• Jun 27, 08:05 AM | Chicago Tribune

    Chicago Seeing a Neighborhood Manufacturing Revival

    June 27--Try walking, bicycling, driving or parking around downtown and it's clear we're in the midst of a high-rise construction bonanza. At the same time, however, the stage is being set for another type of economic boom: A neighborhood manufacturing revival. It's as vital to the commercial and employment well-being of the city as the rush of attention-grabbing, $1 billion-plus office and ...

  • Jun 27, 07:13 AM | MinnPost.com

    Members Only Developers Want To Offer 'Approachable Pricing' As Part of Proposed Minneapolis Condo Project

    It was a two-word phrase in the developer's presentation to a Minneapolis neighborhood group that got housing and development circles buzzing."Approachable pricing."That is what Downtown Resource Group of Minneapolis and Fe Equus Development of Milwaukee dubbed their plan to offer lower-than-market-rate pricing on 22 of 110 units of a proposed 15-story condo project at the intersection of SE ...

  • Jun 26, 09:08 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    San Diego Creating County's First Low-Income Subsidy for Water Bills

    June 26--The city of San Diego is creating the county's first donation program to help low-income people pay their water and sewer bills, which have risen rapidly in recent years. The long-awaited program is expected to shrink the number of water shutoffs in the city and help some low-income seniors avoid having to choose between paying their water bill and buying medicines they need. In a ...

  • Jun 27, 09:12 AM | LA Weekly

    Here Are 5 Historic Los Angeles Buildings in Danger of Being Razed

    Los Angeles is changing fast. The downtown skyline is dotted with cranes, the tallest building on the West Coast just opened in DTLA, and the housing crunch is evidence that L.A. remains an ever-evolving magnet for the creative class. It's important, however, that we document and preserve our history for these micro-generations of new arrivals. Architecture is a key communicator of a city's ...

  • Jun 27, 07:48 AM | Austin Monitor

    How climate change could impact the road ahead for infrastructure in Austin

    As greenhouse gasses heat the atmosphere, we can expect more severe floods and droughts. That could be trouble for critical infrastructure like bridges and roads in many cities, including here in Central Texas. Take Southeast Austin, where a creek runs under Hoeke Lane and floods happen even during moderate rainfall. "This is the only way in and out of this whole neighborhood right here," Pam ...

  • Jun 27, 05:15 AM | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Vacation cut short: Santa Cruz commission considers short-term rental, Airbnb limits

    June 27--SANTA CRUZ -- Working under a moratorium on the registration of all new short-term and vacation rentals, the Santa Cruz Planning Commission will hear a draft of a new law related to the industry at its meeting Thursday night. Santa Cruz's consideration of regulations related to short-term rentals, such as Airbnb and VRBO properties, has resulted in a firestorm of debate between ...

  • Jun 27, 03:01 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only THe Harbor is a Treasure, And he’s one of its protectors

    We are at the dawn of another summertime in the city, and along Boston’s sparkling waterfront, ferries dodge porpoises and sleek boats glide through sparkling water and head for moorings in a harbor that once was — quite literally — an open sewer. If he closes his eyes, Peter Shelley can easily conjure up those bad old days. How could he not? For a half of his lifetime, as a lawyer for the ...

  • Jun 27, 03:00 AM | Colorado Daily (University of Colorado at Boulder)

    Members Only Boulder County commissioners, Planning Commission to hold hearing on comp plan changes

    If you go What: Boulder County's Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission will hold a joint public hearing on updates to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan When: 1 p.m. Wednesday Where: Third-floor hearing room, Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder More info: Details of the Comprehensive Plan update are available at bit.ly/2sTTNJX. Information about the ...

  • Jun 26, 10:16 PM | Times-Herald

    American Canyon likely to adopt new in-law unit policies at special meeting Tuesday

    June 27--New policies about "in-law" apartments and a proclamation on the benefits of parks are among the subjects on tap for a special American Canyon City Council meeting set for 6:30 Tuesday. This meeting is being held in lieu of the first regular meeting in August, which is being canceled in favor of National Night Out. The city's new policies regarding "accessory dwelling units," AKA ...

  • Jun 26, 09:52 PM | American City & County

    How Orlando is planning for smart growth

    By Kevin Ebi, Smart Cities Council Creating more than 100,000 jobs over the past two years doesn’t seem like a problem, especially when they’re generally high-tech, high-paying jobs. But there are consequences. Every new job brings a new resident. How do you keep traffic moving? How do you keep people safe? Where do all the people live, especially those who have the skills only for ...

  • Jun 26, 06:47 PM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only South Portland weighing what to do with 6-acre public works site

    June 26--SOUTH PORTLAND -- What will become of the current public works site on O'Neil Street after a new public services facility off outer Highland Avenue is completed later this year? A 10-member committee has been mulling a wide variety of redevelopment options for the 6-acre property off Cottage Road -- a monthslong process that included a site walk and brainstorming session with ...

  • Jun 26, 03:56 PM | Associated Press

    The Latest: Confederate monument in St. Louis being removed

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the removal of a Confederate monument in St. Louis. (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Crews have started dismantling a divisive Confederate monument in a sprawling park near downtown St. Louis after the city and the Missouri Civil War Museum reached an agreement to have it moved. As part of the deal, the museum will pay for the removal of the 38-foot-tall, ...

