

“This was discussed with planning and engineering, and both thought it was a bad idea to have a stake there, as it would be considered street parking and cause issues,” Haskell said.

Members asked if there would be a laundry room in each unit.

“Right now, there’s a ventless washer and dryer” designated in the plan, Haskell said. He said the units look like a single washer but have both washing and drying functions.

Planning Board Chairman William Southwick asked about the soundproofing on the side of the building near the railway tracks.

“I will soundproof with additional drywall,” Lavoie said.

The board voted to designate the application as a major subdivision, which dictates what information will be required as the application progresses.

In addition to needing city approval, because the project is within 500 feet of the Saco River, it will be subject to review by the Saco River Corridor Commission.

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Trash Talk Edition – Streetsblog New York City

Today’s big news is that the Adams administration is finally taking a razor to the shadows of 5 a.m. New York.

like time exclusively reported received the document, from April, large black plastic bags of waste can no longer be thrown on all sidewalks at 4 p.m., but must remain out of the public domain until 8 p.m. (or 6 p.m. for buildings using containers).

That’s a big deal considering that afternoons in this city require an Olympian effort just to walk on a sidewalk. And all the trash means this is the lasting impression every visitor has of New York:

Despicable Photo: Gersh Kuntzman

The point, of course, is not to give pedestrians the space they deserve – after all, rubbish will still be dumped on the sidewalk rather than in the street space at the curb that drivers have long requisitioned for storing their belongings – but to reduce the time rats have access to the bin. The change in dump times also aligns with other changes in staffing and pick-up times that the Sanitation Department says will reduce offerings at the all-night rat buffet, as the house likes to call it. sanitation commissioner Jessica Tisch.

Of course, there was a lot of puns about rats and trash swirling around the Monday presser at City Hall. Tisch said the 4 p.m. sidewalk trash can hours in New York City were “beyond pale” (homonym of “bucket”). Council member Shaun Abreu called it “a monumental victory in humanity’s war against the rats”.

Mayor Adams also spoke lyrically about rats (or at least his hatred of them): “I hate rats. When we started killing them at Borough Hall, some of the same people are criticizing us and now calling me a murderer because I was killing rats. Well you know what? We are going to kill rats. Rats have no place in this town. (The Post, PoliticsNY and Hell Gate covered.)

All of this reminded our old editor that Eric Adams was nothing like Eric Adams in 2011, when he spoke adoringly about animals at a vigil honoring the dozens of Canada geese who were murdered by the booted thugs. of the Fish and Wildlife Service in the name of aviation security (the cover of which should have earned the Brooklyn Paper a Pulitzer!).

“It’s arrogant for humans to believe that this planet was made just for humans,” Adams said at the time. “These birds give us more than we give them; we have an obligation and a responsibility to protect them.

Apparently, our obligation to the natural world does not apply to rats.

In other news:

  • The main story of the day was NY1’s shameless pro-car coverage of how Citi Bike is now using a former parking lot in Clinton Hill to service bikes. Neighbors who once parked there for free are angry – how dare the city use public space for greater public benefit than storing cars! – and NY1 let them evacuate their spleen. One thing was left out: unlike drivers, Citi Bike pays the city for space. We expect Steve Witt – who has never come across a Clinton Hill parking spot he didn’t like – to step in soon.
  • The Daily News followed Clayton Guse’s deep dive into the MTA’s East Side Access project with the obligatory self-congratulatory editorial.
  • Staten Island leaders are right to call for an HOV lane extension of their freeway, even though their constituents don’t have much respect for it. (Advance SI)
  • We enjoyed Upper East Site’s media coverage recently, but its coverage of an “open street” controversy on E. 78th Street is essentially an op-ed in favor of car-clogged roads. Can’t we try something else on a fucking street?
  • We find Nicole Gelinas far too alarmist about crime, but she makes an excellent point in her latest column by linking fear of crime to increased car use leading to more road deaths. . (New York Post)
  • But staying on the subject of subway crime for a second, the Daily News reported that subway conductors are now asked to notify passengers whenever a cop is on the train.
  • As people who worked at the Metro-Tech complex in the early 2000s, we were thrilled to read The Times’ coverage of efforts to redo the campus, though we might quibble that Winnie’s story Hu didn’t dive deep enough into the complex’s original. sin: smashing the street grid (the same move that undermined the World Trade Center superblock, RIP).
  • The whole pickleball (Gothamist) debate should remind us all that we wouldn’t all be fighting for such limited public space if the city made better use of its existing public space to give us enough places to play!
  • Big Ben Brachfeld, who replaced Kevin Duggan at amNY, followed our story (and a better graphic) on Mayor Adams’ “City of Yes” zoning effort. (amNY)
  • Yet another outlet – this time, The City – demonizes modes instead of roads in a story about how bus drivers worry about bumping into passengers on various micromobility devices. Yes, that’s a problem. But the solution lies in roads designed for the safe passage of transit riders and users of durable devices like bicycles and scooters. Remember this sentence: “Demonize the roads, not the fashions”.
  • Hats off to Riders Alliance for condemning details in our Monday article about Mayor Adams’ smoky deals with political allies to slow or eliminate livable streets initiatives: “Mayor Adams promised better service for millions of users by building 150 miles of new bus lanes and bus lanes in four years, exceeding the mandate of the street plan act,” said lead organizer Jolyse Race. “Fordham Road and Northern Boulevard serve 100,000 bus riders every day, riders who will never regain valuable time lost to City Hall delays in bus lanes and bus lanes In June, Mayor Adams promised customers in Queens and the Bronx with major speed and reliability improvements on both corridors this year.Now is the time for him to do things for bus users.
  • Oh, and speaking of smoky rooms, this is just a hilarious clip of our mayor smelling weed:

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Man punched over parking spot – Parkland Talk

By Kevin Deutsch

Through our joint efforts with the Broward Sheriff’s Office to share updates with residents, here is a summary of crimes and more Park incidents until October 10, 2022.

animal bite

Sequoia Ln.

On 4/10/2022, the reporter said while outside his home in his development, a neighbour’s rampaging dog attacked his dog, causing a laceration.

Battery

Location redacted

On 5/10/2022, the suspect and victim were involved in a verbal argument over parking. The suspect punched the victim in the face with a clenched fist.

Marital dispute

AquaCT.

On 7/10/2022 a verbal argument broke out between a husband and wife over a hurricane storm door, which suffered a spider crack after being hit by the husband.

Information

Noor Boulevard.

On 04/10/2024, the journalist said he felt harassed by his boss.

Path to the Isle of Pines.

On 4/10/2022, a 10th grader was participating in a JROTC exercise called a “bridge”. Rope placed between two trees, participants attach themselves with a harness and a carabiner, wrap their legs around the rope and pull themselves up with a hand-to-hand movement. During the exercise, the rope was dropped from one of the trees causing the student to fall on his back approximately five feet in the air. Coral Springs Fire Rescue responded to the scene and assessed the student, determining that she “looked knocked out.” She did not lose consciousness and answered the firefighters’ questions correctly. The student was transported to Broward Health Coral Springs for evaluation.

Holmberg Road

Deputies met with the Grade 8 vice principal, who reported that a student was in possession of an electronic nicotine delivery device (ENDS). The vice principal indicated that the student would receive a sanction, based on the school’s disciplinary matrix, for bringing the prohibited item onto the school campus.

Illegal shot/discharge

Loxahatchee Road

An illegal shooting/dump was reported on 05/10/2022. The owner reported gunshots. No evidence was found.

Threatens Evaluation Report

Nob Hill Rd.

On 4/10/2022, BSO received a report regarding a student who made a verbal statement to another student about his doll that can kill.

Stop

Ray Batista, 41, was arrested for battery or strike charges on State Rd. 7 on 05/10/2022.

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Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime reporter and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on the staff of the Miami Herald, New York Daily News and Palm Beach Post.

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aiMotive and Parkopedia Partnership Offers Automakers Cost-Effective and Scalable Automated Parking Solutions

Parkopedia partners with aiMotive to provide scalable automated parking solutions

Parkopedia has partnered with self-driving technology specialists, aiMotive, to provide scalable indoor parking navigation and self-driving solutions.

LONDON, UK, Oct. 13, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The partnership offers automakers unique and scalable parking navigation and Type 1 Automated Valet Parking (AVP) capabilities for the first time.

Improved parking experience for drivers without the need for costly additional infrastructure in parking facilities.

Makes it easy to navigate to electric vehicle charging spots or pre-booked parking spots closest to final destinations – minimizing travel time and preventing driver frustration or downtime.

AVP will likely be the first SAE Level 4 automation product available to drivers.

Scalable navigation services, enabling indoor navigation, MaaS solutions and offering the latest comfort and safety services for the driver.

Autonomous technology specialists, aiMotive and indoor mapping provider and leading connected vehicle services, Parkopedia, are now able to offer automakers scalable autonomous parking solutions that minimize drivers’ daily hassles, not to mention on the presence of additional infrastructure in car parks, thanks to a recent partnership.

The ‘out-of-the-box’, cost-effective and scalable parking navigation solution is able to provide navigation assistance to drivers in indoor and outdoor car parks using aiMotive’s perception technology, combined with location information provided by Parkopedia’s highly accurate Indoor system. Map Service – a unique, cost-effective and scalable interior mapping solution for automakers looking to future-proof their navigation and deliver the driver comfort services expected today.

In indoor car parks, such as underground and multi-storey car parks, the line of sight to the satellites is blocked, preventing GPS access. Another form of location is therefore needed to maintain the navigation services that drivers have grown accustomed to on the road, as well as to enable mobility as a service (MaaS) and convenience services of the future.

As part of the partnership, drivers will receive turn-by-turn indoor directions to precisely selected parking locations, such as a pre-reserved parking spot or electric vehicle (EV) charging points, or the available parking space closest to the desired destinations or exits. points, minimizing overall travel time and maximizing range, saving time and driver frustration, while also enabling “find my car” convenience and security services.

The partnership will also enable self-driving parking services in any parking facility, without the need for prior training or testing, or the addition of additional on-site hardware. Automated Valet Parking (AVP) Type 1 for automated vehicles is also based solely on on-board intelligence and built-in functionality already present in the vehicle. Once activated at a designated drop off point, the vehicle is able to navigate parking structures to park, and when summoned by the vehicle owner, it will return to a predefined pick up point.

AVP is likely to be the first SAE Level 4 automation product available to drivers, due to the lower implementation cost and lower risk profile of low-speed driving in a constrained environment , however, it requires consistent and reliable global location and navigation. throughout the operating area. Parkopedia is able to provide the required location using advanced robotic techniques combined with data from sensors present on most connected vehicles and landmarks already present in all car parks.

Brian Holt, CTO at Parkopedia, said, “We are delighted to partner with aiMotive to deliver cost-effective and innovative parking solutions of the future. Every car journey begins and ends with a parking lot, and as such remains an essential part of in-vehicle navigation systems for reaching final destinations. Unfortunately, the current navigation experience ends at the entrance to parking lots, leaving drivers far from their final destination. By combining aiMotive’s technology with our HD indoor maps, we are able to extend and enhance the navigation experience and provide the bridge to self-parking and its associated benefits in the future.

Gábor Pongrácz, SVP of aiDrive, said, “aiMotive strives to develop truly scalable and innovative automated driving software and related tools. Our parking solution also follows this mindset. Relying solely on internal vehicle intelligence and sparse HD maps, Parkopedia is a natural partner for us. The maps provided by Parkopedia were accurate and detailed enough to be used immediately in our AVP solution for location and route planning. Together, we can dramatically accelerate the adoption of AVP technologies, being able to deploy them to any mapped facility. »

aiMotive’s comprehensive automated driving software, “aiDrive”, offers a state-of-the-art roadside assistance solution with L2+ and L3 functionality. Additionally, the Stack’s unique automated valet parking concept offers features such as driver drop off, search and maneuver into a parking spot and even return to the driver when summoned. This system relies on on-board intelligence instead of infrastructure investments, enabling rapid scaling in target markets.

To date, Parkopedia has completed several “proof of concept” use cases for indoor maps with global car manufacturers and generated comprehensive coverage of major car parks globally. The partnership will provide automotive manufacturers with the opportunity to differentiate themselves with popular convenience and comfort features that are simple to implement and require no changes to infrastructure or specialized hardware to deliver interior or frame navigation. of the complete AVP delivery.

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Notes to Editors
Watch the Parkopedia Indoor Mapping product video – https://youtu.be/93W7RlTcNI0.

About Parkopedia
Parkopedia is the leading connected car service provider used by millions of drivers and organizations such as Audi, Apple, BMW, Ford, Garmin, GM, Hyundai Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Sygic, TomTom , Toyota, Volkswagen, and many more. Parkopedia helps drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fuel and tolls in 15,000 cities in 90 countries. Parkopedia also develops highly detailed parking maps and corresponding algorithms to help drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to an indoor open parking space. Visit business.parkopedia.com for more information.

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Saesoldong I House / JYJ Architects

Saesoldong I House / JYJ Architects

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  • Area Area of ​​this architecture project Area :
    311 m²

  • Year Year of realization of this architectural project

    Year:


    2022


  • Photographs

  • Main architect:

    Jung Kyungmo

Saesoldong House I / JYJ Architects - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Cheon Youngtaek

Meeting with the client – In June 2021, the client suddenly visited our company without a reservation. The first thing he told us was that he wanted to build a detached house, but he builds it well. That’s what most architects say. Who wouldn’t want to do it well? In the architecture market of mistrust, we feel sorry for the client, saying, “I won’t be fooled. The client, who came back after asking a few questions, did not contact us for a long time as we had planned. Finally, after about a month, the client visited us and said, “I was torn between low design costs and local builder homes, but now I want to stop thinking about it and want to be with we “….

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Plan – 1st floor
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Why build a house – Having only lived in an apartment, he dreamed of a house that most people own. However, he reached retirement age and wanted to live the rest of his life where he could have his garden and patio and be with his dog rather than living in a comfortable but inconvenient apartment.

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Plan – 2nd floor

The customerthe requirements of – At first, he left everything to us with no special requirements other than asking us to design it well. However, there was one thing he wanted to think about in the design. The surface that can be directly built without a subcontractor rather than calling on a builder with a general building permit, tight construction cost [no client has spare money]four bedrooms [4 family members]a room of at least 4.5 meters on each side [5-6 pyeong], and a parking lot that allows it to enter the house without being exposed to the rain after parking, and a courtyard that receives a lot of sun but protects privacy. Other than that, he just said he let us do it. The customer’s words deceived us, “I trust you, so do your best”, we put a lot of time and effort into it. We wanted to offer the customer a healthy and warm home without defects or mold, like a tailor-made suit that fits him.

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Architectural planning – The site is a detached house located in the East district [Saesol-dong] of Songsan Green City, Hwaseong, which is under development. As with most town center single-family home sites sold in lots, this site is in a grid of a square with one side of flat land facing a road. Other houses will be built on either side of this one, and it is a land with right of light due north. As the road is on the south side, we chose a ‘giyeok [ㄱ]’ shape for utility space to find the interface between light and privacy and to create a stable interior with the surrounding situation. Having a piling parking lot connected to a courtyard and a large terrace on its upper level, it was ‘Digwu [ㄷ]’-shaped so that it could have a large yard and a large terrace.

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We hoped that all the rooms would face the south-facing courtyard so that they could see the sunlight and the changing nature and enjoy the spatial experience of the visual changes of daily life. So walking through spaces, feeling the transformation of nature in the yard, feeling the weather change with light and shadow, and looking at the sky and the stars in the wind, we thought it might be the pleasures of everyday life in this house.

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Unit 02
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On the first floor are shared spaces [entrance, living room, kitchen, utility room, stairs], the master bedroom and a space for the wife. On the other hand, the second floor consists of male rooms, including the first son’s room at the end of the long side in the shape of ‘ㄱ’, the second son’s room at the end of the short side, one between -two shared, and husband’s space. You can see the sky through the high corner window as you enter the driveway after passing the parking lot. When you enter the living room through the front door, the courtyard is naturally connected to the living room through the entire window, while the living room extends to the courtyard. In the living room that opens to the courtyard, you can feel the flow of seasons and time and feel comfortable. Typically, the stairs to the second floor are installed near the front door for convenience, but this home puts the stairs deep, giving them more opportunities to meet.

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North elevation
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Due to the gable roof as per district unit guidelines, the second floor has a high floor height to give a feeling of openness, and a private terrace at the bottom of the second floor and an open terrace with a vegetable garden facing to the road are placed for them. use the outdoor space according to their mood and situation. On this terrace facing the road, there is also a place to hang the laundry on a sunny day. Following this project, we are currently planning a Ⅱ detached house in Saesol-dong.

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Hudson City Street Seasonal Use Program Comes to an End | Columbia County

HUDSON — It may have gotten off to a late start, but the City of Hudson’s Seasonal Street Use Program has had success this year as it is scheduled to end on Monday.

“We obviously started a little late, but everyone really appreciates it,” said Alexandre Petraglia, president of the Hudson Business Coalition, which runs the program. “Restaurants have really appreciated having additional outdoor seating.”

The scheme was launched in 2020 to expand outdoor seating into parking spaces, using cement blocks and planters as barriers, for Warren Street businesses to entice customers with outdoor dining and shopping options air during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2021, the program started in May, but this year’s start date was pushed back as negotiations between the business coalition and the city dragged on in July.

In July, the city and the Hudson Business Coalition reached an agreement regarding the program.

Under the agreement, the business coalition agreed to reimburse the city for the use of each metered parking space occupied by a block. The fee schedule will require the group to pay the city $4 per day for each metered space used on a Saturday, 80 cents per day for each metered space used on a Thursday or Friday and no fee paid for spaces used on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

After the council expressed reservations about the reimbursement rate, the city’s assistant mayor, Michael Hofmann, provided the city council with estimates concluding that the city could benefit financially from the arrangement.

Despite the delay, Petraglia said pedestrian traffic on Warren Street increased as a result of the scheme.

“We have been able to see an increase in the number of visitors to the city thanks to the program,” said Petraglia.

This year, for the first time, Petraglia, with the help of Olivia Smith, braved the sweltering heat and humidity of July 19 to paint the program’s gray cement blocks bright colors after they were placed on Warren Street.

Petraglia changed the configuration of the overall planter installation this year. In an effort to prevent cars from hitting the concrete blocks while parking, he installed the planters, which are taller than the concrete blocks, to be perpendicular to the curb so drivers could see them, which which made parking easier, he said.

“Painting the blocks certainly helped prevent cars from hitting them this year, as did placing the planters perpendicular instead of parallel to the sidewalk,” added Petraglia.

Companies that participated in the program praised it while some added that the start of July was a bit problematic.

Culture Cream, 318 Warren St., participated in the seasonal program and changed its presentation. Its owner, artist Katiushka Melo, has created a beach atmosphere for her guests inside the street’s concrete blocks, with sand, lounge chairs and umbrellas.

“I thought it was awesome because it felt like an art installation opened up when we put it up,” Melo said. “Everyone really liked it. We brought the beach to Warren Street.

As the program wraps up on Monday, Melo said she plans to do something special to mark its end.

“We will be doing a little something special for our customers on Indigenous Peoples Day, October 10,” she added.

Anthony Marchionne, owner of 225 Warren Bar & Grill, 225 Warren St., noted the program’s late start, but added that the program was a success.

“It was great, but it started too late,” Marchionne said. “Overall it’s a great program and it’s brought in a lot of business.”

As the program season draws to a close, Marchionne began moving the tables and chairs for the clients out of the program space created by the concrete blocks and planters, leaving a few tables in front for the clients.

Like Marchionne, Paula Dinoris, general manager of American Glory Restaurant, 342 Warren St., commented on the program’s late start.

“I think it went really well, but it was late this year,” Dinoris said. “The first half of the summer was lost.”

Despite the delay, Dinoris said the program was good for business.

“I think people really like having a choice and they like eating out,” she said. “It also gives us more space to seat people.”

Although the decision to participate in the program next year rests with the restaurant owner, Dinoris said she would like to take advantage of the program next year.

“I think we plan to do it again next year, but that’s up to the owner,” she said.

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Glens Falls ends years-long Elm Street bus problem

GLENS FALLS, NY (NEWS10) – The section of Elm Street closest to Centennial Circle is narrow. Located between the freeway-adjacent thoroughfare of Hudson Avenue and increasingly busy Park Street, it struggles to accommodate parking spaces in addition to two-lane traffic.

Not to mention the Trailways and Greyhound bus systems that stop there. A parking lot used by buses – between Empire Pizza and a building being renovated – has been closed for public use. This has created a problem of gridlock, which the city is working to resolve. As of this week, there is no parking or stopping for vehicles on this block.

“We had heard complaints earlier this year,” Glens Falls Mayor Bill Collins said Wednesday. “I thought they were overdone. I have to tell you; I didn’t give this the credit it deserved.

Collins, who took office as mayor earlier this year, took part in a meeting earlier in the year regarding the potential construction of a higher car park on Elm Street, where an open car park currently serves several businesses on Elm and Glen Streets. The idea was to create a hub for public transit, including buses like those active just a block away. At that meeting, he heard from several business owners who spoke about how bad things had gotten on Elm Street, citing several buses clogging the street at once.

One such business owner was Robin Barkenhagen, owner of 42 Degrees, a glass art and pipe store on Glen Street. Prior to the current location, the Barkenhagen company operated at 15-23 Park St., a building later purchased by developer and businesswoman Elizabeth Miller. Miller and his son are currently completing renovations to this building, which will soon open as the Park & ​​Elm Cafe and Market.

The renovation process required the parking lot formerly used by Trailways and Greyhound to be fenced off – and it will no longer be open to the public once the new business opens. This blockage is to blame for more buses on the street – but when Barkenhagen looks back at his old storefront, he says the problems predate the new project.

“Every day the buses stopped,” recalls Barkenhagen, whose business operated on Park Street for nine years before moving. “Between 3 and 4 p.m. was the worst time – there were 2 or 3 buses piled up in the parking lot, with no room for them. If there were two buses at once, the second would physically block the aisle. No one could come in or out.

Barkenhagen tried several ways to prevent buses from trapping its employees and customers where they parked. He says he asked the drivers to move, but nothing changed. He took pictures of the problem and complained directly to the bus companies. At one point Greyhound told him they would change where they parked – but the next day the bus returned.

Years after leaving this property, the subject arose between Barkenhagen and a city employee, who was surprised to learn of the seriousness of the problem. Collins was also surprised.

Another voice speaking out on the matter was Mark Levack, who operates Levack Real Estate from an upper floor at 33 Park St. – giving him a great view of the street. He came to Collins with photos of bus passengers retrieving luggage from the bus as they stood in the middle of the street, dodging traffic in order to do so safely. He also showed the mayor’s video of one bus backing into another, and another four buses clogging the street at once.

“The site is not large enough to handle bus traffic and customer traffic simultaneously,” Levack said. “No company should be allowed to do business on a public road where traffic is blocked.”

Parking on a postage stamp

Late last week, Glens Falls City Council passed a law prohibiting the parking or parking of vehicles on the affected section of Elm Street. Signs to that effect have increased this week and the Glens Falls Police Department began issuing warnings to those who break the new law late last week.

Meanwhile, the conversation highlighted a problem that doesn’t go away. The town of Glens Falls is tight-knit and compact. City officials have been working to find a new transportation hub for the bus lines for some time, and the question hasn’t gotten any easier to answer. Barkenhagen says he would have backed the idea of ​​a parking garage for the Elm/Glen lot — but the city didn’t get the funding it needed for it.

The question of where to look next is up to the planning council. Collins says the conversations included finding a spot along the Hudson Avenue corridor, which leads to Northway exit 18. Another idea is the Aviation Mall, just above the Queensbury line, where Greater Glens Falls Transit buses already run daily.

Wherever the city puts its efforts next, the good news is that at least one of the bus lines has become more involved in the conversation. Collins said a representative from Trailways recently visited Glens Falls after being contacted about the problem and immediately agreed on its seriousness after seeing it for himself. Now they have become willing to move to where they do their business. This is good news for current and former neighbors of the bus line.

“I’m glad they’re doing something,” Barkenhagen said. “We are a postage stamp in this town. There’s not much space anywhere, but the worst place for it is where he is now.

Barkenhagen suggests the city purchase the parking garage adjacent to 333 Glen St. in the city, located in a location that can handle significantly more traffic. He also said the bus problem was not what motivated him to move 42 Degrees – it was simply the timing of Elizabeth Miller’s purchase of the building.

Collins sees the issue as a learning experience. Complaints around Elm Street predate his time as mayor by many years, and he himself admits he didn’t understand the problem until recently.

“I learned that I needed to pay more attention to complaints and see their merit. I hadn’t done that at the start of the year,” he said.

Trailways and Greyhound did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

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Historic Homes You Can Own in the Waco Area

With dire economic news and skyrocketing costs everywhere you turn, you’re definitely going to want to see this amazing “2 for 1” deal that includes a main house, garage, detached garage and a price you won’t believe. simply not! — Combining the best of old style with modern conveniences, here it’s hard to choose which is more appealing: the home’s super unique character or its stellar value proposition that offers so much for so little! — The main house which boasts an expansive 1,824 square feet, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, soaring twelve foot ceilings and very high quality craftsmanship that alone surpasses many homes at the same price or more! — …but wait! There is more! Outside, a detached two-car garage (plus a third bay for storage) completes the home perfectly! …But that’s not all! Perched atop this structure, another full remodel gives way to another home; the 720 square foot garage apartment! Boasting a full one bedroom layout, this home features a large living room, dedicated kitchen, full bathroom, laundry room and even a balcony terrace! — Plus, the home’s hip neighborhood, Provident Heights, is now THE destination for city dwellers looking for interesting aesthetics, history, and close proximity to all that Waco has to offer ( Cameron Park, Baylor University, Lake Waco, Waco Regional Airport and downtown Waco are all minutes away!) — Whether you need extra living space to accommodate a blended family, an office at home, a yoga studio or a karate dojo; or you are looking for additional income from a long or short term rental; this place can’t be beat!

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No parking spaces in Smart City Dharamsala, residents harassed: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Lalit Mohan

Dharamsala, September 29

Lack of proper parking spaces is fast becoming the bane of Dharamsala and its surrounding tourist spots. Traffic jams become commonplace in the city even during the tourist lean season.

Motorists are forced to park their vehicles on the sides of the roads bringing them into direct confrontation with traffic officers who insist on fining them through challans. On their side, people claim that there is no parking space available anywhere.

The traffic problem has gotten so bad that there are traffic jams even on routine days in Dharamsala. The linear development of the city along the roads is the main cause of traffic problems.

In the city of Dharamsala, there are two main markets – Kachehri market near the local secretariat and Kotwali market. Both markets have limited public parking. People have to park their vehicles along the roads, which leads to traffic jams and sometimes accidents. At Kotwali market, the local council is trying to create a public parking space, but work is very slow.

In Kachehri or the civil lines area, there is no public parking. Most of the vehicles are parked at the roadside or in the secretariat’s mini car parks which remain full with the vehicles of the locals coming to the offices for their work.

In McLeodganj, the main tourist hub, the only public car park at the entrance is in the throes of controversy for being overloaded. A few years ago, the foundation stone for a parking lot near the Dalai Lama temple was laid. However, work is progressing at a slow pace. The result is that most commercial vehicles that bring tourists here are parked on the side of the road.

At Bhagsunag, another famous tourist spot in the region, there is only one parking space which is insufficient during the tourist influx season. In Bhagsunag and McLeodganj, illegal constructions are the main reason for traffic congestion. In accordance with the rules set by the district and town planning authorities, any commercial building entering the zone must have a specified parking space on the ground floor. However, people who are raising hotels and commercial complexes in the area are not keeping up with the standards and are not developing any parking spaces.

The result is that all the pressure from entering vehicles is on public parking spaces and limited roadsides.

The district, town planning and city council authorities have not taken action against illegal construction or forced those constructing new buildings to dispose of parking spaces according to the rules. Many new malls are springing up in Dharamsala region for which the parking space should be made compulsory in the basement, otherwise the traffic situation in the city will deteriorate.

The government has announced various new projects. However, the problem of parking in Dharamsala continues to grow and parking lots are not being built as a priority.

Kangra Deputy Commissioner Nipun Jindal said the MC of Dharamsala has been asked to expedite work on ongoing parking projects in the city.

Work is progressing at a slow pace

  • There are two main markets in the city – Kachehri market and Kotwali market. Both markets have a limited number of parking spaces. People have to park their vehicles along the roads.
  • At Kotwali market, the city council is trying to set up a public car park, but work is very slow.
  • In McLeodganj, the main tourist hub, the only public car park at the entrance is plagued with controversy for overcrowding tourists and locals.
  • A few years ago, the foundation stone for a parking lot near the Dalai Lama temple was laid. However, work is progressing at a slow pace.
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BART celebrates 50 years with two of its stations in Lamorinda | Lafayette

Posted on September 28, 2022
BART celebrates 50 years with two of its stations in Lamorinda
Lafayette and Orinda BART stations celebrate 50 years of service. Photo Vera Kochan

Although the official year Bay Area Rapid Transit began revenue service was 1972, the concept began nearly six decades earlier.

As early as 1911, Bay Area business and municipal leaders had met to discuss various options on how best to “connect” the East Bay to San Francisco. Ideas that at the time would have been considered science fiction quickly became viable possibilities with the advent of improved technology.

It wasn’t until 1946 that BART as we know it began to take shape. After World War II, a migration boom made its way to California, with much of it settling in the Bay Area. The population explosion added commuters, which triggered increased traffic on roads and bridges.

According to “BART History” author Justin Roberts, “In 1947, a joint Army-Navy review board concluded that another San Francisco-Oakland route would be needed in the years to come. to avoid intolerable congestion on the Bay Bridge. The link? An undersea tube dedicated exclusively to high-speed electric trains.”

The state legislature established a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Commission in 1951, made up of 26 representatives from each of the nine counties bordering the bay. They decided that the least expensive option was to form a five-county district (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo) responsible for building and operating the new high-speed rail system.

Someone had to pay for a new BART system, and that someone was the taxpayers. The five-county district was granted taxation power of five cents per $100 of property assessment. He was also given the power to levy property taxes to support a general obligation bond issue, if approved by district voters. Additional funds would come from operating revenues. The total cost of the system, in 1962, was estimated at $996 million and was considered the largest public works project ever undertaken in the United States by local citizens.

Official construction began on June 19, 1964, with President Lyndon Johnson attending groundbreaking ceremonies where the Concord–Walnut Creek link would be developed.

“In July 1967, work began on the Market Street underground stations,” Roberts wrote. “Carried out 80 to 100 feet below the heavy downtown traffic, against the combined pressure of mud and bay water, the work required one of the greatest concentrations of crews and equipment of tunneling in the history of construction.”

Additionally, “the Subway excavations were rich in buried ships and other memorabilia, providing a fascinating look at 19th-century San Francisco when the Lower Market Street and Embarcadero landfill was still an open port.”

At noon on September 11, 1972, BART officially opened the first 28 miles of its system between Fremont and MacArthur stations to fare-paying passengers. Later that month, President Richard Nixon took a BART train from San Leandro to the Lake Merritt station. It wasn’t long before BART carried its millionth runner on December 12 of that year.

Lafayette and Orinda stations along with the rest of the 17-mile Concord line began service on May 21, 1973, connecting East Contra Costa County to MacArthur station. In the space of a year, the Transbay Tube saw trains from East Bay travel to San Francisco at an average speed of 75 mph. Stretching 3.6 miles along the bottom of the bay, it is considered one of the deepest carrier tubes (135 feet below the surface) in the world.

Since California and the Bay Area are known for continuous seismic activity, extensive studies have been conducted. Although the tube would not cross any active geologic faults, the tube was designed with earthquake-absorbing flexibility and packed from bank to bank in a trench of loose soil, gravel and mud for cushion. Flexible connections were also used which allowed several inches of movement up or down, in or out and sideways. It may be noted that during the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, the BART was inspected within hours and found to be the only safe means of transportation between Oakland and San Francisco because the Bay Bridge had suffered a structural collapse.

After a year of service and 56 miles of track, BART had 5 million passengers carried; as well as plans to add stations farther along each of its lines with fares of a minimum of 25 cents and a maximum of $1.45 (one way) based on miles traveled – children from 4 and under could ride for free.

The Lafayette station car park was originally built with a capacity of 982 vehicles. The Orinda Station lot comes in second place with 939 vehicle spaces.

Cost estimates for BART, as of February 28, 1975, were $1.619 billion. This included direct construction costs; design and construction management; relocation of utilities; land and land rights; rolling stock; Insurance; other construction costs; preliminary costs, security and maintenance; unrestricted funds from the Transportation Development Act; cost of the Transbay tube; and contingencies.

The project received funding from the sale of general obligation bonds; California Toll Bridge Authority; proceeds from sales tax revenue; income from Temporary Investments; Development of public transport; Federal Capital Grants; and miscellaneous income.

After 50 years, it’s hard to imagine what the Bay Area’s ever-increasing traffic problems would look like if it weren’t for heavy lifting BART to help alleviate a significant portion of the congestion on our roads. . Lamorinda residents use the convenient rail system in all directions for work, shopping, day trips, airport trips, sporting events and more. If only finding a parking spot could be that easy.

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Encroachments and poor parking cause congestion on the roads: CTO

RAWALPINDI, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – September 25, 2022): Encroachments and improper parking in various areas leading to frequent traffic jams on the city’s roads have created many problems for the citizens, said the traffic warden ( CTO) Rawalpindi Naveed Irshad.

Speaking to APP, the CTO informed that the city had become so congested that people had to look for a parking space and were stuck in long traffic jams.

In several places, drivers had created their own unauthorized parking, which led to more traffic jams in the city. Apart from traders swarming the area outside their shops, stalls of fruit and vegetable vendors were erected illegally at any place in the market which left very little space for commuters to pass.

He further said that although the city’s traffic police (CTP) tried to suppress the encroachments, relevant departments should play an effective role in resolving the issue permanently.

Improper parking creates obstacles to the smooth flow of traffic, he said, adding that traffic wardens and ground officers have been instructed to take strict action against irresponsible road users.

An increased number of traffic wardens were deployed on busy roads to clear bad parking spots while lifts were also available to lift wrongly parked vehicles and motorbikes, he added.

The CTO said every effort is being made to regulate traffic in the city and urged citizens to cooperate with traffic police so that traffic problems can be solved and people can be eased with smooth traffic. on city roads.

He informed that the CTP, in its effort to regulate traffic on the city’s roads, has levied fines amounting to more than Rs 16.3 million in the last six months for various violations of traffic rules .

The CTP issued 288,786 challan notes during the period, he added. He said the CTP monitors speeding on different roads in the district and takes action according to law against offenders.

He informed that the squad was carrying out speed enforcement operations through speed cameras on main roads especially the old and new airport road and in other areas including Taxila, Kallar Syedan and Meharabad.

The CTO said that the CTP has formed a special camera team to check for speeding on various roads and this measure has helped to control road fatalities in the district significantly.

Naveed Irshad informed that the CTP has made every effort to control speeding and other traffic violations.

In addition, the education wing of the CTP was also working to educate road users about traffic rules, he said, and advised road users to obey traffic rules and cooperate. with traffic officers in order to reach their destination safely.

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My dad was fined for parking in a reserved space he paid £2,000 for | Automotive

In 2021, my elderly parents bought an apartment in a new development by Martin Oppenheimer which was marketed by estate agent Connells. They paid an extra £2000 for a parking space. On the booking contract, issued by Connells, the provision for parking is circled and my parents were given a key fob to access the parking lot. A year later, my dad received a parking ticket while at the site and was told he had no registered parking on his property. It turns out the parking space was omitted from the lease because Connells didn’t include it in the memorandum of sale sent to the conveyancing attorney.

