• May 24, 03:02 AM | The New York Times

    Members Only Plan to Repair Subway Lands In Political Bog

    The new leader of New York City's subway may know exactly how to fix the tattered system, but navigating the morass of the state's political class has already emerged as a much bigger challenge. On Wednesday, Andy Byford, who arrived in January after running Toronto's transit system, unveiled his vision for finally building a reliable subway. But the scale of the work and its potential price ...

  • May 24, 03:01 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Two Huge Wind Projects Picked for Off Vineyard

    Officials in Massachusetts and Rhode Island announced contracts Wednesday for two massive offshore wind farms off Martha’s Vineyard, a move that could usher in a significant expansion of the industry in the region. The Baker administration said Vineyard Wind, a joint venture of Connecticut-based utility Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, was selected to build a wind farm with as ...

  • May 23, 01:36 AM | Redlands Daily Facts

    How this Gas-Tax Funded Project in Rancho Cucamonga will Build a Bridge on Etiwanda Avenue

    May 23--A previously unfunded grade separation project in the city of Rancho Cucamonga is now moving forward due to an infusion of state gas tax money. The city has secured a $60 million grant from the California Transportation Commission to build a bridge on Etiwanda Avenue over the existing railroad tracks, separating roadway traffic from commuter and freight traffic. "This was the last ...

  • May 24, 02:32 AM | The Day

    New London, state leaders push offshore wind development as Mass., R.I. projects move forward

    May 24--Massachusetts and Rhode Island on Wednesday tapped two offshore wind developers who also remain in the hunt to provide offshore wind power to Connecticut, where local officials and energy companies are pushing for a new hub of manufacturing in a growing industry. Massachusetts picked New Bedford-based Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and United ...

  • May 24, 02:16 AM | Associated Press

    Honolulu store struggles with influx of homeless people

    HONOLULU (AP) — ABC Stores employees said they've had to buy a $300 power washer to clean feces away from their Cooke Street corporate headquarters since dozens of homeless people moved back into their neighborhood this month. Employees said they've seen an influx of transients ever since the Hawaii Community Development Authority granted Honolulu police and a special city cleanup crew ...

  • May 24, 01:59 AM | Cheektowaga Bee

    Higgins announces community development funding for Cheektowaga

    Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced recently that slightly more than $1 million in Community Development Block Grant money will be coming to Cheektowaga. The funding, allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, supports local community development needs, such as construction of affordable housing, infrastructure and neighborhood investment, and job creation. ...

  • May 24, 01:40 AM | Phoenix New Times

    Phoenix Reveals Latest Plan for Revitalizing Hance Park

    For several years now, the city of Phoenix has been working on plans to revitalize Margaret T. Hance Park. The 32-acre park, completed in 1992, is situated south of McDowell Road, between Third Street and Fifth Avenue. It's home to several cultural resources, including Burton Barr Central Library and Phoenix Center for the Arts. And it covers more than 1.5 miles of the I-10 freeway. Hence, the ...

  • May 24, 01:13 AM | Telegraph-Herald

    Members Only City officials propose loan program to help spruce up rental units

    A proposed City of Dubuque program would help property owners spruce up rental housing for low- to moderate-income tenants.Officials in the city's Housing and Community Development office are working on a draft of the rental rehabilitation program. The effort likely will connect qualifying developers with low- or no-interest loans to complete necessary repairs.A similar, decades-old program ...

  • May 24, 01:05 AM | Government Technology

    Four Things San Francisco Learned While Upending its Affordable Housing Application Process

    May 23--SAN FRANCISCO -- When the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development sat down with people looking for affordable housing to test out a new website they could use to search and apply for a place to live, one woman turned to the testers and told them that she didn't think she was on the right site. It looked too nice. Sort of like a website one would use if they ...

  • May 23, 11:34 PM | The Wenatchee World

    Lake Chelan water quality campaign gets funding

    May 23--CHELAN -- The U.S. Forest Service is providing $3,000 in initial funding for the Lake Chelan: Keep It Blue campaign to raise awareness about protecting water quality for the people and fish that depend on the lake. The Chelan County Natural Resource Department is developing the campaign with the Lake Chelan Watershed Planning Unit, comprised of local, state, federal, tribal and ...

  • May 23, 10:11 PM | News & Observer

    IKEA shocker: Popular furniture store not coming to Cary after all

    May 23--CARY -- CARY In a surprising move, IKEA, the hugely popular Sweden-based furniture company, has decided not to open a store in Cary, The News & Observer learned Wednesday. The decision comes as a major blow to town officials, who had made many design concessions to fit the distinct blue and yellow building that is familiar on IKEA stores throughout the world. With only one other store ...

  • May 23, 07:01 PM | Bond Buyer

    Members Only Cuomo intervention could let feds off the hook, says NYCHA official

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo's emergency order for the New York City Housing Authority could be counterproductive to efforts to improve public housing, NYCHA's general manager said Wednesday. It could hinder city operations and provide the federal government further motivation to reduce funding, Vito Mustaciuolo told City Council members. Increased state and city funding "cannot be -- and should not be ...

