• Oct 20, 02:50 AM | Finance & Commerce

    Minneapolis' Seward Neighborhood Makes Great Places List

    When media outlets and others compile best places lists, those lists are typically dominated by upscale communities with high incomes and expensive homes. The Seward neighborhood in south Minneapolis has never fit that description. Still, the American Planning Association has named Seward one of five Great Neighborhoods on its annual Great Places in America list. The APA announcement called ...

  • Oct 20, 03:39 AM | Independent, The (Online)

    Members Only Amazon Offered Billions In Tax Breaks For Its Second Headquarters

    Amazonis receiving offers of billions of dollars in tax breaks and other subsidies from cities and states across North America that are participating in a company contest to pick a location for its second headquarters. Elected officials are eager for the $5bn-plus (£3.8bn)investment by Amazon and up to 50,000 new jobs that will come with “HQ2.” For its second campus, Amazon wants a ...

  • Oct 20, 06:02 AM | Wicked Local Metro

    Residents Call For Clarity In Zoning Recodification Process

    Oct. 20--Arlington is trying to update its zoning codes to overhaul its zoning code so the average resident can understand them. "Lawyers can understand the current bylaw but the purpose is laypeople should be able to understand it as well," Zoning Recodification Working Group member Charlie Kalauskas told the Advocate. The effort is an attempt to follow through on one of the key ...

  • Oct 20, 12:09 AM | Baltimore Sun

    State officials say Elon Musk is starting his high-speed NY-DC hyperloop project in Maryland

    Oct. 20--Maryland has given transportation pioneer Elon Musk permission to dig tunnels for the high-speed, underground transit system known as a hyperloop that Musk wants to build between New York and Washington. Hogan administration officials said Thursday the state has issued a conditional utility permit to let Musk's tunneling firm, The Boring Co., dig a 10.3-mile tunnel beneath the ...

  • Oct 20, 04:06 AM | Winston-Salem Journal

    Hearing set on 'granny flats'Forsyth commissioners to consider "granny flat" proposals next Thursday

    The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing next Thursday on proposed changes to the county's land-use rules regarding accessory dwellings on residential lots. After the public hearing, the commissioners will then vote on the measures, County Manager Dudley Watts said during a commissioners' briefing session Thursday. The commissioners' meeting is set to begin at 7 ...

  • Oct 20, 03:32 AM | Capital Press

    Flood control plan calls for further drawdown of Lake Oroville

    OROVILLE, Calif. — State water officials are sticking with their plan to lower Lake Oroville to below 700 feet in elevation this winter to accommodate reconstruction of the dam. A flood operations plan for the winter and spring calls for the lake to be drawn down to 700 feet by Nov. 1 and for releases to continue thereafter so that crews can complete an underground cut-off wall for the ...

  • Oct 20, 02:17 AM | Grand Rapids Business Journal

    Grand Rapids picks proposal for riverfront property downtown

    Grand Rapids is moving forward with a redevelopment proposal for a roughly 16-acre property downtown. An evaluation committee has elected to begin an initial due diligence phase with a proposal from Indianapolis-based Flaherty & Collins Properties to redevelop the city-owned property at 201 Market Ave. SW. 201 Market was identified in the city's GR Forward plan as a site to create a ...

  • Oct 20, 12:10 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Boston submits its bid for Amazon, aiming for 50,000 jobs and a transformation

    Boston on Thursday submitted its bid in the heated competition for Amazon’s new $5 billion “second headquarters,’’ a 218-page pitch that leans hard on the region’s intellectual firepower and offers up Suffolk Downs as a site whose ease of development outweighs its distance from the heart of the city. The detailed proposal, complete with two slick videos, outlines the region’s world-class ...

  • Oct 19, 08:45 PM | Pharos-Tribune

    Blight program extended

    Oct. 20--Logansport will have another year to tear down more dilapidated houses through the state's Blight Elimination Program, according to a city official. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, or IHCDA, awarded Logansport $925,000 in 2014 to demolish 37 blighted houses. The Blight Elimination Program is backed by the U.S. Treasury Department's Hardest Hit Fund started in ...

  • Oct 19, 07:35 PM | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Fort Worth may have one more thing to recycle: food scraps

    Oct. 19--FORT WORTH -- If recycling isn't on the to-do list of Fort Worth residents now, it will be. Residents can expect recycling to become an even greater part of their daily lives as the city looks to buy more time for its landfill. If nothing is done to preserve space, the landfill in far southeast Fort Worth will run out of room in a little more than two decades, according to a recent ...

  • Oct 19, 07:20 PM | Island Packet

    Think you know how to fix Hilton Head's affordable housing crisis? The town might hire you for this new job.

    Oct. 19--The lack of affordable housing on Hilton Head Island has been a key reason why town businesses have a hard time attracting and keeping workers. Now, town leaders want to create a full-time position to tackle the problem. The Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve creating a new staff position to direct and implement affordable housing strategies. "The Public Planning ...

  • Oct 19, 05:20 PM | Ipswich Chronicle

    Symposium looks at climate changeExperts to discuss economic and cultural threats

    Crane Beach an island. What is now downtown Ipswich flooded regularly with every consequential storm. Clams gone. The Great Marsh gone. A group of five environmental and ecological experts with diverse specialties will focus their collective knowledge on Ipswich this Saturday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. at Ascension Memorial Church's Boone Hall, 31 County St., in a free symposium, part of church's ...

