• Mar 23, 08:06 AM | The Charleston Gazette

    Members Only W.V. Water Pollution Bill To Allow More Discharges Advances

    March 23--A controversial bill that could allow more toxic chemicals to be discharged into West Virginia's rivers and streams cleared another hurdle Wednesday night, on its way to giving business and industry lobbyists a long-sought change in state water pollution rules. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the legislation on a 10-5 vote after a move by Sen. Randy Smith, R-Tucker, ...

  • Mar 23, 05:03 AM | Detroit Free Press

    Metro Detroit's Malls: Down For The Count

    March 23--As mega malls become an endangered species nationwide, here's an overview of metro Detroit malls. (Those dying to learn more about dead malls can visit www.deadmalls.com for more on big retailing's obituaries.) * Northland Center in Southfield: Biggest shopping center in U.S. when opened in 1954. Now vacant but redevelopment imminent after City of Southfield purchased the property ...

  • Mar 23, 05:00 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Bioswales - To The City, a Pollution Fighter; To Some Residents, an Eyesore

    Camera in hand, Carmine Famiglietti faced off with a crew from the city in front of his house late last year. City workers were on his corner in Flushing, Queens, to construct a bioswale, a pit dug into the sidewalk that is filled with rocky soil and topped by shrubbery, designed to absorb polluted storm water otherwise running into the sewer system, some eventually seeping into waterways like ...

  • Mar 23, 09:43 AM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only OPINION: Measure S was not the answer to L.A.'s housing crisis, but neither is returning to business as usual

    March 23--For all the acrimonious debate over Measure S, the slow-growth ballot measure that suffered a decisive defeat this month, most factions could agree on one thing: The development process in Los Angeles is broken. Although Measure S was not the answer, neither is returning to business as usual. With the vote behind us, it's time to take stock of the city's very real challenges and ...

  • Mar 23, 07:52 AM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only BRIEF: Atlanta BeltLine focuses on University Avenue development

    March 23--Areas around Turner Field and the Adair Park and Pittsburgh communities could soon get some redevelopment help from Atlanta BeltLine. The greenspace developer, which is creating a 22-mile loop of trails along mostly abandoned train tracks in the center of Atlanta, has issued a Request for Proposal for the creation of three different development plans along University Avenue in ...

  • Mar 23, 06:15 AM | Tampa Bay Times

    Members Only Tangerine Plaza sold at auction, setting stage for St. Petersburg to take control of shopping center

    March 23--ST. PETERSBURG -- The city is one step closer to taking over ownership of Tangerine Plaza, the Midtown commercial development that has seen two grocery stores fail in the last three years. Summit Bridge, a creditor of developer Larry Newsome, on Wednesday bought his leaseholding rights to the plaza for what is believed to be about $2 million at a foreclosure auction, according to ...

  • Mar 23, 06:13 AM | Whittier Daily News

    Members Only Santa Fe Springs budget facing $1.6 million shortfall due to declining tax revenues

    SANTA FE SPRINGS City officials said Santa Fe Springs remains in good financial shape, despite a mid-year review showing the 2016-17 budget with a $1.6 million shortfall in anticipated revenue. The deficit in the city's $56 million general fund budget is due to lower than ...

  • Mar 23, 04:02 AM | Valley Breeze: Pawtucket Edition

    City facing $5 million budget shortfall without changes

    PAWTUCKET – This city is facing a budget deficit of about $5 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year unless significant changes are made to operations, says Mayor Donald Grebien. An increase of $900,000 in spending bumps the city’s tax rate by about 27 cents, so the $5 million would mean an increase of $1.50 on the current residential rate of $23.06 per $1,000 of assessed value. In a letter to ...

  • Mar 23, 03:46 AM | Frederick News-Post

    New committee formed to address city blight and code enforcement problems

    March 23--Eight months after a committee recommended ways to address blighted properties and code violations in Frederick, a new group is taking over. The Property Revitalization Ad Hoc Committee is made up of nine business, community and government representatives who Mayor Randy McClement appointed. Nikki Bamonti, the mayor's executive assistant, said nearly all of the members are in place. ...

  • Mar 23, 03:46 AM | The Evening Tribune

    Rezoning approved for housing projects

    March 23--HORNELL -- Several housing projects slated to be built in Hornell moved forward Monday, when the Common Council approved several resolutions facilitating the plans. Prior to the council's regular monthly meeting, a public hearing was held on rezoning parcels of land on Fairlawn Avenue and on Industrial Park Road in anticipation of housing developments at those sites. The proposed ...

  • Mar 23, 02:50 AM | Press of Atlantic City

    Bonds to pay Borgata tax debt Atlantic City moves to issue bonds to pay Borgata tax debt

    Atlantic City ATLANTIC CITY - City Council on Wednesday took a step toward borrowing money for a $72 million tax settlement with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Council introduced an ordinance to let the city issue bonds for as much as $80 million to cover the settlement, which was reached last month by state officials overseeing the city's finances. Council voted 7-0 on its first reading. The ...

  • Mar 22, 08:11 PM | Detroit Free Press

    Silverdome owner denies responsibility for parked Volkswagens

    March 23--The long-empty Pontiac Silverdome is now facing an unlikely problem: A parking lot filled with Volkswagens. The city of Pontiac has taken legal action against the owner of the derelict stadium, citing it for city code violations for storing hundreds of Volkswagen cars and crossovers on the property without the necessary permits. The Volkswagens, which have been gathering outside the ...