  • May 23, 06:51 PM | Odessa American

    City pursues transportation plan

    May 23--The Odessa City Council tasked an engineering firm with crafting a long-term transportation plan to guide future roadwork, including the city's approach to road maintenance, identifying transportation needs and seeking state funds for major projects. It will cost about $460,000 total and take about 15 months. But city officials say the expense is worthwhile because the plan should save ...

  • May 23, 06:13 PM | New Haven Register

    Housing permits in Connecticut spike during April

    May 23--Housing permit activity in Connecticut showed dramatic growth in April, with a 26.4 percent increase in the number of units approved last month compared to the same period a year ago, officials with the state Department of Economic and Community Development said Wednesday. There were 263 housing units approved among the 128 Connecticut communities reporting in April. That's compared to ...

  • May 23, 04:52 PM | Bond Buyer (Online)

    Members Only Michigan approves bond-funded Detroit development projects

    Real estate development firm Bedrock Detroit cleared its final hurdle with the Michigan Strategic Fund for approval of its partially bond financed plans for “transformational” projects in the city’s downtown. The state approved $618 million in brownfield incentives for the $2.1 billion project. It relies on $250 million of borrowing that is secured by new state tax incentives known as ...

  • May 23, 04:08 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Lemon Grove says no to property upgrades

    May 23--The Lemon Grove City Council unanimously voted May 15 to deny a zoning change that would have allowed developer Matthew Philbin to fix up three, run-down buildings to provide housing to the homeless, veterans and seniors. Philbin, CEO of Anthem Real Estate Ventures, Inc., said he wanted to create a 16-unit multifamily housing spread that would allow for private kitchens and bathrooms ...

  • May 23, 03:51 PM | Chestnut Hill Local

    Too many go hungry in our own city

    A regular feature of this newspaper, for almost as long as it's been published, are the stories of local people doing good deeds abroad. We routinely cover individual mission trips to Africa, home-building trips to Guatemala by Teenagers Inc. and local church food and clothing drives. This week we have just such a story on two young, local women who are traveling to Honduras. Northwest ...

  • May 23, 01:42 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only State approves Memphis' $125M tourism zone expansion

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Building Commission has approved Memphis' $125 million plan to expand its Downtown tourism zone. The Commercial Appeal reports the expansion and redevelopment of Mud Island was approved Tuesday. It will include an aquarium. The city hopes to bring the Brooks Museum to a new Riverfront Cultural Center that's connected to the island by a pedestrian bridge. The ...

  • May 23, 01:36 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only Gwinnett approves $34M purchase of movie-making economic catalyst site

    May 23--Gwinnett County is two steps closer to owning more than 100 acres of a Norcross-area property that could be the future home of a transit center, a large mixed-use development, future movie production -- or all three. The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners and the county's Urban Redevelopment Agency -- which are made up of the same members -- both held Tuesday night the necessary votes for ...

  • May 23, 01:36 PM | Detroit Free Press

    Massive Detroit riverfront property has incredible potential

    May 23--One of Detroit's biggest parcels of available land on the waterfront, DTE Energy's old Conners Creek power plant site, will soon go out for redevelopment bids. At 75 acres, the plant site offers one of the largest parcels available for reuse in the city and along the river. DTE's real estate consultant, RCLCO of Washington, D.C., will issue an invitation-only request for proposals in ...

  • May 23, 01:08 PM | Philly.com

    How Resorts, Atlantic City's first casino, is still in the game

    May 23--ATLANTIC CITY -- Edyie Gorme slept in. But it seemed everyone else was there, or now claims to have been, when Gorme's husband Steve Lawrence presided over the first roll of the dice on May 26, 1978 at Resorts Hotel and Casino, ushering in a rocky four decades of legalized gambling in Atlantic City. "I was here," said Mark Giannantonio, who remembers standing outside in line as a ...

  • May 23, 01:08 PM | Philly.com

    Council committee punts on plan to move billboard next to Fairmount Park to improve view from new CHOP tower

    May 23--A City Council committee has delayed a vote on whether to allow a billboard to rise on what is now parkland beside the Schuylkill Expressway, a move critics say would mar one of Philadelphia's most prized open spaces and dismantle barriers to other commercial uses on the city's public lands. Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.'s proposal, which Council's Rules Committee had been scheduled to ...

  • May 22, 07:00 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only Fresh from Hurricane Harvey’s flooding, Houston Starts to Build Anew — in the Flood Plain

    HOUSTON — There was a golf course across from the house on Kemp Forest Drive that Andrew Taylor recently bought with his girlfriend. Hilly and dotted with ponds, Pine Crest Country Club was shabby around the edges, but in this city of floods and footloose building rules, it was a welcome sponge for the seasonal rains. Now Taylor is watching work crews cement over the former fairways for homes ...