  • Oct 19, 05:20 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Pitching Amazon was good practice for Mass. towns

    We’ve just wrapped up the great essay-writing challenge for cities across New England, when their planners and consultants crafted pitches for Amazon’s new headquarters. Of course, only one place in North America will get the “A’’ that matters here. For any one of these cities submitting glossy bids for Amazon’s second headquarters by today’s deadline, the odds are slim that they’ll be picked. ...

  • Oct 19, 04:35 PM | Orange County Register

    Will Orange County drink ocean water? Decisions on desalination project could answer that

    Oct. 19--A regulatory showdown that could set a precedent for large-scale desalination plants throughout the state is expected to take place Thursday in Huntington Beach where a three-member commission will decide whether the hotly contested Poseidon ocean purification plant can move forward. The three commissioners that sit on the State Lands Commission will decide whether to renew the lease ...

  • Oct 19, 03:02 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Adding lanes doesn't reduce congestion. So what is TxDOT doing?

    Oct. 19--In 2014, just before a project was undertaken to widen two interstates in the northeast, Tom Maziarz, then the chief of planning at the Connecticut Department of Transportation, said, "You can't build your way out of congestion." Well, this is Texas. And TxDOT appears to believe that you can. Figured to cost $7 billion, the North Houston Highway Improvement Project will rebuild, ...

  • Oct 19, 02:34 PM | Dayton Daily News

    Popular tax break could be history: What it would mean to Dayton

    Oct. 19--Proposals to reform the federal tax code could end an incentive that has helped create hundreds of new apartments in downtown Dayton and that developers want to use to create hundreds of new units in the future. The federal historic tax credit is at risk of elimination, which would jeopardize future efforts to rehab many historic buildings in Dayton and elsewhere in Ohio and the Rust ...

  • Oct 19, 01:15 PM | Grand Rapids Press

    Members Only Testing for toxins greatly expands

    BELMONT — Testing for a toxic chemical plume in Plainfield Township groundwater has expanded farther southeast from the Wolverine World Wide tannery waste landfill on House Street NE. The “Southeast Expansion Area,” where drinking water may be contaminated with hazardous chemicals from House Street now extends south to Rogue River Drive NE, which cuts right through the village area of Belmont. ...

  • Oct 19, 01:14 PM | Globe Gazette

    Sayles: Mason City's road to smart growth

    The Renaissance referendum is fast approaching. I wanted to support this project. However, we citizens are being lead down an ever-narrowing path contrived by the "Vote Yes" elites. All based on the notion that $10 million from the state is "free money." All of which is squandered in the fever to make the deal. There are certain peculiarities in our relationship with the developers. Getting no ...

  • Oct 19, 01:06 PM | Hartford Courant

    In Bid For Amazon HQ, Connecticut Touts Recreation, Universities and Mark Twain

    Oct. 19--Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday pitched Connecticut's curiosity, Yankee ingenuity and the strengths of Hartford and Stamford as the state submitted its bid for the second North American headquarters of Amazon Inc. The state Department of Economic and Community Development submitted a detailed proposal, including an image of Mark Twain and his Hartford house, and a video narrated by ...

  • Oct 19, 01:48 AM | Cheektowaga Bee

    Town Ramps Up Effort To Combat 'Zombie Homes'

    All throughout Cheektowaga, vacant and abandoned homes - commonly referred to as "zombie" homes - continue to impact our neighborhoods at a staggering rate. This problem is widespread, and it is not concentrated in one area or only in just low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. I am proud to say the town has not only put together a plan to address vacant and abandoned homes, but we now have the ...

  • Oct 18, 02:56 PM | Star-Ledger

    Members Only A ‘Crisis’ In N.J. Public Housing

    Statehouse Two state senators are urging lawmakers to move quickly to pass legislation that would help tenants, following an NJ Advance Media online report found that thousands of people in New Jersey live in at least 23 failing subsidized housing complexes. Sens. Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth, and Ronald Rice, D-Essex, are calling for help to “address this crisis,” according to a statement from ...

  • Oct 18, 11:12 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Dream City?: Google’s Founders Wanted To Shape A City -- Toronto Is Their Chance

    Google’s founders have long fantasized about what would happen if the company could shape the real world as much as it has life on the internet. “Years ago, we were sitting there thinking, Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take technical things that we know and apply them to cities?” Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Alphabet (now Google’s parent company), said Tuesday. “And our founders ...

  • Oct 19, 03:29 AM | Valley Breeze: Pawtucket Edition

    Plan to move waste transfer station draws strong criticism

    PAWTUCKET – A renewed plan to move the city’s privately-run waste transfer station is drawing sharp criticism from residents, who worry about a diminished quality of life from noise, truck traffic and rats. Patricia St. Germain, representing the board of directors for Fairlawn Against Crime Team (F.A.C.T.), in a letter to the City Planning Commission, criticized the plan from Link ...

  • Oct 19, 02:47 AM | The State Journal-Register

    Planners unveil 20-year development blueprint for Springfield

    Oct. 19--A new comprehensive plan for the city of Springfield aims to make the city a more attractive, better-connected community by 2037. The City of Springfield Comprehensive Plan, Forging a New Legacy, would achieve its goals through zoning decisions during the next two decades. When new zoning cases come up, members of the planning and zoning commission and Springfield aldermen would ...

  • Oct 18, 10:14 PM | Chicago Tribune

    As deadline approaches, Chicago's Amazon pursuit only beginning

    Oct. 19--Two days after submitting a bid for Amazon's 50,000-job second headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chicago is bracing for a multistep competition against cities throughout North America that is likely to extend into 2018. Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Monday that the Chicago area's Amazon proposal had been submitted. They have not revealed any details of the bid, ...

