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Allen has launched a new online map that allows residents to keep track of the new businesses and developments coming to their neighborhood. A look at the lineup of projects on the map now shows, among other projects, the city’s new recreation center, HTeaO and a 17,291-square-foot retail development.

The map separates projects based on how far along they are in development: proposed, approved, in construction and completed. Each individual project can be selected for further details.

Allen's new project development map allows residents to stay up-to-date on nearby development.
Allen’s new project development map allows residents to stay up-to-date on nearby development.(City of Allen website)

The 12 projects shown as under construction in the city are:

  • Dalcor Urban Residential, a multi-family development.
  • The Ridgeview Crossing Amenity Center, with a pool and deck.
  • Staybridge Suites hotel.
  • Acadian Office Park, a two-building office condo development.
  • The Goddard School daycare.
  • Bossy Boots Retail, a two-building development with retail shops, restaurants and medical offices.
  • Renovations at Texas Health Resources Allen.
  • ATH and THR Fitness Sports and Health Building, a 31,000-square-foot medical and fitness facility.
  • Billing Productions warehouse.
  • Brass Roots, a two-lot development with office, warehouse and machine shop spaces.
  • Davis at Montgomery Ridge, a four-story urban residential building with 252 housing units.
  • Mutts Cantina, a dog park-restaurant and bar with a wash station and recreation area for dogs.

The 13 proposed projects displayed on the map include:

  • The Cottonwood Creek Office Park, a four-building development.
  • Allen Fire Station #6.
  • A parking lot expansion at Cottonwood Creek Church.
  • The Farm, a 135-acre mixed use development with urban residential, retail, restaurant and commercial spaces.
  • The Avenue, a 79-acre development with single-family houses, urban residential communities, entertainment, retail and commercial spaces.
  • An expansion of the Chick-fil-A on Stacy Road.
  • The Stephen G Terrell Recreation Center.
  • Priya Living, a 156-unit community for senior independent living.
  • The rezoning of the Senior Co-operative Living Project.
  • Twin Creeks Watters, a 25-acre development with commercial space and single-family households and townhomes.
  • FastDoc Urgent Care.
  • HTeaO.
  • Popeye’s Chicken.

Projects that have been approved but aren’t yet underway include a remodeling of the Suncreek United Methodist Church and work on the Allen Tech Hub, which will feature a four-story office building with a three-story parking garage.

An aerial photo showed the Allen High School campus on May 20, 2014.

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From hotel to pizza shop to lockdown: has South Australia learned Victoria’s Covid tracing lessons? | Australia news

As tense South Australians swirled around Unley Shopping Centre on Wednesday afternoon trying to figure out what to buy for their first full lockdown – “screw essentials, I need ice-cream!” – council worker Anne Ross was standing in the long queue for the supermarket, calmly preparing for her third time around.

Ross had secured an exemption to enter SA from her home state of Victoria several weeks earlier, escorted by police to Adelaide, so she could grieve with relatives after her mother died.

Little did she anticipate how the tables would turn. “Now I’m stuck here,” she tells Guardian Australia with a laugh.

Ross hopes the six-day lockdown announced for SA on Wednesday doesn’t develop into the marathon she experienced at home.

“I think South Australia is in a fortunate position, in that they can learn from what happened in Victoria,” she says.

The daily press conferences are a similar experience, but the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has been swapped out for his South Australian counterpart, Steven Marshall, and in place of Victoria’s chief health officer, Prof Brett Sutton, is SA’s calm voice of scientific authority, Prof Nicola Spurrier.

The biggest difference Ross has noticed in the response so far has been in the detail of the contact-tracing announcements “right down to the number of minutes someone was in a particular location”.

Adelaide residents queue for supermarket shopping after South Australia was thrown into a snap six-day lockdown.



Adelaide residents queue for supermarket shopping after South Australia was thrown into a snap six-day lockdown. Photograph: Peter Mundy/Speed Media/REX/Shutterstock

Spurrier has been able to provide the public with a detailed breakdown of possible transmission sites across Adelaide.

Dr Stephen Duckett, the health program director for the Grattan Institute, agrees South Australia has had an opportunity to learn from other states.

“NSW was the first to do tracing of contacts at the second level, they shared this with Victoria, and now we see it in South Australia,” he says. “There’s a good network of sharing experiences between the states.”

SA approaches it like this. Once SA Pathology has processed a positive case, it immediately alerts the SA Health contact-tracing team, which attempts to call the patient within a few hours.

In detailed phone interviews, the contact tracer records who the patient came into contact with and where they went.

Contacts of positive cases receive daily messages or phone calls to find out if symptoms have developed, to determine if they need to get tested.

The investigation into the cluster that has since shut down the state began after a woman in her 80s presented to the Lyell McEwin hospital with symptoms on Friday evening.

She tested positive, and contact tracers identified that her daughter worked as a cleaner at the Peppers quarantine hotel, where she is believed to have contracted the virus from a contaminated surface.

The cleaner also infected two security guards. None of the hotel quarantine workers exhibited any symptoms, but passed the virus on to their family members.

