• Aug 18, 12:17 PM | Fort Mill Times

    Not so fast on those 178 homes in Lake Wylie. They're on hold. But for how long?

    Aug. 18--LAKE WYLIE -- For folks wanting to tap the breaks on residential growth, a 3-2 vote Monday night was a win for Lake Wylie. But one elected official is concerned the decision was ever that close. "We were one vote away from a decision that conflicts with Council's priority of growth management," said York County Councilwoman Allison Love. The planning commission in York County voted ...

  • Aug 18, 11:58 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Casa Grande gives preliminary OK to big development project

    CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — The Casa Grande City Council has given preliminary approval for zoning changes and a development agreement for a multi-use project that would include an amusement park, sports facilities, retail and housing. The council is expected to follow up on its action Wednesday by giving final approval to the 1,500-acre Dreamport Villages project on Sept. 5. That would set the ...

  • Aug 18, 11:09 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Homeless file lawsuit over Indianapolis sidewalk order

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Indianapolis on behalf of the city's homeless population over an order that required them to vacate certain sidewalks downtown. The Indianapolis Star reports that the city's Department of Homeland Security and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department made an emergency declaration Aug. 4. It said ...

  • Aug 18, 10:19 AM | Michigan Chronicle

    Sonya Mays, Develop Detroit, on mission to create affordable housing in city's neighborhoods

    For the past three years, there's been no shortage of news stories heralding the redevelopment and development of commercial and residential buildings/ dwellings in downtown and Midtown Detroit. While such stories have signaled the rise of a city once mired in a municipal bankruptcy of historic proportion, there's been too few stories of commercial and residential development projects in city ...

  • Aug 18, 10:08 AM | Dayton Daily News

    Second Ward turnout sparse in meetings to plan Hamilton's future

    Aug. 18--HAMILTON -- When residents participating in the Plan Hamilton effort to create a 10- to 15-year vision for the city's future met in five areas of the city recently, they were asked to place dots on a city map to represent where they live. As a neighborhood leader of the Lindenwald neighborhood looked at that map on Wednesday, he noted dots were notably sparse in some of the poorest ...

  • Aug 18, 10:05 AM | Daily Camera

    East Boulder evolution in focus as Eastpointe redevelopment wins approval

    Aug. 18--Thursday's meeting of the Boulder Planning Board was a big moment for the future of the city's east edge. Before the board were proposals for two separate developments along east Arapahoe Avenue, which together would bring 566 rental housing units to the evolving corridor. The first proposal -- a plan to redevelop the Eastpointe Apartments at 1550 Eisenhower Drive -- won the board's ...

  • Aug 18, 09:02 AM | Philly.com

    As a North Philly neighborhood is reshaped, one man's story of being displaced

    Aug. 18--On a clear, crisp summer morning at 22nd Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, the corner buzzed with the comings and goings of people: Parents dropping off their children for camp at Martin Luther King Recreation Center. Seniors heading to the Older Adult Center, housed, for now, inside the rec center until the brand-new one opens down the street. And patients -- some walking only a few ...

  • Aug 18, 08:18 AM | Mail Tribune

    Food fight? Not if Medford can help it

    Aug. 18--The Medford City Council took a step closer Thursday to allowing food trucks to park on city streets, but wanted to avoid a food fight with brick-and-mortar stores. Councilor Dick Gordon said fees for food trucks were much lower than for restaurants, so he was hoping to create a more even playing field. "There are real discrepancies between food trucks and brick-and-mortar stores," he ...

  • Aug 18, 07:49 AM | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

    Planning commission hears comments on proposed ordinance for derelict buildings

    Aug. 18--PRINCETON -- Finding a way to handle derelict buildings and unsanitary conditions in Mercer County's jurisdiction while addressing property owners' fears of too much regulation was a topic Thursday at a meeting of the Mercer County Planning Commission. People filled the county commission's courtroom when planning commission member Chandler Swope invited the public to share their ...

  • Aug 18, 07:47 AM | The Hawk Eye

    Project highlights downtown businesses

    Aug. 18--COLUMBUS JUNCTION -- Will Mackaman studies urban planning as a graduate student at University of Iowa in Iowa City. It's a field he described as "a way to plan cities moving forward and make them as good a place to live as possible." Mackaman, originally from Des Moines, brought that vision with him this summer to Columbus Junction, where he has been working as an intern at the ...

  • Aug 18, 07:33 AM | Qatar Tribune

    State Railroad Board approves loan for project in North Dakota and OKs underwater inspection of Chamberlain-Oacoma bridge

    The South Dakota Railroad Board normally goes straight ahead but took some unusual turns Wednesday. The six members invited the Marshall Regional Railroad Authority to borrow up to $250,000 for replacing a box culvert. The project is up in North Dakota. And no one could recall the last time the boards railroad bridge across the Missouri River between Chamberlain and Oacoma received an ...

  • Aug 18, 07:20 AM | The Daily Gazette

    Decision on Mohawk Harbor signs put on hold

    Aug. 17--Representatives from the Mohawk Harbor development will wait until next month for approval on a pair of signs to be placed at an entrance to the waterfront property. The city planning commission, which held its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, heard updates on the proposal to install two signs near the entrance to the Mohawk Harbor development at the intersection of Erie Boulevard ...