  • Jun 26, 01:34 PM | Jersey Journal

    Members Only Subsidized units’ rents in new Downtown high-rise raise questions

    As the first set of new city-subsidized affordable housing units in Jersey City’s Downtown become available, residents are raising questions about how the city and developers define affordable. The 35-story high-rise on the old Marin Boulevard Pep Boys site will be the first tower in Jersey City with a mandated 80/20 mix of market-rate and affordable housing. The developers, a subsidiary of ...

  • Jun 26, 11:15 AM | Delaware State News

    Small cell antennas are ‘a boon for Delaware'

    Small cell antennas are not a threat; they are a boon for Delaware. A recent [June 6] letter to the editor concerning new rules for siting wireless antennas, "Safety and financial effects of HB 189," needs a response. It warns about the negative zoning and right-of-way (ROW) impacts of HB 189, the Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Act, but in reality, this bill does not reduce zoning controls ...

  • Jun 26, 10:22 AM | The Daily Times

    Georgians learn about environmental protections during week in Blount County

    Imagine untreated industrial waste running into Pistol Creek, garbage pushed off into poorly managed landfills, and clear-cut forests wreaking havoc on soil erosion. These are some of the environmental issues citizens of the Republic of Georgia are facing. A five-member delegation from the former Soviet country visited Blount County June 3-11 to learn about environmental and sustainability ...

  • Jun 25, 12:15 PM | The Rapid City Journal

    Small TIF, large repercussions

    Right now, the two most commonly heard words among decision-makers in Rapid City government may be "affordable housing." At the June 5 Rapid City Common Council meeting, the concept of providing low-cost housing took center stage again. That evening, council members approved the creation of a tax increment financing district for a five-unit townhouse development on a vacant lot at the corner ...

  • Jun 25, 11:45 AM | Statesville Record & Landmark

    Officials: Residential development key to future of downtown Statesville

    Over the past several years, millions of dollars have been pumped into downtown through infrastructure projects and economic incentives. Now, the once fading area has a change of atmosphere and appearance. What comes next? With a solid retail base, officials now say they are focused on drawing in residents to live there. "Downtown has completely changed," said Statesville City Council member ...

  • Jun 25, 10:04 AM | Dayton Daily News

    Miamisburg dips into reserves to fund downtown Riverfront Park work

    June 25--MIAMISBURG -- Reserve funds will finance about $1.5 million in upgrades to Miamisburg's downtown Riverfront Park as the city prepares to improve access to the 10-acre site. Road and utility work -- expected to begin in August and be completed next spring -- marks the next phase on a long-term plan for the park that hosts dozens of events each year along the Great Miami River. ...

  • Jun 25, 09:05 AM | Longview News-Journal

    Longview planning ideas draw excitement from younger residents

    Ben Steiner knew nothing of the small area planning taking place this spring - until he spotted a Facebook notice Tuesday morning that the final draft would be presented at 2 that afternoon. He immediately told his real estate investment partner, Blanca Sanchez, "Hey, we're going somewhere at 2 o'clock." Steiner and Sanchez were among fewer than a dozen millennial-age residents who went to one ...

  • Jun 25, 09:19 AM | Appeal-Democrat

    The Building Blocks: Yuba City leads the way

    June 25--Editor's Note: Appeal-Democrat reporters are providing readers with reports on construction activity on as many fronts as possible -- roads, housing, and commercial/industrial starting with Sutter County. Yuba City With a slate of projects under way and plans for more, Yuba City is leading the agricultural-based Sutter County in commercial and industrial development. Development ...

  • Jun 25, 05:40 AM | St. Lucie News Tribune

    Forgive, forget the taxes, sell the land

    Could there be some movement at last on the beleaguered City Center development in Port St. Lucie? Maybe, according to City Manager Russ Blackburn. I'd been disheartened by comments made by Blackburn in a recent story about the lack of a buyer for City Center, which has been at a standstill since the recession. Blackburn had told a reporter that, come what may, the outstanding tax and ...

  • Jun 25, 05:00 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Corporate Rentals are Complicating Boston’s Housing Market

    The 13-story tower in Jamaica Plain was pitched as one small part of the solution to Boston’s housing crunch, adding 195 apartments to a market that needs all the units it can get. Yet with one signature last month, 24 of those apartments were taken off the table, snapped up by a corporate-housing giant that will install couches and beds, stock the cabinets with dishes, and rent the spaces — ...

  • Jun 25, 10:35 AM | Columbian

    Accessory Dwelling Units: Housing Help or Hazard?

    June 25--After Dmitriy Manzhura spent about a decade building houses and accessory dwelling units in Seattle, his cousin Ed Gavrish told him Vancouver needed more rentals. So, Manzhura bought a lot on Washington Street in the Carter Park neighborhood that used to be part of the parking lot at First Baptist Church. He built a 2,900-square-foot house, where he lives, and a 655-square-foot ADU ...

  • Jun 25, 06:10 AM | USAToday.com

    Members Only As Cities Look to Get Greener, Lower-Income Residents Fear Gentrification

    Cities face tough balancing act when redeveloping decrepit infrastructure into green space. Juan Carlos Linares and his children Amaru Linares and Maya Linareson on the Bloomingdale Trail. Linares is the Executive Director of LUCHA, a housing advocacy group pushing for the ordinance that would make it very costly for developers to tear down existing homes near the trail. Cesar Serrano waters ...

