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    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After months of planning, the 49th annual Washington Monument lighting in Baltimore is set to premiere virtually Thursday night due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The monument in Mount Vernon will light up during a holiday special hosted by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. It will air on WJZ and WJZ.com at 7:30 p.m. WATCH: Baltimore’s Annual Monument Lighting On WJZ Holiday Special During a year when so many things were closed or canceled due to the pandemic, the organization was determined the show would go on “in a way that was safe but still celebrating our culture, our music, our neighbors,” the group’s president Shelonda Stokes said. With safety a priority, the Downtown Partnership looked to WJZ as a partner. “When the Downtown Partnership asked us to partner with them to bring this time-honored tradition into the homes of Baltimore, we said absolutely,” WJZ assignment editor Pete...
    The Los Angeles City Council cleared the way Wednesday for a sprawling development planned for the west San Fernando Valley, signing off on a new sports arena, two hotels, a 28-story office tower and more than 1,400 new apartments. On a 14-0 vote, the council approved Promenade 2035, which is expected to cost more than $1 billion, replacing a closed shopping mall in Warner Center with a new “downtown district” featuring a supermarket, public plazas, high-density housing and a 10,000-seat entertainment and sports venue. Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who represents the area, said the project’s combination of restaurants, stores, homes and workspaces makes it “the future of green planning.” Promenade 2035 will offer a “mini-city ... within this larger city,” he said, “where you can get your culture and entertainment and jobs and work — all in a smaller area for less of a smaller carbon footprint.” Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, the project’s developer,...
    With a vote fast approaching in a Denver City Council committee, city planners are trying to conjure up a magic number: just how many unrelated adults can live together in the same home. "We’ve heard quite a few concerns from you over the course of these last few meetings about those current proposals: chiefly, the number of people allowed to live in a dwelling unit, and concerns of very large households of unrelated adults," Andrew Webb, the senior city planner spearheading an overhaul the group-living aspects of Denver's zoning code, said at an October 6 Denver City Council Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting. The current version of the proposal, which has been in the works since March 2018, suggests increasing the number of unrelated adults who can live together in the same household from two to a base of five, with the chance to increase this number to...
    Kids, teachers, administrators, other school employees, and their loved ones are deeply concerned with how the new school year will work in light of COVID-19. In much of the country, the coronavirus is simply too widespread to allow a return to in-person education with any reasonable degree of safety. That reality hasn’t stopped some absurdly irresponsible Republican officials from pushing hard to do so anyway (here’s looking at you, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott). New York City, however, has gone from being the pandemic’s American epicenter to the one very large city with infection rates low enough to—according to the current plan—offer at least some regular in-person instruction at every public school, including the ones my children attend. No one knows how it’s going to go. No one thinks it’s going to be easy. And no one, at least around here, is taking reopening lightly. New York City’s process has been driven by...
    The legacy of structural racism in Minneapolis was laid bare to the world at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street, the location where George Floyd’s neck was pinned to the ground by a police officer’s knee. But it is also imprinted in streets, parks and neighborhoods across the city – the result of urban planning that utilized segregation as a tool of white supremacy. Today, Minneapolis is seen to be one of the most liberal cities in the U.S. But if you scratch away the progressive veneer of the U.S.’s most cyclable city, the city with the best park system and sixth-highest quality of life, you find what Kirsten Delegard, a Minneapolis historian, describes as “darker truths about the city.” As co-founder of the University of Minnesota’s Mapping Prejudice project, Delegard and her colleagues have been shedding new light on the role that racist barriers to home...
    For years, one of San Jose’s most influential commissions has been overwhelmingly controlled by white representatives from some of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods. But that’s about to finally change. The San Jose City Council has appointed five new members from different areas across the city to the Planning Commission after public scrutiny for its longtime lack of racial and geographic diversity. The commission, which evaluates land-use policies and gives recommendations on planning and development proposals, will now include three Latinx residents, three white residents and a Black resident — all seven of whom reside in separate council districts. The council, however, did not appoint any Asian-American candidates even though nearly a third of the city’s population is made up of people of Asian and pacific island descent. “We got an excellent pool of candidates, which speaks volumes about the council’s willingness to step up to this kind of commitment and...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Many of the plans for July 4th are being cut back because of the pandemic. But it looks like Philadelphia residents will still have a reason to keep an eye to the sky. The Department of Defense says military planes will soar over the city as part of Independence Day celebrations. Download The New And Improved CBS Philly App! It would be the city’s second flyover in two months. You may remember the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds soared over the city in April to pay tribute to workers on the frontlines of the pandemic. Details of the latest flyover, including the timing, haven’t been revealed yet but we of course will let you know when they are.
    By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's casinos will be able to reopen July 2 at 25% capacity, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. In a Twitter post, the Democratic governor also said indoor dining can resume on that date, with restaurants also operating at 25% capacity. The city's nine casinos have been waiting for a reopening date for weeks, even as casinos in other states reopened. The governor said additional safety and health guidelines will be released in the coming days for casinos and restaurants. Many of the casinos have been planning on their own for a reopening, and have adopted measures including increased hand sanitizers and social distancing to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. But some were planning more stringent measures than others. For example, Hard Rock says it will require masks to be worn by all employees and guests,...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City’s casinos will be able to reopen July 2 at 25% capacity, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. In a Twitter post, the Democratic governor also said indoor dining can resume on that date, with restaurants also operating at 25% capacity. The city’s nine casinos have been waiting for a reopening date for weeks, even as casinos in other states reopened. The governor said additional safety and health guidelines will be released in the coming days for casinos and restaurants. Many of the casinos have been planning on their own for a reopening, and have adopted measures including increased hand sanitizers and social distancing to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. But some were planning more stringent measures than others. For example, Hard Rock says it will require masks to be worn by all employees and guests, while some other casinos say...
    THE Queen has visited hundreds of countries in her long reign and attended countless engagements up and down the country.  She’s the most well-travelled monarch in UK history, after touching down in 116 countries during 265 official visits, but there are some places she likes better than others.  4The Queen is the most well-travelled monarch in UK historyCredit: Getty - Pool A royal author has claimed the 94-year-old isn’t a big fan of Manchester, the north’s biggest city.  Karen Dolby shared the monarch’s true opinion of the metropolis in her book, The Wicked Wit of the Royal Family. She revealed the Queen was less than impressed to stop by the city, which she’s visited multiple times.  Karen wrote: “The Queen is usually the model of diplomacy but there have been a few lapses over the years.  4The Queen said Manchester 'wasn't a nice place', a royal author has claimedCredit: PA:Press...
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