  • Mar 22, 08:11 PM | Herald-Times

    Loss of community block grant funds would be devastating, nonprofit directors say

    March 22--If the community block grant program funding is cut at the federal level, the local trickle-down effect would be devastating to nonprofit agencies that rely on those funds. President Donald Trump announced his proposed budget, known as a "skinny budget," last week with very few concrete details. What is apparent, however, is Trump's desire to cut funding for social service programs ...

  • Mar 22, 07:52 PM | Anniston Star

    Trump budget would put Alabama's Amtrak line, Anniston downtown in peril

    March 22--A red line across a map in Toby Bennington's office in Anniston ends with a red asterisk at the city's Amtrak train station downtown. The red line represents a planned extension of the Chief ladiga Trail and promises more tourism for the city, but President Donald Trump's proposed budget could derail those plans, if it becomes law. Released last week, Trump's budget outline would ...

  • Mar 22, 07:02 PM | American Banker

    Members Only Banks to Trump: Spare affordable housing programs

    Under construction on a parcel of land in Boston’s inner city that has been vacant for more than four decades is a $21 million, five-story apartment complex that will eventually house 40 low-income families or individuals. Boston Private Bank is providing much of the financing, though Esther Schlorholtz, its director of community investment, said it could not do so without a fair amount of ...

  • Mar 22, 06:21 PM | Broomfield Enterprise

    Broomfield's vacant Flatiron Marketplace to be torn down, redeveloped

    March 22--Owners who have long seen a portion of Flatiron Marketplace sit empty are planning to demolish buildings and redevelop the space. Provident Realty Advisor, Inc. is proposing the redevelopment for the east portion of the marketplace, which includes 20 acres on the southwest corner of U.S. 36 and East Flatiron Crossing Drive. Buildings along East Flatiron Crossing Drive, including a ...

  • Mar 22, 05:54 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Judge allows California high-speed rail funding to continue

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge rejected opponents' latest attempt to stall California's $64 billion high-speed rail project Wednesday, but will consider their arguments before the state issues voter-approved bonds next month. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei ruled against a temporary restraining order sought by Kings County and other opponents. He set an April 19 hearing ...

  • Mar 22, 03:17 PM | Tri-County Times

    Parking cars on lawns could be illegal

    Linden - Linden City Councilor Dave Franz brought forth an issue at the Monday, March 13 meeting that's garnered controversy in the past - people are parking cars on their front lawns for an extended period of time. Franz said this practice ruins the grass, and their lawn, creates a mud pile, and doesn't look good. He said he doesn't have an issue when people temporarily park their cars on ...

  • Mar 22, 02:38 PM | Record

    A TINY, KEY STEP FORWARD FOR BERGEN LIGHT RAIL

    Like an old winch, the creaky wheel of big government ratcheted up another half-notch last week to bring Bergen County closer to linking with the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system that has always borne its name but never included its real estate. Without fanfare, NJ Transit and the Federal Transit Administration jointly released a revised study explaining the regional impacts of extending the ...

  • Mar 22, 02:36 PM | Orlando Sentinel

    Orlando to build Parramore homes for low-income families

    March 22--Orlando is seeking contractors to build single-family homes on public land in Parramore, a $1.8 million effort to add affordable housing to the long-blighted downtown neighborhood west of Interstate 4. The city plans to sell the homes to low-income families by offering interest-free loans for down payments that the buyers may never have to repay. "When we start talking about pride, ...

  • Mar 22, 12:02 PM | Buffalo News

    Neighbors help shape 4th version of controversial Westwood project

    March 22--The developer of the former Westwood Country Club has added townhouses, shifted a senior housing complex to the interior part of the site and removed an office building altogether in the latest version of its controversial plan to reuse the former golf course in Amherst. This is the fourth version of the project that Mensch Capital Partners has filed with the town, and as with ...

  • Mar 22, 09:02 AM | Las Vegas Sun

    Study: Minority Pedestrians More at Risk in Crosswalks

    March 22--An ongoing study led by a UNLV professor showed motorists in high-income areas are more likely to travel through an intersection while a black pedestrian was in a crosswalk, compared to a white person crossing at the same intersection. Smart Growth America ranked Nevada as the 12th most dangerous state to be a pedestrian last year, with Las Vegas ranking as the 21st most dangerous ...

  • Mar 22, 08:19 AM | Mail Tribune

    Loss of Block Grants Would Hurt Local Communities

    March 22--Local officials are bracing for the possible end of a federal grant program that has helped the Medford Senior Center, homeless teens and local parks. "The community is very anxious, waiting to find out what will happen," said Linda Reid, housing program specialist with the city of Ashland. "We don't have the money to backfill those services." Under President Donald Trump's proposed ...

  • Mar 22, 02:09 AM | Press of Atlantic City

    Mood Turning Optimistic As Atlantic City Begins Emerging From Downturn

    How fitting the arrival of spring should find the greater Atlantic City community in good spirits. The signs of the city's rebirth are pushing up like daffodils, reminders that with a little help people get through tough periods to flourish again. The mood in the region seems to be nearing a tipping point, with reasons for optimism starting to outweigh years of despair and resignation ...