  • Jun 25, 03:46 PM | Athens Banner-Herald

    Athens faces challenges in economic development, consultant says

    June 25--Athens-Clarke County has land available for economic development -- whether it be new industries or smaller bioscience -- and technology-oriented enterprises, but that land is on the wrong side of the county and much of it is not served with adequate infrastructure, including access to the digital world. That was one of the messages from a consultant who recently spoke with members of ...

  • Jun 26, 02:00 AM | Voice of America News

    High-cost US Cities See Homeless Population Grow

    June 25, 2017 5:32 AM - Elizabeth Lee (http://www.voanews.com/author/4300.html) (https://www.voanews.com" id="logo-sticky-share) High-cost US Cities See Homeless Population Grow LOS ANGELES - Homelessness is increasing in Los Angeles, and the signs are visible. From tents under freeways and shopping carts at street corners, to people begging for money outside fast-food restaurants, the number ...

  • Jun 25, 03:39 PM | Grand Rapids Press

    Members Only Housing market recovery kips most of U.S.

    NEW YORK — For further evidence of the uneven recovery among U.S. housing markets, how’s this: In the 10 most expensive U.S. metropolitan areas, median home values have increased by 63 percent since 2000, after adjusting for inflation. In the 10 cheapest metros, median values rose by just 3.6 percent. That finding and others come from the State of the Nation’s Housing, an annual report ...

  • Jun 25, 08:00 AM | Idaho Press-Tribune

    Officials prioritize affordable housing for preliminary federal grant plans

    CALDWELL — Affordable housing emerged as the top priority for the 20 or so public service stakeholders in attendance for a meeting on Friday to discuss $408,000 in grant funding available to the city of Caldwell. The money is the second year of allocation for a federal community development block grant designed to improve the lives and job outcomes of low to moderate income residents. Besides ...

  • Jun 25, 06:59 AM | Aiken Standard

    Food trucks served up on Aiken City Council agenda

    June 25--Another busy night is on tap for Aiken City Council on Monday, with the proposed Public Safety building, food trucks and votes on two bond issues on the agenda. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. June 26 in Council chambers at the Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W. City Council also will hold a work session before the regular council meeting. That meeting starts at 5 p.m., with ...

  • Jun 25, 06:56 AM | Record

    MILLENNIAL GENERATION PREFERS CITY LIFE, DATA SHOW

    They want the bustle. They want the convenience. They want the diversity. In short, they want the city and not the suburbs - even after their children start school. In a trend that is starting to chip away at the bedrock of suburban North Jersey, a surge of families with young children is gravitating toward New York City, reversing a path worn by generations before them. Recently released ...

  • Jun 25, 03:01 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Quincy Center boom prompts infrastructure questions

    Quincy Center is a bustling place these days, with new restaurants, condos, and apartments around every corner. But as private development has ramped up, so has the demand for infrastructure improvements to support them. City leaders, who have invested nearly $85 million from various sources to make downtown more attractive for developers, are planning to spend another $80 million, including ...

  • Jun 24, 03:01 PM | The Bakersfield Californian

    City removes 'polarizing' feel from resolution on proposed Trump cuts

    June 24--A proposed Bakersfield City Council resolution that called for official opposition to President Donald Trump's budget cuts is being scrubbed to remove a partisan tinge. Instead it will call for supporting the Housing and Urban Development grants -- which total millions of dollars for Bakersfield -- that the city is so keen on protecting from cuts. The language has not yet been ...

  • Jun 24, 02:47 PM | Daily Ledger

    Senators warn of IDOT project shutdown without state budget

    June 24--McDONOUGH COUNTY -- Without a state budget, the region may see several major road construction projects grind to a halt this season. U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, on Wednesday released a statement warning that without a state budget, the Illinois Department of Transportation will no longer have the budget authority to spend federal dollars on road ...

  • Jun 24, 01:45 PM | Jersey Journal

    Members Only Officials want residents’ input on master plan

    Bayonne Bayonne residents seem to have opinions on everything. When it comes to the proposed master plan, city officials are eager to hear them. The public has its chance to be heard on Monday when the city hosts a public workshop — 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers — to discuss the plan and what it means for the city. “The workshop will provide our residents with an important opportunity to ...

  • Jun 24, 10:19 AM | Michigan Chronicle

    Knight and Ford foundations give $2.5 million to Detroit neighborhood fund

    Detroit's effort to focus targeted, strategic reinvestment in city neighborhoods has received a significant boost from support awarded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Foundation.Knight Foundation has invested $1.5 million over three years in the Strategic Neighborhood Fund, a public-private partnership between the City of Detroit and Invest Detroit. This initiative ...

  • Jun 24, 10:19 AM | Michigan Chronicle

    City of Detroit to begin planning and redevelopment in three more neighborhoods

    The City of Detroit is seeking proposals for planning and design services to create a neighborhood and economic development strategy in three additional neighborhoods: Russell Woods/Nardin Park, Jefferson Chalmers, and Campau/Banglatown. This is another step forward in the Planning and Development Department's (PDD) goal of creating framework strategies for Detroit's neighborhoods.The Request ...

  • Jun 24, 10:17 AM | Associated Press

    New Mexico group unveils estimated $20M homelessness project

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A local architect and a pair of organizations that serve Santa Fe's homeless population have been working together for nearly two years to develop a long-term solution to homelessness that extends far beyond a bed and a meal. The group's estimated $20 million proposal called One Door just lacks two primary ingredients: funding and a site, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported ...

