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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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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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Paid seasonal parking at two Metro Vancouver parks – March 6, 2021

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.’

READ MORE: Furious taxi driver fined £2,700 for destroying airport cash machine

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.

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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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TRENDS INFLUENCING THE GROWTH OF THE INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS MARKET

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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INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS MARKET SHARE ANALYSIS

Type-Based, Advanced traffic management systems should be the most lucrative. This is due to increasing traffic congestion on roads around the world.

Depending on the region, APAC should be the most lucrative. In countries like China, Japan, Australiaand the rest of APAC, the deployment of ITS has increased due to the growing number of megacities and population in developing countries.

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Key players

  • Thales
  • Siemens
  • Garmin
  • Kapsch Trafficcom
  • TomTom International
  • Cubic
  • Q-Free
  • Efkon
  • Flir Systems
  • Denso
  • Geotoll
  • Electric feeling
  • dual card
  • bestmile
  • Nutonomy

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  • The Global automotive telematics market size was estimated at $50.4 billion in 2018, and should reach $320.6 billion by 2026, recording a CAGR of 26.8% from 2019 to 2026.
  • The Global IoT Fleet Management Market the size should reach $26,410 million by 2027, $6955.7 million in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.0% over the period 2021-2027.
  • The Global Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management System Market the size should reach $15,290 million by 2027, $5,581.7 million in 2020, at a CAGR of 15.5% over the period 2021-2027.
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  • The Global smart parking market the size should reach $13,180 million by 2028, $4779.7 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 15.3% over the period 2022-2028.
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  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world Electronic toll market the size is estimated at the value $5033.8 million in 2022 and should have a readjusted size of $6254.6 million by 2028 with a CAGR of 3.7% over the reporting period.
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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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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.

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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.”

Evan Bevins can be reached at [email protected]




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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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‘We’re afraid the building will collapse’ – Malden residents can’t access managed housing, form coalition

Photo: Sophie Paffenroth

Protesters hold a sign, courtesy of City Life, demanding rent control. In addition to unsanitary, unsanitary and undignified living conditions, residents and supporters were also protesting unaffordable rent increases and no-fault evictions.

Rhina Sorto, who has been filing complaints with Carabetta Management for months about mould, flooding and rodent infestation, was joined in a protest yesterday by other residents of Malden Towers, as well as tenant advocates showing solidarity.

Gathered in the parking lot of the Malden Towers apartment complex at 99 Florence Street, those in attendance witnessed three Malden tenant associations meeting. The event, which started at noon, was organized by the Urban life/Urban life (CLVU) non-profit housing. The non-profit organization has brought together the Malden Towers Tenant Association, the United Properties Tenant Association and the Maplewood Square Tenant Association in a coalition with one mission: dignified housing.

Sorto has a long list of grievances that started the day she moved in. She, alongside other residents, has still not received the parking space she has been paying for since day one. When she told management about it, Sorto says they demanded she pay more to get the space she was promised when signing.

Rhina Sorto (speaking) holds a folder full of medical notes and exams. She and her son both developed pneumonia due to mold and the heating system in her Malden Towers apartment. Carabetta Management has not resolved any of the issues that Sorto and other residents have been complaining about for months. (Photo: Sophie Paffenroth)

Since then, the problems have only gotten worse. There were leaks, mold, rats and cockroaches. When she and her family started using the heating system, Sorto said, “I started coughing, started having problems with my lungs, then I developed pneumonia.

In part, Sunday’s rally was inspired by the recent hospitalization of Sorto’s 12-year-old son, who also developed pneumonia. Sorto says the symptoms have improved since she went to Walmart and bought filters for the heaters. But, she says, it’s money out of her own pocket, and it should never have become a problem in the first place.

As for the mold, management did nothing but paint over it. “My mom came here to help me with my kids,” Sorto said, “and I didn’t notice there was mold, so I put her bed next to this wall and I put some pillows there, and when I moved the pillows they were black with mold.

In addition to health and mental health issues in the building, Sorto says she also lives in constant fear of a major disaster. “I’m afraid this building will collapse one day,” she said after showing viewers video of a crack in apartment 506 that stretched almost the entire length of her living room. next to.

Alessandra Candini, another resident who has lived in the complex for 10 months now, says the last tenant to live in apartment 506 “just moved…she was afraid of the building collapsing”. Candini says her former neighbor only wanted to replace the carpet but moved out last week when she saw the ubiquitous crack. Candini also says she’s seen cracks in the columns in the parking lot, and sometimes she and her neighbors feel the building shake.

There is no administration, security or anyone to turn to, according to Candini. “There are a lot of people still living here after a year, waiting for a new fridge or a new stove because theirs isn’t working.”

Not only does management take an unreasonable amount of time to respond to emails, calls and requests — even urgent ones — but when they do show up, Candini says, it’s without notice. “One day I was sleeping and the guy just walked into my apartment. It’s like they don’t care. They just do what they want. »

Proponents of these coalitions remain hopeful that change is possible with time and persistent effort. “We see a lot of success in tenant associations who fight this long-term fight,” said Gabriela Cartagena, co-director of communications for CLVU. But many of those who suffer from these conditions are low-income parents who don’t have the time or energy to invest in the ongoing fight against these battles.

One of the strengths of groups like City Life is organizing disparate efforts in a city. Cartagena says that “these tenants have had problems for decades, but it was only recently, maybe two years ago, that the Malden Towers Tenant Association started to organize when they contacted City Life Hotline”.

Alessandra Candini stands in the parking lot of the Malden Towers apartment complex. Candini, whose lease expires in two months, says if those issues aren’t resolved by then, she will have to move. (Photo: Sophie Paffenroth)

City Life launched a housing hotline in English and Spanish at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. According to Cartagena, the hotline is a direct link between people facing unaffordable rent increases, no-fault evictions or undignified conditions, and those who can help sort the legalese of contracts, providing support and connecting residents to resources.

“We stand ready to support anyone facing the threat of eviction, potentially life-threatening poor conditions, and anyone wishing to organize their building so they can fight rent increases and/or other demands such as contracts. and negotiated collective agreements,” added Cartagena. . Last year City Life helped the United Properties Tenants Association win a collective bargaining OK for families in three buildings in Malden with affordable rent increases for five years.

Although that may seem like a small step, Cartagena said that “by winning a collective agreement for one building, or by participating in a demonstration like the one today, we inspire more people to understand that they also have tenant rights and that they have the power to fight as well to ensure that they live in dignified conditions.

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Rejection of new building in downtown Pleasanton toppled, parking considered | Pleasanton News

While unanimously overturning the rejection of a new downtown residential building at its March 1 meeting, Pleasanton City Council also considered parking lifts as a way to improve the scarcity of space available downtown.

Project proponent Wassim Naguib originally proposed in August 2020 a new two-story 1,069 square foot building at 218 Ray Street adjacent to an existing office building on the property.

The planning commission, however, after two rounds of review, rejected Naguib’s application in a 3-2 vote in January on the grounds that the scheme only provided for 11 parking spaces despite Pleasanton’s municipal code ( PMC) required 12.

The commission did not accept a temporary parking space fee, preferring to keep the project parking lot on site. He also did not accept additional space provided by a parking lift in the on-site carport, believing that the lift – a mechanical system that allows two cars to be stacked on top of each other other – did not meet PMC’s requirement that a parking space be “free”.

Naguib, in his appeal, offered to open the property’s nine existing surface parking spaces to the public on weekends in addition to paying replacement costs and constructing the elevator.

“We’re not trying to make the problem worse; in fact, we are trying to solve it,” Naguib said.

While council appreciated the aesthetics of the project and acknowledged neighborhood support, some council members were reluctant to accept the lack of parking.

“I think our priority for this area should be to protect the momentum of retail,” said board member Julie Testa. “Adding an additional parking burden to our already crowded downtown core does not seem appropriate. Again, the replacement fee does not create a parking space at any time. The funds will be used one way or another, but it will not create that parking space to offset that demand that is created.

Mayor Karla Brown added that while the commercial building currently houses a quiet dental office – open only two days a week – future tenants could impose a higher parking charge, and any approvals must take this into account. She also questioned the safety of the parking lift.

However, Council Member Jack Balch saw the parking lift as an innovative solution to a growing problem.

“I think the impacts (of the parking space deficit) will be quite minimal,” he said. “And we can determine if (the elevator) is also a solution for downtown parking.”

At the March 1 meeting, the council decided to overturn the rejection on the condition that Naguib enter into an agreement with another company to secure a nearby non-residential parking space for his project, and that the shelter of car on site is not used for storage.

If Naguib is unable to secure the additional space, the project cannot be completed, but he will remain free to pursue other uses of the property.

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The day – The condominium market remains competitive

Like the balance in the residential real estate market, the condominium segment remains difficult for buyers to navigate, with so few options available. Condominiums are always in high demand, especially along the coast, which appeals to both full-time residents and second home buyers.

Market Realty LLC broker-owner Judi Caracausa said the condominium market in southeast Connecticut — especially in riverside communities like Mystic where her business is based — is “very hot, and especially for life on one level”.

“So many people want the ability to get into an elevator, push a button, and get to their house that’s on one floor. It’s the condos that are in huge demand,” he said. she stated.

Caracausa currently represents the sellers of two condos in downtown Mystic, each with their own compelling list of attributes.

Unit 302 at 3 Water Street in Mystic is for sale. This is a two bedroom condo in a building known as “The Standard”. This particular downtown unit is “in new condition, ready to move in,” according to the listing broker. It features a number of updates, including new custom closets, quartz countertops in the kitchen, and new shutters.

“At Standard there are places to store bicycles, and the owner has a covered parking space in the private garage,” Caracausa said. Additionally, this property has a shared rooftop terrace with some of the best views in Mystic around.

In less than a week, this property went “under contract”, but relief offers can still be accepted. The asking price is $899,900.

This week, the listing broker also launched the 11 unit at 15 Water Street on the market. The seller is asking for $949,000. This third floor corner unit is in The Power House building in downtown Mystic, a secure building with an elevator. The two-bedroom home features views of the Mystic River, a 14-foot private balcony, and 1,306 square feet of living space. Interiors are “light, bright and open,” Caracausa said.

“It has exquisite craftsmanship by an experienced local builder,” she said, citing the kitchen as an example. It is designed with Adura branded flooring, granite surfaces and custom cabinetry.

She also pointed to the fixtures installed by the vendors, calling them “exquisite.”

Residents of this building share a common area are along the waterfront. The owner of this unit has one parking space in the parking garage, with additional spaces available in a private parking lot. And, of course, they enjoy walking access to all that downtown Mystic has to offer: an array of restaurants and culinary shops, a favorite local bookstore, boutiques, art galleries and a busy calendar of community events. For potential buyers who enjoy sailing/boating, there are several marinas in the area, including one adjacent to this property.

Northeast Property Group estate agent Kristin Pettazzoni is representing the seller of Unit 502 at 461 Bank Street, a pet-friendly condominium in the Harbor Towers association, right in the central business district of New London.

“This condominium offers both city living and water views,” noted the listing agent. “This unit offers an open floor plan, with a spacious kitchen – featuring a granite breakfast bar, shaker cabinets, stainless steel appliances – tray ceilings and a gas fireplace, and a deck with sea views. the Thames River and Long Island Sound.”

This home has two bedrooms, both with custom closets. The full bathroom is equipped with a triple vanity and a whirlpool tub.

The HOA fee, which Pettazzoni says is $296/month, covers maintenance of common areas and storage areas, gated parking, building elevators, landscaping and snow removal. Residents also enjoy an association-maintained swimming pool, rooftop terrace, theater, and fitness center, among other amenities.

The condo’s location is particularly appealing to buyers who want to enjoy a walkable community and downtown lifestyle. The Library, Town Hall, restaurants and pubs, Fiddleheads Food Co-op and The Watch Theater are all within walking distance. “[It’s] a healthy walk to the station, with access to New York, Boston, Providence and New Haven,” Pettazzoni said. “The Cross Sound Ferry operates daily, providing transportation to Long Island and its fine wineries. The Block Island Ferry runs all summer, making several trips a day to Block Island. The property is within biking distance of the E-Boat, Conn College, or Lawrence & Memorial Yale New Haven Hospital.”

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Customers are fed up with Disney’s ‘lucrative’ policies and extra fees

Although Disney World may be considered “the most magical place in the world”, it could also be the most expensive place in the world.

Credit: Disney

When it comes to trips to Disney World, there are a ton of ways to spend your money. From pricey hotels and resorts to food, snacks and drinks around each park, visitors will find themselves shelling out Disney dollars all day.

A big point of contention when it comes to pricing has been Disney’s recent change with its parking policy at hotels and resorts. For those who don’t know, Disney didn’t charge for parking at all. Prior to 2018, parking at any of the Walt Disney World Resorts was free for all Guests, but Disney has chosen to change that. Parking costs $15 to $25 a day, a big increase from just a few years ago it was completely free.

Family seated around a table in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel
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Related: As Park Passes Disappear, Disney Announces Full Capacity Will Never Return

In a thread on Reddit, a confused Disney guest asks why parking costs more at luxury hotels. They wonder why, just because they’re staying at a nicer and more expensive resort, parking costs $10 more per day, to which the comments section provided several answers and theories.

One user simply said it was because guests had no options and Disney could charge whatever they wanted for parking. Another chimed in and added that people had no choice but to pay as they had to park their treatments somewhere, essentially locking guests into the current price structure. One user even went so far as to call it a “money grab” and one of the most “meaningful” changes Disney parks have made in recent years.

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Related: Disney CFO Defends Park Ticket Prices, ‘Some People Have More Money Than Time’

Another user also called it a money grab, saying Disney “will charge what the market bears”, implying that as long as guests continue to visit and pay for parking, Disney will continue to charge for it. Many users said parking should just be free. Guests also had the same reaction to Disney’s new Genie+ and Lightning Lane systems.

Replacing what was once a free system, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane are both optional, paid services that can “enhance” the visitor experience, meaning easier scheduling and shorter wait times. Now, of course, the Disney community was set on fire after learning that what was a free service wouldn’t cost tens of dollars a day and the new systems remain as controversial as they were when first revealed.

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Credit: Screenshot via Disney Parks Blog

As far as parking goes, it’s unfortunate that Disney chose to make this change as it only adds an extra cost to an already expensive vacation that some say is getting too expensive. See the full breakdown of parking rates at Walt Disney World Resort below:

Registered guests:Overnight self-parking

Standard overnight self-parking is available to registered guests for a fee that will be applied to their hotel bill upon check-out. All parking fees include applicable taxes.

Standard overnight parking fees per resort category:

$15 per night:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney All-Star Music Station
  • Disney All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

$20 per night:

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

$25 per night:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney Beach Club Villas
  • Disney BoardWalk Hostel
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Contemporary Disney Hotel
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney Wild Pavilion
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • The villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Free standard parking is offered to Guests staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort campgrounds. Each campground provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle.

Valet parking
Valet parking continues to be available for guests with disabilities who may require assistance with parking. A valid disabled parking permit is required. Valet parking will be reintroduced to hotels in the coming months. Upon arrival, please check with the security host for parking options. Valet parking is $33 per night (sales tax included).

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What’s replacing the Black Bear Pub in North Vancouver?

It’s been Lynn Valley’s watering hole for over 25 years, but the owner of the land below the Black Bear Pub is looking to redevelop it.

The North Vancouver District Planning Department now has a preliminary proposal to demolish the faux heritage building and parking lot and replace them with an average six-storey building containing 98 purpose-built rental apartments and 12,000 square feet of space. commercial on the ground floor.

The proposal includes 108 underground parking spaces for vehicles (74 for residents and 34 shared for visitors) as well as 195 bicycle parking spaces.

The land is part of Lynn Valley town centre, which is slated for mixed-use commercial/residential redevelopment as part of the district’s official community plan, although council will have to vote on a rezoning by-law for the development to go ahead. forward.

The project includes a new greenway for pedestrians and cyclists leading to the plaza outside the Lynn Valley Center mall.

The nearby Safeway site is also the subject of a preliminary development application being reviewed by district planning staff. Crombie REIT is looking to build five six- to 12-story buildings, with 479 homes, a new supermarket and 13,400 square feet of public amenity space, and 713 underground parking spaces, at 1170 East 27th St.

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My wife left nasty notes for my neighbor on a parking lot row…it’s embarrassing because I think SHE is the one in the wrong

A WOMAN started leaving nasty notes on her neighbour’s car – but her husband argued she was wrong.

The man found himself in a sticky situation after a neighbor living in the same building allegedly showed him a pile of gruesome notes his wife had left on his windscreen.

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Man’s wife allegedly left nasty notes on neighbor’s windshieldCredit: Getty

Posting on Reddit, the man from the United States explained how there had been a fight between his neighbors for the best parking spot in their block.

And the place everyone wanted was owned by a girl called Amy – who let her neighbors park there when she was away.

Due to Covid Amy had been in a different area for the majority of the year so let her neighbors park in her place.

And when the man posting the story and his wife had a baby, all the other neighbors let them park in the best spot – because it was covered and close to the exit.

However, Amy drove back into the parking lot – and the angry woman reportedly started leaving dozens of nasty notes on her windshield.

She even allegedly threatened to have the car TOWED because it was ‘disrupting a young family’s routine’ – not knowing the car was parked by the legal owner of the place.

Now the woman said she wants to fight for her right to park on the spot.

Writing on Reddit, the man claims, “My wife and I have moved into an apartment complex. Each apartment has its assigned parking spaces (1-2 spaces) and they cannot be negotiated. Our apartment has no only one seat.

“We noticed that in one of the spaces, (easiest to drive in and out of) there were 2-3 cars alternating, so my wife asked about that and daughter Amy who owned the space was an international student who freed up the space when she went to work during school holidays.

“She didn’t care who used the space as long as she got it back while she was in school.

“Because of Covid, she hadn’t been able to come back for a while, and during that time my wife had a baby.

“Fall and winter were really wet, so the neighbors kindly offered the space for my wife to park there with our newborn baby. Eventually it became my wife’s parking spot.

“So the problem is that Amy came back while we were on a long weekend and we took my wife’s car, so obviously when we came back there was a parked car, but at the time we didn’t know it was Amy.

“I told my wife to park just outside the gated lot, and the car will probably be gone tomorrow morning.”

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But the parking space was now filled with this unknown car – which clearly made his wife very angry.

He added: “About a week after that, I met Amy getting out of her car.

“Remembering what the neighbors had said, I apologized for using his space and said I would pass the message on to my wife.

“Amy asked if that was where the notes came from and saw my confused face and said, ‘I’ll show you.

“My wife had left rude notes on the windscreen wanting to have Amy’s car towed for illegal parking and she was disrupting the routine of a young family.

“Amy had no idea who wrote them. She then handed me a stack.

“I saw my wife’s handwriting and my face must have made it obvious.

“I showed the notes to my wife and she just said she had been using the space for over a year and it should be considered hers rather than a part-time resident, and had the right to fight for it.

“I disagreed as Amy legally owns it and told her to use our original space from now on I will park outside.

“My wife had this very bitter look and told me that I didn’t care for my son’s well-being and that I shouldn’t take Amy’s side.

“My wife wants me to negotiate with Amy, but I think that’s stupid because her space literally has her apartment number painted on it, it’s her space.

“I told my wife it might suck having to park the car outside in the rain, but spaces aren’t trading cards. Things have been tense ever since.”

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Truck crashes into Meijer store in Grand Haven

STANTON, Mich. (WOOD) — An Edmore woman has been convicted of embezzlement after stealing from the 90-year-old she was responsible for caring for.

A jury on Thursday found Teri Miller, 58, guilty of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult between $50,000 and $100,000, embezzlement from a vulnerable adult between $1,000 and $20,000, use of a computer to commit a crime, three counts of using a financial transaction device without consent, and a tax filing failure tally.

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The Northfleet family are fighting to keep a disabled parking space which is being removed by Gravesham Council

A family fights to keep a disabled parking space outside their house after the town council decides to remove it because they already have a garage.

David Martin lives on a busy residential street in Northfleet with his wife Helen and son Andrew. All of them are disabled, and David says that without a parking space, they will all have difficulty accessing their homes.

David Martin talks about access to his home

Gravesham Council, which allocates the bays on behalf of Kent County Council (KCC), said as the family have a garage to the rear of their property they are not entitled to the reserved space to the front .

The Martin family have lived in Park Avenue, Northfleet, for around 20 years and have had the disabled bay for half that time, but after a council review in October they were told it should be removed.

David said: “I’m not happy with it. As I have a garage I’m not entitled to a space but you can’t easily get a car up the driveway. It’s a bit silly for me.

“My wife can’t walk on the road. If we go anywhere, I drop her outside (in front).”

He said he had trouble using the garage because of the swing needed to get in.

Helen, 75, the 76-year-old’s wife, suffers from several illnesses including kidney disease, dementia and osteoporosis, which makes it difficult for her to walk, especially over long distances.

From left to right: Helen, Andrew and David
The Park Avenue handicapped parking area.  Photo: Google Maps
The Park Avenue handicapped parking area. Photo: Google Maps

Her son Andrew, 48, also relies on the parking space when picked up for a group he is attending and for a family friend, also disabled, to use during their visit to help him with his medications.

David, who is partially paralyzed in one hand, added: “We are in pain. They don’t understand, it’s really difficult. I try to make noise and that they understand my situation.

“I’m 76. I’m limited to what I can do now. I get in the car and I can’t get up. Things aren’t like they used to be. I do odds and ends but I can’t not do what I used to.

“They don’t know the situation. Sometimes I can’t get out of the driveway.”

The garage, which by KCC criteria makes them ineligible for a bay, is at the rear of the house.

But to use it, you have to take a narrow access and return to the front door, or go through the back garden, which David says is less than ideal and often dangerous.

He said: “I fell on the steps here and damaged my hips. It hurt for weeks.

To park in a place reserved for people with reduced mobility, you must present a valid blue badge
To park in a place reserved for people with reduced mobility, you must present a valid blue badge
David Martin says it's hard to get to the house from his garage
David Martin says it’s hard to get to the house from his garage

“You’re coming to my age and I’ve worked for what I have. This is my home and I can’t do what I used to do. I just want access to my own home. C is really a shame.”

David admits he often parks his car in his garage at night, but made the decision after the vehicle was vandalized.

Councilor John Burden, Leader of Gravesham Council whose portfolio includes parking, said: “We administer the allocation of disabled parking spaces on behalf of Kent County Council and according to criteria set out by KCC.

“We are required to perform a regular audit of disabled parking spaces in the borough, and during our most recent review, the user of this space voluntarily provided information that he regularly parks his vehicle in his own garage.

“KCC’s criteria make it clear that if you have regular access to off-road parking, you are not entitled to an on-street disabled parking space, which is the basis of our decision in this case.

“If the resident disagrees with this decision, they can appeal to Kent County Council.”

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Their driveway
David said it's hard to get to the garage because of the alley
David said it’s hard to get to the garage because of the alley

A KCC spokesperson added: “The decision to remove disabled parking spaces is made by district and borough councils, taking advice from KCC.

“If the resident in question feels that their off-street parking is not suitable, they can appeal to KCC, who will investigate all the circumstances and consider the suitability of any off-street parking.”

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Where should Oakland build 26,000 homes? you can weigh

Oakland needs to plan for 26,000 new homes over the next eight years, and city officials want your help deciding where all of that housing should go.

Nico Nagle, an East Bay organizer with the Housing Action Coalition, has his eye on the area around the Rockridge BART station. Naomi Schiff of the Oakland Heritage Alliance wants to turn the City Hall parking lot and vacant land in Temescal into housing. James Vann of the Coalition of Advocates for Lake Merritt thinks the city should convert empty downtown storefronts into homes.

They can now share their ideas using a new interactive map that allows people to mark sites they think are suitable for new residential development – ​​and also note where they don’t want to see housing built. Officials will consider this input when drafting their state-mandated plan for new housing. The result will play a big role in shaping Oakland for years to come, as the city and state grapple with an affordable housing shortage that has sent rents skyrocketing and shut out many low-income workers. income.

Residents have until March 7 to speak.

“I think it’s been a great tool,” Nagle said. The site allows the city to collect information from residents who may pass an empty parking lot or vacant building on their way to work each day that could be turned into housing, he said.

Oakland is also in the process of updating its master plan – a plan that will guide the city’s future through 2045.

In order to ensure that everyone is doing their part to produce enough housing, the state requires each city to create a “housing component” which provides for an assigned number of new housing units every eight years. Between 2015 and 2023, Oakland was to plan for 14,765 homes. This number will nearly double over the next eight years.

Cities across the region are grappling with steep increases. The nine-county Bay Area is expected to plan for 441,176 new units by 2031, up from 187,990 in the last cycle. Many local towns fought back and appealed to the ambitious new targets, including Danville, Dublin and Los Altos. Almost all of these requests have been denied.

Other cities have accepted the goals and, like Oakland, are asking residents for input on where new housing will be located. San Jose is one of many cities holding community meetings and soliciting feedback.

These meetings are only the first step in what will be a long process to satisfy the state’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (commonly referred to as RHNA) requirements. Cities are required to set aside space for new housing, update their permitting rules and re-zoning in certain areas as needed to ensure homes can be built. Then it’s up to the developers to build the housing.

The state is cracking down on the process this year after many cities failed to meet their housing needs and others openly flouted state housing mandates. Cities are urged to do more work to prove that housing can actually be built in designated areas, said Mathew Reed, policy manager at [email protected] These strict and complicated state rules can make the process more difficult.

“A lot of community processes need to be integrated into how and where cities plan for growth,” Reed said. “But there are also pretty clear rules and expectations from the state that need to shape this discussion. Sometimes it’s difficult because it becomes a kind of political discussion about certain neighborhoods.

In Oakland, Nagle wants to see the city build more housing near the Rockridge BART station. Close to public transportation, it’s the perfect place to replace one- and two-story buildings with taller, denser apartments that can accommodate more people, he said.

Several other people called a Planning Commission meeting earlier this month to decide on the new housing element. Vann suggested the city consider converting downtown storefronts that had been left vacant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schiff agreed and also suggested the City Hall Garage and the vacant Pleasant Valley Avenue site.