The company offered a goodwill payment of £1,000 for this shortfall. Martin Oppenheimer did not respond to my inquiries regarding purchasing space. My dad believed the legal documents were correct and since he had access to the parking lot and had parked unhindered for over a year, he had no reason to question them.
AC, London

It’s a baffling and upsetting situation, and neither Connells nor the developer are doing well. However, your parents bear some responsibility. Buyers must sign the legal documents, including the lease, and it is essential that they read them first and report any oddities. Transferors must also question themselves about any anomalies and, if your lawyer received the reservation contract with the sales protocol, he should have wondered about the fact that the parking lot of the first was not included in the second.

Connells, after investigating your complaint, admitted that its staff did not implement the parking element in the sales protocol. He can’t explain why, since parking was not included in the lease, a key fob was issued. It remains a mystery. Connells says, “We apologized for our administrative error. Responsibility for ensuring that all details of the contract are correct rests with the buyer, his agent and the promoter. »

Property law specialist Lara Nyman, of law firm Seddons, confirms that caveat emptor (buyer’s attention) underlies any purchase, in particular when purchasing off-plan.

“Remedies will depend on the documentation provided and the representations made, whether verbal or written,” she said. “The reservation agreement is nothing more than an agreement by the developer to sell land to the buyer within a given period, so it is unlikely to give rise to a claim against the developer. Marketing literature and sales memoranda will almost certainly contain an attempt to limit liability and shift the onus to the buyer to ensure the legal documents are accurate.

Your parents could sue their lawyer, but it could be expensive, so they should be sure they have enough evidence to prove negligence or misrepresentation. It would be more profitable to file a complaint against Connells with the Property Ombudsman, but there is no guarantee they would get more than the £1,000 already offered. It may be less. I’m so sorry that I can’t come to a resolution, but I hope this serves as a warning to all of us to never accept contracts of trust.

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Man fined S$2,000 for scratching a car parked on his favorite lot in NUS

SINGAPORE: A man was fined S$2,000 by a court on Monday (September 19) for using a wrench to scratch a car that was parked on his favorite lot at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Pang Kok Wai, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of mischief, with a second similar charge being considered.

The court heard that Pang worked as a crane operator at the time.

On the morning of March 9 this year, he drove to NUS car park 10 at Lower Kent Ridge Road. He worked in the neighborhood and parked there frequently, but found that the parking lot was full.

Frustrated, he drove off and parked further away. He walked back to the parking lot a few minutes later and saw another car parked in parking lot 234, which was his favorite parking lot.

Pang took out his house key and used it to scratch the car, before heading to his place of work.

The victim returned to his vehicle later that day after taking a course at NUS and discovered a long scratch from the front door to his back door.

He sent his car in for repair and paid S$428 for the damage. The victim filed a police report and Pang was identified as the culprit. He paid all the reparations to the victim.

Investigations revealed that he had also scratched another car which was parked in the same parking lot several days earlier on March 1, 2022.

The prosecutor asked for a fine of at least S$2,000 to S$3,000, noting that Pang had never been convicted before.

He said “there was no excuse” for Pang’s actions, which were “completely unwarranted”.

As mitigation, Pang, who was not pictured, admitted his mistake and said he was sorry for the owner for causing the damage.

“I’m sorry for my actions. I want to apologize to the owner for scratching his car,” he said.

“I want to say that I was very stressed and unable to control my anger due to my father’s hospitalization and hospital bill. stressed. I promise not to commit the act again.”

He asked for clemency, saying he felt uncomfortable with what he had done and that he had been put in a ‘very stressful situation’ and kept ‘thinking about what was going to happen to me “.

“I used to have seasonal parking at the parking lot but often couldn’t find parking,” he added. “I was also very stressed and I (am) very ashamed of what I did.”

The judge noted that Pang’s actions were unjustified and that he had committed two offenses in the space of about a week. However, she considered her remorse, the restitution made and her first guilty plea.

For mischief, he could have been imprisoned for up to two years, fined, or both.

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Protests against plan for parking barriers at Bedale Hall

Plans for an automatic parking barrier on a 300-year-old Grade I listed community building have raised serious concerns.

Councilors oppose plans to install the new barrier at Bedale Hall, fearing it will be incompatible with the environment and cause problems for residents.

Members were told that the aim was to ensure that tenants with businesses in the concourse could park there, as it was the money collected from the rents paid by them that funded the ongoing running costs. £30,000 per year.

The hall is a community building managed by a management committee and houses the city’s library, museum and tourist information centre.

Councilor Mike Barningham said currently the car park is used by anyone in the park, including dog walkers, so office tenants often cannot get a parking space.

He told advisers: ‘The idea is that in the morning the barrier will be lowered for use by tenants, but in the afternoon it will be up. It’s a method of trying to control who parks there.

But Councilor Amanda Coates said: ‘Parking is available but not guaranteed, I disagree with the barrier because you are creating a ‘them and us’ situation, you are stopping everyone from coming to the parking to use the lobby. It’s a community building and I agree it couldn’t be maintained without the tenants, in my opinion I’m sure all NHS staff would love to have a parking space, but they have to pay.

Councilor Pam Hallett said: ‘I don’t see why people in offices here should be treated any differently than the rest of the shopkeepers in town. It looks like Bedale Hall is trying to make it exclusive to its people. I would prefer the status quo to continue.

Councilors have been informed that there is already a barrier in the room which is not being used. The planning application would be to install a new automatic barrier further down the entrance road into the building.

Cllr Barningham added: “The hall survives thanks to the tenants. It costs around £30,000 a year to look after the hall and tenants expect to be able to park. This parking lot is there for the benefit of the tenants and not the residents. We tried to avoid doing anything but it gets worse and that’s because people are using the parking spaces. This is the venue’s parking space and the venue has tenants and they should be able to park there.”

Cllr John Howe said the design and location of the barrier was not appropriate for a Grade I listed building. Councilors agreed to oppose the scheme.

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Gastroenterology Health Partners Louisville announces move to new location in Watterson Towers at 1941 Bishop Lane in October 2022


Gastroenterology Health Partners, powered by One GI, has opened its doors for expansion. Formerly located in a suite of the Medical Arts Building on Eastern Parkway in Louisville, GHP has decided to relocate its base of operations from Central-Louisville where, beginning Monday, October 10, 2022, patients will be able to enjoy a spacious expansion at 2nd Floor of Watterson Towers, 1941 Bishop Lane, Louisville, KY 40218, located just off the Watterson Expressway at Newburg Road.

This new location will be optimally accessible – with ample disabled parking, as well as regular parking and an easily accessible lift to reach the 2nd floor. GHP staff aim to be as central as possible and easily found by new and existing patients from all areas of Louisville. In the newly renovated office space, Gastro Health Partners hopes to comfortably meet the capacity needs of its growing customer base, with unique treatment options for all patient needs.

In order to achieve these goals, GHP is pleased to announce that its new location will include an on-site research center, phlebotomy lab and infusion center – designed to accommodate 4 new infusion chairs. These new additions will come equipped with heat and massage functions, cited for “maximum comfort” and optimal patient experience.

Ultimately, GHP says the goal “was to modernize and optimize their footprint in the business.” By expanding its range of services and the space available to provide patient care, they hope that this new move will sufficiently and effectively increase patient satisfaction and improve the office visit experience.

About GHP:
As a passionate “supergroup” of highly skilled, subspecialty-trained gastrointestinal physicians and clinicians, Gastro Health Partners seeks to provide a wide range of services for all aspects of digestive health. Powered by One GI, a management service organization (MSO) dedicated to gastroenterology, GHP physicians have access to cutting-edge information, peer-reviewed research, and tools for gastroenterology success. enterology. In addition to being part of One GI, GHP places great importance on collaborating and partnering with regional procedure centers, hospitals and primary care clinicians so that patients know that the care they receive is unparalleled in the region.

GHP provides comprehensive treatment for all digestive system disorders and conditions, and also devotes a great deal of manpower and research to refining and advancing solutions. Each clinic offers a full range of gastroenterology treatments to their patients – from in-house GI pathologists and outpatient infusion and research centers to outpatient health and wellness programs. Every service offered relies on the specialization, assessment, and expert treatment of its on-site physicians – all advanced practice, GI fellowship-trained providers.

Contact:
If you or a loved one is having a digestive system problem, GHP may have a solution. Contact your nearest Gastroenterology Health Partners by calling the desired location number below. Instructions for preparing for your appointment can be found on the patient page of the GHP website.

SOUTHERN INDIAN
2630 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150
812-945-0145

LOUISVILLE CENTER

NEW IN OCTOBER 2022: 1941 Bishop Lane Suite 200
Louisville, Kentucky 40218
502-452-9567

LEXINGTON
3225 Summit Square, Suite 100
Lexington, Kentucky 40509
859-266-7999

LOUISVILLE NORTHEAST
2401 Terra Crossing Boulevard, Suite 410
Louisville, Kentucky 40245
502-888-1988

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East Brunswick NJ Route 18 redevelopment could be the first step

EAST BRUNSWICK — The first phase of an ambitious plan for a $500 million mixed-use redevelopment project on Highway 18 is nearing construction.

EB Development Urban Renewal, the designated developer of the Route 18 Redevelopment Area, has applied for a Preliminary and Final Master Site Plan and Preliminary and Final Subdivision Approval, for Phase I of the development comprising residential and commercial components which will be developed in several stages.

The approximately 12.9-acre property is located along the west side of southbound Highway 18, north of Lake Avenue and east of Renee Road, according to documents filed with the township.

The properties consist of 253 Route 18 and the surrounding wooded area, 257 Route 18, 259 Route 18 and 261 Route 18, depending on the township.

The devastated site, which includes the former home of GAP and The Wiz, is in dire need of redevelopment, Mayor Brad Cohen said.

“I am pleased to see that the redevelopment process is progressing as promised to residents over the past few years,” the mayor said. “It’s finally happening.”

When completed, Vermella East Brunswick will include a transportation hub, mixed-use buildings, hotel, technical center and medical office. The plan also includes restaurants with alfresco dining, shops, pedestrian walkways, bike paths, water features, a central public plaza, several open public greenways, and an outdoor amphitheater to promote gatherings and celebrations. community events, as well as an indoor and outdoor pet facility.

“We expect to start seeing construction start by the end of the year or certainly early next year,” Cohen said.

The requested approval for Phase I of the project includes a mixed-use building (Building A) containing approximately 306 residential rental units with a mix of bachelor, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units; 11,322 square feet of retail space; 12,871 square feet of retail/medical office space; 8,375 square feet of restaurant space; 676 parking spaces, including ground floor, underground and surface parking; and a building with approximately 5,160 square feet of restaurant space with 61 surface parking spaces, according to a public notice.

Earlier:The first element of the East Brunswick Route 18 redevelopment plan is in place

Earlier:East Brunswick can condemn 80 acres along Highway 18 for redevelopment, according to court rules

Existing buildings and surface parking infrastructure will be removed, according to documents.

The applicant is also requesting approval of associated driveways, utilities, landscaping and lighting, and other related site improvements to support the proposed uses.

The plan also includes consolidating the seven existing lots into three new lots, the public notice says.

The request is for overall variance relief to allow for a minimum floor-to-ceiling height of 10 feet in the proposed commercial/medical portion of Building A, where the redevelopment plan calls for a minimum of 14 feet; and a proposed new lot to contain 1.18 acres where the redevelopment plan calls for a minimum of 1.5 acres.

The request also seeks a general derogation and a waiver of exemption for certain proposed signs.

The approximately 12.9-acre property is located along the west side of southbound Highway 18, where a GAP and The Wiz once stood.

The property is located within part of Redevelopment Area 2A and Redevelopment Area 3A, collectively the Redevelopment Area, designated as an area requiring redevelopment by the Township on August 14, 2017.

The redevelopment area is subject to the Highway 18 Corridor Redevelopment Plan, which was passed by ordinance by the Township on June 25, 2018 and amended by ordinance passed by the Township on December 29, 2020.

A special hearing on the application is scheduled to take place at the planning board meeting at 7:30 p.m. on September 14.

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Handicap spaces should go to those who need them most – Nanaimo News Bulletin

For the editor,

I have been disabled since 2020 – the guy who had a motorcycle accident on Hammond Bay Road on Easter Monday. I now have less of a left leg. It was my favorite leg.

As a disabled person, I am constantly frustrated with the overabundance of dozens of disabled parking spaces designed for people like me – which are always full of people who don’t look like me.

Of course, many people have imperceptible reasons for needing a disabled parking space, but it is quite obvious that this privilege – or more precisely “necessity” – is not a real necessity for the majority of those occupying the necessary parking spaces.

After two years of parking in these designated spots, I have yet to meet another person in a wheelchair. What I saw were hundreds of people parking up, hanging up their permits and walking straight into the mall or supermarket without any medical help. No cane, no walker, no crutches and certainly no wheelchair.

The eligibility requirements in the permit application are as follows: the applicant has a disability that affects their mobility and ability to walk specifically, the applicant cannot walk 100 meters without risk to their health, and/or the applicant requires the use of an aid to cover any distance.

We all know that crossing one of the buildings mentioned above is like walking a few kilometers on the course or going shopping.

I have now got into the habit of checking parking permits on passenger vehicles. You guessed it, lots of expired permits, falsified permits, new holes drilled under a later year’s date, etc. Even after losing my leg, I only got a permit for one year.

I would like the police to park their car at the edge of the big box store parking lot and inspect the permits of every driver parking in a handicapped cab. I bet they’d run over dozens of people in a day. So far, this violation has no consequences. Nobody checks, nobody writes tickets, and those who really need the spaces end up driving until one opens.

When I look at the person parked in the handicapped spot next to me, they can’t even look me in the eye as I pull out my wheelchair. In that moment, you can see their consciousness awaken to what a “real” disabled person looks like as they walk away, unaided, to go shopping.

Nathaniel Olson, Nanaimo


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TPC Sawgrass Removes Cameron Smith’s Parking Spot After LIV Golf Move

The inevitable news that Cameron Smith had moved on to the LIV Golf Invitational series finally came to light ahead of the Boston Invitational which was won by Dustin Johnson.

The collective sigh could be heard across the golfing world as the Champion Golfer of the Year, a player at the peak of his powers, apparently picked the bags of millions that LIV is offering on a PGA Tour legacy.

As with all other defectors, Smith has been suspended by the Tour and he will not be allowed to return as confirmed by Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan at the Tour Championship.

As reported by Golfweek, TPC Sawgrass wasted no time in removing Smith’s privileges from the famed site. In March, the 29-year-old beat Anirban Lahiri en route to winning the Players Championship.

Both of these players moved to LIV and TPC Sawgrass made their own change by removing Smith’s personal parking space and replacing it with a sign that read: “Tour players only”.

Unfortunately, photos of his winning moments were also removed from the walls of the clubhouse and a replica bag with his clubs was also removed from the pro shop.

Smith is set to become the latest player to be eradicated from the minds of golf fans who remain obsessed with the PGA Tour. Looks like the likes of Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka are now distant thoughts.

After winning the Claret Jug at St Andrews in July, Smith declined to comment on his future. When a player takes a defensive approach to such a question, it usually only means one thing.

He said goodbye to his place in the international team for the Presidents Cup, which was named today. Lahiri, Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann have also sealed their fates by joining Greg Norman’s controversial new tour.

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“Parking fees too high for Bulawayo”

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Yvonne Ncube, Chronic Correspondent

Businesses and resident associations in BULAWAYO have insisted that the fees for the new parking system set up by the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) in partnership with the private company Tendy Three Investments (TTI) are exorbitant.

The Bulawayo City Council Revenue Hall

This was said during a dialogue organized by the Public Policy Research Institute of Zimbabwe (PPRIZ) in collaboration with other non-governmental organizations at a hotel in Bulawayo on Friday evening which sought to address the implications of the new parking system.

Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA), Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association (BVTA), BCC, TTI, Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce, Simbisa Brands and researchers participated in the indaba.

Participants noted that high parking fees are now affecting businesses in the central business district (CBD).

Professor Reinford Khumalo, a public policy researcher who wrote about the parking system, started the conversation by saying that while the city has to charge for parking services, the parking cost of $1 per hour is excessive for Bulawayo. .

ZNCC’s Mr Mduduzi Ncube said the BCC did not consult the companies when implementing the fees. “Businesses are concerned that BCC and TTI did not consult with the business sector when developing the pricing system, which turned out to be an additional transaction cost. BCC has always consulted stakeholders on new developments. For example, in December, the 8th Avenue Mall Annual Stakeholders were engaged by BCC, but this time we were not called for this meeting which would have taken place.

“This affected business and the price of transactions the company might want to make at any given time. Tenants fled, for example, the First Mutual Life building on 10th Avenue, the Pioneer building as well as the Old Mutual building also on 8th Ave. All of these spaces have been left vacant as businesses have had to locate out of the central business district where customers are fleeing, to escape high parking fees. As a result, the business fraternity has been greatly affected” , said Mr. Ncube.

BVTA representative, Mr. Michael Ndiweni, said the BCC should consider the economic size of the city before setting the parking fee.

Executive Director of Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association Mr. Michael Ndiweni

“We believe parking pricing should be indexed to Bulawayo’s economic size to see if $1 per hour is viable for city residents. Right now it seems that people are being criminalized for owning cars and charging them very high fees.

“People have started going to the outskirts leaving the CBD deserted, this will one day result in young people employed by TTI not getting their salaries because there is no money generation when the cars don’t come more to CBD.

“We are asking that the fees be reviewed to see if there will be any changes in parking usage. I have spoken to business people who have complained about losses since the new parking services started. The topic of decentralization has been overplayed, Nkulumane complex and Entumbane complex are empty as businesses have moved to the CBD. The BCC should address these issues if it really wants to decongest CBD,” Mr. Ndiweni said.

Mr. Thembelani Dube of BPRA said the BCC should engage residents before signing contracts.

Mr. Thembelani Dubé

“As much as we value public-private partnerships, we are concerned about how these developments are brought to the people of Bulawayo. We have concerns about the companies that are brought in and the contracts that are signed noting that we have not yet seen much development in the Egodini project which is of a similar nature. We are afraid that when you follow most of the contracts made by BCC, there will be no results. So it becomes worrisome if there is no broad consultation.

“As far as TTI is concerned, we think that if the inhabitants had been involved in the drafting of the tariffs, we would have reached a sustainable figure for everyone. If the residents hadn’t been making noise, maybe the prices would still be US$1 for 30 minutes. Also, if residents hadn’t made noise, people would still pay the same amount for every five minutes of parking in a different location. While some of our challenges as residents are being looked at, US$1 an hour is still not sustainable,” Dube said.

He said there was a need to decentralize CBD services.

“You have to disconcert the city center services to talk about decongestion. Bulawayo is a multi-nuclear model, so there is no need for someone from Emakhandeni to come to the CBD to buy goods and services, but there is the Entumbane complex. These are the things BCC should be looking at when looking to decongest CBD rather than overburdening residents,” Dube said.

Mr. Vusisizwe Sibanda, speaking on behalf of the council, indicated that while parking pricing has not changed significantly, the efficiency of fee collection has improved.

“We can all agree that the reason people are crying now that parking is expensive is because of the greater efficiency it has brought to the city. 30-minute parking spots as of 2009 cost $0.76, or $1.52 for an hour, but since the fundraising efficiency wasn’t there, many people didn’t think the parking was so expensive. . The 25-page parking disc booklet then cost US$19.

“The new parking system costs $1 an hour. If you opted for the same price as previously advertised, we would actually pay more. The city has about 200,000 cars, and the large-scale implemented parking management would be 7,200 spaces. So when we look at it from that perspective, you will realize that the number of cars in the city does not match the parking spaces,” he said.

Mr Sibanda said the main purpose of the new parking system is to decongest CBD.

“Buildings like LAPF House, Old Mutual and Pioneer House, we consider that each business now occupies one or two offices and if these people are all supposed to park on the street, it would mean that all their customers would have to look elsewhere to park. One of the main purposes for which the system was put in place was to decongest so that we were able to manage the parking lot in such a way that someone going to Edgars could find a parking space at any time of the day.

“The prevailing situation in the city was that people were parking their cars all day. This means that if 7,200 people park their cars all day, the largest percentage, which is around 90%, has no space to park their car. This often forced some people to park on the street, making it difficult for motorists to get around. As a city, we had to deal with this because it’s not the normal way,” he said.

He said street parking was not intended for people parking for long hours, but for customers.

“You will also find that when planning this city, there were plenty of parking spaces, especially for businesses, but these parking spaces are no longer used for what they were intended. For example, at Haddon and Sly’s, the whole place behind it is supposed to be a parking lot for people working in the building, but because the owner decided to make more money, he rented the space out to someone to do a car sale and other spaces are locked.

“These parking spaces are the ones for long hours, street parking is not for long hours, it is for customers who buy and leave. Street parking is not a garage where someone can park all day. These are things that most people are unaware of – that for every 100 square meters there is an apartment building parking lot,” Mr Sibanda said.

TTI chief executive Bongani Nyathi said he heard people’s concerns. — @SeehYvonne

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Slow Speed ​​Chase Leads To Escape, Drug Charges | News, Sports, Jobs


A slow-speed chase through town has a local man facing charges of fleeing from police and DUI.

Leonzor Dell Jones, 44, of Altoona, was arraigned Wednesday before Magistrate District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio on a felony charge of fleeing or attempting to evade an officer; DUI controlled substance misdemeanor charges, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia; and summary charges of driving with a suspended license and failing to use turn signals. He was released on an unsecured bond of $15,000 and is due back for a preliminary hearing on September 21.

According to court documents, an Altoona police officer spotted a white VW sedan randomly parked in two parking spots, at an angle, at Chestnut Avenue Sheetz. After Jones entered the car, he backed up very slowly and carefully pulled the vehicle straight into a parking space, police said. A female passenger then entered the vehicle and Jones backed up at an unusually slow speed, according to court documents.

Police followed Jones as he turned onto Lexington Avenue, without using a turn signal, crossed the Eighth Street Bridge and turned west onto Seventh Avenue. Police attempted to park the vehicle near 10th Street and Seventh Avenue, but Jones continued, turning south then east on Sixth Avenue to Eighth Street to Fifth Avenue until to Third Street to Fourth Street to First Street, then east on Second Avenue, where it stopped on the 100 block of Second Avenue.

Jones’ speed never exceeded 20 mph during the chase, police said.

During a search for Jones, police found $246. A search for the woman returned $365. In plain sight in the vehicle, police found a locked box and a clear bag containing 11 ounces of marijuana. The car was towed to the APD parking lot and, using a search warrant, police found an electronic scale and two Schedule 3 pills.



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Residents protest removal of 49 native trees at Wollumbin High for parking lot – The Echo

As cars rang in support, around 80 locals gathered at Wollumbin High School this morning to protest the removal of native and endangered trees that were planted by tree man Bruce Chick and the students of the school since the founding of the school.

The Department of Education (DoE) planned to remove the 49 trees planted at the school and throughout the parking lot to make way for temporary parking as part of the mega-schools merger.

On Monday August 26, the DoE clarified that it planned to proceed with the felling of the trees despite the opposition. On Wednesday, the DoE reached out to students, school staff and parents, and local media to say they are “now reviewing Wollumbin High School’s original parking plans with a view to better balancing different needs and perspectives.”

Residents gathered to protest the removal of 49 native trees planted when Wollumbin High School was founded by tree man Bruce Chick. Photo Aslan Shand

Tweed Shire local councilors Dr Nola Firth and Meredith Dennis were both present and Cr Firth remarked to those gathered that ‘we still don’t have it in the bag yet’. We need them to say these trees should stay.

“I’m afraid it all happened in the first place. These are native and endemic trees that needed to be removed. And all to put in a parking lot? We live in a World Heritage listed environment. If you remove one of these trees without a permit, you will be fined $60,000, yet the state government says this falls under “exempt development”.

Cr Firth also told the gathering that the report of the trees she had sighted had listed the ecological value of each of the trees to be felled as “none”.

“I think it was justified because they were planted. But what does that say about all the trees that have been planted by Landcare, all the riparian areas that people have revegetated?

During the rally, a number of students from Wollumbin High School joined the protest to add their voices.

Teachers have no right to speak

Garry Shearman, former Wollumbin High School teacher, addressing the rally protesting the removal of 49 native trees planted when Wollumbin High School was founded by Bruce Chick, ‘the man of the trees”. Photo Aslan Shand

Former Wollumbin High environmental science professor Garry Shearman told the crowd that there are many trees the DoE is proposing to remove that are currently bearing fruit, including the native tamarind, which support the species and local ecosystems. He also pointed to the fact that school teachers are not allowed to oppose the removal of trees or the merger of schools.

Growing emotional, he described the times he brought students to the parking lot to highlight the value of the work of former students and Bruce Chick, who was also the school’s boss until his death in 2007, as the had made the founders of the school.

Brain Fitzparick, who moved from Murwillumbah High to Wollumbin High when the school opened in 1995, said Bruce Chick not only planted trees on the site, but also helped every teacher and student to plant trees.

“Every student in the first five to six years planted a tree here and Bruce helped them. The irony is that there is a memorial to Bruce on the side of the parking lot where they want to remove all the trees,” he said.

Residents gathered to protest the removal of 49 native trees planted when Wollumbin High School was founded by tree man Bruce Chick. Photo Aslan Shand

Stop the merge

Mr Shearman said teachers at Wollumbin High had no idea a merger of the four Murwillumbah schools was going to take place until they found out on social media.

“Nobody here wants a merger,” he told the assembly.

“There was no consultation as claimed by the DoE. As teachers, we only learned about the merger on Facebook. Mr. Shearman has since changed schools.

Deficient DA for merging schools

The process of establishing the Murwillumbah mega-school has been met with opposition and failures from the DoE in all areas. When they submitted their Development Application (DA) to Tweed Shire Council, Mayor Chris Cherry noted that ‘there are so many gaps’.

Councilor Dennis said at the time: ‘I am absolutely horrified by the school’s planning. The removal of trees, small interior areas… In Murwillumbah, there are already traffic jams on the bridge. The lack of consultation with the community – it’s terrible. If that happened to us, we would have immediately said “no”, it’s terrible.

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Scott O’Shannessy, who organizes Fridays for Forests and who started the protest, reminded everyone that there is an election in NSW state in six months and now is the time to get active.

“Why would we want you to tear down the new school to build a five-story monstrosity? asked someone in the crowd.

“MP Janelle Saffin (Labour) is the MP for this area and she and Geoff Provest of Tweed (nationals) have both fought for us,” said Scott Sledge of the Northern Rivers Guardians.

“This is an unpopular decision,” he said, reminding everyone to contact their representatives and prospective representatives to share their feelings about the merger and the resulting tree felling, which the DoE is suing. .

Residents gathered to protest the removal of 49 native trees planted when Wollumbin High School was founded by tree man Bruce Chick. Photo Aslan Shand

In opposition to state government policy

Addressing the crowd, Cr Firth also pointed out that the tree removal was in opposition to the policy stance put forward by the state government in the North Coast Regional Plan which promotes ‘cool towns’ .

“We need to have more trees in cities,” said Cr Firth.

“We need more vegetation and trees, especially in places like parking lots, as they are a heat bank. This parking lot is a model for the future and should not be removed for temporary parking.

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Maps of Roundhouse Hotel Saltbox, apartments in Boise, ID

Another large-scale downtown project could add a new 12-story building to the skyline, just between Front St. and Myrtle St.

The Boise Roundhouse company has started the process of developing a set of properties it owns on a block between Myrtle St., 5th St., 6th St. and Broad St. The site sits between two other projects developed by Roundhouse – The Fowler to the west and Foyer to the east.

The project is the latest in the evolution of Boise’s Central Addition neighborhood from a mix of single-family homes and offices to a dense neighborhood with a number of tall buildings. A saltbox house is a style of house with gabled roofs. A number of salt houses dotted the central addition before developers began revamping the area.

One of the existing houses on the block, which will remain. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

The company held a pre-application meeting with the city of Boise last week. An email requesting additional information from Roundhouse was not returned. Developers often hold pre-application meetings with the City of Boise, but projects sometimes do not proceed to the application stage or are not built.

The Saltbox – hotel and more

The development, dubbed the Saltbox Project, would begin with a large underground car park that takes up about 3/4 of the block. The plan calls for 130 parking spaces.

Rising from the ground, it would then have three individual buildings, each shaped to surround a central plaza in the middle. A series of four townhouses and a single family home on the corner of 4th and Broad are not owned by Roundhouse and are not part of the project.

At the corner of 5th and Broad, the firm hopes to build a 12-story hotel. The hotel is said to have 180 rooms, with a restaurant and bar on the ground floor. The second floor would include a 13,000 square foot conference center. Next, nine floors of hotel rooms, with a rooftop pool as well as restaurants on the top floor.

The proposed hotel is the latest in a series of proposals for new downtown hotel rooms, including a recently proposed 270-room project at 10th St. and Grove St.

The preliminary plan calls for a valet parking area along 5th Street in an area where there is currently a parking spot under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city told the plaintiff that the plan would need to change to retain the ADA space and that “valet parking should be on-site and not in the public right-of-way…”

Plans often evolve from the pre-application stage through to formal application submission.

Apartments along Myrtle

The second and third buildings would form a new apartment project along Myrtle St. On the ground floor, the building would essentially be split in two, with amenities including a possible gym, retail and bar overlooking the courtyard. A number of walk-up apartment levels are also shown. On the second level, the hotel building would be connected to the project by a walkway. A clubhouse and apartments complete the rest of this floor.

Then, on the third floor, the two apartment buildings would meet and rise to a height of six stories. In total, the project would include a total of 100 apartments.

past, future

Earlier this year, crews worked to demolish an office building on the site. The ground is now clear.

Crews demolished an office building in January. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Initially, part of this site was included in a plan for two towers connected by a skybridge over Broad St. Former Boise City Councilman Scot Ludwig proposed the project, but later sold one of the two lots at Roundhouse.

The project will need to obtain several approvals from the City of Boise. The site currently bears ‘residential office’ zoning, which limits both the height of a project and the density of housing. The city says it would need a C-5 zoning designation, which is the densest zoning designation in the city.

He will also have to pass the design exam.

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Trails turn parking places in Kozhikode

Randomly parked vehicles are once again back on the city’s cobblestone pathways, impeding the free flow of pedestrians and defying the occasional wheel-clamping drive by police. The majority of offenders are motorcyclists who even dare to ride on the tile-paved surface to occupy a convenient spot.

“We are forced to walk near the crowded road because there is no pedestrian space on the paths. If the number of people depending on these dedicated lanes is less, it is not a problem. But their number keeps increasing,” said Sunitha Sathyan, a martial arts trainer. carelessly on the sidewalk without caring about pedestrians.

Since violations of parking rules only result in a small fine, such violations are common near malls, food courts, and roadside stalls. There are also people who regularly leave vehicles for hours at a particular location. Despite the increase in the number of approved wayside parking spaces, there is no respite from the misuse of pedestrian space.

“On Mavoor Road and Arayidathupalam, pedestrians are at the reception. Although police often issue fines to offenders, no action has been taken to prevent such vehicles from entering the same locations,” said Aneesh Anand, an employee of a major private sector bank in the city. He added that the lack of convenient parking spaces exclusively for two-wheelers in the city was also a trigger for such violations.

A few pedestrians who regularly use the footpath near Arayidathupalam argued that this reckless practice could be stopped if the police agreed to use recovery vans. Vehicles spotted in restricted areas should be removed immediately, in addition to slapping their owners with hefty fines, they said.

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08/25/2022 | Cops and Courts – August 26, 2022

Aquarium releases 2 rehabilitated sea turtles

ASSATEAGUE — Two rehabilitated sea turtles have been returned to the ocean from the beach at Assateague State Park, the first public outing since the COVID pandemic began. Last Thursday, the National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team released two Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles from Assateague Beach in front of a large crowd…

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Petition seeks to rename road “Gavin Knupp Way”

A petition seeks to rename the road

BERLIN — A petition campaign launched last week to consider renaming part of Grays Corner Road in memory of a 14-year-old boy killed in a hit-and-run appears to be gaining momentum and there is precedent for the practice . At approximately 10:45 p.m. on July 11, a black Mercedes driving eastbound on Grays Corner…

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Ocean City moves forward with lumber tender, keeping boardwalk project on schedule

Ocean City moves forward with lumber tender, keeping boardwalk project on schedule

OCEAN CITY — The second phase of a major Boardwalk redevelopment project will go ahead as planned this fall after resort officials this week approved a recommendation for the lowest timber bid for the project. The complete refurbishment of the promenade terrace has been underway for several years and…

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OC Jeep Week kicks off Thursday with favorites from years past and new events

OC Jeep Week kicks off Thursday with favorites from years past and new events

OCEAN CITY – Ocean City Jeep Week begins Thursday and ends Sunday. The highlight of 2022 is what organizers call “The Great Jeep Week Hangout,” when an aerial group photo of over 1,500 participating Jeeps will take place. The photoshoot takes place at West Ocean City Park & ​​Ride on…

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Lack of street parking leaves many city dwellers eager to ‘get out’

Many small businesses and delivery drivers say they are fed up with the removal of on-street parking, arguing that it is less attractive to come to town.

In addition to the concerns typically raised around Exhibition Street parking, frustrated Collins Street merchants say they have been further confused by the additional loss of on-street parking.

While many of their customers could often find street parking on Little Collins St and Flinders Lane, this is no longer the case due to planters, barriers for extended outdoor dining and lack of signage permanently in place.

You Day Spa owner Helen Cacopardo said she and many other business owners were “unhappy” with what had happened in the city around the parking lot over the past 12 months.

“I had a client [who] went to three different parking complexes and they were all full because there was no street parking, and she had to cancel the appointment,” Ms. Cacopardo said.

“Not everyone can take public transport and sometimes it’s not practical for people to take public transport or cycle because they may be coming from Carlton and then wanting to go to South Yarra or Dandenong .”

“If you want people to do business in the city, you have to make it easy for them. If they can find an hour’s parking space on the street, they can come in and see me, then they can walk past a store or a cafe. All of this creates business.

Another small business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, also spoke to CBD News about the negative impacts lack of parking has had on her business, recalling four specific incidents where parking kept customers from returning.

“When you’re a small business, you hear it on the ground from your customers, but when someone’s running a big store, they don’t really know what’s going on,” the owner said. company.

“I had a client who had foot surgery and was walking around with a [knee scooter] and she came with her husband for a nice shop and for lunch, but they couldn’t have a park. She said she would never come back [to the city] and I haven’t seen her since.

The business owner has also noticed the difficulty for her delivery drivers who have to drive back and forth until they can find parking.

Flinders Lane has been a pain point for many delivery drivers, with one driver, who was ‘lucky’ to grab the only open space to open the back of his lorry, saying getting the space meant his “challenge was done for the day”.

“If you’re not lucky enough, you have to park lower in prohibited areas, and I don’t come to work to be fined,” the driver said.

“When I work in the city, I look forward to going out.”

Sightings of delivery trucks entering and exiting restricted areas is a common occurrence in many alleys and streets surrounding Collins St and Spring St, which often have nowhere to go.

In response to the growing hardship for transport workers, Transport Workers Union Victoria Secretary Mike McNess said: “Transport workers must be considered in all road-related decisions made by councils and government in the whole state.”

“Limited access for transport workers was initially most visible in the city of Melbourne, but it is now becoming a statewide trend.”

“Workers who serve businesses and the community by road must be able to do so safely and efficiently.”

Mr McNess added that well-located loading bays and express bus lanes were both solutions to this problem, and consultations were underway to address the city’s infrastructure.

In the City of Melbourne’s 2030 Transport Strategy, it was noted that a significant proportion of curbside space was dedicated to on-street parking and over the past 15 years the supply in the city was reduced by 22%.