  • Aug 18, 06:51 AM | The Anniston Star

    West Anniston residents see need for grocery store, school

    Aug. 18--About a dozen west Anniston residents on Thursday afternoon told city and housing authority officials what changes they hope to see in their community during a meeting to discuss a possible grant opportunity. The Anniston Housing Authority applied for the Choice Neighborhood Initiative grant program last year but was not selected despite making it to the final round, said Sonny ...

  • Aug 18, 06:18 AM | Times

    Governor visits Gary to tout 500 new trucking jobs, workforce initiatives

    Aug. 18--Gov. Eric Holcomb visited Gary on Thursday to tout the new corporate headquarters of HMD Trucking, which plans to create 500 jobs in the Steel City by 2021. HMD Trucking broke ground on a $6 million facility next to the USW District 7 headquarters in an industrial park just off Interstate 65 at 1350 Texas St. in Gary, which the 19-year-old Chicago Ridge-based freight hauling company ...

  • Aug 18, 05:31 AM | Amherst Bulletin

    Program to offer farm food for schools

    For the Bulletin As students at Leverett and Erving elementary schools dig into their vegetables this fall, they may be getting a taste of local farms thanks to a new collaboration between two organizations in Hampshire and Franklin counties. The Hampshire Council of Governments, through its purchasing cooperative, and the Franklin County Community Development Corp. have announced a Pioneer ...

  • Aug 18, 05:19 AM | Saint Paul Pioneer Press

    How will city, county property taxes impact you in 2018? Here are seven examples

    Aug. 18--St. Paul officials are planning to shift funding for street maintenance from fees to property taxes in 2018. But that is only one of many factors that may mean significant changes to residents' tax bills. Neighborhoods with relatively low market values and high concentrations of poverty -- such as Frogtown, the North End, the Greater East Side and West Seventh Street -- have been the ...

  • Aug 18, 05:06 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only New State Street may turn West Lafayette into a hip city

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Sporting a bright blue T-shirt that read, "#SHOPSTATE," Larry Oates stood on State Street Monday morning welcoming passers-by to the new downtown West Lafayette. "That's that sense of place," said Oates, the city's redevelopment commission president. "When you walk up and down here ... there's already a feel of it." Monday was a monumental day for West Lafayette. A ...

  • Aug 18, 04:01 AM | Chattanooga Times Free Press

    Major changes seen for South Broad Street district

    Aug. 18--More housing, a Volkswagen engineering center, green space, tech companies, and a Chattanooga Lookouts ballpark were among the ideas floated Thursday for the South Broad Street district. A standing-room-only crowd of more than 150 people turned out at Calvary Chapel for the first of two sessions this week to help map the future of the 10-square-block section of the city. Chattanooga ...

  • Aug 18, 03:46 AM | Frederick News-Post

    Frederick police present $17.2 million plan for new headquarters at public workshop

    Aug. 18--City leaders agreed that it is time for the Frederick Police Department to move out of its cramped downtown headquarters, but the size, location and price of such a project sparked debate at a workshop Wednesday. Police Chief Ed Hargis listed the many deficiencies of the 25,784 square feet the department currently occupies, primarily in the 16,334-square-foot headquarters space that ...

  • Aug 18, 03:22 AM | The New York Times

    Members Only Cinema's Backers Test A City's Building Spree

    ROME -- When a bunch of teenagers occupied a 1950s movie theater at risk of demolition in Rome's fashionable Trastevere neighborhood five years ago, it could have become the umpteenth example of generational muscle-flexing, destined to sputter. Instead, the continuing story of the Cinema America theater has become central to the narrative of a gentrifying neighborhood that some said was at ...

  • Aug 17, 11:49 PM | Gazette

    El Paso County prodding water providers to plan for the future

    Aug. 17--View Comments El Paso County has launched an effort that will encourage smaller water providers to plan for an uncertain future. The county is home to a "patchwork" of more than 20 water providers, many of them reliant on finite amounts of groundwater, said Craig Dossey, executive director of the county's Development Services Department. In addition to Colorado Springs Utilities, ...

  • Aug 17, 10:28 PM | The Beacon-News

    100 pack hearing on Campana affordable housing proposal, offer split opinions

    Aug. 17--Supporters and opponents of a proposed conversion of the historic Campana building to affordable housing on the borders of Batavia and Geneva packed another meeting this week to share their views. About 100 people attended the continuation Wednesday of an Aug. 2 public hearing before the plan commission, a citizen-appointed advisory panel to the Batavia City Council. On one side were ...

  • Aug 17, 09:46 PM | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

    Five Cheyenne buildings drop out of Downtown Historic District consideration

    Aug. 17--CHEYENNE ­ -- The owners of four downtown buildings eligible for inclusion in the Downtown Historic District have joined the Carey Building in opting out of consideration, a city planner said Wednesday. The Historic Preservation Board approved a report recommending the addition of 29 buildings to the district's list of contributing structures in July. Each building met certain federal ...

  • Aug 17, 09:37 PM | Bradenton Herald

    Commissioners plan special meeting to discuss security at Confederate monument protests

    Aug. 17--BRADENTON -- Manatee County Commissioners have set a special meeting to discuss public safety during planned protests at the Confederate monument in downtown Bradenton. Commissioners will hold the meeting at 3 p.m. Friday in the commission chambers on the first floor of the Manatee County Administrative Building. The highest ranking officer in the commission can call a meeting with 24 ...

  • Aug 17, 09:06 PM | Rockford Register Star

    BRIEF: Rauner to extend tax credits for historic structures

    Aug. 18--ROCKFORD -- Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford, will travel to Aurora Friday to attend a bill signing to continue the River Edge Historic Preservation Tax Credit. Sponsored by Stadelman, the legislation protects an important economic revitalization tool for downtown Rockford. Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature will extend the program for four years beyond its current expiration Jan. 1, 2018, ...

