Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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102 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 7 2 6 You may recall last summer when the "augmented reality" Pokémon Go app was the latest mobile fad. The app allows smart phone users to "locate, capture, battle and train virtual creatures" (Pokémon) as they go about their day. Many people used it out of doors, essentially combining gaming with walking. Milwaukee County, Wisconsin saw the results of the fad last summer when large groups of young people began searching for Pokémon in the area parks…and reportedly leaving messes in their wakes. Anticipating better weather ahead and a ramp up in Pokémon Go activity, Milwaukee County officials have passed an ordinance that requires Niantic, the San Francisco company behind the app (developed in partnership with Nintendo), to apply for permits for the gaming app in the local parks, just as they would if they were seeking to host an event in the parks. County Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman is the author of ordinance, which was signed by County Executive Chris Abele on Feb. 10. The fee structure is anywhere from $100 to $1,000, depending on the extent of Pokémon fun. Note: The app was released on July 7, 2016. Its popularity caused Nintendo stock to more than double from July 7 ($14,380) to July 19 ($31,770). Interlocking Concrete Pavement Sales up in 2016 The ICPI asserts that segmental concrete pavers are the best-value pavements for commercial and residential projects. This 2016 Industry Sales Profile (right) is from the ICPI annual report. The 2016 Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) Annual Report is available at ( https://tinyurl.com/ zf9drgl ). Pokémon Pay or Go Home

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