One of Legacy Development’s renderings of the proposed Bellmont Promenade center.The company hoping to break ground on the long-vacant land at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Mauer Road has requested that the city of Shawnee consider allowing it to add a residential component to its proposed Bellmont Promenade project.In a letter submitted to the city earlier this month, developer Steve Beaumont said the company would be asking the city to update the land use guidelines for the property so it could pursue a mixed-use project. The plans given initial approval by the city were for a commercial development only, which was to feature a series of big box retail operations as well as several restaurants in pad site.“The purpose of the request is to provide the opportunity for unified developments that contain truly mixed use developments that both residential and commercial/office uses, as well as buildings with both office/retail and residential spaces,” Beaumont wrote.The land use request will got before the city’s Planning Commission for a public hearing March 19.In January, the company posted a marketing brochure on its website showing that the developers had targeted Dick’s Sporting Goods and Hobby Lobby as anchors for the project. But the company has since walked that back, telling the Shawnee Dispatch that “The brochure that was posted to our website was unfortunately posted in error.”The updated marketing brochure on the company’s website no longer shows a site plan or lists any proposed tenants.The Shawnee City Council approved nearly $20 million in public finance incentives for the project last summer on a 5-3 vote. Some neighborhood homeowners have expressed concerns with the prospect of developing the site, saying that the project would pose traffic and stormwater issues.
Mississippi River hosts Gophers’ home event on SaturdayMinnesota is the only Division I team in the Head of the Mississippi regatta. Zach EisendrathSeptember 30, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor the past two seasons, Minnesota’s rowing team has been on the bubble come NCAA tournament selection time.And for two consecutive years, the committee has denied the Gophers acceptance.Minnesota is determined not to repeat their recent history and make it to the NCAAs.But senior Katie Engel said it will take the team more than one specific adjustment to make the tournament.“We need to continue to work well together,” Engel said. “Everything we do now, all of the hard work and effort we put in will help us in the future. It’s not just the spring; it’s not one race, but everything we do now.”Their journey begins Saturday when the Gophers host the Head of the Mississippi. The race starts at the East River Flats behind Coffman Union and finishes on the west side of the river at Bohemian Flats.Last season, Minnesota accomplished more than in any other season in program history. Minnesota finished the season ranked No. 15 in the nation.After the first few weeks of practice, senior captain Cheryl Wick said she is encouraged by the team’s production.“It has been going really well,” Wick said. We seem to be a lot further along than a year ago at this time.” A majority of the team – more than 20 of the 36 rowers – competed on club teams during the offseason.Coach Wendy Davis credits her team’s fast start to how hard they trained this summer.“Instead of focusing on fitness the first couple weeks, we have been able to work on technique,” Davis said. “They are walking in here much fitter than ever before.”Wick said she believes this year’s team can be better than last year’s record-setting squad.“One thing we are trying to do this year is finish in the top ten (nationally),” she said. “Maybe even top six.”The Gophers will be the only Division I school taking part in this weekend’s regatta. Davis mentioned the Minnesota Rowing and Boat Clubs as the team’s toughest competition.Davis said she expects impressive results.“Nothing’s ever assured,” Davis said. “But with all the people returning, on paper we should be a better team.”
Ahwatukee Foothills Center, a prestigious Ahwatukee Foothills drive-thru Pad built in 2002, sold for $2,038,000. The property is located on Chandler Boulevard, just west of Interstate 10, in a dense retail corridor with over 250,000 SF at the intersection. Notable neighboring tenants include LA Fitness, Kohl’s, CVS and Tutor Time.“We received an overwhelming amount of interest on this asset,” explains Andrew Harrison, Vice President at ORION Investment Real Estate. “The seller eventually decided to go with a local buyer who was in a 1031 exchange with only a few days left to identify his replacement property. We ended up closing the escrow in less than 27 days.” This was an all cash transaction.The property was sold by PWDAF 48th and Chandler, LLC and purchased by Ahwatukee Hills LLC, both Arizona-based. Ahwatukee Foothills is 100% leased to Qdoba, Dunkin’ Donuts, Zoyo and Calico Studios.