The report also pointed out that due to the “small number of people” using on-street parking, the space could be better used to accommodate deliveries, service vehicles, pickups and drop-offs, public space , wider trails and bike paths. .

Although many townspeople reported that parking had been removed, the council also told CBD News that there had been an increase of just under 100 ‘parking spaces’ since 2019 in Collins St, Flinders Lane , Little Collins St, Bourke St, Russell St and Howitt Lane.

These spaces included free, take-out, short-term, metered, disabled and permit parking, loading and construction areas, as well as parking for buses, motorcycles, carpools and taxis.

The council’s transport strategy also says there is little evidence that parking is essential for retail performance, but small businesses along Collins St are chastising the statement, saying the council has failed them. never once consulted for their opinion on the issue of removing on-street parking and how it affected them. •

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Brixton: Seven arrested and four stabbed after fight

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even men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an alleged argument in a parking space.

Of the seven people arrested, three were stabbed. Another man was also treated for stab wounds.

Police rushed to Avenue Josephine at 6.19pm on Saturday following reports of a fight between a group of men.

Officers discovered a man in his 30s suffering from stab wounds. He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

Another man, who was also found at the scene with stab wounds, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

“A man in his thirties was found stabbed. He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

“Another man (without further details) was found at the scene with stab wounds and he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He was taken to hospital before being taken into custody “, says a press release.

A vehicle which had driven away from the scene was later stopped by police in Coldharbour Lane.

Three men were arrested and later suspected of murder, with officers forced to use a taser when arresting one of the men. Two of the three were stabbed and taken to hospital before being arrested.

Three other men were also arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Local residents claimed the fight started following an argument over a parking space.

“There was some sort of argument over parking spaces, a lady further down the road had thrown eggs and flour at their car, but that car was gone by the time I got here.

“She came back to the avenue and started arguing with them and threatening them on the doorstep,” the resident told MyLondon.

“I actually called the police, went to cook, my friend downstairs screamed so I ran out and looked across the road and saw one of the guy who was with the girls, he had a gray top and I saw he had red on it.”

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5 easy ways to avoid parking accidents

It’s easy for drivers to ignore parking accidents. Advice for safe driving tends to focus on what happens when a driver is on the road rather than in the parking lot. However, even if you are unlikely to suffer a high-speed collision in a parking lot, you could still have an accident that causes costly damage to your car. Consider the following five tips to avoid accidents in the parking lot.

Use the technology in your car

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Car technology has evolved to help drivers avoid collisions. Backup cameras can provide a better view than the rearview mirror, which can help you better understand how far away you are from other cars around you. Sensors in vehicles can also help drivers avoid contact while parking.

Parallel parking can be one of the toughest parts of driving, and according to JD Power, some new vehicles like the BMW 7 Series and Cadillac CT5 can park. As technology advances, this feature will likely become more common, helping to take some of the stress out of parallel parking.

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Drive slowly and carefully

Erie Insurance states that this is one of the most important tips for safe driving in parking lots. Driving carefully is always a good thing, and in car parks where there are often cars parked on all sides, it is imperative.

Everyone has places they need to be, but driving slower in parking lots can also help you avoid accidents. Cars are constantly backing up and maneuvering into parking spaces, and driving slowly can help you and other drivers on the road avoid collisions.

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Pay attention to your distance

Parking lots are designed to accommodate as many vehicles as possible, which can lead to cars being parked too close together. While it may be impossible to avoid tight spaces in some lots, make sure you have room to get out of any parking spot you find yourself in. You’ll need to be able to open your door without slamming the car next to you, and you’ll need to back up without hitting other vehicles.

This tip may relate to using the technology in your car mentioned above. Backup cameras can help you determine how far you are from other cars around you, and sensors can help you avoid collisions. If you don’t have any of these features and find yourself in a tight parking space, consider asking your passenger to guide you from the outside.

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Use your side mirrors

Cameras and sensors can provide a lot of additional assistance when parking, but the importance of basic side mirrors shouldn’t be overlooked. Adjusting your mirrors correctly can help eliminate blind spots to give you more visibility of the area around your car.

If blind spots are a persistent problem, blind spot mirrors can help.

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Park away from carts

Caddies aren’t likely to cause significant damage to your car, but they could still cause dents and scratches that could take away some of your car’s visual appeal and affect its value. If you see a cart left in the parking lot outside the cart corral, avoid parking near it. Rogue carts like this could end up in your parked car and leave you with avoidable scratches.

It may also be a good idea to avoid parking next to the cart corral in general if possible. Wagons are unlikely to exit corrals once inside, but if someone loses control of a wagon on their way to the corral, they could roll into your car.

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White Ute driver slammed for ‘unsafe’ parking in Queensland

Driver is slammed for ‘very dangerous’ park in mall – so can you see what the problem is?

  • Photos show pipes over three meters long, sticking out the back of a white ute
  • The ute was parked in a car bay outside a shopping center in Queensland
  • A frustrated motorist was forced to drive a large distance around the vehicle
  • The legal overhang limit for objects on a vehicle is 3.7 meters from the rear wheel

An Australian driver has been criticized for an ‘unsafe’ park outside a shopping center which caused motorists to maneuver around the vehicle.

A frustrated motorist shared a photo of a white ute in a car park near an Aldi store in Queensland on Wednesday to the North Lakes Facebook group.

At first glance, the ute appears to be parked properly within the lines of the parking space.

However, another angle showed several pipes, which appear to be over three meters long, protruding from the rear of the vehicle.

The driver of a white ute was slammed for unsafe parking as pipes hanging from the back of the vehicle posed a safety concern for other motorists (pictured)

The pipes, which appear to be over three meters long, required drivers to maneuver around the ute (pictured)

The pipes, which appear to be over three meters long, required drivers to maneuver around the ute (pictured)

The message called the pipes a “major hazard” because they posed a safety risk and forced motorists to avoid the vehicle widely.

‘Is this legal?? Cars had to drive,” one Facebook user wrote.

“Very dangerous,” another user commented.

A third user commented, “He’ll find out how legal or not it is when someone walks past that load and hits it with their car, or even face it if it’s a pedestrian.”

‘I guarantee you that [they’ll] be in a lot of trouble.

The legal overhang limit for items on a vehicle is 3.7 meters from the front wheel, according to the Queensland Government Transport website.

The website explains that any visible load protruding more than 1.2 meters from the rear of a vehicle or trailer must display a warning device.

A brightly colored red or yellow flag may be used during the day while at night a red warning light visible at least 200 meters away must be used.

Despite the overwhelming criticism, some Facebook users defended the driver, saying he “didn’t mean to hurt anyone”.

“Poor guy is hurting himself trying to make a buck,” one user commented.

“Not the smartest place to park, but he probably just had a 10 hour day and rushed out to buy a hot meal for dinner.”

Another user wrote, “I didn’t mean to hurt anyone or plan to cause (any) inconvenience.”

The legal overhang limit for items on a vehicle is 3.7 meters from the front wheel, according to the Queensland Government Transport website (pictured).

The legal overhang limit for items on a vehicle is 3.7 meters from the front wheel, according to the Queensland Government Transport website (pictured).

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Carilion Clinic plans for parking garage near future Crystal Spring Tower

ROANOKE, Va. – Changes are coming to construction plans for the Carilion Clinic in the Crystal Spring area.

On Monday evening, the Roanoke City Council voted unanimously to approve updated plans for a parking lot.

“We have asked the City Council to approve a parking lot at the corner of Jefferson and McClanahan,” said Carilion Senior Director of Corporate Communications Chris Turnbull.

The parking garage will service the anticipated increase in the number of patients and staff that will be served at the Crystal Spring Tower, which is still under construction.

Original plans were approved in 2019 for a new behavioral and mental health facility including parking.

However, plans for a new facility are on hold due to financial issues.

“Instead, we will reconfigure the space for the garage and we are looking at a number of options for the existing mental health facility there. That remains a priority,” Turnbull said.

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Residents of Jefferson Street voiced their support for the project at Monday’s meeting and urged caution for pedestrian safety.

“I ask the city if you will continue to add more crosswalks and street signs, especially along Jefferson Street, Broadway and McClanahan, which many are told to cross to get to Carilion,” Irene said. Malachowsky, resident of southwest Roanoke.

The parking garage will include 600 parking spaces, not only for Carilion patients and staff, but also for the public to use free of charge.

“I think it’s going to work out well for us,” Mayor Sherman Lea said. “We support this order and also let citizens know that we are receptive and that we will look into these things and recognize that a lot of traffic may increase.”

The parking lot is expected to be completed in 2025, the same year Carilion’s Crystal Spring Tower is expected to be operational.

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Shoebury East Beach car park under fire for disabled parking

A NEWLY refurbished car park has come under fire after disabled spaces were moved and placed as far away from a beach as possible.

The concerns were raised just days after Southend Council unveiled its newly refurbished East Beach, Shoebury car park, including additional parking spaces and electric vehicle charging stations.

Disabled residents have criticized the designs, after disabled parking spaces were placed in places furthest from the beach.

Southend resident Steven Douglas, who has multiple sclerosis which makes walking difficult, says he no longer feels he can park safely on the beach, despite it being one of his favorite places to visit.

“My wife and I are big fans of East Beach and previously we parked in the handicapped spaces right by the beach which was ideal,” said Mr Douglas, 41, “But with the Where they are now is another 30 – 50 meters, which is a long walk for me.

He added: “As things stand I don’t think I’ll be going to East Beach as if we only have disabled spaces left we’d be really hard pressed to get to the beach.”

The town hall says it is ready to review the car park, which has 218 spaces, including 12 spaces for the disabled and 3 spaces for coaches.

Further improvements have also been made to the area, with a dedicated footpath and cycle access from Shoeburyness High Street, as well as additional solar lighting columns and increased CCTV coverage.

East Beach’s improved parking lot reopened last weekend.

Steven Wakefield, the council’s parking boss, said: “Accessibility and safety are key priorities in the design of the new East Beach car park and the disabled bays are strategically located close to the dedicated walkway through the parking.

“This walkway joins the sidewalk near the toilet block and the crossing point to the beach, located near the entrance to the car park.

“We will of course keep the spaces under review for the first four weeks of opening and may make any necessary changes that may be required to ensure that the car park meets the needs of all users.

“We are also seeking Park Mark accreditation which aims to reduce both crime and fear of crime in car parks.”

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Taxi driver brutally assaulted after lying in neighbor’s bad parking lot





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The proposed Grant Avenue Parkway project includes pickleball, coffee

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A cafe with drive-thru, food trucks, yard games with green space, an outdoor walk-in bar, and six pickleball courts.

These are the proposed amenities to occupy a stretch of the city’s inbound Grant Avenue Parkway at the corner of Grant and Grand streets.

Based on their comments at the Springfield City Council meeting this week, city officials appear poised to approve the “Loose Goose” development. But professional city staff are urging council to vote against the goose due to walking issues in the pedestrian-friendly Grant Avenue promenade.

Boosted by a federal investment of more than $20 million, the Grant Avenue Parkway will create a multi-use, off-street pedestrian and bicycle route from the city’s downtown to the National Museum of Wildlife Wonders and the Aquarium and at the Bass Pro store.

Starting downtown, the path will go west to Mother’s Brewing Company, then turn south for three miles along Grant Avenue until it ends at Sunshine Street.

On its way, the boardwalk may pass this “Loose Goose” development project, which its creators hope will become a community center for the West Central and Fassnight neighborhoods.

“We think it’s a risky investment for us. We’re excited to do it. We think Grant Avenue Parkway needs a gathering space and we want to build it for them…” the developer said. Andrew Doolittle. “After more than 25 years of vacancy, we offer something on this site for everyone.”

The coffee and alcoholic beverages on the site are developed by Michelle Billionis, owner of Coffee Ethic, and Joshua Widner, founder of Good Spirits and Company, respectively. Andrew Doolittle, Cameron LaBarr and Willie Grega led the development of “Loose Goose” more broadly.

“The Loose Goose development team is made up of local, creative and proven entrepreneurs…” their presentation reads. “We are a group of local people who want to change Springfield for the better by bringing unique experiences to the community.”

But the developers are facing pushback from city staff, who say the Grant Avenue Parkway is being built to give priority to pedestrians and a drive-thru could hamper that experience.

“(GAP Zoning) does not permit drive-thru restaurants and packaged liquor stores. The proposed use of a drive-thru is contrary to the goal of (zoning) to reduce automobile congestion in streets and is contrary to the promotion of pedestrian access and safety,” reads city staff’s assessment of the proposal.

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Despite these staff concerns, the proposal was unanimously accepted by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. It also has the unwavering support of the nearby neighborhood association, which sets it apart from the recently rejected Sunshine Street 7 Brew drive-thru cafe proposal.

“Fassnight Neighborhood believes in the vision of Loose Goose and strongly believes that this project will enhance the work being done along the Grant Avenue Parkway and ensure that Fassnight becomes and remains a more beautiful, safer and connected community in Springfield,” reads a letter from Fassnight Neighborhood Association President Nathan Cook. The West Central Neighborhood Association is also supporting the project.

On the 1.47 acre site, there would be 1,500 square feet reserved for the cafe and cocktail bar with 33 parking spaces and space for 20 cars in the drive-thru. At Monday’s meeting, Doolittle said the drive-thru is necessary to “introduce people to the drive” and that its presence will not be intrusive to pedestrians.

“You won’t interact with the driveway at all as a pedestrian. It will be completely hidden from you,” he said.

“At no time while you are on our property will you interact with the drive-thru or have to cross traffic. If you are a pedestrian, you can still be a pedestrian and people outside of the city might not even know there is a drive-thru component when they use the parkway.”

Doolittle also pointed to the six pickleball courts as a major draw for Springfieldians and part of a recent City Council initiative to develop sports tourism in the city.

“We really think a lot of people from the south end of town and other parts of town will come to downtown and re-explore it because of pickleball. We want it to be a destination. We want to bring people here and we want it to improve the livability factor of the bridge as a whole.”

Despite the reluctance of city staff, members of city council seemed enthusiastic about the proposal. Councilor Abe McGull called it a “good way to revive” the Grant Avenue promenade and Councilor Heather Hardinger called it “really exciting”.

“I don’t think we have anything like it right now. And you know, from what you’re showing us, it seems like a great place to hang out and relax and get to know a part of Springfield which maybe a lot of people don’t hang around,” Hardinger said.

With a smirk on his face, Councilman Mike Schilling asked if “pickleball could save America.”

After a big laugh, Doolittle replied, “You know it could, maybe we should try.”

City Council will vote on whether to approve the required zoning changes for the project at its next meeting.

Andrew Sullender is the local government reporter for the Springfield News-Leader. Follow him on Twitter @andrewsullender. Email tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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Bill says “parking space first” before buying and registering a car – Manila Bulletin

We don’t need to ask if a commuter, driver or pedestrian has seen a line of vehicles parked along the streets, occupying sidewalks and even outside lanes, most often in residential areas.

Such a spectacle is no longer out of the ordinary. They are part of the landscape of a barangay, a residential village, close to high-rise condominiums, or even commercial areas where traders live in their shops.

Parked vehicles took up space on the road. And with all other motorists now navigating minor streets with blind obedience to mobile apps, parked vehicles have become an obstacle to the smooth flow of traffic.

For the third time since 2016, another bill seeking a solution to the problem of parking vehicles on public roads was tabled last month. Representative Lord Allan Velasco introduced House Bill No. 31, entitled “No Garage, No Registration Act”.

The bill proposes to require a car buyer to show proof of a parking space – a garage or rented space – as a “prerequisite to purchasing a motor vehicle and registering with of the Bureau of Land Transport”.

Proof of parking requirement will be for anyone “with a residence or business address in metropolitan areas such as, but not limited to, Metro Manila, Angeles, Bacolod, Baguio, Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan , Davao, Iloilo, Naga and Olongapo, who intends to purchase a motor vehicle.

Two bills with the same intent were also introduced in 2016 and 2019. Senator Joel Villanueva introduced SB No. 1165 in September 2016, the “No Garage, No Car Act of 2016”. Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian filed SB No. 368 in July 2019, the “Proof of Parking Space Act.”

Social media has been abuzz with reactions to the recently tabled bill. Many said it was time for such a bill to become law, while many voiced the reason people stretch their budgets to buy a vehicle – an inefficient public transport system.

So, parking space is hardly an issue when most people decide to buy a vehicle. But this bill, if it becomes law, will make people take a closer look at where they park their new car. The bill recommends stiff penalties to the car owner and LTO employee if the evidence of parking space presented turns out to be a false document. According to the bill, “the owner of a motor vehicle shall be suspended from registering a motor vehicle in his name for three years” with a fine of ₱50,000.

Meanwhile, the LTO employee who authorized the registration of the motor vehicle without the necessary document and “with knowledge of the falsity of the statements” will be suspended from duty for three months without pay.

Concerned citizens will also be involved in keeping the streets clear. The bill directs them to report the presence of vehicles parked on the streets to the LGU, LTO or the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

This bill – if it becomes law – can play an important role in solving the traffic problem in metropolitan cities. He can finally clear the streets of parked vehicles.

But we hope that by then the streets will also be free of auto repair shops, vulcanizing shops, fruit vendors and tricycle drivers who use sidewalks as their business address.

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Mum slams childless drivers who use parent-child parking spaces at Lidl – but not everyone agrees

THE mum-of-one has slammed shoppers who park in parent and child spaces when they don’t have kids – but not everyone agrees she’s right .

The anonymous driver was left so livid after being unable to find a space in a Lidl car park in Worcestershire that she took to social media to express her fury.

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The mum from Droitwich, Worcestershire asked if local Lidl car park drivers should park in the parent and child spacesCredit: google maps

Posting to the Spotted Droitwich Facebook group, the mother asked if drivers could only park in the spaces if they had a child on board.

She added: “I highly doubt the same ignorant people would park in a disabled space, but can’t you see why people think it’s perfectly okay to do that without even pretending to have a kid?

“I couldn’t park there today with my newborn son, which wasn’t the end of the world, but the point is to be able to open the door wide enough to get a baby or child out of the car seat .

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“A little change of personal laziness that would make a huge difference to the parents/grandparents of Droitwich!

Despite the reasonable question, his comments sparked a huge debate as locals rushed to share their thoughts on his grievance, the Bromsgrove Advertiser reported.

One user replied: “It infuriates me too, especially when I see parents with troubled children.

“And then you get lazy parking there because they’re too lazy to walk a few extra steps in the parking lot.”

And a second agreed, adding: ‘The worst thing is when a parent with a child uses the parent and child car park….And the child is around 13!’

But one user felt no shame in ruffling a few feathers, commenting: “I like to park in the parent and child spaces of my big Range Rover as I have more room to open the door to get out.

“I usually drive it alone, but if I have passengers I will use 2 spaces and park in the middle.”

Another shopper was also more than happy to reveal he was responsible, commenting: ‘I always park in these spaces when I take my dad shopping. I’m 57, he’s 78.’

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And another joked, “Good job, there’s always plenty of space at the other end of the parking lot! A little walk never hurt anyone.”

A sixth pointed out that some drivers who use the spaces may use them because no disabled spaces are available and others may have disabilities that are not visible.

Parent and child spaces explained

What are the rules?

Using one of these bays without children in the car is not illegal as they are usually found on private land.

But private companies can fine you if you abuse it.

Car parks are required to clearly display their rules for the use of parent and child spaces, as well as the potential penalty if you break them.

Some places will require you to get children out of the car with you to be eligible, while others state that children must use a booster seat if you wish to park in one.

You should always read the rules for each car park before leaving your motor in one of these spaces to avoid being hit with a fine.

Each store has its own rules, but most have an age limit of 12 years old.

But in some car parks, places are only reserved for parents with babies and toddlers.

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Tesla allows paid charging at Destination Chargers, but there’s a catch

Tesla allows chargeable charging on Destination Chargers, which have generally been free until now, but there’s a catch: you need to have at least six Wall Connectors to be able to set prices at your Destination Charger location.

The automaker operates two different charging networks. While Tesla’s Supercharger network is made up of DC fast charging stations for long-distance driving, the destination charging network is made up of Level 2 chargers, specifically the Tesla Wall Connector, which is primarily installed in restaurants and hotels. to recharge once Tesla owners arrive at their destination. , hence the name.

In 2020, Electrek reported that Tesla has upgraded destination chargers with Gen 3 wall connectors, and the automaker has told owners it will allow chargeable charging with this next-gen charger.

For the most part, Tesla’s Destination Charging locations have been free, with some locations only requiring you to be a customer of the company where it is located – for example, if you are using the Destination Charger of a hotel, some locations require you to be staying at the hotel.

The cost of electricity from the chargers would be covered by the company.

But with this new Wi-Fi-connected Wall Connector, Tesla said it would allow businesses to charge for usage with the seamless experience that Tesla’s charging networks are known for.

Tesla has now updated its commercial registration form for Wall Connectors to include provision for paid charging, but the automaker has confirmed that it will only allow property managers with six Wall Connectors or more to enable the feature:

Tesla Business Services can be enabled on Tesla Gen3 Wall Connectors that are connected to Wi-Fi or cellular and have signed a service agreement with Tesla. A minimum of six units must be installed to be considered for this service.

This will eliminate many locations, especially hotels, which make up a large portion of the destination charging network, as most locations only have two to four Tesla Wall Connectors.

But it could also encourage some locations to add more chargers, as they will now be able to charge customers for the service and recoup their electricity costs, which most EV owners won’t mind paying.

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This new program could encourage some property managers to make better use of certain parking spaces and turn them into small charging stations.

While fast-charging slots, like superchargers, are more convenient for fast charging, there are plenty of use cases for wall connectors, which can add about 44 miles of range per hour of charging.

If you have a walkable downtown parking lot, you could add six or more Wall Connectors to your parking lot, and Tesla owners traveling around town planning to spend a few hours there could park and charge while exploring.

For some this might be a better solution than a Supercharger, which you’ll need to get back to within an hour to move your car as it will be fully charged and you don’t want to take up space if you’re not charging it .

Now that these property managers can charge for the service and it’s fully automated in the Tesla app, it’s a more attractive solution because they can recoup the cost of deploying chargers and electricity while attracting homeowners. Tesla in their businesses.

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A second public point could be designated in Cedar Falls for electric vehicle charging | New Policies

CEDAR FALLS — Officials have seen increased use of the public electric vehicle charger on West Second Street since it was installed in late 2019.

According to a memo from City Clerk Jacque Danielsen, that observation will be factored into a policy decision before City Council when it meets Monday at 7 p.m. inside the Community Center, 528 Main Street.






An electric vehicle charging station with a dedicated parking spot was installed in late 2019 on Second Street in downtown Cedar Falls.


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Under a pilot program passed in 2019, a single space had been designated for charging in the city center just north of City Hall, although the unit had two charging cables, Danielsen said. .

Danielsen described how signs were posted indicating its use only for charging, and “other vehicle warnings” were given in “space surveillance”.

She also noted that the second “cable was pulled to other parking areas and even pulled onto the sidewalk, creating potential hazards.”

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“As usage continues to increase, CFU and City staff believe that the designation of a second charging space is necessary to safely accommodate additional vehicles wishing to use both charging spaces at this time. place,” she wrote.


Evansdale Police Chief voices concerns over hiring and staffing issues for his department

If “we lose one more officer, which is very likely,” Police Chief Mike Dean said Evansdale would not be able to handle 24/7 duty.

In the first of three readings, a proposed ordinance outlining “enforcement of proper use of spaces” in light of city staff now recommends that a second parking space, adjacent to the first, be designated for billing.

The new proposal would prohibit anyone from stopping or parking a vehicle at these locations except for the purpose of using one of the electrical cords.

Anyone found in violation of the order would be subject to a $10 fine.


The ball is in Waterloo’s court right now, according to officials involved in the effort.

If not paid within 30 days of the date of the notice of violation, the fine will increase to $15.

In other matters, the board will consider approving:

  • A $2.69 million construction contract with Reinbeck-based Peterson Contractors, the sole bidder for the project to remove a bridge on Olive Street and expand the adjacent Pettersen Plaza on College Street. This would be done by extending the culvert to Olive Street. The engineer’s estimate was $2.2 million.
  • Plans for a sidewalk assessment project, aimed at replacing deficient sidewalks and then charging the cost of replacement to the owners of the adjacent property. The estimated construction cost is $40,591.
  • A contract with Ritland+Kuiper Landscape Architects of Waterloo for up to $35,100 in design consultancy work for the Seerley Park improvement project.
  • A site plan for a new 3,666 square foot Veridian Credit Union branch at 1000 Brandilynn Blvd.
  • Revisions to its public meeting procedures.
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San Francisco man is ticketed for parking in the red zone after the sidewalk was repainted while his car was parked

SAN FRANCISCO– A San Francisco man is fighting a parking ticket in a red zone after the sidewalk was painted red while his car was parked there.

Desiree and Jeff Jolly have lived in the city for decades and know the challenges of finding a parking space in their neighborhood of Russian Hill.

But there is a space at the corner of Larkin and Union streets that has always been their favorite spot.

“Well yeah, every time it’s open I’ve parked here for 25 years,” Jeff said.

But what happened to the pair a week ago was a first.

“We got out and were walking from the store, and I noticed the ticket on my car,” Desiree said. On closer inspection, on the windshield of her Honda sedan was a $180 fine for parking in a red zone – one that Desiree and Jeff said was not there when she pulled over. is parked days ago…or years ago.

“If it was justified, I don’t have a problem with it, but it seems unfair to me,” she said.

“The red stripe is there, where it wasn’t before, and they had the nerve to go around my tire,” she described, pointing out a small spot the city paint shop missed. when they avoided painting the Honda’s tire.

It’s a funny detail for Jeff who is a painter by trade.

“I saw that and I even have painter friends who say it was a bad job. They missed a spot,” he laughed.

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ABC7 News, our sister station in San Francisco, spoke with Erica Kato, spokesperson for SFMTA, who confirms the ticket is for a red zone violation. But in an interesting twist, it’s not for the newly painted red stripe. Violation is for parking in an old washout.

SFMTA provided a photo of the faded red zone parking spot to illustrate that the red zone previously existed. Although the sidewalk in the image has red dots, they are very faint.

This image provided by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) shows a faded red zone parking spot at the corner of Union and Larkin streets, where an SF man claimed he got a parking ticket in July 2022.

This image provided by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) shows a faded red parking area at the corner of Union and Larkin streets.

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SFMTA also provided ABC7 News with the service request to repaint the tape and an image showing how worn the red paint was.

ABC7 News examined this same location using street view imagery from Google Maps, and in several clear photos from 2016 and 2021, the red paint on the sidewalk appears to have faded completely, so the sidewalk looks completely gray.

These images provided by Google Maps show a faded red zone parking spot at the corner of Union and Larkin streets, where an SF man claimed he got a parking ticket in July 2022.

These images provided by Google Maps show a faded red zone parking spot at the corner of Union and Larkin streets, where an SF man claimed he got a parking ticket in July 2022.

These images provided by Google Maps show a faded red zone parking space at the corner of Union and Larkin streets in 2016 and 2021.

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Because the couple disputed the ticket, SFMTA tells ABC7 News it’s up to the citation clerk to determine what happens next. It could be applied or rejected. This is a process that can take up to 60 days.

“I’m going through chemotherapy right now so it’s like I was worried about other things and now I have to worry about this,” Desiree said.

Jeff and Desiree said that after all the challenges of city life lately, including another vehicle-related drama where Jeff had a catalytic converter stolen, this might be their last straw.

“We want to leave because of everything that’s going on in the city,” Jeff said.

They plan to say “hello” to moving to France in the future.

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New bike parking corrals could help thwart rampant bike theft

Wellington City Council has proposed 11 new locations for bicycle parking in the city centre, like these on the corner of Lambton Quay and Waring Taylor St, but instead located in a parking space rather than on the pavement.

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Wellington City Council has proposed 11 new locations for bicycle parking in the city centre, like these on the corner of Lambton Quay and Waring Taylor St, but instead located in a parking space rather than on the pavement.

More bike corrals and electric vehicle chargers are on maps across the city as Wellington City Council proposes 46 traffic changes.

Five EV-only parks, fitted with chargers, are set to be installed at ASB Arena Kilbirnie, Khandallah (Nairnville), Karori and Kilbirnie and Otari-Wilton’s Bush Leisure Centers – with time limits of 120 minutes each.

Thirteen bus stops are moved slightly, one added at Churton Park and one removed at Karori.

Eleven parking lots around the city are set to be converted into bicycle parking corrals – on Abel Smith, Stout, Tory, College, at the corner of Ghuznee and Victoria streets, Boulcott, Victoria, Johnson, Waring Taylor and Pipitea, and The Terrace – and a new proposed escooter parking lot for the station.

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The changes are open for public submissions until 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, and the board will vote on the changes on September 7.

Wellington City Council street transformation manager Paul Barker said he was considering a few options, including a set of six “sheffield brackets” – large metal staples with a lower crossbar – similar to those already in place in the city.

Cycle parking, called 'Sheffield stalls' on the corner of Lambton Quay and Brandon St, Wellington.

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Cycle parking, called ‘Sheffield stalls’ on the corner of Lambton Quay and Brandon St, Wellington.

“What we’ve heard from the community is to stop providing parking on the trail,” Barker said. “[With bike stands] we can get 12 people to use this space, rather than just one car.

They could also remove a few stalls and mark off a space for parking scooters, he said.

Larger bike sheds, such as on Gray St, which could hold 30 bikes each, were being considered for other locations before the end of the year.

Companies affected by the removal of parking lots have been consulted, he said.

Bicycle theft is reaching worrying levels in the city centre. An official inquiry showed there were 1,435 complaints of theft between January 1, 2018 and May 31, 2022, along with 58 police proceedings, 45 bikes recovered and 10 returned to their owners.

There were 74 reported robberies in May alone for central Wellington, but no successful prosecutions that month.

Cycle Action Network project manager Patrick Morgan said a lack of secure parking meant people were locking their bikes for unsecured things.

“Good to see public space reallocated to bike and scooter parking, rather than getting in the way of people on sidewalks,” he said.

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Flashback Saturday: Auckland Transport’s parking nonsense

This article by Heidi was originally published in July 2019.

AT created a storm that never needed to exist.

Ten years ago, the people of Auckland understood the law. You couldn’t park a car on a curb or trail, and the vehicle crossings were for crossing the trail, not places to park. If you’ve been parked there for longer than a minute or three, you’d be ready to apologize.

Now, cars litter the public domain. Pedestrian malls, public plazas, sidewalks, shoulders, driveways, park edges, blocked service lanes… you name it, if drivers can physically maneuver a car into position, they will.

How did we get into this antisocial and dangerous mess?

AT was created in 2010. Now, except in the city center, any control is only carried out for parking on the tarmacked parts of the sidewalk or the passage of vehicles, and only in response to a complaint. As it has become more evident, anti-social parking has increasingly become a problem.

I don’t know if they ever issued tickets for cars parked on the edges, but Auckland council did. So people asked the question: “Why don’t you enforce the rules against parking on the edge?”

AT referred to a legal issue, while declining to provide specifics, and pointed to the supposed need for further law change or additional signage everywhere.

Other councils did not need this change to act. So when the NZTA consulted about a change, many people rightly considered it unnecessary.

You see, the problem here is not the law. For typical urban streets, the law is pretty clear:

  • The road is the whole of the space accessible to the public.
  • The carriageway is the part of the road intended for the circulation of cars.
  • The sidewalk is a place mainly designed and used by pedestrians. Where there is a curb, the sidewalk includes the curb. The sidewalk is there to prevent traffic from driving over parts of the road that are not designed to support the weight of vehicles. Trail vehicle crossings are part of the trail.

My research is summarized here: Definition of the path and the road margin

Under current law, on a typical Auckland street, a grass berm or shoulder held back by a curb is simply an unpaved part of the footpath.

The rules regarding parking can be found in the road user rule. Rule 6.14 covers curb parking – you cannot park on the curb. Rule 6.2 covers parking on the road and states that you should park off the roadway if possible. In urban areas with curbs, this applies to parking spaces and signposted parking lots. Otherwise, you park on the road. Rule 6.2 does not override rule 6.14 and allows a driver to take over an unpaved portion of the trail.

AT could apply Rule 6.14 to ticket cars parked off the roadway on any part of the trail, paved or unpaved. This includes shoulders and vehicle crossings.

We don’t know what legal advice AT received because they won’t publish it. This advice is either wrong, or based on instruction so limited that he missed the most crucial points, or AT misinterprets it.

Whether or not RUR 6.14 can be enforced directly, the road authority (in Auckland, AT) has broad power to make its own regulations to manage the roads under its control (subject to signage requirements). Christchurch set the example: they clarified that RUR 6.2(1) does not apply to Chistchurch – this clarification has no signage requirement.

AT should have fixed this problem years ago. Instead, they let a once clear situation become murky and now politicized.

Auckland Council had wanted this fixed for years but were misled by the fact that it was a problem with legislation. Instead, it’s a cultural bias toward motorists versus pedestrians and an aversion to law enforcement.

Auckland Transport admits it can issue tickets for cars parked on the paved part of the pathways and in vehicle crossings. They simply choose not to do so most of the time, and only in response to a complaint. Another change in the law would have simply provided them with another law to ignore.

I have been in correspondence with Auckland Transport for almost a year about this. Until last week, I was still hoping they would see reason and take action without me having to blog about it. However, they did not respond on Friday as promised. After yet another disinformation media article on Saturday, I feel compelled to respond.

The required change is not in the legislation. It is within Auckland Transport.

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I refuse to give the main parking spot to my pregnant colleague – if she is too lazy to get up early and grab it, I will

A MAN has taken to Reddit to complain after being criticized for refusing to give up the main parking spot to his pregnant colleague.

He posted on the site Am I The Asshole? forum to explain the situation, revealing that they work at a company that has a parking lot with a few “prime locations near the door”.

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The woman had spoken to people in the office and left a note for the man asking him to consider giving her the main parking spaceCredit: Getty
He insisted that it was "first come, first served" as to who got the main parking spot

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He insisted it was ‘first come, first served’ as to who got the main parking spotCredit: Getty

“Most of them are reserved for managers etc, but one is unreserved and operates on a first-come, first-served basis,” he wrote.

He added that he parks there most of the time because of an “old knee injury” – so “the closer the better and it’s convenient”.

“It’s obviously the place everyone wants, so I always make sure to try and get in a bit early so I can catch it,” he continued.

The situation hadn’t been a problem until his pregnant co-worker started complaining “about the congestion in the parking lot that forces her to park some distance from the door.”

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“She basically asked people if they could give her that space,” he added.

“She never asked me directly but left a note on my desk a few days ago asking the same thing.”

The next day, the man is still parked there, which prompts him to come and ask him if he has seen his ticket.

“I told him yes but unfortunately if the place is free, I will take it,” he explained.

“Like I get it and I’m not going to fight about it, but if she wanted to, she should just wake up early. She tried to argue a bit but ended up leaving.”

Following their conversation, she “filed an off-the-record complaint with the boss”, who told her about it but clarified that he didn’t want to get involved.

“I got some obvious glares and mutterings from a few colleagues about this,” he concluded, before asking “Am I the asshole?”

The majority of comments on the post were on the man’s side, with one person writing, “You’re not the asshole.

“It’s a free seat. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. She wants it? So come early enough to get it.

“His bump doesn’t prioritize him.”

“If HR wants to create a parking spot for pregnant women, they can – and they exist!” another added.

But someone else replied: “I totally agree, but empathy can also be taken into account.

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“It’s not always fun being pregnant, and I’d be mad at my husband if he acted like that, so would an old person, etc.

“It’s just a good thing to do and it can make someone’s day easier.”