“Please put accommodations there,” she said.

The housing shortage is hurting our residents, and the city’s new housing plan is one way to get closer to solving that problem, Nagle said.

“We’re doubling the number of houses,” he said, “because that’s what we need.”


Weigh in on new Oakland housing

To access Oakland’s interactive housing map and find out where new homes should go, visit oaklandca.gov/topics/general-plan-update.

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Here’s what not to do if you ever find your car with a parking locker


We’ve all seen cars with tickets, but there’s a special kind of kickback that happens when we spot a trunk on a car. Whoever put it there must have done a lot more than just slip a sheet of paper under your windshield wiper. We found a video that shows a group of people trying to figure out how to release a boot and the only thing that gets removed is paint from the body.

There was a time when scammers installed fake boots on cars that could be removed in moments by someone who knew what they were looking at. The trunk of the car in the video in question is quite the opposite. Not only is it attached to the wheel, but it almost seems seized up to the point that no one in the short clip seems to be able to pull it out.

There’s no way to be sure of the specifics, but it appears the video includes both the owner of the vehicle and the people responsible for removing the trunk. From what we can tell, this video begins when the owner backs out of the parking space and spins the trunk around the inside of the fender of the car. It seems the intention is not to leave but to loosen the boot which is “pressure locked” according to one band member.

Related: Study Finds Drivers Waste Billions Parking

Of course, as it spins around it damages both the side skirt and the inner fender and possibly some other gear that we can’t see. Hilariously and painfully, the person who seems to be in charge says “you’re lucky she didn’t take the whole roof off your car” alluding to the inner fender well (we think), then immediately tell the driver to go into reverse and try to spin him the other way, again, through the fender.

They then determine that the best course of action is to completely remove the wheel and tire before attempting to remove the boot itself. It would have been the right method from the start and it’s shocking from the moment we see and hear the trunk scratching in the car itself.



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Oakland Theater Project celebrates 10 years

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When the Oakland Theater Project was founded in 2012, it was known as the Ubuntu Theater Project and had around 20 members. The band’s early work revolved around a series of summer festivals, break the chains, which spanned several years and featured a dozen plays in unconventional venues – churches, parking lots and various public spaces – around the Bay Area.

A decade later, the seasonal festival has grown into a year-round production company with a new name and a permanent home in downtown Oakland, where emerging and seasoned actors and directors get a chance to do what they like: live theatre.

Managing director Colin Mandlin, who founded the company with Michael Moran and William Thomas Hodgson, fondly recalls what it was like to start the rambling but ambitious theater company, which has since grown to include around 50 members.

“It was a time when events like First Fridays were really starting to grow. There was a pretty established, integrated community of people who wanted powerful, artistic theatrical experiences, and they were willing to do that in interesting ways” , said Mandlin, “We were ready to give it our all and work tireless hours – and many unpaid hours.”

At first, the company had no permanent theatrical space, so productions took place in locations not usually considered theaters. The annual Classic Cars West show, the Oakland Aviation Museum, and Peralta Hacienda Historic Park in East Oakland have all hosted Ubuntu performances.

A performance of “Waiting for Lefty” at Classic Cars West in 2014. Credit: Oakland Theater Project

But in the spring of 2019, Oakland Theater Project moved to the Flax Building in downtown Oakland, where it operates from a converted loading dock. The space is also home to Flax Art & Design, a dance company called K*Star* Productions, and Artistic Picture Framing.

“We will always want our theatrical space to be connected to a larger artistic community. It was also a no-brainer for us to have this amazing art supply store in this community of visual artists,” he said. “Because there’s great cross-collaboration happening there.”

In 2020, the company changed its name from Ubuntu Theater Project to Oakland Theater Project, out of a desire to put a flag in the city it calls home. The change was accompanied by discussions among group members about privilege, who can use certain words and their meanings. “Ubuntu” is a Zulu word that roughly translates to “humanity”. The word can also mean “I am, because we are”.

“We talked and thought about what it means to be an American. What it means to be African American, not from an African continent,” said Mandlin, who is white. “There are all kinds of conversations about the English language and how we are an English-speaking nation because of colonization.”

Mandlin said that after having many conversations with members of the company who are black and of other races – some opposed the name change, while others welcomed the new name – he was decided that renaming the organization was the best course of action.

After a hiatus, live performances return

The 2021 season was drive-in style with a handful of in-person shows. Credit: Oakland Theater Project

Even at the height of the pandemic in 2021, the team managed to put on a successful series of drive-in shows and a handful of in-person shows.

“It was awesome. It was wild in some ways because your margins are so thin, and if you don’t predict correctly you can suffer a big loss,” he said. “We were trying to embrace a whole new way of producing, and we had no idea how much money we were going to generate.”

Mandlin and the team were grateful to be producing only live theater in a time of uncertainty.

“We were able to serve our community and tried to provide some healing during a time of extreme isolation,” he said. “We have a role to play both in creating art that says something about the times, but also a lot about healing and community-oriented interpersonal connections.”

Despite the joy that comes from these efforts, Mandlin said the pandemic has crippled local artists and arts organizations who were already struggling with rising costs for housing and commercial space. Tax revenues from hotels, which fund arts and culture programs in Oakland, plummeted after the pandemic hit in 2020.

“The Oakland Theater Project may not be the only professional theater company open year-round right now. [in Oakland] if space had been more affordable before, or if there had been more funds to invest,” he said.

As the 10th anniversary approaches, Colin and the team have decided to hold the 2022 season live inside the theater, with safeguards in place for members and patrons. Although Alameda County lifted its mask-wearing restriction on February 16, the Oakland Theater Project will continue to require masking during its shows. Proof of vaccination is also currently required by the City of Oakland.

The theater’s seating capacity is currently limited to 40 (the room at full capacity can seat 99). However, Mandlin hopes to increase the number of seats allowed as omicron’s push wanes in the coming weeks.

“2022 will still be kind of a year of transition, but we hope that in 2023, and beyond, we can have a strong body of work and opportunities for everyone in our business,” he said. added.

The 2016 “Grapes of Wrath” was held at Oakland City Church in the Dimond District. Credit: Oakland Theater Project

The 2022 season opens this Friday, February 25 with William Shakespeare Storm, directed by Michael Moran. The show will also be broadcast live. The opening night show is sold out, but a limited number of tickets are still available for this weekend’s shows. Storm will run from Thursday to Sunday until March 13.

As the Oakland Theater project grows, the team thinks about how they can deepen their roots in the city and continue to help local artists grow and thrive.

“We see such a need for ourselves as an organization,” he said. “But also for the community to have an even more established performance space.”

With a new name, a permanent home in downtown Oakland, and a commitment to being an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming organization, Mandlin expects the Oakland Theater Project to be here for years to come.

“We are attached to the city of Oakland. We want to be a staple of this community and make ourselves known as the theater in this city.

The Oakland Theater Project production of William Shakespeare Storm opens Friday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. and from Thursday to Sunday until March 13, $10-$521501 Martin Luther King Jr Road

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Written and wrong! Hilarious snaps reveal how passive and aggressive people go to war as notes

Written and wrong! Hilarious snaps reveal how passive and aggressive people go to war as notes

  • Daily Stuff shared when people had no choice but to leave irritated notes for strangers, neighbors or loved ones when they inconvenienced them
  • One pulled over two spots in a parking lot for someone to chalk around it
  • Another man used a sympathy card for someone in mourning to say he quit his job










Sometimes your day can be totally ruined by someone being selfish or just not thinking about their surroundings and others, and usually the best way to solve problems is to talk about it.

But some people find it the best way to get their point across in a passive aggressive note.

daily stuff collected hilarious notes that were left for people by an angry individual who couldn’t tell them what they were thinking face to face.

Imagine that you are in a parking lot and you have only one space left next to a small vehicle placed in two places, which leaves you no choice but to travel for miles elsewhere.

A man was so annoyed with a car sitting just above the two-space line that he chalked it out and wrote below: ‘Parking spot just for you’.

Or you’re at work and your colleagues sitting next to you are ruining a great TV show by constantly discussing it, but you don’t want to keep reminding them to shut up the day after the last episode.

Here, FEMAIL selects some of the best from around the world…

A man in the US was so annoyed with a car sitting just above the two-space line that he chalked it up and wrote below: ‘Parking spot just for you’

This man wasn't too happy after leaving a restaurant because the waiter gave his wife all the attention, leaving him quite upset and looking for advice on the matter.

This man wasn’t too happy after leaving a restaurant because the waiter gave his wife all the attention, leaving him quite upset and looking for advice on the matter.

Wash away the wars!  It can get really frustrating when you're the only one doing housework, but printing posters like this usually doesn't end well

Wash away the wars! It can get really frustrating when you’re the only one doing housework, but printing posters like this usually doesn’t end well

It's a way to stop!  This man in the United States took on his administrative duties to vent his frustrations by quietly writing in the description of this oven, 'MY BOSS IS A PR***'

It’s a way to stop! This man in the United States took on his administrative duties to vent his frustrations by quietly writing in the description of this oven, ‘MY BOSS IS A PR***’

Post-its are great for jotting down your thoughts before you forget - and this driver wanted to make sure the selfish person who parked far away on the American pavement doesn't forget either

Post-its are great for jotting down your thoughts before you forget – and this driver wanted to make sure the selfish person who parked far away on the American pavement doesn’t forget either

Watch this place!  Resigning from a job can be a little awkward, but this quitter kept things simple with a very straightforward resignation letter

Watch this place! Resigning from a job can be a little awkward, but this quitter kept things simple with a very straightforward resignation letter

Look at this!  Public restroom users made it clear what they thought of this sign with a passive aggressive ticking

Look at this! Public restroom users made it clear what they thought of this sign with a passive aggressive ticking

There's nothing worse than a small <a class=parking space – especially if it’s the only one left. So this Brit wanted to remind the culprit of good manners and said, ‘You must think I’m a fucking sardine'” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

There’s nothing worse than a small parking space – especially if it’s the only one left. So this Brit wanted to remind the culprit of good manners and said, ‘You must think I’m a fucking sardine’

Sympathy cards are usually kept for times of mourning for those who have lost loved ones.  But Alex decided to get creative - and used it as a way to tell his bosses he was leaving.

Sympathy cards are usually kept for times of mourning for those who have lost loved ones. But Alex decided to get creative – and used it as a way to tell his bosses he was leaving.

Part of watching a great TV show is the anticipation from episode to episode...but co-workers sitting next to you constantly chatting will ruin it entirely.  So this man took matters into his own hands by putting a note to say what he thought, without saying it

Part of watching a great TV show is the anticipation from episode to episode…but co-workers sitting next to you constantly chatting will ruin it entirely. So this man took matters into his own hands by putting a note to say what he thought, without saying it

Looks like this property complex knew this relationship was on the rocks before the couple did - so they left this note for boyfriend and girlfriend at 2am saying they're tired of them hear bickering every night

Looks like this property complex knew this relationship was on the rocks before the couple did – so they left this note for boyfriend and girlfriend at 2am saying they’re tired of them hear bickering every night

Living in an apartment means you share common spaces and objects, as does the mailbox - and there's bound to be some confusion from time to time.  But this man in the United States was not happy with his neighbor who mistook his package for a sports fan, supposed to protect a man's nether regions.

Living in an apartment means you share common spaces and objects, as does the mailbox – and there’s bound to be some confusion from time to time. But this man in the United States was not happy with his neighbor who mistook his package for a sports fan, supposed to protect a man’s nether regions.

This woman went to great lengths to get her parking spot reserved in her apartment car park but someone who also lives in the block didn't appreciate that and kept taking her spot - so she sent this kind warning in the form of a word to say never to do this again

This woman went to great lengths to get her parking spot reserved in her apartment car park but someone who also lives in the block didn’t appreciate that and kept taking her spot – so she sent this kind warning in the form of a word to say never to do this again

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Need for parking fees, congestion tax to regulate private vehicles

Bangalore parking problems. Vehicles encroaching on pedestrian lanes. Photo credit: Sandhya Bhat

This is the first of a three-part analysis of various mobility policies/plans for Bangalore which aim to regulate the use of private vehicles to reduce road traffic congestion, improve different modes of transport public and encourage their use, and to create the right infrastructure to enable and encourage the safe use of non-motorized transport, especially cycling and walking.

The COVID-induced work from home (WFH) has given Bengalurians mild relief from its ongoing traffic congestion. The past two years have seen manageable traffic around computer parks. But the situation in the CBD (Central Business District) and some other parts of the city has returned to pre-COVID chaotic levels.

The congestion will most likely get worse in the coming months as most organizations return to “working from the office”. In addition, citizens continue to prefer private transport over public transport due to Covid security concerns.

It is recognized that private vehicles (especially cars) are the main cause of traffic congestion. All major stakeholders have from time to time expressed their intention to limit the number of cars and two-wheelers to control congestion.

But experience shows that mere intentions to reduce private vehicles do not translate into real change on the ground. What is needed is the rigorous and effective implementation of a combination of incentives and disincentives to achieve the desired reduction.

Mobility experts and authorities have identified numerous measures that specifically address the problem of traffic congestion. Attempts are underway to implement some of these measures. A few have achieved some success, but we are not seeing consistent and meaningful results as the measures do not appear to have been pursued with the desired seriousness and sense of urgency.

There are bound to be constraints and limitations in implementing measures that are necessary but also somewhat unpopular. That said, it is the responsibility of the authorities to give confidence to all the stakeholders in order to find acceptable solutions.

Random parking on public roads
Parking problems in residential areas of Koramangala. Photo credit: R Chandra

Read more: “Unplanned development failed at ORR. It may also fail on peripheral device”


Here we look at two aspects, a parking policy and congestion pricing.

Parking fees

  1. Parking: This can impact both the ownership and use of private vehicles. A carefully written and well-implemented parking policy can be an effective measure.
  2. The relevant parking clauses in the approved CMP (Integral Mobility Plan) are:

4.6.i and ii. Make reserved parking a prerequisite for registering new vehicles statewide and charge a parking fee.

44.12.ii.d Parking charges must be time and demand based.

To operationalize the above, Clause 5.4.7 of the Draft Parking Policy (uploaded for public comment) states that proof of reserved parking space will be made mandatory to purchase a vehicle, when registering new vehicles or the transfer of ownership of registered vehicles.

Unfortunately, in the final parking policy document approved in February 2021, this clause was dropped.

Again, the draft parking policy spoke of a permit fee for parking in residential areas.

Parking in commercial areas, where the SWD is being implemented
Parking problems in Yelahanka. Photo credit: Tavag Ravichandra

Clause 5.4.5-d stated that the permit was to be issued for an annual residential parking fee which was to be not less than 3% of the land value of a parking area (165 square feet), provided that the Permit fees do not exceed a ceiling amount (say Rs 50,000 per year).

In the approved parking policy, the above provision has been completely diluted and the permit fees have been set as follows:

Residential parking permit (annual fee) for neighborhood level roads only:

  • Small cars: Rs 1000
  • Medium cars: Rs 3000/4000
  • MUV/SUV: Rs 5000

So, a MUV/SUV owner will pay Rs 13.88 per day to park a vehicle which costs lakhs.

Interestingly, in the Tripartite MOU signed by the Government of India, Government of Karnataka and the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation, the Parking Policy clause (12.28) reads as follows:

The GoK and/or the City Corporation would propose a parking policy in which the parking charge represents the real value of occupied land which is used to make public transport more attractive; ban on parking on arteries/peripheral roads; provision of multi-level parking centers in city centers with park-and-ride facilities, etc. »

The first anniversary of the approved parking policy was February 2, 2022, but there is no visibility on its implementation. The parking policy is an important measure to regulate private vehicles, but the political will to implement it is clearly lacking.


Read more: “Bengaluru’s proposed parking policy actually encourages private transport”


Congestion charging system

This is a very targeted measure to reduce congestion and was suggested by Dr Sudhir Krishna, Secretary of the Department of Urban Development, Government of India in January 2013.

The opening sentences of his letter to all Chief Secretaries of States were: “It is a well-known fact that mobility in our cities, whether large or medium-sized, is a huge challenge due to peak hour congestion which is mainly due to excessive use of private vehicles. There is an urgent need to address congestion issues to improve people’s mobility.

A request from RTI made in January 2019 to the Chief Secretary of Karnataka for “action taken” was bounced around from department to department for seven months before the information was received from the DULT.

DULT had engaged MSI Global Pte Ltd, Singapore to study the feasibility of implementing congestion pricing in Bengaluru. They submitted their report in April 2015.

The agency recommended a congestion pricing system in a two square kilometer area with 18 entry points into the CBD (Central Business District). It has been estimated that imposing congestion pricing during the morning peak period of 1000-1200 hours for vehicles entering the CBD would likely result in a 16% reduction in inbound traffic flow.

They had proposed an entry fee of Rs 150 for cars with fees for other vehicles to be fixed according to the PCU equivalent. (Example: Rs 75 for a two-wheeler which is rated .5 PCU). They had also estimated that the capital and running cost of the program will be recovered in 2.5 to 4 years.

For reasons well known to the authorities, the program has still not been implemented.

The approved Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for Bengaluru also talks about congestion pricing in two chapters, namely “Private Transport Management Plan” and “Fiscal Measures”. Management plan” and “Fiscal measures”.

It may therefore be wise to refine the congestion pricing system (prepared by MSI Global), get input from citizens and implement it in a phased manner.

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Parking attendant arrested for spying for Pakistan

Jaipur: A parking attendant has been arrested at Nasirabad military camp in Rajasthan, accused of spying for Pakistani intelligence agency ISI. The defendant, identified as Mohammed Yunus, was accused of sharing sensitive information about the military camp with Pakistan. The intelligence office brought him to Jaipur after some financial dealings raised the suspicions. Yunus was paid to share the information via WhatsApp using a fake SIM card.

Yunus is a resident of Kishangarh in Ajmer district. He was working as an attendant at a parking lot near the Kishangarh bus station. The IB launched an investigation to find out what information he was sharing with Pakistan and how much money he had received from his handlers.

The IB confiscated his cell phone and laptop. During the preliminary investigation, it was revealed that he shared the movement of the army in the Nasirabad military camp. He shot videos and clicked photos of sensitive locations and shared them with his handlers in Pakistan via WhatsApp. Yunus received the money in his bank account in Pakistan. The accused has no criminal record, so the IB is trying to find out how he came into contact with the Pak spy agency and whether others are involved in this network.

First published: February 19, 2022

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Apartments will replace Donovan’s old car park by next year

BAYSIDE, QUEENS — New apartment buildings will be built in the old Donovan parking lot by next year, the landowner told Patch.

“We’ve started building and it’s going to take us about 18 months,” said Mark Boccia, the longtime owner of Bourbon Street who recently purchased a parking lot on 41st Avenue from Joseph Donovan, the founder of Donovan’s of Bayside ( a beloved restaurant that has since closed).

The plot plan was previously on hold, but Boccia told Patch that two apartment buildings would be built on the site.

“We could use them as rentals or we could resell them as condominiums, we haven’t decided yet, we will build them and then make a decision,” the owner said.

An apartment building, which will be located on 41st Avenue, adjoining an Irish restaurant on one side and a fire station on the other, will be four stories high with 15 apartments, according to plans approved by the city in December.

On the ground floor, there will be a commercial space, which Boccia will fill once the project is completed according to local demand.

“Maybe there will be interest in a restaurant, or maybe some other type of business,” he said, noting that whatever happens there, it won’t be. not an extension of Bourbon Street, which is not affiliated with the development except for its involvement. “We’re happy where we are,” Boccia said of his Bell Boulevard restaurant.

In the basement, there will be 23 valet parking spaces; 20 for buyers and three reserved for residents, plans show.

The other apartment building will be located behind the fire station and will rise three stories with just three units, according to plans approved by the city last month.

This building will have a “community facility” on the ground floor, such as a doctor’s office or daycare center, Boccia said.

There will be 13 additional valet parking spaces in the basement; 10 for residents and three for people using the still-undefined community facility, records show.

Boccia is excited to move forward with development plans. “It will be beautiful and will be a great addition to Bayside,” he said.

Related article: Bourbon Street landlord to build homes and shops on Donovan’s land

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Chandigarh cops turn a blind eye to cycle lane parking: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, February 15

Imagine having no challan for wrong parking in Chandigarh especially when the offense is committed right next to the traffic cops. Incredible!

However, the bike path in front of a hotel in Sector 35 here remained blocked by a VIP cavalcade fleet and various other vehicles, which was not noticed by UT traffic officers today.

These VIP cavalcade vehicles parked for more than two hours on the cycle path. Despite complaints from cyclists, the police did not issue a challan to offenders. Notably, the adjoining open parking space was vacant. However, the drivers still parked their cars in an inappropriate space.

“Some VIPs had to attend an event at the hotel. Instead of parking cars in designated parking lots, the cycle path was used for this purpose. The roundabout remains under CCTV surveillance, in addition to traffic officers on duty here. However, no action has been taken,” said Rakesh Kumar, a cyclist.

“The cyclist has to cross a bus stop, which is dangerous. The tracks were made to protect cyclists. However, these are used to park cars,” said fellow cyclist Om Parkash.

The penalty for wrong parking in Chandigarh is 1,000 rupees for the first offense and 2,000 rupees for subsequent offenses. If the vehicle is towed, another charge of Rs1,000 is levied. In the past, Chandigarh Traffic Police have stopped motorists under Section 184 (dangerous driving) of the Motor Vehicles Act. However, no action was taken at this particular location.

“This is not the first time that this cycle path has been used for parking vehicles. During the summers, it is a usual scene. During any VIP visit, the main car is parked inside, while the rest of the cavalcade vehicles are parked on the cycle path. Although it is a no-parking zone, the police fail to book violators,” said a passerby.

#chandigarh police, #bicycle path

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Hanoi village goes from farming to parking

For some, it is a vocation imposed on them by the fact that part of their land has been taken away from them by the airport.

At 8 a.m. on February 10, Nguyen Van Thanh and his wife rode their motorbike for the fifth time to the airport’s T1 terminal to pick up a customer’s car and drive it to their parking lot.

“They are all regular customers, so I had to pick up their car at the terminal. Normal customers have to go to the parking lot themselves. There are still a lot of cars to come in the afternoon,” Thanh said. , 47, owner of Thanh Hung’s parking lot.

Previously, Thanh and his wife, like most people in Tan Trai Village, Phu Cuong Commune, Soc Son District, lived by growing rice and other crops. In 1995, when Noi Bai Airport built the domestic terminal T1, part of the family’s land was removed because it was located in the planned area. When the T2 international terminal was built, his family had only about 200 square meters of land left. Since the remaining area was not enough to cultivate, the husband and wife gave up farming and switched to self-employment, earning around VND5 million ($225) per month, which is not enough for a family of four.

In 2014, seeing that many customers wanted to drive from the city to the airport and needed space to park their car, some families in the village started offering parking services. Thanh discussed with his younger brother the possibility of using the garden his parents had left for them to open a parking lot.

Nguyen Van Thanh at his parking lot in Tan Trai village, Soc Son district, on February 2, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Nguyen

The two brothers raised the foundations of the land, concreted the ground and built a roof, creating space for 10 cars. Normal customers who park their car here would get free transport from the parking lot to the airport. Regular customers can pick up their car and return it to the airport.

“My brother was a taxi driver, so he is the one who drives the car for customers. I can’t drive, I stay in the parking lot. With good service, more and more cars have come here to park , and we expanded the parking lot, now it can accommodate 60 cars,” Thanh said.

Since 2018, the demand for car parking near the airport has been increasing. Many customers started calling at the same time, and the younger brother couldn’t handle them all, while Thanh, who was only used to farming, had just learned to drive.

“Now that I have a license and know how to drive well, we work together and it’s easier to manage the workload,” Thanh said.

On average, each day, Thanh, his wife and brother make about 50 trips from their home to the airport, about a kilometer away, to receive and return cars to customers. Their daily income is three times what they earned in the rice field, enough to raise their children and save some money.

Many car parks

According to a VnExpress survey, there is parking for two or three families in Tan Trai. The entire village has about 70 parking lots, with the smaller ones accommodating five to seven cars and the larger ones accommodating dozens. Most car parks have obtained licenses, put up fences, roofs, fire prevention systems and surveillance cameras. The price for parking is 60,000 VND ($2.64) per day for one car.

“Compared to 240,000 VND ($10.58) per day at the airport, it’s quite reasonable. Also, the parking lots are big enough, so cars won’t get bumped or scratched and safety is guaranteed. They also enjoy two-way transportation from the parking lot to the airport and back,” said Nguyen Hung, a customer who has parked his car in Tan Trai since 2017 every time he goes on a business trip.

As a regular customer, Hung doesn’t have to drive to the parking lot. He likes valet parking. Hung said when he first heard about this service he was quite skeptical, but he feels “really safe” now because the parking lot has cameras and just before he picks up his car, they take photos of the speedometer which also records the kilometers traveled. .

“This job looks easy but it’s as busy as babysitting,” said Nguyen Thi Binh, 51, owner of the Tuan Binh parking lot.

She said the parking lots have become a way of earning a living for most people in Tan Trai as most of the land has been acquired for the construction and expansion of the airport. Although the work is not as difficult as farming, it is time consuming.

In addition to monitoring the cars, the owners must deliver the car on time and take the customers to the airport after parking. Every time a customer calls, they have to go, day or night. Sometimes there are only one or two flights a night, but there are many nights when she has to make five or six round trips to the airport, unable to sleep.

“Last Tet, my husband and I couldn’t go anywhere because we had to work all the time,” Binh said.

Binh was a farmer and her husband Tuan was a taxi driver at the airport. In 2015, the couple opened a parking service. Since their parking lot can only accommodate five cars, she rents the land right next to the house, paying 10 million VND per month to expand her parking space.

When Binh first opened the parking lot, she began to suffer from insomnia as she was unaccustomed to the timings.

“Sometimes my meal was interrupted five times because customers kept calling,” Binh said. Then some winter nights get drizzly, windy and freezing, but she still has to go back and forth.