  • Aug 17, 08:51 PM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only It's years away, but 70-story downtown tower could change L.A. skyline and 'relationship with vertical living'

    Aug. 17--A skyscraper that would be the tallest residential building in California has been proposed for downtown Los Angeles as the neighborhood's housing boom rolls on. Crescent Heights, a Miami-based developer, submitted a proposal to the city Planning Department this week to build a 70-story apartment building that would stand out in size and design amid the rapidly growing South Park ...

  • Aug 17, 08:38 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only BRIEF: Fulton County taking steps to reduce homeless population, open shelter

    Aug. 17--Fulton County is taking steps to help reduce the homeless population, negotiating with Atlanta to open a new homeless shelter and providing centralized assessment centers in the north and south parts of the county. The shelter, Jefferson Place, had been operated by Fulton County but closed several years ago. With Atlanta planning to close the Peachtree-Pine shelter, the county is ...

  • Aug 17, 08:09 PM | Times-Tribune

    Judge hears arguments to ammend landlords' lawsuit over Scranton rental registration fees

    Aug. 17--A Lackawanna County judge strongly suggested Thursday he will allow landlords challenging the city's housing rental registration program to also challenge a revised version. Judge Terrence Nealon did not rule, but said court procedures have liberal standards when it comes to amending lawsuits like the one the landlords are pursuing. Initiated in May 2015, by landlord Adam Guiffrida, ...

  • Aug 17, 07:27 PM | St. Cloud Times

    St. Cloud plans to widen 33rd St. S to handle growth

    Aug. 17--The city of St. Cloud is planning to widen 33rd Street South in a three-year project expected to cost more than $17 million plus the cost of right-of-way acquisition. A public hearing on the proposed 2018 improvements -- road expansion and reconstruction of 33rd Street South from Heritage Drive to Southway Drive -- is scheduled for the upcoming St. Cloud City Council meeting, which ...

  • Aug 17, 07:25 PM | Island Packet

    Beaufort still working to bring companies to 168-acre business park. Will they come?

    Aug. 17--More than five years after the city of Beaufort bought Beaufort Commerce Park in a plan to attract new businesses, the still-vacant property is for sale to companies who want to call it home. The city posted an announcement this week that the 168-acre park near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is for sale on a first-come basis, "pending price and economic impact." That doesn't mean ...

  • Aug 17, 07:08 PM | Bond Buyer

    Members Only N.Y. City Council approves Midtown East rezoning

    New York’s City Council unanimously approved a rezoning plan for the Greater East Midtown neighborhood surrounding Grand Central Terminal. Wednesday's vote culminated a five-year effort resulting in a plan in which developers will get more air space in return for public improvements, notably to transit infrastructure. The project is designed to strengthen the city’s largest business district ...

  • Aug 17, 07:02 PM | Kent County News

    Galena to get new water meters

    GALENA - The Town of Galena announced at the Aug. 7 mayor and council meeting that it will be receiving new water meters thanks to a grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment. Town Manager Sharon Weygand said the town had sent in applications to the MDE for grants to replace a generator, which would cost $40,000. The town sent in an additional application for water meter ...

  • Aug 09, 03:37 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Arkansas Spurs Conflict Between Preservation, Development

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Years of water damage have stained the walls. Holes in the ceiling expose the second floor to the first. The staircase creaks, boards straining under the pressure of each footstep. A musty aroma taints the air, as if someone was rifling through the pages of an old book. The new owner, Jane Hunt Meade, said she and her husband met with three architects about preserving ...

  • Aug 17, 05:34 PM | Northwest Florida Daily News

    DeFuniak Springs receives 'Main Street' designation

    Aug. 17--DEFUNIAK SPRINGS -- Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Wednesday the designation of DeFuniak Springs as a Florida Main Street community. As a participant in the Florida Main Street program, communities are offered a comprehensive strategy to support local revitalization and historic preservation efforts. With the addition of DeFuniak Springs, as well as the cities of Frostproof ...

  • Aug 17, 03:48 PM | The Daily Gazette

    More than $1 million awarded to Adirondack communities

    Aug. 16--More than $1 million in state funding for "smart growth" projects has been awarded to communities in the Adirondack Park, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said this week. A total of $1.35 million went to communities in the Adirondacks and Catskills, money Cuomo said will help develop tourism based on the communities' natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities. "Through this latest ...

  • Aug 17, 03:23 PM | Xinhua News Agency

    Members Only MoU signed to plan first high-speed train U.S. state of Texas

    HOUSTON, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the private rail company Texas Central during a ceremony at City Hall. The memo allows city leaders to begin gathering details about the project of high-speed rail system and makes preparations for council members to vote on items related to it. The MoU commits both sides to ...

  • Aug 17, 03:16 PM | Austin American-Statesman

    West Texas sand rush exposes faults in state's lizard protection plan

    Aug. 17--A sudden influx of mining companies scraping the West Texas oil patch for sand to use in fracking operations has disrupted nearly as much highly sensitive habitat of a rare lizard in the last three months as the oil and gas industry had in the previous five years, according to state officials and a conservation group that monitors the area. The development, they say, exposes deep, and ...