  • Jun 24, 10:07 AM | Star Tribune

    Minneapolis and St. Paul gain larger slice of metro population

    June 24--Tim Bildsoe helped shape suburban growth for nearly two decades as a member of the Plymouth City Council. Now he recruits couples to join him in a very different boomtown: Minneapolis' North Loop. "I don't cut the grass anymore, although I'm really good at it," said Bildsoe, who moved into a condo two years ago and is now president of the North Loop Neighborhood Association. "It's ...

  • Jun 24, 07:59 AM | Creative Loafing

    For Tampa's outermost district, a keen eye

    Tampa's City Council District 7 is a sprawling, suburban expanse. Bridging Forest Hills and New Tampa through the USF area, it stretches along the outer rim of the city, creating a diverse district that can appear to lack a consistent identity. And with so much focus on keeping the momentum alive in downtown Tampa, it can often get lost in the chatter. But District 7 City Councilman Luis ...

  • Jun 24, 07:52 AM | Jewish Times

    Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Talks Park Heights Redevelopment at Associated Meeting

    Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told the crowd gathered at Beth Tfiloh Congregation Wednesday night that she feels Park Heights "is part of our city that can be vibrant again." Addressing more than 350 supporters and donors at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore's annual meeting - where it was announced that the annual campaign is expected to raise $31 million - Pugh said ...

  • Jun 24, 07:43 AM | The Examiner

    Members Only Senate bill ditches Trump plan to privatize air traffic control

    Senate Republicans excluded a proposal to privatize the nation's air traffic control system pushed by President Trump and some Republicans from a major Federal Aviation Authority reauthorization billThe Senate bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration keeps the air traffic control system under the jurisdiction of the FAA, despite a June 5 push by Trump and House Transportation ...

  • Jun 24, 05:32 AM | Tri-City Herald

    $8.5M permits issued for WSU Tri-Cities housing

    June 24--Richland officials signed off on two permits totaling about $8.5 million to begin building apartments at Washington State University Tri-Cities. The project on University Drive is the result of the partnership between the university and Pullman-based Corporate Pointe Developers. The private firm operates several commercial and residential properties in Washington and Idaho. The ...

  • Jun 24, 02:33 AM | North Port Sun

    TEAM-ing up for more affordable housing

    TEAM Punta Gorda has always been proactive in identifying areas of concern within our community and convening to take action in order to make Punta Gorda a better place to live, work and play. For nearly a year TEAM has engaged a consortium to address the severe shortage of workforce housing for low- to moderate-income workers in Charlotte County. This Affordable Housing Workgroup consists of ...

  • Jun 24, 01:54 AM | Waste360

    Wisconsin County Considers Special Waste Landfills, Safeguards

    The Dunn County (Wis.) Planning and Zoning Board held a meeting earlier this week to discuss special waste landfills and safeguards. At the meeting, Dunn County residents, board members and county commissioners debated and agreed on the language in the drafts for the 15 amendments that were prepared by Kadrmas Lee & Jackson Planning Consultant Joel Quanbeck. The 15 proposed amendments focus on ...

  • Jun 23, 10:01 AM | Sacramento Bee

    Tiny Homes are Trendy. Could They Also Help The Homeless?

    June 23--Allen Warren is thinking small when it comes to housing affordability. The Sacramento city councilman and residential real estate developer is planning to build a new housing community in his north-area district featuring 50 "tiny homes" -- detached dwellings ranging from 240 to 500 square feet with prices starting at just over $100,000. "This will be one of the most affordable new ...

  • Jun 23, 07:22 AM | Guardian Web

    From Heatwaves to Hurricanes, Floods to Famine: Seven Climate Change Hotspots

    It could have been the edge of the Sahara or even Death Valley, but it was the remains of a large orchard in the hills above the city of Murcia in southern Spain last year. The soil had broken down into fine white, lifeless sand, and a landscape of rock and dying orange and lemon trees stretched into the distance. A long drought, the second in a few years, had devastated the harvest after city ...

  • Jun 23, 03:47 AM | Frederick News-Post

    Deep Roots, High Hopes in First Year of County Reforestation Project

    June 23--Shade and cool water are on the horizon for Frederick County as the government and private landowners work together to plant new trees and restore old forests. Creek ReLeaf -- a multi-year reforestation program -- is designed so that the county can purchase a permanent conservation easement on private property and plant trees to create new forests, connect existing forests or reforest ...

  • Jun 23, 09:36 AM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only Irate commuters threaten a lawsuit over narrowed streets in Playa Vista and Playa del Rey

    June 23--South Bay commuters looking to avoid the 405 Freeway have long taken an alternate route through Playa del Rey, passing the coastline and the Ballona Wetlands to reach Santa Monica. The route is popular -- with more than 24,000 vehicles per day -- but some residents complained that harried commuters speeding through the neighborhood put pedestrians and children at risk. The friction ...

  • Jun 23, 05:27 AM | News Leader

    Sea level rise and Fernandina Beach

    "The water's coming." It's a refrain often repeated by City Commissioner Johnny Miller. And while his words might sound like "the sky is falling" – a fabled warning of catastrophe and doom – actual evidence that storm surge and rising sea levels are trending up have appeared in more than the flooding downtown, he said. It's apparent in a unique species of grass that "if it doesn't stay wet, it ...

  • Jun 23, 04:17 AM | Cape Cod Times

    Affordable housing agencies team up to teach 'smarter policy'

    June 23--HYANNIS -- The Housing Assistance Corp. and Community Development Partnership are joining forces to create the Cape Housing Institute, a program for elected officials and municipal leaders to learn about navigating the process of affordable housing development. The two organizations will announce the partnership Friday at the Cape Cod Commission's OneCape Summit at the Resort and ...

