• Jun 15, 02:57 PM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Americans Need More Neighbors

    Housing is one area of American life where government really is the problem. The United States is suffering from an acute shortage of affordable places to live, particularly in the urban areas where economic opportunity increasingly is concentrated. And perhaps the most important reason is that local governments are preventing construction. Don’t be misled by the construction cranes that ...

  • Jun 17, 05:46 AM | Kokomo Tribune

    Tipton Receives Grant to Develop First Comprehensive Downtown Plan

    Jun. 17--TIPTON -- The City of Tipton has received a $40,000 grant that will pay for a new comprehensive downtown plan detailing a blueprint for future development and long-term goals for the area. Kegan Schmicker, the city's community development consultant, said both the city and county have comprehensive plans in place, but this will the first plan dedicated to the city's downtown. He said ...

  • Jun 14, 06:32 AM | Republican Herald

    Mahanoy City Council Discusses CDBG Funds

    Jun. 14--MAHANOY CITY -- Borough council preceded its regular meeting Tuesday with a public hearing for input on block grant funds. The hearing was conducted by Karen Parish, senior project manager with Mullin and Lonergan Associates Inc., which has been involved in housing and community development programs in Pennsylvania for more than 30 years. Also in attendance was Schuylkill County Grant ...

  • Jun 13, 02:00 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Milwaukee's Old Housing Project Comes to Life

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The 75-acre site where Wisconsin's largest public housing development once stood is roaring back to life. About 1,000 mixed-income housing units are emerging at the new Westlawn Gardens on Milwaukee's northwest side. "It's like building a small Wisconsin town from below the ground up," said Paul Williams, Choice Neighborhood Initiative coordinator for the city Housing ...

  • Jun 17, 05:43 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Michigan grant supports redevelopment of site in Jackson

    JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — State of Michigan funding will enable the city of Jackson to reuse a polluted former gas station site as a fast-food restaurant. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy is providing a brownfield redevelopment grant of $130,000 to help the cleanup and restoration. A Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant will be built on the property. Officials say the ...

  • Jun 16, 08:35 PM | Ravalli Republic

    Affordable Housing Crisis: Nearly 300 Mobile Homes Lost in Missoula County Since 2011

    Jun. 16--Slowly but surely, the most affordable type of housing is disappearing in Missoula County. Since 2011, nearly 300 mobile homes have been lost here, according to Missoula County tax records. As the economy in Missoula keeps up a fiery pace, housing and land for sale are in short supply. That's led to record home prices for the last few years, and developers are seizing every chance to ...

  • Jun 15, 05:20 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only Route 7 widening project aims to deliver some relief for commuters

    Your Route 7 commute may soon get better. Honest. Transportation leaders broke ground Thursday on a project that will widen the busy road to six lanes from four between Reston Avenue and Jarrett Valley Drive, and add pathways for cyclists and pedestrians. The $313.9 million project is designed to ease congestion on a section of Route 7 that links northern and western Fairfax County and ...

  • Jun 15, 10:56 AM | The Daily Astorian

    Astoria delves into housing study

    T hough Astoria has plenty of places for people to live, the city's housing stock is not fully serving residents, a countywide housing study concluded. The city remains short of affordable and workforce housing, as well as land that's open and available to build new houses and apartments. At a City Council work session Thursday, consultants recommended a number of strategies, such as code and ...

  • Jun 15, 09:46 AM | Norman Transcript

    Sen. Standridge presents plan, vision for improving public transportation

    Jun. 15--Sen. Rob Standridge (R-Norman) presented his plan to improve Oklahoma public transportation at a town hall meeting in the Norman Public Library-Central. Standridge sees more accessible and affordable public transportation in Oklahoma's future, but, for now, he said the first step was forming the Office of Mobility and Public Transit through House Bill 1365, which goes into effect July ...

  • Jun 15, 05:22 AM | Lake County News

    Supervisors approve $15 million contract with state for Middle Creek Restoration Project

    LAKEPORT, Calif. – The long-running Middle Creek Restoration Project, which is designed to massively reduce sedimentation and nutrient load in order to improve Clear Lake's health, took another step forward this week. On Tuesday morning, Lake County Water Resources Department Director David Cowan presented to the Board of Supervisors a contract between the Lake County Watershed Protection ...

  • Jun 13, 04:31 AM | Easton Express Times

    Members Only Officials Sound Alarm on Transportation Needs

    When it comes to transportation in this country, it is the best of times and the worst of times. "I can't think of a more appropriate and apt description of what we're facing now," Roger Cohen, senior policy adviser to Pennsylvania's secretary of transportation, said Tuesday. The tech sector is working to improve transportation, with goals of limiting crashes and making it easier for people to ...

  • Jun 12, 10:05 PM | Miami Herald

    Little Havana Is At Risk of Disappearing. Could This Plan Reverse The Trend?

    Jun. 12--Miami's success is threatening one of its defining neighborhoods. Known for its cafecito windows, live music and passion for dominoes, Little Havana and its residents are being pushed out by lifestyle shifts and an increasing appetite for property close to the downtown core. That's the warning from urban experts, conservationists, public officials and civic activists who have been ...