  • Aug 17, 03:11 PM | Moultrie Observer

    Housing grant: Lots of hoops to jump through

    Aug. 16--MOULTRIE -- It may be a while before an executive with the Regional Planning Commission in Camilla gets to Moultrie for a public hearing on a housing repair grant. The $300,000 federal grant has been approved by the Department of Community Afffairs, however there are many hoops to jump through. Recently Moultrie City Manager Pete Dillard noted that there was a lot of work required to ...

  • Aug 17, 03:00 PM | The Daily Cardinal (University of Wisconsin - Madi

    Members Only UW-Madison at odds with developer over proposed 12-story apartment building near Union South

    University of Wisconsin-Madison officials aren't on board with a 12-story apartment building proposed for the southwest side of campus, near Union South.At Madison Urban Design Commission meeting Wednesday, a UW-Madison planner voiced concerns over the plan, pointing to problems in the design and saying that it conflicts the university's Master Plan.The apartment building is slated for 222 N. ...

  • Aug 17, 02:03 PM | Wilson Daily Times

    Wilson mayor's service earns ElectriCities award

    Aug. 17--Wilson's own long-serving Mayor Bruce Rose was honored recently with the Public Power Lifetime Achievement Award. "The Public Power Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor we bestow on an individual," said ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones. "Mayor Rose has dedicated many years to public power, including two terms on our board of directors and serving as our chairman during an ...

  • Aug 17, 01:49 PM | AM New York

    Two Bridges advocates concerned 3 skyscraper projects haven't undergone full city review

    Aug. 17--Three megaprojects planned in the Two Bridges area of Manhattan have raised the ire of housing advocates in the neighborhood, who contend the Department of City Planning has flouted its own review rules in ushering them along. In 2016, former City Planning Director Carl Weisbrod decided the three projects -- a 660-apartment residence, a 1,350-unit, two-tower complex and a 765-unit ...

  • Aug 17, 01:16 PM | Mount Airy News

    Pact for greenway work on city agenda

    Aug. 17--A new baseball practice field, restroom facilities, picnic area and a "pocket park" will soon be built along Mount Airy's greenway system -- if the city commissioners approve a contract for the work tonight. But to this point, the process of bringing those facilities to fruition has been rocky, including difficulties in accomplishing that within the scope of a $250,000 state grant -- ...

  • Aug 17, 01:05 PM | The Aegis

    Harford seeks to sell off Bel Air 'tire lot' and property in Street

    Aug. 17--Three Harford County-owned properties, including two that make up the former "tire lot" in downtown Bel Air, are slated to become surplus -- pending County Council approval -- and transferred to new owners. That declaration will pave the way for the county to seek proposals to redevelop a parking lot that sits along Bel Air's main downtown corridors. "It's one of the few remaining ...

  • Aug 17, 12:47 PM | Island Packet

    Developer of 2 Beaufort hotels moving ahead with Pooler town center project

    Aug. 17--The developer working to bring a set of new hotels to Beaufort is also moving forward with a large, mixed-use development a short jaunt to the south in Pooler, Ga. The Savannah Morning News reported earlier this week that Pooler's planning board has recommended approval of construction plans for the first phase for the Mosiac Town Center -- a 130-acre project near the intersection of ...

  • Aug 17, 12:46 PM | The Jamestown Sun

    Housing needs: Panelists talk development at Kulm forum

    Aug. 17--KULM, N.D. -- Housing, quality of life, job growth and economic vitality are all linked with development, according to panelists at a forum here Wednesday. The forum offered a conversation on development with a process that involves many agencies, said Joshua Gackle, a Kulm City Council member. "We've sat in city council meetings in the past and talked about programs we knew existed ...

  • Aug 17, 07:18 AM | Register-Guard

    Members Only Online Retailer Amazon Seeks To Open Storefront Near University

    Byline: Elon Glucklich The Register-Guard Eugene is set to be a testing ground for tech giant Amazon's newest venture. The Seattle-based online retailer wants to open an "Instant Pickup" store in a vacant East 13th Avenue storefront near the University of Oregon, according to a building permit application filed with the Eugene Planning and Development Department. Amazon officials didn't ...

  • Aug 17, 03:22 AM | The New York Times

    Members Only Group Says Hudson River Tunnel Project Should Dream Bigger

    A $29 billion plan to build a new train tunnel under the Hudson River to Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan should be even more ambitious and allow trains to roll through the station from New York City's suburbs in New Jersey to Long Island, an influential transit-advocacy group said on Wednesday. The group, the Regional Plan Association, also called for the Gateway tunnel project to include ...

  • Aug 16, 11:00 AM | The Daily Cardinal (University of Wisconsin - Madi

    Members Only Developer Targets Housing To 'Grandfamilies' At Union Corners

    In a first for Madison, a developer is proposing to build housing aimed at grandparents and other extended family members raising children as part of the emerging Union Corners redevelopment on the East Side. Gorman & Co. and Lutheran Social Services’ proposed $12.5 million “Union Corners Grandfamily” housing would offer 59 lower-cost and market-rate units in two, three-story buildings in a ...

  • Aug 17, 07:54 AM | Tribune-Democrat

    Group hopes new name, plan will help spark growth in downtown Johnstown

    Aug. 17--A group working to bring new life to the heart of downtown Johnstown -- Central Park -- is planning to meet next week to further develop a plan to make it happen. The Vision 2025 capture team is branding the four-block commercial corridor that surrounds the park as Central Park Square -- and they are planning to meet with the local business leaders and building owners who already have ...