  • Jun 23, 01:39 AM | The Dorchester Reporter

    Affordable housing a top concern for Mattapan renters, homeowners

    Increased rents, higher property taxes, rising insurance costs, and concerns about the affordability of new units are just a few of the issues surrounding fair housing that Mattapan residents are talking about, most recently at the Mildred Avenue Community Center on June 13 where they discussed their concerns with officials from the Boston Public Health Commission and the Mayor's Office of ...

  • Jun 23, 01:34 AM | The Press Democrat

    Santa Rosa well project taps rural residents' fears

    June 23--Santa Rosa officials working to boost the city's backup water supply have tapped into deep fears among residents of a Rincon Valley neighborhood that the installation of an emergency well near their homes might threaten their own water supplies. About 60 people turned out Wednesday evening to air concerns and learn more about the city's plan to install a test well on a vacant property ...

  • Jun 22, 10:10 PM | Miami Herald

    Push to renegotiate contract that funded Marlins Park could open 'Pandora's Box'

    June 22--Pressure is building to revisit the sprawling contract that Miami-Dade County and city of Miami politicians controversially created a decade ago in order to fund billions in attractions and public works projects. Miami Commissioners became the latest group Wednesday to broach the idea of reopening the "Global Agreement," a consequential compact that paved the way for the construction ...

  • Jun 22, 09:30 PM | Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Philadelphia Inquirer Inga Saffron column

    June 23--In the five years since Philadelphia introduced a zoning incentive to encourage developers to incorporate reduced-price units into their projects, private builders have produced a mere 15 affordable apartments. The program nearly collapsed last year when a development company had a change of heart after its building was completed -- with five extra floors. Most developers don't even ...

  • Jun 22, 08:49 PM | Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

    Cedar Falls flood levee project may get green light soon

    June 23--CEDAR FALLS -- A logjam may be broken soon on a long-awaited project to raise the city's downtown flood control levee by 3 feet. U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst, Charles Grassley and U.S. 1st District Rep. Rod Blum have all said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to give the project final approval soon. That's after nearly three years of review and more than three years after state ...

  • Jun 22, 08:39 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel

    Failing Broward golf course giving way to development

    June 23--Another golf course in Broward County is a step closer to oblivion. The Broward County Planning Council recommended Thursday allowing Crystal Lake Golf Club in Deerfield Beach to replace its greens and fairways with up to 415 single-family and townhouse units. Attendance at Crystal Lake and many other courses has been declining, and local governments have felt increasing pressure by ...

  • Jun 22, 05:29 PM | Eurasia Review

    New Flood Study Reveals America’s Most Vulnerable Communities

    Floods are the natural disaster that kill the most people. They are also the most common natural disaster. As the threat of flooding increases worldwide, a group of scientists at LSU have gathered valuable information on flood hazard, exposure and vulnerability in counties throughout the U.S. They studied development trends from 2001 to 2011 and found that urban development has declined in ...

  • Jun 22, 02:11 PM | Chicago Tribune

    Obama Presidential Center's plan now includes Lake Shore Drive changes, more road closures

    June 22--To make the proposed Obama Presidential Center a reality, the Chicago Department of Transportation and Obama Foundation made their case to neighbors Wednesday that roads must be closed and traffic must be rerouted. In addition to the already controversial proposal to close Cornell Drive, Rebekah Scheinfeld, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation, said Marquette Drive ...

  • Jun 22, 02:00 PM | ForeignAffairs.co.nz

    Members Only Kansas City Star: Unredeemed tax credits a $3 billion liability on Missouri’s budget

    MIL OSI USA – The Missouri budget is on the hook for $3 billion worth of tax credits that have been authorized but not redeemed, according to a report Wednesday from Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway. The report is the latest examination of Missouri’s tax credit programs. In recent years, the Missouri auditor has issued reports questioning the efficiency and return on investment of various tax ...

  • Jun 22, 01:49 PM | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Quiet zones at railroad crossings are popular. But are they safe?

    June 22--SAGINAW -- A teenager on an all-terrain vehicle whizzes by an otherwise-quiet Saginaw neighborhood, accelerating up and down an 8-foot earthen berm that serves as a barrier between railroad tracks and the brick houses 100 feet away. Just as the teen clears the area, a freight train barrels by, blaring its horn to warn anyone in its way. Soon, such trains will be allowed to pass ...

  • Jun 22, 01:45 PM | Star-Ledger

    Members Only State seeks further information on Main Street redevelopment project

    flemington The state Historic Preservation Office has asked the borough of Flemington to provide more information on its application for the sale of 90-100 Main St. as part of the Union Hotel redevelopment project, stating in a letter that the application is not “technically and professionally complete.” As part of a project, which includes five additional properties, redeveloper Jack Cust Jr. ...

  • Jun 22, 07:43 AM | Voice of America News

    South Dakota Native Americans Struggle With Homelessness

    June 21, 2017 7:30 PM - Cecily Hilleary (https://www.voanews.com" id="logo-sticky-share) South Dakota Native Americans Struggle With Homelessness Webster Allen Two Hawk Jr. had not had a drink in six weeks - one of the conditions for getting a bed at the Rapid City, South Dakota rescue mission. But the 55-year-old Sicangu Lakota artist had received some bad news that cold day in March: All of ...