  • Oct 18, 10:00 PM | Waste360

    Geneva, N.Y., Rolls Out New Waste Diversion Programs

    The town of Geneva, N.Y., is gearing up to launch several waste diversion programs, which will help reduce the amount of waste generated and prepare the town for how to manage refuse when the landfill closes in 2028. One of the projects focuses on composting and other food waste reduction efforts, while another project focuses on fixing furniture, equipment and appliances to keep those types ...

  • Oct 18, 09:30 PM | Charlotte Observer

    A blank parking garage wall will give rise to one of Charlotte's largest artworks

    Oct. 18--A huge concrete parking deck might not seem like the most appealing canvas for an artist, but a Charlotte-based developer is trying to change that with a new development uptown. Crescent Communities has commissioned one of the city's largest pieces of public art, to be installed at the Novel Stonewall Station project adjacent to the light rail. The development includes 459 apartments, ...

  • Oct 18, 07:52 PM | The Anniston Star

    Officials could approve Anniston's Ladiga Trail extension plan within a week, mayor says

    Oct. 18--Anniston Mayor Jack Draper says within a week or so the city could learn whether a plan to extend the Chief Ladiga Trail into downtown is approved. "It's something that I would like to see happen quickly," Draper said Wednesday of the city's long-held plan to extend the popular cycling and pedestrian trail, which currently ends at Michael Tucker Park. Draper said that he, city staff ...

  • Oct 18, 05:37 PM | Post-Star

    Residents question development plans in Moreau

    Oct. 18--MOREAU -- Monday night was the first chance residents had to discuss the town's new draft comprehensive plan. Only about 10 people showed up to the meeting in Town Hall, but concerns over the potential for new apartment buildings and interest in improving the traffic section of the plan were strongly voiced. The language in the housing portion of the plan confused residents, leading ...

  • Oct 18, 03:51 PM | Tahlequah Daily Press

    Comprehensive plan takes growth of city toward river

    Oct. 18--City officials hosted a public presentation on Oct. 17, showcasing Tahlequah's comprehensive plan, "My Tahlequah 2040." The firm chosen to design the comprehensive plan, Crafton Tull, presented a framework developed from scenarios based on community input from previous public meetings, planning sessions, 550 survey responses, and interviews with citizens and Northeastern State ...

  • Oct 18, 03:24 PM | The Chronicle

    Climate change bill is long overdue

    So, too, does my family notch its biography with major weather events. I am told that as a 2-year-old, my mother and aunt took me out of the warm, dry comforts of our Chelsea home to watch Hurricane Carol pummel the coast along a windswept Revere Beach Boulevard. Six years later, Hurricane Donna littered our dead-end city street with twisted tree limbs, tangled wires and delighted kids whose ...

  • Oct 18, 02:09 PM | Associated Press

    Pennsylvania cities try to lure Amazon, touting bikes, food

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia is highlighting its bike lanes and LGBT-friendly ratings, while Pittsburgh is touting its manageable cost of living and signature sandwich freebies. Communities around Pennsylvania are hoping to become the site of Amazon's much-vaunted second headquarters, with the e-commerce giant's promises of $5 billion in investment and 50,000 jobs over the next decade and ...

  • Oct 18, 01:34 PM | Kansas City Star

    Missouri ignored HUD's early warning about anti-discrimination law, legislator says

    Oct. 18--Missouri was warned as early as February that changes to the state's anti-discrimination law could endanger hundreds of thousands in federal aid to the state, according to documents circulated by a Democratic leader Wednesday. House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, a Kansas City Democrat, revealed that the state had received a letter from U.S. Housing and Urban Development ...

  • Oct 18, 01:28 PM | The Times-Leader

    Planning board talks Southwest Bypass

    AYDEN-Representatives of the N.C. Department of Transportation discussed the future of the Southwest Bypass at Monday's Ayden Planning Board meeting. Sarah Lentine, Greenville's resident engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation, discussed the impact the bypass will have on the town of Ayden. "Ayden sits at the southern end of the project," Lentine said, explaining bridges and ...

  • Oct 18, 01:04 PM | The New Orleans Advocate

    Planning commission OKs ordinance rewrite; parish council to vote

    The St. Tammany Parish Planning Commission unanimously approved at its October meeting the first phase of a rewrite of parish ordinances governing zoning and subdivision development. The first phase will move those parts of the parish Code of Ordinances onto Municode, a nationwide system that codifies ordinances into a standard format and makes them available to the public on its website. As ...

  • Oct 18, 11:48 AM | MassLive.com

    98-acre site in Worcester being proposed for second Amazon headquarters

    Oct. 18--Worcester city officials want to see 98 acres off Route 20 and by the Worcester commuter rail line become the second home to Amazon. Seattle-based Amazon is searching for a place to build its second headquarters, planning a 500,000-square-foot facility that would be near public transit, an international airport, universities and within a metropolitan area of more than one million ...

  • Oct 18, 11:30 AM | The Washington Post (Blogs)

    Members Only Two years from completion: Workers have put more than 5 million hours into building phase 2 of the Silver Line

    If you've been to Dulles International Airport recently or driven along the toll road or Dulles Greenway, you've probably realized that decades of planning are taking shape in a very real way. Phase 2 of the Silver Line rail project, which will extend Metro service to Dulles Airport and into Loudoun County is starting to look like an actual rail line. There are tracks and pedestrian bridges ...