  • Aug 17, 01:18 AM | Stillwater NewsPress

    Clock running out on downtown Business Improvement District

    Aug. 17--The Business Improvement District that helped restore downtown Stillwater to a vibrant commercial area over the past decade is about to expire and the City of Stillwater doesn't have a firm plan for what will take its place. The BID administered funds from a special assessment collected on residential and commercial property located between Duncan and Lowry streets from 4th Avenue ...

  • Aug 16, 10:21 PM | Muskogee Phoenix

    TIF dispute resolved in city's favor

    Aug. 16--A federal arbitrator denied a grievance filed by International Association of Fire Fighters Local 57, which challenged the apportionment of sales tax revenue generated by new business within the urban renewal project area. At issue was an ordinance that established a tax increment finance district and redevelopment plan, which provides that 75 percent of all sales tax revenue ...

  • Aug 16, 10:09 PM | Miami Herald

    South Florida ranked as the hardest place in nation for low-income renters to find affordable housing

    Aug. 17--As the nationwide housing crisis becomes more dire for those who are the most vulnerable, South Florida has been ranked as the metro area with the highest percentage of low-income renters who can't find affordable housing. An annual report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released this month found that renters in the "Worst Case Needs" category increased 8 ...

  • Aug 16, 01:47 PM | Register-Guard

    Online giant Amazon looks to open 'Instant Pickup' storefront next to UO

    Aug. 16--Eugene is set to be a testing ground for tech giant Amazon's newest venture. The Seattle-based online retailer wants to open an "Instant Pickup" store in a vacant East 13th Avenue storefront near the University of Oregon, according to a building permit application filed with the Eugene Planning and Development Department. Amazon officials didn't respond to multiple messages from The ...

  • Aug 16, 01:00 PM | Flint Journal

    Members Only Communities awarded $1.25M to tackle blight

    LANSING — Blighted homes are going to start coming down across mid-Michigan. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority awarded grants to demolish blighted structures in several communities. Bay City received a $250,000 award to demolish 22 structures that fall within the Bay City Housing Improvement Strategy. Saginaw was awarded a $500,000 grant to demolish 67 land bank-owned blighted ...

  • Aug 16, 12:02 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Comments sought on Idaho plan to regulate water pollution

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities are taking comments and have set public meeting dates on Idaho's plan to take over regulating pollution discharge into the state's lakes and rivers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last Friday said it is accepting the comments as Idaho officials seek to shift control of permitting and enforcement aspects from federal authorities acting under the ...

  • Aug 16, 11:54 AM | The New Orleans Advocate

    300 unique New Orleans moments: Fat City, Metairie's response to the French Quarter, lights up with clubs, bars

    Fat City popped up seemingly overnight in the 1970s. To the chagrin of those in the parish who want to redevelop the district, its remnants and memory linger on. The area near Lakeside Mall was Jefferson Parish's answer to the French Quarter. The wall-to-wall entertainment district, named after a snowball stand at the corner of Severn and 17th Street, had 50 lounges and bars by 197,5 including ...

  • Aug 16, 11:51 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Is climate change the culprit?

    Even as Mid-City was still drowning in water in homes, businesses and vehicles, a Sewerage & Water Board official blamed climate change for the flooding. The true explanation would turn out to be as murky as the water inundating parts of New Orleans. Much of the city lies below sea level. The rain Aug. 5 was intense. The S&WB’s 24 drainage pumping stations were not in full working order. Yet ...

  • Aug 16, 10:48 AM | Associated Press

    Big Ben backlash: Plan to silence beloved bell under review

    LONDON (AP) — British Parliament officials said Wednesday they will review plans to silence Big Ben during four years of repairs after senior politicians criticized the lengthy muting of the beloved bell. When the repairs were announced last year, officials said the massive bell in Parliament's clock tower would be silenced for several months. But this week they said the ringing pause would ...

  • Aug 16, 10:00 AM | Quartz

    Members Only Sierra Leone’s tragic mudslide disaster is a stark reminder of the country’s poor urban planning

    Two days later, the staggering effects of a devastating mudslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, is starting to become clear. So far, over 400 people have been reported dead while another 600 remain missing and are believed to be buried in the debris as recovery operations continue in the affected areas near the capital. Thousands of survivors have also lost their homes and are, the Red ...

  • Aug 16, 07:54 AM | Tribune-Democrat

    South Fork street remains closed, options weighed

    Aug. 16--SOUTH FORK -- More than a month after a dangerous structure closed a block of Main Street, South Fork Borough officials continue to search for solutions. Borough Council on Monday approved steps to take ownership of the Main Street building, but directed more than half the borough's demolition fund toward another blighted property. Council approved a bid of $8,500 from Mulch King ...

  • Aug 16, 06:31 AM | The Garden City Telegram

    Drawing them downtown

    Aug. 16--Garden City Commissioners on Tuesday were shown the results of a downtown market study that among other things, suggested adding restaurants, creating nightlife and focusing efforts on revitalizing historical buildings could draw more people to Main Street. Garden City Downtown Vision Executive Director Myca Bunch and Arleen Taniwaki of Denver-based ArLand Land Use Economics presented ...

  • Aug 16, 05:38 AM | Register-Guard

    Members Only A 'housing first' pioneer.(Homelessness Edit)

    Byline: The Register-Guard Salt Lake City is often credited with showing how to put the "housing first" model to work. The idea is to provide homeless people with shelter, which then makes it possible to address problems such as mental illness or substance abuse that can lead to a life on the streets. But Lane County has been quietly putting the "housing first" model into practice for 20 ...