Share Share on Facebook Email “The standard account of information in economics is that people should seek out information that will aid in decision making, should never actively avoid information, and should dispassionately update their views when they encounter new valid information,” said Loewenstein, the Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Economics and Psychology who co-founded the field of behavioral economics.Loewenstein continued, “But people often avoid information that could help them to make better decisions if they think the information might be painful to receive. Bad teachers, for example, could benefit from feedback from students, but are much less likely to pore over teaching ratings than skilled teachers.”Even when people cannot outright ignore information, they often have substantial latitude in how to interpret it. Questionable evidence is often treated as credible when it confirms what someone wants to believe — as is the case of discredited research linking vaccines to autism. And, by the same token, evidence that meets the rigorous demands of science is often discounted if it goes against what people want to believe, as illustrated by widespread dismissal of scientific evidence of climate change.Information avoidance can harm individual wellbeing, as when people miss opportunities to treat serious diseases early on or fail to learn about better financial investments that could prepare them for retirement. It also has large societal implications. The demand for ideologically aligned information drives media bias, which fuels political polarization: When basic facts are no longer part of a shared understanding, the foundation of societal discourse disappears.“An implication of information avoidance is that we do not engage effectively with those who disagree with us,” said Hagmann, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences. “Bombarding people with information that challenges their cherished beliefs – the usual strategy that people employ in attempts at persuasion — is more likely to engender defensive avoidance than receptive processing. If we want to reduce political polarization, we have to find ways not only to expose people to conflicting information, but to increase people’s receptivity to information that challenges what they believe and want to believe.”Despite its evident pitfalls and costs, information avoidance isn’t always a mistake or a reflection of a lazy mind.“People do it for a reason,” said Golman, assistant professor of social and decision sciences. “Those who do not take a genetic test can enjoy their life until their illness can’t be ignored, an inflated sense of our own abilities can help us to pursue big and worthwhile goals, and not looking at our financial investments when markets are down may keep us from selling in a panic.”Understanding when, why, and how people avoid information can help governments and firms alike to reach their audiences effectively without drowning them in unwanted messages. LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Twitter We live in an unprecedented “age of information.” Dieters have access to nutritional information, people at risk of genetic disease can undergo cutting-edge medical tests and citizens in modern democracies have access to a wide range of news sources covering the entire political spectrum.However, for all the information that is out there, people make use of very little of it. Those on diets, for example, often prefer not to look at the number of calories in a tasty dessert, people at high risk for a disease avoid screening tests that could give them a definite answer, and most consumers of news choose sources that align with rather than challenge their political ideology. Indeed, people at times actively avoid useful information that is available to them.Drawing on research in economics, psychology, and sociology, Carnegie Mellon University’s George Loewenstein, Russell Golman and David Hagmann illustrate how people deliberately avoid information that threatens their happiness and wellbeing. Published in the Journal of Economic Literature, they show that, while a simple failure to obtain information is the most clear-cut case of “information avoidance,” people have a wide range of other information-avoidance strategies at their disposal. They are also remarkably adept at selectively directing their attention to information that affirms what they believe or that reflects favorably upon them, and at forgetting information they wish were not true.
Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols A High-Level Strategic Dialogue between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government and the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon will help set the tone for the Thirty-Sixth CARICOM Summit from 2-4 July, in Bridgetown, Barbados. The engagement in the morning of Thursday 2 July will be guided by the theme, CARICOM: Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, A Partnership for Implementation. Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, Incoming CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Barbados Oct 15, 2020 You may be interested in… Rt. Hon Perry Christie, out-going CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of The Bahamas It will provide an opportunity for CARICOM Heads of Government to engage the UN SG on the Community’s sustainable development agenda as attention now pivots three imminent international conferences: The Third International Conference on Financing for Development; the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda; and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP 21, all of which have significant bearing on the future global agenda and the development of the Community. With the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Accelerated Modalities of Actions (Samoa Pathway) also in focus, discussions with the UN SG will seek to rationalize an integrated approach to the sustainable development in the Community, as it seeks to make vibrant societies and resilient economies a reality. The Samoa Pathway emanated from the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in September 2014. Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General, CARICOM Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General The CARICOM Heads of Government Conference will commence with a formal Opening Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Hilton Barbados Resort, paving the way for the Chairmanship of The Rt. Hon. Fruendel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados. He assumes the six-month rotational chairmanship on 1 July from the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas. They, as well at the CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, will address the opening ceremony along with the newly (re)elected Heads of Government of Montserrat, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, and Suriname. The theme of the Conference: Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, will guide the Heads of Government as they tackle a packed agenda with issues including energy in the context of a proposal for a new institution to lead the Region’s energy agenda, the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, mechanisms for CARICOM candidates in international positions, CARICOM relations with the Dominican Republic, and Belize-Guatemala and Guyana-Venezuela border issues. Space has been carved out for special engagements with the outgoing Commonwealth Secretary-General, H.E. Kamalesh Sharma, and President of the Republic of Panama, H.E. Juan Carlos Varela Rodrίguez. The Meeting will see representation from fourteen Member States and two Associate Members with only one not represented at the level of Head of Government. Ambassadors Accredited to CARICOM, CARICOM Institutions, and organizations including the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and Association of Caribbean States (ACS) will attend Thursday’s Opening Ceremony. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 16, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Stage set for CARICOM Summit in BarbadosThe theme Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, will guide Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government as they tackle a packed agenda at their Thirty-Sixth Summit that will be held 2-4 July, 2015, in Bridgetown, Barbados. Discussions will focus on issues including energy, in the context of a proposal for a new…July 1, 2015In “Anguilla”COMMUNIQUE Issued at Conclusion of 31st CARICOM Intersessional MeetingThe Thirty-First Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held in Bridgetown, Barbados, 18-19 February 2020. The Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C; MP, Chaired the proceedings. Other Members of the Conference in attendance were: Prime Minister…February 19, 2020In “31Intersessional”Communiqué – 37th Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of GovernmentThe Thirty-Seventh Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Georgetown, Guyana, on 4 – 6 July 2016. The Prime Minister of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings. Other members of the Conference in attendance were Prime Minister of…July 7, 2016In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp
While hiking the Las Conchas/East Fork trail Tuesday this smiley face was spotted wedged between the base of two aspen trees lifting the spirits of all passing by it. Photo by Debbie Huling
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Three recent national tragedies have dominated the news agenda and underlined the value and power of community when it comes to meeting and overcoming the challenges that follow such events. It is a power that every built environment professional should keep at the top of their mind. The Manchester bombing, terror attacks in London and, most recently, the catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire highlight how intertwined our infrastructure is with our lives and communities.While we cannot necessarily prevent terrorists, we can design with public and community protection in mind; while we cannot always prevent domestic fires, we can design to minimise the loss of life that follows. Too often our day-to-day work is focused on what we are designing and delivering. However, investment in infrastructure must fundamentally focus first on understanding the why – keeping in mind the role of investment in sustaining, enhancing and protecting the lives of the people and communities that it serves.It was a point highlighted at a recent workshop organised by the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC). To create sustainable cities that meet the needs of a growing, increasingly urban and globally transient population, we must work harder to understand and define socio-economic issues likely to impact and drive these new types of communities. Only then should we attempt to solve the architectural and engineering challenges.We must resist the urge to focus solely on the solutions and instead seek answers to bigger, longer-term questionsThe Digital Built Britain (DBB) programme appreciates this distinction. It sets out to keep the question of why we are building infrastructure high on its list of priorities.As a government-backed programme bringing together the world of BIM and digital engineering with