  • Mar 22, 07:54 AM | The Herald Journal

    Utah’s strategic plan for managing noxious and invasive weeds

    At the recent Utah Weed Control Association Convention, Mr. Jake Forsgren, Cache County Weed Supervisor, was named Outstanding Weed Supervisor of the Year. This well-deserved honor comes to a man who takes his work seriously. Jake works tirelessly to manage an effective program to battle stubborn noxious weeds. His department gives specific attention to identifying and controlling new weeds ...

  • Mar 22, 07:00 AM | Daily Trojan (University of Southern California)

    Members Only Metro expert shares experiences and book

    When L.A. Metro Chief Planning Officer Therese McMillan flew to Los Angeles to begin her job, she was struck by the responsibility of helping almost 10 million people use public transportation.Her job held such high importance to her that she wrote a book titled Juggling Crystal Balls: Tackling LA County’s Transportation Future. McMillan presented it Tuesday night at the Price School of Public ...

  • Mar 22, 05:46 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Chicago seeks development proposals on 4 skyscrapers

    CHICAGO (AP) — Officials are seeking proposals to redevelop four downtown Chicago skyscrapers that are vacant and ready for sale. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office said Tuesday that the buildings have been "monumental obstacles" to development along the State Street business corridor. The buildings were purchased by the federal government in 2005 and have been largely vacant since. Planning ...

  • Mar 22, 04:03 AM | Sacramento Bee

    Sacramento County approves broad plans to help the homeless

    March 22--Sacramento County supervisors on Tuesday approved an ambitious series of proposals to breathe new life into services for homeless people. The Board of Supervisors voted to begin the process of creating a full-service shelter, launching a new rehousing program, redesigning the family emergency shelter network and supporting long-standing job training and transitional housing programs. ...

  • Mar 22, 01:19 AM | Sun Journal

    Second hurricane redevelopment plan meeting slated in New Bern

    March 22--A second Hurricane Matthew Resilient Redevelopment Plan public meeting is scheduled for March 30. The purpose of the meeting, hosted by the county government and N.C. Emergency Management, is to get citizen feedback and comments on Craven County's recovery plan. It is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Craven County Cooperative Extension, 300 Industrial Blvd., in New Bern, off U.S. 70 West. ...

  • Mar 21, 07:54 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only City bike plan ready for approval but facing old concerns

    March 22--An updated bike master plan to guide development of high-quality trails accessible by all Houstonians is headed toward approval but remains dogged by the same issues that divided neighbors as cyclists claimed space on the roadways. The comprehensive citywide plan is expected to be approved Wednesday morning by the City Council, cementing Houston's desire to consider cyclists in ...

  • Mar 21, 04:50 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Idaho Senate makes new changes to transportation plan

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho senators whittled down a $530 million transportation funding plan on Tuesday with the hopes of getting it through both chambers before lawmakers adjourn for the year. The latest transportation plan is now roughly $320 million, primarily by using bonds to pay for new road projects and repay it with future federal highway payments. The newly tweaked bill now needs to go ...

  • Mar 21, 02:27 PM | The Easley Progress

    Imagining the future of historic Charleston

    March 17--CHARLESTON -- The potential impact of another Hurricane Hugo on the Charleston peninsula is a frightening prospect. Economic and population booms, as well as busts, challenge the city in unique ways. These are scenarios that students in Clemson University's new Master of Resilient Urban Design (MRUD) degree program will be asked to consider. "The livability and resilience of any ...

  • Mar 21, 02:12 PM | NUVO

    Indy Food Drop stops "ugly food" from going to landfills and instead to Indiana's food insecure

    Indy Food Drop looks to save fresh produce from ending up on the landfill In Indiana, 1 in 6 people don't know where their next meal is coming from.In this same state grocers and food distributors regularly reject food that is deemed "ugly." This term is used for apples that aren't perfectly round, peppers that bend in a strange way, tomatoes that are "too" curvy, watermelons that are too big, ...

  • Mar 21, 12:40 PM | The Winchester Star

    ‘Here we go again’ Positive economic development — now ‘the questioning’

    Christopher A. (Kit) Molden All I can say about your “Bow” editorial (March 16) on growth in Frederick County is “Here we go again!” No wonder people get stirred up when they see words and phrases like “culture-changers” and “impending loss of our definitive sense of place.” After a devastating recession for our local real estate, development, and building community, from which we are just ...

  • Mar 21, 12:29 PM | Sioux City Journal

    Complaints spur city to seek increased odor control funding

    SIOUX CITY | Sioux City is looking to bolster funding for sewer odor control in response to recent odor complaints while preparing for a new pork plant that could eventually produce more than 3 million gallons of sewage per day. The City Council will discuss Monday whether to increase the amount of funding in its current odor control contract with U.S. Peroxide LLC and whether to extend that ...

  • Mar 21, 12:03 PM | Buffalo News

    Williamsville, developer hash out deal to swap land for housing project

    March 21--Natale Development's proposal to build dozens of townhouses and apartments on the site of a former construction yard in Williamsville ran into opposition last year from some neighbors and never gained approval from planners. Now, a deal has been hashed out to revive the stalled California Drive housing project, but it hinges on a land swap between Natale Development and the village. ...

  • Mar 21, 10:25 AM | East Bay Express

    Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

    Is the tech behemoth Uber ride-hauling its ass out of Oakland? Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told the Express this morning that Uber reached out to her office "a few weeks ago" to let the city know that there would be a "smaller employee presence" when the Uptown Station building eventually opens. "Uber's sole decision to initially open its Oakland offices with fewer employees than originally ...