  • May 23, 03:00 AM | The New York Times

    Members Only $19 Billion Plan to Modernize Subway Could Pit City Against State

    A sweeping proposal to overhaul New York City's subway and improve the broader transit system is expected to cost more than $19 billion, according to two people who were briefed on Tuesday, and goes far beyond the emergency repair plan that was unveiled last summer after the subway fell into crisis. The proposal by the subway's new leader, Andy Byford, will be announced on Wednesday in a ...

  • May 23, 02:23 AM | Miami New Times

    Miami Could Get Stronger, Wetter Hurricanes Thanks to Climate Change

    Hurricane Irma caused a ton of damage in Miami last year. But so did a bunch of unnamed rainstorms and weak tropical systems. Downtown Miami, Brickell, Miami Beach, and other parts of Miami-Dade County regularly flood these days during high tide, and larger-than-average rainstorms deluge the area. Many residents have questioned whether city officials are doing enough to prepare for the storm ...

  • May 23, 04:03 AM | New Hampshire Union Leader

    HUD gives New Hampshire $7.9m for housing authority improvements

    May 23--HUD gives New Hampshire $7.9m for housing authority improvements By TODD FEATHERS New Hampshire Union Leader May 22. 2018 9:25PM More than a dozen New Hampshire housing authorities will soon see an influx of cash to help with large-scale improvements courtesy of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants. The agency announced Tuesday that it had allocated more than $2.6 ...

  • May 23, 06:37 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Water trails envisioned with Des Moines rivers project

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Backers of a $117 million plan to bring recreation to downtown Des Moines say the rivers project would create a network of 80 water trails across central Iowa. Rick Tollakson is president and CEO of Hubbell Realty Co. and one of the project's biggest supporters. He told The Des Moines Register that the project centerpiece would be a series of whitewater features that ...

  • May 23, 03:54 AM | Erie Times-News

    Blight fight persistsBy Kevin Flowers

    Dennis Lee has torn down plenty of deteriorating structures in Erie. He added another to his list this week as part of the city's efforts to more aggressively fight blight. Lee is a supervisor with Kingsview Enterprises Inc. of Lakewood, New York, which is handling the demolition of dilapidated homes at 1708 Sassafras St. and 645 E. Ninth St. The work started on Monday. "We'll haul all this ...

  • May 23, 03:02 AM | Augusta Chronicle

    Downtown arena 'yes' votes prevail

    May 23--"Yes" votes on keeping the James Brown Arena downtown outnumbered those for selecting Regency Mall as the location in a closely-watched straw poll on Tuesday's Republican and Democratic primary ballots. Between the two ballots, some 17,343 of 30,445 total votes cast -- 57 percent -- answered yes to a question posed by the Augusta Commission on whether the city should select the current ...

  • May 22, 10:54 PM | Star Tribune

    Help wanted: Bus drivers in demand for Metro Transit, suburban providers

    May 23--Metro Transit is finding it increasingly difficult to recruit bus drivers, and if more aren't found, the shortage could affect transit service across the Twin Cities metro. It seems transit-loving millennials often take the bus, but few actually want to drive one for a living. The situation has been exacerbated by recent high-profile assaults of local drivers -- attacks that have been ...

  • May 22, 09:48 PM | Ottumwa Courier

    Parking comes under city's microscope

    May 23--OTTUMWA -- Parking lots in downtown Ottumwa are under-utilized, according to a new study, but there's generally enough parking between them and the streets to serve people. The study, credited to the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission and Main Street Ottumwa, concluded that the lots are within distances people find reasonable. But many customers, employees and business owners aren't ...

  • May 22, 06:29 PM | New York Times Online

    Members Only A Sweeping Plan to Fix the Subways Comes With a $19 Billion Price Tag

    A sweeping proposal to overhaul New York City’s subway and improve the broader transit system is expected to cost more than $19 billion, according to two people who were briefed on Tuesday, and goes far beyond the emergency repair plan that was unveiled last summer after the subway fell into crisis. The proposal by the subway’s new leader, Andy Byford, will be announced on Wednesday in a ...

  • May 22, 04:26 PM | The Springfield Republican

    Members Only Farmers struggle through haze of pot zoning laws

    Monson farmer Lia Reilly wants to grow cannabis. “I want to do it with sunlight, lots of organic nutrients, and I don’t want to grow in a warehouse,” Reilly said. But Reilly has a problem: Her farm is zoned rural residential, and the town of Monson only allows marijuana to be grown on industrial land. “I am disappointed that the town of Monson would consider cannabis cultivation to be ...

  • May 22, 04:21 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Columbia officials look to address remaining racial divides

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — As you turn onto Lynn Street, the components of an idyllic neighborhood are immediately noticeable. It's a 72-degree day, so the thought of throwing Frisbees and igniting the grill in the city-engineered backyard of six Columbia Community Land Trust homes is appealing. "Even if you're not gonna go out and get 5,000 units of affordable housing that are gonna change the ...

  • May 22, 02:07 PM | Sacramento Bee

    Here's where Sacramento homeless shelters could open. This map shows vacant city parcels

    May 22--Sacramento officials plan to open three massive tent-like structures to house homeless people on vacant city-owned land, but the actual sites have not yet been chosen. The city owns 96 vacant parcels according to a list compiled in March, but it has not vetted them all to make sure they are suitable for construction. Because many of the properties are adjoining, there are only 58 ...

