• Dec 09, 06:15 AM | Tampa Bay Times

    Members Only Here's How Port Tampa Bay Plans to Reshape Tampa Over the Next 15 Years

    Dec. 08--Last year, Port Tampa Bay officials were excited to show off sleek, new designs featuring a $1.7 billion urban vision of a futuristic Channelside in downtown Tampa. Renderings showed 75-story high apartment and condo buildings surrounded by parks and a much bigger cruise terminal. But Thursday, Port Tampa Bay officials unveiled a farther-reaching master plan for the port's various ...

  • Dec 09, 05:04 AM | San Antonio Express-News

    Members Only Affordable Housing Bond Moves Forward

    Dec. 09--The majority of the city's housing bond committee voted Thursday to include 13 neighborhoods across the city in an urban renewal plan that will go to voters in May and that officials hope will be a first step toward creating more affordable housing in San Antonio. The committee voted 22-4, with one abstention, to move forward with the list of 13. At least one committee member said he ...

  • Dec 09, 08:16 AM | Evansville Courier & Press

    Commission on Homelessness Cites Ongoing Challenges

    Dec. 09--The Evansville Commission on Homelessness on Thursday pointed to achievements in the war on homelessness, while also saying obstacles remain. Advocates are still asking for donations to replace $162,000 for four local transitional housing programs that was cut by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The programs are the Aurora Homeless Outreach Team, the YMCA ...

  • Dec 09, 03:47 AM | Frederick News-Post

    Request to demolish Frederick blight site falls flat under commission vote

    Dec. 09--Blight, structural and safety problems surrounding a prominent historic building in downtown Frederick don't justify its demolition. This was the message of the city Historic Preservation Commission, which in a unanimous vote on Thursday denied the request to demolish the three-story building at 56 S. Market St. The decision ends a discussion spanning several months and multiple ...

  • Dec 08, 10:17 PM | The Beacon-News

    Growth needs to be more sustainable, experts say at Aurora forum

    Dec. 08--The divide between planning locally and regionally was the center of conversation this week at a forum in Aurora. Some members of the panel said the problem is that regional planning doesn't have enough teeth and is often at odds with local planning. Chuck Marohn, a professional engineer and president of Small Towns, a nonprofit advocate for financially strong communities, said the ...

  • Dec 08, 05:48 PM | The State Journal-Register

    City to share comprehensive plan survey results

    Dec. 08--Springfield residents have the opportunity to weigh in on results of a recent survey about the city's economic development, transportation and public amenities. The group working on the city's comprehensive plan, which helps set zoning codes, is holding a public forum from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The gathering will be in the community room of The State Journal-Register, ...

  • Dec 08, 01:47 PM | Post-Standard

    Members Only New York regulators are planning to have utilities start charging ratepayers in April for subsidies to keep Upstate...

    New York regulators are planning to have utilities start charging ratepayers in April for subsidies to keep Upstate nuclear plants running, but opponents continue efforts to block what they call a nuclear "tax." The latest salvo came Tuesday night outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's birthday fundraising party in New York City, where protesters parked a truck with a large screw-shaped sign reading "The ...

  • Dec 08, 12:05 PM | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    Panel postpones tower decision amid opposition

    Dec. 08--A state board is taking more time before deciding whether to approve another condominium high-rise at Ward Village after receiving lots of public testimony for and against the project. The Hawaii Community Development Authority, which regulates development in Kakaako, deferred a decision on the proposed 751-unit tower called 'A'ali'i after a more than three-hour hearing Wednesday. The ...

  • Dec 08, 05:17 AM | Brunswick News

    City wants to move forward with land bank

    Dec. 08--The Brunswick City Commission wants to move forward with a land bank and is now considering a new intergovernmental agreement to present to Glynn County Commissioners after county commissioners questioned the need for it. City Attorney Brian Corry passed out copies of the new agreement to city commissioners during Wednesday's meeting. "The county did not express any interest for ...

  • Dec 07, 07:33 PM | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Fort Worth developers to pay more for city water connection

    Dec. 07--FORT WORTH -- Beginning in April, developers will begin paying a larger fee to connect a residential or commercial property to the city's water and sewer systems, a move builders have said could ultimately increasing housing costs. The City Council on Tuesday, by a 9-0 vote, approved a more than 200 percent increase in the city's water and wastewater impact fees, but agreed to phase ...

  • Dec 08, 01:13 AM | Telegraph-Herald

    Members Only 'No Comparison' Between Millwork District Buildings and Doomed Oakland Warehouse

    Developers and fire officials say deadly warehouse fires like the one in Oakland, Calif., are a near impossibility in Dubuque's historic Millwork District, thanks to stringent fire and building codes. Local developers and fire officials Tuesday were quick to allay concerns about fire-safety hazards in Dubuque's redeveloped warehouse district in light of the deadly blaze. Dubuque Fire Marshal ...

  • Dec 07, 10:02 PM | Contra Costa Times

    Housing Groups Sue Fannie Mae Over Foreclosed Bay Area Properties

    Dec. 07--RICHMOND -- A coalition of fair housing groups has sued Fannie Mae, the government-backed housing lender, for failure to maintain and market its foreclosed properties in predominately African-American and Latino neighborhoods in several metropolitan areas, including Oakland and Richmond. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal district court in San Francisco, alleges that Fannie Mae ...