  • Oct 18, 11:18 AM | Valley News Today

    Fremont and Page counties to receive trail planning assistance

    The National Park Service has recently announced the recipients of their Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program for Fiscal Year 2018. Among those awarded were Golden Hills RC&D's applications for a Fremont County Comprehensive Trails Plan and a Page County Comprehensive Trails Plan. As RTCA Participants, the Fremont and Page County Committees will receive free, on-location ...

  • Oct 18, 11:09 AM | Danville Register & Bee

    Tobacco funding called 'critical' for Dan River Region

    Virginia Tobacco Commission funds have provided more than $195 million in local funding for economic development, college scholarships and other projects since it began in 1999. The latest round of funds includes nearly $1 million approved since January for education and job training in Danville and Pittsylvania County. Those total funding figures do not include the indemnification funding to ...

  • Oct 18, 11:06 AM | The Santa Fe New Mexican

    City of Santa Fe, UNM explore framework for SFUAD campus use

    Oct. 18--Representatives of The University of New Mexico and city officials have been discussing possible UNM use of a part of the campus being vacated by the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The city also has been approached about possible commercial redevelopment of some of the 64-acre campus on St. Michael's Drive, according to emails released by the city in response to a public ...

  • Oct 18, 11:01 AM | Chattanooga Times Free Press

    Hamilton County Commission approves landfill proposal

    Oct. 18--Check out Paul Leach's tweets so you can follow the meeting starting at 9:30 a.m. UPDATE: The Hamilton County Commission approved the Birchwood landfill in a 7-2 vote. ___ ORIGINAL STORY: The Hamilton County Commission decides today whether to open the door for a second landfill in the Harrison community. Developer Birchwood II LLC would like to see its privately operated 25-acre ...

  • Oct 18, 10:50 AM | Monitor

    Toll road a go: Bids let for $168 million link across southwest Hidalgo County

    Bids are being fielded for a $168 million tollway project in southwest Hidalgo County, with a deadline of Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. The 12.2-mile project, called the 365 Toll Project, will include a connection to and from the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. The road will run north past East Dicker Road before looping left across South Cage Boulevard, according to maps of the proposed project. The ...

  • Oct 18, 03:06 AM | Associated Press

    Wooing Amazon With Sun, Fun ... And Giant Buttons

    BOSTON (AP) — Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon's much-vaunted second headquarters that they're brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, whispering sweet nothings to the company and even pushing its buttons. Literally. The Associated Press talked to the leaders of more than 50 cities or metropolitan regions about the different ways they're showcasing themselves to the Seattle ...

  • Oct 18, 09:36 AM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only Bold Skyscraper Campus Would Energize Downtown Dallas' South Side

    Oct. 18--Developers who built Plano's $3 billion Legacy West project are eyeing a vacant corner of downtown Dallas for a major mixed-use project. Builder KDC has teamed up with landowner Hoque Global to plan the more than 20-acre skyscraper campus on the south side of downtown. Located between Dallas City Hall and Interstate 30, the 8-block urban project would include office towers, retail and ...

  • Oct 17, 11:03 PM | The Blade

    Toledo City Council Wants Lake Erie Declared Impaired

    Oct. 18--Toledo City Council Tuesday approved a resolution urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to designate the western basin of Lake Erie impaired -- a move already made by other officials including the Lucas County Commissioners and Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson. Council voted 11-1 in favor of the resolution. Councilman Tom Waniewski cast the lone no vote. "I don't think Lake ...

  • Oct 18, 09:35 AM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only Southern California cities to submit bids for Amazon's new headquarters site

    Oct. 18--Since Amazon rolled out the reality show-like competition for its second headquarters last month, communities have come up with a multitude of creative ways to generate buzz for their bids. In Tucson, an economic development group tried to gift a 21-foot tall saguaro cactus to Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos. The city of Birmingham, Ala., placed giant Amazon boxes around town. And ...

  • Oct 18, 04:28 AM | Falmouth Bulletin

    Form zoning seen as key to protecting properties, improving neighborhoods

    The Falmouth Historical Commission envisions a Woods Hole Historical District that not only protects the area's structures, but also its look and character. Falmouth Planning Board, meanwhile, wants to better integrate the David Straits corridor with the look and feel of Downtown Falmouth. Members envision fewer parking lots and more streetscapes lined with stores, businesses, and housing. And ...

  • Oct 18, 04:12 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Sidewalk Labsto help developarea in Toronto

    A subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet is taking a lead role in redeveloping Toronto's waterfront into a technology-infused urban neighborhood of the future, Canadian leaders announced Tuesday. Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs, an urban design firm in New York, won a bid to partner with a redevelopment agency to create Sidewalk Toronto, a 12-acre mixed-use smart city neighborhood on part of ...

  • Oct 18, 01:56 AM | National Real Estate Investor

    Members Only What Sets Seattle’s Apartment Market Apart from the Rest of the Country?

    Multifamily developers have been very busy in Seattle, especially in the core sub-markets around downtown. But thanks to affordability and strong job growth—including in the city’s core—few new apartments are sitting vacant and rents continue to rise. “Performance remains terrific, despite all the new product that has been added to the stock,” says Greg Willett, chief economist with RealPage, ...

