Urban Planning and Pumpkins

The Fort Sanders Long Range Planning Subcommittee will meet at the Museum of Art (1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr.) on Thursday, Oct 1 to discuss long-range plans and how to better meet the needs of its different denizens—from the hospital to merchants to longtime residents to university students—as well as how to deal with expected growth from the hospital. Anne Wallace of the City Department Policy and Communications says the aim is to have some concrete goals by the end of the year, including determining the need for additional sidewalks, bus shelters, and whether to change any ordinances to improve quality of life. The meeting will begin at 3 p.m.

As the leaves begin to fall and the torrential rains of the past couple of weeks let up, the city and county's solid waste offices are joining forces to offer discounted compost bins ($40 with tax) and rain barrels ($50 with tax) to encourage residents to help save the environment, their yards and a little money, too. The bins and barrels will be sold for less than half their retail price in the West Town Mall parking lot near the Morrell Road entrance on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's a first-come, first-served event, so get there early so your banana peels, coffee grinds, and soon-to-be-rotten pumpkin won't end up in a landfill.