  • Dec 07, 02:38 PM | Keene Sentinel

    State to Begin Deliberating on Antrim Wind Project Today

    Dec. 07--ANTRIM -- A state committee will begin discussions today about whether to approve a controversial wind project in Antrim that's pitted several residents against town officials. The Antrim Wind Energy project calls for nine wind turbines on the Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain ridge line off Route 9. It's the first wind energy project the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee will hear under ...

  • Dec 08, 03:01 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only E. Boston housing gets rehab

    City and state officials gathered at the Orient Heights public housing community in East Boston on Wednesday to break ground on a redevelopment initiative. The first phase will include demolishing four buildings — about 90 units — and replacing them with 120 units, according to a statement from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. The broader project will ultimately ...

  • Dec 08, 05:28 AM | Valley News

    City Passes Homeless Ordinance

    Valley News Staff Writer Lebanon — Following a lengthy public hearing, the City Council on Wednesday night approved a controversial ordinance that prohibits camping or overnight parking on city-owned land. The decision wasn’t unanimous, however. Councilors Sarah Welsch and Clifton Below voted against the motion, and Councilor Erling Heistad also expressed reservations before the 5-2 vote was ...

  • Dec 07, 08:38 PM | The Day

    Injunction sought to prevent demolition of Reid & Hughes building

    Dec. 07--HARTFORD -- After hearing three hours of conflicting reports on whether the Reid and Hughes building is on the verge of collapse, the state Historic Preservation Council voted unanimously Wednesday to ask the state Attorney General's Office to seek an injunction to halt Norwich officials' planned demolition. Preservation council members agreed with building preservation advocates from ...

  • Dec 07, 07:52 PM | Anniston Star

    Judge rules for Anniston in suit over stormwater fees

    Dec. 07--A judge this week dismissed a lawsuit filed by Anniston City Councilman Ben Little and former mayoral candidate Ralph Bradford against the city of Anniston over its stormwater fees. City officials were pleased with the judge's ruling, but Little and Bradford criticized it, suggesting racial bias and linking the judge to his and his father's roles in civil rights history. Retired ...

  • Dec 07, 07:05 PM | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Members Only City may eliminate retiree health benefits for new hires

    Dec. 08--The City of Milwaukee is weighing whether to eliminate retiree health benefits for all of its general employees hired on or after Jan. 1. Aldermen discussed the plan Wednesday at the city's Finance and Personnel Committee meeting. But the proposal was held after Ald. Terry Witkowski suggested a change that would allow city retirees to continue their benefits if they agree to cover all ...

  • Dec 07, 02:56 PM | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    St. Louis seeks $40 million in tax credits from state for MLS stadium

    Dec. 07--ST. LOUIS -- An application for $40 million in state tax credits for constructing a Major League Soccer stadium downtown also reveals more details about an ownership group's plan to bring a team to St. Louis. The city's application is in addition to the $80 million for stadium construction that city voters may be asked to decide in April. The tax credit request will be presented to ...

  • Dec 07, 01:36 PM | Detroit Free Press

    Bill would cut Michigan communities a break on road project costs

    Dec. 07--LANSING -- Communities wouldn't have to bear the brunt of costs on major road improvements, like the I-75 expansion through Oakland County, under a bill passed today by the state Senate. The bill replaces one that was vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder in July that would have relieved about 45 larger communities in the state from paying portions of the cost of highway construction projects in ...

  • Dec 07, 01:04 PM | Albuquerque Journal

    Vacant building ordinance delayed by cost concerns

    Albuquerque city councilors held off on a proposal to impose new standards on the upkeep of vacant buildings this week after Mayor Richard Berry’s administration said it might cost more than $900,000 a year to enforce. Planning Director Suzanne Lubar told the council on Monday that it was unclear how many commercial buildings would fall under the ordinance, which targets properties that have ...

  • Dec 07, 11:57 AM | The New Orleans Advocate

    Mayor Mitch Landrieu backs off planned homeless shelter in Central City; city to consider other sites

    Amid protests from a chorus of political leaders and nearby residents, Mayor Mitch Landrieu apparently is reconsidering plans to build a homeless shelter in Central City near two schools, just a week before a city agency was set to approve the deal. Landrieu has asked the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority to delay by a month a vote to close on the city's planned $750,500 purchase of 3101 ...

  • Dec 07, 05:42 AM | Associated Press

    Illinois Gov. Rauner signs bill sparing 2 nuclear plants

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner approved a plan Wednesday that will provide billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon Corp. to keep two unprofitable nuclear plants from closing prematurely. The Republican appeared at Riverdale High School in Port Byron to sign legislation he said will save thousands of jobs by rewarding Exelon for producing carbon-free energy. In addition ...

  • Dec 07, 05:40 AM | Lake County News

    Clearlake Planning Commission to discuss Austin Park Master Plan

    CLEARLAKE, Calif. – The Clearlake Planning Commission, meeting jointly as the Parks and Recreation Committee, is meeting to discuss the master plan for Austin Park. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the council chambers at Clearlake City Hall, 14050 Olympic Drive. The main agenda item is the review of the master plan for the park. The draft plan, which can be seen below, was ...

  • Dec 07, 05:32 AM | Tribune

    SLO County Doubles Developer Fee to Help Build More Affordable Housing

    Dec. 07--In a move designed to increase funding for affordable housing projects, developers will soon be required to pay in-lieu fees that are double the existing rate as part of San Luis Obispo County's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. Under the new fee approved in a 3-2 vote by the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, developers will pay an in-lieu fee of $3,150 for construction of a ...