  • May 22, 01:09 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Fewer adopt fee waivers for records for the 'public good'

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Public Records Act is adamant that public records should be available. But that doesn't mean government entities will make them affordable. A statewide examination of 259 local government public records policies by the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government found that while almost all stated the government entity will charge for copies of public ...

  • May 22, 12:25 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Environmental group sues Missouri over land-purchasing law

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri environmental group is suing to overturn a law that lengthens the process the Department of Natural Resources must use to buy land. The case was filed Thursday by the Missouri Coalition for the Environment and a Phelps County resident named Thomas Sager. It argues that a law passed last year that requires the department to notify local officials, post ...

  • May 22, 11:50 AM | Herald-Sun

    Durham's Walltown residents ask: How can we save this neighborhood from change?

    May 22--DURHAM -- Shirley Street stood up and showed the letters to the crowd gathered Monday evening at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in the Walltown neighborhood. They all asked the same thing: Can I buy your home in cash? She said she receives a new letter nearly every week -- and she plans to respond to every single one that the home she has lived in for decades isn't for sale. Mary ...

  • May 22, 10:10 AM | Orlando Sentinel

    Orlando may revive downtown ambassador program, officials say

    May 22--A pack of "ambassadors" soon may patrol downtown on foot and by bicycle, helping stranded drivers jump their car batteries, giving visitors directions and even dealing with aggressive panhandling, officials say. Orlando officials are preparing to revive the downtown ambassador program -- cut a decade ago amid the recession -- through Block by Block, a national company that has similar ...

  • May 22, 09:37 AM | Seattle Times

    Seattle Takes First Steps Toward Assessing Nearby Property Owners for Waterfront Project

    May 22--The Seattle City Council passed a resolution Monday declaring the city's intent to create a local improvement district (LID) that would raise $200 million from nearby property owners to help build a new park promenade along the downtown waterfront. The resolution also states the city's intent to order construction of the waterfront improvements, which are expected to cost about $700 ...

  • May 22, 08:34 AM | Detroit Free Press

    Rising Rents in Detroit Force Nonprofit Agencies to Move From Downtown

    May 22--Nonprofit agencies long headquartered in downtown Detroit are facing sticker shock over the rising cost of office space and parking as their leases come up for renewal. The United Way for Southeast Michigan, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and several more nonprofits are facing the likelihood of moving out of downtown to cheaper parts of the city because of the rising ...

  • May 22, 02:32 AM | Gambit Weekly

    New Orleans City Council to Consider New Restrictions on Short-Term Rentals

    The New Orleans City Council will consider a new interim zoning district that prohibits new commercial and temporary short-term rentals in many neighborhoods for listings on platforms like Airbnb. The City Council also will consider rescinding a motion directing the City Planning Commission (CPC) to study the impacts of the year-old STR laws established by the previous administration, but it ...

  • May 22, 08:17 AM | The Citizens' Voice

    County blight committee plans public workshop

    May 22--WILKES-BARRE -- The Luzerne County Blighted Property Review Committee is planning a workshop that will help elected officials and the public understand the committee's mission. "I still think there's a lot of confusion out there," committee Chairman Harry Haas said at Monday's committee meeting. "The more we communicate the better." The workshop, which will be open to the public but ...

  • May 22, 05:54 AM | Daily Herald

    Members Only When large, sprawling corporate campuses were built in the suburbs decades ago h.(Biz Ledger)

    Byline: Kim Mikus kmikus@dailyherald.com When large, sprawling corporate campuses were built in the suburbs decades ago housing headquarters for giants like McDonald's, Ameritech and Motorola, no one predicted they would now stand nearly vacant. Changing lifestyles and corporate decisions have left municipalities and commercial real estate developers scratching their heads, wondering how to ...

  • May 22, 02:34 AM | Sauk Valley Newspapers

    Dixon, Rock Falls are on the right tracts: Cities among areas to get access to tax breaks to spur development

    SPRINGFIELD – Census tracts in Dixon, Rock Falls and Savanna are among the 327 areas in Illinois to receive federal approval for designation as an Opportunity Zone. Illinois was one of 18 states that submitted areas for qualification as Opportunity Zones, which were established as part of a new federal tax incentive set up in last year's tax bill. Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the state ...

  • May 22, 12:19 AM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only Lawsuit challenges reservoir that would supply water for 1.7 million North Texas residents

    May 22--Neighbors of a planned lake that would help quench North Texans' water needs are suing the federal government to block the project. Nine Fannin County residents -- each of whom would lose land to the Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir -- filed a lawsuit this month against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Col. Christopher A. Hussin, commander of the corps' Tulsa district. The ...

  • May 21, 10:32 PM | Daily Press

    Study: Hampton, Newport News in nation's top 5 for worst rental eviction rates

    May 22--The rate at which people are evicted from their rental homes has pushed Virginia into the spotlight after a Princeton University study last month placed five Virginia cities in the country's top 10 -- Newport News and Hampton in the top five. On Monday, local and state officials could not agree whether the study understated or exaggerated the problem, and no action plan was set in ...