  • Aug 15, 06:32 AM | AFP World News

    Members Only Study: Climate Change Means More Rain But Less Water In Rural Rivers

    Sydney, Aug 15, 2017 (AFP) - Soaring temperatures driven by climate change are whipping up ever-more intense storms inundating cities with flash floods but leaving the countryside and crucial agricultural land parched, an Australian study has found. Researchers at Australia's University of New South Wales (UNSW) found that while hotter weather sparked heavier storms leading to floods in built ...

  • Aug 15, 09:09 AM | Longview News-Journal

    City Plan Would License Food Trucks For Downtown

    Vendors, downtown workers and tourists are applauding a municipal plan to boost mobile food options in downtown Longview at all hours of the day. "It's a great idea," Dallas resident Liz Eskew said of a city of Longview plan to allow mobile food trucks to serve customers at Heritage Plaza during peak weekday hours, and along two downtown streets during nights and weekends. The tentative plan ...

  • Aug 15, 03:44 PM | The Fresno Bee

    After Critical Audit, Feds Eyeing Fresno's Use Of Money Marked For Low-Income Areas

    Aug. 15--The federal government is watching how the city of Fresno handles federal dollars earmarked for cleaning up low-income neighborhoods, after an independent audit found inconsistencies with more than $8 million of the city's spending on code enforcement, after-school programs and graffiti cleanup. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will monitor Fresno to "ensure ...

  • Aug 16, 02:34 AM | The Polk County Democrat

    Bishop: ‘I enjoy doing what I do’

    WINTER HAVEN — Want to grow a community? Ask the bishop, Merle Bishop, that is, the Winter Haven Growth Management Department Director. Planning and development is so his thing, that instead of staying retired after serving 32 years with Polk County as their growth management director, he was hired into the private sector for a few years. And then, he landed the growth management job in Winter ...

  • Aug 16, 01:56 AM | Bronx Times

    NYC officials broke ground Monday, July 24, on a $5.86 million renovation project to reconstruct Saw Mill Playground

    NYC officials broke ground Monday, July 24, on a $5.86 million renovation project to reconstruct Saw Mill Playground, adding multi-age play areas, a track, new ball courts, a new comfort station and more. "Tasked by the mayor early in my tenure as Parks commissioner to create a fair and balanced park system for our city, it is great to see three years later so many Community Parks Initiative ...

  • Aug 16, 07:20 AM | Eagle-Tribune

    Residents lament lack of affordable homes

    Aug. 16--METHUEN -- Affordability, affordability, affordability: that was the recurring theme among residents' housing concerns at a community workshop Tuesday night, during which representatives from the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission sought the city's input on what they need and want most in their housing stock. About 25 people attended the workshop, held at the Nevins Memorial ...

  • Aug 15, 09:10 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Kearny Mesa's future likely to include more housing, dense transit-oriented development

    Aug. 15--San Diego is launching an effort to transform Kearny Mesa, a key regional hub for jobs, into a more balanced community by adding housing along transportation corridors and making the Convoy culinary district a regional attraction. A quarter century after the community's growth blueprint was last updated, city officials and business leaders are exploring how to combat Kearny Mesa's ...

  • Aug 15, 06:22 PM | Thomasville Times-Enterprise

    City 'strongly encourages' bagging of household garbage

    Aug. 14--THOMASVILLE -- Thomasville does not have an ordinance requiring bagging of household garbage, but the practice is strongly encouraged. Depositing unbagged garbage in a city trash receptacle creates a breeding ground for fly larvae, or maggots, and other insects, said Nate Tyler, City of Thomasville solid waste director/landfill manager. Bagging is particularly important during summer ...

  • Aug 15, 02:20 PM | New Castle News

    New Castle may call out the Guard to take down houses

    Aug. 10--New Castle may be calling in the National Guard to help it battle blight by knocking down dilapidated houses. Doniele Russell, Lawrence County deputy director of community development, told the Lawrence County Planning Commission on Wednesday that she enlisted the assistance of Lawrence County Veterans Affairs director Jesse Putnam to contact the National Guard to determine if they ...

  • Aug 15, 12:31 PM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only Westbrook reverses decision to charge impact fees

    Aug. 15--Westbrook will not charge fees based on a development's impacts to the school and sewer system. The decision is a reversal from last fall, when the Westbrook City Council expressed interest in the idea and planned to charge impact fees on all building projects with permits issued since Oct. 3. The fees were popular among residents and officials concerned about the pace of growth in ...

  • Aug 15, 12:06 PM | Florence Morning News

    Florence City Council in early stages of $15 million parks overhaul plan

    FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence City Council is working on a plan that would dedicate approximately $15 million toward new facilities in parks throughout the city. Officials were reluctant to provide details of the plan, because it's a work in progress. No action was taken at the council's August meeting on Monday, but more information in expected to be announced in the coming months. "All of ...

  • Aug 15, 09:46 AM | Naples Daily News

    Official: Naples anti-blight fund has acted within law

    Aug. 15--Naples acted within the law in spending anti-blight funds for improvements on a wealthy commercial street in the city's redevelopment area, Community Redevelopment Agency Manager Roger Reinke told the Naples City Council on Monday. Councilwoman Linda Penniman called for an audit of the Naples CRA amid concerns from some critics that the city has misused the funds intended to fight ...