  • Dec 07, 01:25 AM | Vermont Eagle

    Will Youth-Oriented Campaign Jump Start Rutland's Appeal?

    RUTLAND - Some Rutland-area business leaders have expressed worries over regional trends in the decline of skilled workers, an increase in groups in need of government assistance-such as incoming refugees-crime, illegal drugs, high energy costs, and high taxes. But now Rutland-area business leaders are looking for help from regional professionals to help launch a campaign that is hoped to go a ...

  • Dec 06, 10:10 PM | Seattle Times

    City Wants Help Naming New Park in Yesler Terrace

    Dec. 07--Denny. Carkeek. Magnolia. Me-Kwa-Mooks. Hing Hay. Genesee. The names of Seattle's parks are part of what makes them special. And now Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for help naming a new park that's going to be built as part of the redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace neighborhood. The $4.3 million park at 835 Yesler Way, next to Yesler Community Center, will cover 1.7 acres, ...

  • Dec 07, 09:18 AM | Daily News

    LA County Supervisors place quarter-cent sales tax to help homeless on March ballot

    Dec. 07--After a nearly three-hour public hearing Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed unanimously to place a measure on the March ballot that asks voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax to help fund supportive services for the homeless. Their decision was made after hearing almost all of the 125 people who signed up to address the board during a standing room only ...

  • Dec 07, 09:17 AM | Philadelphia Inquirer

    With 20-year plan, Mount Laurel writes 'new chapter' in long affordable-housing saga

    Dec. 07--One day in the fall of 1970, Mount Laurel's mayor spoke 16 words that would long cast a shadow on his township. "If you people can't afford to live in our town," Bill Haines told 60 black congregants of Jacob's Chapel A.M.E. Church, "then you'll just have to leave." Stunned, but soon galvanized, the residents filed a lawsuit. Five years later, in its earthquake Mount Laurel I ...

  • Dec 07, 08:48 AM | St. Lucie News Tribune

    Shaping our future - Old power plant site could get new life as hotel

    FORT PIERCE – The former H.D. King Power Plant site should be redeveloped with a conference-center hotel, according to a city report on the future of the 11-acre waterfront site. According to one city commissioner, the city could go into the hospitality business and run the hotel. The city solicited input at a community meeting in August, asking residents what they wanted built on the site. ...

  • Dec 07, 08:20 AM | Lewiston Morning Tribune

    Pullman annexes future site of new subdivision

    Dec. 07--PULLMAN -- With little fanfare Tuesday night, Pullman grew by about 108 acres. The Pullman City Council voted unanimously on an ordinance annexing the land, which is currently farmland on the west side of town that's slated for subdivision development. Only one community member spoke about the annexation at a public hearing during the city council's regular meeting. Sandy Castle del ...

  • Dec 07, 08:19 AM | Lewiston Morning Tribune

    Irrigators want dams off endangered list

    Dec. 07--An irrigation association based in the Tri-Cities is asking President-elect Donald Trump's transition team to consider a little-used provision of the Endangered Species Act to save the lower Snake River dams. The group wants the incoming administration to convene the so-called "God Squad" and declare that a discredited federal plan that aims to reconcile dam operations with the needs ...

  • Dec 07, 08:02 AM | Dallas Observer

    High Noon in West Dallas, and It's the Landlords and the Mayor, Slapping Leather

    The mayor and the low-rent landlords have come to their OK Corral moment. It's High Noon. We are about to see who can shoot. A group of landlords demonized by the mayor and City Hall lawyers as predators have authored a plan to create $100 million worth of affordable housing for 1,000 poor families, with heavy emphasis on promoting first-time home ownership in West Dallas as a bulwark against ...

  • Dec 07, 07:52 AM | Saudi Press Agency

    Massive Tunnel Project Under Seattle Calls for Innovative Techniques and Tools

    Seattle-area voters, tired of long commute times, approved a project to relieve one of the areas most congested traffic areas by connecting the Northgate, Roosevelt and University District neighborhoods to existing routes, including downtown Seattle and SeaTac airport. The transit lines will join 36 miles of new and under construction light rail lines running north, east and south from ...

  • Dec 07, 04:32 AM | Concord Monitor

    If Trump wants to fix cities, why Carson to HUD?

    Washington Post Donald Trump talked more about cities than any major-party candidate for president in decades. The picture he painted was bleak. He described “inner cities” as hellholes and depicted urban blacks as the tragic victims of generations of neglect. He visited Detroit, blaming ostensibly liberal public policies for its long depopulation and decline, conveniently overlooking decades ...

  • Dec 07, 04:11 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Letters to the Editor: A plan to manage California's water

    "Boxer slams water bill rider backed by Feinstein" (Dec. 6) is an unfortunate attack on a bill that California desperately needs to ensure its water operations are based on good science and which help construct a new and different water infrastructure. We're a state of 40 million people relying on a water system built when only 16 million people lived here - that's not sustainable. The water ...

  • Dec 07, 04:08 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Garrett County begins review of 10-year comprehensive plan

    OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — Garrett County officials are launching a review of the county's comprehensive plan, which was last updated in 2008. The planning commission begins the process Wednesday afternoon in Oakland. The resulting document will have implications for both Deep Creek Lake tourism and for expanded natural gas production if the state permits the drilling technique known as hydraulic ...