  • Oct 18, 01:10 AM | Associated Press

    Gary, Indiana, appealing to virtue in Amazon project pitch

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Long-struggling Gary, Indiana, is hoping to stand out in Amazon's search for a second headquarters site by offering a chance to pull the city from its decades of economic decline that's left it with among the country's highest poverty rates. Indianapolis-area leaders are also making a pitch to Amazon, but aren't talking about what they'll be touting to the online retail ...

  • Oct 18, 12:13 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only NY getting nearly $150M for housing and development

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is getting nearly $150 million in federal funding for affordable housing and economic development. The funding is being provided by the Office of Community Planning and Development, part of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. It's broken down into a community development block grant of nearly $73 million and $76.6 million for housing. New ...

  • Oct 17, 11:34 PM | Bellingham Herald

    Big changes are being proposed to the waterfront redevelopment project

    Oct. 18--BELLINGHAM -- Significant changes are being proposed to the waterfront redevelopment plan. Staff from the Port of Bellingham met with officials from the city and Harcourt Developments on Monday to address some issues they have with the current plan for the waterfront district, which was formerly home to the Georgia-Pacific pulp and tissue facility. Reaching an agreement on a new idea, ...

  • Oct 17, 11:20 PM | Orange County Register

    Long Beach and Huntington Beach to enter fray for Amazon's second headquarters

    Oct. 18--Two of Southern California's beach cities are jumping into the pool as co-suitors for Amazon's proposed massive new headquarters. Long Beach and Huntington Beach officials say they are ready to unveil a joint proposal at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, to become home to the online retail giant. Long Beach would join Los Angeles as the second city in that county to submit a proposal, while ...

  • Oct 17, 11:18 PM | News-Journal

    Daytona Beach attracts new tattoo shops after rules relaxed

    Oct. 18--DAYTONA BEACH -- When a de facto ban on tattoo shops in Daytona Beach that had lingered for decades was lifted in April, city leaders predicted there would be a line of people eager to open parlors where artists could do their inking. They were right. One tattoo shop opened on Beville Road in June, and another business venture will find out Wednesday if it will get the final approval ...

  • Oct 17, 10:54 PM | Star Tribune

    Minnesota to offer 'modest' incentives in high-stakes Amazon competition

    Oct. 18--While other states are preparing incentive packages worth $1 billion or more to attract Amazon's second headquarters, Minnesota officials confirmed this week that the only sweetener the state's opening bid spells out is up to $3 million from existing programs. Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that Minnesota is deliberately taking a different tack from others in the quest to land Amazon's ...

  • Oct 17, 10:52 PM | Central Oregonian

    Dressing up the sidewalks

    A local committee has completed a Third Street Redevelopment Plan to improve the downtown area ------------ The sidewalks of Third Street in Prineville's downtown area could undergo a major facelift within the next year. A Downtown Strategic Planning Committee has developed a Third Street Development Plan in recent months that includes multiple upgrades to sidewalks on both sides of the road ...

  • Oct 17, 09:48 PM | Foster's Daily Democrat

    Dover preparing to meet climate change through Master Plan

    Oct. 18--DOVER -- The city is working on adding a chapter to its Master Plan to help plan for the potential effects of climate change, and it is seeking input from residents. On Saturday, the steering committee for the new chapter will hold a public forum to unveil the draft. Kyle Pimental of the Strafford County Regional Planning Commission said the climate adaptation chapter would be the ...

  • Oct 17, 09:20 PM | Times Leader

    HUD awards Luzerne County over $6 million in grants for affordable housing

    Oct. 18--WILKES-BARRE -- Local lawmakers announced Tuesday that both the city of Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne County have received millions of dollars in federal funding for various housing initiatives. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $1,383,671 to the city and $3,784,927 to the county through the Community Development Block Grant program, which facilitates grants ...

  • Oct 17, 07:09 PM | Buffalo News

    Commission: Blame nature - not its plan - for Lake Ontario flooding

    Oct. 17--A perfect storm of high lake levels, ice formation and unprecedented spring rains flooded shoreline communities along Lake Ontario earlier this year, International Joint Commission officials said Tuesday at an environmental conference in Buffalo. The flooding would have happened with or without the new lake-level regulating Plan 2014, according to a panel of experts meeting at the ...

  • Oct 17, 06:21 PM | The Advocate

    Louisiana Supreme Court hears arguments in controversial setting case of eminent domain

    Oct. 17--The Louisiana Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday over whether St. Bernard Parish port officials trampled on Louisiana's eminent-domain laws when they seized a privately run port operation along a mile of Mississippi River frontage in 2010. The case, a new test of the government's power to wrest private property in Louisiana, surrounds the port's use of eminent-domain laws and ...

  • Oct 17, 03:13 PM | Seattle Times

    As cities ready HQ2 bids, Amazon should plan civic investments too, community groups say

    Oct. 17--The monthlong public courtship to become Amazon's second headquarters has focused on what cities are prepared to offer the retail giant. A coalition of community groups is trying to reverse that dynamic, publishing an open letter on Tuesday that asks Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos to forgo tax breaks and invest in the civic health of whichever city the company chooses for HQ2. ...

  • Oct 17, 02:28 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Rail, downtown tunnel part of Nashville's $5.2B transit plan

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A $5.2 billion proposal to build an extensive transit system in Tennessee's booming capital city would introduce light rail and carve out an underground tunnel downtown, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry announced Tuesday. At a news conference, Barry unveiled details of her plan that would feature more than 25 miles (40 kilometers) of light rail, additional bus service and ...