  • Aug 15, 08:18 AM | Times-Tribune

    Peculiar park in Scranton getting closer to finally opening

    Aug. 15--A peculiar new park in Scranton, long beset by a former contract dispute, should finally open soon, possibly in the fall, officials said. The Renaissance Park at 500 -- one block long, 30 feet wide and situated atop a 25-foot-high former rail line between Cedar and Washington avenues behind the Renaissance at 500 buildings -- was mostly completed seven years ago but never opened ...

  • Aug 15, 05:17 AM | Leader-Telegram

    New plan for downtown Eau Claire could create smaller lots easier for small businesses to afford

    Aug. 15--Small business owners could get their big chance to be a part of downtown Eau Claire's Block 7. So far proposed development in that location -- a parking lot just east of Phoenix Park bordered by North Barstow, Wisconsin, Galloway and Hobart streets -- has consisted of a mix of commercial and residential buildings too large for small business owners to afford. But that could change as ...

  • Aug 15, 04:47 AM | Daily Hampshire Gazette

    Judge tosses lawsuit over solar project

    Staff Writer SPRINGFIELD — A civil rights lawsuit against the developers of a proposed 6.2-megawatt solar project, and the Planning Board that approved the site plans, has been dismissed in federal court in Springfield. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Mastroianni on Friday ruled that the subject matter of the lawsuit, filed by three Shutesbury and two New Salem residents in August 2016, is out ...

  • Aug 15, 03:33 AM | St. Cloud Times

    City Council talks 'tough issue' of affordable housing

    Aug. 15--"Tough issues." That's how George Hontos ended the St. Cloud City Council's discussion Monday on affordable housing. Hontos and other council members met with city staff to look at ways St. Cloud could increase affordable housing, which studies show is needed in Central Minnesota. Monday's conversation was a continuation of talks between the city and other stakeholders such as housing ...

  • Aug 15, 03:21 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Fixes: When Families Lead Themselves Out of Poverty

    Seventeen years ago, Mauricio Lim Miller, a leader in the field of social services, received a phone call from Jerry Brown, who was the mayor of Oakland, Calif., at the time, that set him on a quest to understand how families really overcome poverty. Lim Miller had spent decades working in community development, leading an organization, Asian Neighborhood Design, that had grown into a ...

  • Aug 14, 10:55 PM | Star Tribune

    Way cleared for Southwest LRT project to seek nearly $1B from feds

    Aug. 15--The Southwest light-rail project is poised to take an important step forward this week, after the Metropolitan Council negotiated a series of agreements with railroad companies that will permit LRT and freight rail to operate along much of the same corridor. The agreements with BNSF Railway and Twin Cities & Western Railroad, plus a pact reached earlier this year with Canadian Pacific ...

  • Aug 14, 11:00 PM | Colorado Daily (University of Colorado at Boulder)

    Members Only Mixed-use project with 340 housing units pitched for Boulder's east end

    If you go What: Boulder Planning Board meeting When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Boulder Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway More info: The meeting will include public hearings on proposed developments along east Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder: The first concerns housing at the Eastpointe site, while the second concerns a mixed-use project at the Waterview site. Both hearings will be broadcast live ...

  • Aug 14, 09:10 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Group seeks to overturn city's housing project

    Aug. 14--A group of residents has filed a legal complaint seeking to overturn Carlsbad's approval of a 90-apartment affordable housing complex to be built in the Barrio neighborhood with the help of a $7.2 million city loan. Their biggest objection to the three-story Pacific Wind Apartments complex is that its tallest side would be too close to the small, single-story homes that dominate the ...

  • Aug 14, 09:02 PM | Florida Times-Union

    Waiver to Jacksonville noise law approved for Springfield well-digging project

    Aug. 15--Jacksonville's Environmental Protection Board gave its blessing Monday to a well-drilling project in Springfield that's expected to create unusual amounts of noise day and night. JEA is planning a 1,300-foot-deep well to pull 3.6 million gallons daily from the Floridan aquifer to supply the city-owned utility's water treatment plant a few blocks away on Main Street. The well at Second ...

  • Aug 14, 08:36 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only $1.21M for Old Fourth Ward home near Beltline redevelopment

    Aug. 14--Many home-buyers in Atlanta want something near the wildly popular Atlanta Beltline, and the house at 811 Belgrade Avenue certainly fulfills that qualification. It's situated across from an expansive redevelopment project on the Eastside Trail, and is close to Ponce City Market. But this place is more than just a pretty location. It was designed by Philip Bapp, a well-known architect ...

  • Aug 14, 08:13 PM | Capital

    Caves Valley has 30 days to mediate plan with residents

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is setting a 30-day deadline for a developer to meet with residents and devise a new proposal - likely without a gas station - for a high-profile site in downtown Towson.Kamenetz said Friday that officials with Caves Valley Partners have agreed to meet with neighbors to consider a new proposal for the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue after ...

  • Aug 14, 06:20 PM | Washington Times-Herald

    County fine tunes road plan

    Aug. 12--Daviess County officials are putting the finishing touches on a five year road building plan. The idea behind the plan is to try and begin converting some of the 700 plus miles of gravel roads into pavement. "Being number one in the state in gravel roads, and I will say this until the day I die, is pathetic," said President of the Daviess County Commissioners Nathan Gabhart. "We can ...