  • Dec 07, 03:56 AM | Rivertowns Daily Voice

    Local Officials Encourage Public To Speak Out Against Barge Anchorage Plan

    DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - Citing a "bombshell" report released by Pace University, New York State Sen. Sue Serino has joined the cacophony of elected officials in the Hudson Valley that are protesting a proposal from the Coast Guard that would create anchorage sites for barges along the Hudson River. Since the Coast Guard announced a proposal that would include the installation of 16 anchor ...

  • Dec 07, 03:41 AM | Chinook Observer

    From brownfield to benefit

    PACIFIC COUNTY — The rusty remnants of a former gas station leading into downtown Long Beach, a burnt building in the center of Raymond, a historic commercial building crumbling on the main corner of Ilwaco. Community eyesores across Pacific County could eventually become sites of reuse and revitalization, pending the approval of a $600,000 grant that would fund initial phases of cleanup for ...

  • Dec 07, 03:23 AM | The New York Times

    Members Only From Sand to Shimmer: A Casino Resort Rises

    OXON HILL, Md. -- As MGM opens a new resort this week on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River, it will deliver a victory in a long effort to develop a shoreline carved from a sand and gravel pit. The $1.4 billion resort at National Harbor, a minicity south of Washington, puts casino gambling just seven miles from the nation's capital and is a prominent addition to Prince George's County, a ...

  • Dec 07, 02:09 AM | San Francisco Business Times (Abstracts)

    Members Only Is Lucas' affordable housing project dead?(George Lucas)

    Filmmaker George Lucas has failed to push forward his planned affordable housing project at the Grady ranch site in Marin County, California. Lucas vowed to pay for the estimated $150 million cost of the project and submitted application for 224 units of affordable housing in 2015. Insights on the status of the project are also given.

  • Dec 07, 02:03 AM | Rocky Mount Telegram

    Online survey seeking ideas about downtown

    Ratio Design is giving Rocky Mount residents another chance to voice their opinions on what they think will help improve the city's historic downtown district. The Raleigh-based design firm has posted a survey online for residents who want to express their thoughts about downtown. It features 17 questions ranging from what residents think is hindering investment in downtown to what would ...

  • Dec 07, 01:33 AM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only Run on the bank: Hundreds of police and fire pensioners want their cash after Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings sues system

    Dec. 07--Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings' lawsuit to stop the beleaguered Dallas Police and Fire Pension System's lump-sum withdrawals may have triggered another run on the bank as a new wave of pensioners scramble to pull out their money. Pension system Executive Director Kelly Gottschalk said Tuesday the system received more than 160 withdrawal requests on Monday alone. She said the recent ...

  • Dec 06, 10:32 PM | Tribune

    County supervisors raise developer fee to fund more affordable housing

    Dec. 07--In a move designed to increase funding for affordable housing projects, developers will soon be required to pay in-lieu fees that are double the existing rate as part of San Luis Obispo County's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. Under the new fee approved in a 3-2 vote by the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, developers will pay an in-lieu fee of $3,150 for construction of a ...

  • Dec 06, 10:16 PM | Daily Pilot

    Delay of sober-living permit hearings stirs frustration at Costa Mesa commission meeting

    Dec. 06--A near-capacity crowd at Costa Mesa City Hall left the building frustrated Monday after the Planning Commission put off hearings on six permit requests for local sober-living homes. The delays were necessary, commissioners and city staff said, because the attorney representing all the applicants was unable to make it to the meeting. The lawyer, Steven Polin, originally told the ...

  • Dec 06, 09:13 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Auditors say 'affordable, sustainable' housing program built something else entirely

    Dec. 06--San Diego wanted eco-friendly and affordable housing. What it got was dozens of large, market-rate coastal homes outfitted with solar panels. That's according to a new report from City Auditor Eduardo Luna, who found that many of the projects fast-tracked under the city's "Affordable/In-Fill Housing and Sustainable Buildings Expedite Program" were neither affordable, sustainable or ...

  • Dec 06, 08:10 PM | San Fernando Valley Business Journal

    Members Only Valley's plans a rewrite priority: city personnel to work on neighborhood updates.(REAL ESTATE)

    No one thinks about what buildings their community needs until they learn a shopping mall, hotel or housing complex could be built on that vacant lot around the corner from their home--and by then, it's often too late. During the next few months, residents and property owners will get the chance to eliminate most of those surprises as part of the city of Los Angeles' newly enlivened community ...

  • Dec 06, 08:09 PM | Sacramento Bee

    Placer encourages growth in north Tahoe cities rather than undeveloped areas

    Dec. 06--Placer County supervisors approved a development plan intended to improve the economy of north Tahoe. The county's Tahoe Basin Area Plan aims to direct growth away from undeveloped areas and encourage redevelopment in Kings Beach and Tahoe City. The plan offers incentives for building in towns, including relaxed restrictions on building height and density, and covers the northwest ...

  • Dec 06, 04:51 PM | Augusta Chronicle

    Augusta redevelopment plan grows boundaries of "downtown"

    Dec. 06--Downtown Augusta grew by leaps and bounds Monday in a document approved by the city planning commission. The commission authorized adding Harrisburg, Olde Town, the medical district and the Laney-Walker district to the city's downtown redevelopment master plan. Planning Director Melanie Wilson said the additions show developers "we have downtown residential neighborhoods," with ...