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East Cork cycle path ‘will kill our businesses’, says nursery and food shop

The owner of an East Cork village’s only grocery store is asking the County Council to make changes to the Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill cycle route, saying the development has halved parking spaces for customers , which caused the store to lose customers.

Next door, the owner of the village crèche, where 68 children attend each day, is also worried about the impact of the cycle path on her business, as she does not know how parents will be able to drop off and pick up their children in completely safe.

Kerri O’Neill, fourth-generation owner of Fitzpatrick Grocery Store in Glounthaune, has amassed more than 1,000 signatures calling on Cork County Council to change the width of the cycle lane outside the store. She says the store lost €60,000 in turnover last month due to parking difficulties in the car park, which is on a section of road that has been owned by the municipality for 80 years.

“We are asking the council to pinch off the section of the cycle lane at the front of the store by one metre, to allow customers to breathe, which makes it safer.

“There have been four incidents in the car park over the past month as people struggle to get in and out. It becomes a real deterrent for customers, and we have seen a huge drop in our business since construction began,” she added.

Kerri and her siblings grew up in an apartment above the old Fitzpatrick grocery store, when the Junction bar was next door. In 2018, the O’Neills applied for planning permission to hit the bar and expand the store with 18 parking spaces out front. At that time, the cycle path was planned, but no definitive plan had been drawn up.

Kerri O’Neill, fourth-generation owner of Fitzpatrick Grocery Store in Glounthaune, has amassed more than 1,000 signatures calling on Cork County Council to change the width of the cycle lane outside the store.

Kerri said that after two years of construction which saw her borrow 2.5 million euros to finance the expansion, leaving her 18,500 euros in monthly repayments, plans for the cycle path were released, which allocated 12 parking spaces at the store, with four additional spaces across the road.

“In January of this year they came back and said that after measuring the area correctly we were only going to have nine spaces up front. Since then I’ve been locked in an exhausting battle to bring in some small changes to increase our parking and ensure the future of this business.

“I don’t understand why the council is doing this to a local business which employs 77 people and is the only supermarket in a rapidly growing village,” she said.

When council workers arrived to begin construction this year, Kerri used vans to barricade the area with the help of local contractors, and only agreed to move after the council agreed to 12 spaces.

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This has put me under tremendous financial stress and every day I deal with customers who are worried that they won’t be able to find parking. Even now the parking lot is too tight and changes need to be made.

“There are a lot of families moving here and it’s unrealistic to think they’re all going to cycle to the store,” Kerri said.

Irene Heredia is the owner of Generation Education, the nursery next door to Fitzpatrick. force motorcyclists to slow down.

“It’s something that is even looked at by the inspectors when we show them around the site, it’s so important that the children can be dropped off at school safely and if the parking outside disappears, that will have a very negative impact for us. There isn’t really an alternative in the neighborhood and in the colder months it is very convenient to have easy parking outside the school. This affects also negatively parents who find our location very convenient to get to work.

“At the end of the day, I think we’ll also see a drop in enrollment if parking goes away,” she added.

Irene says she hopes “something can be done” to welcome community businesses.

Glounthaune has just over 1,400 inhabitants

Glounthaune is a small village with a population of just over 1,400, but thanks to the village’s excellent rail connectivity, it is set to become a town within the next five years with several strategic housing developments in the pipeline.

A section of the Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill cycle route.
A section of the Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill cycle route.

Local Councilor Anthony Barry said the cycle path will be a fantastic amenity for the local community which has been the subject of an extensive public consultation process, but the Fitzpatrick car park argument highlights the need for increase the facilities to cater to the growing community.

“The cycleway will have a hugely positive impact on the communities it will connect and it is planned to extend to Youghal, we have seen how successful the Dungarvan greenway has been and that It’s great to see these kinds of changes taking place in Cork, but when you make big changes you’re always going to upset some people.

“I’ve been to Fitzpatrick’s a couple of times in the last week, and I’ve found it manageable. Now it’s still an outdoor building site, so I think people will find it easier once the work is done. This cycle path did not come out of nowhere, and I think the parking lot will be safer than the layout that existed before, because it had no structure, “said Mr Barry.

The councilor said he was, however, concerned about the rate at which community facilities are expanding in the area, as this does not match the increase in population.

“There is a larger problem here. The village has a pub, shop, community center operates from the national school. The development plan of the commune indeed provided an area for the development of new facilities, but An Bord Pleanala (ABP) has just given the green light for this area to become another strategic housing development (SHD).

“There are plans for a new nursery in the Harper’s Creek development, but even then I don’t see how we will have enough child care and medical facilities to meet the needs of everyone in the immediate locality. Yes Carrigtwohill is a few miles further but it is already difficult to see a GP here,” he added.

Glounthaune Sustainability Committee Chair Carol Harpur said that over the past seven years the number of homes in the village has increased from 506 to 824, and that the ABP’s recent decision to allow the Ballynaroon Lands SHD to be built 112 residential units will by no means be the last major development in the area this year.

Darragh Taaffe, a partner at Keane Mahony Smith auctioneers and estate agents, was the sales agent who oversaw the purchase of 38 homes in the Lackenroe development. He said the homes sold without being officially advertised on the open market.

“We have been hit by an avalanche of requests. The houses sold very quickly and everyone had moved in last September,” he said.

“From our point of view, the cycle path will make Glounthaune even more attractive for young families. It’s the kind of amenities you’d put on a brochure next to the train station and local restaurant; it improves people’s quality of life,” added Mr. Taaffe.

Plans for a further 289 units on land adjacent to the original Lackenroe housing estate, submitted by another developer, were pulled down by the ABP in April this year after the council said the locality lacked the necessary road network to support development.

Cohalan Downing manager Susan Tyrell, who oversaw the sale of 170 homes in the Harper’s Creek SHD, said buyers can’t speak highly enough of the bike path as an amenity.

“50 families have moved in as construction is only halfway through, and many people have told me they get to work via the cycle path and then the train that takes them to Penrose Docks , or wherever they work in the city,” she said.

Increased passing trade

The section of the cycle path that has been completed connects Ftizpatrick’s grocery store and The Elm Tree bar and restaurant. Managing Director Eoin O’ Connor says it has increased the passing trade and increased the number of families coming in for a bite to eat.

“We have to commend the council for the job they have done with this section of the cycle path, it is beautifully done and decorated with flowers.

“We have noticed 100% that it attracts a different type of clientele, as young families are walking along the cycle path and then calling us, it has really made a difference,” he added.

Cork County Council issued a statement apologizing for ‘any inconvenience’ caused by the ongoing construction work, adding that they are ‘confident that when completed this much-loved cycleway will have significant value in the future. from an economic, social and environmental point of view”.

The council said it had obtained planning permission for the pedestrian and cycle route and engaged with stakeholders along it, from Bury’s Bridge to Carrigtwohill, ‘including Fitzpatrick’s Shop’ .

“Engagement continued throughout the detailed design and construction stages and continues,” they added.

The intercity cycle route will link Dunkettle to Midleton when completed and then to Youghal via the Midleton Youghal Greenway. Planning permission for the remaining 2.6km of the road to Midleton has yet to be obtained.

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One More Club gets second OK from Park Rapids Planning Commission – Park Rapids Enterprise

On July 11, the Park Rapids Planning Commission considered a new application by Gregory Parsons for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to operate a bar at 1012 Birch St.

Parsons, who currently operates One More Club at 1400 1st St. E., previously applied for a CUP to move the bar to the same address with seating for 42 patrons.

According to city planner Ben Oleson, Parsons’ initial CUP application was denied by city council on May 24, when Parsons failed to produce the planned stormwater management plan.

At that time the planning commission had recommended on condition that the bar had a parking space for two, which would have required additional parking at the rear of the building.

Parsons and Oleson told the planning commission that because of the increased impermeable cover for the additional parking, Parsons should have provided a system to prevent stormwater from running off his property. However, they explained, Minnesota Power did not respond when asked if it would allow the system below its overhead power lines and within a few feet.

The CUP’s initial request also agreed to limit the bar’s opening hours to between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Parsons’ new request offered to accommodate up to 22 customers and extend hours to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Commission members noted that fewer seats would mean Parsons would need to work overtime to earn money, but without additional parking spaces he would not need to provide a stormwater management plan.

They also noted that the seating capacity at the bar is not the same as its occupancy limit, which remains at 42 according to the state fire marshal. Oleson agreed that people could stand at the bar, as it will have the same space despite the reduced seating capacity.

Commission Chairman Robb Swanson expressed concern that customer parking is overflowing onto the street, where parking is illegal. He informed Parsons that he should watch this carefully.

Before opening a public hearing on the matter, Swanson reminded a dozen affected residents that neighborhood opinion is not a legal basis for a decision whether to grant a CUP, and any decision not based on City code criteria may be subject to legal challenge.

Among the comments of local residents:

  • Steven Peloquin said, “This company doesn’t belong here.” He argued that the bar should limit its operation when other businesses in the neighborhood are open. Peloquin urged the commission not to allow anything to be built behind the property.
  • William Fitch has ridiculed the idea that limiting seating will prevent more customers and their vehicles from coming to the bar. He urged the commission to continue the hearing until all conditions are met. “Last time was a fiasco,” he said. However, Swanson noted that Parsons cannot carry out any work on the site until a permit is approved, although it may be required to submit a plan to meet the conditions. Meanwhile, Parsons complained he “wasted $1,500” on a storm drain plan he couldn’t use without Minnesota Energy’s approval.
  • Lovette Smith expressed concern about late weekend hours and increased intoxication and traffic in the neighborhood. She also asked about noise controls. Council member Liz Stone said the city’s noise ordinance goes into effect at 10 p.m.
  • Jessica Mjelde described the neighborhood as “tangletown” with winding streets and no streetlights. She envisioned issues with drivers encountering children walking and biking on the street.

Commission member Scott Hocking pointed out that the concern about vehicles and foot traffic on the neighborhood’s narrow, poorly lit streets applies at all times, not just because of the proposed bar.

“If you park a vehicle on that street, everyone has to drive around,” he said. “It is not designed to have off-street parking.”

“If we allow 11 parking spaces, it’s not really up to us to worry about how Mr. Parsons screens customers and where they park,” Stone said. “That will become his problem.”

Parsons reminded the commission that there was a municipal parking lot nearby, near Hatch Avenue.

Based on the Detroit Lakes experience, Swanson said food and drink establishments in residential neighborhoods can work.

Commission members followed Oleson’s recommended conditions, including limiting hours between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. every weekday.

Swanson and Stone sympathized with Parsons’ request to extend Friday and Saturday hours to 1 a.m. Johnson was ambivalent, but said he couldn’t justify opposing the extended hours. Hocking and commissioner Nancy Newman agreed.

“We can’t sit here and make a decision just because we don’t like something,” Stone explained.

“You have to put some facts behind it,” agreed Hocking. “Right now there is no fact not to support it on Friday and Saturday until 1am”

Swanson suggested other ordinances, such as the noise ordinance, would keep neighborhood issues in check. Board members agreed to revise the condition at Parsons’ request.

Regarding a condition that Parsons submit a parking plan before council action, Oleson asked if Parsons’ 11-space plan, based on a sketch by city engineer Jon Olson, would be sufficient. This plan calls for staff to park in the building’s garage, potentially blocked by customers.

Stone said she personally checked that the site had 11 parking spaces, including a handicapped space, and said it was up to Parsons to decide whether he wanted customers to block access to his garage.

The condition also required “traffic aisles” for loading and unloading and the flow of traffic. Oleson said he believed the loading and unloading would take place outside office hours.

“The food truck and the drink vehicles are going to appear when they show up,” Swanson said, “and it’s going to happen between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. This truck is probably going to park in the road while it’s unloading, and that’s is something for us to consider. Without that rear parking lot and driveway, there is no room for that truck.

Stone suggested placing the loading-unloading area at the west end of the building and adding a condition that nothing happens at the rear. She said there would be room for a truck to stop without encroaching on the property line setback.

Oleson suggested leaving the state as is and waiting for a scale drawing to show the parking area and the unloading area. He said he wouldn’t have to be prepped by an engineer.

Regarding the condition limiting the space open to customers to 2,000 square feet, Oleson said that would actually require a variance and suggested changing it to 1,600 square feet, which meets the ordinance’s requirements. The members of the Commission agreed.

They also discussed a condition requiring a six-foot fence, which Oleson said was a holdover when a rear parking area was planned. Swanson said if he was a neighbor he would want a fence as a buffer.

Noting that a five-foot fence is already there, Stone suggested lowering the height requirement, adding that if the fence is on neighbors’ property, Parsons must also install a fence.

In another condition related to parking, Stone suggested deleting a reference to “approved street parking” since no parking is permitted on Birch Street. Oleson said the intention was to allow parking in appropriate areas, including Birch Street if it is widened to allow on-street parking.

However, Oleson suggested adding “in striped and paved parking spaces” to the on-site parking clause, to prevent customers from parking on grass.

Stone also noted that customers could park in the nearby town lot. Oleson suggested adding “or other public parking spaces.”

Turning to findings of fact, panel members concurred with staff findings supporting CUP’s approval with the amended terms.

Stone moved a motion to recommend City Council’s approval of the CUP with those terms, and the motion passed with Hocking abstaining and no dissents.

City Administrator Angel Weasner said council would likely act on the CUP’s request at its July 26 meeting.

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District Unveils New Livermore High School Gymnasium | New

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District recently hosted an open house for the community to view and tour Livermore High School’s brand new gymnasium, which was built as part of the Measure Bond Facility Improvement Projects J approved by voters, district officials said in a statement. .

The campus open house on June 25 “was a great success and the community really enjoyed the opportunity to see this beautiful new space,” according to district spokesperson Sarah DeGroat.

The gymnasium is a two-story building totaling 49,000 square feet and includes a main gymnasium with mezzanine bleachers, a training gymnasium, a wrestling room, a dance studio, a weight room, a training classroom, education, team rooms, boys’ and girls’ locker rooms, a kitchen and a patio. and ticket office.

All that remains to be completed is the aquatic facilities, which will include a 12-lane swimming pool, diving boards and a water polo field. District officials said the completion of this phase is scheduled for summer 2023.

Contractors opened the gymnasium in the summer of 2020. Construction was handled by the District Bond Department in partnership with Roebbelen Contracting, Inc. and Kitchell Construction.

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Permits filed for 215 West Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx

215 West Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx via Google Maps

Permits have been filed for a six-story apartment building at 215 West Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx. Located between Heath Avenue and Kingsbridge Terrace, the land is close to Kingsbridge Road tube station, served by train 4. Paul Durgaj of Durgaj Properties Corp is listed as the owner behind the applications.

The proposed 64-foot-tall development will produce 14,795 square feet designated for residential space. The building will have 23 residences, most likely rentals based on an average area of ​​643 square feet. The masonry structure will also include a cellar, a 30-foot-long backyard and 12 open parking spaces.

Node Architecture Engineering Consulting PC is listed as the official architect.

Demolition permits were filed in July 2020 for the three-story building on the site. An estimated completion date has not been announced.

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City of Columbus is phasing out parking meters for kiosks


Obsolete meters have been replaced by electronic stations that allow drivers to pay from anywhere and simplify parking control.

If you’ve recently tried to park on the street in Columbus, you might have wondered where the meters went. In May, city crews swept the city, removing more than 3,000 parking meters.

Many meters, says Robert Ferrin, assistant manager of Columbus parking services, were becoming obsolete. The computers inside the decade-old devices were hooked up to the cloud via 2G technology, which is being phased out by most carriers. Instead of replacing the meters, the city decided to install 145 multi-space terminals. (A few newer meters will remain in service.)

Due to the popularity of the Park Cbus app, Ferrin says, “People are now much more comfortable using their license plate as an ID to pay. So we wanted to reinforce that with a pay-per-plate parking kiosk. »

When drivers identify their car by plate number when parking or purchasing a residential parking permit, the city can use cameras mounted on enforcement vehicles to ensure compliance and issue tickets.

Stations are programmable remotely, so city staff can modify time limits or rate changes from anywhere, and drivers can pay for parking or add time to their parking spot at any time. from the app or any kiosk in town, as long as they remember their license plate. and the area where the car is parked.

The terminals allow drivers to pay for their parking in different ways: by tapping or inserting a credit card or by using a watch or a payment app. There are also SMS and call payment options and signage with QR codes that will take drivers to a website for guest payment. Kiosks also accept nickels, dimes and quarters.

Ferrin says on-street parking revenue, hitting $7 or $8 million a year before 2020, plummeted 85% during the pandemic, but is gradually returning to health. He does not expect the new parking system to affect this, although it will reduce maintenance costs.

And he will be happy to see the meters disappear from the scene. “We believe this leads to a cleaner, more attractive streetscape.”

Operate the counters

Robert Ferrin, Columbus’ parking representative, said the city will send most decommissioned meters to the junkyard, but keep a few for the community. Monthly Columbus contacted a few community members to see if they could use an old parking meter. (Interested? Email [email protected]; supply is limited.) Rebecca Rhinehart, the Bexley Town Schools Theater Director, responded quickly.

“I would totally use an old counter in plays,” she wrote. Such a realistic prop, she says, “just by itself can indicate where a scene is taking place: we instantly understand that we are on a street”. She used a fire hydrant in several rooms.

Rhinehart has also offered, just for fun, some other ideas for using old meters. Here are a few:

  • Spray gold paint and use it as a trophy for some sort of City of Columbus award
  • A beautiful and practical dead time corner decoration
  • Put it in your driveway and make money with your family and friends
  • Use it to remind you to get up from the computer once in a while – maximum one hour parking

This story is from the July issue of Monthly Columbus.

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In an effort to increase housing options, Spokane City Council relaxes rules for secondary suites

In the name of increasing citywide housing options, Spokane lawmakers recently instituted code changes to add more flexibility to the city’s rules on secondary suites.

A secondary suite is an attached or detached structure that serves as an additional living unit on a property with its own facilities, such as a kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms.

Legislation passed by the City Council last week removed some ADU restrictions, including requiring a landlord to occupy at least one of the dwellings on a particular site. Owner occupancy is still required at sites with ADU if there is a short-term rental, which – by city code – is rental to overnight guests for less than 30 days.

The new ordinance also increases the maximum size of insulated ADUs from 600 to 975 square feet or 75% of the size of the house (whichever is larger), removes the minimum lot size requirement, eases parking requirements and allows ADUs on properties with any main structure, such as a duplex or triplex.

“Creating more housing units, even in the form of ADUs, will only help,” Councilman Michael Cathcart said last week.

Relaxing ADU regulations was one of the priorities set out in the city’s housing action plan passed by council last year as well as in the housing emergency declared by Mayor Nadine Woodward.

The changes passed by City Council last week were widely recommended by the Spokane Plan Commission.

The removal of the minimum lot size requirement was done to encourage owners of smaller properties to pursue ADUs, deputy planner Amanda Beck told city council last week. The minimum lot size was previously 5,000 square feet.

With the parking change, the rule was relaxed to no longer require an off-street parking spot for studio or one-bedroom ADUs.

In addition to the increase in square footage allowed, the roof height allowance for ADUs has also increased from 17 to 25 feet.

“The logic behind that would be an office hull plan for an ADU, just a typical one you can find online, you should be able to fit a two bedroom/two bath with a full kitchen that size,” Beck said. . size increases.

Dropping the owner occupancy requirement was a talking point for council, as councilor Lori Kinnear pushed to require owners of properties with ADU to live on-site for three years.

“I still believe that we should have owner occupancy because it is a mechanism by which we can perhaps guarantee to some degree that there will not be … people from outside the state that will come in and buy, convert and move people,” Kinnear said.

The owner-occupancy requirement has been a roadblock for the city’s ADUs, council chairman Breean Beggs said. Councilman Zack Zappone said he plans to draft a resolution requiring annual reports on the city’s ADUs to help determine if the code changes are working.

“Frankly, units in our city are already being used for Airbnbs,” Councilman Jonathan Bingle said. “So for us to do more units, even if that translates to more Airbnbs, that also translates to more rentals or ownership opportunities or things like that throughout the community.”

Councilor Betsy Wilkerson added: ‘I don’t know how we could legislate people’s lives for three years.

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ROTHENBURGER: Council proves absurdity of parking policy and code of conduct

Why? Because, said Mayor Ken Christian, Councilor. Dieter Dudy and others, it’s fine that it’s imperfect. If it is not good, it can be changed later. It’s the good intention that counts.

While Singh and Walsh challenged clause after clause in the proposed code, leader Natalie Garbay’s response to most of their questions was that the wording came from a provincial task force model or from other cities. Not exactly an explanation.

So the Code passed as presented, almost unscathed. Not so with Singh’s parking proposal. Reducing parking needs would help both affordable housing and the fight against climate change, according to Singh.

This time, however, Christian, Dudy and others supported sending it to committee because it is vague and needs further discussion. According to Dudy, there was too much “ambiguity” in Singh’s motion. Christian noted that the idea has not had much traction in the community and is not a priority.

Singh’s motion does indeed require further discussion, and I suspect that Singh and the rest of the board will walk away from it entirely as public opposition grows.

But the Code of Conduct also needed closer scrutiny because it is very poorly drafted and in some ways too restrictive. However, according to the majority, it should be adopted now.

Sometimes politics is just plain nonsense.

I’m Mel Rothenburger, the armchair mayor.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired editor. He is a regular contributor to the CFJC, publishes the opinion website ArmchairMayor.ca and is a director of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Council. He can be reached at [email protected]

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece reflects the views of its author and does not necessarily represent the views of CFJC Today or Pattison Media.

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Anker is looking to add outdoor restaurants along Front Street

Will the proposed outdoor seating at Anker in Greenport encroach on public sidewalk space?

Members of the Greenport Village Planning Board are seeking to answer that question before approving the Front Street restaurant’s application.

Christoph Mueller, owner of Anker, Alpina and Green Hill Kitchen, submitted a request to add outdoor seating outside the Anker building on a concrete patio under an existing canopy.

According to architect Ryan Sidor, calculations determined that there was enough room for five seats in front of the restaurant and current plans show that these seats are split between two tables.

“They had just redone the front of the restaurant and I think they had temporary seating there for [COVID-19] and it was something that attracted them and drew people into the restaurant,” Mr. Sidor explained.

In 2020 and 2021, Greenport Village officials and members of the Business Improvement District collaborated on “parklets,” a pandemic-era dining plan that allowed restaurants to expand outdoor seating. According to the BID, the structures occupied a total of 51 parking spaces in 2020 and 55 in 2021.

Earlier this year, the village council voted against their return, citing mainly safety and traffic concerns. Many business owners felt the parklets made the village more walkable and served as an economic lifeline to stay afloat during the pandemic.

Planning Board member Patricia Hammes noted that the plans only showed two chairs at each table. “It’s hard to see where there’s a place to put a third chair on one of those tables that wouldn’t encroach on the sidewalk,” Ms. Hammes said.

Board member Lily Dougherty-Johnson said the setup would likely mean employees would have to stand on the sidewalk to serve people. “It’s a bustling area,” she says.

Mr. Sidor explained that the size of the tables could be changed to address these concerns and also noted that there will be no outside speakers in this space and there are currently no plans to extend the awning. “These are just placeholder tables,” he said.

Planners also expressed concern about the proposed seating’s proximity to existing accessible sidewalk ramps and its impact on access to the front door. “There must be sufficient clearance at the top of each handicap ramp as a landing zone,” said village planning consultant Laura Feitner Calarco. “Without dimensions in this area, it is even difficult to analyze whether this could be a potential problem or not,” she added.

Planning Commission Chairman Walter Foote suggested that the claimants submit amended plans to address these concerns before a hearing can take place.

He said the most important thing for them to clarify is whether the fifth seat will “spread” onto the public sidewalk. “You might have to do a little more homework to confirm that’s the case,” he said.

Applicants have two weeks to submit amended site plans before the next Planning Board meeting and interim hearing on July 28.

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Police Blotter 06-20 to 06-26

06/20/22

Circulation accident

Patrol responded to Buck Road for an accident report involving two vehicles. Unit #1 reports being stopped at Briarwood Drive and Buck Road, attempting to turn right onto Buck Road, when it was struck in the rear bumper and driver’s side of the vehicle by Unit # 2. Both vehicles were towed and no injuries were reported.

Suspicious people

Patrol responded to Ironworks Circle for a Suspicious Persons Report. The Complainant states that what appeared to be five young men were seen on surveillance cameras in the early hours of the morning showing up at the Complainant’s door. The cameras were able to capture the minors arriving in a vehicle and leaving in the same vehicle. The Complainant is trying to obtain additional surveillance video.

Animal complaint

Patrol responded to Grace Drive for an animal complaint report. The Complainant reports that his neighbour’s cat entered his yard, where a melee ensued with the Complainant’s dogs and cat. The neighbor followed the cat into the yard and managed to get the cat away from the dogs. The cat was taken to the emergency vet, where it was pronounced dead. The neighbor went to emergency care for a bite received while trying to break up the melee. The Complainant’s dog received a laceration and required veterinary care. The cat was found to be non-compliant with its rabies vaccination and the complainant was informed of the necessary quarantine required.


06/21/22

Animal complaint

Patrol responded to Glen Meadow Road for a report of an injured animal. The plaintiff reports that a small fawn appears to be injured while passing between their yard and their neighbour’s yard. The patrol advised to leave the fawn alone as its mother will return.

Wellness check

Patrol responded to Almshouse and Hatboro Roads for a report of two minors riding scooters on the roadway. The patrol encountered the miners, one whose scooter had died. The patrol conducted a courtesy ride to their home and spoke with a relative.

Circulation accident

The patrol responded to a parking lot on the 2n/a Street Pike for an accident report. Unit #1 states that as they pulled into a parking spot, they hit the bumper of the car to their right. Minor damage was reported to both vehicles and no injuries were reported.

dog bite

Patrol responded to Temperance Lane for a dog bite report. The complainant indicates that while they were working, a dog came down the aisle and bit their calves. There was a small puncture wound. The owner states that the dog was accidentally let out of the residence. The dog’s owner has been informed of the quarantine requirements for the dog.


6-22-22

Wellness check

Patrol replied 2n/a Street Pike for reporting an unidentified male sleeping in a vehicle. Patrol found subject who indicated he was just resting his eyes. Subject was found to be operating with a suspended license and no proof of valid insurance. The vehicle was towed.

Circulation accident

Patrol responded to Almshouse Road for a two vehicle accident report. Unit #1 was turning left on Almshouse Road when they collided with Unit #2 which was traveling on Almshouse Road. Minor injuries were reported and the #1 unit was towed off the scene.

Fire

Patrol responded to Hals Drive for a home fire report. On the spot, a thick smoke escaped from the house. The patrol confirmed that the occupants of the house had left the house. Northampton Fire Company, was able to extinguish the fire. Detectives work with the township fire marshal.


06/23/22

Circulation accident

Patrol responded to Newtown Richboro Road for an accident report involving two vehicles. Unit #2 was traveling on Newtown Richboro Road when a deer entered the highway, Unit #2 came to a stop and did not hit the deer, but was hit from behind by the unit #1 which did not stop. Unit #1 was towed off the scene and no injuries were reported.

Hit and run

Patrol responded to the Richboro Wawa for a hit-and-run report. Complainant, Unit #2, states that while at the gas pumps, Unit #1 backed into Unit #2 scraping the passenger side rear bumper and left the premises. The Complainant was able to obtain the license plate. The patrol responded to the location of No. 1 Unit which indicates that they did not realize that they had hit anything and that their vehicle had suffered no damage.


06/24/22

Arrest warrant

While on patrol, officers saw a person known to them to have an outstanding warrant from Bucks County adult probation. A review of the files showed that the warrant was still outstanding. Officers took the subject into custody, had him processed, and transported him to the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office.

motor vehicle theft

Patrol responded to Manor Drive for a stolen vehicle report. The complainant reports that his vehicle was covered with a tarp and that it was impossible to drive it. He was last seen on 6/23/22 when the Complainant returned to the property today the vehicle was missing. Officers are checking nearby surveillance cameras for additional information.


06/25/22

Disturbance

Patrol responded to Newtown Richboro Road for a report of a broken windshield hit by a golf ball. The complainant stated that he was able to obtain the golfer’s name and telephone number. The golfer thought the ball had veered left and embedded itself in the woods, but agreed to pay for the damage.

dog bite

Patrol responded to Shelley Road for a dog bite report. Upon arrival, officers encountered the Complainant who had been bitten in the face. The Tri Hampton rescue team was on scene. The dog’s owner states that the dog suddenly stood up and bit the complainant as he was throwing food scraps. The dog’s owner was unable to provide a current rabies vaccine or Bucks County dog ​​license. The owner has been informed of the quarantine requirements.


06/26/22

Animal complaint

Patrol responded to Ronald Drive for a coyote attack report. The complainant states that a coyote attacked his Yorkshire terrier. The coyote was last seen running towards East Rambler and Christopher Drive. The dog has over $5,000 in vet bills for the attack.


During this tour, Patrol responded to 24 alarm calls; 12 911 calls dropped; 24 medical calls; 9 national calls; 17 reservations and 54 traffic monitoring details.

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What happens as a new mall takes shape in a bustling village

A multimillion-dollar mall expansion is taking shape in a Sunshine Coast village.

JThree new buildings have risen from the ground at the Forest Glen Village Centre, which is set to become a vibrant hub for surrounding communities and travelers using the Bruce Highway.

The village will be located at 354-370, chemin de Mons and, essentially, will extend over the old village center of the city.

With three planned development stages, it is expected to become a vibrant heart for the surrounding community, as well as serving nearby schools and businesses and passing vehicular traffic.

Phase 1 of the 6.6 ha site will offer more than 2,500 m² of retail space, including an IGA supermarket, as well as 2,500 m² of healthcare services in a unique green space.

Expected tenants include a craft brewery, day spa, florist, newsagent and post office.

It will have large parking spaces, against a backdrop of lush forest and with many green areas.

Michael White, Barry Lehmann and Tony Riddle on the construction site.

The center will offer residents greater connectivity and better access to nature, thanks to its network of user-friendly cycle and pedestrian paths.

Queensland construction company Tomkins Commercial won the construction contract in November, creating nearly 100 local jobs during the construction phase.

Construction manager Barry Lehmann said Tomkins always seeks to use local contractors on its projects when possible.

“Supporting local contractors and suppliers is an important Tomkins policy and we estimate that approximately 85% of the contractor companies employed for the Forest Glen Village Center expansion will be based locally on the Sunshine Coast,” he said. declared.

Artist’s impression of the mall. The first stage of the project is expected to be completed later this year.

In addition to the jobs that the construction phase of the project will create, materials will also come from local sources, including more than 2,700 m3 of concrete, 150 tonnes of reinforcement and 135 tonnes of structural steel.

“It’s exciting to see the three buildings of the expansion take shape, with all the precast panels now erected and shored up, and the aluminum frames in place.

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“Mechanical and electrical works are nearly complete in all three buildings and we are about to start structural works for the second level of building three with the suspended slab now complete.

“With the help of our local contractors, we are looking forward to the November/December 2022 completion date, as long as the weather on the Sunshine Coast continues to be good.”

Since the rental space was made public, Forest Glen Village Center chairman Tony Riddle said several businesses have secured their storefront in the new neighborhood.

An impression of the village, which should include a grocery store, health services and other outlets.

“We know the demand for local retail space is at an absolute premium and we are confident that all rental locations will be filled by project completion,” he said.

“The Sunshine Coast Council has predicted that an additional 85,000 people will call the area home over the next decade, so we know how important it is for the local community to have these additional services in the area.

“With parking for over 200 spaces, it’s the most convenient shopping destination and we’re proud to create a space that will be a one-stop-shop for families and businesses.”

See more at Forest Glen Village Centre. Businesses wishing to register their interest in rental space at the Village can email [email protected]

An impression of the center, which has plenty of parking spaces.

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UB and Elected Officials Praise New Engineering Building – UBNow: News and Views for UB Faculty and Staff

On Friday, members of the UB community gathered with elected officials to thank Governor Kathy Hochul for her support of a new building that will house the continued growth of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The governor, who was unable to attend the event, announced earlier this year that the state would commit $68 million for the planned $102 million facility. UB will raise the remaining $34 million.

Over the past 10 years, undergraduate enrollment in engineering school has increased by 60% and graduate enrollment has increased by 110%. Last fall, the school enrolled a record 7,401 students.

To meet this growing demand – and to further cement UB’s place among the nation’s leading public research universities – UB plans to construct a five-story building in the Furnas parking lot adjacent to Lee Loop.

“A new engineering building has long been one of my top priorities because it will have a transformative impact not only on our academic community, but also on the many communities we serve,” said President Satish K. Tripathi. .

“By virtue of the technologies developed there – which will create growth and vitality in business and industry – and the students trained there – who will contribute their expertise to the highly skilled workforce – the economic benefits will extend to the region, the state and far beyond. continued Tripathi. “We are extremely grateful to Governor Hochul and our Western New York delegation for their unwavering commitment to UB’s mission of excellence.”

State Senator Tim Kennedy commended Hochul’s commitment to UB, including his designation of UB and Stony Brook University as flagships of the SUNY system.

“This state commitment is a reflection of the confidence we have in the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the unparalleled education it provides to students seeking careers. opportunities in STEM industries,” Kennedy said. “With this funding, we’re not just investing in Buffalo’s student experience, but in our larger workforce and in sustainable, innovative, and research-driven careers.”

UB and Kennedy leaders recognized Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, who was unable to attend, and other lawmakers in attendance, including State Senator Edward Rath III and Assemblywoman Karen McMahon, in whose districts UB resides, as well as Assemblywoman Monica Wallace.

The building will help UB increase and diversify the state’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) workforce and drive innovation and economic development in artificial intelligence, quantum science, advanced materials and other fields.

The building will feature an “engineering community” that will include collaborative spaces for student clubs, as well as a creative space, student support services, and programs that support the creation of startups and other entrepreneurial activities.

“Everything in the new building will be designed to enhance the student experience,” said Dean of Engineering Kemper Lewis. “It will be a central gathering point where all students will be welcomed and supported in a space that will encourage them to pursue their intellectual curiosity and tackle the great challenges we face as a society.”

The $68 million state funding is part of a broader investment by Hochul and state lawmakers in the SUNY system, which includes a $255 million increase in operating assistance and more. $660 million in additional capital for SUNY.

At UB, such investments will help the university achieve its ambition of being among the top 25 public research universities in the country.

Imani Muhammad-Graham, who earned her BS in computer science at UB last month and is enrolled in the master’s program in electrical engineering, also spoke at the event.

Of the new building, he said, “Different people, from different backgrounds, with different expertise, will be encouraged to collaborate, fostering a community focused on making a positive difference, a difference that embraces diversity and collaboration as a means to innovate and transform.”