  • Mar 21, 10:06 AM | Daily Camera

    Boulder considers changing developer requirement for affordable, middle-income housing

    March 21--Staff in the city's Division of Housing are recommending a series of updates to the Boulder inclusionary housing program aimed at creating more units for middle-income earners and changing the requirements of developers who contribute to the local affordable housing stock. During a study session Tuesday night, the City Council will offer direction on the proposals, which will inform ...

  • Mar 21, 09:45 AM | Longview News-Journal

    Mack 'cautiously optimistic' as city awaits amphitheater feasibility results

    2015 Comprehensive Plan sought entertainment venue The Comprehensive Plan approved in 2015 by the Longview City Council called for a variety of steps to help the city capitalize on its connection to Interstate 20, which cuts across the city's southern end. Here's a look at those items pertaining to I-20/South Long view development and entertainment venues: Preserve land along Long view's loop ...

  • Mar 21, 09:26 AM | Farmington Press

    Judge dismisses lawsuit over city roads assessment

    FARMINGTON HILLS - "We won." The two-word subject line sent in a Feb. 23 email summed up a local resident's feelings about an Oakland County Circuit Court judge's ruling in a city of Farmington Hills lawsuit against about 80 Independence Commons subdivision residents. A city road improvement policy - which would require homeowners to pay roughly $12,000-$18,000 each over 10-15 years based on ...

  • Mar 21, 06:16 AM | Ledger

    Members Only Auburndale’s Industrial Zoning Pass Comes With 90-Day Moratorium

    March 21--AUBURNDALE -- The Auburndale City Commission approved a controversial light industrial zoning on 100 acres north of County Road 559A, while assuaging opponents to the zoning with a 90-day building moratorium on any structure larger than 250,000 square feet anywhere in the city. Commissioner Jim Moody, who made the motion to implement the moratorium, said the idea is to allow staff ...

  • Mar 21, 08:18 AM | The Citizens' Voice

    County Redevelopment Authority Selling Unused Railroad Lines

    March 21--WEST PITTSTON -- About eight miles of unused railroad line in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties is up for sale. The Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority is scheduled to vote today whether to approve a sale, but authority executive director Andrew Reilly said he will suggest the board table that action. An engineer with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation suggested the ...

  • Mar 21, 12:40 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Baker Cancels Plan to Eliminate All Weekend Commuter Service

    Governor Charlie Baker said Monday his administration has shelved a proposal to eliminate all weekend commuter rail service, an abrupt shift that follows an outcry from riders and political leaders. “Our administration is exploring alternatives to last week’s MBTA budget proposals to make weekend commuter rail more efficient and will not pursue proposals to eliminate weekend service ...

  • Mar 17, 07:11 PM | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Members Only Wisconsin cottage at center of property rights dispute goes to U.S. Supreme Court

    March 18--Like many visitors to Washington, D.C., Donna Murr has seen the U.S. Supreme Court as a tourist. On Monday, the Eau Claire resident and her family will be inside the court as parties, when the court hears oral arguments in their own case over whether a cottage and an extra lot they own on Lake St. Croix should be considered two separate parcels. The high court's decision could ...

  • Mar 21, 09:04 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Pennsylvania city's measure to ban bamboo moving forward

    BETHLEHEM (AP) — A committee in an eastern Pennsylvania city has recommended City Council approve a ban on certain types of bamboo. The Bethlehem council's community development committee voted 3-0 on Monday to send the measure to the full council for approval. The measure would prevent residents from planting running bamboo, a fast-spreading variety. Residents who already have such bamboo in ...

  • Mar 21, 04:50 AM | The Herald-Dispatch

    Growth slowed, but Putnam County market robust

    By SAMUEL SPECIALE For The Herald-Dispatch It's no secret Putnam County's housing market is one of the most attractive in West Virginia for developers and prospective homeowners. Putnam County's proximity to two of the state's largest cities and abundant housing options have made the area one of the most desirable to live in, making steady growth possible even as the state of West Virginia's ...

  • Mar 21, 04:08 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only City must end its pay-to-play practices

    Nine out of 10 San Franciscans voted last November to close the rat hole that allows lobbyists to influence City Hall through contributions and gifts, including junkets for elected officials. But special interests have more than one way to make their influence felt, and it seems as if loopholes were written into laws to protect their influence peddling. It can't remain like that if voters are ...

  • Mar 20, 11:17 PM | Marin Independent Journal

    San Rafael's Albert Park redesign near final hurdles

    March 21--Swings, climbing sets, play boats and balance logs are all part of a proposal to redesign the playground at Albert Park in downtown San Rafael. After two years of planning, the design will be considered by the Park and Recreation Commission on Wednesday to make its recommendation to the City Council. The new, larger, fenced-in playground would be geared toward learning development ...

  • Mar 20, 11:17 PM | Marin Independent Journal

    Marin drafts transportation wish list for toll moola

    March 21--A connector in San Rafael from northbound Highway 101 to eastbound Interstate 580, a new downtown San Rafael Transit Center and the Novato Narrows widening are projects Marin officials could look to fund with a bridge toll hike being considered by regional transportation officials. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission -- the Bay Area's transportation planning agency -- is ...