  • May 21, 09:16 PM | Daily News

    LA's $9.9 billion spending plan aims to pay for homeless shelter plan, road repairs in the coming year

    May 21--Homelessness and road repairs are among the top spending priorities in a $9.9 billion city budget green-lighted Monday by the Los Angeles City Council. The budget's approval, which follows about three weeks of deliberation by the City Council, will guide the city's financial path for the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1. Councilman Paul Krekorian, who chairs the Budget and Finance ...

  • May 21, 09:10 PM | Virginian-Pilot

    Congressman, others talk about how to tackle Virginia's sky-high eviction rates

    May 21--NEWPORT NEWS -- In the wake of a report that showed Hampton Roads had some of the highest eviction rates in the nation, officials are talking about how to lower the numbers -- even as others dispute the extent of the problem. In April, Princeton researchers released a report on eviction rates in large cities that included five Virginia cities among the top 10. At a forum Monday, U.S. ...

  • May 21, 07:03 PM | Bond Buyer

    Members Only No focus on Trump plan during infrastructure week

    WASHINGTON – As further evidence that the Trump administration’s long-ballyhooed infrastructure plan released in February is dead, it was barely mentioned when the nation’s sixth annual infrastructure week got underway Monday. Instead, experts pointed to the progress being made by some states and cities while Congress is independently making incremental progress on airports and water projects. ...

  • May 21, 06:34 PM | Hour

    Norwalk to pilot 'Uber for buses' concept

    May 21--It has become a rite of night of sorts along southwestern Connecticut's restaurant rows, as Uber and Lyft drivers make the rounds collecting patrons after last call to get them home safely. If a Norwalk experiment comes to fruition, the ride pulling up to the curb next fall may have sufficient seating for a party of 15. The city of Norwalk is in negotiations with Ford Motor to test a ...

  • May 21, 02:06 PM | Star Tribune

    Cities win one-year reprieve from White Bear Lake ruling

    May 21--The Legislature has granted a one-year reprieve to cities in the northeast metro that were grappling with new restrictions on their water use, stemming from a lawsuit over White Bear Lake. Following a court order, the Department of Natural Resources this winter required cities around White Bear Lake to impose irrigation bans during certain periods and limit per capita water use. The ...

  • May 21, 02:02 PM | Daily Telegraph

    Members Only SPRAWL IS NOT LOST

    Our commutes are some of the worst in the world but high-density living could ease pain SYDNEYSIDERS are wasting almost twice as much time commuting as their counterparts in big cities in countries such as Spain. A landmark new report also reveals how our city is “losing talent and skills” because of the “severe” shortage of affordable housing and lack of jobs close to where people actually ...

  • May 21, 10:52 AM | Daily Pilot

    Newport begins tweaking 'granny flat' rules, including lower parking requirement

    May 18--Newport Beach is working to keep up with changes to the state "granny flat" law that allows cities to require less parking than before. The Planning Commission this week unanimously directed staff to change the local parking requirement from one space for studio and one-bedroom units and two spaces for larger units to a maximum of one space per unit, regardless of bedroom count. Such ...

  • May 21, 04:41 AM | Noozhawk

    Lompoc Hosts Second Public Zoning Code Workshop

    The city of Lompoc, including the Lompoc City Council and city Planning Commission, is hosting a second public workshop to discuss the city's Draft Zoning Code, 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the Lompoc City Hall Council Chamber, 100 Civic Center Plaza. The purpose the meeting is to review and discuss the Draft Zoning Code, and provide feedback and comments to the consultant and staff prior to ...

  • May 21, 04:39 AM | The Herald Business Journal

    More townhomes could rise near center of Mountlake Terrace

    MOUNTLAKE TERRACE - New regulations could mean more townhomes in Mountlake Terrace. The City Council on March 19 voted to change an existing code, making it easier to build the homes in the commercial district around a planned town center. The new zoning would act as a buffer between the business area and neighborhoods. Sound Transit is expected to open a light rail stop in the city by 2024, ...

  • May 21, 03:01 AM | Augusta Chronicle

    Store's asking price points to Laney-Walker potential

    May 21--Is Laney-Walker real estate becoming a hot commodity? A South Carolina developer who recently brought a Dollar Tree store to Laney-Walker Boulevard's Armstrong Galleria has since marketed the building for more than three times what he paid just six months ago. The rapid price appreciation in the historically underdeveloped neighborhood highlights how a little reinvestment can go a long ...

  • May 21, 02:32 AM | Sauk Valley Newspapers

    'We can't keep waiting for help' – City ready to bid out assessment work at Lawrence building

    STERLING – While the city will continue to pursue EPA grants for the Lawrence Brothers site assessment and cleanup, work will begin without the agency's assistance. The city has unsuccessfully applied for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Assessment Grant every year since 2011. Until the assessment work is done, the city won't have the information needed to even decide whether ...