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multi-storey parking unit works in Palayam re-tendered | Thiruvananthapuram News

Thiruvananthapuram: Two years after the multi-level car park project in Palayam was awarded to a private company by Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL), the project has now been re-tendered.
Initially, the facility was designed to accommodate 270 two-wheelers and 568 cars. The revised tender conditions propose 220 two-wheelers and 300 cars. The cost of the project has also been revised from Rs 27.9 crore to Rs 27 crore.
The construction of an Electromechanical Multi-Level Car Park (MLCP) at Block A, Palayam has been awarded to Affordable Robotics and Automation Ltd at a cost of Rs 30.21 crore in October 2020. The contractor had completed two test piles and load tests. Later, a request was filed with SCTL to provide price escalation. SCTL did not accept this request because the contract did not include a price increase clause. SCTL then issued a notice to the contractor who approached the High Court to appoint the CEO as arbitrator for the price hike. The high court had ordered SCTL to go ahead with the revocation of the bank guarantee. The bank guarantee was withheld and 5% of the cost was handed over to the company that originally bagged the project, SCTL sources said.
The board meeting held in March decided to revoke the bank guarantee and restart the work, citing that the contractor was unwilling to continue the work without raising the price. SCTL had considered the option of giving the contractor an additional six months to complete the project. However, the council was in favor of a new tender.
Major infrastructure projects under the smart city project in the city had either slowed down or temporarily halted due to soaring cement and steel prices. Private companies that took over projects involving civilian components had communicated to SCTL regarding revised estimates.
MLCP Palayam’s proposal contains a dedicated two-wheeler parking space for approximately 220 spaces and an automated multi-level mechanized parking system to accommodate a minimum of 300 cars. The proposal also contains ancillary facilities such as toilets, electrical facilities including DG backup and firefighting systems with sump tank and electric vehicle charging stations.
The project should be completed within 15 months. This means that the design, government authority statutory approvals and handover must be completed within this time frame.
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Pressed Cafe in Newton damaged by SUV – NBC Boston

An SUV slammed into a busy restaurant in Newton, Mass., on Monday afternoon, sending glass flying through the area where people typically pick up food orders, employees work at cash registers and near where people eat on the outdoor patio.

Newton Police and Fire Brigade responded shortly after 3pm and found a black BMW inside the popular Pressed Cafe on Needham Street. A mother in her 50s was driving with her teenage daughter in the front passenger seat and two of the girl’s friends in the back, Newton Police Lt. Bruce Apothker said.

The mother and daughter, whose names have not been released, were taken to a local hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries, Apothker said. The teenagers seated in the back were picked up by family members.

Video from the scene showed several firefighters standing by the SUV stuck halfway inside the building, with large glass windows visibly shattered all around and several chairs being used to block off the area with yellow duct tape.

A Pressed Cafe manager told NBC10 Boston that there were about 50 people inside the restaurant when the crash happened, and footage from inside shows how the SUV nearly hit those employees and customers. The outside was also packed.

Photos: SUV slams into a coffee rush in Newton

“God was watching over a lot of people today,” Apothker said. “There is one person we saw in an inside video who just missed getting hit. It’s usually a busy area. I’ve been there myself a few times and I’m standing exactly same place, so it hits home a bit, but today there were a lot of lucky people who could have been hurt but weren’t.”

Newton police are still investigating what caused the driver to run over in the storefront, but multiple witnesses who spoke with NBC10 Boston on Monday said it appeared a woman pressed the gas instead brakes as she pulled into a parking space.

A woman who stood in front of one of the first registers as she ordered food told NBC10 Boston that she was about five feet from the crash.

“We were commanding and we heard a very loud, scary, sudden crash. And it was unreal to see the vision of this vehicle just kind of slamming, so we just ran the other way,” Carolyn Siegal said. .

“We were ordering from people who were a few meters away, so it was really, really lucky that no one was standing in this space where people often stand. They can stand there waiting for their food and coffee . I’m just grateful that everyone is safe because it was close,” she added. “I noticed there were kids in the car, so it was quite alarming. But you couldn’t figure it out. It’s just one of those things. You can’t figure it out.”

Siegal and his son Jake said they were shaken after a very close call.

“It was just very shocking, shocking. And we’re shaken. It’s really crazy…we weren’t far off,” she said. “If we had received our orders and were waiting for them, we probably would have waited there, so thankfully that didn’t happen.”

“I was just standing there… I heard her, I heard someone hitting the accelerator instead of braking, and they flew right into the building. All I hear is is a big bang,” said Mike Beshara, who was standing on the cafe terrace at the time of the crash. “No one was hurt luckily. There are usually people picking up their orders there, and no one was hurt.”

Beshara said the woman driving also had passengers in her car and he was grateful no one was injured.

“I saw them carrying her, I think she had her daughter in there or something. They took her out right away. She looked like she was really scared, you know,” said he said. “All I hear is a big bang. I’m glad no one was hurt inside. I could have stayed there.”

Joanne Krupp can’t believe what she witnessed and is shocked that no one was hurt.

“We’re sitting here and all of a sudden we heard a loud noise. And we turned around, and we saw this BMW SUV through the window, and we thought, oh my god, how did that happen? Could it have happened? It was amazing. And it turns out the lady put her foot on the accelerator instead of the brake. But it’s amazing when you look at it and see that the vehicle is in mid -way inside the Pressed Cafe,” Krupp said.

“The Pressed Cafe is a very popular place in Newton. What’s really amazing is that the Newton Fire Department came to the rescue so quickly and no one was hurt. And the roof of his car had a window, and it was open, and none of the glass came in. I mean, they were very lucky,” Krupp added. “Things happen, that’s what I think. It could happen to anyone. It’s a bit scary because you could have been sitting on the other side, inside the Pressed Cafe , and the car passes, and it’s over. Internal bleeding.”

Suzanne Wallace, a nurse practitioner who was in the parking lot at the time of the crash with her daughter, said she was right next to the SUV that crashed into the cafe.

“We were in the car right next to them, we were leaving Chipotle. They were stopping. It looked like they were about to get out of the car, and I don’t know exactly what happened, it looks like she hit the accelerator instead of the brake, i don’t know i kinda looked up and heard it, i saw it, i heard it before i saw it to be honest because I was getting ready to leave,” Wallace said. “And so we jumped in quickly and I was like, oh, I should move my car. So she jumped up and made sure someone called 911. I moved my car, then I went to m to make sure they were okay, me and another nurse practitioner who was here, until the police and fire department arrived.”

Wallace said there were several people inside the SUV and although they looked fine physically, they were definitely shaken.

“There were four people in the vehicle, she was an adult, the other three looked like teenagers, everyone seemed fine. She was pretty shaken up. But physically they didn’t seem pinned down. Our biggest concern and why I have the towel in my hand is because their sunroof was open and glass was still falling out of the windows, so the other nurse practitioner and I tried to help cover that up. okay, but a little upset obviously,” Wallace said.

“I don’t want to put words in their mouths, but they seemed, I can only imagine, a little embarrassed, scared, fearful. They couldn’t get out of the car, like they couldn’t move it “, Wallace added.

Wallace says his instinct was to help, and fire and EMS showed up and were able to get the woman out.

Wallace and his daughter Abbey are relieved that everyone seems to be fine.

“It was loud and it was fast, but I’m just glad they’re all okay,” Wallace’s daughter Abbey said. “Very lucky.”

“I think there were people who were just inside, I think the employees were standing there, so they were pretty shaken up too,” Wallace said.

Apothker said this type of call is “very difficult” for first responders.

“It may bring back memories of other accidents that have happened in the city, but thank God no one was seriously injured in this accident today,” he explained.

The SUV was towed away from the building later Monday, and the crash is still under investigation.

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‘Replace York Castle car park or lose business support’ – council warned

YORK businesses could withdraw support for a key town center regeneration project if replacement parking is not found, an industry leader has said.

Andrew Lowson, executive director of York BID (business improvement district), said the rhetoric around replacing space that should be lost at Castle Car Park had “dramatically changed”, leaving the business world “confused”.

Councilors voted on Thursday to postpone a decision on whether or not to build a multi-storey car park on St George’s Field until the summer of 2023.

The council has always promised to replace the spaces that will be lost next to Clifford’s Tower, with plans to turn the wider area into “a world-class public space”.

But Deputy Head of Council Cllr Andy D’Agorne said the scheme is ‘dead in the water’ as it is ‘not acceptable in terms of cost-benefit’.

Mr Lowson said: ‘As you read the background music you will understand why the major businesses in the city have told me they have no assurances that this multi-storey car park will go ahead and that will change part of their support for the Castle Gateway project. .”

Failure to provide an alternative parking solution for Castle Car Park would result in a loss of 327 spaces, according to a council report.

Parking capacity has shrunk in other parts of the city, while spaces in out-of-town business parks continue to expand, Lowson said.

He added: “Businesses in York are not asking for increased parking capacity, but rather adequate and good quality facilities that are easy for consumers to locate.

“If this executive isn’t going to commit to the multi-storey car park very quickly, he needs to show the business community what the alternative is.”

Mr Lowson called on the council to invest in car park occupancy meters and post real-time results on their website to “help all stakeholders better understand usage levels” and for the BID and the board are setting up a working group to take a closer look at the issue.

But Chris Copeland, a Labor Party member and opponent of a new car park, told councillors: “Our town is not just a shopping centre. Other stakeholders also need to be fired – heritage, tourism, conservation… and the disability lobby needs to be listened to.

Cllr D’Agorne, who reiterated his opposition to a new car park, said delaying a decision would allow further consultation with businesses and residents.

Cllr Nigel Ayre, executive member for finance and performance, said no decision had been made on the multi-storey ground at St George, but added: ‘We have made clear our commitment to replace the places of parking that would be lost with the closure of Château Parking.”

He added: ‘The reality is that the private motor vehicle remains the preferred – and necessary – mode of transport for many, and not just blue badge holders.

Place council chief executive Neil Ferris reminded councilors that ultimately it would be a political decision to make as there would be “no magic set of data that gives a clear view”.

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urban planning for healthy communities – Yukon News

City Map or Building Healthy Communities

Although we don’t live in the city, we love Whitehorse, but the pressures already felt in the overcrowded city without enough private sector staff are becoming painful to watch and experience. We hear the unease expressed every day.

Just a few objective thoughts.

Communities of healthy cooperative contributors are emerging globally, why not here before it’s too late. Let’s not turn our city into a little black hole for the needy.

Why not stop residential development on municipal lands, conserve the space we have for parking, recreation, parks and view downtown as a beautiful resort destination and stop forcing greater residential density. It’s not communal. The balance currently seems correct. Higher density will not be healthy.

Considering the outer perimeter of the city. Keep it green and safe from forest fires. Then develop smaller areas, like Wolf Creek, etc., very healthy communities with pride.

Allowing private businesses and tourism to thrive downtown, which means parking spaces. If there are not enough parking spaces, 2 per res. minimum unit, do not allow more units. Be practical and add value. Yes, values ​​will increase in the city, but we can have affordable rural communities nearby, lifestyles will improve for everyone.

Create outlying city parking lots for all government employees staying longer than one hour on the city’s regular bus service.

Reduce downtown traffic to shoppers, restaurants, tourists and increase business revenue.

We need businesses to thrive, we cannot base our Yukon economy on government jobs and locate them downtown on Yukon’s most valuable space.

The retail business development must provide adequate parking for its staff or use the shuttle service. Remove parking meters, they are counterproductive to a pleasant experience in the city and encourage longer-term users. Why not park, stay, shop, dine, attend events without parking, your biggest challenge.

Develop outside the city but with more privacy and space for families, lots of one to two acres minimum. Yukon has space, offers land at 25% residential value.

$500,000. $150,000/relative land value. Land development costs can be amortized longer to create greater accessibility.

Our goals should be a much higher quality of life and affordability.

Look for any signs of help needed. Service level workers cannot afford to live in the Yukon and it is not getting better. This is a serious issue that needs priority status.

Whitehorse is homeless-focused and subsidized without an overall strategy to engage occupiers in the economy. Why subsidize housing in the city, why not build that housing on more affordable space, and ask applicants to select how they will contribute to upkeep and maintenance as one of the criteria?.

We need cooperative community development projects. We already have some good examples. We nurture a society without self-esteem or initiative to be part of an economically contributing society. Very sad unhealthy scenario leading to mental illness.

Just a few thoughts. We all have to take some responsibility and teach our children how to survive and support themselves.

Stop saying, we can’t. We can.

Sue Greetham

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Church pastors recall shooting at nearby Duncanville Fieldhouse – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Although no children were injured after a gunman opened fire inside a Duncanville facility where summer camps were taking place on Monday, the fear still lingers.

The Duncanville Fieldhouse near Highway 67 is a few feet from the Crossroads of Life Church. It is common for the two facilities to share a parking space in this corner.

Associate Pastor Calvin Funchess said he arrived at the church and noticed police and several other cars.

“At first I thought they were having an event because we’re very used to it,” Funchess said.

Funchess and pastor Jorge Guerrero quickly realized it was an active call of fire as some 250 children attended camp inside. Guerrero drove to an area where family members were waiting.

“They want to reach their children and take them over,” Guerrero said. “I have three daughters and they’re all in school and we’ve had these conversations.”

Senior Pastor Greg White said the church has been around since the 1980s and has built relationships within the community.

“Any church, any pastor is going to be very worried,” White said. “But it’s right here next to us.”

As they assessed the needs that day and offered their support, White says the solidarity and partnership will continue.

“We want them to understand that there are people around them who love them and care about them,” he said.

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Reviews | My guide dog can protect me from a lot of things, but not guns

Stephen Kuusisto, essayist and poet, holds an academic chair at Syracuse University. His books include the memoirs “Have a Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey.”

The #1 question I get from strangers who interview me is, “If you’re attacked, will your dog defend you?”

I am a guide dog user, to use the terminology. I travel everywhere in the company of a professionally trained guide dog. It can prevent me from being hit by cars and prevent me from falling down the stairs. She can guide me around sidewalk detours and take evasive action when a child on a skateboard veers towards us.

During her training, she was introduced to sudden, frightening noises – her trainers fired an Olympic starter gun to simulate the sound of a car backfiring. She can do almost anything to keep us safe as a team.

I was thinking about this recently when I first walked into a supermarket after the horrific Buffalo shooting. As I approached the store, I heard two men arguing in the parking lot. They were madly angry. Their rage was radiant. I could smell it in the air. It was the first time in over 30 years of traveling with guide dogs that I felt a dark terror in a public space.

In general, people regard blindness as a terrible state of vulnerability. People imagine that without sight they couldn’t walk the streets or do anything in public.

None of this is true. But the impression still hovers. In turn, I am often told that my very movements in public are an example of bravery. That’s not true either. Blind trips are deliberate and safe, even in sometimes extraordinary circumstances.

There is no doubt that guide dogs are remarkable, especially under pressure. But I repeat: they cannot protect us from public violence.

No one is immune to rabies. But here I will risk sentimentality: the ease of movement in the civic square depends on the existence of a welcoming and even loving society. This is true for everyone. We must operate with the firm belief that the world will receive us – not as a tribute, not as an inspiration, but simply because we believe in circulating love.

The American social contract says that we all have the right to live free from harm, that the job of government is to secure our common liberty. While we keep talking about the second amendment to the Constitution, no one talks about the preamble. It comes before the amendments. It says:

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, to establish justice, to secure internal tranquility, to provide for the common defense, to promote the general welfare, and to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

If our nation has lost the ability or the will to promote general well-being and ensure internal tranquility, then we have lost public space.

My dog ​​can’t protect me from bullets. Unlike the World Trade Center, in a street, in a square, at any point in our public journeys, there is no stairwell she can take me to if gunshots ring out.

I have to imagine my destination in advance wherever I go. I refuse to believe that a place called general wellness is out of reach.

For those strict builders: the preamble came first.

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Confusion over outdoor dining emerges as temporary permit expiration looms

As temporary permits for outdoor business operations approach their July 13 expiration date, there is confusion in La Jolla about the next steps to continue doing business on public property.

The temporary permits, called TOBO, were established by the City of San Diego as an emergency measure during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow businesses to use parking spaces on city streets. and other outdoor public spaces to help them continue to operate and limit the spread of the coronavirus. The popularity and success of such installations led the city to initiate a “Spaces as Places” ordinance to transition temporary to permanent spaces.

City Council approved the Spaces as Places program in October, and the city began accepting permit applications in January. Spaces as Places is intended for food and beverage establishments only.

Businesses with temporary outdoor operations permits have until Wednesday, July 13 – when those permits will expire – to comply with the new regulations and obtain a Spaces as Places permit.

However, in coastal areas such as La Jolla, spaces and places cannot go into effect until they have been reviewed and certified by the California Coastal Commission, as the ordinance requires modification of local coastal programs. , which serve as planning documents for coastal communities. This exam has not yet been scheduled. The next committee meeting is scheduled for July 13-15.

Earlier this week, Councilman Joe LaCava, whose District 1 includes La Jolla, said the city is not yet accepting applications for spaces as locations for businesses in the Coastal Zone as the city waits. Coastal Commission review.

But LaCava field rep Steve Hadley told the Jolla Village Merchants Association meeting on June 8 that he has been going door-to-door throughout La Jolla to help businesses comply with order before the July 13 deadline. He said he distributed a May 20 letter from Chris Larson of the city’s Department of Developmental Services outlining the Spaces as Places permit application protocols.

“We made sure that anyone on a sidewalk or in a parking space was warned and not suddenly caught off guard,” Hadley said.

La Jolla Village Merchants Association meets June 8 at the La Jolla/Riford Library.

(Elisabeth Frausto)

Latrell Crenshaw, a small business support specialist with the city’s economic development department, said the city is encouraging coastal area businesses to apply for the Spaces as Places permit even while awaiting advice from the Coast Commission.

“From what the Coast Commission is saying, we want to make sure companies are still in this process so that if something happens sooner rather than later, they don’t let their TOBO permits expire,” Crenshaw said.

On June 10, LaCava acknowledged the confusion as city employees tried to ensure that businesses across the city complied with requests for spaces as places. But he stuck to his comments earlier this week that the city suggests that coastal businesses with outdoor operations apply for a right-of-way permit rather than a Spaces as Places permit.

“We want you to continue operating in the Coastal Zone until we fix this because from July 13 your trespassing on the street will be considered illegal,” LaCava said.

Filing for the right-of-way permit “will put these businesses in a comfortable holding area until we get that resolution through the Coastal Commission,” he added.

LaCava also said his office “advocates for [restaurants’] name to try to minimize what this right of way permit costs them to apply for and the documentation they need as part of the application.

“I don’t want them spending a lot of time and money on something that could go away,” he said, noting that regulations could change after the Coast Commission approves spaces as premises.

Spaces as Places has stricter requirements for outdoor structures than TOBOs, including fees and several design and safety rules. Larson’s May 20 letter says some ongoing temporary operations may not be eligible for a Spaces as Places permit and may require “substantial investment and the assistance of a licensed engineer to comply” with the new requirements.

La Jolla Coasts

At the La Jolla Shores Association meeting on June 8, board member Phil Wise, who launched The Shores outdoor dining program in July 2020 to close a block of Avenida de la Playa for restaurant use, said the costs of a new permit would be particularly significant. at The Shores, as the program involves a road closure.

A new permit would not allow outdoor dining to operate as is, Wise said, as it would require the street to be open to traffic, and the extent to which tables and chairs can be placed in the street would be reduced. .

“We also need to get an encroachment maintenance removal agreement, and to get that you need an engineering report, which costs $30,000 or more, plus architectural fees” , Wise said. “All in all, it’s almost six figures to do that. What is more distressing is that if we do this, we have no assurance that it will go ahead, as it is subject to the approval of the Coastal Commission.

LJSA voted unanimously to send a letter to the Coastal Commission recommending that The Shores outdoor dining program become permanent.

Shores resident Tricia Riha opposed the idea. “I’m glad everyone came back and thrived during this terrible time with the pandemic, but… there’s plenty of seating even though [restaurants] don’t have the sidewalk,” she says.

municipal Council

At the La Jolla City Council meeting on June 9, administrators voted to send a letter to the city council and city attorney requesting a one-year TOBO extension for all affected local businesses in the Coastal Zone.

In introducing the motion, Administrator Chuck Merriman, who is also a board member of the La Jolla Shores Business Association, said “we are all looking for alternative ways to continue our business activities.”

He added that the expiry of TOBOs does not make sense given that the pandemic continues. He noted that the number of coronavirus cases is higher now than it was a year ago.

“It seems strange to me that we now want to eliminate something that helped us during COVID and COVID continues to climb in the region,” Merriman said.

The motion passed 12-4, with opponents opposing it without comment.

But LaCava said on June 10 that “rules and laws apparently don’t allow for another temporary extension.”

City Council approved the TOBO emergency ordinance in the summer of 2020 and granted an extension in May 2021 that allowed temporary spaces until July 13 of this year. ◆

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Graystone owner plans another complex | News, Sports, Jobs


Developer Jeff Long is planning yet another project near his Graystone Grande Palazzo seniors’ residence.

He is currently building a nine-story addition on Eighth Avenue to create 195 independent living units, as well as a parking garage.

After that, Long intends to build a five-story, $5-6 million mixed-use structure on Seventh Avenue, with commercial space on the first floor and 72 apartments above, he said. Wednesday.

Residential rentals for the 60,000-square-foot building would be at market rates, though it’s unclear if they’ll be limited to tenants 55 and older, as is the case with its Graystone properties, a he declared.

He hopes to start work on this project next spring and take a year and a half to complete, he said.

He will build on property he recently purchased from the Durbin family, according to Long and Brian Durbin.

The Durbins had planned to build a 27-unit rental complex with townhouses and duplexes on the site, which is on the 2500 block of Seventh Avenue, but COVID-related supply chain issues and the Building cost inflation drove the family back, Durbin said.

“We can’t build something that we believe won’t perform at current economic numbers,” Durbin said, referring to likely rental income versus debt service on development loans.

“We probably could have hung on to it for a few more years,” Durbin said.

But long “needed it for his growth there,” the family therefore sold the property, Durbin said.

“We don’t want to slow down growth” Durbin said. “For us to sit down and be a roadblock wouldn’t make sense.”

Long’s immediate need was parking for workers building the Grand Palazzo addition, which Long plans to call Bella Casa, according to Durbin, Long and officials at an Altoona Planning Commission meeting this week. .

La Bella Casa is being built on a large parking lot where plenty of spaces were previously available but would not be during construction, Durbin said.

When the parking lot connected to Bella Casa is completed, however, the parking situation in this area will be secure, according to Long.

For the Durbins, supply chain issues and inflation have created the “perfect storm to try to build something this size,” Durbin said.

This created an unacceptable risk, he said.

Rising fuel costs mean rising costs for virtually all materials, and supply chain delays are further compounding the problem, according to Durbin.

The supply chain situation and high material costs have led to “a struggle” for Long too, said Long.

But “I have to keep my guys busy” he said. “I can not stop.”

Jeff Long Construction employs 35 people and works only on Long’s projects.

The Mirror’s staff writer, William Kibler, is at 814-949-7038.



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NDSU Extension Service prepares to move | News, Sports, Jobs


The Ward County office of the North Dakota State University Extension Service will be moving in August.

Currently located on the first floor of the Ward County Administration Building, the Extension Service will move during the week of August 8 to the former Ward County Highways Department building at 900 13th St. SE. The move should take three to five days.

The Ward County Commission decided last year to move the office after considering options for using the old freeway building, said 4-H Youth Development Extension Worker Emily Burkett. . Due to logistics and other issues, the timeline for the move has been extended to this year, after 4-H Achievement Days in June and the State Fair in July.

Burkett said the building has already been prepared with the necessary technological facilities and kitchen equipment.

The new quarters will offer a similar amount of office space, a slightly smaller kitchen and two meeting rooms. The extension currently has access to two meeting rooms shared with other county departments.

The former highway facility includes ample parking and will provide space for outdoor activities, Burkett said.



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A border worker pushed a 74-year-old neighbor after an argument over a parking space

A 37-year-old man who assaulted his elderly neighbor after a dispute over a parking space has been fined £150 at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

First offender Daniel Carroll pleaded guilty to pushing the 74-year-old over the body with both hands during the disturbances outside their home at Crudens House in the Ettrick Valley on October 8.

Fiona Hamilton, prosecuting, said the plaintiff informed Carroll that he had tested positive for COVID and should not come closer.

But the fiscal says that the accused advanced towards the retiree and pushed him with both hands on the body. She added that there were no injuries.

Defense attorney Ross Dow said the background was a neighborhood dispute with the two men living in a small hamlet in the Borders.

He explained: “A few weeks before this incident, they collapsed in a parking space.

“My client was physically prevented from going to his house. The neighbor would not move despite being asked four times.

“He has never been to court before and wants to avoid the plaintiff despite where he lives. He is keen to put that behind him and move on.”

The self-employed farm worker was fined £150 and victim surcharge of £10.

Sheriff James Hastie told Carroll: “I heard what was said on your behalf. But I have to consider the age of the complainant.

“Pushing people into a public place is unacceptable.”

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old town: 3 car parks for more than 25 mkts in the old town | News Ludhiana

Ludhiana: The markets in the old town, most of which are large, are in urgent need of parking spaces, the lack of which affects not only commuters but also traders. More than 25 markets are located next to each other, but the area has only three car parks: MC’s multi-storey car park at Mata Rani Chowk, another at Books Market maintained by zila parishad and a small car park at Pink Plaza market.
Residents complained of overcharging on two of these lots. Also, the multi-storey car park is in poor condition due to which residents avoid visiting the markets. Traders lamented that with traffic jams being the norm, their business was affected.
Tribhuvan Thapar, a resident of Naughara Mohalla, said, “We had proposed to MC officials to use the vacant space at Choti Daresi for vehicle parking as there are encroachments on this land and it is useless. for the moment. But our suggestion went unheeded. Shopkeepers, their employees and customers park their vehicles on the road and then there are the encroachments of shopkeepers, all of which lead to massive traffic jams. The only solution is to find a parking space and then impose a traffic ban on vehicles in the narrow markets. Electric rickshaws can take passengers to shops. »
Jasmeet Makkar, a trader at Ludhiana Electric Market, said, “Pink Plaza Market has a parking space. But there are many complaints of theft from the cars parked there. Due to the encroachments near the multi-storey car park, it is difficult to access it as it only has one entrance/exit. There is a parking mafia in the market and no authority is ready to solve this problem. Ultimately, merchants suffer losses because customers are not ready to enter this mess. There should be traffic and parking management in these markets.
Former Congressman Parminder Mehta said: “I complained about the poor condition of the multi-storey car parks and the mafia rule in these markets, but to no avail. There is no control over overload. Since people have no choice, they park their vehicles either on the road or on multi-storey lots. I will raise the issue again with Commissioner MC next week.
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Mining and Metals – TechCrunch

Hello and welcome to Max Q. There’s SO much news this week, so let’s get to it.

In this problem:

  • Astroforge’s asteroid mining ambitions
  • Boeing’s Starliner comes home
  • News from Virgin Orbit, Rocket Lab and more

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Although we have long understood that asteroids are not simply the rubble of the universe, but potentially profitable reserves of valuable minerals, humanity has never been able to unlock this value. Startup Y Combinator Astroforge wants to succeed where other companies have failed, by becoming the first to mine an asteroid and bring the material back to Earth – and it aims to do so as early as the end of the decade. (Yes, that’s not a typo – end of the decade!)

For starters, Astroforge will conduct a technology demonstration mission sometime next year. The company has already booked a spot on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission, and it has also struck a deal with OrbAstro to manufacture the satellite. But for now, the startup remains mum on the actual details of the payload and how it will solve the myriad technical challenges that asteroid mining is so notorious for.

“Now we need to build a world-class team moving forward because this is a really tough problem to solve,” said co-founder Matt Gialich. Later in the conversation, he added, “That’s the fun part of startups, isn’t it? It’s a big risk until you do.

Welcome back, Starliner! The spacecraft landed in New Mexico on Wednesday, successfully concluding a six-day mission and the craft’s first successful test flight. As TC’s Devin Coldewey writes, even if not everything went exactly as planned, “this success could make Boeing a much-needed second supplier of commercial launch capabilities to the ISS.”

During a post-launch briefing, NASA Commercial Crew Program Manager Steve Stich called the landing “picture perfect.”

The next step is a Crew Flight Test (CFT), which will carry astronauts and, for this reason, will be much larger. The date of this launch will probably not be fixed for several months.

Picture credits: Boeing/NASA/YouTube

More news from TC

  • The Diffractive Solar Sailing Project received $2 million from NASA to develop diffractive solar sails, a kind of space propulsion not dissimilar to how sails propel boats.
  • Planet, Black sky and Maxar are set to secure billions in government contracts from the National Reconnisance Office, an agency of the Department of Defense that operates intelligence satellites. “The NRO has a longstanding strategy of ‘buy what we can, build what we must,'” NRO Director Chris Scolese said in a press release.
  • Stellar Link added a new “RV” plan to provide coverage for stationary RVs in parking lots, campgrounds and RV parks. It costs $135 per month, plus the cost of hardware. SpaceX’s internet service now has over 400,000 subscribers worldwide (!!!).

…and beyond

  • Amazon‘s AWS has announced the 10 startups selected to participate in its Space Accelerator 2022. See the full list here.
  • Astroscale The UK branch has received a funding boost of around $15.9 million from OneWeb and the European Space Agency to launch its ELSA-M orbital debris remediator towards the end of 2024.
  • Reference space systems opened a facility in the UK, the latest sign that the European space industry is ready to catch up with ours here in the US.
  • Town released a 92-page report on the space industry, estimating that it will generate $1 trillion in revenue by 2040. The banking group speculated that the satellite market will continue to dominate, but growth the fastest will come from “new space applications and industries” such as space logistics and asteroid/moon extraction.
  • Firefly Aerospace will likely target a July 17 launch for its Alpha rocket from NASA’s Vandenberg Space Force Base, assuming all goes as planned with regulators, Eric Berger Reports.
  • Gamaa French space start-up, has partnered with NanoAvionics for satellite bus, integration and launch services and satellite operations, for a demonstration mission of Gama’s solar sail propulsion system.
  • Launchera rocket startup, has won a US Space Force contract worth $1.7 million to further develop its first rocket engine.
  • Lunar Outposta Colorado-based startup focused on robots and rovers for the moon, closed a $12 million funding round led by Explorer 1 Fund with participation from Promus Ventures, Space Capital, Type One Ventures and Cathexis Ventures.
  • Nasa is targeting June 6 for the second dress rehearsal attempt of the Space Launch System, the launch vehicle that will lift off for the agency’s first Artemis mission. Rewatch the press conference here.
  • open cosmosa UK-based space technology company, has launched a new platform called DataCosmos to “provide advanced tools for visualizing and working with data,” the company said in a press release.
  • Orientespace, a Chinese rocketry company, has closed a $59.9 million Series A led by HikeCapital. The company joins a growing group of startups in China looking to develop launchers.
  • relativity space is working hard to transform Launch Complex 16 at Cape Canaveral into the site that will launch the company’s 3D-printed Terran 1 rocket by the end of this year.
  • perspective from spacea startup that wants to launch sightseeing rides on stratospheric balloons, closed a new $17 million funding round, bringing its total funding to date to more than $65 million.
  • SpaceX launched Transporter-5 on Wednesday, carrying 59 spacecraft on a booster that saw eight missions (including this one). Customers include HawkEye 360, Spire and Satellogic. The rocket also carried a demonstration mission for Nanoracks, which tests metal cutting in space. (Look for a follow-up story soon.) Rewatch the launch here.
  • stratolaunch launched its “structurally complete” test hypersonic launch vehicle, Talon-A. The vehicle will be used to validate the drop system of the Roc aircraft carrier (to which Talon-A will be attached). See photos here.
  • Ubotica Technologies raised $4.2 million in seed funding led by Atlantic Bridge with investment from Dolby Family Ventures and Seraphim Space. The Irish startup is developing an on-board processing system for satellites.
  • Varda Space industries, a startup that wants to build manufacturing facilities in space, has ordered a fourth Photon spacecraft from Rocket Lab. Photon will provide all relevant infrastructure (such as propulsion, power and attitude control) for Varda’s 120 kg manufacturing payload. It will also bring back to Earth in a re-entry capsule all the products made by Varda.

Picture of the week

I loved this picture, tweeted by Relativity Space, from the second floor of Terran 1 crossing state lines. If all goes as planned, Terran 1 will make its first orbital launch attempt by the end of this year. Picture credits: relativity space (Opens in a new window)

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My first charge of an electric vehicle

My first experience of charging an electric vehicle at public stations was an eye-opener. I had already heard, read and written about charging stations, different types of chargers and other information about charging electric vehicles. Still, there’s often a learning curve when trying something new with your own hands in the real world.

Read on to find out what I experienced when I first used electric car charging stations.

Finding Electric Vehicle Charger Locations

According to the US Department of Energy, more than 80% of electric vehicle owners charge at home. Some employers provide chargers in company parking lots. And a growing number of public charging stations are available to EV drivers when they’re on the go running errands or traveling away from home.

A few charging points are near my neighborhood in suburban Atlanta. I knew chargers in a few nearby mall parking lots. And a long time ago, I read that my electricity supplier offered public chargers at their office.

Before taking a 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV for a test drive, I checked the searchable map of nearly 48,000 U.S. station locations on the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center website. Turns out there are more charging options near me than I knew – and there are other apps to locate them.

Level 2 free charging can be good

My first charging stop was in a mall parking lot with a grocery store and other storefronts. It offers two level 2 charging units which are free, and both were available when I pulled into a parking spot.

Level 2 chargers offer the same voltage (220 to 240 volts) as a typical residential electric clothes dryer. The chargers charge at around 6 kilowatts (kW), adding around 20 to 25 miles of range to the Bolt.

The charging cord was heavier than a gas pump hose. The connector type was the common J1772 type. I opened the Bolt’s charging port door on the left front panel and put the connector in place. It wasn’t difficult, but the cord is stiffer than a gas hose, so my first try wasn’t as smooth as wielding a gas pump nozzle. The charging station’s digital display indicated it was working, as did the car’s information display. So I went to the grocery store to buy some stuff.

My quick shopping trip took about 15 minutes. The car’s lithium-ion battery gained 5 miles of range while I shopped inside the store.

Level 3 free charging is great

2022 EV Battery State of Charge on the Chevy Bolt

My next charging session was on a Level 3 charger. These fast chargers (DC fast chargers, or DCFCs) offer between 400 volts and 900 volts and charge at 50 kW or more. Many variables affect charging speeds. Chevy claims the Bolt will gain up to 100 miles in 30 minutes. using a Level 3 DC fast charger.

This station I visited is on the property of my electricity supplier. It uses a system of solar panels arranged like flower petals to generate power for the EV charger. Visitors to the solar flower garden can charge their electric car for free.

The Bolt’s battery received 11.7kWh to reach the recommended capacity of 80%. Charging added 35 miles to range in 25 minutes of fast charging – no charge. If I had brought lunch with me, I could have enjoyed the well maintained picnic area next to the solar flowers while I waited.

Important Lessons Learned About Electric Vehicle Charging

Here are some great lessons from an experienced electric car driver at this charging station. His assumption that this was my first time charging an EV wasn’t too far off. He thought I was a newbie in charging because I was standing near the charger and fiddling with my phone to install an app.

EV Charging Apps

I had previously had the mistaken impression that EV charging apps were for regular chargers, like the customer loyalty programs used by many retailers. This is not the case. Instead, different networks maintain charging stations, similar to gas stations of the same brand.

The Nissan Leaf driver who stopped at the station shortly after I arrived said the apps were needed for payment, not to earn benefits. ChargePoint, EVgo, and Electrify America are just a few of the leading networks in the electric vehicle charging space. These companies’ apps allow their users to wirelessly pay for the energy they receive from charging stations.

Even if there is no charge, as is the case with my electric company, apps are often required to initiate the charging session. Now I have four EV charging apps installed on my phone, which at least in theory allows me to use most charging stations in my area. The grocery station where I had my first EV charging experience was off-grid, so no app or registration was needed.

Charging do’s and don’ts

The enthusiastic EV driver of the Flower Garden Solar Charger shared a few more ideas. He informed me of charging etiquette – use common sense, be friendly, and don’t leave your car in a charging spot longer than necessary.

He also warned me to be “ICEd”. The slang term describes the situation where a car with an internal combustion engine uses the designated parking space for electric vehicle charging.

Paid fast charge

2022 Chevy Bolt to DC fast charger

I stopped at another station the next day to try paid fast charging using another network. This charging session delivered 11.1 kWh in 21 minutes, at a cost of $6.63. The added range was 23 miles. The location was convenient. Coffee, pizza, fast food, ice cream and a bookstore were available a short walk from a parking lot.