  • Dec 06, 01:02 PM | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Members Only Downtown riverfront development site sold

    Dec. 06--A downtown Milwaukee development site has been sold to a neighboring property owner who opposed an earlier plan to build an apartment high-rise there. The two-story, 7,500-square-foot building at 107-115 E. Wells St. was sold to a group led by Michael Olson and Peter Pacetti, owners of the neighboring City Hall Square Apartments, 123-137 E. Wells St. The building was sold for ...

  • Dec 06, 12:34 PM | Chapel Hill News

    Orange County commissioners agree to seek more light-rail money, review plan

    Dec. 06--HILLSBOROUGH -- The Orange County Board of Commissioners, while raising concerns Monday about details of the $1.87 billion Durham-Orange light rail project, voted 5-2 to sign a non-binding letter to help find up to $40 million more in local funding. Commissioners Earl McKee and Renee Price opposed the move. They also opposed a statement of intent that Commissioner Barry Jacobs ...

  • Dec 06, 11:17 AM | Beaumont Enterprise

    Members Only TxDOT announces dates for regional transit workshops

    Dec. 06--The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting a series of regional public workshops to get insight from the public regarding the federal Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program, according to a release from the department. The next meeting of the series will be on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission, 2210 Eastex ...

  • Dec 06, 11:07 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Backers plan expansion of Des Moines bike sharing effort

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More people are taking advantage of a Des Moines bike sharing program, and its backers say they want to expand by installing more kiosks in the city's downtown and outside the core area. The BCycle program, started in 2010 by the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, grew to 10 kiosks last summer, according to The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/2g6v3pU ). Jeremy Lewis, ...

  • Dec 06, 08:45 AM | Rockford Register Star

    Rockford's oldest TIF Districts terminated after 35 years

    Dec. 06--ROCKFORD -- The City Council approved the termination Monday of a trio of development zones that have collectively spurred investment downtown and in the city's Midtown District for 35 years. The end of the East Side, West Side and Seventh Street Tax Increment Finance Districts means that $11 million in equalized assessed value is being added to city property tax rolls. That means the ...

  • Dec 06, 08:32 AM | Carroll County Times

    County delegation discusses proposed county-specific legislation

    Dec. 06--The Carroll County delegation held their annual public hearing on proposed county legislation that may be considered when the General Assembly begins its 2017 session. "These are Carroll County-specific proposals," state Sen. Justin Ready, R-District 5, said Monday afternoon in Westminster. "They were requested by organizations, commissioners and the delegation." Del. Haven Shoemaker, ...

  • Dec 06, 08:25 AM | LA Weekly

    Andy Bales Lost His Leg Walking the Streets of Skid Row. He Gained Something in Return

    It's a sweltering, 90-degree November afternoon, and the putrid smell of sweat and urine, punctuated by the occasional waft of cigarette or marijuana smoke, permeates Skid Row. The sidewalks are dominated by massive, festive colored tents - red, orange and blue. People are everywhere. The streets have a kind of manic energy about them, especially lately. Lots of shouting, lots of sudden ...

  • Dec 06, 05:13 AM | Syrian Arab News Agency

    Westmoreland planners recommend strict regulation of fracking

    As they stressed the beauty and vitality of the Northern Necks streams and waterways, eight of 12 people at a public hearing on Monday asked the Westmoreland County Planning Commission to recommend an outright ban on drilling for natural gas. This idyllic area offers the clean air and clean water that is not often found along the [Interstate] 95 corridor, said Paula Chow, a Fredericksburg ...

  • Dec 05, 09:33 PM | Record

    Supervisors to look at fireworks regulations

    Dec. 06--STOCKTON -- The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will discuss the possibility of tightening regulations for fireworks displays in the future after receiving noise complaints from a number of Woodbridge residents last summer. No action is expected to be taken Tuesday, but San Joaquin County Community Development staff will present a report of potential revisions to ...

  • Dec 06, 01:34 AM | City & State

    Held Indefinitely: Will Anything Ever Change at Rikers Island?

    Last fall, a group of New School students decided to participate in some subway vandalism. After noticing the official MTA subway map didn't have Rikers Island labeled, they began posting stickers around the beige oval near LaGuardia Airport in Queens. "Rikers is here," the red circles said, and below that, "#SeeRikers." In April the project really started grabbing attention, getting write-ups ...

  • Dec 05, 09:53 PM | American City & County

    Seattle Approves 30-Year Bond for Building Affordable Housing

    The Seattle City Council has approved a $29 million, 30-year bond to spend on affordable housing. The city council voted 7-2 to approve the bond as part of the city’s 2017 budget, according to the Seattle Times. It joins a $290 million levy to go towards affordable housing that voters passed in August, Seattle TV station KIRO 7 reports. Once the interest is paid in full, the bonds will be ...

  • Dec 05, 08:37 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only High-Rises Battle Lofts in Atlanta Office Market

    Dec. 06--When Bruce Johnson sought a new home for his growing tech company, he wanted the kind of place where employees would want to hang out. The co-founder and chief operating officer of FullStory, which helps merchants improve customer experiences online, scouted the gleaming high-rises of downtown and Midtown as well as the trendy lofts popping up in older buildings across the city. Many ...

  • Dec 05, 11:44 AM | Associated Press

    Dallas mayor files lawsuit to stop pension withdrawals

    DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to stop the Dallas Police and Fire Pension system from allowing retirees to pull their deferred retirement funds from the ailing system. Rawlings' attorney wrote in the lawsuit, which the mayor did not file in his official capacity, that he believes the pension board is "willingly failing" to perform its duty. It asks a ...