Currently, Binh makes a monthly profit of nearly VND20 million from the parking lot. She said the money is not that much, but it is still much more than what she got as a farmer. Now there is no land or work on the land, so the elderly couple must rely on the parking lot to live.

A car enters Tan Trai village, where there are many parking lots along the way.  Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

A car enters Tan Trai village, where there are many parking lots along the way. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

“In pre-Covid times, when the T2 international terminal was still operating normally, cars were brought to the village day and night,” says Le Bay, 71, owner of the Bao Loc car park.

Ten years ago, Bay and his wife built eight motel rooms for airport staff to rent. Each 24 square meter apartment had a rent of 1 million VND per month. By the end of 2019, the number of tenants had halved, while the demand for car parking increased, so Bay demolished the motel rooms and turned the area into a parking lot for up to 28 cars and then left his two children manage it, earning tens of millions of dong per month.

“Compared to the motel, opening a parking lot is much simpler, the investment is less, and the revenue is stable,” Bay said.

However, for two years of the pandemic, the airline industry was frozen, causing many hardships for households in the village.

“Previously, the parking lots in the village were all full, but in recent months many parking lots were empty and had to be closed. Although we slept well, there was no income, so we had to use our savings Bay said.

But as soon as flights resumed in October 2021, demand increased again and Tan Trai village returned to its new normal. On the first days of the Lunar New Year, the people of Tan Trai were once again busy getting cars in and out of parking lots.

“Please come to the domestic terminal to pick up my car right away. I’m going to be late for my flight,” a regular customer told Thanh over the phone. The couple left their lunch unfinished, took a motorbike to the airport.

Thanh reflects, “My job is like this. Every time a customer calls, I have to go. It’s inconvenient, but it helps us earn a living. when more profitable business opportunities arise, I’m on my feet, but I’m not thinking about it now.”

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Solve Parking Problems, Bangalore Towing Problems Will Go Away

Vehicle towing is a common sight in many parts of Bangalore, especially in Central Business District (CBD) areas such as Church Street, Commercial Street and other roads. Following several incidents of conflict between towing staff and motorists, the government recently announced a temporary suspension of towing until clear and simplified rules are put in place.

Citizens have complained that the city does not have a strong parking policy, leading to chaos on the streets and leaving vehicle owners to contend with law enforcement authorities. How can Bengaluru improve its parking system without inconveniencing citizens too much? Deccan Herald takes a deep dive, interacting with a cross section of Bengalureans.

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Raghvendra TS, who resides in Mathikere, welcomes the suspension. He says, “As the population grows, parking spaces are becoming a big problem in Bangalore. This is bound to create a mess. Even if we find a suitable parking spot, traffic police personnel will come to tow our vehicles, damaging them. This puts the citizen in a difficult situation as he has to run behind government offices to retrieve the vehicle.

Tony K Cherian, a resident of the BTM layout, has this to say: “I used to live quite close to Silk Board Junction, before and during the construction of the metro. I saw many local residents park their vehicles on the side of the road, and you can even see that some local residents have marked out their territory for parking.

“The metropolitan city is really lacking in several multi-level parking slots at its prime locations. The Bruhath Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) should also come up with strict rules after ensuring the availability of parking slots in every residential and commercial building. Palike should also think about converting the basements/available space of the bus/metro station into parking,” he adds.

Most citizens believe that the lack of a clear plan for reserving parking spaces at different locations is one of the main reasons that has led to heavy congestion in the city’s roads and public spaces.

Christ College Faculty of Arts Fellow Victor Joseph notes, “Bengaluru is lagging far behind in providing adequate parking towers to overcome the crisis. The categorical authorities have not been kind enough to allocate maximum space for parking in urban areas, especially when street shopping is a variable to consider.

Abhishek S John, a consultant psychologist, interjects: “Parking space should be maximized for common users. Every approved commercial building must have ample parking space for its customers with no hidden charges. A separate space must be reserved for the loading and unloading of goods for commercial use.

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Transport parking discussion now heads to council

The Elliot Lake Bylaws Committee discussed transit parking at a meeting Thursday, concluding that transit parking on public land is not an option

It will no longer be “ok” to park your 18-wheeler in the streets of the city.

It never really was; a practice tolerated in Elliot Lake, but not sanctioned.

Although City Hall acknowledges that owner-operators and drivers are prohibited from parking their vehicles on residential streets, there remains a local problem with people using public land for truck parking.

The issue received particular attention during a meeting of the municipal committee on Thursday afternoon.

Fast forward to next Monday evening, Elliot Lake City Council will consider the Bylaws Committee’s recommendation to notify large truck operators that a piece of former city-owned land on Oakland Boulevard is no longer the place to park their tractor-trailers.

During Thursday afternoon’s virtual meeting of the Bylaws and Planning Committee, Economic Development Manager Steve Antunes apologized for the short notice.

He explained the need to prevent the use of the land on Oakland Boulevard adjacent to the Mont Dufour ski resort as a parking area for large trucks.

“The city recently sold 22 and 33 Oakland Boulevard, the base of the ski resort road, where there is excess truck parking,” Antunes said. “They parked there to avoid a violation.”

This car park, now private, has been banned.

Chairman of the Cons. Ed Pearce said council members should share the blame for any inconvenience caused to truckers by the announcement.

The committee was told that local property owners have shown no interest in getting into the parking business.

Other city-owned land, such as the Elliot Lake Airport property and vacant parking spaces adjacent to the Centennial Arena, were also excluded as suitable parking alternatives, for various reasons.

Pearce said there had to be an alternative,

“I notice we have a lot of commercial vehicles, especially large tractor-trailers, parked on the lawns here in Elliot Lake,” Pearce said,

“I know there’s one on Hutchinson that seems to do that on a regular basis,” he added.

“So I hope and pray that our staff will make sure this doesn’t become the norm,” Coun said. Perforated.

Although she agreed that parking regulations must be enforced, Councillor. Sandy Finamore was in favor of giving truckers some slack.

“Hopefully we’ll use a little discretion for about a week until they can figure it out,” Finamore said.

“And where they’re going to park and there aren’t a lot of options.”

The big issue of truck parking will go to City Council at its next virtual meeting next Monday.

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Interior Health nearly doubles parking fees for KGH staff – Kelowna News

KGH staff parking fees increase

An internal Interior Health memo sent in late January says parking rates at Kelowna General Hospital for staff and doctors will increase next month.

Rates will almost double, starting March 4, according to a staff member.

The rates have not increased since 2019, but according to the memo, the parking rates for KGH annual and medical parking are increased from $421.12 per year to $777.48 and for outside parking rates opening hours, they are expected to drop from $224.96 per year to $415.32.

For comparison, a year of parking in the city of Kelowna’s Chapman parking lot costs $981.48.

“I guess it feels like a bit of a kick in the teeth after the past two years we’ve been through and the challenges we continue to face at the hospital,” said a disgruntled KGH employee.

The worker says he only has an after-hours parking pass and has been on the waiting list for a full pass for six years now. He says he will pay more for his parking pass and may have to continue parking elsewhere, depending on his shift.

“And I pay the highest rate (even) if I can even get a parking space at the hospital.”

The worker says he often has to pay to park for up to 10 minutes and then walk to work.

“I don’t think the hospital should be run on the backs of employees in terms of using parking revenue to fund health care,” the employee said.

Interior Health has struggled with parking issues at KGH for many years. Last year, IH scrapped plans for a new parking lot at Kelowna General Hospital in favor of buying land for nearby surface lots.

The BC Nurses Union said in 2021 that some of its members were being told they could have to wait up to nine years for a parking spot.

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Café Streets: from pandemic response to permanent program

Outdoor dining areas for La Carte de Oaxaca, Skål and Hot Cakes at the north end of Ballard Ave. Not pictured: Growlers filled with Skål. (Photo by Ray Dubicki)

The Seattle City Council is considering a bill to extend street cafe and outdoor dining permits through January 2023. The popular program sprung up during the pandemic to accommodate dining and shopping in outdoors during closings. Although Seattle has always allowed the use of sidewalks and parking spaces, high costs were a barrier. In the 18 months since the implementation of the free permit program, the number of outdoor spaces used for dining and retail has grown from 400 to nearly 700 locations.

The bill is sponsored by council member Dan Strauss (District 6), who spearheaded efforts to allow cafe streets. One of the most popular and extensive locations for outdoor dining is in its neighborhood along Ballard Avenue. The planner followed the story of Ballard’s unique pergolas that boosted the vitality of the neighborhood during the closures.

The extension of free permits gives the Seattle Department of Transportation time to complete drafting new rules allowing businesses to open or continue to use the streets for outdoor dining and retail. According to Strauss, the new rules represent “a shift from crisis response to citywide adoption and understanding that coffeehouse streets are part of the fabric of Seattle.”

The numbers confirm Strauss’ observation about the program’s popularity. At the recent meeting of the Council’s Transportation Committee, SDOT presented the results of its street retail and restaurant surveys of business owners and the community. Of the 10,000 responses received in their general survey, 90% of respondents supported sidewalk and sidewalk cafes as well as street closures for restaurants and shops. Over 80% of respondents supported food trucks and food carts.

SDOT presented the results of its survey of 10,000 respondents examining public opinion on outdoor dining and retail rules. (Credit: SDOT)

There was a drop in support for retail, with only around 60% supporting merchandise displays in sidewalks and sidewalks. It could be argued that curbside retail stores have been much rarer, with fewer well-made examples. Still, that’s well above majority support.

The move to a permanent coffee street program will begin in the spring when SDOT releases a set of legislative and regulatory changes based on these surveys and community outreach. SDOT has detailed a work program that would raise community awareness and feedback over the summer, with legislation being considered in the fall. If passed, the legislation will come into force before the end of the extension in January 2023.

In its presentation, SDOT said the overall aim of the outdoor dining legislation will be to create more permitting tools, including seasonal permits. The Department emphasizes safety and mobility with licensed structures that people can use year-round. The Department is also looking for flexibility in retail merchandise displays, potentially allowing them based on guidelines rather than permits.

While there appears to be general consensus around extending the current permits to January 2023, two issues were raised by council members who were looking forward to a permanent program. Councilor Lisa Herbold (District 1) raised concerns about accessibility for anyone using the street. She asked SDOT to consider testing the accessibility of some sites, citing an example in New York.

Council Member and Transportation Committee Chair Alex Pedersen (District 4) raised a question about lost permit revenue. SDOT calculated that the lost permit revenue would be $420,000 for the 8-month extension to 2023, or an annualized cost of $630,000. This is based on the traditional calculation of permits costing between $200 and $4,000 depending on specific demand and location. This higher number corresponds to the use of a parking space, the high cost offsetting the parking revenue.

In a later conversation, Strauss expressed his understanding of the matter, but pointed out that revenues cannot be compared between parking and activating a street. “It’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. Just trying to say something else costs x so it should cost x lacks nuance. The rapid increase in permitted outdoor spaces since the abolition of fees suggests that these traditional fees were indeed a barrier, especially when considered in addition to the costs of structures and furnishings to create outdoor space.

Strauss also pushes back against the idea that Seattle’s wintry weather is a drag on outdoor dining. “I was in Hattie’s Hat during the cold snap and peak of Omicron. The people I was with were more comfortable eating out. It was 37 degrees and we bundled up. The exterior was completely full and the interior completely full. Regardless of what the naysayers suggest, it was complete.

While that might sound a bit Seattle Process-ish, the extra time to develop responsive and nuanced rules is probably for the best. The area has seen the issues where a town like Edmonds moves too quickly and charges thousands of dollars in outdoor dining fees. Strauss points out: “Jurisdictions that have problems are rushing to get answers without doing the necessary analysis. Having instinctive reactions rather than taking the time to find the right answer.

A little extra time, according to Strauss, allows “SDOT to create the right size policies for businesses to operate successfully, everyone can use the sidewalk, park if needed, and those don’t have no need to compete. Extend to ensure we are applying the correct policies.


Ray Dubicki is a stay-at-home dad and on-call parent to take care of general school and neighborhood duties around Ballard. This allows him to see how city planning is working (or not) during the hours when most people are locked in their office. He is a lawyer and urban planner by training, with experience in nut soup planning, from code enforcement to university development to drafting zoning ordinances. He enjoys using PowerPoint, but only because it’s no longer a weekly requirement.

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The Day – The building of The Day grew with the newspaper

Inch by inch, the last of the linotype machines, stripped of its small parts, rose slowly with block and hoist until it reached the fourth floor. Then it was tossed inside through a window and back up into the composing room.

With that, The Day, then in its 27th year, was ready for a milestone: the following afternoon, it would be posting for the first time from its own home. As of August 13, 1907, the house was at 47 Main St., New London, a building erected by publisher Theodore Bodenwein with an eye to the future.

This future lasted a long time, but it could not last forever. With his circumstances altered by the internet and the COVID-19 pandemic, The Day plans to leave his 115-year-old home, although he maintains his commitment to downtown New London.

But the building, much larger than at the start, has a story to tell. Its century-long metamorphosis has followed the fortunes of the newspaper, growing with it and reflecting its mission.

In the place where we cover the news, from time to time, news would reach us. The building was the target of an anarchist bomb threat. Hurricanes crippled his presses. Civil rights protesters marched past its gates.

But over the last decade of digital transformation, it gradually emptied out until there was too much space to hold onto. Now, about to go up for sale, the place is more than a building: it’s an artifact of The Day’s history.

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In its first quarter century, The Day bounced around New London, occupying three sites on Bank Street and one on Main Street. Most were inadequate, but in 1893 the paper moved to a spacious new building which it shared with the Boston Furniture Co., occupying two floors and the basement.

It was The Day’s best house so far, but Bodenwein, who had bought the newspaper two years earlier, thought his business needed its own premises.

“The Bank Street surroundings including a lumber yard in the back and a furniture store beside and above us gave me shivers every time the fire alarm sounded”, he later recalled.

Adding to his concerns, the owner asked if The Day would be willing to leave if Frank Munsey, the publisher of a national magazine, decided to move his business there.

“It definitely gave me a pot,” Bodenwein wrote. “Of course, nothing ever came of it, but it gave me some restless nights.” In Munsey’s brief flirtation with New London publishing, he erected his own building, which became the Mohican Hotel.

Bodenwein began looking, and in 1904 purchased the site of a confectionery wholesaler on Main Street. Architect Dudley St. Clair Donnelly designed a “fireproof” four-story building, with arched windows and terracotta lion heads on the facade.

The first stone was laid on July 2, 1906, the day of the 25th anniversary of the first edition of the newspaper. The structure then rose between a plumbing company and a paint shop. The builders did not remove a large boulder when digging the foundation, but instead poured concrete around it. It is still there, crossing the basement like the tip of an iceberg.

The “Day Building”, whose name is carved in stone above the door, became a symbol of the newspaper’s progress, and for a time a picture of it adorned the page’s bear. editorial.

In 1911, when the newspaper launched a campaign to raise $100,000 for the Connecticut College Foundation, the building took center stage. A huge clock face, two stories high, was placed on the facade to track the progress of the campaign. In the days before the radio, crowds gathered outside during championship boxing matches to hear Associated Press updates relayed by megaphone from the third-floor newsroom.

Just seven years after moving in, the newspaper outgrew the space, which included an office rented by a dentist. The press, which printed a maximum of 16 pages, was no longer sufficient, so the company purchased a larger press to double the paper size. A new press room was the first of many expansions, a 60ft by 40ft wing facing Bradley Street, one block behind.

With the addition, on the site of a tailor’s shop, a model began. As The Day grew, his building gradually absorbed the surrounding neighborhood.

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As smoke filled the first-floor business office on December 14, 1921, Bodenwein’s fear of a fire seemed to come true. But the flames were nearby and staff evacuated as firefighters put out the blaze. Bodenwein turned the close call into an opportunity and purchased the damaged building. Other purchases followed, including the BP Learned Mission house on Bradley Street, then renamed North Bank Street.

In 1927 Bodenwein decided to turn its holdings into two major expansions. First, a seven-bay traffic garage at the mission site. Then a team demolished the building where the fire had started.

This paved the way for a complex construction project: a second four-storey Day building was built next to the first, and then the two were designed into a single structure.

Architect Edward L. Scholfield designed a new facade with input from Bodenwein. Made of buff brick and limestone, it faced the two buildings and subtly followed the curve of Main Street. Above the first-floor windows, gothic letters spelled out “The New London Day”.

On May 6, 1929, The Day welcomed 1,000 visitors to the marble-lined lobby when the building opened. Linotype operators inscribed people’s names in keepsake-like slugs, Bodenwein greeted everyone in his wood-panelled second-floor office, and the press churned out copies of an eight-page “New Home” section.

“It seems,” Bodenwein reflected, “as if … we had provided space and facilities for all the growth (and) expansion likely to occur over the next quarter century.” His prediction was correct.

* * *

When Elizabeth Bodenwein Miles sank a golden shovel into the ground of North Bank Street on February 27, 1960, it had been 31 years since the last expansion, just slightly longer than her late father had expected.

“I wish he could be here now to see the beginning of a new construction that he hoped would one day be necessitated by the growth of this region and this newspaper,” said Barnard L. Colby, who will soon be appointed editor, at the inauguration of the works.

Since 1929, The Day’s circulation and staff had doubled. The planned two-story annex, which displaced H. Marcus & Co. and a few other businesses, created space for a new press, a larger typesetting room, and improved circulation facilities. The former composition room on the fourth floor has become a modern newsroom.

At the time, New London was about to launch the Winthrop Urban Renewal Project, which radically changed the city. The Day supported the effort and benefited from it. When the wrecking ball leveled nearly every building on Main Street, The Day and the New London Savings Bank were the only survivors.

The company has reached an agreement to sell the former North Bank Street police station, which it used for storage, to the city. In return, the city widened the street, where the newspaper’s loading docks were located, and provided land for further construction.

“The Day’s expansion in partnership with redevelopment has transformed North Bank Street from an area congested with shops, vacant frame buildings, bars and brothels into a cleaner but desolate service road for the newspaper “, wrote Gregory N. Stone in his book “The Day”. Paper.”

In 1968, after the city evicted the newspaper’s neighbors, the Salvation Army and Bishop Studio, The Day built an advertising wing, with a parking lot in front.

Within the white brick wall was a 400-pound stone rendering of the New London City Seal which formed part of The Day’s logo. It had been salvaged from the police station as a relic of a neighborhood that, by then, The Day had entirely survived.

* * *

In the 1980s, The Day’s fortunes soared when the full effect of Bodenwein’s will, which established trust ownership of the newspaper, took effect with the death of his last heir. With new revenue, the company added staff until each newsroom desk was shared by two people. It was again time to expand the building.

One day in 1986, employees were surprised to see a demolition notice in the front window. But the building wasn’t falling, just the traffic garage. It was replaced with a four-story addition which included a new garage, mailroom, and space for a larger press room and executive offices.

Then came a three-story, 6,000-square-foot building on Eugene O’Neill Drive to house a new press capable of printing color photos. Finally, the parking lot in front was transformed into a park named in honor of the retired Colby.

“This fine young park now bears a fine old New England name,” said publisher Reid MacCluggage at the 1992 grand opening.

That’s where things were when the internet arrived, disrupting the business models of newspapers around the world, including The Day. Broadcast and advertising revenue began to decline, and cost reductions followed. In 2011, the company turned over its printing to the Providence Journal and closed the newsroom. The newer part of the building was suddenly obsolete. Elsewhere, empty desks were increasingly common.

When the pandemic subsided, The Day became a mobile phone company overnight. For 14 months the building sat empty, and it has been only lightly occupied since.

The newspaper is now looking forward to a new chapter in a new home. It’s an unexpected turn, but one person might not have been surprised. In his will, Bodenwein anticipated this possibility, but even earlier, in 1929, it was in his mind.

Although the building then seemed poised to serve the newspaper’s needs indefinitely, Bodenwein, ever a visionary, acknowledged that sooner or later “The Day may have to move again.”

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Fury as school uses disabled parking space for bench ‘so teachers can have lunch’

A concerned woman says she first raised the issue of the blocked parking space last year with the headmaster and deputy headmaster at Christ Church C of E Primary School in Clifton, Bristol

The bench was planted in a disabled parking space

A school has been harshly criticized after a bench was placed in a disabled parking space.

The picnic bench would have been placed in the clearly marked bay of Christ Church C of E Primary School in Clifton, Bristol.

The woman who photographed the bench, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she also saw teachers having lunch there, the Bristol Post reported.

She said: ‘I took it for my personal records so I could prove how long he had been there.

“I also have a picture of all the teachers eating their lunch on it, which optically is absolutely terrible.”

The woman says she first raised the issue of the blocked parking space last year with the principal and vice-principal, and filed a formal complaint with the school on Thursday.

“You wouldn’t dream of using a wheelchair lift as a storage cupboard just because it’s not currently being used by a wheelchair user, you would leave it open at all times,” she continued. .






Christ Church C of E Primary School in Clifton

“I really don’t understand how they can justify using the berry in this way.”

The woman said she was worried about visitors coming to the school who might need to use the space.

“The message that this really sends is that the use of the school is more important than the disposition that is actively there,” she added.

According to data from Bristol Live’s School Ratings 4.4% of the school’s students have special educational needs.

The school said the bench has now been moved.

Manager Ms Clare Jones said: ‘I can say the table is not in the disabled parking space and we have plenty of parking on site for anyone who needs it.

The manager was unable to provide a more detailed response at this time as they are in “active confidential communication with a relative regarding this matter”.

After the image was shared on Twitter, many people expressed dismay at its location.

Twitter user @shevvyt said: “What lesson/message does this teach everyone in this school community? The bad.

Another user @scottiepye tweeted: “I personally think this sends a very negative message to people with disabilities.”

The school’s website states: “The Equality Act 2010 applies to our school and it is the responsibility of our board to ensure that our school meets the requirements of the equality act. legality.

“We must ensure that these adults and children with protected characteristics are not discriminated against.

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Abandoned RVs challenge Vancouver – The Columbian

Lawmakers have tried to alleviate the high price tag of Senate replacement Bill 6437, which raises funds through taxes to reimburse tow truck companies for the removal and dismantling of recreational vehicles. But under the law, Chapelle Towing only receives about $250 for disposal fees, Peters said, and the fees do not cover the cost of impounding or inspecting RVs.

Address the reason behind the problem

The Washington Supreme Court noted that people living in their own vehicles on public property are not flagrant in a 2021 ruling. The court’s consensus also stated that impounded vehicles cannot be auctioned off if owners cannot afford to pay the impound fee.

However, this calls into question how municipalities can keep streets clean while taking into account people’s financial capabilities.

Teresa Tate manages Knoll Mobile Home Park and said its nearby streets, which are normally littered with illegally parked vehicles, have been cleared since fall 2021. However, she expects the number to increase during the summer as in the past. Tate is also prepared for health challenges; garbage and belongings are scattered haphazardly around the area as people are parked along the street.

Although the vehicles appear to be abandoned, she said, they are used by homeless people. Tate, who has experienced homelessness before, said the situation was unsustainable for those seeking stable shelter.

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Divided General Assembly agrees on one thing: Gas-powered cars parked in EV slots should be ticketed

Virginia lawmakers may disagree on much in a divided General Assembly. But Democrats and Republicans defend the parking rights of electric vehicle drivers.

One of the first bills to pass both legislative houses in the 2022 session creates a new traffic offense that would fine drivers caught parking a gas-powered car or truck in a place for charging electric vehicles.

Proponents of the law, which essentially places law enforcement power behind signs designating parking spaces as reserved for electric vehicles, called it a common-sense measure that would protect the investments of homeowners installing infrastructure charging stations and drivers who buy electric vehicles. Several proponents have compared it to existing laws reserving parking spaces for people with disabilities.

“I have personally heard from electric vehicle owners in Virginia being prevented from charging at a station because a gas-powered car was parked there,” said Charles Gerena, an organizer with Richmond-based Drive Electric RVA, during testimony to the committee last week. “So it’s not an abstraction. It’s actually a real problem that will only get worse over time as more charging infrastructure is put in place and more people decide to buy electric vehicles.

Proponents said more than a dozen states have already implemented similar parking laws to prepare for the growing number of electric vehicles on the roads.

The amount of the fine is undecided. The bill passed by the Democratic-led Senate sets a fine of $100 to $250, while the version approved by the Republican-controlled House of Delegates sets a maximum fine of $50. Later in the session, lawmakers will also have to reconcile the differences between the two bills over whether gas-powered vehicles could be towed from charging points. Both versions state that the penalties would only apply if clear warning signs are posted.

The bill empowers local governments to pass an ordinance enforcing the rule, meaning any city or county that might disagree with it wouldn’t be required to start writing parking tickets at electric vehicle locations.

The bills passed in every house with bipartisan support, but three dozen Republicans voted against it. The Senate version, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, passed two weeks ago in a 28-12 vote. The House version passed 73-24 on Monday.

While the proposal may seem simple, lawmakers have wrestled with the question of what to do with EV drivers who take up a charging spot even though their vehicle is fully charged. The bills don’t specify that a car must be on active charge, and several lawmakers have said it would be unfair to ticket a driver for not moving fast enough after charging.

At a Senate Transportation Committee hearing, Sen. Bill DeSteph, R-Virginia Beach, said electric vehicle drivers already have an incentive to keep spaces open because many charging stations charge small hourly fees even when cars are not charging.

“I think it’s already built in,” DeSteph said.

Sen. David Suetterlein of R-Roanoke County, who opposed the bill, said he was concerned it would create special parking privileges for wealthier Virginians who can afford electric vehicles . Low-income drivers who break the rule in a gas-powered vehicle, he said, could end up paying hundreds of dollars, while an EV driver taking the same seat without recharging wouldn’t pay as much.

“I don’t like the way he treats people,” Suetterlein said.

Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Alexandria, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, said someone who parks a non-electric car in an electric charging space is “asking for a parking ticket.”

“Someone who maybe has less means who pulls over and risks a $100 fine, that’s on them,” Marsden said.

In the House, the bill’s sponsor, Del. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, D-Alexandria, faced questions about law enforcement’s role in policing parking rules on private property.