  • Aug 14, 06:19 PM | Kokomo Tribune

    Kokomo officials announce program to construct market-rate homes on vacant lots

    Aug. 14--KOKOMO -- City officials on Monday announced a program that will include the construction of new single-family, market-rate homes on vacant and underutilized lots in Kokomo neighborhoods. The neighborhood urban infill program, as described in a city press release, will kick off this week when the Kokomo Community Development Corp. puts the first two homes, planned for the near west ...

  • Aug 14, 05:47 PM | Herald-Journal

    2,000-plus apply for housing assistance in Spartanburg

    Aug. 14--More than 2,000 families applied for rental housing assistance through the Spartanburg Housing Authority this month, underscoring the need for affordable housing here. The agency saw 2,338 applicants last week for its Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program waiting list. Of those, 1,915 were new applicants and 423 were returning applicants, said Spartanburg Housing Authority ...

  • Aug 14, 02:59 PM | Press-Register

    Members Only Housing Board makes U-turn

    The Mobile Housing Board has reversed course on its selection of a new executive director, voting this week to withdraw its offer to one candidate and extend an offer to a different one. The chair of the MHB board of commissioners expressed some regret about faults in the process, calling it a “lesson learned.” At the beginning of 2017, Executive Director Dwayne Vaughn announced his intention ...

  • Aug 15, 08:17 AM | Miami New Times

    Miami Is America's Hardest City for Poor Renters

    Last year, the Miami-Dade County Commission shot down a plan that would have forced local developers to include some affordable apartments in every new project. Commissioner Javier Souto claimed the idea was "social engineering," one of the most profoundly stupid things said in South Florida politics this decade. A federal study released last week confirms, yet again, that Miami's political ...

  • Aug 14, 01:40 PM | Governing

    Transportation and the Challenge of Future-Proofing Our Cities

    Aug. 14--Signs of the immense influence that digital technologies will have on transportation are growing more visible daily. Software-enabled mobility solutions such as Uber, Lyft and Waze are already dramatically changing the way we get around. These impacts, however, are still relatively small compared to what's coming with next generation technologies such as high-speed hyperloop, drones ...

  • Aug 14, 09:17 PM | Daily News

    What if LA County Paid Residents to House the Homeless?

    Aug. 15--Some Los Angeles County homeowners may qualify for up to a $75,000 subsidy to build a second dwelling on their property to house homeless people, if a pilot program is approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. The program was introduced last year as part of Los Angeles County's set of 47 strategies to solve homelessness. If approved, the office of Regional Planning would work with ...

  • Aug 14, 09:56 AM | St. John Valley Times

    Maine Teenager's Greenhouse Business to See Major Expansion

    ST. JOHN, Maine - "There's a big business coming," said 15-year-old Adam Jandreau of St. John. The teen's optimism is not without merit. Jandreau, who has autism, owns and operates Adam's Lunch Box and Greenhouse from the near acre of land he lives on with his parents, Lisa and Jeff Jandreau. The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development recently awarded a $50,000 micro-enterprise ...

  • Aug 15, 10:17 AM | Wireless Week

    Members Only Massachusetts Ditches Plan for Commuter WiFi After Pole Complaints

    The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority last week announced it is ditching a plan to expand WiFi access across all its commuter rail lines after residents expressed concern about the monopoles that would be used to provide connectivity.According to Boston news station WCVB, locals and lawmakers were worried about the height of the proposed poles. MBTA documents indicate the project would have ...

  • Aug 15, 10:36 AM | Portland Tribune

    Permanent Supportive Housing in the Works in Portland

    Homeless advocates working to make sure affordable housing bond helps fund units with social services ------------ The City Council is not scheduled to approve a framework for spending the $258.4 million affordable housing bond approved by Portland voters last year until October. However, homeless advocates, including city and Multnomah County officials, are already working to ensure that at ...

  • Aug 15, 10:16 AM | Austin Monitor

    Austin Urban Transportation Commission Endorses Electric Pedicab Pilot

    The Urban Transportation Commission gave its blessing last week to a plan that could give pedicab operators an extra, electric boost. The commissioners voted nearly unanimously on Aug. 8 in support of a pilot program that would allow companies to outfit some of their bikes with electric motors that would make pedaling up steep hills or over long distances easier. "If this is successful, this ...

  • Aug 15, 07:44 AM | Bay City Times

    Members Only Mid-Michigan Communities Awarded $1.25M to Tackle Blight

    LANSING — Blighted homes are going to start coming down across mid-Michigan. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority awarded grants to demolish blighted structures in several communities. Bay City received a $250,000 award to demolish 22 structures that fall within the Bay City Housing Improvement Strategy. Saginaw was awarded a $500,000 grant to demolish 67 land bank-owned blighted ...

  • Aug 15, 07:13 AM | MinnPost.com

    Members Only The Capitol that Nobody Wanted: Minnesota's Short-Lived Second Capitol Building

    Fire destroyed Minnesota's first capitol building on March 1, 1881. The second capitol, completed in 1883, served as the seat of Minnesota state government for just ten years before state officials began planning a grander, more efficient capitol. The second capitol building stood on the site of the first capitol for fifty-five years until its demolition in 1937.The loss of the first capitol ...

  • Aug 15, 05:00 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Footsteps: August Wilson’s Pittsburgh

    As soon as you emerge from the Fort Pitt Tunnel in Pittsburgh the city’s impressive skyline appears, with the 44-story Art Deco Gulf Tower and the glassy, neo-Gothic PPG Place accentuating the view. Those two buildings tell the tale of the city. Once defined by its production of iron and steel, along with the ensuing smog, Pittsburgh now has self-driving cars being tested on its streets and ...