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Saskatoon council focuses on downtown parking issues – Saskatoon

Downtown Saskatoon could look very different in the years to come with the potential for a new arena and entertainment center as well as a grocery store.

However, a looming issue for both projects was raised at City Council on Tuesday: parking.

Midtown Mall is already a bustling area that is often crowded with parked cars.

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One resident, Tyrell Harder, told council he noticed people parking in the Cactus Club parking lot, because it’s free, and spending their day in the mall.

Councilor Darren Hill asked what the parking plan would be for the proposed downtown grocery store, specifically for people stopping there for pick up.

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Murray Totland, spokesperson for Arbutus Properties, said the store will have spaces specifically for the store, which is expected to be a Pitchfork Market + Kitchen.

“This service lot located just outside the proposed store location would obviously be the most convenient, we will have dedicated stalls for curbside pickup,” Totland said.

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The council also decided on the criteria for the new downtown arena.

They described land space, transportation access, and proximity to other complementary businesses such as hotels and parking lots.

The new arena is expected to hold 15,000 spaces, and administrative staff noted that a new parking lot will need to be built regardless of the location chosen.

The Council is moving forward with both plans.

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They voted to give Arbutus Properties a tax abatement for the site, if they built a grocery store there.

They are also scheduled to unveil possible sites for the new arena as soon as possible.

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The S&L department store in Sioux Falls was badly damaged by fire in 1948

On November 23, 1939, the S&L Company opened its department store at 129 N. Phillips. The store was part of a chain that began in South Dakota and grew rapidly, establishing stores in six Midwestern states.

The S&L Company got its start in Elkton, South Dakota in 1921. It was a company that founders Samuel F. Salkin and Joseph L. Linoff associated with and was named for. Both were immigrants from Russia who ended up in Sioux City. Sam worked at the Baron department store there and took evening classes to improve his English. He felt that the best way to learn the language was to fully immerse yourself in it in a small community.

Salkin and Linoff decided to look for a new business in a small town and discovered that a store had listed for sale in Elkton, east of Brookings near the Minnesota border. When they arrived to investigate, they found the shopping district of Elkton packed with people. There were carriages and horses all along the street carrying eager shoppers. The two agreed that day to buy the store. The next day the streets were empty and they discovered that the fervor of the day before was due to the celebration of Ascension Day. They got to work and were successful enough to require a move to a larger building in Elkton four months later.

In 1928, four S&L stores were opened in Minneapolis and the company’s headquarters moved there. Later expansion plans focused on smaller communities, as stores were opened in Brookings, Watertown, Flandreau, Pipestone, Minnesota, and Slayton, Minnesota, before the move was made to Sioux Falls.

The new store was announced on November 7, 1939, as workers worked to renovate the Van Eps block, formerly occupied by JCPenney. It would be the company’s 29th store.

S&L was keen to promote the local labor used not only to renovate the space, but also to staff the store. There were a few managers and department heads from out of town, but the majority of staff were recruited locally and trained quickly to handle the upcoming holiday season.

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S&L Company added to the bustling downtown shopping district that already included JC Penney, Fantle’s, Montgomery Ward and Shriver’s, but it held firm. There was, however, a major setback in 1948.

On November 16 at around 6:10 p.m., 20 minutes after assistant manager Otto Wangsness had been locked up for the day, the cashier at the Granada theater across the street noticed that the window of the S&L store had exploded on the street. . The fire department was called immediately. When building manager James Waul heard the sirens, he headed to the basement and turned off the gas to the building’s heaters.

Next door, at the Dakota Theater, patrons were interrupted while watching “Borrowed Trouble,” the latest film in the Hopalong Cassidy series. It would be the Dakota Theater’s last feature under that name. Central firefighters rushed to gather all their equipment, including a new aerial water tower truck. The company worked for three hours to extinguish the fire. The loss was estimated at $250,000. Unfortunately, the store had just received a huge amount of stock in anticipation of the holiday season.

On December 2, it was announced that the S&L would open a temporary store in Eighth and Fairfax. The first big sale offered great deals on smoke-damaged merchandise. The store would operate from this location until June 24, 1949, when the Van Eps building was ready to reopen. The building had to be completely reworked, as parts of the ceiling had collapsed. There was a ceremony to commemorate the reopening attended by Sam Salkin and Joe Linoff.

On November 7, 1950, Joe Linoff died of a heart attack he had suffered two weeks earlier. He leaves behind his wife and four children. S&L stores continued to thrive despite the loss.

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By 1954, S&L had stores in 42 locations. The company acquired 16 women’s specialty stores, called Stevensons, which will retain their names. This brought the total number of stores owned by S&L Co. to 58.

On July 29, 1968, the Sioux Falls store applied for a cease-of-business sales permit. The Van Eps building was slated for demolition the following year, a victim of urban renewal. Buyers visited the city center less and less each year.

In 1969 the Van Eps block, parts of which had existed since 1886, was demolished, with the rest of the block to follow shortly. The Wells Fargo parking ramp, which currently occupies the space, offers little history or architectural interest.

S&L Company continued under the direction of Morrey Salkin, Samuel’s son. The company grew to around 400 stores of various types in the 1980s before disbanding in 1990. Morrey died two years later.

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Rohtak artists seek space to perform as outdoor theater used as parking lot: The Tribune India


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Sunit Dhawan

Rohtak, May 20

Although an open-air theater is located in the heart of Rohtak town, local theater artists and art lovers are compelled to stage plays in a chaupal and a hall of the Indian Medical Association ( IMA) despite the constraints.

The open-air theatre, which was built in 1960 and subsequently renovated twice, is used as office space and parking by the local municipal authorities.

Artists lament that the exorbitant fees and security charges set for the use of the open-air theater are the biggest impediment to organizing plays and other cultural events.

“Artists used to stage plays at the open-air theatre, Pt Shri Ram Rangshala with the help of local authorities until 2013. However, the ‘rangshala’ gradually got busy managing the government offices and park vehicles like cranes, JCBs and bicycle-rickshaws etc,” points out Vishv Deepak Trikha, a well-known theater artist from Rohtak.

He states that due to the tariff barrier, the artists held theater performances and plays at different other locations instead of the open-air theater, which was built and well-equipped for the purpose. The artists lament that the premises of the “rangshala” have been made available for a private hospital, a land grievance centre, housing for government contractor workers and parking, going to against the purpose for which it was created.

The Municipal Co-Commissioner, Mahesh Kumar, assured the artists that he would look into the matter and make efforts to get the staging of plays at the ‘rangshala’ resumed.

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Chelsea Piers squeeze play in battle to reclaim road space for cyclists, pedestrians and joggers

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | They put pressure on Chelsea Piers to reclaim public space.

Community Board 4 and the Hudson River Park Advisory Council are both using the opportunity of the sports complex lease renewal as leverage to fight for more turf for pedestrians and cyclists – and less for movie trailers, as well as cars and taxis for revelers – in front of the waterfront destination site. In short, Chelsea Piers should not be ‘locked down’ to its current configuration, in terms of the outer carriageway, they argue.

Groups like Transportation Alternatives and the publication Streetsblog, among others, strongly support this effort.

The Hudson River Park Trust board could make a call on the issues – both the lease and the use of road space – when it meets this Thursday, May 19.

As anyone who has driven past Chelsea Piers knows, there is certainly plenty of empty road space ahead. The complex, in fact, has three lanes full of asphalt on the outside. In stark contrast, however, the Hudson River Bike Path is here at one of its narrowest points, making it difficult, if not dangerous, for cyclists to try to pass runners and cyclists over slow on the way. Meanwhile, the pedestrian sidewalk directly opposite Chelsea Piers could also be widened and made more usable.

Chelsea Piers is currently looking for a longer term lease. However, its operators do not want to give up the outdoor road space that the complex currently controls.

In a letter to CB 4, Chelsea Piers wrote: “As we have explained Chelsea Piers is a very busy complex and it is simply not possible for us to eliminate an access route at this time without seriously damage our existing businesses.”

Additionally, Chelsea Piers plans to spruce up its waterfront walkway on the west side of the complex, which it says will alleviate concerns about the east walkway.

“We continue to firmly believe that the significant investment we have promised to create a more inviting waterfront pathway will, in itself, significantly improve the functioning of the east facade by redirecting pedestrians west as the preferred route,” Chelsea replied. Piers. .

The resort has, however, left the door open to reassessing the pavement situation at a later date and – assuming such a day comes – letting CB 4 be involved in the process of redesigning the space and “improving public access”. This would of course depend first on “a change in traffic conditions” at the dock, the operators noted.

Chelsea Piers produced a transport study by AECOM to support her argument that she cannot cede any space at this time.

However, Hudson River Park Advisory Council member Tom Fox, in particular, was skeptical of AECOM’s findings and so independently commissioned another company, BFJ, to do their own analysis of the report.

Fox is also the former president of the Hudson River Park Conservancy, the predecessor of the current Hudson River Park Trust, and is therefore familiar with the original plans for Chelsea Piers from the 1990s. He says Chelsea Piers altered the plans in such a way that the space that should have been dedicated to film and television production, among other things, was given over to the country house (gym and soccer fields) and the bowling alley.

In a presentation to the park’s advisory board, Fox said: “As you may know, I was involved in the initial lease negotiations for Chelsea Piers, and in 1996 Chelsea Piers received consideration from the Department of Transportation of the state and Governor Pataki to construct three of the vehicular lanes on the east side of the building to facilitate access to and from the Chelsea piers.

“It was do not complies with the final environmental impact statement [F.E.I.S.] for Chelsea Piers or Route 9A [West Side Highway] and the significantly reduced cycling and pedestrian improvements planned for this area.

Fox cited a 1996 Chelsea-Clinton News article describing “community shock and opposition to the taking [of road space].”

“The extra lane for car traffic was not needed then and it still isn’t needed,” Fox said.

A large space dedicated to parking inside Chelsea Piers, like these parking lifts, is instead, in some cases, used to store construction materials and materials, as shown above. (CFB)

According to the veteran waterfront activist, the BFJ study “confirms that the observations and requests of the Advisory Board and CB 4 for lane removal are valid”.

Fox added that “a review of the original EIS documents and Chelsea Piers promotional brochures indicated that a number of new uses have been added to the Chelsea Piers complex – the pitch and the bowling alley – and some supporting uses at film and television production slated for the headboards migrated to support the trucks frequently parked on the frontage road.

In fact, although not mentioned in the AECOM study, Fox said parking occupancy at the Chelsea Piers headquarters has been reduced from the originally planned 355 spaces to less than 300. some of the parking spaces are used for operational maintenance equipment. , such as bathroom trailers, a scissor lift, forklifts and a Zamboni.

On top of that, Fox noted disapprovingly, “A number of parking spaces on the height [parking] the racks at Pier 59 are occupied with building materials, indicating that parking supply exceeds demand. Additionally, “significant numbers” of small trucks, buses and vans (30 feet in length or less)” were observed parked on the frontage road, for extended periods of time, while there were parking spaces available. on the docks,” Fox said.

The park defender added that the Chelsea Piers ’emergency access’ argument doesn’t hold water either, since the longest fire trucks at 42ft wouldn’t be able to navigate the piers anyway due to obstacles.

According to Fox, “BFJ expressed surprise that a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) study to analyze strategies and actions that reduce traffic and parking loads at the Chelsea Piers complex has not been implemented. work.”

Fox further recommended that since congestion pricing is planned for Manhattan south of 60th Street, which may well impact traffic volume at Chelsea Piers, now is the time, in fact, to do a CT study.

According to BFJ, there are two preferred alternatives for redesigning the frontage road outside Chelsea Piers. The first is to reduce the three lanes to two two and center them in space, which would allow for a widening of the current sidewalk in front of Chelsea Piers and a widening of the cycle path. The second option is to move the remaining two lanes to the west, which would allow for the addition of another 11 feet on the east side of the frontage road for a pedestrian path and possibly a widening of the bike path.

“In conclusion,” said Fox, “the argument that the frontage road at Chelsea Piers should be three lanes wide is not supported by the facts, and a two-lane frontage road, together with a modified car park management and TV/film support functions, will meet the traffic and parking needs of Chelsea Piers.

As for the Chelsea Piers lease, the complex is targeting a “non-banking standard” duration of 25 to 30 years.

According to Chelsea Piers, “the longer lease term is necessary to support the long-term capital debt which underpinned the initial development of Chelsea Piers and enabled significant and ongoing reinvestment in pier buildings, facilities and services. 12,000 piles that make up the pier foundation – $80 million in pile repair work [has been done] over the past 10 years. This requires periodic capital debt refinancing which is only possible with a longer lease term.

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Radcliffe Metrolink car park extension is cornerstone of congestion relief

GREATER Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has welcomed the addition of additional parking spaces at Radcliffe Metrolink station, saying it is a cornerstone in providing a ‘truly integrated public transport system’ “.

The Metrolink Park and Ride facility in Radcliffe reopened on Monday after the completion of construction work which added 111 more parking spaces.

The works saw the installation of a new car park on the existing site, increasing the number of spaces from 369 to 480 in total, allowing more people to access the Metrolink network and use public transport to part of their journey.

Mr Burnham said: “Park & ​​Ride schemes like this are essential to furthering the Greater Manchester Bee Network’s vision of providing a truly integrated public transport system, making travel in our city-region more easier, more accessible and affordable.

“This latest project means that we have now created nearly 600 new Park & ​​Ride spaces at three different tram stops across the city-region over the past 18 months, in addition to thousands of Park & ​​Ride spaces. Ride already available on the Metrolink network.

“By allowing people to get out of their vehicles and use public transport – even if only for part of their journey – we can help reduce traffic congestion and reduce harmful emissions that harm our air quality.

Delivered ahead of the estimated completion date, the works at Radcliffe – which also includes a new electric vehicle (EV) charging point – mark the completion of the wider Metrolink Park & Ride, which also saw the construction of a new bridge providing an additional 123 spaces at Whitefield and the 360-space Park & ​​Ride site at Parkway on the Trafford Park line.

There are also plans to build a brand new Park & ​​Ride site at Walkden station later this year with over 100 parking spaces, four motorbike spaces, electric vehicle charging and bike storage.

Chris Barnes, Projects Group Manager at Transport for Greater Manchester, said: “We are delighted to have successfully completed the Metrolink Park & ​​Ride expansion, increasing parking capacity at Radcliffe and Whitefield.

“Before the pandemic, the car parks at both sites were at capacity at 8 a.m., so the additional spaces will allow even more people to travel sustainably on the 99-stop Metrolink network and all the many locations that he serves.

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Ten killed in mass shooting at Jefferson Avenue supermarket; officials call the attack a ‘hate crime’ | Local News

This is a developing breaking news situation. Check back for updates.

Ten people were killed and three others were injured – two seriously – outside and inside a Tops supermarket on Jefferson Avenue on Saturday afternoon in what law enforcement officials described as a racially motivated hate crime.

“It’s like stepping into a horror movie, but it’s all real. It’s like Armageddon,” the police official said at the scene. “It’s so overwhelming.”

Of the 13 victims, 11 were black. Police and prosecutors said the shooting was racially motivated.

“It was,” said Erie County Sheriff John Garcia, “directly, a racially motivated hate crime.”

Four Tops employees were among those killed, including a recently retired Buffalo police officer who worked security at the store. The Buffalo News is withholding the retired officer’s identity because it could not be determined whether his family had been notified.

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The shooter, Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, Broome County, was arraigned Saturday night before Buffalo City Court Judge Craig Hannah on charges of first-degree murder.

The shooter was dressed in a bulletproof vest and armed with a high-powered rifle, police sources said.

No less than five bodies were found in the parking lot, said the police chief on site.

“Bullets and blood are everywhere,” the source said.

Shonnell Harris, operations manager at Tops, said he heard gunshots and ran frantically through the store, falling several times before exiting out the back. She saw the shooter, whom she described as a white man in camouflage. “He looked like he was in the army.” Harris thought he heard 70 gunshots.

The shooter had a camera and police are investigating whether he was broadcast live from the scene, the official said.

The shooter was taken into custody and placed in a police vehicle at the scene, according to both sources.

The shooter was dressed in a bulletproof vest and wore a military-grade helmet on his head.

It is unclear whether he offered a reason for the massacre.

Video posted to Twitter showed two Buffalo police officers with a man who appears to be in custody just outside the Tops store. The man is a white male in camouflage pants, with what appears to be a mask over his mouth. The News was unable to confirm that the person in custody in the video was the shooter.

Immediately after the shooting, Braedyn Kaphart and Shayne Hill said they came almost face to face with the shooter as they turned their Equinox into a parking space in the Tops parking lot.

Kaphart described him as a man in his late teens or early twenties with dirty blond hair.

“He was standing there in his military gear with his gun to his chin looking like he was going to blow his head off,” Kaphart said. “We weren’t sure what was going on. As he continued to do this, he fell to his knees, always looking like he was ready to shoot himself.”

Kaphart said she then looked away.

“I turned my head and backed off as the police told us to get back in our cars,” she said.

When Kaphart looked back, she said it looked like officers had accosted and apprehended the man. They saw him being put in a police vehicle and taken away.

She shuddered to think of what might have happened if they had arrived at Tops a little earlier.

“A few more minutes and, God forbid, I don’t even want to think about what would have happened,” Kaphart said.

Inside the supermarket, several other victims were found, the two sources said, and some of the deceased appeared to be hiding near the cash register lines.






Police respond to the mass shooting at Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo.


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Adding to the horror, one of the sources said, family members arrived after news of the shooting spread through the community.

Others at the scene began streaming the shooting on Facebook Live.

Will G., a frozen dairy worker at Tops on Jefferson, said he entered the cooler to store milk about three minutes before the shooting. “I just heard gunshots. Gunshots and gunshots,” he said. “It looked like things were falling apart.”

The worker hid in the cooler and other people joined him, he said. “I hid. I just hid. I wasn’t going to leave this room.”

Harris described Tops’ lively scene. “It was full. It’s the weekend, so it was packed.”

“It’s like a dream, but I know it’s not a dream,” said Harris, Tops’ chief operating officer. GYC Ministries pastor Tim Newkirk, with his arm around his sister Harris, said, “It’s something you hear about but never experience.”

“You see it on TV, I never thought I would be one of them,” Harris said. Harris, whose daughter Denise also works at the Tops, was found safe behind the supermarket. “I just grabbed her, hugged her.”

Barbara Massey was frantically looking for her sister Katherine outside the Tops. She said her sister was out shopping at the time of the shooting and the two were unable to get in touch despite multiple phone calls and inquiries to police. Massey’s brother had dropped Katherine off for some routine groceries.

“She was supposed to be waiting outside the store for her brother to pick her up again,” Massey said.

Katherine Crofton, a retired firefighter and doctor, witnessed the shooting from her porch on Riley Street. She said she was playing with her dog and smoking a cigarette when she heard a gunshot.

“I didn’t see him at first, I turned around and saw him shooting this woman,” Crofton said. “She had just walked into the store. And then he shot another woman. She was putting groceries in her car. I got off because I didn’t know if he was going to shoot me.”

Crofton also saw rescuers arrive.

“The guy came out of the store, the cops were yelling at him, and he just stood there. He stood there. It was like he wanted them to shoot him,” Crofton said. The shooter began to remove his gear, Crofton continued, when another police cruiser pulled up, officers got out and jumped on the shooter.

Veronica Hemphill-Nichols said she was heading to the Tops for a loaf of bread and saw two bodies in the parking lot.

“When I saw these bodies, I just broke down. I’m angry and trying to shut myself down,” she said.

Hemphill-Nichols also said he saw people rushing out of the store and saw a woman frantically asking, “Where’s my daughter?”

Johnnie Emmons was inside her house, about five doors down from the Tops in Landon Street, when she said she heard bursts of gunfire. First came a flurry of about 20 rounds, then, after a brief pause, about 20 more rounds.

A large police presence closed off the area north of Jefferson Avenue to Northampton Street. Tops Markets is at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street, about two blocks north of Jefferson and Northampton.

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz tweeted at 2:49 p.m. that he was aware of an “active multiple-shot event” that occurred at Tops Markets at 1275 Jefferson Ave. He urged the public to avoid the area.

Ben Tsujimoto can be reached at [email protected], (716) 849-6927 or on Twitter at @Tsuj10.

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Concerns over sports complexes highlight Berlin planning commission meeting

BERLIN — Concerns over county plans for a sports complex dominated a meeting of the Berlin Planning Commission this week. Berlin residents and commission members have expressed concerns about the impact a sports complex next to Stephen Decatur High School would have on the city. In the presence of two county commissioners and an Ocean City councilman, several…

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BERLIN — Worcester County commissioners agreed to fully fund the city of Berlin’s annual budget request during a working session this week. In a lengthy budget session on Tuesday, commissioners agreed to provide the city with its usual annual grant as well as funds to fund a roundabout and bike lane. Mayor Zack…

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SNOW HILL – Town of Snow Hill officials voted this week to proceed with repairs to the Black-Eyed Susan. Snow Hill City Council voted 2-1 on Tuesday to make the necessary repairs to bring the municipality’s riverboat back to Snow Hill. The boat has been moored in Norfolk since a Coast Guard inspection revealed…

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AdventHealth seeks approval for new cancer center

MERRIAM, Kan. – A local healthcare provider is looking to revamp their parking lot to make way for a new cancer treatment center.

The Merriam Planning Commission has unanimously approved a preliminary development plan for AdventHealth to build a new cancer center at its Shawnee Mission campus.

The blue star indicates the location of the proposed cancer center

To make space for the new treatment center, AdventHealth intends to demolish the existing two-story parking lot located on the north side of W. 74th Street, west of the existing Shawnee Mission Heart and Vascular Center.

Construction of the three-story, 70,995 square foot building will require the hospital to remove approximately 546 parking spaces. The applicant proposes to construct a new 229-space parking lot north of the new cancer center to help meet parking needs.

The preliminary development plan will be presented to Merriam Town Council later this month for final review. When construction is complete, the new building will replace the current AdventHealth Cancer Center located at 9301 W. 74th St., Suite 100.

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Ranking of the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix 2022

Enthusiasm for F1 within the Japanese automaker therefore remains high and it continues to tout its relationships with Red Bull and Alpha Tauri. That’s why he invited us to attend the Miami F1 GP as one of his guests, and with the race now over, it’s time to hand in our marks for an event the sport and its fans have been waiting for. impatiently.

The climate

It’s unfair to credit or blame race organizers for the weather, but speaking of “hot”, the 2022 Miami F1 Grand Prix was scorching. The ambient temperature hovered in the low to mid-90s all weekend, with the humidity index exceeding 50%. A brief, light rain shower an hour before the start of the race teased participants with potential relief, but more precipitation never arrived.

On the other hand, a torrential downpour is also not ideal for comfort. We would have liked to see a lot more misters and blown air fans on the pitch to keep spectators cool, and we’ve heard reports of a lack of water in some toilets and water points. From what we’ve seen overall, though, there doesn’t seem to be a widespread challenge when it comes to securing lots of cold drinks.

Hard Rock Stadium and Miami International Autodrome

Talk about an impressive site to see, especially for the first outing of the F1 Miami GP.

Built on the grounds of the Miami Dolphin’s Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami International Autodrome complex delivered an almost entirely temporary site that looked very much like a permanent racing facility. Much of it is normally used as parking, but you’d never know that if you hadn’t noticed the parking lines painted on some of the asphalt you walked on as you explored the terrain. It was an example of how modern racing promoters, architects and engineers can create an FIA Grade 1 racing circuit virtually from scratch. It was a middle finger in history and the infamous Caesar’s Palace car park Grand Prix held in Las Vegas in the early 80s, widely regarded as one of the most abysmal F1 circuits in all the time.

There were 11 separate grandstands and the number of team and sponsor supported hospitality areas (accessible if you got your hands on the proper tickets) was staggering. The latter, however, are prohibitively expensive for average and even above-average people, with costs per ticket running into the thousands. Even “regular” grandstand tickets were expensive, with the cheapest costing $640. Pro tip: “Campus Pass” general admission tickets — $300 for Friday practice and up to $500 for the race, or $1,200 for all three days — might be some of the best tickets to general admission to all professional sports. There are many open and accessible vantage points around the circuit from which we would have been very happy to watch the whole race. Views from the spiraling pedestrian ramps at Hard Rock Stadium were excellent.

Our biggest complaint about the overall experience is that the Miami Autodrome staff, while universally and exceptionally courteous and friendly, simply hadn’t received enough training prior to the event on the location of the various locations in the facility, and the maps displayed around the terrain were sometimes only useful up to a point.

At an event like this, you’d just like to ask someone wearing a staff shirt how you can best reach your destination, but too often we’ve been answered with questioning looks and “Hmmm, I don’t am not sure.” In a moment of unintended comedy on Friday, it took us 45 minutes to circle around and ask at least half a dozen employees, “Where’s the media center?” before finding one who knew where the correct entrance to the paddock was.

The crowd

call it him Drive to survive effect, complemented by the fact that F1 is in the midst of its most competitive and engaging era in decades: the crowd of around 85,000 at the Miami GP was as excited and enthusiastic as any crowd we have ever seen in a car race. If any doubts remained about F1’s popularity – and virtually overnight – in the US, they disintegrated and more.

This mass of humanity applauded and roars for the smallest of reasons, from cars just rolling out of the pit lane to drivers crossing on Friday and Saturday practice. A car that dives into the pits? Roar. The same car coming out of its pit after a routine stop? Roar. A driver who slightly applies his brakes in a bend? Roar. Red Bull’s Mexican driver and local favorite Sergio “Checo” Perez gains some time over Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in the final laps of the race? Roarcombined with chants of “Olé, Olé, Olé, Checo, Checo!”

It was obvious that many fans are new to the sport and still have a long way to go before they understand the darker and somewhat complex nuances of F1. But if that level of enthusiasm for GP racing and the corresponding willingness to shell out big bucks for the privilege of attending existed in this country back when Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted the United States Grand Prix , the Brickyard would not have lost its place on the F1 Calendar after the 2007 race.

Meanwhile, in terms of celebrity spotting, sports and pop culture fans have been wowed by a massive list including names like Michael Jordan (who earlier in the week had dinner with impressed Alpha Tauri pilot Pierre Gasly, leaving Gasly’s teammate Yuki Tsunoda to jokingly lament that he wasn’t invited), Tom Brady, Dwayne Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union, Serena and Venus Williams, David Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger, George Lucas, Bad Bunny, Karlie Kloss, Michael Strahan, Ashton Kutcher, and more.

The track and the race

Heading into the weekend, the 3.36-mile, 19-turn circuit was expected to have the potential to deliver an exciting race. But the 2022 Miami F1 Grand Prix was a mixed bag.

After the first practice sessions, several drivers complained about a lack of off-line grip, in particular McLaren’s Lando Norris and Perez, the latter saying he felt the surface was wet when he got on. ventured off the ideal racing line where the cars had deposited rubber. Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver George Russell called the track “garbage” in places in comments ahead of Sunday’s race. Norris and seven-time Mercedes champion Lewis Hamilton have also complained of unexpected bumps, exacerbated by the “porpoising” effect inherent in this year’s F1 cars. As a result, they predicted that the situation would be bad for pilots running and passing each other, despite having three DRS zones.

The 57-lap race started with Leclerc’s Ferrari on pole ahead of team-mate Carlos Sainz in second and Verstappen in third. But Verstappen rounded Sainz on the outside of Turn 1 (so much for zero grip), and during the early stages it looked like it might stay that way for quite a while. Instead, Verstappen chased the leading Ferrari, passing Leclerc on lap nine. There were a few more overtakes and a few knocks in midfield, but overall and as one F1 insider texted us halfway through the race, “It’s a snoozefest.”

That all changed on lap 40, when a collision between Gasly and Norris tore Norris’ McLaren apart and ripped off one of its tyres, knocking out the safety car. The race resumed with 10 laps to go, Verstappen moving ahead of Leclerc, Sainz and Perez, with the second-placed Red Bull now retaining the fresh tire advantage after a pit stop. The Mexican at one point used his Honda power to race the Ferrari, pulling his car on the inside into Turn 1, but he locked up his right front tire and ran wide, ending his challenge .

For a few more laps Leclerc stayed in Verstappen’s DRS range, threatening that a potential attack could occur and giving the final laps some tension. In the end, however, he backed off, giving Verstappen his third victory and his second in a row in a young season that still has 18 races to go. Thanks to scoring an extra point for setting the fastest lap of the race, Verstappen reduced his gap to Leclerc to 19 points, 104-85. If it hadn’t been for the safety car period , however, the race seemed likely to deliver little drama for much of its remoteness.

Final Thoughts

The 2022 Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix was an absolute success overall: off track, on track and, key to its long-term prospects, financially. The handful of things that need improvement should be relatively easy fixes for an organizational leadership team that has plenty of experience when it comes to curating high-profile shows and creating positive fan experiences. Improving the track somewhat might prove more difficult, but the race was certainly not eviland some drivers felt that the tedious chicane that includes turns 14 and 15 should perhaps be removed to potentially improve the show.

We agree with this suggestion. But no matter if it happens and after tasting the Miami GP, we are already looking forward to returning for the 2023 edition.

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Miami’s F1 chicane looks like racing around the B&Q parking lot in a go-kart

While Hamilton escaped all major drama on a day when a number of other drivers ran into trouble around the new F1 venue, he was far from impressed with the sequence of corners heading into the long final straight .

The elevated chicane at Turn 14/15, which runs under a toll road, was designed to generate errors that expose drivers to a potential challenge from behind on the subsequent descent to the final corner.

However, the ultra-compact nature of the complex, with pilots having to attack the curbs at reduced speeds, did not impress the seven-time champion.

“The track is quite nice to drive except for the chicane,” Hamilton said. “It’s so tight.

“It reminds me of being in a B&Q parking lot when I was six/seven, in a kart, between cars.

“It’s a corner where maybe in the future they can remove that one and it will improve the track.”

Hamilton also said he wasn’t too happy with how bumpy the track was on the first day of racing.

“It’s kind of crazy when you think people in our time should be able to make a flat road relatively easy,” he said.

“There were big, big, big bumps and so many places where the track joined somewhere else. So I don’t know if they will be able to rectify that overnight and make it better.

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT03, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03

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But not all the drivers were so put off by the circuit, with Kevin Magnussen saying he really enjoyed the challenge of the chicane.

“That’s pretty cool,” he said. “It’s not as thrilling as the high-speed corners, but it’s very blind and it’s like going over a ridge with big curbs and big low-speed direction changes.

“It’s quite unique, I would say, so cool that way. But it’s obviously very slow.

One of the main issues on the opening day of action, which sparked a number of incidents, was the dirty track surface. This meant that if the riders veered away from the racing line, they were almost guaranteed to spin.

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez feared that if the situation did not improve it would not bode well for the race.

“I’m extremely disappointed that there’s no offline grip,” he said. “It’s a shame, because I think the race will be bad because of that.

“As soon as you try to disconnect, there’s no outlet. It is done. It feels very gritty offline. So the race will be tough.”

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Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas, however, liked the challenges of the layout, as he predicted a thrilling race on Sunday.

“It’s not an easy track, that’s for sure,” he told Motorsport.com. “Certainly when the track is green it can happen more easily. But once you’re slightly disconnected, if you lose the rear you can’t catch it anymore.

“That technical section of turns 12 to 15 is not easy to do properly, but I think they did a good job on the overtaking opportunities.

“I think we’re going to see some good racing here with the long straights and with them starting with a slow speed corner, that means you can follow closely.”

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Next month you will need a reservation to park at Lake Buntzen

BC Hydro is rolling out a pilot project it hopes will help reduce traffic chaos around a popular park it operates in the Tri-Cities area.

According to the plan, visitors to Lake Buntzen will need a reservation to access the park’s parking lot starting June 27 and running through the end of Labor Day weekend.

Reservations will be free and can be secured through the BC Hydro website.

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“Buntzen Lake is one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in the Lower Mainland, and we hope this will help ease the ongoing traffic congestion, which has been a problem not only for parking, but also for the neighboring community of Anmore for several years,” BC Hydro spokesman Kyle Donaldson said.

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“On a nice, hot summer day, there can be traffic jams for several miles from vehicles looking to park either in the parking lot or in the nearby community, so we really try to mitigate that.”


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Depending on the plan, people will be able to book a morning or afternoon reservation. Park staff will be available once the pilot is in place, and anyone without a reservation will be turned away, Donaldson said.

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“Reservations are tied to individual vehicle license plates,” he added. “We ask people to respect the time they spend at Buntzen.”

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According to BC Hydro, nearly 116,000 people used a vehicle to access the lake last July, up from about 83,000 the same month in 2019.

The lake is a hotspot for recreation, especially in the hot summer months, but with only 600 parking spaces, the parking lot often fills up by 7am on weekends.

The nearby Belcarra Regional Park, which is operated by Metro Vancouver, has faced similar issues.

The issue has prompted complaints from neighboring municipalities about long lines of idling vehicles and people illegally double parking in the community.

Metro Vancouver is introducing paid parking to Belcarra in its own attempt to solve the problem.


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Reaction from park users to the reservation plan has been mixed.

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“Might be nice to know you have a confirmed reservation, you can just pack all your stuff and come here and know you have a spot,” Alysia Medina told Global News.

“It’s always a gamble, you come here with all your stuff and you don’t know what your day is going to be like. Been here several times and had to turn around and go home.

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Chris Eastwood told Global News he thought the plan was a “bad idea”, despite the summer crowds.

Eastwood pointed to the province’s camping reservation system, which he said was “painful” to use.

“There seem to be a lot of bugs with the websites that the government publishes,” he said.

Donaldson said people planning to use the park should secure their reservation the day before they visit. Anyone who changes their plans should log in and cancel their reservation so someone else can have the space, he added.

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Smart parking market | Fundamental Dynamics and Full Assessment to 2027 – Queen Anne and Mangolia News

the global smart parking market the size should go from $24,329.6 million in 2020 for $95,059.9 million by 2027, at a CAGR of 25.5% from 2021 to 2027. The growth of the global smart parking market is primarily driven by increasing demand for energy due to increase in population. Furthermore, the increase in the need for sustainable energy resources has been observed around the world, coupled with favorable government regulations. These regulations focus on reducing dependence on fossil fuels and help control environmental pollution. This, in turn, promotes the demand for renewable energy sources such as solar power and is the key factor that fuels the demand for smart parking energy. Additionally, reduction in carbon footprint and rising demand for low-cost power generation is expected to propel the growth of the smart parking market.

In addition, this technology is designed to solve the permanent parking problem that affects the ecosystem. The technology includes low-cost sensors, real-time data interference, and smart mobile apps that allow users to monitor available and unavailable parking spaces. The possibility of properly managing the parking of the vehicle with the use of smartphones and the development of infrastructures to support such mobility lead to a reduction in the time spent by the user looking for a free parking space. Additionally, some solutions facilitate services, such as online payments, parking time notifications, and even car search features for massive parking lots.

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An increase in parking issues across the globe, growth in demand for Internet of Things (IoT) based technologies and high adoption rate in several vehicles are increasing the need for the global smart parking market. However, high cost of labor and complexity of setup along with low internet penetration in developing regions are restraining the growth of the market.

Global smart parking market dynamics

Drivers: increasing parking problems worldwide

Finding a vacant parking space during peak hours is very difficult in hospitals, hotels and shopping malls, airports, universities and exhibition and convention centers. The growth of several populations leads to problems related to residential as well as commercial parking. The problem related to this is solved by using enhanced features such as notification of free space available via SMS and live updates of space reservation using smart parking technology. This technology reduces the time spent by the user in finding the vacant parking space and automates the process of finding the optimal floor and parking space. Hence, this creates a massive demand for the smart parking market.