  • Jun 22, 12:45 PM | Winnipeg Free Press

    Members Only Closing Sears stores just the latest wave of downsizing by retail chains

    Canada's retail industry is undergoing a seismic shift, with the Sears store in Garden City Shopping Centre among the latest additions to a growing list of casualties.Sears Canada announced Thursday that 59 of its 127 retail outlets in Canada, including its outlet store in Garden City, will be closing over the next three months or so. More than 2,900 of its roughly 10,500 employees also will ...

  • Jun 22, 12:03 PM | The Washington Post (Blogs)

    Members Only Maryland seeks ‘emergency’ court ruling to allow Purple Line construction to begin

    Maryland officials have asked a federal appeals court for an "emergency" order to suspend a lower-court ruling that has delayed construction on the Purple Line, saying the light-rail project faces a "crisis point." State officials need to "make a critical decision concerning the fate of the Purple Line on or about" Aug. 1, according to the court filing late Wednesday. The lower-court judge, ...

  • Jun 22, 11:02 AM | Times Record

    Fort Smith directors hold off on downtown plan

    June 22--The Fort Smith Board of Directors will wait until July 11 to make a decision on whether to adopt a plan to revamp downtown Fort Smith. The 113-page plan, Propelling Downtown Forward, was put together by Fort Smith nonprofit 64/6 Downtown and Dallas-based consulting firm Gateway Planning. It gives an overall vision and direction for how to make downtown more pedestrian-friendly ...

  • Jun 22, 10:08 AM | Springfield News-Sun

    New Carlisle likely to change plan to remove downtown parking spots

    June 22--New Carlisle -- A proposal to add right-turn lanes in downtown New Carlisle that would have eliminated about 30 parking spaces might be veering in a new direction. The Ohio Department of Transportation and the city of New Carlisle have proposed new traffic signals on Main Street at the intersections of Lake Avenue and Jefferson Street. The plan also includes adding turn lanes, which ...

  • Jun 22, 08:18 AM | Tribune-Star

    Panel puzzled by lack of growth in downtown assessments

    June 22--Terre Haute redevelopment officials are scratching their heads over lower-than-expected increases in property tax assessments, and resulting tax payments, in the city's central business district and urban renewal area. An annual report about the city's tax increment financing districts does not show assessed values but does show that growth in property taxes fell short -- in some ...

  • Jun 22, 07:20 AM | Northern Valley Suburbanite

    LIGHT RAIL COULD EXTENT NORTH INTO NEW YORK STATE

    Regarding "Officials weigh in on light rail at Englewood hearing" (April 24, northjersey.com): I went to the public hearing on the proposed light rail line that would end in Englewood. Some people were against it, while other people were for it. No town in New Jersey wants to be at the end (North Station) because of a traffic nightmare. I spoke, and made a suggestion: that the North Station ...

  • Jun 22, 06:46 AM | Daily Independent

    'Orphan' landfill not officially closed; leachate continues to ooze from Carter site that hasn't accepted waste since about '82

    June 22--OLIVE HILL -- Four northeastern Kentucky counties have pumped money, not garbage, into a Carter County landfill since it "closed" more than 30 years ago, and the barren plot of land will require more funding this year. The status of the Grahn Landfill in the community of Grahn, just outside Olive Hill, is still considered "open" by the state, despite the old landfill not accepting ...

  • Jun 22, 08:53 AM | Austin Monitor

    Austin's Next Mobility Challenge: Downtown Parking

    Exactly what role City Council will play in an ambitious new framework conceived to tackle downtown parking problems remains to be worked out. On Wednesday afternoon, members of the Mobility Committee became the first among their colleagues to be briefed on the Downtown Austin Alliance's Downtown Austin Parking Strategy, a 79-page document that assesses the city's shortcomings and recommends a ...

  • Jun 22, 09:34 AM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only What Housing Crisis? Last-Minute Bill Would Let Wealthy Marin County Limit Home Building

    June 22--REPORTING FROM SACRAMENTO -- One of California's wealthiest counties may continue to get a pass under the state's affordable housing laws. Lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow parts of Marin County to limit growth more tightly than other regions of California. The provision, inserted last week into a bill connected to the state budget, lets Marin County's largest ...

  • Jun 22, 01:32 AM | Columbus Telegram

    Planning for Columbus' Future

    June 22--COLUMBUS -- Transportation concerns, increasing housing options and adding bike trails were some of the topics brought up during a community workshop focused on the future of Columbus. Tuesday night's public meeting at Ramada-Columbus was just the start of an information-gathering process for the comprehensive and long-range transportation plans launched by the city to chart growth ...

  • Jun 22, 05:12 AM | Valley News

    Mascoma Greenway Gets a Needed Boost

    Valley News Staff Writer The Mascoma River Greenway is about to reach its most significant milestone yet. Construction of a paved, 2.1-mile stretch of the envisioned multi-use pathway connecting Lebanon and West Lebanon will begin this summer. A contract between the city and Windsor-based Willey Earth Moving is scheduled to be signed on July 5, according to Lebanon Director of Recreation and ...

  • Jun 22, 03:31 AM | Seattle Times

    KeyArena's slanted roof closer to being named Seattle historical landmark

    June 22--KeyArena and specifically its "iconic'' roof is now one step closer to being designated an historical landmark. A nine-member landmarks preservation board, appointed by the city, voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the venue being nominated for the status. The board, consisting of architects, historians, a structural engineer and representatives from the fields of urban planning, ...