  • Mar 20, 07:05 PM | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Members Only In Milwaukee's wave of eviction lawsuits, these volunteer lawyers give tenants unexpected help

    March 20--Every weekday afternoon, the biggest courtroom in the Milwaukee County Courthouse fills with dozens of people facing eviction from their homes. Up front, lawyers for landlords sit at big tables as a sheriff's deputy calls out cases and tenants wander up to be diverted to smaller hearing rooms where court commissioners might decide their immediate housing futures. Lately, some of ...

  • Mar 20, 12:02 PM | Buffalo News

    Officials bristle at new report's claims of area's 'transit deserts'

    March 20--Large numbers of people live in "transit deserts" in Buffalo and other upstate cities, where ride-hailing services could fill gaps in the public-transit network because carless residents must walk too far or wait too long for a bus, according to a report that Uber and the state conference of the NAACP plan to unveil Monday. They are releasing the report as ride-hailing services -- ...

  • Mar 20, 06:51 PM | Palm Beach Post

    Developer buys mangroves land, wants to give to city

    March 20--BOYNTON BEACH -- The owners of Riverwalk Plaza, the shopping center they will soon redevelop into a 10-story residential building with retail stores, bought two pieces of adjacent land this past week that are filled with lush, overgrown mangroves along the Intracoastal Waterway. On Tuesday, Shaul Rikman, the founder of Isram Realty that owns the plaza, is expected to tell the City ...

  • Mar 20, 06:16 PM | Herald-Sun

    Durham City Council considers stormwater ordinance update to reflect state rules

    March 20--DURHAM -- Lake Jordan water quality could face less strict rules, if Durham's City Council decides to follow state guidelines. The council has until May to decide if it wants to change its stormwater ordinance and apply for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit that is in accordance with state rules. The current permit is effective until February 2018, but ...

  • Mar 20, 05:31 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Interview With Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson

    NEIL CAVUTO , HOST: All right, no sooner is he in the job running Housing and Urban Development than -- the new secretary of that department, Ben Carson finds out he`s looking at a better than 13 percent budget cut, a little bit more than $6 billion . ...

  • Mar 20, 05:31 PM | News Herald

    Glenwood houses targeted for removal

    March 20--PANAMA CITY -- The small, boxy houses went up in the 1950s, scrunched so closely together you barely have to raise your voice to have a conversation with your neighbor one porch over. Today, the shotgun houses near the intersection of 15th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard are some of the poorest housing units in Panama City, with rents as low as $150. They're rundown, ...

  • Mar 20, 02:30 PM | Bond Buyer (Online)

    Members Only Texas Budget Wall Could Stop Bullet Train Plan

    DALLAS -- A potential budget wall banning state assistance to a privately financed $12 billion Texas bullet train could stop the proposal in its tracks, proponents warn of the latest legislative effort to torpedo the project. The state Senate Finance Committee late last week added a provision to its proposed two-year state budget that would prohibit the Texas Department of Transportation from ...

  • Mar 20, 07:00 AM | Daily Bruin (University of California - Los Angele

    Members Only Plan to decrease conflict of interest in city planning faces criticism

    Westwood community leaders criticized the city‘s latest attempt to mitigate conflicts of interest in city planning.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an executive directive March 9 that will prevent developers from meeting privately with city planners in an attempt to to curb their influence in City Hall. Developers can often donate large amounts behind closed doors that sway city ...

  • Mar 19, 07:46 PM | Kansas City Star

    EDITORIAL: Effort to crack down on TIF development subsidies goes way too far

    March 20--Missouri Rep. Brandon Ellington insists he's not trying to kill tax increment financing, the controversial method of subsidizing development projects in supposedly blighted parts of Kansas City. But that's what his legislation now working its way through the General Assembly might do if it becomes state law. It could wipe out TIF, bury it and never look back. That's a bad idea. As ...

  • Mar 19, 05:30 PM | News Herald

    St. Andrews' revival: From area to avoid to hot spot

    March 19--PANAMA CITY -- On any given Saturday, St. Andrews bustles. In the morning, people come to browse the St. Andrews Waterfront Farmers Market, sampling locally made jellies, smelling batches of homemade soaps and tasting various fresh fruits and vegetables. As the day goes on, shops and galleries open and people spread out. By dusk, restaurants are packed with both tourists and locals ...

  • Mar 19, 02:01 PM | Sacramento Bee

    EDITORIAL: Ending homelessness just got more complicated

    March 19--Mayor Darrell Steinberg was just getting off a plane Wednesday evening, capping an encouraging trip to Washington, D.C., to discuss his innovative plan to use federal dollars to reduce homelessness, when President Donald Trump's so-called "skinny budget" landed with a big, fat thud. In a level of cost-cutting not seen since the days of Ronald Reagan, the Trump administration has ...

  • Mar 20, 04:02 AM | Chattanooga Times Free Press

    Walker County Zoning Agency Discussing How to Regulate Tiny Homes

    March 20--ROCK SPRING, Ga. -- Simple living doesn't come without a lot of long, dry meetings first. Last week, the Walker County Planning Commission discussed how they should regulate tiny houses, units that offer a porch, a kitchen, a bathroom, a place to sleep and not much else. During a Thursday work session, the commission settled on a few rules. A tiny house in Walker County should be no ...