  • Oct 17, 12:17 PM | Billings Gazette

    Housing, sports studies could bolster urban renewal in Billings

    Oct. 17--A pair of upcoming studies -- one on workforce housing, one sports related -- could be keys to helping a pair of Billings urban renewal districts maintain their redevelopment momentum. Tim Goodridge, coordinator of the East Billings Urban Renewal District, told the Billings City Council Monday he expects to receive a study Tuesday that will evaluate East Billings and downtown ...

  • Oct 17, 12:04 PM | Marietta Daily Journal

    Student housing on IceForum site to get vote Tuesday

    One week after enacting a moratorium on rezoning applications for new student housing, Cobb commissioners will consider Tuesday a 195-apartment development across from Kennesaw State University's football stadium that would be marketed to college students. The moratorium doesn't apply to the project because the rezoning request was filed before the moratorium was enacted. Other proposed ...

  • Oct 17, 11:52 AM | The Hibbing Daily Tribune

    Creating a park: Nielsen Memorial Preserve plan available for review

    After much preparatory work, the Nielsen Memorial Preserve, also referred to as the Kenyon Park, is moving closer to becoming a reality. The county is asking residents to review and provide comments on the draft master plan document through the end of October. After that it will go to the Goodhue County Board of Commissioners for adoption. The 42-page document is viewable on the county ...

  • Oct 17, 11:48 AM | Philadelphia Tribune

    Members Only Soda tax hurting merchants, controller says

    Many merchants in the city are showing losses as a result of the sweetened beverage tax implemented earlier this year, according to a survey that Controller Alan Butkovitz released on Monday. Of the 650 businesses that reported a decline in year-to-year revenue, more than 400 attributed "most" or "all" of the decline to the new city levy that was a big component of Mayor Jim Kenney's ...

  • Oct 17, 10:17 AM | Hyde Park Herald

    Residents launch campaign to save the Midway

    Development for the Barack Obama Presidential Center (OPC) is on the horizon, and residents in Hyde Park want to ensure that the Midway is preserved and remains clear and open through the formation of a campaign that will, "Save the Midway." "When my kids were growing up, I spent thirteen years coaching them [in soccer] and a lot of that time was spent practicing on the Midway," said Michael ...

  • Oct 17, 10:07 AM | Metro

    Three critical pieces of Philly's Vision Zero Action Plan

    The city of Philadelphia released its Vision Zero Action Plan on Thursday, Sept. 28. It outlines actions that will make Philadelphia a better, safer place to travel, and comes after several years of advocacy from outside groups, including the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. The plan is good. It uses statistics, public comments and strategies used elsewhere to create a three-year ...

  • Oct 17, 07:18 AM | Associated Press

    Ohio Turnpike Plans Alerts System For Tech-Connected Cars

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Officials are planning a new system of travel alert information for part of the Ohio Turnpike near Cleveland with an eye toward a day when autonomous vehicles might regularly cruise that roadway. The Plain Dealer reports the Turnpike Commission will use roadside sensors and other technology to produce traffic and weather alerts that could serve self-driving vehicles. For ...

  • Oct 17, 04:01 AM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only Portland Would Add Wi-Fi To Lampposts As Part Of Project To Upgrade Lighting

    Oct. 17--In the next year or so, you may be able to get a free Wi-Fi signal from street lamps in downtown Portland. The City Council voted unanimously Monday, with Mayor Ethan Strimling absent, to approve an $8.5 million project to purchase its street lights downtown and several islands from Central Maine Power Co. The project would allow the city to install more efficient LED lights, as well ...

  • Oct 16, 01:19 PM | Post-Bulletin

    'Good Neighbor' Tax Plan Has Been Windfall For Cities

    Oct. 16--SPRING VALLEY -- Around the bend from U.S. Highway 63, not far from one of the finest A and W drive-ins in America, complete with carhops, is a new road in the Spring Valley industrial park, along with two new warehouses. In Byron, they cleared away late fees, taxes and assessments on two lots in the industrial park on the west edge of town. Those lots then sold, Hentges Glass and ...

  • Oct 17, 01:42 AM | City & State

    Tracking the status of Superstorm Sandy resiliency projects

    While many ideas have been proposed, there is no single solution to protecting New York City from the next Superstorm Sandy. A multi-pronged approach to stabilizing current infrastructure and building new defenses is currently in the works. Here's a quick look at the status of some of the ongoing projects and proposals. RELATED: Is New York City ready for the next Sandy? The Big U Status: In ...

  • Oct 17, 09:47 AM | Austin Monitor

    CodeNEXT density increase could mean parking requirement decrease

    The spirit of road rage sometimes goes beyond Austin's congested highways and injects itself into debates revolving around the city's transit problems. That angst could be felt at the Oct. 10 Planning Commission meeting, when staff presented how parking requirements would shift under CodeNEXT 2.0. In the Mobility Code Prescription paper published in July 2016, the CodeNEXT Advisory Group ...

  • Oct 17, 07:26 AM | US Official News

    Members Only Floodproofing cities: $1.8M for smart stormwater project.

    Lansing: University of Michigan has issued the follownig news release: Autonomous "smart" technologies for aging stormwater systems are being developed at the University of Michigan to lessen the impacts of flooding--potentially saving lives and billions of dollars in property damage. Today, the National Science Foundation awarded a $1.8 million grant to Branko Kerkez, an assistant professor ...

  • Oct 17, 07:26 AM | US Official News

    Members Only Free online training program on coastal resilience helps community planners.