  • Jun 22, 03:00 AM | Michigan Daily (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)

    Members Only City and students share concerns over affordability of housing

    Rather than merely walking across the Diag to get to class, Music, Theatre & Dance senior Mackenzie Larrance’s morning routine consists of fighting traffic during her daily commute across town from her Ypsilanti residence. Her reasoning behind renting an apartment so far from central campus? The rapidly rising cost of living for both students and Ann Arbor residents. “I decided to live outside ...

  • Jun 22, 02:10 AM | Guardian Web

    TfL cycling data analysis: revolutionary or displacement activity?

    Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, once said “in God we trust; everyone else bring data”. London has moved towards the mantra of one man who transformed a city for cycling by using a major data analysis to show where cycling routes could be built to get the greatest number of people on to two wheels. Transport for London (TfL) has taken census data, cycle counts, surveys and data ...

  • Jun 22, 01:54 AM | Waste360

    New Project will Prevent N.J.’s Meadowlands Landfill from Polluting Passaic River

    New Jersey state officials have announced a new $39.4 million project that will wall off the state’s 94-acre Meadowlands landfill to prevent oil, insecticides, sewage sludge and a slew of other toxic waste from leaching into the Passaic River. The containment wall will be able to hold the tens of thousands of gallons of wastewater that leaches into surrounding waterways daily. In addition, as ...

  • Jun 22, 01:17 AM | Midland Daily News

    Members Only Trump's federal grant cuts could hurt low-income Midlanders

    June 21--Midland city officials this year anticipate receiving $233,830 in federal funds, which through Community Development Block Grants will be funneled to organizations with projects to help low-income individuals. It's about $6,000 less than budgeted, but the city has a contingency fund to cover the loss. Add carry-over and past program revenue and the total reaches $335,000 for the year, ...

  • Jun 22, 12:00 AM | Property Week

    Members Only Market forces: Berwick Street Market

    Plans to redevelop Soho’s famed Berwick Street Market have proved highly controversialIn July, Westminster City Council announced it was putting the famous Berwick Street Market, which dates from 1892, up for sale. Elizabeth David shopped there for olive oil in the 1950s, Marc Bolan sold fruit and veg from his mum’s stall in the 1960s, Joanna Lumley was a regular in the 1980s, it graced the ...

  • Jun 21, 11:10 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Developers bet on Quincy Center as city dangles infrastructure upgrades

    Quincy Center is a bustling place these days, with new restaurants, condos, and apartments around every corner. But as private development has ramped up, so has the demand for infrastructure improvements to support them. City leaders, who have invested nearly $85 million from various sources to make downtown more attractive for developers, are planning to spend another $80 million, including ...

  • Jun 21, 09:47 PM | Wall Street Journal (Abstracts)

    Members Only HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN ELIMINATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION

    Peter Cramton and R Richard Geddes article in Journal Report: The Future of Transportation on apps, GPS and other tools that roadway officials can use to track traffic and set 'congestion pricing' during busiest times, clear up clogged roadways and enhance safety.

  • Jun 21, 09:46 PM | Herald Democrat

    Food trucks 'a good fit for downtown' Denison

    June 21--The Denison Planning and Zoning Commission started work recently on amendments to the city ordinance that would allow for dedicated food truck parks within the city limits. The commission took action earlier this month to call for a public hearing at a future meeting to discuss the possible amendment and tasked city staff with researching the topic. "They (food trucks) are very ...

  • Jun 21, 08:59 PM | Sanford News

    City unveils strategy for solving housing woes

    SANFORD - The public got its first glimpse of the city's plans to address local housing concerns on Tuesday night. Community Development Director Ian Houseal presented the outline of the program before a public hearing during the city council's meeting. The program proposes to regulate rental housing and vacant buildings in the city through licensing and inspections and to establish a land ...

  • Jun 21, 08:48 PM | Royal Oak Review

    City receives national recognition for downtown master plan

    CLAWSON - The city of Clawson received some national attention last month for its recently updated downtown master plan. The Clawson Downtown Development Authority and Detroit-based consulting firm Giffels Webster were presented with the 2017 Vernon Deines Honor Award for Outstanding Small Town Special Project Plan during the May 7 American Planning Association National Planning Conference in ...

  • Jun 21, 06:13 PM | Deseret News

    'Incomes aren't keeping up'

    By Ben LockhartDeseret NewsSALT LAKE CITY - Before Larry Darden moved out in early 2016, he "was afraid to go to sleep at night" in his downtown Salt Lake apartment.Roaches infested the place. There were attempted break-ins. Darden never felt comfortable or secure."It was very, very unsafe at my last address," Darden says.Despite the deplorable conditions, Darden was hundreds of dollars per ...

  • Jun 21, 04:47 PM | Inside-Booster

    Suburban homeowners cleared to continue suit vs Chicago over O'Hare air traffic

    A Cook County judge has cleared dozens of Bensenville homeowners to continue their lawsuit against the city of Chicago for allegedly trespassing on their property rights when the city redesigned runways at O'Hare in 2013, sending a steady growing stream of air traffic over their homes daily since. On June 7, Cook County Circuit Judge Thomas Mulroy denied the attempt by Chicago city attorneys ...

  • Jun 21, 04:26 PM | Associated Press

    Ruling on Dakota Access pipeline shutdown months away

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge won't decide until later this year whether to shut down the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline while federal officials conduct a more thorough environmental review. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg on Wednesday approved a schedule under which both sides in a lawsuit over the pipeline will submit written arguments on the matter in July and August. "We ...