Constraints: high implementation cost and configuration complexity

Due to the constant advancement in technology, it is necessary to frequently update the system and required software to keep them compatible with the external environment. Moreover, the cost of all components including the sensor, RFID and fuzzy logic, as well as the assembly required in smart parking, cost the consumer more. As many components and sensors are assembled in a single dielectric plate based on compatibility, it leads to higher cost. This large system requires higher implementation costs because it must be connected to wireless devices for proper operation. Therefore, high configuration complexity coupled with higher initial implementation cost hinders large-scale adoption of smart parking market.

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Opportunities: increased investment in the construction of driverless vehicles

Many car manufacturing companies such as Tesla, Waymo, and Ford have tested the parking assist feature in the self-driving vehicle that displays a free parking space. The development of technology to handle or park the vehicle using smart phones is adopted by many countries like Canada, USA, Germany, UK and others. In addition, software vendors provide frequent updates to solve the congestion problem of smart parking technique. Continuous advancements in technology and infrastructure are expected to create lucrative growth opportunities for the smart parking market in the near future.

Report scope

The study categorizes the smart parking market based on type, technology, application, end-user, and regions.

By Type Outlook (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

By Technology Outlook (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Ultrasonic
  • RFID
  • Image sensors
  • Others

By Outlook Application (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

  • Security Monitoring
  • Smart payment systems
  • E-parking
  • license plate recognition

By End-User Insights (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

Outlook by Region (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

  • North America (United States, Canada, Mexico)
  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Rest of Latin America)
  • Europe (Germany, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • The Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, North Africa, Rest of MEA)

The off-street segment accounts for the largest market share of the smart parking market

By type, the market is categorized into street and off-street. Off-street has the largest market revenue share of 61.19% in 2020 and registering a CAGR of 13.15% in 2020. It is generally parking facilities like garages and lots. Off-street parking can be indoors and outdoors. Off-street parking also includes private lots, garages and driveways.

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Off-street parking solves the parking problem. Off-street parking facilitates smaller parking spaces, and the problem of parking near crowded areas is determined by providing rooftop and underground parking solutions. Furthermore, smart off-street parking is mainly propelled due to the growing demand for better parking management solutions, including proper enforcement methods, payment methods, and smart parking guidance systems. Additionally, increasing traffic congestion globally and optimization of travel time and convenience is further driving the global market. For example, in June 2019, a parking hardware and software solution provider company, TIBA Parking Systems, launched an X60 line of intelligent parking equipment for off-street parking operations. This system includes lane and payment equipment, cloud solutions for PARCS management, a mobile platform for digital operators and a cross-brand parking intelligence service. During the forecast period, Asia-Pacific and Europe are expected to witness significant CAGRs of 14.7% and 14.1%, respectively. The combined share of these two regions was 53.4% ​​in 2020 and is expected to reach 58.6% by 2027.

Asia-Pacific accounts for the highest CAGR over the forecast period in the smart parking market.

Based on region, the global smart parking market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. In 2020, Asia-Pacific was estimated to have the highest growth rate of 14.3% over the forecast period and a market revenue share of 23.0%. Asia Pacific includes China, Japan, India, Australia and Rest of Asia Pacific. The rest of Asia-Pacific includes South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and others. An increase in the demand for valet parking and an increase in the growth of parking management in places such as shopping malls, airports, commercial and residential complexes, in countries such as Japan and China are expected to fuel the demand for smart parking in Asia-Pacific.

Technological advancement, high number of vehicles and congestion in Asian countries are the major factors driving the growth of the Asia-Pacific smart parking market. Furthermore, the presence of prominent industry players is also propelling the market growth in Asia Pacific. In October 2017, a leading technology company, Huawei, began rolling out a city-level IoT utility platform in Weifang City. A total of 12 IoT applications were launched on the forum, including smart parking, smart e-government, internet of vehicles, smart building and smart lighting. During the forecast period, India and China are expected to witness considerable CAGRs of 15.6% and 14.9%, respectively. The combined share of these two segments was 36.5% in 2020 and is expected to reach 38.8% by 2027.

Main market players

The smart parking market is consolidated in nature with few players such as Amano McGann, Inc., Continental AG, Dongyang Menics Co., Ltd, IEM SA, IPS Group Inc., Klaus Multiparking Systems, Robert Bosch GmbH, Smart Parking Limited, Swarco AG and Urbiotica. A comprehensive analysis of recent developments and growth charts of various companies helps in understanding the growth strategies adopted by them and their potential effect on the market.

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Man City fans’ frustration over ‘resident parking’ plan for roads where no one lives

Plans to introduce a huge new residential parking system around the Etihad have angered Manchester City fans – who say many of the streets included are in industrial areas and business parks where no one lives . On match days, hundreds of City fans park on the roads of Briscoe Lane and Lord Street North, which are largely surrounded by commercial property or lined with green space.

But, under the council’s new proposal, those streets would be restricted with residences. Kevin Parker, secretary of the Manchester City Official Supporters Club, said: “A scheme that protects parking spaces for residents, we would understand that, but if they change the restrictions around non-residential areas, in commercial or industrial areas, for no good reason, it would seem unfair.”

Parking restrictions are already in place in many housing estates around the Etihad. But the council is considering creating a comprehensive new program for the Eastlands. This was partly prompted by the construction of the £350m Co-op Live arena, which is set to become the largest indoor venue in the UK, with a capacity of 23,500.

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During the consultation period for the arena plans, parking was one of the biggest issues raised by residents of the surrounding areas. They feared dozens more events a year would see the streets outside their homes used as free parking for visitors.

Residents of Beswick who Manchester Evening News spoke at a City game last month said the parking situation was already a ‘nightmare’ and explained how they had resorted to putting wheelie bins in the road outside their homes to keep fans out to park. Under the proposed regime, the restrictions would apply every day of the week.

Some streets would only allow permit holders to park between noon and 11 p.m., while others would limit stays to a maximum of 90 minutes during those hours. Mr Parker said parking on the ground was already difficult for many fans and he feared the new scheme would make matters worse.



Existing parking patterns are shown here in red while the proposed new pattern would cover the area circled in blue

He added: “We know that parking has been reduced in the area around the stadium due to the development of the new arena. At the start of the season we had a meeting with the club and they said the number of places parking space around the stadium has been reduced by 20%, but the number of cars wanting to park has increased by 5%.

“They’ve improved daytime parking to some extent. At one point people had seasonal parking, but they weren’t sure if it was used weekly, or if the spaces were left empty, so now it’s is on a game-by-game basis. This has improved things, but it’s still a challenge to find a parking spot.

On the Blue Moon fan forum, supporters have also raised their concerns. JazzyBlue said: “I can understand people not wanting to clog the estates and terraced streets in Ancoats, Beswick, Miles Platting but hang out in the lanes around Clayton Vale, Phillips Park almost to the Newton border Heath, etc. are not the best.”



Residents living close to the ground have resorted to placing wheelie bins on the streets on match days to prevent fans from parking outside their homes.

BandofBlues wrote: “Do they expect 50,000 fans to have to descend on Manchester City Center via various routes and methods each match day so they can all then walk to the ground or do they expect- they have everyone squeeze in a few tube carriages and one so it will have to be public transport to Manchester city center which actually travels the wrong direction for anyone coming from many parts of Manchester , followed by a 2 mile walk to the Etihad and back?”

A consultation on the plans for the parking system is now complete. A spokesperson for Manchester Council said: “A wide-ranging consultation has been carried out to ask a wide range of people their views on the Residents’ Car Park scheme. Through this consultation, the council hopes to gain insight Resident and business priorities for game day and event parking.

“Council cannot comment in further detail as the results of the consultation are still being analysed, however any comments gathered during this will be used to inform council’s future plans for this parking scheme. .”

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Burger Restaurant, Beer Garden, Latin Fusion Concept and More in Downtown Tucson

Upcoming Restaurant Concepts and Renovations Funded by Rio Nuevo Board of Directors

There is a lot of buzz in the city center and the Council Rio Nuevo is behind a good handful of them. For example, at a recent meeting, the board – unanimous on every agenda item – approved projects like a new high-rise hotel and residential complex, a new bar and restaurant on the Congress and a few other concepts.

Corbett Lane food, beer and games

First, there’s something quite exciting about the work inside the historic building at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street. Developer Scott Stiteler and his team at First phase are planning to renovate the Corbett Building, naming it Corbett Alley.

Renderings of Corbett Lane (Photo courtesy of Rio Nuevo)

It will take the form of an old-fashioned burger joint, beer garden, five pickleball courts and 188 parking spaces. Just read the words “188 parking spaces” is enough to make anyone happy, isn’t it?

More than likely, you know the empty building, which is nearby EXO Roast Co., Faucet & Bottle, and other wonderful local businesses in the area. In addition, the team behind the construction aims to spruce up the area by installing better lighting, planters, etc.

TABU — a Latin fusion restaurant

Oh, but it’s happening more right through the underpass and further south.

TABU Renderings

Renderings by TABU (Photo courtesy of Rio Nuevo)

There’s a new restaurant downtown called TABOO by developers Zeus Sainz, Jesus Mario Ramirezand Paul Mendoza moves to 128 E. Congress. It is the space rediscovered leaning against the old Chicago store location and near whiskey bar Batch.

“They have developed a unique menu downtown and want to invest in the people of Tucson,” Rio Nuevo said in a statement to the Latin fusion venue.

Rooftop Dining Room at Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink

Finally, the Rio Nuevo Board of Directors closed the meeting by authorizing an additional change to the construction of a rooftop bar at Reilly artisan pizza and drink.

The project was announced and approved nearly a year ago, but hit a snag due to rising construction costs. However, construction is expected to begin very soon on the roof.

Reilly artisan pizza and drink

Renderings of Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink (Photo courtesy of Rio Nuevo)

For more information on upcoming Rio Nuevo Council projects and any updates on completion dates, visit rionuevo.org.

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Initiative aims to provide Purple Heart parking for veterans


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SANDPOINT — The Military Order of Idaho’s Purple Heart Department is working to launch an effort to adopt the Purple Heart parking initiative in Bonner County.

The group is also working to launch the effort in Boundary and Kootenai counties.

The MOPH is a non-profit organization that raises funds for programs and services that help Purple Heart recipients and their families. The initiative is one of those programs.

The Purple Heart Parking Initiative is a national program that is adopted county by county and is used across the United States to show honor and respect to award recipients. This program does this by partnering with local businesses to designate an unreserved parking spot, near or adjacent to handicapped parking, as Purple Heart Parking and erecting a plaque to reserve that spot for Purple Heart recipients. .

The initiative could help many Purple Heart recipients who may not qualify for disabled parking, such as combat wounded or seniors, as it will allow all Purple Heart recipients to use the parking lot. There will be no license or license plate requirements, just proving they have a Purple Heart if approached by an officer.

Being the first of its kind in northern Idaho, Dr. Dale Wilson, a MOPH judge advocate and retired Army major who served in Vietnam, undertook this project at a recent meeting.

“Such an effort will be an exceptional way to honor our wounded-in-battle veterans,” Wilson said, “and also educate local residents about their presence in our communities.”

In addition to looking for businesses willing to participate, MOPH is looking for a local Boy Scout who might consider joining the effort as a Project Eagle Scout.

“I just felt like this was the perfect opportunity for an Eagle Scout project,” Wilson said.

Only one young man will be chosen and will only have to be “enthusiastic and have the desire to do it”. The scout will develop a plan, with the help of the MOPH, to approach businesses and build relationships. Once a plan has been formed, the scout and a MOPH mentor will work to implement said plan, with the scout taking the lead position, Wilson said.

“I want [the scout] kind of taking a leading cause will be an Eagle Scout project,” Wilson said.

Local business owners and Scout leaders interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact Wilson by email at [email protected] or by phone at (208) 290-1986

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Parking study commissioned as Royal Oak struggles with new system – Daily Tribune

A new parking system installed in downtown Royal Oak late last year continues to spark complaints, but city and police officials say the issues are being resolved.

The city’s Downtown Development Authority on Thursday decided to pay for a new parking study, which will take place in two phases, in part to determine whether emergency parking on Washington Avenue needs to be modified.

Retailers continue to complain that customers don’t like rear parking and it’s hurting business.

“It’s a nightmare,” said Lori London, a DDA board member and owner of Write Impressions stationery on Washington Avenue.

Amanda Khoury, owner of the Lost and Found Vintage store, started an online petition two weeks ago to eliminate the new Sentry parking system downtown. Over 1,000 people have signed it to date.

“It’s been relentless,” Khoury said of the complaints she hears from customers and other business owners. “It’s disheartening to hear… people say they don’t want to come downtown anymore.

The sloped parking lot on Washington had to be replaced with a rear sloped parking lot because the new parking meter kiosks have to read license plates from the sidewalk. Michigan motorists only have rear license plates that can only be read if drivers return.

Last year, Royal Oak contracted with Municipal Parking Services to install around 630 on-street parking meters. The company installed Sentry counters, which have cameras that read license plates and mail tickets to offenders.

Thousands of motorists received tickets that were dismissed by the court because of problems with the system or difficulties for users to understand how to use it.

City commissioners were split 4-3 when they approved MPS meters under a five-year contract last year with the Minneapolis-based company. MPS owns and operates the system, collects fines and splits the money 50-50 with the city.

Parking rates for new meters are the same, but fines for violators have increased from $10 to $20. City officials and police worked on a public education program to familiarize people with the new system and reduce payments and other issues.

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City manager Paul Brake said many of the issues that generated complaints occurred when the new system was rolled out in November 2021.

“Some improvements have been made and several updates have been made since the system has been in place,” he said.

Paul Martin, chief operating officer at MPS, told DDA officials there had been issues with a new mobile app for the parking system and at pay stations.

“We are working on ways to report pay station issues,” Martin said. “The overall system is stable.”

Figures for the first week of April show that there were 15,656 parking sessions by motorists. Of these 3,865 people obtained tickets and an additional 3,557 tickets were reviewed by the city and were never issued.

City Commissioner Brandon Kolo, who voted against the new parking contract, said many previous issues with the system have been resolved.

“My main concern is to facilitate the user (meter) experience,” he said. “We are able to hold MPS accountable and they have made changes. Even though I didn’t vote for this, I will be working night and day to make sure this works for Royal Oak.

Kolo said he was encouraged to see that 9,806 motorists who used the system in the first week of April managed to pay for their parking and received no tickets.

DDA officials were against emergency parking in Washington when first asked about it last year. However, police and other city officials have noted that it is safer for motorists to exit parking spaces first than to re-enter traffic lanes.

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The city could revert to parallel parking on Washington, but that would eliminate about 30 existing parking spots due to the extra space required, Kolo said.

“It’s getting better, but the process is not over yet,” he said of the parking meter error issues. “We are holding MPS to a tight schedule to address (unresolved) issues in the near future.”

A new feature to be added to meters is a help function, so motorists can report a problem with a meter when there is a legitimate problem and not risk a ticket, Kolo said.

On Thursday, the DDA decided to hire a consulting firm to conduct a traffic study to determine the best way to remove angled parking spots in Washington and change the two-hour time limits in metered spaces and parking lots. four-hour places in surface lots.

The study would also address whether more free time should be given to lot users to pay, and whether disabled parking in the downtown core should follow standards set by the state.

Downtown Director Daniel Hill said in a memo that the first part of the study should be done this summer, and the second part around March 2023 after the new Baker College on Lafayette Avenue is expected to open. and operational.

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Driving Fine: Driver fined for parking in highway hard shoulder

An apparent attempt to avoid parking fees proved very costly for the driver. The motorist was hit with a fine after attempting to park on the shoulder while waiting to pick up people at Manchester Airport.

The driver was most likely trying to avoid the parking fees or traffic associated with the airport.

However, their attempt was thwarted after traffic police officers spotted the unsafe and illegal parking lot.

North West Highways Police officers found the parked car on Friday and hit the driver with a Traffic Infraction Report (TOR) along with a fixed fine.

In a social media post, the force said: ‘Driver seen by ME54 pulled over on hard shoulder at Manchester Airport waiting to pick up people – TOR issued.’

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Some people responded by expressing their shock at the action while others said it was an all too common occurrence.

One user wrote: “I just don’t see the point of parking people on hard shoulders, yes I know airport parking can be expensive but I’m pretty sure it’s not not the equivalent cost of the fine unless y’all are there during the week?!”

Another commented: ‘I drive a bus around the airport and it’s ridiculous how many people park on the hard shoulder, roundabouts in road traffic cones where construction works take place on the sidewalks next to the bus station entrance need to put some cameras up and fine people.

The news comes after a taxi driver was ordered to pay £2,700 in repair costs after he smashed a Glasgow airport ticket machine which charged him £4 for parking.

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Atif Amin became furious after being told he had to pay £4 to use the drop off and pick up service.

The taxi driver insisted that his disabled parking badge gave him free entry into the NCP car park.

After being told he had to pay the fee, Amin smashed the payment machine’s display screen with a torch, causing £2,700 in damage.

Assistant Prosecutor Amber Feeney told Paisley Sheriff Court the incident happened at Glasgow Airport’s NCP car park at around 5.20am on January 4 last year.

“Amin then grabbed a torch from his vehicle and smashed the screen four times, causing it to explode.”

The court heard the aggrieved father-of-two then paid the £4 parking fee to gain access.

Ms Feeney added: ‘Police have been contacted due to damage to the machine.

“The amount of damages amounted to £2,700.

“Police viewed CCTV and took note of his registration number and when questioning the accused he said ‘The parking lot refused to lift the barrier.’

“He was not warned and charged at that time.”

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Raigmore Hospital’s parking barrier system is expected to be operational by June amid calls from MSP Edward Mountain to speed up the process saying “it is crucial this is fully introduced as soon as possible to secure the release of more spaces”

MSP Edward Mountain at Raigmore Hospital car park.

NHS Highland has denied Raigmore Hospital car park being used as a park and ride after MSP Edward Mountain criticized the health board for failing to make the barriers operational.

More than £600,000 has been spent to expand the car park and install a barrier system designed to allow patients, visitors and staff to park easily amid fears the site is being abused.

Mr Mountain said he was ‘horrified’ after a visit this week when he spent 15 minutes trying to find a space and saw other people circling the car park several times and called the council of health to act.

A spokeswoman for NHS Highland said: ‘Our monitoring of the car park has found no evidence that it is being used as a park and ride by the general public.

“Installing the barrier system will help separate parking for staff and patients, but will not increase the number of parking spaces. It will protect the spaces closest to the main entrance for patient use and hopefully improve the rotation of these spaces.

“We expect it to be fully operational by June 1.”

Earlier, Mr Mountain said: ‘It took me 15 minutes to secure the parking lot at Raigmore and I wasn’t the only one struggling. I was horrified to see people going around in circles struggling to find a place.

“It’s really not good enough. NHS Highland has informed me that the barrier system will not be operational until July 2022 – it should have been ready three years ago. Why is it taking so long?

“The barrier system will ensure controlled parking in the hospital – it is crucial that this is fully introduced as soon as possible to ensure that more spaces are freed up.

“I have been advocating for parking improvements for years and it continues to be a source of frustration for patients, staff and visitors. NHS Highland has made a lot of promises about improving this car park and now is the time to see some urgent action.

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The City Council appoints Petrocelli master promoter of the town square

Riverhead City Council appointed J. Petrocelli Development Associates as lead developer for the new town square last night, allowing negotiations to begin to proceed with development of the project.

The council’s decision was unanimous, and council members expressed enthusiasm for Petrocelli’s concept for the town square, an idea the town has been pursuing for more than two years. They applauded the development project presented by builder Joseph Petrocelli, who completed major construction and restoration projects in downtown Riverhead, including the Long Island Aquarium, Hyatt Place East End, Preston House and Hotel and the Howell House and East Lawn.

The proposal, which was first released publicly during Thursday’s city council business session, includes a four-story, 84-room hotel on the east side of the square with retail stores, a restaurant and a museum space on the ground floor. The proposal also includes a two-story building on the west side of the square, adjoining the Long Island Science Center building, which would have retail stores and a fire station museum on the ground floor with offices above. above; a plaza; green area and communal leisure area; an amphitheatre; a boathouse on the river and a four-storey condominium building on the riverfront, located at the west end of the municipal parking lot.

See previous story: Riverhead set to appoint Petrocelli as master developer for Town Square project

Rendering showing part of J. Petrocelli Development Associates’ proposal for the planned town square on the edge of the Peconic River. Rendered by Andrew V. Giambertone & Associates Architects, PC

The city won a $10 million grant from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in May, which the city expressed in its application that it wants to use much of to help develop the plaza as part of of a public-private partnership. The city owns all of the land where development is proposed, including the sites of three East Main Street properties the city purchased for $4.85 million last year and parking lots along the river.

Councilman Ken Rothwell, who was not present at Thursday’s business session, said yesterday the plan was “very impressive” and applauded Petrocelli for its continued investment in Riverhead.

“You have been a leader in our own economic growth for many years and I commend you, and I think you are more than qualified – you are qualified to lead this business and I know we are in good hands,” he said. said Rothwell. .

Councilor Tim Hubbard said before voting he did not understand why anyone would oppose the development.

“I come home from here after these meetings scratching my head sometimes and thinking that if someone offered to come to our beautiful city and build a children’s cancer hospital and offer free treatment, there would be someone at that microphone or someone on Zoom who would find fault with it,” Hubbard said. “And I sometimes wonder what’s going on in these people, but I give up trying to figure that out. For my life, when good projects come to our city and good things come to make our city a better place, that there is even the slightest opposition, it baffles me,” he said.

“You believed in us. You invested here when no one wanted to invest. You have proven yourself,” supervisor Yvette Aguiar said, speaking to Petrocelli, before casting her vote. “We don’t want anyone from New Jersey or Pennsylvania telling us what to do here in the East End, so I proudly join my colleagues and vote yes.”

Rothwell requested in his comments at the start of the meeting that the entire board, not just the supervisor, be allowed to participate in town square negotiations on behalf of the town, both in executive session and in processes open to the public.

“Many resolutions say ‘authorize a supervisor to execute an agreement with ABC Company’…and I want to make sure that’s not how it’s going to be, it’s going to be based on a full vote of the board of five-member administration,” Rothwell said on a call today. “I’m not going to vote to allow the supervisor to speak on my behalf about how I think the town square should be done, and that everyone is involved and we’re all part of the deals,” a- he declared.

“I sometimes think the supervisor wants to be a controlling entity and I think we as individuals need to be individually responsible for the decision-making of this project,” he added.

Although Petrocelli’s proposal was heralded by some residents at the meeting, others took issue with how the city went about choosing its master developer.

Laurel resident and former city supervisor Laura Jens-Smith said the board may have been rushed in appointing Petrocelli as lead developer just five days after the proposal was publicly presented.

“It’s really very short notice to be able to frame your questions to really take a look at this project and be able to ask questions of the board before approving it,” Jens-Smith said. “So I would ask you to delay the vote on this to have another meeting where Mr. Petrocelli can present the project to the public, they can ask their questions, get answers, and then get the project going.”

Riverhead resident John McAuliff said Petrocelli’s proposal was very different from renderings created by city consultants Urban Design Associates. He said the printout of the original designs showed a much wider space for the plaza area than the 70-foot-wide plaza in Petrocelli’s proposal and that the Long Island Science Center would be the building on the west side of the plaza. square.

“It feels very, very different. Not sure if investing the money to demolish the buildings was to provide space for a new hotel and if that is really what we want as opposed to open space along this side” , said McAuliff.

“We always knew that the proposals we would get for actual development by an enterprise developer would be somewhat different from that. It was a starting point,” community development director Dawn Thomas replied to McAuliff. “And like that – what we’re looking at today is also a starting point.”

She said UDA’s designs were preliminary and that the Long Island Science Center project depended on what would happen to the town square property “…so I think moving forward as quickly as possible, if it is possible, is not a bad decision”, mentioned Thomas.

McAuliff also asked how long the city had been in discussions with Petrocelli and whether the city had issued an RFP for the Town Square project.

Aguiar said the entire city council has been in discussion since December about the project. There was no work session discussion regarding the town square or any urban renewal project listed on the work or executive session agenda in December.

McAuliff and Jens-Smith also questioned why the city hadn’t issued a request for proposals, a longer but competitive process, to seek a developer for the town square.

“The TOD project [transit-oriented development project at the Riverhead railroad station] was done through a tender, but there was no design. The city council spent a great deal of time and energy and with the public in creating the preliminary design for the town square. The projects are therefore different in this respect. Thomas replied.

In a call today, Thomas also said there was a timing issue associated with issuing a tender, indicating that the process could take up to two years, and that funding of the DRI grant requires projects to be “as ready as possible”.

Ron Hariri, a lawyer for Aquebogue, was antagonistic in his comment at the meeting, suggesting that the board’s judgment could be influenced by the Petrocelli companies’ campaign contributions.

“Board members who have received financial, political or other contributions from this plaintiff may have their judgment tainted by these payments. And I would ask them to abstain from voting on this issue,” Hariri said.

Petrocelli companies have regularly contributed to the campaigns of political candidates in Riverhead, most often Republicans. In the last election, the Petrocelli companies gave money to every Republican candidate for city council on the ballot and to the city’s Republican committee.

Hariri also said that the process of choosing the developer of the town square should have been more transparent and prompted more public engagement.

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Intelligent Transportation Systems Market to reach USD 1610.8 Million by 2028 at a CAGR of 8.2%

BANGALORE, India, April 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Intelligent Transportation Systems Market is segmented by Type (Advanced Traffic Management System, Advanced Traveler Information System, ITS-enabled Transport Pricing System, Advanced Public Transport System, Commercial Vehicle Operation), by Application (Fleet Management and asset monitoring, intelligent traffic control, collision avoidance, parking management, passenger information management, ticketing management, emergency vehicle notification, automotive telematics): opportunity analysis and industry forecast, 2022-2028. It is published in Appreciate the reports under the Logistic transport Category.

The global Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) market size is expected to reach $1610.8 million by 2028, $901.4 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 8.2% over the period 2022-2028.

The major factors driving the growth of intelligent transportation system are:

The ability of ITS to process and share information that can prevent potential accidents, maintain traffic flow, and reduce the negative environmental impacts of the transportation sector on society is expected to drive the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) market forward.

Additionally, government initiatives for efficient traffic management, growing need to reduce traffic congestion, rapid development of smart cities, and proliferation of connected vehicles are all expected to propel the intelligent transportation systems market forward.

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Government initiatives conducive to efficient traffic management are expected to drive the growth of the intelligent transportation system market. Governments around the world are implementing ITS to improve road safety and the operational performance of the transport system, as well as to reduce the environmental impact of transport. Important

funds are needed to implement ITS. countries like United States, dubaiand Japan invest heavily in various ITS projects. The government hopes that by deploying next-generation intelligent transport systems powered by AI, drivers will be able to plan their journeys without fear of getting stuck in traffic. These systems also reduce traffic congestion, delays and pollution.

To improve productivity, visibility and maintenance, the intelligent transportation system has enabled fleet management telematics, which shares data between vehicles and fleet managers. Maintenance can cost millions of dollars depending on the size of the fleet. Managers can repair or replace parts before they become too expensive when telematics predicts fleet maintenance needs. Improving route efficiency and freight utilization management can help managers save money. When telematics is used to provide optimized routes, ITS can also save money on fuel and reduce downtime. This is expected to propel the intelligent transportation system market forward.

To manage traffic flow, intelligent traffic solutions can detect traffic patterns and adjust the timing of traffic lights. These apps help avoid road widening and other infrastructure changes. Intelligent traffic management solutions also help drivers and first responders avoid dangerous or construction zones. These factors are expected to drive the growth of the intelligent transportation system market.

Advanced features such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication enhance the market prospects. These features provide travelers with real-time information on road conditions and construction zones, as well as seat availability and public transport timetables, thereby improving overall road safety and reducing the risk of fatalities while reducing the Travel time. The introduction of advanced technologies in the automotive sector has increased the global demand for improved automotive and transportation infrastructure. With the rise of intelligent and electric vehicles, the demand for advanced infrastructure and technology is increasing, which creates a favorable environment for the development of the intelligent transport system market.

Furthermore, the ITS market is expected to be driven by the growing demand for parking space management, especially in urban areas. For more convenient parking, parking management systems communicate the availability of parking spaces. Parking space information is sent to drivers’ smartphones via sensors embedded in the sidewalk of parking lots or above parking lots.

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Type-Based, Advanced traffic management systems should be the most lucrative. This is due to increasing traffic congestion on roads around the world.

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SNP pledges to charge commuters to enter Edinburgh-wide congestion zone to reduce traffic

THE SNP will charge commuters entering Edinburgh and level workplace parking tax on some of the capital’s biggest businesses if the party wins re-election next month.

In a key local election pledge, the party wants to charge drivers who commute to enter city limits at peak times to reduce traffic and encourage more workers to enter Edinburgh by public transport commmon.

Separate plans for a workplace parking charge would see 200 businesses with more than 50 spaces being charged around £500 per year per space, with exemptions for hospitals and medical facilities – amounting to £2 per working day and per place.

Opponents have slammed the plans as a ‘double whammy for workers’ – fearing the strategy will be rolled out in some of Scotland’s other major cities such as Glasgow amid promises to cut traffic and meet targets from net zero.

In 2005 Edinburgh residents voted in a referendum to reject congestion zone plans which would have charged motorists £2 a day – with fines of up to £60 for those who failed to pay . The London Congestion Zone imposes a daily rate of £15 but does not cover the entire city.

READ MORE: SNP pledges to extend Edinburgh tram if re-elected in capital

Council leader Adam McVey pledges to roll out the policy during the council’s next term if the SNP returns to power in Edinburgh.

He told the Herald that ‘too many cars coming from the area in Edinburgh’ was a ‘brutal truth that we have to live with and address’.

He added: ‘We have come up with a very sensible measure which is a charge on people entering at peak times, with exemptions for things like hospital visits and healthcare, as we recognize that Edinburgh contains good regional facilities.

“Basically, this will not apply to any tax-paying residents of Edinburgh council. We need to make sure that residents, when they need to get around our city, can get around our city.

Funds raised from the congestion zone would be reinvested to improve public transportation systems on a regional basis, including park and ride facilities and better public and active transportation options.

Mr McVey said: ‘It would only work at peak times to try to ensure that congestion is the thing we are trying to solve and target.

“People who need to drive across town will be able to do so more easily, transport will flow more smoothly and it will make it much more attractive for people to use these public transport alternatives.”

READ MORE: SNP Government to investigate charging for car use to cut carbon emissions

The SNP government has pledged to cut car journeys by 20% by 2030 – while politicians in Edinburgh and Glasgow have pledged to create net zero cities by the same timeframe.

But Mr McVey admitted ‘we need to make it more affordable and easier’ for commuters from Fife and Lothians to use public transport to get to Edinburgh.

The Scottish Government has been criticized for plans to allow councils to introduce a workplace parking charge, which would impose a charge on parking spaces.

SNP leaders in Edinburgh are pledging to roll out the scheme to 200 companies – and hope to put measures in place to ensure the burden is not passed from employers to workers.

Mr McVey said: “The only businesses that would pay it are the top 200 businesses in the city – those are only businesses that have 50 or more parking spaces.

“We will also see, in the conditions of implementation of the policy, how to prevent companies from passing on these charges to employees.

“What we want is for companies themselves to engage in the process with their employees in a supportive way to empower their employees to make the right choices.”

He added: “We exempt things like hospitals and medical centers from it so they don’t get charged.

“Even at this rate we would still raise around £10million a year.

“It’s a huge amount of money to invest in strengthening public transport in the city and strengthening the delivery of our transport plans.”

The workplace parking charge is expected to cost around £450-£550 per year per parking space subject to the charge, or around £2 per working day.

READ MORE: Workplace parking charge plans could be approved by ministers amid business fears

Workplace parking charge schemes have been heavily criticized by industry leaders, with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce warning that ‘businesses are in disbelief that they face costs even more initial trading, just as the economy begins to recover from the impact of Covid-19.”

Scottish Tories have also spoken out against the plans and are calling for a rethink of congestion charging proposals.

Scottish Conservative Lothian MSP and Shadow Local Government Secretary Miles Briggs said: ‘The SNP’s war on motorists apparently knows no bounds. Not only do they want to hammer workers just by driving to work, they are upping the ante even further.

“A commuter tax would be a potential double whammy for workers who rely on their car to come to Edinburgh because of where they live or poor public transport connection.”

He added: “Obviously the opinions of the Greens rub off on the SNP the longer they are in coalition together.

“Only Scottish Tories can be trusted to defend motorists against such SNP plans to impose more taxes, which will only hurt working people and damage our recovery.”

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Developer offers settlement options on Oakville skyscraper project

By Gene Pereira

Published on April 13, 2022 at 1:35 p.m.

A proposal is on the table for a 245-unit development to be built on land on the southwest corner of Lakeshore Road West and East Street. IMAGES OF THE CITY OF OAKVILLE

Developers and Oakville residents are still arguing how high a proposed new residential condominium in Bronte will go.

The proposed zoning by-law amendment application for the 245-unit development, which is to be built on 0.38 hectares of land at the southwest corner of Lakeshore Road. West and East St., has been appealed to the Ontario Lands Tribunal, which has not yet set a hearing date.

The initial application proposes a 15-storey mixed-use building containing 245 residential rental units and 446 square meters of commercial space at ground level. In addition, there would be 273 parking spaces on 3.5 levels of underground parking.

But local residents are encouraged to consider two options as a means of a settlement offer by the developer.

Bids are based on either a 13-story building or a 10-story building with different designs. Each option includes up to 244 units, commercial spaces on the ground floor and 268 parking spaces (one parking space per residential unit plus 24 parking spaces for retail and visitor parking).

Nevertheless, the promoter can return to the initial proposal if the court rules in his favour.

Oakville residents will be able to speak on the proposal during a videoconference hosted by the city’s planning and development board on May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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Mercedes and a Honda spend 45 minutes locked in a tense standoff in a parking space in Melbourne

Mercedes and a Honda spend 45 minutes locked in a tense standoff in a CBD parking space as a crowd forms around them

  • Two Melbourne drivers were stuck in a parking spot for 45 minutes
  • The Mercedes Benz and Honda both attempted to claim the spot on Sunday night
  • Witnesses say the Honda ultimately won the battle after a ‘referee’ intervened

Two drivers were caught in a bizarre standoff in a single parking spot on a busy street that lasted 45 minutes.

A gray Mercedes Benz and a dark blue Honda were fighting over a single parking space near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale streets in Melbourne’s CBD.

The two drivers arrived on site simultaneously around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with each car taking half and refusing to give up the rest.

Two drivers on a busy Melbourne street were caught in a bizarre standoff in a single parking space that lasted 45 minutes

A Reddit user shared an image of the two pilots locked in battle as a crowd gathered on the sidewalk to watch the puzzling scene.

The man who posted the image asked other Melburnians who witnessed the ‘epic battle’ which driver ultimately managed to claim the park.

“Honda won! Me and my buddies dropped by just as it was ending. There was quite a large crowd,” one wrote.

Another broke down the time and location saying: ‘For context the battle happened around 7.30am near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale.’

“Apparently it had been going on for 15 minutes when my partner and I arrived and was continuing at 7.45am when we had to leave to get to our comedy show.”

A few respondents noted that a “referee” had to intervene when the two stubborn drivers refused to give way after half an hour.

“We watched occasionally for almost half an hour waiting for a comedy show. It was still a stalemate when we left but someone had started acting as a referee between the two riders,” one of them recalled.

A gray Mercedes Benz and a dark blue Honda were fighting over a single parking space near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale streets.  A Reddit user revealed that the Honda finally won after the two riders locked themselves in a 45-minute battle

A gray Mercedes Benz and a dark blue Honda were fighting over a single parking space near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale streets. A Reddit user revealed that the Honda finally won after the two riders locked themselves in a 45-minute battle

Others chose the sides of the pilot who they believed had the right to claim the space.