Of the. Tim Anderson, R-Virginia Beach, asked if the proposal could potentially be expanded to allow for the application of other types of reserved parking, such as spaces for military veterans or pregnant women. In response, Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, said asking someone to prove she was pregnant to avoid a ticket is a more invasive proposition than simply looking to see if a car parked in an EV slot is electric or not. .

“How do you identify an electric vehicle? asked Del. Dave LaRock, R-Loudoun, chairman of the House Transportation Subcommittee who first heard the bill. “Is it obvious enough?”

“I understand so, Mr. Chairman,” Bennett-Parker said. “I also imagine being connected to the charging infrastructure would also be a way to identify it.”

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State panel’s review of judge’s poor reaction to parking incident reflected mental health concern

What’s the point?

The Arkansas Commission on Judicial Discipline and Disability expressed concern and compassion over Judge Brad Karren’s poor choices last year.

Forgive us if it looks like we’ve just been hanging around, waiting for the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission so we can pounce on its findings regarding Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren.

Of course, it’s not pretty, as if we were just suffering from a conflict. We hope you’ll believe us when we say we haven’t been sitting here hiding all this time. That would indeed be frightening and inappropriate. We’ve moved on to many other topics since Karren’s April 30 tirade against a college student in a downtown Bentonville parking lot.

The good news in Karren’s formal censure board announcement of the incident was that Karren had agreed that his behavior was inappropriate and that he regretted his part in the dispute. He pledged to take steps to keep his conduct above reproach.

“Without a doubt, I accept full responsibility and public censure today,” Karren said in a statement from Mark Henry, her attorney. “I know that integrity, independence and impartiality are essential prerequisites for an effective and functioning judiciary and justice system.”

The entire episode last April captured statewide attention because this student’s father was Davy Carter, former Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives. Carter had just had dinner with his wife and son in Bentonville. After exiting the restaurant, Carter found a man berating his family members for his son’s choice of a parking space. This man turned out to be Judge Karren.

The downtown parking lot where the incident happened just after 7 p.m. Friday night is where the judge, his staff and other county employees park. A sign at the entrance said it was for Benton County employees only between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Young Carter arrived for dinner with his parents and backed his truck into one of the many open spaces. Half a dozen other cars were also parked in the parking lot. What the young man apparently didn’t notice was an additional sign on the space he was occupying that read “24/7 Reserved Parking Violators Towed”.

Here’s more from our May 9 shock op-ed:

By all rights, his truck could have been towed away, had court personnel needed those spaces after 7 p.m. on a busy Friday night in downtown Bentonville.

It turns out that Karren, a circuit judge since 2012, arrived a few minutes later. Returning from an event with her plainclothes usher, Karren pulled into the available parking spot next to young Carter’s truck. They unloaded some equipment – the bailiff took his in his nearby vehicle and the judge entered his offices. Then they both walked back to the parking lot and lingered, checking the offending truck’s license plate. The couple, both with handguns in their belts, hung around for a few more minutes, until young Carter, with his mother, returned to his truck.

The judge, who carried a cane but moved about without using it, began to complain that the young man had ignored the signs. Davy Carter arrived seconds later and described events this way.

“I got out and saw a very angry man with a gun on his hip and a cane scolding my son and my wife for my son having parked in ‘his’ parking spot,” Carter said. “It was beyond scolding and, like any father or husband, immediately caught my attention.”

A bystander recorded part of the confrontation, during which the bailiff told Davy Carter that his son had to ‘respect the sign’ and a visibly agitated Karren yelled at Davy Carter, wondering how the young man could have miss it.

Perhaps the most unsettling moment was when Davy Carter began to back away from Karren, who took a few steps towards Carter and threw his cane to the ground. It’s hard to describe the judge’s action as anything other than aggressive. To bow down, some have called it. In any similar scenario, his move would easily be interpreted as an attempt to turn an argument into a physical confrontation.

At the time, we reprimanded Karren for his actions, which weighed badly on a man accused of displaying a judicial temper. A reasonable response might have been to leave a note about the improperly parked truck, especially since those spaces weren’t needed that night for court business. The judge could also have called the tow truck, as the sign indicated. Lingering in a parking lot waiting for a confrontation was not a wise choice.

This incident came to light largely through Davy Carter’s documentation, his ability to bring it to light, and the availability of video. What is particularly disturbing is to think about how this might have played out, perhaps unnoticed, if it had involved any Benton County resident, who would not have deserved such treatment any more. than Carter’s son.

Nine months later, what should we learn from the commission’s conclusions? Thank Karren for accepting that her actions were irresponsible and unbecoming of a member of the judiciary. Credit him with agreeing to the censure, mitigating the possibility of a harsher response from the commission.

And as the commission did, accept the reality that judges are not robots, immune to the stresses of life and especially those of Karren’s job. Five attorneys supporting Karren encouraged the commission to examine the challenges Karren had faced, possibly contributing to her outburst. He was truly sorry and learned from the incident, attorney Sean Keith wrote. It deals with a “seemingly endless treadmill of human misery”, suggested Doug Norwood in his defense of the judge, saying Karren is “true to his judicial oath in every respect”.

Would Karren consider those kinds of comments to convict someone in front of him in court? Maybe so, but he would also recognize them as mitigating factors, not as evidence that one should escape punishment.

According to the commission, Karren, who was elected by Benton County residents to do a tough job, agreed to take counseling following the incident. It’s a positive response that recognizes that anyone’s mental health can be compromised by the pressures of life. Again, this does not excuse the behavior, but it does recognize a reality that no one is immune and sometimes each of us needs to hear a voice beyond the one within. of our own head which can lead to bad choices.

A young man who made a minor mistake choosing where to park while joining his family for dinner on Friday night is not the right outlet for a judge’s frustrations. We hope Karren apologized straight away.

And as with the mistakes, big and small, that we’ve all made or will make, hopefully this one has provided Karren with insights that will make him a better man and a better judge.

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The City of Bayonne sets up PILOT agreements with developers

Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa (left) opposes PILOT agreements more than 15 years old.

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Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa (left) opposes PILOT agreements more than 15 years old.

Bayonne City Hall has issued a number of ordinances that would grant PILOT agreements to developers for new developments in the city. However, two councilors voted against their introduction, citing their length.

Under a PILOT agreement, municipalities give developers exemptions from traditional property taxes for a set period of time to encourage them to make improvements to the property or locate a project in a distressed or “deteriorated” area. Instead of property taxes, developers make an annual payment to the municipality.

The payment is usually much lower than traditional taxes and is structured so that the municipality receives more benefits than it would with regular property taxes, although the school system is usually not included. These exemptions allow the developer to save property taxes, but they allow an increase in the fair market value of the property due to a higher net operating income.

Financial agreements support redevelopment

The first ordinance introduced would enact a financial agreement between the city and 22nd Street Partners Urban Renewal, LLC for 25 East 22nd Street. The agreement would support the approved adaptive reuse of the former Mt. Carmel Schoolhouse into a multi-family residential building containing 31 residential apartments and 31 on-site parking spaces.

The second ordinance introduced would enact a financial agreement between the city and Ave E Dev Mile High AMS Urban Renewal, LLC for 132 and 140 Avenue E. This supports the proposed 18-story Silk Lofts skyscraper with 250 residential apartments, 1,975 feet squares of commercial space and 389 mechanical parking spaces on site in addition to the use of an adjacent surface parking lot with 20 parking spaces.

Another ordinance introduced would enact a second financial agreement between the city and this redeveloper, this time for 157-163 Avenue E. This is a proposed six-story Silk Lofts building on Avenue E with 36 units , 1,530 square feet of retail space and 39 off-site parking spaces. The proposed building is part of the same application as the aforementioned 18-storey building.

Additionally, an ordinance introduced would enact a financial agreement between the city and 218-220 Broadway Urban Renewal, LLC for 218-220 Broadway. This agreement supports a six-story multi-family residential project containing approximately 40 units and related site improvements at the former Delta gas station.

The latest order would allow a five-year tax holiday on the assessed value of new improvements only for the new six-story, 18-unit multi-family building with a 21-unit enclosed garage at 172 Avenue F.

PILOT length is a matter of discussion

The council voted 3-2 to introduce the ordinances, with First Ward Councilman Neil Carroll and Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa voting against them and City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, the Second Ward Councilman Sal Gullace neighborhood and Alderman At- The great Juan Perez voted for them.

La Pelusa first opposes the ordinances, citing the length. In 2020, the council passed an ordinance limiting PILOT agreements to 20 years. Following its adoption, the board committed to reviewing the matter in the future with the intention of possibly lowering it in 2021 to 15 years.

Although there have been periodic discussions about lowering it to 15 throughout the last year, nothing has been substantiated. In the meantime, La Pelusa has continued to defend its position on the issue, only supporting PILOT agreements of 15 years or less. And at the Jan. 19 meeting, La Pelusa reiterated that he would not vote for any PILOT deal longer than 15 years and that the board should take steps to limit financial deals to that length.

Carroll agreed with La Pelusa, objecting to the length of agreements. Meanwhile, Perez was in favor of union labor that could be used to build the redevelopments, as he and the rest of the council were not concerned about the duration of the agreements.

A discussion will surely ensue again regarding the duration of the agreements at the next council meeting when the ordinances will be put to a public hearing and vote.

City Council will then meet Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C. Residents can attend virtually or in person. For more information, go to bayonnenj.org and click the link on the calendar webpage.

For updates on this story and others, visit www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at [email protected]

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81-year-old BC veteran living in a car gets help from fellow vets

What started as a question from one military vet to another sparked an outpouring of support and generosity in the community of Squamish, BC.

Resident Jeremiah White was recently shopping at Walmart when he ran into an old acquaintance – Orville Larsen.

White said he grew concerned when he asked Larsen how things were going and the 81-year-old replied “not great”.

Turns out Larsen has been living in his car in the Walmart parking lot for months.

When asked if it was difficult, he replied, “No. (It’s) mind over matter.

“I take it as it comes, I don’t complain, don’t grumble.”

The former military engineer who was posted to Chilliwack, Germany and New Brunswick and served for 11 years has since lived in Squamish for 21 years.

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But when a dispute over rent increases with his landlord led to him being evicted, Larsen really had nowhere to go.

He packed his things into trailers and moved them to another lot, but Larsen said they were stolen.

“A year and a half ago I lost all my stuff that I had accumulated over the past 50 years,” he said.

“It’s all I have left,” he added, pointing to the items in his car.

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When White heard his story, he said he knew he had to do something.

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He and his wife set up a GoFundMe for Larsen, hoping to raise a few thousand dollars and convert a van for him to live in.

But the campaign took off, raising more than $30,000 at press time.

White said the local legion participated and she contacted Veterans Affairs for help.

Along with another military veteran, Corey Smith, they now have more than enough money to help Larsen find a new living space.

“It’s hard to see an 81-year-old human being, let alone a veteran, being in this situation,” Smith said.

Larsen’s new home will be a van with a bed, stove, sink, running water, lights, solar system, storage and a local company has offered to do the electrical and heating work for the van, he added.

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But the story will not end there.

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Smith said they are now aiming for the big picture, hoping to create an organization on the model of Vans for veterans to “continue to help more people”.

Apparently, it was Larsen’s idea.

White said Larsen is so humble and wants to help others more than himself.

“He thinks his needs are met, how can he help someone else, how can he continue? »

Now that they’re aiming to incorporate this into a larger project, White said they’ve been inundated with offers to help.

“We will make a list of needs once we realize what those needs are,” he added. “We’re going to generate a list and say, ‘OK, who can step in and who can’t?’ and go from there.

“It’s incredible.”

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For Larsen, he knew he didn’t want to walk into a house and risk losing his independence.

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“That’s what I want to do when I get my truck, go hunting and fishing all summer,” he says. “Independence. Living off the land.

He told Global News he couldn’t wait for his new living space.

“Well, it’ll be better than that,” he chuckled.



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Plans for shipping container workspaces near Dunston Staiths filed with Gateshead Council

Shipping containers could be set up near a local landmark to provide work space for charity staff.

Plans have been lodged with Gateshead Council to split six containers between two sites near Dunston Staiths.

If plans are given, five containers will be installed on an area opposite Dunston Excelsior Club on Staiths Road which is currently used for parking.

The site, used by local businesses, dog walkers and people visiting Staiths and Saltmarsh Gardens, was described as an ‘informal car park’ by a design and access statement filed with the council.

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He said the parking space is not managed by the authority or a private company.

He said: ‘There is informal parking for 25 cars, but with typical parking standards applied, including designated accessible spaces. One would expect this ability to drop significantly.

Containers on this plot of land will include a two to three person office for the Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust, a four to five person meeting room for the charity as well as a general store or kiosk.

Another container will be used to create public restrooms with unisex cubicles, the latter being described as a “flexible, independently operated concession kiosk unit with the ability to vary use/function over time”.

Meanwhile, at the second site, on the lower deck of the staiths, a container will be delivered to be used as a visitor reception area for the Friends of the Staiths.

The statement said: ‘The proposed scheme aims to create new flexible spaces to serve as a visitor center and staff base for the Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust, the provision of storage and toilet facilities and l installation of a kiosk to serve as an information point directly at the main visitor gate and at the entrance to the monument.

“The container units will be modernized and upgraded off-site and then installed at the proposed location, providing instant facilities to serve the organization and the general public, without requiring a long construction period.”

The North Eastern Railway Company began construction of Dunston Staiths in 1890, with the first opening in 1893 and the second a decade later.

The 520m (1,709ft) long structure, believed to be the largest of its kind in Europe, played a crucial role in transporting millions of tonnes of North East coal from the River Tyne.

Coal arrived by rail from numerous pits around County Durham, then was loaded onto ships and transported in large quantities to London and the Continent.

Gateshead Council is expected to vote on the proposals in February.

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The new Pune airport terminal will be operational from January 2023

At least 65% of the work on the new Pune airport terminal at Lohegaon is complete. While expected to be completed by September this year, by January 2023 the building will be commissioned for operational use, according to airport officials.

As part of a major infrastructure upgrade, a parking space for 200 cars will be created on the airport premises, along with other amenities.

“The work on the new terminal is in full swing and by September this year the works will be completed. After that passenger amenities and other internal works will be undertaken, so by January next year , the building will be commissioned for operational use,” said Santosh Doke, Director of Pune Airport.

The Pune International Airport expansion works at Lohegaon are being carried out by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The expansion works which started in December 2018 include various aspects, mainly a new terminal which will be built in the existing premises of the airport.

“To solve the parking problem for passengers and relatives coming to drop off or pick up, we have currently rented land at the entrance to the airport. It has capacity for 100 cars and also parking for two-wheelers. As passenger footfall and daily flight operations are expected to increase this year, there is a need for better infrastructure and more passenger facilities from the airport,” Doke added.

Passengers are excited about the airport’s development plans. Kishore Mehta, a frequent passenger, said, “I often fly from Pune airport to various destinations for business purposes and compared to other airports in the country, it is quite small. Until the new airport is built for Pune, we need to improve the existing airport infrastructure and provide passengers with world class amenities.

“It is good that AAI is taking all necessary steps in this direction and soon flight operations will also increase from here,” he said.

Highlights of Pune Airport Development Project

*The Pune Airport expansion project includes the construction of a new terminal at 400 crore, a multi-level parking space for 120 crore and a new cargo complex at a cost of around 300 crores

*Construction of the new terminal is underway in the area of ​​40,000 square meters towards the east side of the existing terminal

*While the size of the current terminal building is 22,300 square meters, once the new terminal is built, the total size of the airport will be 64,300 square meters

*The new terminal will have five new aerobridges

*Works for a new integrated terminal worth 358.89 crore was awarded to ITD Cementation India Ltd.

*The French company ‘Egis’ has been appointed as consultant for the works of the new terminal

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Lexington Pro Soccer releases renderings of proposed stadium

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – We now have our first look at the Pro Soccer Team stadium in Lexington.

Here is a rendering of what the stadium might look like:

The team’s season is expected to start next spring. They will begin playing at UK facilities.

“It’s something we’ve been working on for a long time. We are football fans, the stadium is more than football,” said Lexington Pro Soccer Team Project partner Stephen Dawahare.

It is a 6,000-seat sports complex, hotel, apartment building and commercial space.

“It’s really important as a region to have a vibrant urban core,” said Terry Sweeney, president of the Downtown Lexington Partnership.

Some are in favor of trying to bring football to the heart of Lexington.

“People want to go somewhere where there’s a place to stay, they can eat, they can drink, they can do all the other things there. They want a safe environment,” Dawahare said.

“As long as they have this park contract, they will build there. I think the city has enough buildings already,” said Lexington resident Jack Ditto.

Many people have questions about parking.

“That was clearly one of the main things that we focused on, trying to make sure that the city, the Lexington Convention Center, had guidelines that they had laid out for us and asked us to make sure that we we’re adapting to that. We think we’ve exceeded those guidelines,” Dawahare said.

Dawahare said the plans include more parking spaces than are currently available.

They will need the help of the Lexington Center Corporation before setting up their nets.

“This is one of many proposals the Lexington Center will consider,” Sweeney said.

Will an old car park turn into a field of dreams?

“I think it’s amazing for a community like this,” said Dave Lovegrove, a visitor to Lexington from Indiana.

The football team logo, colors and name are expected to be released soon.

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Another development planned for Squamish

Diamond Head Development is looking to build 20 duplexes, 18 townhouses and 172 apartments between four apartment buildings.

Diamond Head Development is looking to build 20 duplexes, 18 townhouses and 172 apartments between four apartment buildings in the Loggers East neighborhood.

On January 11, district staff presented council with the developer’s plan to build on the easternmost end of Finch and Raven Drive, which is a hilly, sloping area.

The properties span 8.5 acres and are zoned RS-1 for single family homes. Diamond Head is seeking to have it rezoned as a 101 Comprehensive Development Area, or CD-101.

The lands are located at the east end of Finch and Raven Drive, totaling 8.5 hectares.

In terms of height, the developer’s request is to create apartment buildings five stories high or 18 meters high, whichever is lower.

According to the recently adopted neighborhood plan, buildings in the area are only supposed to be four stories high, but district staff said the exception was justified.

“The rationale for allowing apartment buildings to exceed four storeys in height is to reduce the footprints of apartment buildings to allow for more open space on the site and to reduce the amount of restraint that may be required to accommodate buildings on the upper portion of the site,” said Bryan Daly, Development and Subdivision Coordinator

“Reducing the building’s footprint and maintaining open space are supported in site design guidelines in hillside housing policies. The site’s steep topography and lack of neighbors within east should minimize impacts to nearby views.”

Daly said there are also proposals to reduce parking requirements.

It would reduce the requirement by 0.25 spaces per apartment type and reduce visitor spaces to 0.1 space per dwelling for 72 of the 172 dwellings. There should be between one and two stands per unit, depending on the size of the unit.

Daly said that would result in a reduction of 60 stalls from the standard zoning bylaw requirement.

“The reduced parking standard would result in 990 square meters of green space instead of providing paved parking spaces. It should be noted that the proposal includes visitor parking for duplex units, which is not a requirement of the zoning bylaw,” Daly said.

He said staff were in favor of reducing parking for several reasons.

First, he said 32 of the units will be set aside for affordable housing, which exceeds the 10% requirement for community amenities contributions.

Daly added that 60 of the apartments will be located in the lower part of the site, closer to the active transport structure. A three meter wide multi-use pathway would also be proposed along the extension of Finch Drive to the upper portion of the site.

The multi-use trail would continue from the site along Finch Drive to Loggers Lane. Finally, the developer also offers an e-bike sharing program, he said.

Child care for at least 25 children, children’s play facilities and ski jumps for Squamish Legacy Sports Park, among others, are on the table.

The Council provided comments on the proposal.

“I’m happy with the density here. Often we see a kind of push towards the maximum allowed, compared to what’s actually achievable on the site. I think it’s a good mix. I was happy to see duplexes and apartment buildings,” said Councilman Armand Hurford.

“The height of the apartment building is a challenge. We did it through a sub-area planning process, our neighborhood planning process, and it gave us a different number. But I think when you get into the specific sites – and the constraints and potentials of the sites – that there might be some flexibility there to go up.

Com. John French said he supports parking space numbers.

Cycling infrastructure, paths, trails and potential future transit create a scenario where there are very few barriers to active transit, French said.

“I think that supports the proposed parking numbers,” he said.

French also called community amenity contributions generous.

Com. Eric Andersen said this development will be a learning experience about developing on steep slopes.

“I’m impressed with what’s on offer and delivered in this plan in the face of the difficult terrain we face,” Andersen said.

He said he was not concerned about the height of the buildings.

Regarding parking, he said there was some uncertainty, but a miscalculation won’t have a ripple effect on the rest of the neighborhood.

“There’s nothing anyone can do about it on this ground. Elsewhere I might be more concerned about the implications of miscalculating parking demands, but here it might just be the market,” Anderson said.

The main issue would be that it might be harder to sell some of the units, he said.

Com. Doug Race advocated for the developer to donate land in fee simple for affordable housing as part of its contribution to community amenities.

He noted that the district housing corporation had just been incorporated, and although it is not yet operational, the corporation can start making future plans for it.

“I think the big thing for us as a board is to take opportunities when they arise. We don’t always have control over that,” Race said.

French and Mayor Karen Elliott also agreed to Race’s proposal.

“The district is prepared to subsidize the housing corporation up to $1 million over five years,” Elliott said, regarding Race’s proposal. “The sooner they get land in their hands, the sooner they can start planning, the sooner we can stop subsidizing them because they generate income.”

She said the development is close to amenities, the city center and a soon-to-be-widened public transport route.

Elliott said there are few affordable housing options like this.

“I would like to see a proposal that definitely come forward considering that,” she said.

Elliott also said she would like to see storage options for people in smaller units. If parking is reduced, there must be at least one storage space available.

Com. Chris Pettingill expressed concern about the potential route of the FortisBC pipeline through the area and its proximity to affordable units.

He said the location of these units could be a problem.

“It’s still an open issue,” Pettingill said.

He said he was comfortable with density and mixing units.

Staff and the developer will consider comments from elected officials and appear before council again at a later date.

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Not in my parking lot

In suburbs across the country, communities are at war over car parking, with those who depend on the car for their daily existence on the one hand, and those who believe we are past the “car peak” and are turning to ‘activity’ travel as a sustainable alternative.

Taken London. The Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) want to build houses on car parks located in several underground stations on the outskirts of London. Win-win: meeting the crying need for housing while getting rid of the large expanses of tar that encourage car use. According to the principles of the London plan, it was written everywhere.

Well, not the users of these car parks, whose opposition to such proposals has paralyzed them in several places and led to an embarrassing stalemate. And these people are very angry. In some cases, they have built their lives around their ability to park in these suburban subway station car parks and they fear it will be ripped away from them. They are appalled that the planning authorities have no sympathy for them in this regard and wonder why this impact on their equipment is not taken into account.

As always, there are two sides to this war, and I have sympathy for both. The planning professional side of me agrees that the private motor car creates a lot of problems, not just in terms of carbon emissions and air quality – you know, the kind of things that can destroy the planet or literally kill people – but also in this they unduly dominate the design and quality of our entire cityscape. The need for cars and their parking spaces are eating up space on our residential streets and in our town centers and in new developments that could be much better used for amenity. I therefore support all of the policies in the London plan which seek to reduce car use, policies which seek to reorient large format retail stores for higher density and less car-hungry development, and its policies which are looking for car-free homes in all but the least accessible areas. But only up to a point.

On the other side, however, I am a parent who lives in the suburbs. I take the train (or once in a blue moon when it’s not too cold or rainy and I’m not feeling a bit tired, ride my bike) to work. But on weekends, my car is our family’s savior. We have clubs to take the kids to. I play golf. We value the outdoors (if you count National Trust membership as an outdoors). And we just like to change the scene once in a while. So we roll.

I’ve been told many times – usually by local authority transport officers – that it’s possible to have a perfectly functional life living in zone 3 without a car; cycling everywhere, including to and from rugby practice on a January day, or taking the bus to a triathlon with my bike and wetsuit stowed in my backpack. But I don’t buy it. Life without our family car wouldn’t be much of a life, or would at least be wildly different and less rich and full of variety than it is now.

The London plan and TfL’s plans to build housing on car parks are blunt instruments that attempt to drive (no pun intended) everyone towards a car-free or at least less car-dependent way of life. It’s forcing people to change, which is never a good idea. People don’t like change and people – especially Britons – don’t like being told what to do. They need to approach an idea more gradually, so that it becomes their choice. And it will take some time before the availability, reliability and choice offered by public transport or other sustainable modes of transport such as self-driving taxis take over and people decide to sell their cars, or at least not to use them to get to a station. car park.

But where does this lead us now? I think we should look into whether the car park – or at least part of it – could be redeveloped in development, but its design is future proof so it can be reused in the future for other uses.

Take Blenheim Strategic Partners’ ‘Parking Barns’ – a pioneering approach to parking and community development which was designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards for the Hill Rise development of Passivhauses which will be presented to the West Oxfordshire District Council planning committee in the spring of 2022.

The invention benefits the environment by protecting the street scene, while providing a community center that can adapt over time. Barns are high-quality flex spaces that serve, initially, as both car storage, flex community spaces, and include an e-commerce collection point, e-bike rental, among other useful community services. The design evolves as the needs of the community change. Initially, parking barns (with electric chargers and space for car club use) are primarily used for car storage, but as transportation trends move away from private car ownership, the spaces will evolve also – gradually evolving to accommodate new uses such as a library of Things (equipment hire) and storage for bicycles and electric scooters. Ultimately, the barns will be for community use only, providing an excellent venue as a home business center and for pop-up events, markets and community gatherings.

In the scheme proposed by Blenheim Strategic Partners, the parking areas will provide additional parking for residents in a series of courtyards spread along the main street. Each cluster of courses is small in size, bounded by low mortared limestone walls and incorporating seepage swales, structural plantings and street trees. Each is strategically positioned on green links throughout the development, connecting to other community facilities, including another innovation, the Green Living Room.