  • Jun 21, 04:03 PM | Associated Press

    Lawsuit seeks reassessment of predator control program

    EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit demanding federal wildlife officials reassess their practice of killing coyotes, bobcats, fox and other animals in Northern California. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's wildlife damage management program is aimed at protecting livestock and property. But the federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Eureka, California says an ...

  • Jun 21, 03:35 PM | News Tribune

    From bling to bland: 'Flashy' glass wiped off historic district hotel plan

    June 21--Turns out the dichroic glass design for the proposed Tacoma Convention Center Hotel was too polarizing. The city's Landmarks and Preservation Commission approved a new design for the skyscraper last month, sans the decorative glass, which displays different colors depending on the lighting and the viewing angle. "There was a lingering concern" from the commission that the glass was ...

  • Jun 21, 03:06 PM | Commercial Appeal

    Downtown board helps fund Main Street's revival with $250K in grants

    June 21--Downtown is doling out grants: $100,000 for Wunderlich Securities offices at One Commerce Square and $150,000 to spruce up buildings that house DeJaVu restaurant and Family Dollar. The Center City Development Corp. on Wednesday approved the incentives as part of an ongoing effort to revive Main Street. Memphis-based Wunderlich will spend about $2 million on tenant improvements in the ...

  • Jun 21, 02:22 PM | Trenton Times

    Members Only Township and landowners settle over affordable housing

    hopewell Hopewell Township has reached a settlement with three landowners who are interested parties in its affordable housing litigation, officials said. Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobsen will now take a look at the settlements and schedule a fairness hearing if they meet the court’s standards. This hearing would be open to the public. These agreements are part of a broader Affordable ...

  • Jun 21, 01:48 PM | AM New York

    Penn Station redevelopment plan from Cuomo disparaged as 'cosmetic'

    June 21--Community groups from across the city slammed Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his plan to sell the redevelopment of Penn Station to private companies. Cuomo said Monday the state had finalized their $1.6 billion redevelopment plan of a joint venture with three private partners to turn the historic post office into the Moynihan Train Hall. The groups gathered on the steps of the James A. Farley ...

  • Jun 21, 01:02 PM | Baltimore Sun

    Acting MTA chief: BaltimoreLink bus system launch went 'pretty smoothly'

    June 21--Until the Maryland Transit Administration began planning its $135 million BaltimoreLink bus route overhaul that launched this week, state transit officials had neither ridden bus routes to create accurate schedules nor updated the routes after the installation of the light rail or metro subway systems decades ago, acting administrator Kevin B. Quinn Jr. said Wednesday. The result? ...

  • Jun 21, 11:01 AM | Sioux City Journal

    Solar is South Sioux City's latest investment in renewables

    SOUTH SIOUX CITY - Lance Hedquist tries to maintain a sunny disposition when it comes to renewable energy in South Sioux City. The latest shining example of the northeast Nebraska town's increasing effort to reduce its carbon footprint is a 21-acre solar park south of the city alongside C Avenue comprised of more than 1,200 solar panels. "We started up operation in January of this year," ...

  • Jun 21, 10:05 AM | Daily Camera

    Boulder OKs new homelessness strategy, calls on neighboring cities for backup

    June 21--The system of services available to the area's homeless and unstably housed is changing, with a planned shift in priorities that promises greater focus on exits from homelessness and more personalized case management. But Boulder officials are hoping to get more buy-in from other towns in the county to address this regional problem. On Tuesday night, the City Council spent several ...

  • Jun 21, 08:13 AM | MinnPost.com

    Members Only City of Minneapolis takes another (small) step toward opening Nicollet Avenue

    The financial deal that the retailer Kmart scored when it built the infamous Nicollet-Avenue-straddling store in south Minneapolis is the gift that keeps on taking.After all, the company's lease payments were a bargain when the store opened in 1977; they are a bigger bargain now -- and they will be an even bigger bargain still when the lease expires in 2053. Then there's the fact that Kmart ...

  • Jun 21, 06:08 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Board lets denial of Nestle water pump station permit stand

    OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A zoning appeals board has dealt another setback to a bottled-water company that wants to pump more groundwater in western Michigan. Nestle Waters North America had appealed the Osceola Township Planning Commission's decision in April to deny a request for a permit to build a new pumping station. MLive.com (http://bit.ly/2szw8OR ) reports a zoning appeals board ...

  • Jun 21, 04:53 AM | Suffolk News-Herald

    Planners approve solar farm

    What would be Suffolk's first solar farm got the nod of approval from Suffolk's Planning Commission on Tuesday. Tradewind Energy hopes to construct the solar farm on a 150-acre site at 5000 Pruden Blvd., near its intersections with Gardner Lane and Old Myrtle Road. "There's no project like this yet in Suffolk," said Justin McGeeney, development manager of the Kansas-based company. He said ...

  • Jun 21, 07:33 AM | Sun Herald

    Can Biloxi's downtown return to its glory days? Mayor says he's working on a plan

    June 21--Cities across the country attract business and people to their downtowns with a historical look, says Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich, and he is formulating a plan to return the look and feel of Biloxi's once-vibrant downtown. It all begins with opening Howard Avenue through Vieux Marche to two-way traffic again, he said Tuesday during a workshop with Biloxi Council. A public hearing on ...