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7/16/2019

Belvedere Castle recently reopened in New York's Central Park, giving visitors easier access to views of the surrounding area. "If there's a city that has a castle in the park, it has to be New York," said park visitor Paulo Kim.

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7/16/2019

Lisbon Municipal Assembly president Helena Roseta says legislation passed earlier this month by Portuguese lawmakers that makes housing a basic right for citizens and aims to promote affordable housing and end unjust evictions is something she's been consistently working toward. "There are general laws for health, education, and social security, but there never was [until now] a law for housing -- we must treat it as a social right, as we have with these others," she says.

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7/16/2019

Officials in the Missouri counties of Iron, St. Genevieve and Howell have passed resolutions opposing the US Forest Service's proposed ban on hunting feral pigs in the Mark Twain National Forest. "If we're not going to let farmers hunt them into the woods, then the Forest Service should pay them for the damage the hogs are doing to the fields," says St. Genevieve County presiding commissioner Garry Nelson.

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7/16/2019

Cities and counties around the country are offering government employees housing incentives to make it easier to live in those communities. Some, like Little Rock, Ark., are offering incentive payments to help with buying a home or renting an apartment; others are buying or building their own housing for employee use.

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7/16/2019

Boston and Las Vegas have appointed Ryan Woods and Greg Weitzel as the respective new directors of their parks and recreation departments. Weitzel is a National Recreation and Park Association board member.

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7/16/2019

The USDA, saying the population of geese had gotten too large, euthanized almost 200 of the birds at Idle Hour Park in Phenix City, Ala. last week. "We were getting a lot of complaints about people trying to use the park and having to walk through goose feces to do it and children playing out there," Assistant City Manager Stephen Smith said.

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7/16/2019

An alligator nicknamed "Chance the Snapper" was caught Tuesday in the Humboldt Park lagoon in Chicago after avoiding searchers for a week. An alligator expert who came to Chicago from Florida captured the reptile.

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7/16/2019

Having views of green space from one's home was associated with less desire for unhealthy food, tobacco and alcohol, a British study found. The study "could have a range of implications for both public health and environmental protection programs in the future," researcher Leanne Martin said.

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7/16/2019

The former Michael Reese Hospital and US Steel South Works sites in Chicago would be ideal locations to be redeveloped in a way that incorporates green space and recreational uses, writes Sabina Shaikh of the University of Chicago. "Through the prioritization, attention and development of creative mechanisms for financing and developing big and small green space across the city, Mayor Lightfoot has the opportunity to take Chicago's historic leadership in the creation of park space to one of resilience, access and equity," says Shaikh.

7/16/2019

Milwaukee is revamping parks, playgrounds and athletic facilities at schools and elsewhere to make them on par with the ones in the city's suburbs and add green space. Funding and leadership has come from the school system, recreation and park agencies, other government offices, nonprofits and private donors.