  • Mar 19, 04:44 AM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only California Housing Bills Could Take Away Subsidies For Homeowners and Add Them For Renters

    March 19--REPORTING FROM SACRAMENTO -- California lawmakers have introduced more than 130 bills this year that try to tackle the state's housing affordability crisis. Reams of statistics support the depth of the problem: California's homeownership rate is at its lowest since World War II, a third of renters spend more than half of their income on housing costs and the state has nearly a ...

  • Mar 18, 08:10 PM | The Charleston Gazette

    Members Only From Housing to Health Care, Charleston Would Feel Loss of CDBG Funds

    March 18--Tearing down abandoned buildings. Feeding people, and getting them health care. Finding the homeless places to live. Money for all that comes from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. That program is targeted for elimination in President Donald Trump's budget proposal, which cuts $6 billion from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Half of that would ...

  • Mar 18, 09:01 PM | Florida Times-Union

    An underused asset: City looks for ways to bring more people to its waterways

    March 19--Jacksonville City Council President Lori Boyer grew up in rural South Dakota where going down to the water meant fishing in small lakes. Boyer's hometown since 1978 has been about as different from her childhood home as two kinds of topography can be. Jacksonville boasts the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the rolling rhythms of the St. Johns River, the steady flow of the ...

  • Mar 19, 11:33 PM | Alaska Dispatch News

    Is the decrepit Polaris Building, a blight on downtown Fairbanks, finally nearing demolition?

    March 20--FAIRBANKS -- At 11 stories, the Polaris Building is easy to spot. It's the tallest building in town, and its dulled tan exterior and boarded windows clearly show it has sat vacant for a long, long time. Built in 1952, the Polaris Building's story is laced with failed attempts at redevelopment. Its owners have made big promises, but they've fallen by the wayside. Nobody goes inside ...

  • Mar 19, 06:04 PM | Columbus Dispatch

    Members Only Fewer abandoned homes mar Columbus neighborhoods

    March 20--Columbus has 1,700 fewer vacant and abandoned properties than it did in 2012; most of them were demolished but some rehabbed and sold or rented. At the end of last year, the city had 4,568 vacant properties, the vast majority of them houses. About a quarter of them -- 1,134 -- are in North and South Linden neighborhoods, according to the city's Department of Development. In 2016, the ...

  • Mar 19, 05:07 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Final goodbye to downtown Minneapolis shopping landmark

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shoppers were looking for last-minute bargains as a downtown Minneapolis retail landmark prepared to close its doors for the last time. The downtown Minneapolis Macy's store was to close for good Sunday night, ending more than a century of department store retailing in the heart of Minnesota's largest city. Rose Smith from Robbinsdale was among the shoppers Sunday. Smith ...

  • Mar 19, 01:58 PM | Sun

    Building boom: Recent activity seems to bode well for Yuma's economy

    The local economy is humming along -- if building activity throughout Yuma County is any indication. "It was a busy year … very busy for inspections and plan reviews," Randy Crist, city of Yuma building official, said of 2016. He noted that more than 3,400 plans were reviewed – a some-20 percent increase over 2015. "It was an awesome year." That goes for both residential and commercial ...

  • Mar 19, 01:55 PM | Spooner Advocate

    State officials push back against Trump's budget that leaves vulnerable at risk

    More than 50 federal programs would be eliminated or see deep cuts under President Donald Trump's "America First" budget, and the cuts could have wide-ranging impacts for Wisconsin's rural communities. Trump's budget zeroes out programs such as the Community Development Block Grant program that aids low-income citizens, saving the government about $3 billion, according to the proposed budget. ...

  • Mar 19, 11:47 AM | Herald Democrat

    Local cities face funding loss under HUD cuts

    March 19--A proposed $6.2 billion cut to the Department of Housing and Urban Development could translate to an annual loss of $310,000 in the city of Denison's budget. Earlier this week, White House officials presented a budget that included a 13 percent funding decrease for HUD and an elimination of all funding for its Community Development Block Grant program. "That is a large enough sum ...

  • Mar 19, 11:14 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Minot association looks to enhance downtown experience

    MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot's Downtown Business and Professional Association is looking to bring back street music to downtown in an effort to enhance people's shopping experiences. The association is trying to replace an older speaker system that used to be tied into light poles, the Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/2npOT4k) reported. The city replaced the light poles as part of an improvement ...

  • Mar 19, 08:32 AM | Decatur Daily

    Proposed cuts to block grants could end local programs for poor, elderly

    March 19--If President Trump's proposed elimination of the Community Development Block Grant program is approved, agencies like Community Action Partnership of North Alabama might have to close shop. The president's proposed cuts slashes $6 billion from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2018 -- eliminating the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program, which ...

  • Mar 19, 08:05 AM | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Homeowners fearful after landslides in South Side Slopes

    March 19--Andrew Fetzko spent more than three years building his new home on Windom Street, a secluded strip with dramatic city views from the South Side Slopes. Now he frets about being there. Landslides last month propelled tons of debris down the hill behind his home and two others, leading the property owners to claim negligent upkeep by the City of Pittsburgh as they fear more ground ...

  • Mar 18, 07:50 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Growth spree has UMass Boston in bind

    It was the autumn of 2011, and the future of UMass Boston seemed bright. Four years into his tenure, Chancellor J. Keith Motley had just received the results of an ambitious report that would set in motion a decade of growth at the city’s only public research university. By 2015, the campus would have more students, more tenured professors, its first-ever dormitory, new PhD programs, and an ...