The future of urban design could be transformed by ideas like this that work with, not against, human nature – ending wars and creating a win-win situation for all.

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How to Cope If Inflation Destroys Your Retirement Budget

It’s no secret that these days the general cost of living is on the rise. Consumers are paying more for everything from gas to groceries to utilities, and sadly we could be stuck in this pattern of runaway inflation for many more months until things start to pick up. calm down.

In December, the Consumer Price Index rose 7% from a year earlier, marking the biggest increase since 1982. And while seniors on Social Security got an adjustment to the cost of life by 5.9% to offset the rising cost of consumer goods, it is clear , this stimulus is already insufficient.

If you’re retired, you may be struggling to stick to your budget given the recent rise in inflation. If so, here are some steps you might consider taking.

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1. Withdraw more aggressively from your savings

If you have a good amount of money in your IRA or 401(k) plan, you may be okay with temporarily increasing your withdrawal rate to help offset higher living costs. Generally speaking, it’s important not to overdo it with retirement plan withdrawals, because the last thing you want to do is deplete your nest egg prematurely. But if you need to temporarily increase your withdrawal rate from, say, 3.5% to 4% to offset the rising cost of living, that’s a much better bet than racking up credit card debt just to get out of it.

2. Tap your home equity

Many people retire with their house paid off or with a lot of equity in their home. This is especially true today. During the third quarter of 2021, home equity rose to $9.4 trillion, according to Black Knight, meaning homeowners now have more equity than before.

If you have the equity in your home to borrow against, it might be time to take out a home equity loan or line of credit (HELOC). You can then use that money to cover your higher living expenses until prices start to drop.

Of course, the danger of taking out a home equity loan or HELOC is that it is a secured loan. And if you fall too far behind on your payments, you risk losing your home. At the same time, home equity loans and HELOCs are a very affordable way to borrow, and given today’s capital levels, they are also quite easy to obtain.

3. Use your home as a source of income

If you’re sitting on a larger property than you need, you may have a few options to convert your home into a source of cash to get you through these tough times. First, if you’re willing to downsize, you can sell your home and buy a cheaper one, while using the proceeds from that sale to pay for your living expenses. However, this may not be a great immediate solution, as closing a home can take months and you may need an income boost now.

Another option is to consider renting out part of your home. This could mean a tenant moving in with you in a separate area of ​​your home, such as a finished basement. Or, you may be able to rent storage space in your home or even a parking spot in your driveway. Remember, these aren’t things you need to do permanently, until inflation slows down and you can manage your bills more easily.

Inflation hits a lot of people hard, and if you have a fixed retirement income, you may struggle. These measures could help you manage your expenses in the face of inflation and minimize your financial stress in these difficult times.

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Lenexa to review plan for Vista Village off Prairie Star Parkway

LENEXA, Kan. — On Tuesday, Lenexa City Council will vote on a revised site plan for a 46-acre mixed-use development near Prairie Star Parkway and Ridgeview Road.

Plans for the Vista Village project include seven retail buildings, 119 townhouses and a five-story, 207-unit condominium.

In 2019, the city approved a plan that included a flexible use option for the property, which meant it could include offices, retail, business parks or light industrial space.

Now the developer is seeking approval for a revised site plan to redistribute commercial and residential space on the western half of the property and create townhouses on the eastern part of the property.

The proposed change would reduce the amount of commercial space on the site by approximately 5,900 square feet.

The eastern half of the proposed site would include 119 townhouses and a 6,600 square foot retail building. The townhouses would be distributed among 25 buildings in groups of two, four, five and six units. Each unit would include two parking spaces in a garage.

Developers plan to create a plaza at the prominent corner of Prairie Star Parkway and Ridgeview Road. The project also includes plans for a public amphitheater near the center of the property.

The western half of the property would include six commercial buildings and a 207-unit condominium. Once built, the condominium will appear as three separate buildings, but it would be connected by a parking garage on the lower level.

The space between the upper levels will include yard space and a dog park. Residents of the condominium would also have access to a swimming pool and a patio overlooking the amphitheater.

Council will review the revised site plan on Tuesday, January 18 at 7 p.m.

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Name of man accused of murdering homeless woman in Christchurch remains under wraps

The name of a 43-year-old man charged with the murder of a homeless woman near a supermarket car park in Christchurch continues to be removed while his case moves to the High Court.

The man appeared in Christchurch District Court on Thursday afternoon via video link.

He did not enter a plea because no lawyer had yet been assigned to his case.

Judge Gerard Lynch upheld the suit for an interim name-suppressing order issued on Thursday morning and denied media requests to photograph the defendant.

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A tent covering the scene of an alleged murder was removed on Thursday afternoon.

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A tent covering the scene of an alleged murder was removed on Thursday afternoon.

The accused will appear in the High Court on February 11.

The man was arrested after police were called to a report of an assault in Hawke St, New Brighton at 10.40pm on Wednesday. The victim, a woman in her 40s, was unconscious when paramedics arrived and died on the way to hospital.

The incident is believed to have happened near the parking lot of the Countdown supermarket in Hawke St.

Things figure out the victim is a homeless woman who lived near the parking lot. She was due to meet with a housing agency the next day.

Police are searching a New Brighton car park after a homeless woman was allegedly attacked near the Countdown supermarket.

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Police are searching a New Brighton car park after a homeless woman was allegedly attacked near the Countdown supermarket.

Housing First manager Nicola Fleming said the agency had been caring for the woman since Covid-19 arrived in New Zealand in 2020. However, in August last year the woman is “disengaged” and no longer wanted to work with them.

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About five weeks ago, staff spotted the woman in the community and were “really worried” about her, Fleming said.

They were contacted on Wednesday by a former staff member, Ruth Siobhan, who had seen a post about the woman on Facebook.

Two staff members then visited the woman.

“They were there for probably two hours, just to get her food and pack her blankets and give her some security because she was pretty terrified,” Fleming said.

Officers comb the area after a woman was allegedly murdered in New Brighton.

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Officers comb the area after a woman was allegedly murdered in New Brighton.

“They had to go back [on Thursday] with our Work and Income worker, and both of them were going to go back and see how she was doing and try to figure out how we could help her from there.”

Fleming said living on the streets was “scary”.

“We know her very well, we know how she was,” she said.

“The women on the street are terrified and she was afraid her things would be stolen and all that kind of stuff that homeless people struggle with. She just had the anxiety that homelessness carries.

After Wednesday’s visit, Fleming called police to let them know she was there, and they told her they knew about it and had visited her earlier in the day.

The woman was allegedly assaulted on Wednesday evening and died on the way to hospital.

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The woman was allegedly assaulted on Wednesday evening and died on the way to hospital.

Staff were shocked to learn of his death Thursday morning, Fleming said.

“It really touched us, it’s very sad,” she said.

Siobhan said she felt “incredibly sad” for the woman.

“Someone who had an incredibly difficult life, ending her life like this is awful, especially when she was starting to re-engage with her support, and they were going to get her the help she needed.”

It is understood that the woman and man accused of her murder met recently.

Chief Firefighter Kevin Boniface and his colleagues from Anzac Station arrived by fire truck to lay flowers at the edge of the cordon and pay their respects to the deceased woman.

Boniface and senior station officer Shane O’Brien had met the woman on Wednesday and brought her bottles of water.

He said she seemed “a little upset” when they spoke.

O’Brien said she was well known to locals.

“It was a bit of a shock to hear the news this morning,” he said.

Chief Firefighter Kevin Boniface and colleagues at Anzac Station laid flowers at the cordon to honor a woman killed in New Brighton.

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Chief Firefighter Kevin Boniface and colleagues at Anzac Station laid flowers at the cordon to honor a woman killed in New Brighton.

A woman who lives opposite the scene said it was “very, very sad news”.

“She never bothered anyone, she was just living her own life,” she said.

She said she “set up camp” outside Save Mart about a week ago.

“I always said hello to her and she was always friendly.”

Examination of the scene will continue throughout the day, a police spokesman said.

Much of the car park and part of nearby Carnaby Lane were cordoned off with police tape on Thursday morning, and two patrol cars were parked nearby.

A dark blue police tent had been erected next to an abandoned store in the parking lot between Coupland’s Bakery and the Countdown supermarket, but was taken down on Thursday afternoon. Five officers had previously searched the nearby parking lot.

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Aberdeenshire Council Policy on Electric Vehicle Charging

Aberdeenshire Council is implementing an electric vehicle charging policy, with plans to expand the public grid as the number of vehicles increases.

With the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans to be phased out by 2030, growth in electric vehicle (EV) sales is expected to accelerate.

While electric vehicles offer a number of benefits to both owners and the community at large, including lower operating costs and reduced air and noise pollution, vehicle range and uptime charging facilities raise concerns.

Aberdeenshire Council is therefore developing a policy on electric vehicle charging, which is being considered by the Buchan area committee today (Tuesday 11 December).

The council’s policy examines how it will continue to operate, maintain and expand the publicly available network of electric vehicle charging stations in Aberdeenshire at a pace that reflects growing demand.

And with more and more EV owners likely to look for ways to charge their vehicles at home, the policy also indicates how and where it will be allowed.

Under the policy, on-street electric vehicle charging points will only be allowed when accessible to the public, so anyone looking to set up their own private charging point will need their own off-street parking space. street, such as a driveway or garage.

Council policy states: “Aberdeenshire Council does not allow on-street charging of electric vehicles where it would involve cables crossing the pedestrian lane or any other part of the road.

“Likewise, we would not allow the installation of charging devices on public roads when it was for private rather than public use.

“Potential buyers of electric vehicles who do not have access to off-street parking at home or charging facilities at work should base any decision on using publicly accessible charging points in the same way as the gasoline and diesel are currently accessible. “

While around 81% of homes in Aberdeenshire have dedicated off-street parking, in some communities – particularly in fishing villages – the layout of homes on the street means that many residents do not and could not charge an electric vehicle at home. .

Transportation hubs, such as bus or train stations, could offer commuters the option of recharging their vehicles. Likewise, city-center car parks could offer recharging possibilities for commuters but also for visitors.

The policy also states that the provision of electric vehicle charging stations will be encouraged in new private parking lots.

And it says tariffs should be set for customers using the public electric vehicle network to ensure full payment of costs.

After an initial period of free charging in early 2021, Aberdeenshire Council introduced a charge based on a tariff per kWh of electricity supplied to cover the costs of energy, maintenance, administration and management.

There has been rapid growth of electric vehicles in Aberdeenshire in recent years, from a few dozen in 2021 to around 600 in 2019, and just over 1,400 at the end of June last year.

However, the combined number of battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles still only accounted for around 0.75% of the total number of vehicles registered in Aberdeenshire.

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Apartments sold and rented – Globes

Second hand apartments sold

Jerusalem and its surroundings
Jerusalem: A 60 square meter two-room apartment on the fourth floor with parking on Shamai Street in the city center sold for NIS 1.95 million. A 100-square-meter, four-room second-floor apartment with storage room and parking on Mordechai Alkachi Street in Armon Hanatziv was sold for NIS 1.76 million. A 59-square-meter three-room apartment on the seventh floor of Shahal Street in Givat Mordechai was sold for NIS 1.7 million. A 133-square-meter, seventh-floor four-room apartment with elevator on Tzvia VeYitzhak Street in Gilo was sold for NIS 2.1 million. An 85-square-meter, three-room, ground-floor apartment with a storage room on Ha’ach Street in the Musrara district was sold for NIS 2.85 million (RE / MAX – Hazon).
Tel Aviv and central region
Givatayim: A 60 square meter, three-room, second-floor apartment with no elevator and parking on Sheinkin Street was sold for NIS 2.02 million. An 81-square-meter, three-room apartment on the 12th floor with an elevator and two parking spaces on Ben Tzvi Street was sold for NIS 3 million. A 75-square-meter, 2.5-room, second-floor apartment with no elevator and parking on Katznelson Street was sold for NIS 2.07 million.

Herzlia: A 10-square-meter 4.5-room fourth-floor apartment with elevator and parking on Hamekubalim Street in Neve Amirim was sold for NIS 3.3 million.

Ra’anana: A 110-square-meter, four-room, third-floor apartment with elevator and parking on Golomb Street was sold for NIS 2.2 million.

Netanya: A 256-square-meter, six-room, three-level house with a 403-square-meter garden on Sahlab Street in Ramat Poleg was sold for NIS 5.2 million. A 260-square-meter, five-room, three-story house on Ner Halilah Street in Ramat Poleg was sold for NIS 4.3 million. A 170-square-meter, two-level five-room house with a 100-square-meter garden and outdoor accommodation on Nurit Street in Ramat Poleg was sold for NIS 4.95 million. A 160-square-meter, six-room, fifth and sixth-floor duplex apartment with a 30-square-meter balcony, elevator and two parking spaces on Shalom Aleichem Street in Neve Oz was sold for NIS 2.77 million (RE / MAX – Maximum).

Or Akiva: A 260-square-meter seven-room house on a 500-square-meter plot of land on YL Peretz Street in the Orot Hayaroka neighborhood was sold for NIS 4.3 million.
Rehovot: A 105-square-meter, four-room, fourth-floor apartment with a 19-square-meter balcony, storage room, elevator and parking on Derekh Yavne was sold for NIS 2.2 million. A 129 square meter five-room apartment on the first floor with 18.5 and 26 square meter balconies, a storage room, an elevator and two parking spaces on Shin Ben-Zion Street was sold for $ 2.95 million. shekels (Anglo-Saxon).

Posted by Globes, Israel business news – en.globes.co.il – January 9, 2022.

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COMING SOON! New parking meters and kiosks

COMING SOON! New parking meters and kiosks

Kirstin Davis, Communications Manager, Community and Economic Development, 509.625.7773

Friday January 7, 2022 at 11:39 a.m.

COMING SOON!  New parking meters and kiosks

If you remember going from a flip phone to a smartphone, you’ll appreciate what will happen to a parking meter near you! As the City prepares for an on-street parking makeover, new meters and kiosks are on the way and we are excited to show them off as we are confident it will provide a better parking experience.

Here’s how:

  • Payment options: Meters and kiosks will accept credit / debit cards, coins, mobile and contactless payments for added flexibility.
  • Better visibility: The counters will be color coded according to the time limits for better visibility. Customers will be able to see the remaining time and receipt of any payment on the counter.
  • Space makeover: Currently, there is a meter for each on-street parking space. Most of the new counters will be “double space”, which means there will be one meter for every two spaces. This will remove almost half of the meters in the city center. Unused poles will be removed or reused for bike racks!
  • Improved service: With fewer devices, parking enforcement specialists will be able to improve the health and safety of the community by having more resources to respond to dangerous infractions.
  • Circle the kiosks:Outside of downtown, most on-street metered parking will be replaced with kiosks for every 6 to 8 parking spaces.

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Tullamore driver in court for using her husband’s disabled parking pass

A driver from TULLAMORE who said she thought she was allowed to park in a disabled parking lot using her husband’s license was fined € 50.

Mary McInerney, Kilbrook, Tullamore, told local district court she would have been “top 10 minutes” in the disabled parking space outside Tullamore Credit Union.

Judge Colm Roberts told Ms McInerney: “It doesn’t matter how long you are, you could be two seconds. You don’t have the right to be there.

The woman pleaded not guilty to a subpoena alleging the offense in Patrick Street, Tullamore on January 23, 2021.

Garda Pat McGee told the court that on that date he saw a Toyota Hiace pickup truck parked in a “wheelchair location” outside of Tullamore Credit Union.

The driver walked out of the credit union and gave her name and address and said she had a wheelchair license issued to her husband.

Garda McGee said the man was not there but was in a store on Church Road “some distance away” and that she was not allowed to use a wheelchair space .

La garda added that Ms McInerney would have been “covered” if the husband had been the driver and his wife the passenger, but according to what she said she had dropped him off earlier.

Judge Roberts said he felt she had parked there because she felt her husband’s license was his “golden ticket”.

Called to testify by her lawyer, Donal Farrelly, Ms McInerney said her husband had a disability and that she “always drove” as he only drove short distances and drove to Beaumont. Both were fully insured.

The defendant explained that she was at the Credit Union because that was where “my money comes in” and she dropped it off at the post office to get her money back.

It was her intention to pick him up on the way home and she figured she would park in space because the pass was on the van. “I wasn’t even 10 minutes away,” she said.

She told Judge Roberts that she now understands how the pass should be used.

Judge Roberts said the violation was “technical”, imposed a fine of € 50 and gave the woman three months to pay it.

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City of Thomasville receives AARP grant

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) – The City of Thomasville, through a partnership with the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission (SWGRC), recently received a Community Challenge Grant in the amount of $ 6,379.86 from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) to help fund rapid action projects designed to accelerate long-term progress in supporting residents of all ages.

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and over to choose their lifestyle as they age. With a national presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal development.

“We have been honored, along with our SWGRC partners, to be selected by AARP as a recipient of the 2021 grant,” said Thomasville town planner Kenneth Thompson. “This collaborative effort between the Town of Albany, Town of Sylvester, County of Lee and ourselves will fund projects that add accessible seating, recreational facilities and outdoor art exhibits across the four communities. ”

According to Thompson, the grant funding was used to build a “Pop-Up Porch.”

“The Thomasville Downtown Pop-Up Porch is a pilot project designed to encourage the use of temporary modifications to the built environment that improve the quality of our public spaces,” said Thompson. “The porch is sized to accommodate a parking space and temporarily enlarges the sidewalk for a range of uses such as outdoor seating, artist markets, and performance space.”

The Pop-Up Porch was recently unveiled to the community during a Christmas in Thomasville an event.

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Follow These Seven Steps From GEMMA BIRD To Turn Your Home Into An ATM

You might be surprised to know that there is also a lot of money to be made in your own home.

Even if you think you don’t have much to sell, I guarantee that there is a whole bunch of stuff in the back of your closet or in your loft that someone, somewhere, will buy you.

Just go through each room one at a time, starting with the attic or at the top of your house. Take a moment to look at each item and ask yourself if you are really going to wear this jacket again or read this book, or if you are keeping it for other reasons.

It can be sentimental, or because you’ve spent a lot of money on it and think you should burn yourself out more.

Whatever it is, if you know in your heart that you are not going to use it or wear it again, then put it in the decluttering heap and start making money!

1. Create your own stylish eBay store

I like to sell my old clothes and small household items on eBay because it has a large national and even international audience which means I can get as many people as possible to bid on them.

I also love that eBay allows its customers to review you, which allows you to build a brand and a loyal following.

As a seller, you are legally covered, so if a customer doesn’t pay, you can open a case and resolve the issue.

The best-selling items on eBay are small enough to advertise, come from good brands, and hold their value. I regularly sell designer clothes, shoes, bags and belts of good quality, unused make-up, costume jewelry and household items such as candle holders or placemats.

A good sale is all about the pictures. So find a clean space and set up a small home studio with a plain background and good natural lighting.

Take tons of photos of your item from all angles, so people feel like they really have a good look at what they are buying.

On a typical fashion site like Zara or Boohoo, you will get around eight photos for each item, so follow their lead and put as many photos there as you can.

Hang the clothes on a wooden hanger (not plastic or metal) and decorate the photo with flowers in a vase or a photo in a frame. Think about how things look in online stores and try to bring some of that flair to your images.

If there are any flaws, show them clearly – there is no point in trying to hide them as the item will only be returned.

Boost your sales potential by being descriptive and informative: instead of saying “blue top”, say “Whistles blue silk blouse 12 SS20 vintage fashion”.

I like to sell my old clothes and small household items on eBay because it has a large national and even international audience which means I can get as many people as possible to bid on them.

I like to sell my old clothes and small household items on eBay because it has a large national and even international audience which means I can get as many people as possible to bid on them.

2. Set up a stand on Facebook Marketplace

I love using Facebook Marketplace to move larger items locally – buyers usually pick up their items so you don’t have to worry about shipping costs.

You should always take clear photos and describe any flaws in your item, if any.

3. Cash in old mobiles

That old handset in the back of your drawer could be worth hundreds of pounds.

Just type your model name into one of the many cell phone recycling websites, see what it might be worth, then put it in the mail and wait for the money. Remember to reset it to factory settings before sending it out.

If you find a really old phone, it’s worth checking eBay because people will pay dearly for old technology – the older and rarer the model, the better. The first Nokia mobile phones from the 1980s sold for up to £ 1,000.

4. Say “yes” to online surveys that report

Go online and search for survey sites. They all take a slightly different approach, but many will either pay you with vouchers or cash straight to your account.

Surveys won’t get you rich quick, but they can increase your bank balance and it’s usually something easy that you can do even while watching TV.

5. Install a teacher or student in your home

If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom, it could net you thousands of dollars a year.

I rented a room to trainee teachers from France on internship at the local high school and we really appreciated that they stayed.

You can also offer excavations to touring artists or language students who visit your area for short periods – they probably won’t be home much.

Call local theaters, schools and language schools to find out how to get on their accommodation listings or use an accredited service such as spareroom.co.uk to walk you through the process.

6. Your parking spaces are chargeable

In many areas, parking is notoriously difficult and expensive, so commuters traveling to work or the train station to catch a train may look for a cheaper place to leave their cars.

Having an extra car in the driveway or garage might not make any difference to you (it might even be a deterrent to burglars) and could earn you £ 50 per month. Use a specialized app like JustPark.

Likewise, if you regularly travel to work or to a specific destination, check your options for renting a parking space instead of paying exorbitant fees.

7 Rent your house when you are away

If you can make it work for you, leaving your home on Airbnb or similar can make some really good money.

In 2020 the average rent for a seven night stay in the UK was around £ 600. That’s £ 2,400 a month!

I have friends who rent their house when they go on vacation – which means their vacation pays for itself – and I know someone who rents her a week a month while she stays with her. mother.

Even if you don’t live in a desirable part of the country, someone may need accommodation for work reasons or to visit relatives. Do your research and determine if it can work realistically for you.

If you have a messy house or have family members who don’t like the idea of ​​regularly shipping, then renting your home might not work. But if you’re a minimalist who likes to get away from it all, this could save your life.

Your success in renting a property will depend on the photos. Take photos that show all the aspects you would want if you stayed there – clean looking kitchen, freshly made beds, beautiful views if you have them, comfortable living space.

A little effort before uploading these photos can make a big difference to your reservations.

Adapted by Louise Atkinson of Money Mum Official: Save Yourself Happy, by Gemma Bird.

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“My daughter’s outspoken owner wants to stop her parking in her space. How can we fight back? ‘

Dear doctors of real estate,

My daughter bought a property with off street parking and the land register form confirms it. The recent lawyer reviewing it said the lease doesn’t prevent you from parking on your own lot, unless it blocks pedestrian access.

But now her landowner has said she can no longer park her car on the side of the property as it is an obstacle and has threatened a court order to stop her.

The lease refers to the side area as a trail, and there is no mention of whether it is a driveway or a driveway. It is blocked off at the end by a shed (it has always been there) so access to the rear property for anything larger than a wheelbarrow or wheelchair is not possible. The gap between the fence and the house, when the car is parked, is the same distance as the gap between the shed and the house, so I observe that there are no obstacles.

She has lived there since 2009 without ever being asked not to park there. This all happened when the landowner renovated the ground floor property and asked her to help create official parking at the back of the properties. She refused because it was of no use to her and would leave the back garden, the view from her room, as parking, so it is not desirable.

Does he have the right to park there and how can we respond?

GW, by e-mail

If your daughter owns the land adjoining the property, unless her lease indicates otherwise, she is entitled to park there unless someone else has a right of way over her. land that would be obstructed.

Normally, a right of way would be expressly granted and would be entered in the land register. In certain circumstances, however, a right of way may be acquired by “ordinance” with a useful life of 20 years.

If there is a right of way, the question of whether parking is an obstacle is whether an inconvenience is caused to the person exercising that right. From what you are saying, it does not seem very likely, but all of these cases need to be decided on the basis of their own facts.

The sensible thing would be to negotiate with the person exercising the right and find a satisfactory compromise, but I suspect that the free owner of the property should be involved in these discussions as well.

Ideally, your agreement should consist of one or more legal documents which should be prepared by a lawyer and which could be filed in the land register. Obviously there would be an expense involved, but that would avoid disputes later.

David Fleming is Head of Real Estate Litigation at William Heath & Co solicitors (williamheath.co.uk)

Each week, The Telegraph’s Property Doctors brings expertise on renovations and DIY, planning, buying and selling, rentals, legal matters and taxes. Send your questions to [email protected]

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Smart and easy ways to recycle or reuse real Christmas trees, wreaths, greenery

Oregon is the nation’s largest producer of Christmas trees, responsible for about a third of the U.S. harvest, according to the latest report from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

After the holidays, natural trees, wreaths and other greenery can be given a second life benefiting the environment if they are properly recycled. Scouts and other groups are ready to help.

Volunteers from Trout Unlimited’s Tualatin Valley and Clackamas River Chapters are reusing trees, placing them in Oregon wetlands to provide habitat for juvenile salmon and other wildlife.

The non-profit group is restarting its Christmas tree collection program for coho this year after it canceled it last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On January 8 and 15, you can drop off your unadorned Christmas tree from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters (10910 NE Halsey St. in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Portland) and the old Bolton Fire Hall ( 6000 Failing St. in West Linn) next to the Royal Treatment Fly Fishing.

The cost is $ 10 per tree to cover transportation and other expenses. “To protect the quality of the water, we regret not being able to accept trees with flocking or garlands”, specify the organizers.

Trees that will be used as wood chips, compost or wildlife habitat must be removed from non-organic matter.

Preparation requirements vary among collection groups, but for the most part all branches should be cleared of ornaments, lights, garlands, wires, nails, spikes, brackets, plastic and other materials. added.

For the wreaths, also remove the frames and any other non-vegetal product. Check with the recycler for their policy regarding promotional items and other green items. Some do not accept flocked trees.

Holiday greens can be left in bins or on the sidewalk for garbage haulers to pick up. Or Boy Scouts, wearing masks and keeping their distance at drop sites, were trained to safely accept Christmas trees and wreaths in their efforts to improve the environment and raise funds.