“I was firmly on the side of the common man, the Honda team. Not just because they had three wheels in the park,” one wrote.

“Usually the Shujinko team wins because the corners are very tight on the other side and a faster reaction time is needed,” another observed.

A third added that the Honda should have pulled “the handbrake and gone”. Mercedes is unlikely to call the bluff.”

One of them said that if the two cars crashed, the Honda would “win by default”.

A few Melbourne residents joked that “Sunday entertainment” was better to watch than Formula 1.

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Mumbai Buzz: New variant of COVID-19 | GMLR construction to reduce green cover…and more

The disappearance of Mumbai’s green blanket worries activists and concerned citizens | Photo: Vitor Pamplona, ​​Flickr, Generic Attribution 2.0 (CC BY 2.0)

Mumbai reports first case of new variant of COVID-19

On April 6, Mumbai reported the country’s first case of the XE variant of COVID-19, a more transmissible sub-variant of Omicron. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has confirmed that a 50-year-old woman who traveled from South Africa in February was found asymptomatic with the variant.

Upon arrival on February 10, the woman tested negative, but on March 2, during a routine check-up at a suburban diagnostic center, she tested positive for COVID-19.

The XE mutant is said to be ten times more transmissible than the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron, which has until now been considered the most contagious of all coronavirus mutations.

However, according to renowned virologist Dr. Gagandeep Kang, a professor at Christian Medical College, Vellore, the variant is not expected to cause more severity than previous mutations.

Source: Midday, Firstpost

Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation asks traffic police to reconsider no parking zones in the city

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has asked the traffic police to reconsider the no-parking zones in the city, in a bid to address the parking crisis.

“It has been observed that there are many places in the city where residents park their vehicles, whether it is allowed or not, mainly because these places are near a market or a shopping center. The idea is to study these locations and identify the possibility of converting these areas to paid parking or parallel parking, therefore ward offices are requested to provide a report on these locations,” said the Deputy City Commissioner of the NMMC, Jaydeep Pawar.

Many no-parking zones are currently located near shopping malls. In the absence of alternative parking spaces, residents are then forced to line up vehicles in other no-parking zones, which causes more traffic jams. In most parts of Mumbai, lack of parking space is a constant problem for vehicle owners.

Source: Hindustan Times

A car in South Bombay parked by a no parking sign
Lack of Parking Space Drives Vehicle Owners to Park in No-Parking Zones, Vicious Circle Leading to More Traffic Jams | Photo: Thomas Galvez, Flickr, Attribution Generic 2.0 (CC BY 2.0)

Read more: Is Mumbai one step closer to solving its parking crisis?


1,100 trees will be affected for the construction of the GMLR

For the impending construction of the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR) project, officials have specified that up to 115 trees will be completely cut down. In total, approximately 1,100 trees will be affected, whether felled or transplanted. Others will be affected by the proposed road widening along Mulund.

The route includes a tunnel that will rise under the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. For this, more green cover could be removed.

According to activist Zora Bhathena, more than 80% of the time, transplanting destroys trees. Other activists have stepped in, saying the damage to vegetation will be irreversible.

Source: The Times of India

Mumbaikars struggle with rising household spending

Rising prices for edible oil, LPG, packaged goods and other household items have increased exponentially over the past few weeks. Additional fuel prices that have driven up daily transport prices – Uber has raised its fees by 15% – are causing stress for residents who are struggling to support themselves.

According to a resident, the average price for a bunch of beans and brinjal is now 100-120 rupees compared to the previous 60-80 rupees. Vegetable vendors say their business is affected by how customers are buying less than before. A commercial LPG cylinder has now crossed Rs 2,250, almost unaffordable for many households in the city.

Source: The Times of India

Mumbai police start seizing vehicles for driving in reverse

Despite multiple warnings and FIRs for wrong-way driving, the situation in town remains unchanged. To tackle this problem head-on, the Mumbai Police, under Commissioner Sanjay Pandey, have started seizing vehicles.

On April 6, 294 FIRs were registered against motorists. Until March 31, a total of 2,649 FIRs were registered in the city. According to police officials, at least 200 FIR per day are registered with them for wrong-way driving.

Police deliver the motorist under Sections 279 (reckless driving) and 336 (endangering the life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code. “The number did not decrease even after the warning that prompted us to start impounding the vehicles,” said Raj Tilak Roushan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

Source: Hindustan Times

(Compiled by Saachi D’Souza)

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Enmarket Arena car park delays linked to toxic waste

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – The lack of parking and ongoing road construction around the new Enmarket Arena over the past two months has been a painful reminder of the city’s slow progress with public parking.

“Drive here, traffic. I don’t think the streets here are made for an event like this,” said Kendall Witmore, who attended John Mulaney’s comedy show in Savannah last week. “Parking was kind of a nightmare.”

For others, the road to the new arena was confusing, especially at night.

“I think we were only waiting 20 or 30 minutes to turn around to find our place. It was crazy. It was a lot,” said Jasmine Dorset, outside the arena after the show ended.

The Enmarket Arena opened its doors more than two months ago, but construction of a 2,000-space above-ground car park has been delayed because of what experts keep finding beneath the surface: products hazardous industrial chemicals known as PCBs.

The 22-acre site, once part of a scrap yard where cars were crushed, required extensive environmental testing and remediation. The testing process took the longest because it involved drilling core samples, said Bill Anderson, senior vice president of Terracon Consultants. He explained the prescribed process once PCBs are discovered.

“You know, not just 10 feet horizontally, but every foot, foot and a half, three feet, five feet, seven feet below the surface, so we can map the whole area that was affected,” he said. .

There’s enough impact at the site that the EPA and Georgia Environmental Protection Division have designated the land a brownfield, Anderson said.

PCBs are known to cause cancer if ingested for a long time.

Toxic chemicals are no surprise to city leaders who have been aware of them for years.

“I think it’s just a much bigger project than we anticipated when we got into it,” said Bret Bell, chief operating officer for the City of Savannah. “We would have done it anyway, but we would have given ourselves a new timeline to do it.”

The city and its contractors have been working closely with environment officials on an industrial waste remediation plan, Bell said, that includes grants to pay for it. Right now they are focusing on a plan for the back half of the property – a mostly wooded area.

As for the new parking lot which should open on the site starting tomorrow, the environmental rehabilitation is complete. The city has received permission to cover the industrial waste in place under the ground. A plug is an engineered barrier that protects it from leaching into groundwater.

“There will be an environmental clause that will apply to this property that would prevent future development in a residential area or prevent someone from putting a drinking water well through the contamination,” Anderson said.

The land, however, can be used for commercial development, including a parking lot, which isn’t expected to be fully completed until early fall, said City of Savannah chief operating officer Bret Bell. He oversees the development of the arena.

“I think it’s just a much bigger project than we anticipated when we got into it,” he said. “We would have done it anyway, but we would have given ourselves a new timeline to do it.”

The parking lot project launched is an approximately $9 million project funded by the City of Savannah’s parking enterprise fund, but Bell acknowledged that it may end up costing more due to the time required to do so. .

He was not ready to provide an updated estimate of the cost of parking because, he said, the city is still awaiting test results for the northern half of the lot where most of the soil contamination was found. .

“At this time, we don’t have an exact estimate until we start digging and figuring out how many truckloads of material we need to move and ship to the hazardous materials landfill,” he said. declared. “We will have that number in the next month.”

New infrastructure promoting private development

At $9 million, each parking spot in the lot is expected to cost around $4,500 to build. Estimates for building a parking lot were about $37,000 per parking space, or about $75 million, he said.

In this scenario, surface land is cheaper, but as WTOC Investigates learned, the $9 million parking lot is a temporary plan to prepare the ground for a new parking lot one day.

“We don’t want it to be a sea of ​​parking, long term,” Bell said. “Our original plans were to do a shared-structure parking lot with a private development,” Bell said.

The original plan didn’t work. In 2019, City Council led by Mayor Eddie DeLoach signed a 10-year lease with the landlord. The board amended the agreement in May 2020 to reduce annual lease payments to $525,000.

The city and landlord agreed to reduce lease payments, Bell said, after initial environmental testing in February 2020 determined industrial contamination was more extensive than initially thought.

As part of the terms of the lease, the city will also reimburse the landlord for liability insurance for the operation of public parking and any increased ad valorem taxes. These payments began a year ago.

“By doing the parking lot, which we see as a temporary solution,” Bell said. “It allows us to improve infrastructure to widen the canal to improve roads, which encourages private development.”

As an example of private development planned for the area, Bell pointed across Gwinnett Street to the land next to Interstate 16 where a 400-unit residential complex is planned.

“We want this area to develop into a dense urban thoroughfare. We want this to be an extension of downtown with retail, potentially hotels, other uses serving surrounding neighborhoods – not a big sea of ​​sidewalks here.

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How Parking Data Analytics Helps Lot and Garage Management



Analyzing parking data can provide insight into your parking program for effective policy and pricing decision making. Effective data visualization will aid in efficient parking allocation, technology deployment, and staff utilization. The ability to overlay data from all your payment and control technologies will provide insight into customer experience and behavior. Effective management of parking lots or parking garages is essential to the success of any business. The parking lot or garage must be easily accessible, well lit, maintained and safe for employees and customers. Parking data analysis is essential to ensure that all of these factors are met.

The importance of data analysis for the management of parking lots and garages

Parking data analysis can be an extremely valuable tool for parking managers. Through the analysis of parking data, decision makers can determine where and how parking facilities are used. They can then use this data to improve the efficiency of their operations, plan improvements to their infrastructure, and even predict future parking demand by tracking which spaces are in high demand and how different pricing systems will affect parking. It also helps them maintain inventory and provide better customer service.

How Parking Data Analytics Works in Lot and Garage Management

Data analysis refers to the process of converting data into information, knowledge, and knowledge. It is often used in businesses to find ways to improve operations by understanding how customers interact with systems, products, and services. Data analysis helps parking lot and garage management by analyzing how people use their parking spaces or garages. Understanding your parking diversity, usage frequency, space turnover, and length of stay trends allows for more informed decision making. Plus, integrating customer surveys, social media sentiment, and call center data with your transactional reports provides a higher level of understanding and insight into your parking data.

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Quesabirria and Hot Chicken Sandwiches: Off-Grid Food Truck Markets Return to the Peninsula | Peninsula Foodist | The peninsula foodist

By Anthony Shu

The opening night of the first Off the Grid Market in downtown Menlo Park. Photo by Michelle Le.

With the weather warming up, it’s time again to dine alfresco and line up at funky Bay Area food trucks painted with mascots like a hip-hop rooster and a fruit-loving version of Poseidon. of sea.

Off the Grid, which operates food truck markets throughout the Bay Area, is bringing back its Peninsula and South Bay markets next week. The Foster City Market will be held at Leo J. Ryan Park and the Menlo Park Market will be held at 1120 Merrill St. in the Caltrain parking lot. Both events will take place on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and begin on April 6. A store in Daly City is expected to open soon and the markets will close for the winter on October 26.

While it might seem overwhelming to navigate the crowds lined up for a Southern-style barbecue, cheese quesabirria and Singaporean satay, here are a few trucks hitting the peninsula that we’re excited to try. Keep in mind that the rotating cast includes many more restaurants than those listed below. The Foster City market will accommodate 10 trucks and the Menlo Park site will accommodate seven or eight mobile vendors each week.

In Foster City on April 6:

Dominic’s food truck
The mobile outpost of a family business with 34 years of restaurant and catering experience, Dominic’s menu features dishes you might expect to see at a wedding banquet, not in a parking lot. . While sandwiches like cheesesteaks and a grilled crab and cheese sandwich are on offer, the truck also serves more elaborate dishes, including cioppino and porcini mushroom ravioli in cream sauce.

Dump truck
Dum Truck serves Indian soul food, where chef Rupam Bhagat prepares family recipes with a twist from his Culinary Institute of America training. There are a variety of kati rolls which wrap lamb, spinach, chicken or paneer in thin parathas and biryanis which cover meat and basmati rice.

El Fuego
El Fuego mainly focuses on one thing: the bright orange tacos filled with slow-braised beef birria that have taken over the internet in recent years. Make sure you have a cup of consomé, the flavorful liquid in which beef is cooked, to dip and drink.

Hula Truck
Blending Pacific Island dishes with a Northern California twist, Hula Truck serves dishes like Da Situation, tater tots topped with adobo chicken, kalua pork, tocino or lechon. They also boast of having some of the best lumpia in the world, the crispy golden Filipino spring rolls filled here with ground pork, shrimp and water chestnuts.

Six Fifty Classics:


Ribs served with a side of macaroni and cheese cooked with paprika and other spices. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Capelo’s BBQ
This peninsula establishment has been the South Bay Area’s barbecue since 2012.

Sam’s Chowder Mobile
Avoid the long lines at the Coastside institution with Sam’s food truck serving the same lobster rolls, clam chowder and fish and chips that make its Half Moon Bay location a destination.

Sate in the Bay
Savor Singaporean specialties like charred chicken skewers and mixed dishes like a chili crab sandwich at Elly Greenfield’s food truck.

The Gopher’s Roost
Known for its sandwiches where Belgian waffles replace bread and wrap around buttermilk fried chicken, The Waffle Roost will satisfy both sweet and savory lovers.

At Menlo Park on April 6:

Chick N’Bros
Featuring thick Nashville hot chicken sandwiches spiced with chilies ranging from cayenne to sweaty Carolina Reapers, Chick N’ Bros is bold and brash. Prepare portrait mode on your phone to capture the sandwiches covered in sweet and tangy “chicken sauce” and local honey.

Miss Subi
Miss Subi offers a selection of musubi, the ubiquitous Japanese-inspired snack in Hawaii. However, the truck goes beyond the more common form of musubi, a slice of rice-wrapped spam in a sheet of seaweed, and incorporates toppings inspired by cuisines from across Asia. The KBJ Beef Musubi pairs kimchee bacon jam with a beef patty, and a har gow-inspired musubi uses chopped shrimp to mimic the dim sum dumpling.

Mozzeria
This Neapolitan pizzeria is dedicated to creating a space to experience deaf culture and increase career opportunities for deaf people. While the San Francisco restaurant closed during the pandemic, the food truck still serves a menu of classic pizzas with bubbly crusts.

President
One of the Bay Area’s best-known food trucks, The Chairman has built its reputation on moist, steamed bao filled with everything from tender pork belly to crispy tempeh and roasted carrot puree.

Off the Grid’s SFO Food Spot also hosts a food truck during lunch hours Tuesday through Friday. It is located on the departures level outside Terminal 1.

More and more Peninsula food truck pop-ups are being hosted by Moveable.

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Buyer slams Coles for ‘disrespectful’ act after carts left in disabled parking bay

Frustrated shopper slams Coles for ‘disrespectful’ act after more than 20 carts were left in disabled parking bay

  • A Coles shopper was frustrated after noticing a problem at his local store
  • The woman claims a line of carts covered a disabled parking spot
  • Images show more than 20 carts sprawling across the parking space
  • A Coles spokesperson said the issue was now resolved.

A frustrated customer has slammed Coles after noticing an ongoing ‘disrespectful’ trolley issue at her local supermarket.

The Western Australian woman shared a series of images on Coles’ Facebook page claiming that several trolleys had been left unattended in the disabled parking space.

The photos show a line of more than 20 carts stretching across the parking space reserved for people with disabilities or a condition.

Buyer Coles from Western Australia has shared a series of images online claiming several trolleys were left unattended in the disabled parking bay

“I’m so sick of not being respected by Coles staff, it’s a constant battle with management and cart handlers at Coles,” the woman wrote online.

‘I’m so sick of not being respected by Coles staff it’s a constant battle with Coles management and cart handlers,’ the woman wrote online, adding that she was shopping at the South Hedland store.

“Every time I complain the manager ‘PROMISES’ it will never happen again. What a joke. It’s been over five years and nothing has changed.

She added a scathing assumption stating: ‘Obviously Coles doesn’t care about people with disabilities.

On the woman’s Facebook profile, she is open that she lives with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome – a disorder that affects the skin and joints, leaving the person in pain.

On Facebook, other customers were in disbelief and shared a comment about it.

“This is appalling behavior from the manager, hope the company treats them appropriately,” one person wrote.

Another said: “Bad shape indeed, don’t they have cart bays?”

A representative for Coles saw the woman’s message and said action would be taken.

“We are disappointed to hear about your experience and we are truly sorry for the inconvenience caused,” the comment read.

“We have now relayed this information to our Store Manager and Regional Manager to follow up with the team and remind them of our courtesy expectations. We hope you will notice an improvement in the future.

A Coles spokesman said the supermarket giant had spoken to trolley handlers and the issue was now resolved.

A Coles spokesman said the supermarket giant had spoken to trolley handlers and the issue was now resolved.

A Coles spokesman said the supermarket giant had spoken to trolley handlers and the issue was now resolved.

“We are truly disappointed to hear about our valued customer’s experience. We are working hard to ensure our stores and car parks are accessible and easy to shop for,” the spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

“We have spoken to our trolley collectors in South Hedland to ensure the correct procedures are followed in the future.”

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Business owner embroiled in parking space dispute says she was ‘wrongfully arrested’

CHARLOTTE, NC – What started as a parking dispute between Noble Smoke and The Good Life At Enderly Park in West Charlotte; has now turned into a social media back and forth and arrest.

“I was terrified. I’m being bullied,” said Robbie Guzman, owner of The Good Life At Enderly Park.

“You don’t threaten people’s safety,” Megachurch pastor Penny Maxwell said in an Instagram video.

Guzman says she was wrongfully arrested Wednesday after an online exchange with Maxwell.

“I had to be handcuffed. I must have had a fingerprint. I had to sit in the farm,” Guzman said.

Guzman is accused of uttering threats. She tells me she didn’t make any threats.

“She proves what I say. His privilege allows him to do things. She got me arrested for no reason,” Guzman said.

Maxwell posted a seven-minute video as he appeared to be driving last week.

“You can yell at me because of the color of my skin and say white privilege, white privilege, you own a business sister. You own a business. So break up. Don’t blame all the men for being an angry woman,” Maxwell said in the video.

Maxwell says she stands by Jim Noble, the owner of Noble Smoke who was involved in the parking lot dispute. Maxwell says Noble sees his business and his reputation under attack.

“He goes out, and the undesirables, the ones that hang around the streets that Jim Noble loves and cares that most people in Charlotte would step over, that man loves them,” Maxwell said in the video.

Meanwhile, Guzman says she is now intimidated and receiving threats against her and her business.

“I just want to make sure I’m safe and can get back to business. and that there will be some sort of accountability for what went wrong here,” Guzman said.

Penny Maxwell was unavailable to answer questions. His assistant sent the WCCB a statement saying the pastor has no further comment now that this is a legal matter.
Guzman has a court date in September.

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Letter from Sudbury: Free parking at KED isn’t so free

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Thus, the city council has decided that parking for the Dario Zulich event center will be provided free of charge by the city. Kingsway Entertainment District parking will not be free: it will be a cost buried in tax bills. it will be paid mainly by taxpayers who do not go to KED.

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If the council wants free parking for events, they should drive downtown where the parking spaces are already built. Downtown parking has already been paid for. These spots are empty at night. They are free for the city.

KED parking spaces will remain empty 95% of the time. This means that the city promises to build expensive, low-value parking spaces to subsidize owners and fans of Wolves and potential patrons of an imaginary casino.

An additional downtown parking space would be used at least 10 times more than any space at KED. Investing downtown is good savings. The city can actually charge for downtown spaces during the day if they need to. Buying expensive parking spaces that will hardly be used on the outskirts of town is bad policy.

The board doesn’t quite lie that parking will be free at KED. He only shows again his tragic inability to understand simple economics.

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Economist

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Corner parking lot in Las Vegas, NM gets mixed reviews | Local News

Frankie Ann Vigil saw times when free parking wasn’t available at the historic Plaza in Las Vegas, NM

So when city officials instituted corner parking on part of the Plaza in January, including in front of Vigil’s business, owner Frankie AnnTiques liked the idea.

“It created more parking,” Vigil said. “We need more parking in the summer when there are a lot of tourists.”

Retired Las Vegas City Schools teacher and administrator Art Gonzales, however, said he avoided rear-angle parking and opted for nearby parallel parking and then walking.

“I don’t like having to step back,” Gonzales said while having lunch with his wife Bernice at Olivia’s, also in the Plaza, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974 for its architecturally notable buildings.

Previously, the Plaza had parallel parking on both sides of the streets. Now drivers have the option of parallel parking on the west and east sides of the Plaza or corner parking on the north and south sides.

City officials changed the layout as part of a $1.6 million project to replace outdated sewer, gas and water lines, the city’s director of utilities said. , Maria Gilvarry. The project included the repaving of historic Bridge Street, Plaza Park and side streets.

“I got a lot of positive feedback, and there were some negative feedback early on,” Gilvarry said Friday.

The city consulted a traffic engineer, who recommended rear-angle parking because it is easier than parallel parking and safer to load and unload the trunks of vehicles from the curb rather than from the street.

Mayor Louie Trujillo said he believes the rear corner parking lot added about 20 spaces around the Plaza.

“We wanted to see how we could maximize corner parking,” Trujillo said.

He also noted that it’s safer for drivers.

“For loading and unloading your vehicle, people do it between vehicles, not on the street,” Trujillo said.

Allan Affeldt, owner of the Plaza Hotel, said all downtown merchants were in favor of additional parking, but were not involved in the decision-making. The Plaza Hotel has a lot behind the building and a corner parking lot in front.

“Parking has been an issue around the Plaza,” Affeldt said. “We [merchants] had nothing to do with the back-in [parking] until it happens. Whether you are entering or returning, coming or leaving, you are going to find yourself in traffic one way or another. It’s not unique to Las Vegas.

Savannah Garcia, who works the front desk at the Plaza Hotel, said she thinks some people might refrain from parking at an angle because they “might not be good at backing up.”

“For some people who know how to back into a parking spot, it works,” Garcia said. “I think that helped a lot.”

Edward Madrid of Villanueva initially thought the new parking lot layout was a little odd. But that doesn’t stop him from using it.

“It’s just something nobody is used to doing,” Madrid said.

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Time is up? Downtown Parkersburg Parking Enforcement Remains On Hold – For Now | News, Sports, Jobs




A parking meter is displayed on Market Street in Parkersburg, where downtown parking regulations have not been enforced for two years. Some downtown businesses would like to see enforcement resume, and Mayor Tom Joyce is considering the matter. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

PARKERSBURG — As businesses and activities closed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Parkersburg suspended enforcement of downtown parking regulations to help businesses there.

This remains in effect two years later, but some city centers are ready to see the delays return.

“The city’s lifting of parking enforcement was beneficial for a little while as people were mostly working from home and trying to cope with all the safety precautions and changes in daily life,” said Amanda Stevens, executive director of Downtown PKB. “The downtown businesses I’ve spoken (to) are ready to resume downtown parking enforcement.”

Mayor Tom Joyce said he has reviewed the situation several times and received mixed feedback. But recently, a group of owners affiliated with Downtown PKB recommended that the city restart enforcement, at least for street parking.

“I take this recommendation into consideration,” Joyce said Thursday. “I’ll probably wait until we have a new chief of police…and we’ll decide when and/or if we’re basically going to institute that recommendation.”

A parking meter on Market Street in downtown Parkersburg keeps time Thursday, although the app hasn’t been enforced for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

People will be given adequate notice before the change takes effect, the mayor said.

The downtown economy is “still impacted by COVID more than any other geographic location or even industry,” Joyce said. Hundreds of Highmark West Virginia employees continue to work from home or in a hybrid format, while more than 90% of the 2,403 employees assigned to Parkersburg for the Federal Office of Tax Services are telecommuting.

But even without this population regularly downtown, some people say parking is hard to come by.

“If we arrive early, all these parking spaces are already full every morning”, said Walker resident Dianna Hewitt, pointing to metered and 60-minute spaces in the 700 block of Market Street. “If it’s after 8:30, it’s full.”

Hewitt, who paid to hold a spot in a parking lot before retiring from a downtown job, frequently visits the Parkersburg Art Center for crafts. She said she and others park on the grounds of the art center at Eighth and Market streets.

A 60-minute parking sign is seen on Market Street in downtown Parkersburg Thursday. Some downtown businesses would like parking enforcement to resume, and Mayor Tom Joyce is considering the matter. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

Jessie Siefert, executive and educational director of the Art Center, wants law enforcement back.

“A lot of times we have older customers who just want to stop by…or a parent dropping off a child,” she says. When people can park all day in a space, “This prevents Market Street businesses from having parking immediately available in front of their businesses.”

Robert Bosworth, who works in downtown Catholic Charities West Virginia, said people who come to get food from their soup kitchen sometimes have trouble parking nearby.

“A large part of our clientele is disabled”, he said.

Other companies haven’t seen many issues with parking.

“We are fine” said Chams Ekelman, co-owner of Chams Lebanese Kitchen on Market Street. Although the lunch hour is busy, customers “Always find a place to park.”

The lack of enforcement has had a significant impact on the city’s parking fund, which has operated in deficit for the past several years, city chief financial officer Eric Jiles said during recent hearings on the municipal budget.

Parking meter revenue fell from $64,063 in fiscal year 2018 to $34,382, which included the first three and a half months of the pandemic. That number dropped to $14,298 in fiscal year 2021 as some drivers continued to power meters even when it was not needed.

Overall parking revenue, including rental of spaces on municipal lands, increased from $230,720 in fiscal year 2018 to $141,346 in fiscal year 2021.

Jiles forecast $14,000 in meter revenue and $111,750 in total for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

“It’s hard to say when the entire workforce will return, or ever return, to downtown,” he said.

The parking budget includes $140,318 for staff services but nothing for capital expenditures, according to city budget documents, which cover part of the salary of a supervisor who also works for the Municipal Court and three others workers.

These employees still collected money from meters, repainted meters, mowed dirt and performed other tasks on city buildings and grounds, Joyce said.

“They did a bit of everything” he said “The only thing they haven’t done is (write) tickets.”

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Woodville parking lot solution needed

Wyndham Council will seek to find a long-term solution for parents and carers at Warringa Park School that meets their parking needs.

For many years, the school’s tutors and teachers used the parking lot at Woodville Park Shopping Center for free.

Earlier this year, the mall informed the school that it would no longer support free parking and would start charging fees.

Wyndham Council received a petition signed by more than 200 residents asking for help with parking requests.

Councilor Mia Shaw said it would be a terrible outcome if struggling families had to pay for parking to get their children safely to school.

“It is frankly unacceptable for parents and guardians of children with reduced mobility and special needs to attempt to park on the street away from school,” she said.

A report at the Tuesday March 22 council meeting said council officers had carried out on-site inspections and raised the matter with the Woodville Mall Corporation.

As the car park is private property, the shopping center has no obligation to take into account requests made by the town hall.

However, a representative from Woodville indicated that he was ready to enter into a short-term lease that would allow the school to use up to 50 parking spaces.

This would be a temporary solution as Woodville is currently finalizing a bid to subdivide the parking space, according to the report.

The council said it would approach the state government to purchase nearby land to meet parking needs.

Other proposals include installing parking spaces along Willmott Drive, creating a pathway to make it easier for families to walk to school, and creating a more sure along the way.

Cr Shaw said the board would look at how it could improve the situation, but some things were beyond his control.

“It is the responsibility of the state government to provide parking for the school and they need to come to the party and buy the land to enable a long term parking solution for a school that really needs it.”

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Nightmarish neighbor, 61, jailed after attacking woman over parking space

Anthony Bert, 61, attacked the woman outside her home on March 23, four months after she kicked her door and shouted at her letterbox

Anthony Bert was jailed for 64 months at Lewes Crown Court

A nightmarish neighbor attacked a woman and left her seriously injured after an argument in a parking space.

Anthony Bert met his victim outside his former home as she temporarily parked her car in a private car park while collecting items from his gardens on the afternoon of March 23 last year.

The 61-year-old man began to threaten the 50-year-old woman, before violently assaulting her.

The attack in St Aubyns, Hove, East Sussex, left the woman with severe face and chest injuries as Bert fled.

Four months before the attack, Bert had kicked the woman’s front door and shouted threateningly and abusively into her letterbox.

Bert, of Namrik Mewsn Hove, was convicted of two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent by a jury at Lewes Crown Court.







He was convicted at Lewes Crown Court
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At a subsequent hearing in the same court, a judge imprisoned him for 64 months.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said: ‘Four months prior, in November 2020, Bert had been the subject of an emergency call from the same victim after he kicked his door in entered and shouted threatening and abusive language.

“In this case, Bert was contacted by officers after the victim chose not to press charges.

“Following the assault, a warrant was issued for Bert’s arrest and he was arrested at Heathrow Airport as he attempted to board a flight to Spain.”

Bert also received a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting the victim or traveling to the St Aubyns address.

Detective Janet Summers said: “I would like to thank the victim for their support in carrying out this sentence, after what has been a vicious and sustained attack.

“Violence of any kind will not be tolerated in Brighton and Hove and we are happy to have a violent offender behind bars.

“If you are the victim of a crime, please report it online, via 101 or by calling 999 in an emergency.”

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Neighbors concerned about noise from Powell River pub

Votes in favor of permanently reducing parking at Wildwood Public House to provide outdoor space were unanimous

Councilors for the Town of Powell River have approved a development permit to facilitate the permanent expansion of a licensed outdoor patio at Wildwood Public House.

At the March 17 council meeting, councilors voted to amend the city’s zoning bylaw to reduce the required number of off-street parking spaces from 22 to 15 to facilitate the patio expansion.

According to a staff report, the pub has been granted a temporary extended service area during the COVID-19 pandemic to expand the patio by an additional 30 seats. The pub has applied for a permanent structural change to the liquor license for the expanded patio space and is pursuing a relaxation of off-street parking requirements to facilitate the expansion, the staff report says.

At the meeting, Glen Hudson, who lives close to the pub, expressed concerns about its operation.

“We’ve been dealing with issues at the pub for 15 or 20 years,” Hudson said. “Noise levels have increased. I sent a letter to the board the other day. I had to call the RCMP quite often to come in at different times of the night to sort out the problem.

Hudson said he went to the Town Hall bylaws control office about the noise bylaws and asked them to tell the pub owners that there was a noise bylaw for amplified music.

“Well, they start their bands at 8 p.m. and they sometimes go on until 2 a.m.,” Hudson said.

He said the patio had big speakers and he was directly affected.

“The sound is coming right across the street, and it’s boom, boom, boom,” Hudson said. “At night, if there is a group, my wife and I put on earplugs. We are over 70 years old. I don’t think it’s a good idea to go to sleep with earplugs on because if there’s a problem you just don’t hear it.

Hudson said her driveway was blocked by pub patrons. He put on cones but they were removed, he added. There were also men and women who urinated in her yard, according to Hudson.

By-law covers noise, councilor says

Councilor Rob Southcott said the noise is definitely covered by a municipal by-law and it is true that it takes at least two complainants to get action on it.

“I would be surprised if you couldn’t find someone else to complain if that was the case,” Southcott said.

Hudson said his neighbor also complained.

Southcott said council was considering the permanent patio expansion, not noise concerns.

“The license has already been granted but it has nothing to do directly with the noise,” Southcott said. “It’s about reducing the number of parking spaces. Perhaps your concerns need to be reconsidered. I suggest that you return to the staff here to address your concerns that you are sharing with us tonight.

Councilor Maggie Hathaway said pub operators had been told the patio would be open no later than 10 p.m.

“I’m sure we could have a word with them through regulations regarding outside speakers and noise levels, and that they have to be inside by 10 p.m.,” Hathaway said. . “They are committed to this and I hope they stick to their commitment.”

Councilor George Doubt said his understanding of the recommendation presented to council is that it makes permanent the temporary arrangement that was put in place during COVID-19. He said the app does not reduce the number of parking spaces from what exists today, nor does it extend the patio to a larger area than before.

“It just makes it permanent,” Doubt said. “All neighbors within the prescribed distance have been notified by mail. I think that’s reasonable.

Doubt said he was prepared to support the recommendation. He said the noise by-law can be enforced at the pub if it is in violation, but he believes the changes to the patio will not be harmful and the pub is a valuable asset to have in the neighbourhood.

Council voted unanimously to permanently reduce parking to make way for the patio.

The board also voted in favor of a recommendation to approve the Wildwood Pub’s Liquor and Cannabis Regulatory Branch structural change application to make the temporarily expanded service area an expanded licensed terrace in permanently with an increase in capacity from 15 to 45 people. The city also chose not to provide comment.

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Could Austin airport taxis pull out of the garage?

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 by Elizabeth Pagano

Faced with a sharp drop in ridership, Austin’s taxi industry was offered a ray of hope at the last city council meeting.

Earlier this month, the Council unanimously approved a change which will have the municipal taxi license as its operating authority, ending the taxi franchise system in place since 1950. Mayor Steve Adler was absent during the vote.

As part of the resolution – which was apparently aimed at bolstering the reporting industry – the council asked the city manager to return by May 1 with recommendations to move the taxi stand from the airport to a more convenient location. Currently, taxis and rideshares are parked after arrival pick-up across an airport parking lot.

“I can tell you, as an airport user and as someone who has also heard this concern from others, there have been times when, when I returned, I actually asked someone one to pick me up and add a car to that long line of traffic because it’s so hard to get from the airport to the taxi stand,” said Board Member Kathie Tovo, who has made the amendment to study how the airport limits taxi pick-ups.

In short, Tovo said the current location of the taxi rank could discourage people from using taxis and add to the problems of a beleaguered industry.

“It’s an on-demand service. I have to believe there are people who arrive at the airport and don’t see a taxi waiting and have to make another arrangement,” Tovo said. “I think it should be treated differently.”

His concerns were supported by Angelo Atem, with ATX Co-op Taxi. In a letter to the Council, he explained that around 30% of his airport business had disappeared “because the Airport Authority hid us under a garage out of sight of our customers”.

“We need to go back to where we were,” he wrote.

Austin Airport Chief Jacqueline Yaft explained that due to a combination of traffic congestion, limited curb space and an ever-increasing passenger population, the city chose to move taxis and carpools in 2018.

“Traffic at the time was jammed up to (freeway) 71,” she said. Since the move, she noted, traffic at the terminal has been “manageable”, despite a recent return to pre-pandemic traveler numbers, with around 25,000 passengers arriving daily. This year, 20 million passengers are expected to pass through Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, nearly double what the terminal and sidewalk were designed to accommodate.

In addition, Yaft said, the airport is about to the overhaul of its baggage system, and that the construction will take up space in the arrivals area of ​​the airport in the near future. “(We) don’t really have a lot of sidewalks to accommodate the number of passengers we’re seeing,” she said.

Yaft was also concerned that it would be unfair to geographically prioritize one type of ground transportation over others, given that all pay a fee to operate at the airport and that carpools – or “transportation network companies – pay higher fees.

However, as Pro Tem Mayor Alison Alter noted, taxi drivers are being asked to provide more community service than ride-sharing operators.

Taxis are licensed by the city, which requires 6% of vehicles to be ADA compliant. Additionally, federal law does not allow taxi companies to refuse service to people who use wheelchairs or have other disabilities. Transnational corporations are authorized by the state, and although they can offer options for disabled riders, they are not obliged to.

Council member Chito Vela added that walking longer distances could also prove difficult for elderly passengers. “I don’t want to generalise, but I think a lot of older people still rely on taxis and it’s hard for them to get there.”

The airport operates a tram service on the lower level of the car park. Yaft explained that the airport also allows special taxi requests and other arrival pickups for those who need them, and receives about six or seven such requests a day.

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