  • May 20, 09:11 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only $36 a Night for an Airbnb in Southie; It’s In a Public Housing Unit

    The real estate advertisement is practically a love letter to South Boston — the real South Boston. The room is two minutes from the beach, and a three-minute walk to the JFK station on the Red Line. It offers a “great location Geographically to stay and get anywhere in the city as well as outside the immediate City,’’ the Airbnb ad states. At $36 a night, this is no luxury situation, and the ...

  • May 20, 10:10 AM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    What the Homeless Numbers Say -- And What They Don't

    May 20--Imagine if someone took a look at your bank account on the last Friday in January every year. What would it reveal about your financial health? It wouldn't include checks you've written that haven't been cashed. It wouldn't include money you've earned but not deposited. If you're better off this year than last, is it because your income is going up or did you get a one-time holiday ...

  • May 19, 08:08 PM | Baltimore Sun

    Open House at Vacant Home Gives a Glimpse at Baltimore's Battle With Blight

    May 19--Christina Nutile is a foot soldier in Baltimore's war on blight. And on Saturday her rampart was the front porch of a vacant and badly damaged house in Waverly. Nutile works for the city's housing department, marketing abandoned properties to would-be homeowners and developers. She was hosting an open house at 3404 Old York Road before it's offered for sale through the city's Vacants ...

  • May 21, 05:13 AM | Austin Monitor

    CodeNEXT: What's the plan, here?

    After seeing the city spend five years and $8.5 million on CodeNEXT, some members of the Planning Commission are worried that the final product will be little more than a "plan to plan." Currently, the commission is in the process of making recommendations about what the different zoning categories available under the new code should allow. Last week, for instance, commissioners debated what ...

  • May 21, 03:40 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Republicans seekto ban lawsuitson delta tunnels

    A new threat to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the San Francisco Bay is coming not from the governor's mansion but from the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona (Riverside County), inserted language into the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill that would prohibit legal challenges to anything related to California WaterFix - the governor's name for the twin ...

  • May 19, 10:45 PM | Post & Courier

    North Charleston plans for a "new downtown" on the river

    When I was a boy, “Shop 64” was a mysterious place. It was where my father worked, at the Navy yard, beyond the armed guards and the security-fence maze. The entire Navy complex was alive with thousands of folks working round-the-clock shifts, and forbidding for those who didn’t. We could imagine a campus of noble work, but we couldn’t visit and experience it. And who would have known and ...

  • May 19, 06:17 PM | Cullman Times

    Real estate developer outlines strategies for housing

    May 19--When it comes to revitalizing an urban area, a city must keep an eye on its past while looking to the future, and one real estate developer said Cullman is doing a good job in that area. Jamie Pfeffer, a real estate developer and founder of Invent Communities, spoke at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce's May Community Luncheon about some of the work his company has done in the ...

  • May 19, 01:23 PM | USAToday.com

    Members Only Trump administration plans solar farm near Joshua Tree in California

    Open desert surrounds the Desert Sunlight solar project near Desert Center, in eastern Riverside County. (Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun) In at least one area, President Trump is picking up right where former president Barack Obama left off. The Interior Department said Thursday it plans to approve the Palen solar farm, which would be built on public lands just south of Joshua Tree National Park, ...

  • May 19, 01:20 PM | Post-Bulletin

    Parking pinch hurts business

    May 19--As downtown Rochester's parking landscape continues to shift, Fred Carlson says he and other business owners are worried. "It has gotten considerably worse since January," said the dentist whose patients rely on the Second Street parking ramp. That doesn't surprise Tony Knauer, Rochester's parking and transit manager, who noted 160 surface parking spaces have been lost due to ...

  • May 19, 10:17 AM | New Pittsburgh Courier

    How Billie Vaughn is trying to help others overcome the Section 8 stigma in Pittsburgh

    In early 2016, Billie Vaughn got a clerking job in the City of Pittsburgh's finance department. And when you get a city job - even a part-time one with a salary of $13,400 - you have to live in the city.That doesn't pose a major barrier for everyone, but Vaughn soon found that the requirement deeply complicated her search for a home as a Section 8 voucher holder.She didn't expect to encounter ...

  • May 19, 10:16 AM | Florida Keys Keynoter

    Do the Keys actually need 1,300 more building permits? Local leaders aren't sure

    May 18--When it comes to the 1,300 affordable workforce housing building permits offered to the Florida Keys by Gov. Rick Scott, county leaders haven't made a decision whether to grab their share or pass on the offer. "We're not saying, 'Hell no,' yet," said County Attorney Bob Shillinger. In the Keys, new housing construction is restricted by the rate-of-growth ordinance, and the special ...

  • May 19, 05:55 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Group calls on Edwards to veto housing billMeasure would ban affordability requirement

    The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance is urging Gov. John Bel Edwards to veto legislation that would ban local governments from passing zoning laws that would require developers to incorporate affordable housing into new projects. The Louisiana Senate gave final approval the bill Wednesday. The New Orleans City Council opposes the bill, and the Greater New Orleans Home Builders Association ...