    New York: University of Rhode Island has issued the following news release: Protecting the state's coast has taken on greater urgency as threats from climate change become real--and expensive. The University of Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Center is offering a free online tool that will help community planners prepare for sea-level rise, flooding and other climate-related challenges for ...

  • Oct 17, 03:00 AM | The New York Times

    Members Only Newark Says, Hey Amazon, Look at Us For Expansion

    The city sits astride an extensive transportation network of trains, planes and automobiles. It has six colleges and universities with a total of 60,000 students. There is prime office space available, and new apartments downtown are far less expensive than housing in New York City or even Jersey City. According to city officials and developers, it has much of what Amazon, the retail giant, ...

  • Oct 16, 09:17 PM | Daily News

    How should millions in federal funds be spent in LA communities? The city wants to hear from you

    Oct. 17--Angelenos will have the opportunity in Pacoima on Tuesday evening to tell the city how it should spend millions of dollars in federal grants that assist low-income residents, as well as fund upgrades to baseball fields, street lights and other public amenities. The meeting is the first of three scheduled for this month, and will take place 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the El Nido ...

  • Oct 16, 07:06 PM | News & Observer

    Wake County wants more affordable housing. Will that mean a tax increase?

    Oct. 17--RALEIGH -- Wake County residents could be asked to pay higher sales taxes or property taxes to come up with money to help increase the amount of affordable housing. The Wake County commissioners on Monday approved a 20-year plan for increasing the amount of affordable housing through strategies such as changing zoning rules and spending more taxpayer money on programs. But a major ...

  • Oct 16, 06:38 PM | Sunday Star

    Eckardt earns award for work on vacant properties

    EASTON - Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, recently was given an award for her work in the last Maryland General Assembly session on legislation that aims to curb the number of vacant properties in blighted communities across the state. Along with Del. Marvin Holmes, D-23BPrince George's, Eckardt was given the Community Development Network of Maryland's President's Award on Sept. 29. During ...

  • Oct 16, 02:36 PM | Sun News

    Why is Conway refusing 27 free bikes for a downtown bike-share program?

    Oct. 16--A Conway-based nonprofit bought 27 bikes for a downtown bike share program, but the bikes are now being stored outside with no plans in the works. The problem? Conway wasn't planning on a bike-share program. Conway Cultural Development Corporation President Dennis Stevens said he used $1,300 in funding from The Knight Foundation's grant to the Waccamaw Community Foundation to buy the ...

  • Oct 16, 01:06 PM | Columbia Flier

    County launches house restoration loan program

    Oct. 16--The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development is accepting loan pre-applications for its new home rehabilitation program, Reinvest*Renovate*Restore, to give homeowners renovation funding, while enhancing curb appeal. Director Kelly Cimino said the department will have an informational workshop Monday, Oct. 23 about the newly established program for existing homes. ...

  • Oct 16, 10:16 AM | Michigan Chronicle

    $7 million building rehab in North End neighborhood to provide housing for homeless vets

    Central City Integrated Health, along with Mayor Mike Duggan, other city of Detroit officials and community members broke ground on a $7 million redevelopment of the vacant Saint Rita Apartments, a historic apartment building in the North End neighborhood. The building, which has sat empty for more than a decade, will be transformed into 26 state-of-the-art, 750 square-foot one-bedroom ...

  • Oct 16, 10:10 AM | The Washington Post (Blogs)

    Members Only For Amazon’s next headquarters, D.C. pitches four of its trendiest neighborhoods

    In late 2015, Brian Kenner, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser's deputy mayor for economic development, met Amazon.com chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos at the opening of a downtown office for the online retailer's Web services unit. Ever the D.C. booster, Kenner encouraged the tech mogul to do more business in the city. "I pitched Washington, D.C., as a place to expand," he recalled. Little did ...

  • Oct 16, 06:42 AM | Record

    DREW HOUSING FORUM RAISES REAL CONCERNS

    Affordable housing - or the lack of it - is a statewide problem. Years of legislative inaction led to a series of state Supreme Court decisions now shorthanded into "the Mount Laurel decisions." Democratic and Republican administrations have failed to find a solution that satisfies the court mandates, while placating builders who want high-end developments and nearly built-out municipalities ...

  • Oct 16, 07:01 AM | The Catalyst (Colorado College)

    Members Only Opposition Persists as Colorado Springs Pushes to Privatize More Public Land

    By KELSEY MAXWELL For over a year, the City of Colorado Springs has been engaged in a heated debate about the conservation of public lands. In January 2016, the City Council announced their intentions to exchange property with the Broadmoor, a deal that council members deemed as an “exciting opportunity” for the development of the city. With this exchange, 371 acres of land currently owned by ...

  • Oct 15, 11:33 PM | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

    Green Crosswalks Downtown Mean 'Go' -- For Pedestrians, Cyclists

    Oct. 16--More green is showing up downtown along a 1.5 mile section of the Fall Line Trace between 10th Avenue and the Frank K. Martin Pedestrian Bridge. A longtime Columbus official called about the green painted crosswalks at intersections along the walking and biking path with 12-foot wide sidewalks. Rick Jones, director of the Planning Department, said the green paint is simply a way to ...

  • Oct 15, 02:18 PM | Montana Standard

    App Could Foster Public Engagement In Butte's 'Environmental Story'

    Oct. 14--Butte-Silver Bow hopes to develop a mobile app that gives residents more information about Superfund sites and lets them pose their own questions and comments to government officials and experts in the field. The goal is to do a better job informing people about the environmental impact a century of mining has had on Butte and what has and is being done to improve things plus get the ...