  • Mar 18, 07:04 AM | La Crosse Tribune

    City plan aims to preserve bluffland, increase public access

    March 18--The city of La Crosse is drafting a new land management plan as part of an effort to preserve and enhance scenic and environmentally sensitive urban wilderness areas and make them accessible to the public. The 10-year plan will guide acquisition of new bluff and marsh lands and the location of trails and trailhead facilities. The goal is to fill in key pieces of the nearly 3,500-acre ...

  • Mar 18, 04:03 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Tucson settles lawsuit with homeless advocates over camp

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The city of Tucson has agreed to pay two homeless advocates $20,000 each to settle a lawsuit over how a homeless camp at a park was shut down. Advocates John Cooper and Jon McLane had filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking millions in damages for what they say was harassment from city officials over the homeless encampment that sprang up in downtown Tucson. McLane and ...

  • Mar 18, 01:03 PM | Baltimore Sun

    At 50, Columbia celebrates past even as it faces a much-changed future

    March 18--Lin Eagan has lived in Columbia long enough to cycle through a half-dozen homes and raise two sons, who would move away as adults but return once they became parents themselves. "Now all my grandchildren live within walking distance," Eagan says with both grandmotherly and civic pride. "It's proof of how special Columbia is." Eagan, a realtor and member of the Columbia Association ...

  • Mar 18, 11:05 AM | Miami Herald

    State raises cap on potential Miami-Dade SMART plan investment

    March 18--It isn't nearly as good as money. But when it comes to finding a solution for Miami-Dade's traffic woes, a promise that more money could be on the way may feel like a start. The Florida Department of Transportation signaled Thursday that it would no longer apply a funding cap to projects under Miami-Dade County's ambitious SMART plan to expand the county's limited mass transit system ...

  • Mar 18, 10:17 AM | Press of Atlantic City

    Members Only Cape May County plans drone 'incubator' center at airport

    Cape May County is welcoming the latest local startup venture in the county's push to cash in on a growing drone industry.That startup is Cape May County itself, which has leased 1,500 square feet in the Cape May County Airport Industrial Park as an “incubator space” for companies involved in unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones.The incubator - a place for small businesses to start ...

  • Mar 18, 09:30 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Airport-state dispute over runway length heading to trial

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A dispute between Tweed-New Haven Airport and the state government over a Connecticut law that limits the length of the airport's main runway is headed to a one-day trial before a federal magistrate judge. The no-jury trial is set for Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford and pits federal aviation law against state statutes. Airport officials are suing the state ...

  • Mar 18, 09:17 AM | Standard-Speaker

    City reactivates blighted property review committee

    March 18--Officials in Hazleton hope a reactivated committee will give owners of vacant and blighted properties more incentive to bring them up to code. A blighted property review committee that was reactivated by Hazleton City Council in August 2016 recently elected officers and will begin working with the city's redevelopment authority to bring unkempt properties up to code, according to ...

  • Mar 18, 09:01 AM | Las Cruces Sun-News

    Las Cruces goes to Detroit for downtown redevelopment advice

    March 18--LAS CRUCES -- The Motor City may not have much in common with the City of the Crosses, but Las Cruces leaders are looking to Detroit to speed redevelopment of our downtown. Eric Larson, CEO of Downtown Detroit Partnership and an experienced real estate entrepreneur, traveled to Las Cruces last week to discuss how his city's downtown has flourished. All agree there is a significant ...

  • Mar 18, 08:02 AM | Watertown Daily Times

    Downtown block parties proposed for Public Square

    March 18--Tweet WATERTOWN -- The leader of the Watertown Local Development Corp. is proposing to close off a side of Public Square to host a series of block parties on Friday nights this summer. CEO Donald W. Rutherford unveiled his plans earlier this week to the local development corporation's board. Board members talked about having the block parties on three or four Friday nights this ...

  • Mar 17, 02:09 AM | Press of Atlantic City

    Michigan Governor Will Drop Lead Limit Below Federal Cap

    LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder says his administration will enact the country's toughest lead standard for water in the wake of the lead contamination in Flint. Snyder announced the move Thursday, nearly a year after he first proposed it. He will lower Michigan's "action level" from 15 parts per billion - the federal limit - to 10 ppb. He says the change does not need legislative approval ...

  • Mar 17, 01:00 AM | The Atlantic (Blogs)

    Members Only How Trump's Budget Would Impact Cities' Poorest Residents

    During his campaign for president, Donald Trump pledged to help inner cities and African American communities in particular. But his proposed budget eliminates programs that have helped these communities for years, and would deal a particular blow to Americans with the lowest incomes. The proposed budget, announced Thursday, would slash funding from federal agencies that lend assistance to ...

  • Mar 14, 03:38 PM | Tribune

    SLO County Supervisors Vote to Deny Phillips 66 Oil-By-Rail Appeal

    March 14--Update 12:30 p.m. The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors has voted 3-1 to deny Phillips 66 Co.'s appeal of a Planning Commission decision that prevents the company from moving ahead on its oil-by-rail plan. The Planning Commission had denied the company's application to build a rail spur connecting Phillips 66's refinery on the Nipomo Mesa to the main rail line. Supervisors ...

  • Mar 17, 05:12 AM | Detroit Free Press

    Carson on deep cuts to Detroit: 'Forget the numbers and think about the concept'

    March 17--President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts would be "devastating" for Detroit, but Mayor Mike Duggan said the city's recent track record of spending federal money wisely could change the city's outlook. Duggan and city leaders began making their case today with secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, urging him to maintain support for HUD programs Detroit relies ...