  • Jun 12, 05:59 PM | American City & County

    Members Only Empowering Women in Redevelopment

    Inclusive urban planning is one of the most important elements in achieving a city’s successful reinvention. The infusion of women’s perspectives, along with socially diverse input, on key elements such as planning, zoning and development are important considerations for today’s city leaders. Redevelopment, architecture, construction and government have traditionally been male dominated, ...

  • Jun 13, 09:19 AM | Standard-Speaker

    City council gives preliminary approval to federal CDBG budget

    Jun. 13--HAZLETON -- The city will receive nearly $38,000 more in federal Community Development Block Grant funds than expected this year, bringing its overall budget to $687,996, according to a revised spending plan that council members approved on Wednesday. Council voted 3-2 when approving first reading of a 2019 CDBG action plan that is $37,996 higher than an earlier version of the plan ...

  • Jun 12, 11:36 PM | Lake County Star

    Plan to reshape Detroit cultural district start of ‘something historical'

    DETROIT - Calling it the start of "something historical," several leaders of the region's cultural and educational institutions hailed the design plan introduced Monday that aims to reshape the city's cultural and educational district into a unified, walkable space. A team that includes one of France's top landscape architecture and urban design firms, along with five other members with ...

  • Jun 12, 01:27 PM | Lakeshore Weekly News

    Proposed Tonka Bay multifamily housing project moves forward

    TONKA BAY - After a long discussion about traffic on County Road 19 - also known as Manitou Road - the Tonka Bay City Council unanimously approved three resolutions related to a proposed redevelopment project at the Tonka Village Shopping Center on Tuesday, June 11. Erin Perdu from WSB, the city's engineering consultant, presented the proposal from Doran Development and Tonka Village LLC, as ...

  • Jun 11, 07:38 PM | Lima News

    Council Committee Hears CDBG Funding Proposals

    Jun. 11--LIMA -- Lima City Council's Economic and Community Development committee got a chance to hear about proposals to spend Community Development Block Grant/HOME funds. "This funding is granted to the city from HUD and it is really to help improve the city and neighborhoods to positively impact life for low to moderate income residents," said Susan Crotty, Community Development Director ...

  • Jun 11, 07:33 PM | Free Press

    After 10 Years of Effort, $16 Million Bridge Plaza Set for Construction

    Jun. 11--MANKATO -- The 10-year process of developing the vacant lot between the Veterans Memorial Bridge and Old Town culminated Monday night with the Mankato City Council authorizing $1.5 million in subsidies and loans for the $16 million Bridge Plaza building -- the latest in a series of major investments in Mankato's downtown. "It's just a progressive renaissance that we're in the middle ...

  • Jun 10, 12:56 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Iowa Inmates to Build Affordable Rural Housing, Gain Skills

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — A central Iowa prison program aims to address a decline in affordable housing while teaching inmates construction skills they can use when they're released. Inmates at the Newton Correction Facility enrolled in the Iowa Prison Industries program are currently building an office and a classroom, The Des Moines Register reported. Eventually, they will build homes that can be ...

  • Jun 10, 06:21 PM | Virginia Gazette

    Planning Commission Supports Use of Residential Proffers in Zoning Ordinance

    Jun. 7--The James City County Planning Commission voted Wednesday to recommend residential proffers be reintroduced to the county's zoning ordinance. The proposal, which would make residential proffers available to rezoning applicants again after the proffers had been prohibited since 2016, will now go before the Board of Supervisors for final approval. A proffer is an binding agreement ...

  • Jun 10, 01:05 PM | Towson Times

    Stoneleigh Stormwater Drainage Project to Get Started This Summer, County Says

    Jun. 10--A $1 million stormwater drainage project is set to get underway in the Stoneleigh neighborhood of Towson this summer, a county spokesman said. The project is intended to update an aging system that started backing up about three years ago during heavy storms, causing flooding on Kingston Road, said resident John Gramiccioni. "The county was slow on the uptake, but we pushed and pushed ...

  • Jun 10, 07:25 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Delaware Neighborhood Hit by 1968 MLK Riot to be Redeveloped

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Parts of a Wilmington, Delaware, neighborhood damaged in the 1968 riots ignited by Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination are set to be redeveloped after many years of empty restoration promises. The 36-block West Center City neighborhood never rebounded from the riot and an ensuing nine-month occupation by the National Guard. It has struggled with vacant homes and gun ...

  • Jun 10, 01:58 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Kansas City, Kansas, to get rare downtown housing

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — An $11 million project is scheduled to bring new apartments and townhomes to downtown Kansas City, Kansas, for the first time in several decades. The Boulevard Lofts project from the Prairie Fire Development Group and Community Housing of Wyandotte County will include about 50 units, ranging in price from $500 a month to $1,100 a month. KCUR report s Boulevard Lofts is ...

  • Jun 10, 07:50 AM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only You have a magic wand: How would you solve Atlanta's traffic mess?

    Jun. 10--A panel of local transportation experts was asked an intriguing question last week: If you could wave a magic wand, what policy would you enact to solve metro Atlanta's transportation problems? The panelists -- speaking Thursday to several dozen people at a forum sponsored by the co-working company WeWork -- offered some intriguing answers. Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens said ...