  • May 19, 05:23 AM | Long Island City-Astoria Journal & Jackson Heights News

    The 'practical visionary' of Long Island City

    Mark Christie has dedicated the last 20 years of his life to the improvement of Queens. Christie, who came to New York City in 1981, has lived in Woodside, Corona, and now resides on the 25th floor of the Citylights Building in Long Island City. He is a founding member of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and president of the Hunters Point Community Development Corporation. He helped to ...

  • May 19, 03:47 AM | Frederick News-Post

    County approves property tax reduction for affordable housing development

    May 19--A housing development for low-income and working-class residents will move forward with financial support from the county in the form of reduced property taxes. The Frederick County Council unanimously approved an agreement on Tuesday to lower property taxes for the developers of Orchard Park at Ballenger Run Apartments in Frederick. The planners of the $38.8 million project will enter ...

  • May 19, 02:47 AM | The Register-Mail

    Revolving loan fund change gives city options for housing

    May 19--GALESBURG -- A change in state policy regarding revolving loan funds will give the city of Galesburg funding options for its proposed five-year housing program, but the city is continuing to research exactly how those funds can and will be distributed. The city plans to close out its revolving loan fund, which contains $1,183,000, by November or December, and it has until Dec. 21, ...

  • May 19, 02:16 AM | KPCC - 89.3 FM

    Indoor use limits, water budgets and aerial data gathering: California's plan to wean us off water waste

    In the next 18 months, a small plane will fly over every city in California, recording data on what kind of plants are growing in our lawns, parks and street medians. That data will help determine where we're wasting water, and help cities use it more efficiently. It's a radical departure from the way water conservation has been done in California in the past, when, during water emergencies, ...

  • May 19, 12:18 AM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only This week in Amazon-o-mania: Cities find that the more eyes on their HQ2 pitch, the better

    May 19--Make no mistake about it, for most cities, putting together a pitch to host Amazon's HQ2 required a serious investment of time and money. And now that the competition has narrowed to 20 cities, including Dallas and Austin, some are wondering what else they can do with all that hard work. Turns out, all the primping, preening and posing for the Amazon pageant has made cities a little ...

  • May 18, 11:40 PM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only L.A. signs off on two downtown hotel towers -- and some taxpayer help

    May 19--The Los Angeles City Council approved a plan Friday for putting a 1,153-room hotel complex across from the Convention Center, providing the developer a lucrative taxpayer subsidy and a deal to adorn the project with digital signs. The plan, backed unanimously by the council, could provide New York City-based Lightstone Group more than $103 million in public assistance during the ...

  • May 18, 11:19 PM | Marin Independent Journal

    Marin supervisorial candidates clash over public housing conditions

    May 19--Supervisor Judy Arnold has backed off a claim that photographs highlighted by challenger Toni Shroyer of squalid conditions at public housing in Marin City were not actually taken there. She said her assertion had been based on a lack of information provided to the Marin Housing Authority in response to a letter by attorney Leonard Rifkind to the county. The flap stems from comments ...

  • May 18, 10:45 PM | Post & Courier

    Charleston's and South Carolina's hotel boom: What can we expect?

    No new hotels have been announced in Charleston for several months, but that doesn’t mean the boom is over locally and in other parts of South Carolina, according to planners and developers watching the market. The South is a hot lodging market, which has fueled development from the coast to the Midlands to the Upstate. Hotel demand is driven not only by leisure visitors but new industries. ...

  • May 18, 10:09 PM | News & Observer

    Will a rare mussel delay construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline?

    May 19--The yellow lance mussel is North Carolina's newest species of wildlife protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. And the 3-inch long fresh-water mussel, which was declared environmentally "threatened" just this month, could be the focus of the next legal showdown over the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Officials with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have until Monday to tell ...

  • May 18, 09:47 PM | Ottumwa Courier

    Downtown parking study unveiled

    May 18--OTTUMWA -- Downtown parking has long been a complaint for Ottumwa residents. City council members will get a better look at the situation next week. Main Street Ottumwa and the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission completed a comprehensive assessment of downtown parking. The full document runs more than 100 pages. It turns out there's a lot more parking downtown than people might ...

  • May 18, 09:16 PM | Daily News

    LA county to rollout $402 million spending plan for Measure H. Will it make a difference?

    May 18--A $402 million spending plan adopted this week by the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors is set to boost Measure H funding for the county and cities to tackle homelessness in the upcoming year. But how much of a dent will it make? Measure H sales tax revenue is being generated to pay for services and programs that alleviate homelessness. Under the plan adopted by the county, which goes ...

  • May 18, 08:56 PM | Olympian

    Appeal challenging Olympia's 'missing middle' housing plan dismissed

    May 18--Olympia's hearing examiner has dismissed a challenge to proposed changes to the zoning code that would make it easier to build different types of housing in more parts the city. The challenge was brought by the group Olympians for Smart Development and Livable Neighborhoods, as well as three Olympia residents and a Tumwater resident who owns property in Olympia. They contended the ...