  • Mar 17, 04:06 AM | Chattanooga Times Free Press

    Trump's proposed budget features steep cuts to fund military, homeland security and aid veterans

    March 17--Related Article Trump's new $1.15 trillion budget follows campaign promises Read more Local officials and nonprofit agency staffers are reacting with concern to President Donald Trump's proposed budget cutbacks, saying they may hurt efforts to improve dilapidated housing, upgrade sewer systems, help the homeless, and force local public radio and television stations to cut back on ...

  • Mar 17, 04:03 AM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only Deep cuts in Trump's proposed budget would have dramatic impact in Maine

    March 17--The budget that President Trump proposed Thursday would have serious consequences across Maine, disrupting scientific research and social services, affecting everyone from unemployed residents to those who rely on the sea to earn their living. If approved by Congress as proposed, the 52-page plan will strip federal dollars from programs that provide heating oil and meals to ...

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

    Members Only Housing and Urban Development; 'Hurt and Upset' Over Potential Losses

    BALTIMORE -- In a dimly lit church basement, James Gaymon III spent much of Thursday staring at practice questions as he prepared for his high school general equivalency diploma exam. He recently moved into an apartment two blocks from the underpass where he spent 20 years sleeping, and often smoking crack. Now Mr. Gaymon is sober and taking classes at an adult learning center run by Strong ...

  • Mar 17, 01:43 AM | The Gazette

    Olympic Museum backers in Colorado Springs move closer to funding for their project

    U.S. Olympic Museum organizers cleared another hurdle Thursday when a state panel approved details of a multimillion-dollar loan for the downtown Colorado Springs project and how that money would be spent.Meeting in Denver, the Colorado Economic Development Commission adopted a resolution spelling out the loan plan, which helps pave the way for museum supporters to obtain a critical piece of ...

  • Mar 16, 11:50 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Trump budget would hit Texas hard

    March 17--President Donald Trump's first budget blueprint, released Thursday, would hit Texas' state and local finances hard if enacted as proposed, cutting deeply into housing and environmental programs as well as scientific and medical research that supports the state's health care and energy industries. The proposal is likely to be changed dramatically by Congress, but it still drew outrage ...

  • Mar 16, 11:14 PM | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Proposed EPA cuts spark concerns about local impact, especially at West Lake Landfill and area Superfund sites

    March 17--ST. LOUIS -- President Donald Trump's budget proposal focuses its most aggressive cuts on the Environmental Protection Agency, aiming to slash the agency's funding by 31 percent. The move has prompted concern about how the St. Louis area may be affected by potential changes in the agency's local activity -- particularly at West Lake Landfill and other hazardous waste sites managed ...

  • Mar 16, 11:09 PM | Star Tribune

    State and metro officials say that federal budget cuts would have big impact

    March 17--WASHINGTON -- It was a grim time to celebrate Great Lakes Day at the Mayflower Hotel in the nation's capital. President Donald Trump had just announced a budget that would end a massive federal effort to restore the Great Lakes from Minnesota to New York, as part of a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). John Linc Stine joined congressional and environmental ...

  • Mar 16, 08:21 PM | Detroit Free Press

    Ben Carson won't commit to restoring any Detroit cuts

    March 17--President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts would be "devastating" for Detroit, but Mayor Mike Duggan said the city's recent track record of spending federal money wisely could change the city's outlook. Duggan and city leaders began making their case today with secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, urging him to maintain support for HUD programs Detroit relies ...

  • Mar 16, 08:20 PM | Detroit Free Press

    Federal grant cuts would hurt suburbs, but more defense spending would be a boost

    March 17--President Donald Trump's proposed budget is a mixed bag for Detroit suburbs, with some standing to possibly benefit from proposed hikes in defense spending while seeing deep cuts in federal funding for community programs that provide everything from summer camps for low-income children to helping senior citizens get to doctor appointments. The area stands to lose millions of dollars ...

  • Mar 16, 07:58 PM | Kansas City Star

    Blight study approved to launch potential East Bannister Area Plan in south Kansas City

    March 16--The Planned Industrial Expansion Authority on Thursday approved financing for a blight study in three specific areas near the Cerner Innovations office campus in south Kansas City. The blight analysis, estimated to cost $16,000 to $20,000, would help pave the way for an East Bannister Area Plan, designed to encourage commercial and residential redevelopment. PIEA executive director ...

  • Mar 16, 07:46 PM | New York Times Online

    Members Only 'I’d Be Hurt and Upset’: Cities Fear Trump’s Cuts to Urban Programs

    BALTIMORE — In a dimly lit church basement, James Gaymon III spent much of Thursday staring at practice questions as he prepared for his high school general equivalency diploma exam. He recently moved into an apartment two blocks from the underpass where he spent 20 years sleeping, and often smoking crack. Now Mr. Gaymon is sober and taking classes at an adult learning center run by Strong ...

  • Mar 16, 05:44 PM | Associated Press

    Trump would end subsidies for rural airline service

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called Thursday for eliminating subsidized air service to rural communities, many of which supported his election last year after he promised to create jobs. Trump's proposal, part of his budget plan, would sever an economic lifeline that enables rural communities to attract and keep businesses and jobs, officials in those communities said. The program ...