BEAVER FALLS (KDKA) – It’s the new normal in downtown Beaver Falls: drivers have to back into a space when they park on Seventh Avenue. Some are already calling it the new nightmare. “There has been a groundswell of negativity around here,” said business owner Bob Middleman. “When you’re backing up, seems like I’m always near this pole, worried about hitting it,” said resident Yogi Meyer. “I just think this is bad news.” In the past, drivers pulled headfirst into a parking space. That’s now illegal, although some refuse to break old habits. One resident blames the new parking configuration on the city of Beaver Falls and PennDOT. “The reason it’s this way is because the city agreed to get money and funds from the state if they put it this way,” says resident Tim Mike. Since Monday was a holiday, nobody was available in the Beaver Falls Municipal building to answer any questions KDKA’s Bob Allen … [Read more...] about New Beaver Falls Parking Rule Requires Drivers To Back Into Spots On 7th Avenue
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If you’re on Instagram, then chances are you have a friend who’s taken a selfie at Joshua Tree National Park or one of the poppy fields in California, or maybe even atop a cliff overlooking the Colorado River known as Horseshoe Bend. National parks and public lands across the country have seen an explosion in tourism in part due to the rise of social media and geo-tagging. However, amid the influx of crowds, there is a desperate effort to preserve the land for generations to come. In Horseshoe Bend alone, tourism has risen from about 4,000 visitors a year to 2.2 million — that's over 4,000 in a single day. Tourism there took off in 2015, according to Michelle Kerns, deputy superintendent for the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, the unit of the U.S. National Parks Service that manages the Bend.(MORE: Joshua Tree National Park stays open, will increase access during government shutdown) "We saw this huge rise in social media, especially Instagram," Kerns told … [Read more...] about National parks officials grappling with high volume as Instagram tourism booms
Tree-lined streets and nearby parks aren't just idyllic - they protect you from heart disease, stroke, and an early death, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed the cardiovascular health more than 400 people across the US using urine and blood samples. They then measured their home's 'vegetation' level and air quality using NASA satellite imagery. Unequivocally, people who lived in leafy, green areas within walking distance of a public park had healthier hearts, higher capacity to repair blood vessels, and less stress. That was regardless of their age, sex, ethnicity, their use of statins and even their smoking status. Researchers analyzed blood and urine samples of 408 people in Louisville, Kentucky, then measured their home's 'vegetation' level and air quality using NASA satellite imagery. There was a clear link Experts say the findings emphasize the importance of access to green spaces for all Americans - something which is less common in disadvantaged … [Read more...] about People who live on tree-lined streets with nearby parks have lower risk of heart disease and premature death
Photo: Clarke Tolton “This is the mall I lost my virginity at,” Randall Park says as he eases his aqua RAV4 into a spot near the J.C. Penney at the Westfield Culver City. We’re discreetly in the shadow of the Marina Freeway. He leans back and gazes into the distance: It was 1993, and his high-school girlfriend had returned from college just as he was beginning his first year at UCLA. He doesn’t remember if they had planned to do it right there, in the back of his Corolla in a parking lot — just that it would be the first time for both of them and that they had been anticipating this moment for months with the intensity and sincerity of, well, virgins. “I have letters that we sent to each other building it up, like, ‘This is gonna be so special, and it’s gonna be great,’ ” he says. “And it was just horrible. It didn’t last long. It was clumsy. I remember afterward thinking, It was supposed to be so much … [Read more...] about Randall Park’s Small-Town L.A.
Click through the slideshow to see which National Parks in California suffer the most from air pollution. Click through the slideshow to see which National Parks in California suffer the most from air pollution. Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Image 1 of / 24 Caption Close Image 1 of 24 Click through the slideshow to see which National Parks in California suffer the most from air pollution. Click through the slideshow to see which National Parks in California suffer the most from air pollution. Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Buy photo Report: Yosemite, Joshua Tree, all other national parks in Calif. have 'significant' air pollution 1 / 24 Back to … [Read more...] about Report: Yosemite, Joshua Tree, all other national parks in Calif. have ‘significant’ air pollution