  • Dec 06, 09:27 AM | Dayton News

    Dayton residents speak out about their future

    Dayton has spoken. An overwhelming crowd of residents delivered their expectations and hopes to city leaders and Kendig Keast Collaborative who has been contracted by the Dayton Community Development Corporation and the city of Dayton to manage the growth at the city's doorstep. The unexpected turnout had officials scrambling to open a larger ballroom to accommodate the crowd that seemed to ...

  • Dec 06, 08:12 AM | Downtown View

    Las Vegas studies deal for senior living complex in Symphony Park

    Las Vegas city officials are mulling a deal with a developer that could pave the way for a senior living complex in Symphony Park that city officials hope will stimulate synergy on the downtown Las Vegas site. An exclusive negotiating agreement with Symphony Park Development Co. LLC for a senior-geared development proposal for four Symphony Park parcels is on the agenda for the Las Vegas City ...

  • Dec 06, 08:03 AM | Cassopolis Vigilant

    Rural communities offered new development grant

    LANSING - The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development is offering a new competitive grant program aimed to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure benefiting rural communities in Michigan. The Rural Development Fund grants are available for projects addressing expansion and sustainability of land-based industries; worker training related to ...

  • Dec 06, 03:55 AM | Erie Times-News

    Sharp rise reported in Erie County's homeless youths By Gerry Weiss

    There were 1,236 homeless youth in Erie County in 2015, a 35 percent increase from 2013, Erie's Home Team reported Monday during an event at Blasco Library. The number of homeless youth countywide has been on the rise for three straight years, up from 1,205 in 2014 and 917 in 2013, said officials with the Home Team, a collaborative mix of about 30 social-service groups and government agencies ...

  • Dec 05, 10:06 PM | Morning Call

    Next up in Easton? Pedestrian-bike trestle linking city to Phillipsburg

    Dec. 06--As Easton moves to position itself as a destination river town, local leaders have unveiled a proposal to turn a railroad trestle that crosses the Lehigh and Delaware rivers into a pedestrian and bike path that would connect the city to Phillipsburg. The trestle, one of several in the city, crosses the Lehigh River, the Third Street vehicle bridge and the Delaware River as it heads ...

  • Dec 05, 09:17 PM | Florida Times-Union

    Riverkeeper promoting film that warns of political power

    Dec. 06--A documentary describing water pollution and political pressure on Florida's environmental agencies is becoming a tool for the St. Johns Riverkeeper organization to seek supporters hundreds of miles apart. The Jacksonville-based nonprofit is planning events in cities including Melbourne, DeLand and Tallahassee to reach out for backers while screening a documentary it financed called ...

  • Dec 05, 08:09 PM | Catonsville Times

    County looking at role of nonprofits in community revitalization, housing rehab

    Dec. 05--The Baltimore County Council wants to see if adding nonprofit community development corporations could help trigger revitalization efforts in neighborhoods. Two of the three existing CDCs in the county -- the Eastside Community Development Corp. near Dundalk and Diversified Housing Development Inc. in Windsor Mill -- concentrate on affordable housing. The Dundalk Renaissance Corp. ...

  • Dec 05, 07:45 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Houston Chronicle Mike Snyder column

    Dec. 06--Tomball's historic railroad depot drips with nostalgia, from images of old trains to vintage railroad tools and memorabilia. An adjoining plaza features a gazebo and some whimsical sculptures. The area near the depot is the site of most big public events in the northwest Harris County town, including the annual German Christmas festival that will draw thousands of residents and ...

  • Dec 05, 07:09 PM | Star-News

    City of Wilmington poised to demolish vacant buildings, sell land

    Dec. 06--WILMINGTON -- During a Monday morning agenda meeting, the city council directed staff to pursue a formal policy that would allow the demolition of eight vacant city-owned buildings and the marketing of the land for redevelopment. The direction was part of a broader discussion about how vacant buildings owned by the city should be addressed, with options including demolishing the ...

  • Dec 05, 05:19 PM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Square Feet: From Sand to Shimmer: A Casino Resort Rises in Maryland

    OXON HILL, Md. — As MGM opens a new resort this week on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River, it will deliver a victory in a long effort to develop a shoreline carved from a sand and gravel pit. The $1.4 billion resort at National Harbor, a minicity south of Washington, puts casino gambling just seven miles from the nation’s capital and is a prominent addition to Prince George’s County, a ...

  • Dec 05, 05:14 PM | Associated Press

    Utah counties sue over halt to new coal leases on fed land

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Utah counties have filed a lawsuit challenging a federal halt to granting new coal leases, arguing the moratorium is blocking a mine expansion that could pump millions of dollars into the local economies. The suit marks the first challenge to the moratorium ordered in January by the Obama administration, attorney Peter Stirba, who represents Kane and Garfield ...

  • Dec 05, 05:04 PM | Miami Herald

    Miami considers negotiations to sell riverfront land, acquire new HQ

    Dec. 05--Miami commissioners are expected Thursday to entertain negotiations to lease the site of their riverside administrative headquarters to a private developer and pay for a custom-made office building elsewhere in the city. The tradeoff, which would give Adler Group the land needed to build more than a million square feet of shops, apartments and hotel rooms on the north bank of the ...