Here are some Christmas tree and greenery collection options:

Garbage collection services will accept trees and other natural holiday decorations as yard debris if the greenery fits inside the bin or on the sidewalk for an additional charge.

Garbage collection services will accept trees and other natural holiday decorations as yard debris if the greenery fits into the bin and is picked up on the regular pickup day.

Typically, a tree is considered ordinary garden debris if it fits into the cart with the lid closed. If it doesn’t fit, cut the tree into pieces and add it to the basket over time.

A tree less than six feet long can be placed next to the cart on the sidewalk while longer trees need to be cut; anyway, there may be extra charge for extra waste.

Beaverton will not charge for a cut or entire tree that fits the cart; otherwise, if it’s placed on the sidewalk, it’s $ 3.70 for additional yard debris.

Clackamas County does not charge for picking up a tree that has been cut into pieces and placed in a garden debris cart with the lid closed. A large tree can be cut down and the debris picked up over several weeks.

Or cut a tree 6 feet tall or less in half and place it next to the yard debris cart. There may be a nominal charge for this option (call your household garbage company).

Trees flocked with fake snow are only accepted as trash and may incur additional charges (call your trash company). Wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbons and bows also go in the trash as well as greeting cards and gift bags with glitter, plastic or metallic foil.

In Gresham, whole natural trees less than six feet in length that are not in the garden debris cart will be assessed an additional $ 3.91.

Trees over six feet should be cut in half and any half that is not in the cart will incur an additional charge. Wrap the flocked trees, which will be collected for a $ 5.50 garbage fee. If you are unable to cut your tree, contact your carrier for options.

Portland residents can fill their curbside compost cart with greenery as long as the lid can close and the material can freely fall from the cart into the truck when it is tipped.

There is an additional charge of $ 5.10 to take out each entire tree left curbside. Trees over six feet must be cut in half (a single fee of $ 5.10 will be charged). For flocked trees, contact your carrier.

See directions for Canby, Fairview, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Troutdale, Tualatin and other towns here and Washington County towns here.

Residents of apartments or condominiums with centralized transportation services can learn from the property manager or board of directors if a vacation tree picking service or event has been arranged.

Otherwise, visit Metro’s Find-A-Recycler to enter an address to find the nearest yard debris recycling facility or seasonal tree recycling event.

If you are served by Metro, submit a question, call 503-234-3000 or contact your waste hauler for more information.

If you don’t want to use the curbside service or take your tree to a yard debris disposal facility, Boy Scout Troops will recycle your entire tree for a donation.

The Sunnyside Environmental School in Southeast Portland has canceled its annual Christmas tree recycling fundraiser due to COVID-19, but most BSA Scout groups that usually recycle offer a contactless experience for the public, said Jennifer Bell, who volunteers with Tigard Troop 423 and Troop 218.

Tigard Troop 423 and Troop 218 will be picking up trees in the aisles for a donation of $ 12 in zip codes 97223 and 97224 on January 1, 2, 8 and 9. Call 503-972-3423 or go to troop423bsa.org/christmastrees/ to make arrangements (credit cards are accepted).

Wood chips from the trees will be used in Cook Park thanks to a partnership with the City of Tigard.

Here are other BSA Scout troops with recycling programs:

Troop 618 and Troop 5618 will accept unflocked trees for a donation of $ 10 or more and wreaths (donation of $ 5) at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 12405 SW Butner Road, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday January 2. Saturday January 8 and Sunday January 9.

This event will fund most of the operating expenses of the troops for the year, according to the troops website. For more information: [email protected] or 503-567-9194.

Troop 728 will be accepting trees from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday January 1 and Sunday January 2, as well as Saturday January 8 and Sunday January 9 at the parking lot used by Terra Linda Park and Terra Linda Elementary School, 1998 NW 143rd Ave. in Portland’s Cedar Mill neighborhood. The suggested donation is $ 10 for trees, wreaths and other greenery. No flocked tree will be accepted. For more information, send an email to [email protected]

The 870 and 5870 Troops Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling Service is non-contact and follows all appropriate masking and social distancing protocols. The pickup coverage area is between Southwest Farmington Road, Southwest Murray Boulevard, Southwest 198th Avenue, and Southwest Old Scholls Ferry Road.

Pick-ups begin at 9 a.m. on January 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16. Book a pickup in advance and if you wish, place a donation in an envelope with “870” written on it, put the envelope in a waterproof bag and secure it to the tree.

Troop 230 will provide an in-car recycling service at Yakima Headquarters, 4101 Kruse Way, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday January 8 and Sunday January 9. The suggested donation is $ 10 per tree and $ 8 per wreath. . “This is Troop 230’s biggest fundraiser,” organizers said.

Girl Scout Troop 45004 will recycle trees and wreaths from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 1 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 2, 8 and 9 at the upper parking lot of George Rogers Park, 611 S State of St.

The suggested donation is $ 10 to $ 15. To schedule a door-to-door pickup in Lake Oswego, Wilsonville, or West Linn, complete the forms.gle/2aptkdwbje6pL7LR9 or email your questions to [email protected]

Troop 221 will provide a drive-through recycling service for Christmas trees and wreaths between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday January 1 and Sunday January 2 at the Mountain Park Church Overflow Parking Lot at Southwest Jefferson Avenue and Southwest McNary Promenade .

The suggested donation is $ 12 per tree and $ 10 per wreath. To schedule a $ 15 door-to-door pickup from an unflocked tree in zip code 97219, 97035, or 97034, visit bsatroop221.us/trees. The trees will be chipped and returned to nature, organizers said.

Troop 22 will be hosting a tree and winter recycling food drive starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 935 NE 33rd Ave. in the district of Kerns.

Troop 24 will be accepting drop trees from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday January 2 at 3900 SE Belmont St. in the Sunnyside neighborhood.

Troops 419 and 5419 will be picking up trees in the aisles for a $ 12 donation starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday January 2, as well as January 8, 9 and 15, in the coverage area, north of Southwest Hart Road, south to ‘to Hwy 99W, east to Hwy 217 and west to Roy Rogers Road. Reservations must be made in advance at scouts-419.square.site.

Metro’s waste reduction experts remind us to save bows, containers, packing peanuts and wrapping paper for reuse next year. This year’s greeting cards can be cut to make gift tags for next year. Recycle paper, boxes and cards that you can’t reuse, as well as holiday catalogs and magazines.

Want to get rid of electronics, toys, home furnishings, clothing or accessories? If they’re still in good working order, consider donating them to charity.

Find a recycler to pack peanuts into piles by searching the Metro directory or calling 503-234-3000.

Organic Gardening offers these suggestions for Christmas trees free of invasive pests:

Make mulch: Cut off the branches and place them on the ground to protect the plants.

Protect the birds: Move the tree to its stand outside for the winter, where it can provide food and shelter for wild birds. Hang a bird feeder or bags of tallow.

Fish habitat: With the owner’s permission, poke your tree into a deep pond so that it becomes a habitat for fish and aquatic insects. In shallow wetlands, trees can reduce sand and soil erosion.

Turn it into a trellis: In the spring, install the tree in your garden as a trellis for peas or beans.

Plant it for next Christmas: If you bought a living tree, you will be able to let it grow until next year. If you have outdoor space, consider replanting your tree if its roots are intact.

– Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

[email protected] | @janeteastman

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The 568th AMXS completes the first year of production of the depot on the new KC-46A campus> Air Force> Post display

Members of the 568th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Tinker Air Base had a busy first year of production in depot, completing maintenance work on 23 KC-46A Pegasus airplane.

In the process, maintenance managers also exceeded their own one-day turnaround target, with an average of 35 days to return the Air Force’s newest refueller to the field.

Completing work on all scheduled aircraft ahead of schedule is particularly important as the KC-46A is still in its initial phase of operational testing and evaluation. Generally, depot maintenance programs do not begin until the aircraft has reached initial operational capability.

The first KC-46A arrival to Tinker AFB for maintenance on September 10, 2020. The Pegasus landed with great fanfare, even receiving a water salute, or hosed down, from Tinker’s Fire and Emergency Services.

The 568th AMXS is the first Federal Aviation Administration– Designated military repair station, which allows maintenance on commercial derivative aircraft, such as the KC-46A. The MRS program holds the 568th AMXS to FAA standards, part of which includes scheduled maintenance checks on the aircraft every two years.

“My team began activating the KC-46A in 2017, so our successful execution of the 23 planes planned in our first year of operation is very gratifying,” said Gene Harris, director of the 568th AMXS. “Most importantly, I am touched by this opportunity and inspired by the fact that our 568th team lives up to our squadron’s logo, ‘Refueling the Future.’ “

The Pegasus will become a more mainstream spectacle as Tinker AFB’s KC-46A campus continues to grow. Currently, two hangars are operational, and seven more are expected to enter service in the future as more aircraft enter inventory and the operations they support increase.

When completed, the KC-46A sustainment campus will consist of a total of 14 docks: seven engine starting points, five additional ramp parking spaces, an engine test cell, an integration lab systems and administration space for a program office and aircraft maintenance personnel.

The docks will include two multi-bay hangars for corrosion control, fuel and scheduled depot maintenance, two additional hangars for corrosion control, two additional fuel sheds and eight scheduled sheds for tank maintenance. deposit. The campus will also feature four additional engine operating locations for 100% organic support.

Tinker AFB acquired the 156-acre KC-46A sustainment campus from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in 2010. The initial investment of $ 44 million to purchase the property adjacent to the base was a joint effort between the Air Force, local and state authorities. .

Ultimately, the Air Force will have invested more than $ 755 million in military construction funding into the project. The campus is also expected to employ 1,300 people as part of the state’s quality employment program.

Based on the Boeing 767, the KC-46A is a versatile widebody tanker aircraft, supporting missions such as air-to-air refueling, cargo and aeromedical evacuation, as well as passenger transport. Tinker AFB is the scheduled depot maintenance center for the KC-46A, providing all aspects of depot aircraft maintenance.

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Woman fined 10,000 rupees in free parking lot because her car was too big

Woman fined 10,000 rupees in free parking lot because her car was too big | Image: SWNS

Highlights

  • Tracey Carlisle claimed her Nissan Navara SUV was too big for one of the Nottinghamshire free parking spaces
  • She was forced to park on two bays so that she and her husband could get out without hitting the doors of other cars
  • She contested the fine

A woman remained furious after being fined £ 100 (RS 10,000) after parking her vehicle in a free car park because it was too large. Tracey Carlisle, 57, was returning a faulty smoke detector to her elderly mother, who suffers from dementia, when the parking ticket was issued to her.

Tracey claimed that her Nissan Navara SUV was too big for one of the spaces at Beacon Hill Retail Park, in Newark, Nottinghamshire, UK and that she had to park in two bays.

She straddled the white lines so that she and her husband Graham, 61, could get out without hitting the doors of other cars.

When the couple returned to their car 15 minutes later, they found a traffic ticket on their windshield.

“I’m not denying that we were parked astride a bay, but it was not to be reckless. We are driving a Nissan Navara, which is 5.3 meters long and almost two meters wide, so we wouldn’t fit into a normal bay. I had bruises at the time and couldn’t get out of the car properly, so I needed the extra space to fully open the door, “she told the Sun.

She said: “We know the parking lot and the wall next to us means we don’t stay in the flow of traffic. We always park with awareness of others. get in and out of the vehicle, because we have to open the doors wide to enter it because it is high. “

Tracey, a medical secretary, challenged the fine imposed on her by parking company UKCPS on November 26, which could be reduced to £ 60 on appeal.

She added: “It just leaves an unpleasant taste in your mouth, but I don’t expect anything to change and I think I’ll pay it off because the letter is quite heavy if you don’t. She says they can have him take action against you and it can affect your credit status and everything. I will never go back there again. I will find another place to park. “

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Short Term Rental License – St. Catharines

As part of the application, you will need to submit a variety of supporting documents. You should have them ready before launching the online application. The size of individual files will be limited to five megabytes. The following file types are allowed: .jpg, .png, .jpg, .pdf, .word, .doc, .docx.

Sitemap

A site plan is a sketch that shows the location of short-term rental premises on the property, adjacent roads, and any external waste / recycling facilities. This sketch essentially encompasses the layout of the entire property, marking the location of the building.

Sample site map

Floor plans

Floor plans are interior drawings clearly indicating the location and number of rooms and the proposed total occupancy limit. The plans should include the dimensions, descriptions of the proposed use and the number of beds proposed for each room in the building / unit. Think of it as an aerial map of the interior of the residence with the information above.

Floor plan example

Parking management plan

A parking management plan is a scaled drawing showing the size, surface material and location of all parking spaces intended to be used for parking on the premises. Under zoning requirements, there must be one parking space per room in the STR. On-street parking may not be included and all identified parking areas must be designed for this purpose. The plan must comply with the Zoning By-Law and the City’s Traffic By-law. Much like the site map, this is an aerial map of the property clearly indicating the parking spaces / facilities with the information mentioned above. Under the zoning by-law, a standard parking space measures 5.2 meters by 2.6 meters, but size requirements vary for obstructed spaces. Please consult the zoning by-law for more information.

Example of a parking management plan

Fire safety protocol

A fire safety protocol is a protocol that contains an outline of the actions to be taken by an occupant in the event of a fire, the location of all fire safety equipment, a floor plan of the premises indicating the location of all emergency exits, contact details containing the name, phone number and email address of the owner or long-term tenant. This plan would look like the floor plan, but instead of marking the dimensions and number of beds, it would identify exits in the event of an emergency, in addition to fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and alarms. An example of this would be the fire safety card found on the back of a hotel room door.

Example of a fire safety protocol

Fire safety plan (five or more rooms)

A fire safety plan is required for RTS of five or more rooms.

A fire safety plan deals with all aspects of fire safety in a building or property. It is specific to each property and ensures that all occupants and staff are also aware of what to do in an emergency and outlines the roles and responsibilities of the owner in general and in the event of an emergency. The plan covers the maintenance requirements of the building’s fire and life safety features and includes information for fire departments in the event of an emergency response to a property, such as floor plans; locations of stops and equipment; and names and contact numbers.

See our Fire Safety page for more information.

Proof of insurance

You will need to present a certificate of insurance which confirms that the applicant has in place at the time of the application, general liability insurance which may be part of or is included in a “housing sharing”, “host insurance”, “short” term rental ”or other similar type of insurance of at least $ 2 million per occurrence, including property damage and bodily injury, and upon request, that the City be included as an additional insured, but only with regard to the use of the premises by the applicant for short-term rental.

Electrical safety certificate

An electrical safety certificate may be issued by a licensed electrician not older than 12 months from the date of application, indicating that the premises and its proposed use comply with the Electrical Safety Code.

Proof of ownership / rental agreement

You will need to provide a copy of the transfer / deed proving that you own the property. If you are renting out your residence which you will be operating as a short term rental, you will need to provide a copy of your rental / lease agreement for the premises and written authorization from the landlord giving consent to operate a short term rental. .

Interior / exterior photos

You must provide interior and exterior photos of the building facade, back yard, bedrooms, hallways, living / common space and cooking areas. One of each piece is required.

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Businesses near NE Bend homeless camp express frustration; city ​​audit site, schedule garbage cleanup

(Update: added video, business comments, current, former city councilor; cleanup planned)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Mary Donnell, owner of Bend Lock and Safe, still couldn’t believe someone had placed 12 grocery carts full of disturbing content in front of her business in the 200 block of Northeast Franklin Avenue.

“A dozen caddies, full of stuff, dung, rotten food, garbage,” Donnell said Tuesday.

She said it may have been retaliation for unplugging an extension cord that fed a heater in the homeless camp a few hundred yards away on Sunday night. The cord was plugged into their commercial sign. She discovered that the carts were lined up outside her store on Monday morning.

But that’s not the only incident she’s had this week.

At around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, she contacted NewsChannel21 to report another incident, in which a homeless woman stole a customer’s car, which Bend Police quickly found intact near Sixth Street and Greenwood Avenue, near a Chase Bank.

After looking at the camera footage, Donnell said a homeless woman left her tent and got into the client’s car. The customer and the technician were working on the vehicle’s programming, checking it periodically from inside the store.

Donnell said the presence of homeless people on the streets deters businesses and creates health and safety concerns.

“Disturbing” is how she described the things she and her employees had to clean up.

“It’s not just about Bend Lock and Safe. These are our neighboring businesses – Campfire Hotel, Platt Electric, Paulson’s Flooring, 7 Eleven, ”said Donnell.

With the increasing homelessness situation in Bend and a variety of government and private sector efforts underway, frustrated owners of several businesses near the growing homeless camp on Second Street are speaking out and call on the city to find solutions more quickly.

Other businesses in the area have talked about how homeless people sleep in their parking lots and cause various problems.

Samir Dean, an employee of Paulson’s Floor Coverings, said he tried to help them as we head into the cold winter, but there has to be a stronger, coordinated strategy to get them off the streets . He estimated that 42 tents and 50 homeless people occupy the corridor.

Dean expressed his compassion for the homeless, but also noted the risk to public health and safety that their tents and camps create on sidewalks and streets. He wrote a 13-step plan outlining this need for shelters, vocational education, and city and state funding.

“We’re trying to help them, you know, with blankets, gloves, food, whatever we can do,” Dean said. “But it’s a human crisis.”

Bend resident Chip Conrad said after noticing the homeless campsite where he and his colleagues usually park for work, he contacted social services and agencies that could help him.

Tackling the root of the homelessness problem, he said, requires strategic planning and empathy.

“It’s really easy to try and put a bandage on it,” Conrad said. “For example, let’s give homeless people our cans and bottles, so they can go and get money to spend it on whatever they need to spend it. But I think taking the time to really spend it. understanding how a few little things can happen to me, putting me in one place, really made me want to not take the easy way out, but rather ask the more difficult question: how do we start to solve this problem at the root, as opposed to a bandage? ”

Former city councilor Chris Piper shared an incident where a driver had to get out of his semi-truck to move the tents off the road, just to get through. He stressed the importance of having a plan and being proactive to prevent the homeless situation from escalating.

“What I’d like to see – just me as a private citizen contacting the city and hearing from the city – they’re going to post cleanup notices here in the next few weeks,” Piper said.

“The city has an opportunity under a right of way policy, and this right of way policy means that if there is a sidewalk that is obstructed and without access, the city has the option to come and clean it up and to release him, “he said. noted. “We have people with disabilities who are in wheelchairs or walkers. We have blind people who have to walk on the sidewalk. They shouldn’t have to walk on the road, which I witnessed two weeks ago. “

Businesses around the corridor are asking for long-term solutions when it comes to tackling homelessness.

“We would just like to get some kind of help for the town of Bend,” Donnell said.

Councilor Megan Perkins said she understood the frustrations and that the city had come together to do the garbage cleanup, sanitation work, more police patrols in this area and that she was working with suppliers of services.

“It’s important for people to understand that first of all, for legal reasons, it’s very difficult to remove a camp,” Perkins said. “There has to be some sort of myriad of things going on for a camp to be closed. But second, there’s the human aspect to it. If you clean up a camp now, and you have no place to go. as folks go, you’re just throwing the box down the road. “

Joshua Romero, Deputy Director of Communications for the City of Bend, then made an official statement:

The Town of Bend understands that the activities that can accompany unmanaged campsites on public rights-of-way can be difficult for businesses, community members and the traveling public. The City has an administrative policy for the management of the City’s rights-of-way and the removal of campsites established in the rights-of-way (ADM 2021-1). The policy guides the City’s response to these campgrounds.

The policy requires the City to “attempt to mitigate or resolve health and safety issues that create unsafe camping conditions.”

In accordance with policy, City staff are now assessing the Second Street and Greeley Avenue area to see if it is possible to remove the waste from the City right-of-way. The garbage collection should take place tomorrow afternoon. If a further response is required in this area, it will follow the procedures outlined in the administrative policy.

Bend City Council aims to provide 500 shelter beds for homeless community members in Bend. This year, the City purchased two properties for temporary housing. One of the locations, at 275 NE Second Street, is open as an overnight shelter. The City is currently identifying operators and potential outdoor shelter locations. Community support is needed to help provide these housing options and give homeless community members a safer place to sleep than on the streets of Bend.

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CenterPoint purchases three Los Angeles area industrial assets as part of broader strategy

National Real Estate Advisors plans to add 41 floors of residential units in addition to the existing space at the Block.

Le Bloc shopping center downtown May have a new look.
Washington, DC-based National Real Estate Advisors, the owner of the center, has filed plans to add 41 floors above the centre’s existing 12-story parking lot.
Plans filed with the Town Planning Department call for 466 apartments – a mix
studios, one, two and three bedroom units.


Handel Architects, based in New York, is designing the project.
The Block at 700 S. Flower St. was built in the 1970s as Broadway Plaza before moving through Macy’s Plaza in the 1990s.


Ratkovich Co., which is based at the center, updated it a few years ago. In 2018, the company sold its stake in the development to National Real Estate Advisors, one of its financial partners.


The companies and Blue Vista Capital Management bought The Bloc in 2013 for $ 241 million.


Today, The Bloc has a 32-story office building and a Sheraton Grand hotel, in addition to retail space. Merchants in the center
include Macy’s and Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

“It’s a great project, and it complements The Bloc,” said Nick Griffin, executive director of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. “You have the quartet of office, retail, hospitality and residential in one place. It’s really a compelling package… and it really speaks to the confidence developers have in the downtown area as a residential market. You wouldn’t be building a project of this scale and complexity on a parking lot structure if you weren’t very confident in the market.


Despite the difficulties many urban centers face during the pandemic, the downtown residential market is recovering. In the third quarter, the average apartment occupancy rate was 93.6%, an increase of 9.9% from the previous year, according to data from DCBID. The average effective rent per unit, meanwhile, was $ 2,734, up 15.1% from the previous year, according to DCBID.


“It is clear that the projections for the exodus from the city were just plain wrong and, quite the contrary, residential demand has come back with a vengeance,” Griffin said. “This project is really convincing proof of that and that the residential market is very strong.”


Other projects with large residential components are also underway in the city center. A billion-dollar project dubbed The Grand will include 436 luxury apartments when completed next year, in addition to a hotel and retail space. A project at 520 Mateo Street in the Arts District will have a 35-story tower with 475 apartments when completed. It will also have an office tower and a commercial space.


But the most recent plans come from Brookfield Properties, which filed plans in November with the city to add a 34-story residential tower with 366 units at its Bank of America Plaza at 333 S. Hope St. The property already has a 55 story. office tower.
The residential project, known as the Residences at 333 South Hope Street and designed by Large Architecture, would replace part of the plaza and parking on the site with the apartment tower. Brookfield is also planning to have a downstairs cafe on the property.


These projects, Griffin said, are important to the continued growth of the downtown area.
“When we look at downtown holistically, we really think the continued growth of residential (developments) is really the key to success,” Griffin said. “We already have the critical mass of offices. “

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SpaceX will launch its 2nd Falcon 9 rocket tonight in less than 16 hours. Watch it live.

CAP CANAVERAL, Fla .– SpaceX will launch its second rocket in less than 24 hours on Saturday (December 18) and you can watch the action live online.

The private spaceflight company will launch the Turksat 5B communications satellite for Turkey on one of its previously flown Falcon 9 rockets. The mission is scheduled to take off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Space Force Base at Cape Canaveral here in Florida during a 90-minute window that opens at 10:58 p.m. EST (0358 GMT Sunday).

You will be able to watch the launch live in a window at the top of this page and on the Space.com home page, at launch time courtesy of SpaceX. Live coverage will begin approximately 15 minutes before takeoff. You can also watch the launch directly through SpaceX and on YouTube.

Video: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket for record 11th flight

Saturday’s flight is the second of a double launch by SpaceX, as the private spaceflight company launches two different Falcon 9 rockets from two different coasts.

At 7:41 a.m. EST (12:41 GMT), SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket on its new record 11th flight as part of a mission to send 52 of its own Starlink internet satellites into space. . A little over 15 hours later, the company is preparing to launch another Falcon 9 rocket, this time taking a communications satellite into space for Turkey.

The Turksat 5B mission is the second of two satellites SpaceX has been commissioned to launch on behalf of Turkey; its counterpart Turksat 5A, launched in January. The country aims to increase its presence in space and, as such, the satellite will help provide communication capabilities to customers across Turkey, the Middle East, Europe and parts of Africa. .

However, Turkey’s space ambitions are not without controversy, as activists got upset last October about Turkey’s role in a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. protested against the launch of SpaceX’s Turksat 5A at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the launch.

Related: See the evolution of SpaceX rockets in pictures

Today, the Turksat 5B satellite, a communications satellite, is in orbit atop Falcon 9 built by Airbus for Turksat, the only satellite operator in Turkey. The 9,900 pounds. The satellite (4,490 kg) is expected to operate for 15 years, with radiant coverage below. Forecasters from 45 Weather Squadron predict a 80% chance of being favorable start the weather conditions Thursday evening. The main concerns are the formation of cumulus clouds.

After a successful takeoff, the first stage of the rocket will return to Earth, landing on a floating platform at sea. To date, SpaceX has successfully retrieved the first stage boosters 98 times, with the first stage scheduled to land on the bridge. of SpaceX’s newest drone spacecraft, “A Shortfall of Gravitas”.

For the first time, the company’s entire drone fleet has been deployed to various parking lots across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as SpaceX plans to launch and land three different rockets within 72 hours. The first of them successfully landed on the company’s west coast drone ship, “Of course, I still love you” just before 8:00 am EST (1100 GMT) this morning with the launch of Starlink. The third will be a NASA cargo delivery mission on an unmanned Dragon freighter, which will launch on Tuesday, December 21.

The mission will launch atop one of SpaceX’s veteran rockets, marking the 30th flight of 2021 for the California aerospace company. It will also mark the 99th landing overall for SpaceX.

After a successful landing on the drone, SpaceX will also salvage the mission’s fairing halves from the ocean using one of its newest salvage ships: “Bob” or “Doug”. The ships, which replaced the old GO Ms. Tree and GO Ms. Chief salvage ships, are named after the first two astronauts SpaceX sent into space, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.

The duo flew on SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission, which launched in May 2020.