smart cities and developments around the Internet of Things, DBB has long realised that simply focusing on delivering the “what” of here and now isn’t enough. Instead, our goal, as the UKCRIC workshop highlighted, is to leverage a multidisciplinary approach to first understand the questions that that will drive the solutions to our future built environment.Of course, putting the “why” before the “what” is not always as easy as it sounds. It requires a different approach from both clients and professionals. We need to learn the skills of analysis, listening and looking across a much wider horizon – indeed a horizon as wide as our citizens occupy in the day-to-day cycle of work, rest and play. The micro-pressures of current short-term political terms and policy cycles, short-term gain and the need for political results and ribbon cutting are temptations we must continue to move away from to deliver a long-term sustainable future for all.So, in the wake of recent national tragedies, we must resist the urge to focus solely on the solutions – the bomb-proofed arenas, security-hardened urban landscapes, the fire-proofed residential blocks – and instead seek answers to bigger, longer-term questions around how we want to design our future towns and cities and manage security of our communities, through both the built and cyber environmentsBy bringing together understanding around cities, embedding digital technology into our lives and developing a focus on social outcomes and whole-life value from our infrastructure investment, Digital Built Britain hopes to transform the way we approach the entire process of built environment planning, delivery and service operation.Through this transformation we will create built environment solutions that are not simply more productive, lower carbon and more efficient to construct and operate (although this is crucial) but that are also designed to meet the changing needs of a modern and increasingly urban community.To get this right we must understand the social need. How do people want to live in the future? What creates a cohesive and safe community? And what levels of security would people find acceptable? Fundamentally, it will mean redefining our concept of what constitutes a “good outcome”.We must appreciate that design of the built environment is no longer the preserve of engineers and architects but a collective, multidisciplinary response to understand the true questions for and define the needs of our communities.Mark Bew leads the UK’s Digital Built Britain programme and is chairman of engineering consultancy PCSG
Construction has been named as one of the three target sectors in the UK’s battle against modern slavery. Together with hospitality and agriculture, we are in the firing line. So what can construction firms do? Should they be worried? Well, yes, and especially as there are currently over 5,000 organisations turning over more than £36m not complying with the Modern Slavery Act.This piece of legislation was a game-changer; waking up the big boardrooms of Britain to the fact that if their supply-chains were not squeaky clean, they could be in severe trouble. The problem was of course, that they probably had no idea what was going on down in the murky depths of their supply chains, spanning thousands of suppliers, hundreds of sites, in dozens of countries.When I established the Action Programme for Responsible and Ethical Sourcing (APRES) in 2010, the focus was on products and materials, but this later broadened to include labour, and when APRES issued its manifesto for ethical sourcing in 2015, there was a positive reaction from clients and major contractors.It’s easy for smaller businesses to assume that ethical sourcing is just an issue for the majorsThrough consultation we identified 10 pledges – which we felt best captured the essence of ethical sourcing – to act as a provocation to businesses to discuss and engage with the subject. We hadn’t designed it to be implemented in anger, but that’s exactly what companies wanted to do. That success spurred the idea that a practical, business-focused approach was needed, to help companies move beyond strategic intention into concrete action and change.Resources to support businesses have been available for some time. BRE has a standard for responsible sourcing of products (BES 6001), which has been around since 2009, and last year it added a scheme for developing organisational competence on ethical sourcing of labour (BES 6002/The Ethical Labour Standard), in direct response to the Modern Slavery Act (MSA). CIRIA have also recently published a major publication on the subject, backed by more than 25 major players in the sector.Despite over 80,000 organisations worldwide employing Modern Slavery Act Statements, not everyone seems ready. In recent times, the APRES network has been hearing about businesses who are simply struggling to know where to start. It seems that unless you’ve got the right people with the right know-how in your business, then despite the resources, it can be tricky to work out how what to do. Also, with the threshold for the MSA sitting at £36m turnover, it’s easy for smaller businesses to assume that ethical sourcing is just an issue for the majors. There are problems of confusion and complacency in big firms too – with reports of the topic falling between stools (with the various stools in this case being corporate functions such as HR, legal, and procurement, as well as myriad on-site personnel).There’s now no excuse – it’s time for the construction industry to turn pledges into pathwaysIn response, BRE and Loughborough University have released the APRES Eight Pathways model based on insights from a range of leading businesses across construction and property. This is all about getting back to basics and providing simple prompts for organisations, whatever stage they are at. The pathways span all basic aspects of a firm’s operations – such as boardroom decision making, finance, HR, communications – as well as the more obvious areas like procurement and supply-chain management. Set out in a consistent ‘plan, do, check, act’ format, each pathway suggests steps that can take a firm from baseline to best practice.Think about a tier 2/3 supplier who has just found out they’ve not won a tender, and the feedback criticises them for not having a convincing story about how they are trying to tackle modern slavery and embed ethical sourcing in their business. What should they do? How should they pull their story together? And how do they make it a coherent story then can tell time and time again?The eight pathways provide a robust, but sufficiently flexible structure for the firm to act and so improve their situation for the future. There’s now no excuse – it’s time for the construction industry to turn pledges into pathways.More information on the Eight Pathways model can be found at apres.bre.co.uk