  • Dec 05, 04:16 PM | Staten Island Advance

    Members Only Time to allow lower-level boarding

    The Staten Island Ferry has been operating at a marked disadvantage over the past dozen years. We're talking about the prohibition on lower-level boarding of the ferry, a safety practice that was instituted in 2004. It must end, and it's good to see the city Department of Transportation is moving in that direction. Cars have been banned on the boats ever since the 9/11 terror attacks, of ...

  • Dec 05, 02:55 PM | Aiken Standard

    City of Aiken aggressively promoting Renaissance

    Dec. 04--Aiken has been aggressively promoting the Renaissance since rolling out the three-step redevelopment initiative in late September. The City has budgeted thousands of dollars for consulting, responded to numerous emails and delivered formal addresses. Officials have passed out fliers, posted pro-Renaissance literature on the City website and given frequent news interviews. At one ...

  • Dec 05, 10:12 AM | Mondaq Business Briefing

    Members Only When The Coastal Act Clashes With The State's Housing Density Laws

    When The Coastal Act Clashes With The State's Housing Density Laws - Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP (United States) 05 December 2016 By Mr Scott B. Birkey No matter your politics or perspective on development in the state, one thing is beyond debate - California is facing a serious housing shortage crisis. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times warns that this shortage will have ...

  • Dec 05, 10:10 AM | Sacramento Bee

    Here's Sacramento's new plan to tackle its city parks problem

    Dec. 05--Sacramento city planners drew up a grand design for the new North Natomas Regional Park back in 2000, envisioning a recreational jewel with an amphitheater, botanical garden, farmers market, lakeside boathouse, cafe, playing fields, and a series of landscaped hills offering panoramic valley views. Today, the amphitheater and a few other amenities have been built, but most of the vast ...

  • Dec 05, 08:02 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Policy Clash: How Ben Carson Could Undo a Desegregation Effort

    President Obama’s civil-rights legacy looked on track, not long ago, to include a major push against America’s deeply entrenched housing segregation. In 2015, his administration rolled out a rule requiring local communities to assess their own patterns of racial and income segregation and make genuine plans to address them. The move followed years of debate and came as segregated cities like ...

  • Dec 05, 07:43 AM | TimesLedger Newspapers

    Electeds rally for money-saving homeless solution

    A delegation of more than 30 City Council members led by Public Advocate Letitia James formally endorsed Home Stability Support on the steps of City Hall last week. The proposal introduced by state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) will include the rental assistance subsidy program in the state budget and takes aim at the growing homeless crisis across the city by preventing ...

  • Dec 05, 04:13 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Public hearing set on massive sinkhole at fertilizer plant

    MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) — The first public meeting will be held in Polk County for residents to hear more about the safety of drinking water in the wake of a massive sinkhole at a fertilizer plant that's sent millions of gallons of contaminated water into Florida's main aquifer. Polk County officials say that on Monday between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., residents can learn more about the Mosaic company's ...

  • Dec 04, 11:01 PM | Yakima Herald-Republic

    Reporter's Notebook: Downtown Yakima revitalization continues at a steady clip

    Dec. 04--All in all, 2016 has been a good year for downtown Yakima's revitalization. Several businesses have opened, new and continuing events have brought people downtown, and the City Council voted for a plaza that supporters believe will be a game changer for the area. Victor De Long, chairman of the Downtown Association of Yakima, which has coordinated revitalization efforts in recent ...

  • Dec 04, 06:48 PM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only Plan to expand Boothbay gardens slammed as 'Disneyland ambition' by some locals

    Dec. 04--BOOTHBAY -- An ambitious plan to expand the popular Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has been met with concern from the local water district and resistance from neighboring landowners, one of whom called it a "Disneyland ambition by a nonprofit that has abandoned its conservation-minded principles." The controversy has prompted town officials to twice postpone making a final decision ...

  • Dec 05, 07:54 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Ben Carson Lived in Public Housing, but Critics Worry Over How He Will Lead It

    WASHINGTON — Big-city mayors and housing experts are nervous about the idea of a billionaire real estate developer in the White House. Now President-elect Donald J. Trump has picked Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon with no housing experience, as his nominee for secretary of Housing and Urban Development — and high anxiety has set in. As The Times’s Mid-Atlantic bureau chief, I have spent a ...

  • Dec 05, 04:16 AM | Providence Journal

    Newport Poised to Compete For 'Innovation' Dollars

    Dec. 05--With the soaring arch of the Newport-Pell Bridge as a backdrop, a possible in-state rivalry is emerging in Rhode Island's long-running economic reinvention drama. Some 30 miles south of the state capital, Newport is pushing a technology-centered, research cluster redevelopment plan similar to, and possibly competing with, plans Providence and state officials have been working on for ...

  • Dec 04, 05:03 AM | Detroit Free Press

    Urban Author Jane Jacobs' Influence Inspiring Detroit Projects

    Dec. 04--Long-time Detroit architect Bill Dickens recalls that a professor at the University of Michigan in the 1960s threatened to flunk him if he so much as read the controversial new book by a woman named Jane Jacobs. That book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" was upending what the profession of urban planning and architecture knew about building successful cities. Jacobs was ...

  • Dec 05, 06:16 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Trump Chooses Ben Carson to Lead HUD

    Ben Carson, who took Donald J. Trump on a tour of blighted neighborhoods in Detroit during the presidential campaign, including his boyhood home, has been chosen by Mr. Trump to oversee one of the government’s main efforts to lift American cities as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, was an early endorser of Mr. Trump after ending ...