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A young man with Down’s syndrome remained in distress after his father’s car was blocked – to park in a suitable space

Aaron Sullivan pictured next to his family’s stranded car. Photo courtesy of Robert Sullivan.

A young man from Navan with Down syndrome was distraught after his family’s car was stranded in a busy shopping mall despite parking in a bay clearly marked as “special needs parking”

Robert Sullivan took to social media to say his wife Ciara and son Aaron (25) were stranded outside Johnstown Mall after his vehicle was stranded around 6:20 p.m.

“Clocked in a Special Needs space in Smith’s SuperValu Johnstown Navan with my son who clearly has Down syndrome. He’s in distress. Ashamed. No signage says he needs a badge on my car to prove his status, ”Robert wrote on Twitter.

According to Robert, Aaron – who attends day services at Prosper Meath, Watergate Street, Navan – was very upset with the incident. Robert claimed the matter was not resolved when he arrived and sought help inside the mall.

It took over two hours for the clamp to be removed and only after Robert paid over € 125 in release fees.

Speaking to the Meath Chronicle late that evening, Robert said there had been no resolution to the issue and their car was only released after two hours after the charges had been paid.

“The Gardai advised us to pay the fine and try to appeal later.” SuperValu claimed it was a private company employed to patrol the parking lot that we had to deal with.

“Signage is totally inadequate. Disabled parking spaces do not state that you must display a badge of any description. The rules for blocking in said parking lot are that you will be blocked after three hours. nowhere indicated that we could be secured for parking in a space suitable for special needs.

“These signs indicate special needs, that Aaron is due to Down syndrome and lack of awareness of the potential dangers in a busy parking lot. If we were wrong, we would be the first to raise our hands and say ‘guilty.’ .

The sign in front of O’Sullivan’s car and (left) the warning sign alerting them that the car is stuck.

“If, for example, there were parent and child spaces, would they clamp down and fine someone who parked there without children?

“It was extremely upsetting for him. I literally just installed him (I hope) but his whole routine has been turned upside down. Routine is everything for him.”

“Where is the inclusive society we are aiming for in this country? We will always speak out against injustice. We are the voice of Aaron.”

“The company said we can appeal, as it is our right to do within 60 days. Each case is considered individually.

Apcoa, the company in charge of the parking has been contacted for comment

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Blair planning group reviews warehouse plans | News, Sports, Jobs

Plans to build a new warehouse in Allegheny Township received positive feedback from members of the Blair County Planning Commission on Thursday.

BS Realty LLC plans to construct a 36,000 square foot warehouse for Window World along Vision Drive in the Walter J. Lee Business Park.

In addition to the new warehouse, a paved parking lot, a paved parking lot and stormwater management facilities are also offered. A lot merger is proposed which will result in the consolidation of the three lots that make up the 3,311 acre site into one lot.

Site access will be via a 30 foot wide access aisle to Vision Drive, with internal aisle widths between 18 feet and 60 feet, with a 24 foot wide aisle in the proposed parking lot, said Jamie L. Klink, regional planner.

The proposed parking lot will contain eight spaces, including one space accessible to persons with disabilities in the United States; the proposed parking amount will meet the parking requirements of Allegheny Township for a land use type of this size, Klink said.

A sidewalk will be included between the building and the parking lot, however, no sidewalk will be included along the property line adjacent to Vision Drive.

“While we generally recommend the inclusion of sidewalks adjacent to surrounding roads, the exclusion of sidewalks is understandable given the fact that this proposed development is located in Lee Business Park and the lack of connecting sidewalks in the area. . “ Klink said.

We recommend that the developer, at a minimum, ensure that the Township of Allegheny requirements are met regarding grading an appropriate area as if sidewalks were to be installed.

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Several cars broken into, stolen in the parking lots of Tosa: police

WAUWATOSA, WI – Wauwatosa police have responded to several burglaries and car thefts near businesses, according to the department’s police register.

Police reported the following incidents.

A gray 2019 Kia Forte was stolen on December 3 from the Mayfair Mall parking lot at 2500 N. Mayfair Road.

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The car was parked in the parking lot in the outer ring near Crate & Barrel. Broken glass in the parking space suggests that the rear window on the passenger side was shattered. Security at the Mayfair Mall said the section of the parking lot where the car was parked was out of range of surveillance cameras. There were no witnesses.

Also on December 3, a car was wrecked in the Wisconsin Athletic Club parking lot at 8700 Watertown Plank Road. The window of the victim’s car was smashed and several credit cards were taken.

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A person broke into a locked silver 2019 Dodge Ram parked in Extended Day America at 11121 W. North Ave. December 5. The rear passenger’s window was smashed and tools valued at $ 900 were stolen.

A 2019 Kia Forte was stolen from the Mayfair Mall parking lot on December 5.

A beige 2006 Buick was stolen from the Mayfair Mall parking lot on Tuesday. The car was parked on the west side of the parking lot, near Macy’s. The driver likely dropped car keys on his way to the Apple Store. Mall security told police there was no video footage of the theft.

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Burnaby tenant tricked into renting fake parking space

COVID-19 has led to an increase in some scams that rely on a person’s fear of getting sick to get them to do business over the phone or online.

This one hits near me because it could easily have been me.

I rent a parking space in my building and I have never met the person who rents it to me. We did everything by phone and SMS.

Gwen did the same – only this time it stung her.

Gwen lives in a condominium in Burnaby that has terrible street parking so she went looking for a resident of the building who is not using her space. She saw a notice in the lobby saying there was space to rent for $ 60 a month.

“They just wanted to text it and I sure didn’t want to meet someone in person with raging COVID,” Gwen said. “I was just happy to finally be able to park in the secure underground parking lot.”

Except that one day she went to her vehicle and discovered that it was no longer there.

“I thought it had been stolen,” she said. “I finally tracked down the manager of the building and they told me it had been towed because I was not allowed to park there. I told them I had permission but then I got in touch with the owner and they said they didn’t rent him. Turns out I was paying money to a scammer who didn’t have permission to rent the parking space. It was really humiliating. I was also told that a few other tenants in the building had fallen for the same scam from someone using a burner phone.

Ouch.

If you don’t live in a condominium or apartment building with underground parking, I’m going to fill you in on a little crush for people who own units but don’t own a vehicle.

When you buy in a building, you are allocated a parking space (or two) with the purchase. Many people who do not use these locations then rent them out to people who are renting in the building or to other owners who may have a second vehicle.

It is great if the person is actually authorized to rent the place. I did a little more due diligence and got proof that the person renting me was the real owner of the place.

Police have discussed such scams in the past that prey on tenants, including a landlord responding to the tenant’s response to the ad and telling the tenant they live overseas. The landlord often reassures the tenant by providing them with copies of their passport and / or driver’s license (which are most often considered fraudulent). After the tenant transfers money via internet wire transfer, money order / wire transfer, Bitcoin and other means, the landlord stops contact.

To better protect yourself from these types of scams:

  • Use a reputable rental website or go to the property management office itself;
  • Search the internet for the address, see if anything suspicious is found;
  • If the rental price is too good to be true, it is probably a fraud;
  • Do not deposit cash, cash is not traceable;
  • Don’t wire money, wire transfers are extremely difficult to reverse and track;
  • Do not give out personal information such as your social insurance number, bank account or credit card;
  • Be sure to speak with the property owner or property manager;
  • Find out from surrounding neighbors about the owner of the land and the history of the property (neighbors should be able to tell you who lives next door and whether or not they own the land)

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With an overflowing emergency department, Yale New Haven Hospital temporarily expands to become a parking lot

In response to unprecedented patient volumes and longer length of stay, Yale New Haven Hospital is temporarily expanding its emergency room to the parking lot.

Brandon wu

23:54, 09 Dec 2021

Contributing journalist


Ryan Chiao, senior photographer

Due to unprecedented patient numbers and longer length of stay, Yale New Haven Hospital is temporarily expanding its emergency room to the hospital parking lot.

With an influx of patients who have delayed hospital care over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic – often resulting in more serious health problems when they seek treatment – YNHH is facing a health crisis. boarding school. Some patients wait in the emergency department for up to a day before a bed opens, while others arrive, receive treatment, and leave – all before entering a patient’s room. . Yet, YNHH is committed not to refuse any patient requiring medical treatment, even if space is limited. The increased demand therefore prompted YNHH executives to temporarily transform the parking lot, especially the turnaround driveway outside the main entrance to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, into an extended care space. to patients.

“Our non-COVID-19 population has come back faster and sicker than before COVID-19,” said Michael Holmes, director of operations at Yale New Haven Hospital. “A lot of our patients have delayed care, so now that they’re back they’re sicker, have higher acuity and therefore stay longer, which creates capacity issues for us. “

The parking lot is one of five locations on the hospital campuses that is being temporarily converted into a patient care space. Other areas include outpatient clinical areas, such as indoor infusion and ambulatory areas. According to Holmes, three of the temporary York Street campus expansions and one St. Raphael campus expansion are located inside the hospital building. The parking lot is the only exterior extension of the hospital.

Holmes said the five expansions would ease overcrowding in the emergency department and allow the hospital to see and treat more patients. He explained that YNHH does not refuse any patient and will continue to provide medical treatment to patients even if space is limited. The transformation of the parking lot alone will give the hospital 35 additional bays. The hospital plans to complete the transformation of the lot by mid-January and estimates that it will be in use until June 1, 2022.

The hospital’s decision to increase emergency department capacity was also driven in part by an expected increase in COVID-19 and influenza-related cases in the coming months. According to Holmes, just like last year, the rate of viral transmission increases as the temperature drops and more people stay indoors. He also noted that the advent of the Omicron variant could also contribute to a higher number of cases this year.

Holmes said there are currently around 70 COVID-19 patients hospitalized at YNHH, which represents about 4.5% of the overall YNHH patient census. At the height of the pandemic in April, 450 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, which represented about 27% of the overall patient count. While YNHH does not currently anticipate a spike of a similar magnitude, Holmes said hospital leaders cannot be entirely sure about the future.

Vivek Parwani, medical director of the YNHH Adult Emergency Department, said the emergency department is currently overwhelmed by the number of patients it is seeing. Parwani explained that some patients wait in a hallway for more than a day to be placed in a hospital bed.

“Our emergency department is in crisis, we have 58 beds and frequently treat over 120 patients,” Parwani wrote in an email to News. “A large part of our care ends up being provided in the waiting room and in the hallways. Patients are assessed and released from the waiting room daily.

Parwani noted that the temporary expansions, which the state of Connecticut has approved for six months, will help ease the crisis. According to Parwani, the expansions represent huge multidisciplinary hospital and university efforts to decompress the emergency department.

Mary Ellen Lyon, an instructor and global health researcher who works in hospital emergency medicine, said the entire hospital system is “somewhat overwhelmed” as it is nationally. Lyon added that the current overcrowding is stressful for everyone as it impacts patient care and comfort.

Holmes said community members can help relieve hospital pressure and reduce the number of COVID-19 and flu-related hospitalizations by receiving their COVID-19 and flu shots, as well. as booster shots.

The Yale New Haven York Street Hospital campus is located at 20 York St.

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Modern mobility: looking back and looking to the future

Modern Mobility is a bi-weekly opinion column. The opinions expressed are those of the author alone.

With my last column on modern mobility, I would like to go back to the last years and look to the next ones.

I’ll talk about what it’s been to write Modern Mobility and how it will continue in 2022. I’ll highlight some developments in local transport over the past few years that I think are very good or very bad, and I will look at the top 5 things I look forward to in the future.

Retrospective – Modern Mobility

First of all, it was a pleasure writing this column and I want to thank everyone who took the time to read it. Your time and attention are scarce and precious, and I greatly appreciate that you spend some of your time reading my column. To those who engaged in good faith with me in the comments, thank you – although we continued to disagree, I enjoyed the dialogue. To those who have taken to the comments to complain about what you thought I said, without really reading the column and learning otherwise, I urge you to find a more useful hobby.

Looking to the future – Modern mobility

While I lose my place here at ARLnow, I will continue to write about transportation while sprinkling some general content on the Arlington government. Future articles on modern mobility will be hosted as a blog here on my personal website. You can sign up to be notified by email when new articles are published or add the blog to your favorite feed reader (Feedly is awesome). I hope to continue to write about two articles per month.

Looking back – Transport

  1. Kudos to Vision Zero: With Arlington’s Vision Zero Action Plan, the county is finally working to make fundamental changes to how it operates, putting safety at the center. It’s not going to be quick and I expect there to be some hurdles and growing pains, but Arlington has been successful in adopting a plan focused on improving processes (including across departments) instead. than creating a successful checklist, so the opportunity is there if we can get the job done.
  2. Boost to the fire clearance quagmire: Sidewalk projects for complete streets in the neighborhood are at a standstill, protected bike lanes are removed and entire blocks of street parking are destroyed, all behind closed doors without any tracks what free width exceptions are granted, when they are denied, and how those decisions are made. The Virginia Fire Code gives us the ability to change this clear width to meet our road safety goals, and we need to do this much more often than we are. We need transparent leadership on this from the county director.
  3. Kudos to launching the feasibility studies for the Arlington Blvd Trail Modernization around Glebe Road and the Four Mile Run Trail underpass extension below Shirlington Road. While these are only studies, not design or construction funding, they are important first steps in addressing long-standing safety issues on our trail system.
  4. Kudos to the school slowdown zones and the advancement of the automated application. While designing streets that ‘self-enforce’ safety by design and construction is the best way to improve street safety, lower speed limits and automated enforcement have an important supporting role as we are working towards this goal.
  5. Boost for scooters blocking sidewalks. Electric scooters have great potential to provide a much more sustainable transport option for short trips than cars, and many people seem willing to drive them without being interested in cycling. Unfortunately, the main public exposure to these vehicles is through micromobility providers like Bird and Spin, whose “dockless” model still fails to demonstrate that it can be compatible with our road infrastructure and respectful. from other users. Despite years of training their employees to properly organize their fleets each morning, and more than two years during which the county has the option of fining and revoking the license of these suppliers, scooters preventing pedestrian traffic continue to operate. be a frequent problem and many of our neighbors in wheelchairs do not have the ability to simply move the scooter out of their way. If Arlington cannot bring existing suppliers into compliance, the only reasonable future for electric scooters in Arlington increasingly appears to be privately owned or a “docked” rental model like Capital Bikeshare.

Looking to the future – Transport

Transportation developments that I look forward to over the next few years:

  1. Turning the commuter train into a regional train: Maryland and Virginia operate commuter railways that enter DC in the morning, store trains in DC for much of the day, then resume those same trains in the evening to bring back commuters at home. If these trains continued in the other jurisdiction instead, they could run “round trip” transit rather than sitting idle on a siding in DC all day. This would dramatically improve mobility between suburbs in Virginia and Maryland for people who don’t want to sit in traffic on the ring road. While there is significant work that needs to be done to make this happen (especially running VRE trains in Maryland), progress is being made and energy is mounting for the idea, especially among executives. from Maryland. Virginia’s leaders must step up and support it as well.
  2. Amtrak Service in Arlington: At a recent town hall meeting, heads of state proclaimed that Amtrak service in Crystal City is about ‘when’, not ‘if’. This will make an Amtrak “one seat” ride to the domestic airport possible for people moving up and down Hallway 95, including Baltimore and Richmond, as well as faster train trips to places like New York and Boston. and more convenient for the citizens of Arlington. Service is likely several years away (the new Crystal City VRE station isn’t expected to be completed until 2025 and Amtrak will want to add its own “high platform” after that), but planning and coordination is underway.
  3. An Unrecognizable Army Navy Drive: After years of grant applications, engineering, transportation studies, and multiple public engagement meetings, the Army Navy Drive Complete Streets project is 100% design, has approvals VDOT and is expected to bid in early 2022. This project will take an oversized mini-highway and turn it into a full-fledged street with dedicated space for buses, a protected two-way cycle lane, pedestrian crossing improvements and street trees.
  4. 16M Bus Service: Finally, Columbia Pike is slated to resume direct bus service to Crystal City this spring. The journey is expected to be accompanied by improved frequencies and possibly faster journeys after the Crystal City Transitway extension is completed. As Arlington completes a transit signal priority study and WMATA finally moves forward with its future regional rate card strategy, we hope that we will actually start to see a system that resembles the bus rapid transit system that the Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit claimed to defend before conveniently disbanding. at the time the Arlington Streetcar was canceled.
  5. Performance Parking: For the past year, Arlington has been working on its call for tenders for the Performance Parking pilot. When implemented, Performance Parking promises less time spent searching for a parking space, less double parking, reduced congestion and improved transport speeds. I hope to see tangible progress here over the coming year.

Thanks again for reading, and I look forward to seeing Arlington adapt its transportation system to our changing future. See you on the new blog.

Chris Slatt is the current chairman of the Arlington County Transportation Commission, founder of sustainable mobility for Arlington County and past chairman of a civic association. He is a software developer, co-owner of Perfect Pointe Dance Studio and a father of two.

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The Daily Herald – Boardwalk Boulevard now closed to all motorized traffic

Boardwalk Boulevard is officially off-limits to vehicles and motorcycles.

PHILIPSBURG – Justice Minister Anna Richardson has granted the St. Maarten KPSM Police request for permission to place 77 new road signs in Philipsburg. As soon as it is clear to motorists what is allowed and what is not, the police will take enforcement action and issue fines.

By ministerial decree of November 17, a total of 29 decisions were taken concerning Front Street and Boardwalk Boulevard, as well as the lanes between the two, in order to avoid parking nuisances and potentially dangerous and inconvenient situations for all traffic participants.

One of the decisions concerns the placement of signs at the start and end of Boardwalk Boulevard, and at two places in between, indicating that access to the boardwalk is prohibited to all motorized traffic.

In the aisles that give access to Boardwalk Boulevard, there will be signs indicating that it is forbidden to enter with vehicles and bicycles. Some dead-end streets near Walter Plantz Square and downtown Horizon View Hotel must be marked with road signs as parking areas.

KPSM submitted a request to the Minister of Justice four months ago to be allowed to place traffic signs in Philipsburg. The August 11 petition was explained orally by the traffic police on September 23. The Minister was informed of the considerable nuisance associated with parking in Philipsburg due to the inappropriate use of pedestrian paths as parking space. Police have also reported potentially dangerous situations for local residents, contractors and tourists.

KPSM said obstacles and dangers could be avoided by installing traffic signs.

“The closure of a large number of streets to all vehicles creates a more pleasant and safer environment for pedestrians,” said KPSM, stressing that the installation of signs increases the possibilities for the police and the Tourism Inspectorate. , Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT) in order to be able to take coercive measures against parking nuisances and dangerous situations in the center of Philipsburg. A total of 77 road signs will be added in Philipsburg.

Sisalsteeg, across from the downtown cemetery on Front Street, will have a parking sign.

Praktizijnsteeg, opposite, will be a one-way street, with a direction from Front Street to Back Street.

Schijnwerkerssteeg near Walter Plantz Square will be designed for parking. The parking spaces on Front Street near Walter Plantz will officially become taxi ranks, four or five in total.

The frequently used Pompsteeg next to the Sea Palace Hotel will be closed to all traffic. Signs must be placed on both sides by order of the police. The same goes for Scheepsbouwsteeg.

Smidsteeg between Front Street and Back Street will receive a parking sign. Due to a blockade at the halfway point, this lane is already used for parking.

Speelsteeg, Loodssteeg, Afloopsteeg, Apotheeksteeg and Van Romondtsteeg will be banned from all traffic.

Wathey Square is now only accessible to emergency vehicles.

Kerksteeg, Pastoriesteeg and Rinksteeg will be closed to traffic. As there is a private parking lot in the middle of Rinksteeg, the first sign is not placed at the Front Street-Rinkstreet intersection but halfway past the entrance to the parking lot.

Four unnamed streets between Front Street and Boardwalk Boulevard in the area between Rinksteeg and Kanaalsteeg are also closed to traffic.

At the end of Front Street, near the Diamond Casino, there will be six signs indicating taxi ranks.

Front Street sidewalk parking is a big concern, Justice Minister Anna Richardson said. “Parking on sidewalks is still prohibited and, therefore, a ‘no parking’ sign on sidewalks is not required to impose a fine on the owner or operator of a vehicle. However, the addition of signs in which no parking on the sidewalks and parking is allowed only in official parking spaces is explicitly communicated will further raise awareness among the general public. “

In the area from Stillesteeg / Tamarindesteeg to Schoolsteeg, a total of four traffic signs prohibiting parking / waiting will be placed, with a sign below “Parking permitted only in official parking spaces”. In the area from Schoolsteeg to Kanaalsteeg, a total of eight identical signs will be placed on the sidewalks.

Parking violations on Front Street could cost motorists dearly over the next 10 weeks. Until January 31, 2022, Philipsburg, Maho and other “tourism hot spots” face a significantly higher fine for parking infractions.

The fine for illegally parked vehicles has been dropped from NAF. 50 to NAF. 150 (US $ 83). The increase, announced two days before Thanksgiving, applies during peak peak season for Caribbean cruises.

The move is part of a joint effort by the prosecution and the KPSM to improve traffic flow and increase road safety during busy vacation and tourism periods, the prosecution said in a press release.

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Middletown land swap deal could get city another 25 acres of open space

MIDDLETOWN – City leaders will consider a deal with a local developer to swap eight acres of city-owned land near the Cromwell Line for a 25-acre parcel containing wetlands and floodplains.

Wallingford-based D&V Development of Middletown owns much of the property off Newfield Street and is hopeful members of the Joint Council will back the plan at its Monday night meeting.

A segment of the eight-acre land, adjacent to Lawrence Elementary School on Kaplan Drive, sits outside the floodplain and away from wetlands, said economic and community development director Joseph Samolis.


Developers Dominick B. Demartino, who owns the Sicily Coal Fired Pizza building and others along Main Street, and Vincent Demartino hope to build a driveway to access the property for future development, Samolis said, as they need a little more land ownership.

The partners are developing land throughout central Connecticut, according to land use director Marek Kozikowski.

D&V wants to preserve its 25 acres and leave the land open, Samolis said.

“Twenty-five acres is a pretty big piece of land,” Kozikowski said. Most of the town’s owners have less than an acre of property, he added.

Mayor Ben Florsheim has already given his approval to the deal, subject to the council’s decision, Samolis said.

Kozikowski reported at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on October 27 that the land to be acquired, as well as the conservation easement area, contains sensitive wetlands, a watercourse, a diversion channel and floodplains, according to the minutes.

Everything would be protected if the swap was approved, Kozikowski said.

“It will be preserved and protected, ensuring that no further development is found in a highly sensitive environmental area which is a floodplain, as well as many rivers that flow through it,” Samolis said.

A diversion channel is land along major waterways that can be invaded by flow of water during a flood, he said. “When a river is in flood, it widens and the current continues, unlike a floodplain, where excess water drains onto the ground and then eventually recedes,” he said on Tuesday.

The proposal enjoys the support of the Conservation and Agriculture Commission as long as the acquired land is preserved as open space, according to the minutes.

In addition, the Middletown Public Schools Facilities Committee reviewed the proposal and had no plan for the land use to be transferred to the developer. The committee’s concerns focused on the type of on-property development retained by the developer, Kozikowski said.

There are currently no plans to turn the land into passive recreation, although walking trails can be put in place, Samolis said.

The developers are also willing to build a cycle path through their property.

The city already has over 1,000 acres of open space.

Monday’s in-person / virtual hybrid meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 245 Koven Drive. For the agenda and how to attend virtually, visit middletown.granicus.com.

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Ludlow Town Planning Council Approves Site Plan for Communication Tower

LUDLOW – After years of work, Ludlow Town Planning Council approved a site plan for a new communications tower that would improve communications between city departments at their November 18 meeting.

The proposed 180-foot monopoly would be located at 0 Center Street, adjacent to the parking lot connected to one of the city’s athletic fields, just behind Citizen’s Bank.

Ludlow Fire Chief Ryan Pease said the tower would be used only for communications with the city.

“This is a radio communication project for our city-wide communication system involving the police, fire department, DPW, schools, the senior center and the board of health. It’s not a tower we’re going to sell space on, it’s dedicated to city-wide emergency radio communications, ”he said.

He added that the tower would not disrupt the fields or the parking lot.

“We don’t put him in the middle of the football field, that won’t disturb anything existing there, he’s going to sit on the side of the parking lot there, we maybe take a parking spot or two.” , did he declare. . “It’s a monopoly, so it’s not a huge structure that’s going to be horrible to look at.”

The Marcus Communications project representative said the plan was to start the project in December or January and complete construction by May, while construction and procurement deadlines remain on track.

Police Chief Daniel Valadas said the tower would specifically aid police and firefighter communications between departments.

“This is a long-standing project that dates back about seven years. This is to remedy a lack of effective communication capacity with all the services mentioned by the fire chief, but especially with your police and your firefighters who are there every day, ”he said.

The new tower would provide a solution to the problem for years to come.

“We had tricky situations where communication was very poor and people needed help immediately. This was to fix it and the town assembly voted for it, so this is hopefully the culmination of a long project and will serve the town of Ludlow for many years to come, ”said Valadas .

Planning board chairman Christopher Coelho said he was in favor of the project.

“I have known this has been needed for some time, so I am happy that it is in place,” he said.

While board member Raymond Phoenix was in favor of the other exemptions for the project, he said he was against approving the exemption on the creation of additional parking spaces due to the fact that it was not needed with the existing parking for the land. The board unanimously agreed and voted in favor of approving the site plan as well as the other four waivers, but rejected the parking waiver.

Ludlow’s planning council then meets on December 9.

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Twp sheaths. Appeal Board rejects Dollar General’s request to reduce the number of parking spaces

Jason Raleigh of AR Engineering and Mark Zawatski of Swartz Creek BTS Retail discuss plans for a new Dollar General with the Township of Gaines Zoning Appeal Board.

GAINES TWP. – Many residents of the Township of Gaines are not happy with a proposed new Dollar General for the corner of Morrish and Grand Blanc roads, and they made their feelings known at a special meeting of the Zoning Appeal Board of the canton on Monday, November 22. .