One day after the positive case was identified, Spurrier was able to provide the public with

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US Election: Donald Trump mocked after campaign ‘mistakes’ Four Seasons hotel for backstreet garden centre next to sex shop and crematorium

Rudy Giuliani speaks to the media in the back parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Rudy Giuliani speaks to the media in the back parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

In a since-deleted tweet, Mr Trump had said there would be a “big press conference” at the “Four Seasons” on Saturday morning local time.

Trump soon altered his statement, revealing that the press conference venue was not a Four Seasons hotel, but Four Seasons Total Landscaping, a suburban business between a crematorium and an adult book store on the outer edges of the city.

“Big press conference today in Philadelphia at Four Seasons Total Landscaping – 11.30am!” the president tweeted at 9.45am.

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The hotel itself tweeted: “To clarify, President Trump’s press conference will NOT be held at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia.

“It will be held at Four Seasons Total Landscaping — no relation with the hotel.”

Four Seasons Total Landscaping, on State Road, Philadelphia, is situated next to Fantasy Island Adult Books and Delaware Valley Cremation Centre.

In a new post, Mr Trump himself later confirmed the conference would be held at the landscaping centre, but ultimately it was his lawyer Rudy Giuliani who spoke to reporters at the scene rather than the US president.

The statement from Mr Giuliani came after it was announced that Joe Biden was projected to win the US election and reiterated Mr Trump’s calls for legal proceedings against supposed election fraud.

Many on social media compared the scene to classic political comedy The Thick Of It.

Simon Blackwell, who helped write the hit show with Armando Iannucci, connected it with another of the pair’s political comedies, tweeting: “Veep still available to stream and on DVD.”

Comedy writer Zack Bornstein tweeted: “I could write jokes for 800 years and I’d never think of something funnier than Trump booking the Four Seasons for his big presser, and it turning out to be the Four Seasons Total Landscaping parking lot between a dildo store and a crematorium.

“Also the twist that they announced Biden won DURING the conference, and Rudy asked which network called it, and the reporters said ‘All of them’.”

Another comedian, Christine Nangle posted a video in which she pretended to take the call booking the space outside the landscaper.

“No we don’t have a podium, why would we have a podium? We have a rototiller,” said Ms Nangle in character. “I know that’s not the same thing I’m just trying to match your energy.”

Another Twitter user @TechnicallyRon, posted: “Remember when a bunch of lawyers tried to book the four seasons for a press conference to defend a president but accidentally booked a garden centre.

“Whenever I need cheering up, I’m just going to remember this.”

Tmadden333 posted; “Trump held an event at “Four Seasons Landscaping” by accident due to a booking error, instead of the actual 4 Seasons Hotel in Philly. You can compare the locations with these pictures. Whoever is writing this season deserves an Emmy.”

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How to shop the Waldorf Astoria’s online auction

Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass., is handling the colossal sale, which features 15,000 lots, including some with multiple items. The furnishings filled nearly every public and private space in the hotel: the celebrity suites, guest rooms, lobby, bars, restaurants and fitness center. The live bidding runs through Oct. 24; the first day alone will put nearly 700 objects on the auction block. (All proceeds will go to St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy.)

“It is overwhelming,” said Stuart Whitehurst, an independent appraiser and antiques consultant who appears on PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow.” “This sale is a marathon, not a sprint.”

The Waldorf Astoria, which has lived at its current address since 1931, plans to reopen in 2022 with a more modern look for its 375 condominium residences and 375 hotel rooms. To make way for the new, it’s getting rid of the old, with a few priceless exceptions, such as John F. Kennedy’s rocking chair, a clock from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and Cole Porter’s personal piano. (During the renovation, the chair and clock will reside with the New-York Historical Society.) By comparison, the objects for sale are more standard-issue hotel furnishings that have been elevated by nostalgia for the golden age of hospitality and its glittery clientele.

“Although the Waldorf Astoria is an art deco landmark known for its opulent lobby and public rooms and for its famous guests, including many U.S. presidents, its interior fittings are not considered particularly noteworthy by design experts,” said Anthony Barzilay Freund, editorial director and director of fine art at 1stDibs, the e-commerce site. “That said, there is intrinsic value in living with furniture that has a compelling narrative, and you can’t put a price tag on that.”

But you can put a bid on it.

If you are new to the auction game (as I am) or are gobsmacked by the sheer quantity (as I was), Whitehurst offered some tips on navigating the sale like a paddle pro. First, he recommended skipping the first few days of the auction, which are loaded with items from the celebrity suites. Although there is no guarantee that Monroe bathed in the light of the Chinese lamps in her namesake suite or Gen. Douglas MacArthur tossed his garbage in the wooden trash cans, the real or imagined brush with fame will cause the prices to rise exponentially. For example, the day before the live auction, the current bid for two embroidered pug pillows from the Royal Suite was listed at $610, six times more than the high estimate. The bid for three framed photos of Elizabeth Taylor was double the $300 estimate. And I would love to meet the person who is willing to pay $385 for a print of a single shoe that hung in the Monroe suite and had a starting bid of $5. Maybe he or she is looking to complete a pair? By comparison, many objects from later in the week still have no bidders. Among them: a blue-and-red-striped French carved chair, a

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