  • Oct 16, 05:33 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Hearing scheduled for Saugatuck marina development plan

    SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — State environmental regulators will take public comments on a plan to build a private marina and nearly 40 home sites near the Saugatuck Dunes State Park. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Saugatuck High School. Officials will host a question-and-answer session at 6 p.m. The 300-acre property ...

  • Oct 15, 10:19 PM | The Plain Dealer

    Members Only An urban neighborhood comes full circle

    University Circle, the city’s second downtown, is finally getting a skyline. Developers Mitchell Schneider and Sam Petros held a “topping out” ceremony Tuesday for One University Circle, the 20-story, 267-unit apartment tower scheduled for completion in May at Euclid Avenue and Stokes Boulevard. It is the tallest building on the city’s East Side. Rising up to grab stunning views of Lake Erie ...

  • Oct 15, 04:04 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    San Diego's bid for Amazon HQ2: Can it win?

    Oct. 15--This week, a massive beauty contest kicks off among North American cities competing to land Amazon's second headquarters and its 50,000 job prize that promises to reshape the winning region's economy for years to come. Initial proposals are due no later than Thursday. San Diego aims to get a jump on competitors by delivering its bid to Amazon on Monday -- complete with potential ...

  • Oct 15, 12:52 PM | The Winchester Star

    Frederick’s water planCan Opequon handle the strain?

    Over the next two decades, Frederick County’s water consumption, it is said, will double from the 5.6 million to 6.5 million gallons used today to the 12 million gallons anticipated come 2035. A quick glance at the names in today’s news — the FBI records complex, Navy Federal Credit Union, Amazon, 84 Lumber: all new or existing (i.e., expanding) businesses — indicate this 12 million figure is ...

  • Oct 15, 11:20 AM | The Washington Post

    Members Only Alexandria weighing whether to renew lease on popular Great Waves Waterpark

    Alexandria's City Council is considering whether to pull the plug on one of the region's most popular water parks, which draws more than 100,000 customers every summer. A citizen advisory group says the city, which faces a tight budget, looming capital costs and growing demands for athletic fields and facilities, could generate revenue and serve its own residents better by replacing Great ...

  • Oct 15, 11:07 AM | The Daily Times

    Neighbor complaints thwart Townsend Airbnb rental in 'exclusive' zoning district

    “Tourist residences” are not expressly allowed in Townsend’s only “exclusive” residential district, but the city’s zoning ordinance does not define what a “tourist residence” is. The Townsend Planning Commission sought to remedy that Thursday, as more than 20 citizens crowded into the Townsend Municipal Office to complain of an Airbnb rental in their neighborhood. “Instead of recreating the ...

  • Oct 15, 09:36 AM | Bellingham Herald

    Bellingham measure would give extra protections to renters

    Oct. 15--BELLINGHAM -- City Council members voted last week to consider an ordinance that would ban so-called "source of income discrimination" in rental housing citywide. Council members voted 6-1, with Council member Terry Bornemann excused, to have its staff draft an ordinance that would prohibit landlords from rejecting prospective tenants because the applicants receive funds under the ...

  • Oct 15, 09:34 AM | Bellingham Herald

    What is going on with waterfront redevelopment? Here are some answers

    Oct. 15--BELLINGHAM -- It's been a long, meandering trip to redevelop the former Georgia-Pacific waterfront property, but the project is finally at a point where the public will start seeing some tangible activity beyond the makeover of the Granary Building. Construction of the two main streets into the waterfront district -- Granary Avenue and Laurel Street -- is scheduled to begin in ...

  • Oct 15, 05:48 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Fat City, baby

    THEN: By the time Jefferson Parish officials officially recognized Fat City as a geographic area in 1976, the colorfully named 40-square-block section of Metairie had been humming along for three years, with a group of businessmen coining the term in 1973 to describe what they envisioned as a Jefferson Parish version of the Vieux Carré. At first, it consisted mostly of apartment buildings, ...

  • Oct 15, 05:17 AM | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Santa Cruz County survey finds 27 percent living three in a room

    Oct. 15--SANTA CRUZ -- When Melissa Figueroa, a student at UC Santa Cruz, took a class with Steve McKay, associate professor of sociology, who has been exploring the local rental crisis, she wasn't just studying the problem, she was living it. Last year, she lived in a windowless garage with her boyfriend, going inside the house to use a bathroom and kitchen and paying $800 a month to fellow ...

  • Oct 15, 03:00 AM | The New York Times

    Members Only Downtown Miami: More Than a Gateway to the Beach

    From a tourism perspective, the city of Miami has long been a gateway to Miami Beach, the sand-fringed barrier island lined in glamorous resorts. But in the past several years, downtown Miami has been undergoing renovation, first as a cultural destination -- its acclaimed Perez Art Museum Miami opened in 2013 -- and more recently as a leisure destination with the recent opening of new hotels ...

  • Oct 14, 11:15 PM | US Official News

    Members Only EPA Removes the Shpack Landfill Site from the National Priorities List.

    Salt Lake City: Environmental Protection Agency, The State of Utah has issued the following news release: Environmental Protection Agency has removed the Shpack Landfill, a superfund site located in Attleboro and Norton, Mass., from the National Priorities List (NPL, aka Superfund). Deleting sites from the NPL may occur once all response actions are complete and all cleanup goals have been ...