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Some news from around…

  • Austin, Texas is embracing a plan that lays out a path towards smart growth and a more vibrant center city over the next decade. The City Council is considering a master plan that will guide $350 million in investment to downtown parks, transport, and moderately priced housing. (The Austin American-Statesman )
  • Jimi Hendrix, one of Seattle’s most recognizable music icons, has a park dedicated in his name, but it doesn’t do justice to his legacy. A group is raising money to carry out a redesign, to take place in 2012, that includes some remarkable music-themed installations. (The Seattle Times )
  • Though the garbage beneath New York City’s Freshkills Park is disappearing beneath switchgrass and wildflowers, the methane gas it produces, and the substantial income that the city gains from selling it, should be around for years to come. (Bloomberg)
  • Muskogee, Oklahoma, in search of a “brand” and an edge over similar-sized cities in attracting businesses, is committing $2.5 million over five years for improvements to its city parks. (Muskogee Phoenix )
  • 14-acre Dolores Park in San Francisco has $7.9 million left to spend from its share of the city’s Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, and a wide array of users have come forward to express their preferences for improvements and additions. (The New York Times )

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