“I am absolutely against it,” said Sandra Cawood. ” It’s not necessary ; Isaac is right there. If you want to go (to Dollar General) you can drive three miles down the road (to Linden and Grand Blanc roads). I don’t think it will serve the community well.

Representatives from Swartz Creek BTS Retail, the company that would own the building and lease it to Dollar General, and AR Engineering appeared before the appeal board to seek a waiver of the zoning order requirement. concerning parking spaces.

The store would be built on 1.65 acres at the southwest corner of Morrish and Grand Blanc Roads.

Jason Raleigh, of Kalamazoo-based AR Engineering, said the requirement for one parking space per 100 square feet of retail space is “excessive.”

BTS is expected to install 85 parking spaces for the building, which would measure 10,640 square feet, including storage and offices. The promoters proposed 36 spaces.

Mark Zawatski of BTS said the proposed tally is based on “data from 16,000 stores across the country.”

“Dollar General is a convenience retailer,” he said, adding that on average there are only four to five customers in the store at any given time, and most only stay 15 to 20. minutes.

He pointed out that Dollar General in Mundy Township, just three miles away, has 30 spaces, as do Lennon and Durand stores, both located about nine miles from the proposed store. The Byron store, located about 12 miles away, has 26.

“We don’t want a huge vacant lot,” he said.

The large parking lot would create unnecessary additional runoff and reduce opportunities for on-site landscaping, he said.

ZBA President Chad Morey expressed concern about providing sufficient space for delivery drivers to maneuver large semi-trailer trucks around the scene without blocking traffic on Grand Blanc or Morrish roads.

Board member Donald Sinkler pointed out that after Dollar General’s lease ends in 15 to 35 years, another company may occupy that space and need the additional parking.

When all was said and done, the board determined that Dollar General spokespersons had failed to demonstrate the “hardships” the township ordinance requires to grant the waiver.

Council voted 4 to 1 to dismiss the plaintiff’s appeal, with council member Bill Harris casting the dissenting vote.

Harris said he thought 36 spaces was a good number for the proposed use, and he is concerned about the environmental impact of the additional runoff.

Harris also noted that “there are additional hurdles” developers must overcome at the Planning Commission and Board of Directors levels.

The appeal board’s decision drew applause from the crowd of 30 to 40 residents, many of whom were found to support the owners of Isaac’s Grocery.

Citing a recent article published by Consumer Reports magazine, resident Robert Henderson said dollar stores threatened small local stores that survived the “Walmart invasion” and officials in many areas fear it could hurt to the local economy.

Resident Chad Peck agreed, asking where the money Dollar General earns goes and noting that local business income remains largely in the immediate economy.

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Limerick leads implementation of new disabled parking app

A new app, which will help disabled drivers locate open spaces, will be launched in Ireland in Limerick.

The SpaceFinder app, which will be available on Apple and Android, can now locate empty accessible spaces and for those with Apple CarPlay, it can provide real-time navigation to the nearest available space.

The SpaceFinder service, developed by the Limerick ParkMagic company, has been supported by the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI).

Limerick City and County Council (LCCC) will be the first local authority in Ireland to start using the app, having completed extensive testing in the pilot phase. The LCCC traffic department has installed small sensors in accessible parking spaces in its downtown business district.

The information from these sensors will provide real-time updates on the SpaceFinder and Limerick eParking applications on the occupancy status of this space.

Limerick City and County Mayor Cllr Daniel Butler said: “Limerick City and County Council is delighted to lead the way again in supporting disabled drivers and visitors to the city with a convenient street parking.

“We are embracing the use of innovative technology to give them real-time information on the location of open spaces. We may also use the information to analyze usage levels so that we can plan for the future. “

In addition to the benefits for disabled drivers, the system will allow local authorities to collect real-time information on the use and turnover of accessible bays. This data could be essential for planning the provision and location of accessible spaces in the future.

Commenting on the launch, Paul Fitzgerald, Managing Director of ParkMagic, said: “We were delighted to lead the development of this service and its launch in the City of Limerick with assistance from the City and County Council of Limerick.

“We believe this demonstrates the real benefits for drivers and the environment of using the latest technologies to shorten the time to search for available spaces, saving time, fuel, traffic and stress. “

The Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI) is now asking every local authority to consider using the SpaceFinder service.

Richard Ryder, Head of Communications at DDAI, said: “For many of our members and others in the disabled driver community, finding available and accessible parking can be an incredibly difficult, time consuming and frustrating experience.

Often times this can mean a lot of searching and in some cases a lost trip as the driver is forced to go home and try again later.

“A service like SpaceFinder which gives real-time information on accessible parking spaces in towns and cities across Ireland would be a huge boost, and we call on local authorities to seriously consider this excellent initiative,” a- he added.

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Mexicans hope for recovery of monarch butterflies

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Communal farmers and butterfly guides are hoping for a rebound in the numbers of monarch butterflies – and tourists – in their wintering grounds in central Mexico after a bad year for both last year.

Experts say it’s too early to calculate the number of monarchs, which migrate each year from the United States and Canada to the forests west of the Mexican capital. A formal survey will be carried out in December.

But butterflies have become an important source of income for farmers who own much of the pine and fir forest where monarchs congregate in the trees. Already this year, some of the orange and black monarchs have settled in the trees for the winter.


After a devastating drop in tourism due to the pandemic last year and a 26% drop in butterfly numbers, farmer and tour guide Silvestre de Jesús Cruz, 49, is basing his hopes on a better year for both. This year.

“Last year was a bit more difficult because there were a lot less people. But this year is going to be good, ”said De Jesús Cruz. “A lot of communal farm families depend on this,” said the 21-year-old guiding veteran, “not just us guides, but also the people out there in the parking lot selling food. Many people.”

During the off season – the butterflies arrive in November and leave around March – De Jesús Cruz plants corn and oats on his small agricultural plot.

But these crops don’t make a lot of money. Cash income comes from tourism and, due to the coronavirus pandemic, only an estimated 40,000 people visited the dozen butterfly wintering grounds on isolated mountain peaks last year, up from 80,000 in years. previous ones.

Already, a few tourists are showing up this year.

Martha Echeverría, a yoga resident of Mexico City, found the serenity of the El Rosario reserve to be a main draw. Visitors are encouraged to remain silent so as not to disturb the resting butterflies, making it such a calm scene that you can hear the crackle of fir arches and the sound of the wind.

“I like the silence that this creates in you,” said Echeverría.

De Jesús Cruz explains that guides are taking extra precautions due to the pandemic, such as requiring masks and taking visitors’ temperatures before they are allowed in.

This creates special challenges, as tourists have to climb several hundred meters (yards) of steep trails to get to the ultra-protected areas where butterflies congregate, in an area already high in altitude.

Ricardo Rodríguez, a tourist from Puebla state, managed to reach the top without a problem despite the lack of regular exercise, but said he would like a little more space to take off his mask every now and then .

“The face mask, well, that’s for everyone’s protection, but there are parts of the climb that you run out of air, so the hike could be better planned,” Rodríguez said. “They could space us out a bit more, so you can take it off for a while and get more oxygen.”

Due to a multitude of factors, the number of monarchs fell in the last year. Experts say drought, inclement weather and habitat loss – especially of the milkweed where monarchs lay their eggs – as well as the use of pesticides and herbicides and climate change, all pose threats to migration of the species.

Illegal logging and loss of forest cover due to disease, drought and storms also continue to plague the reserves.

Gloria Tavera, regional director of the National Council of Protected Areas, said it was too early to say whether this year will mark an increase in the number of butterflies or tourists.

“It would be risky to say so. We won’t know until December, once we have inspected all the (butterfly) colonies, ”Tavera said. As for the return of tourists, she said, “hopefully”.

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Birmingham car park driver fury fines for passing three inch ‘pillar blocked bay’

A driver recounted how he was fined £ 100 after parking just three inches above a bay he said was blocked by a huge pillar.

Damian Maj says he was stunned after receiving the sanction after leaving his Mazda at the Allison Street parking lot in the city center, owned by Hockley-based Premier Parking Logistics.

The maintenance engineer said he paid £ 2.20 for a ticket after visiting Birmingham for a day with his wife Agata and 18-month-old son Victor on August 1.

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He admitted to parking lightly over a bay that he didn’t think could be used by another vehicle due to a huge pillar in the front – yet Premier Parking Logistics insists the bay IS used by drivers.



Damian Maj says he was upset after being fined after parking in the car park at 16/29 Allison Street 1/4 Coventry Street in Birmingham

Mr Shift, from Crick, near Rugby, told BirminghamLive: “I got back to my car and just couldn’t believe it so I took some pictures.

“The space (next to Mazda) was blocked off by a post that supports the roof. Obviously, no one can safely park in that space while maneuvering around that post.

“Since I’m a new dad, I was looking for spaces around the parking lot where I could fully open the car door to get my little one out of the car safely.

“So I moved my car a bit to the open space and covered a yellow line.

“When we got back I got a ticket for ‘Not Parked Wholly Within Bay’.

“I could absolutely agree with a ticket if I blocked another space or an access but then clearly another car cannot park there.”



Damian Maj, his wife Agata and his son Victor
Damian Maj, his wife Agata and his son Victor

Mr. Maj appealed to the company to cancel the ticket, but lost.

A spokesperson for Premier Parking Logistics said the bay WAS used by motorists and added that Mr. Maj had “admitted that they voluntarily parked over the bay for their own convenience, so acknowledged its responsibility.

“The terms and conditions which form the contract that the driver has agreed to abide by have been broken by the driver.

“The driver parked next to the sign with the terms and conditions. There is also a 24 hour phone number on the signs.

“We checked the back office and that day there were only 7 cars in the parking lot all day.

“There are 30 spaces in the car park which are all above the regulatory size recommended by local authorities.



Damian Maj received a £ 100 parking ticket after parking lightly over a bay in the car park on Allison Street and Coventry Street
Damian Maj received a £ 100 parking ticket after parking lightly over a bay in the car park on Allison Street and Coventry Street

“Today we took time stamped photos of the bay you claim to be obstructed with 2 cars on each side and the bay empty. We then took a time stamped photo of a vehicle parked in the bay and then comfortably exiting the bay. “

The company invited our reporter to the parking lot to see a vehicle parked in the bay, but we refused.

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No guarantee that the new Nenagh car park will be open before Christmas

There is no guarantee that the new Emmet Place parking lot will be open before Christmas, Nenagh advisers said.

The contractor has been informed by the Nenagh District City Council that the ongoing work must be completed so as not to interfere with the Christmas trade and that no further work will then be done until mid-January.

Emmet Place is part of the city’s new traffic management plan under which the council will create a new streetscape and install 17 additional parking spaces.

Work has been disrupted over the past two years due to lockdowns caused by Covid-19.

Cllr Hughie McGrath asked council officials at the Nenagh MDC’s November meeting to get a guarantee that the parking lot would be open for Christmas.

However, District Manager Marcus O’Connor said he couldn’t say it would be finished and open before Christmas.

“We have lost time because of Covid but the entrepreneur is working to make up for this time,” he said.

Cllr McGrath said traders on Mitchel Street would be “disappointed” by the news.

“Businesses have been dealing with Covid and they can’t wait to have Christmas and a parking lot,” he said.

Councilor McGrath said the work should be completed within a short period of time and the contractor should be able to give the council a final opening date.

“I don’t think it will take a lot to put it on the line,” he said.

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Former Maple Valley Ski Resort Project Subject to Public Hearing on December 2 | Business

DUMMERSTON – There will be a public hearing and site tour at the former Maple Valley ski area on Thursday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the basic brewery and distillery lodge renovation with a tasting room that can accommodate 100 persons.

Sugar Mountain Holdings, which bought the ski area in 2018, also hopes to host events, such as weddings, at the site.

According to the Vermont Secretary of State’s office, Sugar Mountain Holdings, which is based in Weatogue, Connecticut, is “member-managed.” He purchased the 375 acre property for $ 745,000 from MVS Associates.

Keane Aures, who is named as a member of the list of companies, is senior counsel in the Hartford office of the law firm Gordon & Rees and specializes in construction law. He is also listed as a director of Slippery Slope Brewing Company and Slippery Slope Distillers.

Aures and Jonathan Tobin, COO of Sugar Mountain Holdings, declined to speak before the meeting.

The public is invited to attend the hearing and those who wish to obtain party status may attend the hearing. Those unable to attend the hearing and still seeking party status should contact Stephanie Gile, ACT 250 District Coordinator with the Vermont Natural Resources Board, at 802-289-0597 or [email protected] gov, before the meeting. .

A pre-hearing conference “has narrow purposes and is designed to identify parties and issues before calling a hearing to assess the merits of the case,” according to the Vermont Natural Resources Agency.

Members of the Act 250 Regional Commission will be present during the site visit.

According to documents filed with the Natural Resources Agency, the project received approval from the Dummerston Development Review Board in December 2019.

The plan provides for a 1,900 square foot distillery production area and a 3,400 square foot tasting room. The facility is expected to employ 12 people working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, and the tasting room and retail space should be open from noon to 9 p.m. seven days a week. There will be space on the site for four food trucks, which will have access to electricity so that gas generators are not needed.

Special events including live music are planned in an area on the west side of the existing lodge building. The existing raised deck will be removed and replaced with a ground level patio to accommodate these events.

A noise study conducted by the Cross-Spectrum Analysis concluded that the noise at the facility would not be louder than the traffic currently passing on Route 30, although noise during construction could potentially be louder.

“Although the Maple Valley ski area has been closed for several years, the facility was previously used as a concert hall,” says the noise study. “Therefore, the reintroduction of special events including live music would not be a new or unusual source of noise for the region.”

The site plan provides for 41 parking spaces for guests and 10 spaces for employees. The gravel parking lot on the east side of Highway 30 will be used for overflow parking, with access to the facility through a corrugated iron pedestrian tunnel that passes under the road. However, the gravel will be removed and the land will be covered with grass. Public access to the West River will be retained.

The application of Law 250 indicates that when the facility is fully functional, it will generate more than $ 200,000 per year in sales and alcohol taxes.

Three new structures are proposed for the site: a pavilion for clients and small events, a wastewater pre-treatment facility and a whiskey storage barn.

The property is currently valued at $ 1,477,300, and applicable municipal and state taxes for the project site are $ 27,343 per year, the request indicates. Based on the proposed improvements and using current tax rates, the estimated value of the project site after completion will be approximately $ 2.5 million and the estimated taxes would be $ 47,000 per year.

All brewery and distillery production wastewater will be gravity-fed to an underground tank located on the island between the current ski lodge and Highway 30, and will be periodically pumped and transported to the local waste treatment facility. .

All spent grain will be composted on-site upon receipt of a state small composting facility permit. The compost will be used on site to promote plant growth and regenerate the soil.

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Supervisor requests removal of parking spaces at Muni bus stops – SFBay

A supervisor in San Francisco tries to make sure that every transit stop in Muni is accessible to all passengers, including the elderly and people with disabilities.

At the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Supervisor Dean Preston introduced a resolution on Tuesday urging the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency to improve Muni transit stops where on-street parking is permitted.

Preston said:

“Allowing parking at bus stops and not providing free access to public transportation undermines San Francisco’s transit-oriented policy and poses particular problems for the elderly and people with disabilities. “

The resolution urges the SFMTA to develop and implement a plan “to promote free pedestrian access to board public transport by eliminating parking at bus stops and making other necessary infrastructure improvements.”

Preston cited a study by Marcel Moran, a doctoral student in urban planning at the University of California, Berkeley, who visited and detailed the amenities at each Muni transit stop at street level and detailed amenities – such as shelters and passenger seats – at every stop. Moran visited the nearly 3,000 transit stops and documented his findings from May to July 2020.

Moran’s study, “Are Shelters in Place ?: Mapping the Distribution of Transit Amenities via a Bus-Stop Census of San Francisco,” published in the Journal of Public Transportation, showed that 32% of bus stops lacked areas safe boarding due to street parking.

Parked vehicles force passengers to bypass them and exit onto the street to board, according to the study.

SFMTA spokeswoman Erica Kato said the agency adopted a border management strategy in February 2020 to guide the agency’s priorities for border use in different neighborhoods.

The strategy targeted what are known as “flag stops,” where a bus or train picks up and drops off passengers next to parked vehicles. Flag stops are usually marked with painted yellow and black markings on utility poles, on the roadway, or both.

The agency’s strategic report says flag stops create hardship for the elderly and people with disabilities, forcing people in wheelchairs and other mobility devices to cross in front of parked vehicles to access the wheelchair lift rolling off the bus.

Passengers not using mobility devices are still required to navigate around or between parked vehicles without the benefit of additional sidewalk space when boarding the bus, according to the report.

The report recommended that the SFMTA board adopt a policy that avoids creating new flag stops and gradually replacing existing ones with real bus zones. Community engagement will be required before removing parking spaces.

Preston said SFMTA officials told him they had not yet developed a comprehensive plan regarding curbside access for Muni vehicles.

Pi Ra, senior director of San Francisco Action and Disability transit justice, released a statement saying Muni bus stops should provide curbside access, adding:

“By allowing cars to park at bus stops, you are forcing people with reduced mobility and visually impaired people out onto the streets. “

The resolution calls on the SFMTA to present a plan to supervisors within 90 days.

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Bicycle garage The Hague provides storage space for 8,000 cyclists

Dutch design studio Silo has completed one of the world’s largest bicycle parking lots, with almost 8,000 underground parking spaces next to a busy train station.


Silo worked in collaboration with Studio Marsman to create the public garage in front of The Hague Central Station in the Netherlands.

The Hague Bicycle Garage is an underground car park in The Hague

“What if a functional underground space, rather than being a place to be avoided, became a must-see attraction? Silo’s creative director, Rene Toneman, told Dezeen.

“We wanted to improve the comfort and safety of the thousands of daily users, bringing the experience of cycling through the city indoors. “

A cyclist cycling in The Hague bicycle garage
There are nearly 8,000 parking spaces for bicycles inside

Recognizing that cycling has taken on a new importance in recent years, due to growing climate concerns and the coronavirus pandemic, Silo hopes that Bicycle Garage The Hague will provide cyclists with a “comfortable and safe” parking environment.

Cyclists enter the garage through a main entrance, designed to mirror the facade of a building above ground.

Red and silver bicycle parking
The studio referenced the museum design for the garage

While riding, they can cross the garage along an indoor cycle path that runs along the space. Places to park bicycles are arranged in rows in the middle of the garage.

The single-level parking lot is designed to look like a museum, with bright lighting and matching spatial landmarks.

“The low ceilings, the lack of daylight, the repetitive layout and the lack of a view of the surroundings make underground parking lots generally very unpleasant,” Toneman explained.

“The Hague car park was designed to completely transform this essential service by creating an unexpected and exceptional spatial experience.”

Bicycle storage The Hague by Silo
Rail commuters can safely store their bikes on metal racks

The space also features a long graphic fresco featuring geometric shapes and patterns in a gray hue.

According to the designers, this illustration reflects the bright lights in the garage, making the room appear larger.

A man and a woman in the bicycle garage in The Hague
A gray graphic installation runs the length of the garage

“The integrated application of light and experiential graphic design makes the installation more spacious,” said Toneman.

“The angle of the light in the illustration matches the actual light behind it, greatly improving the appearance of depth.”

Bicycle storage The Hague by Silo
Users access the underground space via a series of escalators

Bicycle Parking The Hague is shortlisted in the civic and cultural interior category and the graphic design category of the Dezeen Awards 2021.

Other short-listed projects in this category include Kengo Kuma Associates’ mesh curtain for Casa Batlló and a wide beam barge designed to resemble a floating church.

The photograph is by Mike Bink.

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New Orleans City Council Supports Uptown Parking Restrictions Aimed at Reigning Student Housing | Local politics

New Orleans City Council on Thursday backed rules to slow conversions from modest homes to massive dorms in Uptown neighborhoods, ending a nearly two-year debate that highlighted the need for more affordable housing and off-street parking in this area.

The council’s rules, which were unanimously approved, would see the developers provide new off-street parking space for every new room they add to converted or newly built homes near Loyola, Tulane and Xavier universities.

The off-street parking requirement will not apply to renovated or newly built homes with fewer than three bathrooms, an exception meant to allay concerns from affordable housing advocates that the rules unfairly weigh on developers of small homes. .

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The parking requirement also does not apply to affordable housing projects that maintain affordability for 20 years, restrict sale prices, and reserve half of their units for very low-income tenants.

The rules, sponsored by District A council member Joe Giarrusso, are now permanent after a temporary version was passed in March 2020. Although the details were adopted without much public discussion on Thursday, Giarrusso argued that the rules makeshift dorms, with per-room rates that sometimes match what it costs to rent a two-bedroom shotgun. The result is a rise in prices in an area that would otherwise be affordable for long-term residents.

“These dorms increase rental rates, decrease affordability and ensure that the prices of homes purchased in the area are higher, which also results in higher taxes,” Giarrusso said during an October discussion of rules.

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Giarrusso first urged council to look into the matter in 2020, after receiving complaints from residents who said the conversions were out of step with the character of the neighborhood and that having multiple drivers living in a single house reduced an already limited amount of street parking.

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Council ended up asking the Planning Commission to look into the matter. It also temporarily required the developers to build an off-street parking space for each room they built near Tulane and Loyola as the study progressed.

But after several neighborhoods united in their opposition to the conversions, that initial and temporary plan was eventually changed to include Hollygrove, Leonidas, Carrollton and other neighborhoods near Xavier University.

The final version of the rules also exempts small developments from the requirement, an attempt to address concerns from Planning Commission staff and housing advocates that a warrant would lead to increased housing costs. The exemption “removes most of the damage we saw in the original proposal,” said Maxwell Ciardullo, a policy advocate at the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center.

Still, Ciardullo said on Thursday the rules remain fundamentally flawed. “We still don’t think parking requirements are the best way to regulate development,” he said.

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On Thursday, public comment was limited to Ciardullo and a comment submitted online by resident Anna Stanicoff, who called the order a “destructive solution to the very real problem of student encroachment in neighborhoods.”

In the October meeting, by contrast, speakers said the new trend was destroying their neighborhoods.

“In the four blocks around my house, we have 13 houses where families have been relocated to allow investors to come in and change the structure of these houses into something they weren’t intended for,” said Ken Gelpi, who lives near Lusher. Charter school.

Developer comments were missing from the last two meetings. The person who led the conversions of several properties near Broadway Street, Preston Tedesco, declined to comment when reached on Thursday, as he has done before.

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Pune: first “platform parking” built at Hadapsar station

Now, passengers at Hadapsar Station in Pune can pick up their vehicles inside the station as it gets Maharashtra’s very first ‘platform parking’ facility.

The first of its kind in the state, Hadapsar Station in Pune became the first to have on-platform parking. Inspired by Howrah Railway Station in Kolkata, passengers can now take their vehicles to specified platforms for drop-offs and pick-ups.

In order to maintain the flow of vehicles and avoid overcrowding, an efficient system has been put in place to allow vehicles only at a specific location on the platform.

According to the Hindustan Times (HT) report, Renu Sharma, Director of Pune Division Railways (DRM), said: “Many new developments and passenger facilities have been developed at Hadapsar station. , as we are now moving rail operations to start from Hadapsar. Currently, a daily special from Hadapsar to Hyderabad departs from here and soon a few other trains will be starting as well. In this development process, a parking space right next to the number one platform has been created where passengers park their vehicles and board the train directly from the platform. “

Currently there are four platforms and a bridge overlooking the station with plans to expand it further as more trains become operational.

“It will be like the platform parking system at Howrah Station, where vehicles enter the station and passengers board or take trains. Sharma added.

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Provo city council changes parking permit program | News, Sports, Jobs

Courtesy of the City of Provo

Graphic on parking permit information and meetings.

Provo City Council is approaching a parking permit program for certain areas of the city. The city is asking residents for help on the proposals that are currently being studied.

The draft city code of Provo, Chapter 9.90, will be considered at the council meeting on Tuesday. On-street parking management, if adopted, will create a new management tool for the city. This would be in addition to the current parking management tools the city is already using, such as authorized parking zones, according to Karen Tapahe, spokesperson for the council.

“Chapter 9.90 creates the structure for future parking management zones to be created and enforced through a paid parking system,” Tapahe said. “Charging parking is certainly not a popular idea, as public commentary in a recent Open City Hall poll showed, but active management of on-street public parking is necessary to preserve the benefits and discourage abuse of this public resource. “

Key elements of Chapter 9.90

Parking on a public road in OSPM areas may be restricted by any of the following parking management strategies:

  • Paid parking
  • Paid parking with optional permit
  • Vehicles that are parked in an hourly parking zone must pay the established rate.

Timed fares will be market determined – high enough that parking spaces are regularly released, but not so high that on-street parking is not fully utilized.

Payment would be made via a mobile application. City staff are working on options for drivers without a mobile device.

Vehicles with valid permits would be exempt from the timed parking fee in this OSPM zone.

Licensees pay for one year of access to an OSPM area rather than paying the timed tariff.

To obtain a parking permit, the permit holder must prove ownership or residence of a building with a facade bordering the OSPM zone with a maximum limit of two permits per property / occupant.

The boundaries of all OSPM zones must be shown on an official map of the on-street parking management zone adopted by the city council.

What Chapter 9.90 does not do

Create the actual OSPM zones. The process of creating an OSPM zone is detailed in Chapter 9.90, but the actual designation of a zone will need to be submitted to the council for a vote of approval.

Chapter 9.91, creating an OSPM zone in the Joaquin neighborhood (just south of the BYU campus), is in preparation.

Tapahe said a town hall on the proposal will be held on November 18 at 6 p.m. in the council chamber for the public to share their views in person.

The discussion will focus on the regulation of parking on private property and the guarantee of a specific parking space for OSPM permit holders.

Tuesday’s meeting to review the structure of the proposed program will be broadcast live on the Council’s Facebook and YouTube.

Council has scheduled the parking ordinance to be voted on at Tuesday’s meeting as the final item on the agenda. However, residents and university students who might have concerns about additional changes or specific areas for the permits or permit program are encouraged to attend the town hall meeting on Thursday.

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