  • Dec 04, 07:03 PM | News & Observer

    Brier Creek neighborhood sees wave of new growth

    Dec. 04--RALEIGH -- Brier Creek is in a growth spurt. The northwest Raleigh area is adding new apartments, office space and a shopping center anchored by a Harris Teeter grocery store. Raleigh has been targeting growth at Brier Creek for decades, and developers have been eager to take advantage of the the area's proximity to Durham County, the Research Triangle Park and Raleigh-Durham ...

  • Dec 04, 02:17 PM | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Port defendants argue Anchorage has no claim to state, federal project funds

    Dec. 01--The defendants in the Municipality of Anchorage's lawsuit over its failed port expansion project have banded together to demand the city's claim for monetary damages be tossed because they contend it has yet to specify what exactly it seeks to recoup. Attorneys for Anchorage-based PND Engineers filed a joint summary judgment motion in U.S. District Court of Alaska Nov. 21 on behalf of ...

  • Dec 04, 12:24 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Kansas farmer sues to stop wind farm to protect cranes

    PRATT, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas farmer has filed a federal lawsuit to stop a new wind farm from operating out of concern for the endangered whooping crane. Edwin Petrowsky of Pratt County filed the lawsuit last month seeking injunctions against NextEra Energy Resources, whose Ninnescah Wind Farm is scheduled to start operating next week, The Hutchinson News reported (http://j.mp/2g88fJT ). ...

  • Dec 04, 05:03 AM | Detroit Free Press

    Will Gilbert's plan for tax incentives flare 'Two Detroits' tension?

    Dec. 04--Businessman Dan Gilbert used mostly private money to move his Quicken Loans to downtown Detroit in 2010 and then go on a shopping spree for mostly vacant skyscrapers. As he amassed about 80 properties, he rarely asked for or received any government assistance. But now that Gilbert is going "vertical," as he says, building new projects from the ground up, he needs the same sort of tax ...

  • Dec 04, 04:16 AM | New Hampshire Union Leader

    Hikers sign on to fight proposed Mount Washington hotel

    Dec. 04--The ambitious plan to erect a luxury hotel less than a mile from the top of Mount Washington has touched off competing petitions with strong opinions on both sides. The proposed 35-room hotel and restaurant may be unstoppable given the developers who own the Cog Railway are planning to build it on their 99-foot wide, right-of way. The owners, Wayne Presby and Joel Bedor, are ...

  • Dec 03, 10:39 PM | New Haven Register

    West Haven transit development plan sparks controversy, worries

    Dec. 04--WEST HAVEN -- The city has had a "transit-oriented design" zoning district on its books since 2006 and nothing much has happened, but new regulations that the Planning and Zoning Commission passed last month have city officials hoping to spur development -- and some residents who think West Haven already has enough housing worried. Some residents worry that in the fifth densest city ...

  • Dec 03, 04:22 PM | Grand Rapids Press

    Members Only Milestone in Detroit’s streetcar project celebrated

    The M-1 RAIL and Michigan Department of Transportation teams celebrated a milestone for the QLine car at a Thursday news conference after noting the completion of Woodward Avenue’s reconstruction. “The partnership between M-1 RAIL and MDOT is transforming the Woodward Corridor and surrounding neighborhoods,” said M-1 RAIL CEO Matt Cullen. “I want to thank MDOT for bringing this vision to ...

  • Dec 03, 01:16 PM | Mount Airy News

    New beer, other rules on tap in city

    Dec. 03--The term "microbrewery" and the businesses it represents are relatively new concepts in Mount Airy, where a process is under way to incorporate that industry into zoning rules amid plans for two such entities locally. Microbreweries generally refer to new, small operations that are independent of large beer companies. The term "craft brewery" also is used to describe such businesses. ...

  • Dec 03, 11:11 AM | Venice Gondolier Sun

    A landowner who wants to build affordable housing

    For Ronald J. Siegrist, making rentals affordable is the only sensible thing to do. We live in an area of exploding construction and high dollar rentals, which increases the difficulty for service workers to find affordable places to live so they can serve those who can afford the high dollar prices, he said. With the current building boom, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people ...

  • Dec 03, 09:13 AM | Deseret News

    A record 1,406 use Road Home shelter on a single night

    SALT LAKE CITY - The Road Home sheltered 1,406 people on a single night this week, a record for the nonprofit organization that shelters, houses and provides case management to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. As overnight temperatures plunged below freezing this week, record numbers of people sought shelter at the organization's downtown shelter and the overflow emergency ...

  • Dec 02, 11:02 PM | Eurotransport Magazine

    Fuel cell electric bus project report provides tool for cities & bus operators

    Clean Hydrogen in European Cities (CHIC) – a fuel cell electric bus project – has launched a report intended to guide cities and bus fleet operators in understanding the reality of operating fuel cell buses. The CHIC report entitled, "fuel cell electric buses: a proven zero emission solution. Key facts, results, recommendations" was launched today at the International Zero Emission Bus ...

  • Dec 02, 09:18 PM | Times Leader

    State funds sought to demolish bridge in danger of falling down

    Dec. 03--Picking up where it left off the Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority has applied to the state for money to tear down an abandoned and crumbling railroad bridge over the Susquehanna River. The authority notified the Department of Community and Economic Development by letter last month of its intent to participate in the Disaster Recover Grant program. DCED spokesman David Misner ...