Since Angie Curry moved to south Woodmoor east of Monument about two years ago, she and her neighbors have hiked on 135 acres of open space nearby. But those days might be coming to an end since the land has been listed for sale for $4.75 million.The property, being marketed by Quantum Commercial Group, is zoned for half-acre single-family homes, and residents fear that the wildlife and walking trails will give way to such houses.Curry said she bought her house with the understanding that the Walters open space, named for the family that owns it, never would be developed. Now she’s on the Woodmoor Open Space Committee, which is raising money to try to buy and preserve the land.The committee is negotiating with the landowners. Since November, people whose property borders the open space have pledged money to the committee, which was preparing to make its third offer for the land.“The open space is one of the reasons we picked our house,” Curry said. “The open … [Read more...] about Woodmoor residents fight to save open space from development
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WE MIGHT not talk about it very much, but agoraphobia is one of the most common panic-related disorders in the UK. While it's commonly associated with a phobia of open spaces or leaving the house, there can be a lot more to it than that, and for some people, the fear may revolve around specific circumstances or places – such as being in crowded public spaces.The NHS estimates that in Britain and Northern Ireland, up to two people in every 100 have some form of panic disorder, and it's thought around a third of them will go on to develop agoraphobia, which can affect both men and women and develop at any age.:: A complex conditionIn its essence, agoraphobia is a fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult and help wouldn't be available if things go wrong – but this can look different for different people."It has a wide definition and includes many different fears, such as open spaces, crowded places and being alone," says Nicky Lidbetter of Anxiety UK … [Read more...] about More than just a fear of open spaces: What is agoraphobia and how is it treated?
0 Have your say In recent years, Leeds has won a number of accolades for being a city that is going places. And there is still a lot more to come: from rising through the retail rankings, having the largest ethnically diverse population and financial and legal sectors outside London, to redevelopment of the city’s train station, introduction of High Speed Rail and redevelopment of the South Bank.However, city leaders admit there is one thing that hasn’t enjoyed so much attention – but is now a crucial part of what Leeds perceives to be one of its greatest assets. Open spaces.The city, through Leeds Council, Leeds Business Improvement District and other agencies, is now working on a “challenge for our public realm to become the city’s greatest cultural asset”.Over recent months a document called the ‘Our Spaces Strategy’ has been drafted up which looks at key areas of public open space such as parks, squares, … [Read more...] about Leeds City Council unveils plans to make more use of open spaces
By Marianne Love | PUBLISHED: October 22, 2018 at 2:51 pm | UPDATED: October 23, 2018 at 1:18 pm STUDIO CITY — Invasive plants are out and natives are in along a half-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River known as the Studio City Greenway between Whitsett Avenue and Laurel Canyon Boulevard. The tall, willowy pampas grass with ecru feather-like plumes and saw-teeth shaped leaves is lovely to look at, but is considered a highly invasive weed, unwelcomed and a fire hazard prone to take over wherever it is planted. It’s highly adaptable and each plant is capable of producing over one million seeds during its lifetime, which can be decades in the right conditions. On Monday, a group of local, state and city representatives gathered to put a plan into place that will eradicate the plant and improve neglected bike and pedestrian pathways where mallard ducks and trash float down the concrete-banked part of the river. RELATED STORY: What will Frank Gehry come up with for a … [Read more...] about Studio City Greenway gets $150K grant to revamp stretch of LA River for ‘vibrant open space’
By Mercury News Editorial Board | Mercury News October 2, 2018 at 6:15 am Los Altos voters should soundly reject Measure C, the poorly written, unnecessary attempt purportedly to preserve the city’s parklands and open spaces. The Los Altos City Council does not have a history of selling city parks or misusing public land. Measure C would tie the hands of the council and possibly prevent it from following through on its Downtown Vision after three years of planning that included dozens of community meetings. Measure C would require voter approval of “the sale, lease or certain changes in use of certain land designated as ‘Parks,’ ‘Other Open Space’ or ‘Public and Institutional’ in the City’s General Plan.” Wow. One good indication of Measure C’s weakness is the list of those on record as opponents: They include, among others, the League of Women Voters of Los Altos and Mountain View; Los Altos School … [Read more...] about Editorial: Measure C is wrong way to protect Los Altos’ open space