  • May 18, 07:19 PM | St. Cloud Times

    'Opportunity Zones': 3 St. Cloud low-income areas selected to spur development

    May 18--ST. CLOUD -- Some low-income and ripe-for-redevelopment areas in St. Cloud could soon be injected with thousands -- even millions -- of dollars in private investments. Some of the city's poorest census tracts -- spanning Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties -- were nominated last month by Gov. Mark Dayton as federal "opportunity zones," which were established by Congress in the 2017 ...

  • May 18, 07:10 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Opportunity knocks for cities, but is there a hidden cost?

    The Assembly Square section of Somerville has a lot going for it these days. It’s home to one of the region’s busiest shopping centers, Assembly Row, along with one-bedroom apartments that go for $3,000 a month. Partners HealthCare moved more than 4,000 workers to a building there on top of a new Orange Line stop. Plans for nearly 5 million more square feet of office space are approved or are ...

  • May 18, 07:25 AM | US Official News

    Members Only Commercial Solar Arrays On Farmland Cropping Up Bountifully -- And Stirring Opposition.

    Salem: Oregon Public Utility Commission has issued the following news release: In farm fields from the Willamette Valley to the Kittitas Valley and east to Idaho, energy developers want to plant a new crop: commercial solar arrays. But a surge in utility-scale solar farm applications is generating pushback. Farmland preservation advocates, who might normally be allies of green power, are ...

  • May 18, 08:10 AM | Virginian-Pilot

    Paying a Tax for Every Mile You Drive? Regional Boards Want Virginia to Study the Idea

    May 18--With the rise of electric and other fuel-efficient vehicles, the state association of metropolitan planners is asking Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine to take a look at a new way to pay for roads. The Virginia Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations said in a letter that it's "concerned with the future sustainability" of road funding because of a reliance on gas ...

  • May 18, 08:03 AM | Chicago Tribune

    What's the Economic Impact of Chicago Music Festivals? City Will Get Data from Mastercard Spending

    May 18--Which has the greater importance to Chicago: The Chicago Blues Festival or the Chicago Jazz Festival? If you love our city's musical heritage, you'd rightly answer "both." But what about the economic impact of these big downtown festivals, both now held in Millennium Park? Which is the bigger deal? And was it really a good idea to move them from Grant Park to Millennium Park? And is ...

  • May 18, 06:31 AM | Republican Herald

    Curtain falls on theater plan; parking deck project to continue

    May 18--POTTSVILLE -- The movie theater the city planned to build atop a new parking deck is not going to happen. "From the start, we knew it was going to be a tough, complicated thing to get done, " Savas Logothetides, director of the Pottsville Area Development Corp., said Thursday. A new Mahantongo Parking Deck will still be built without the cinematic attraction. "We are moving forward ...

  • May 18, 08:37 AM | Detroit Free Press

    OPINION: Don't use that suburban address to dodge Detroit taxes

    May 18--Pay your taxes. It's really not that hard. Don't lie about where you live, even if it means you're saving a bundle on car insurance. These things are not, or should not be, optional. Yet Detroit is home to a number of new non-resident residents, folks who've moved to high-price apartments in the city's booming Midtown and downtown areas but continue to report suburban addresses. Most ...

  • May 18, 03:34 AM | Capital Press

    County hopes wastewater treatment facility attracts food processors

    OTHELLO, Wash. — Adams County and the Port of Othello are building an industrial wastewater treatment and water reuse facility as a first step to recruiting niche food processors and diversifying the region’s crops. The county wants to recruit companies that produce beverages, craft sodas, health foods or nutraceuticals. “In economic development, everybody really wants the big win,” said ...

  • May 18, 03:01 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Urban spelunking into a city’s past

    Beneath the Brutalist structure of Boston City Hall is a dusty abandoned tunnel that was once a part of America’s first subway line, the Tremont Street Subway. On May 21, in honor of Preservation Month, 100 people will have the rare opportunity to tour the cavernous space, which was in operation from the end of the 19th century to the early 1960s. The Boston Landmarks Commission and city’s ...

  • May 18, 02:13 AM | The Examiner

    Members Only Rent reforms in a few cities pave the way for nationwide overhaul

    In October 2013, some renters in Charlotte, N.C., received notice: To maintain their federal housing assistance, they soon would be required to work. The requirement wasn’t onerous, just 15 hours a week. But it was the start of the Charlotte Housing Authority’s efforts to move people off the rolls and toward being able to afford housing on their own.Today, there’s a waiting list of more than ...

  • May 18, 12:23 AM | The Press Democrat

    Highway 101 'Big Pave' project from Windsor to Geyserville heads toward home stretch

    May 18--Road crews are back at work repaving a bone-shaking stretch of Highway 101, one of the largest infrastructure projects in northern Sonoma County in 50 years. The project, dubbed "the Big Pave" and expected to cost more than $155 million, will eventually smooth out a notoriously jarring 24-mile leg of the highway from Windsor to Cloverdale. "I can remember traveling to Santa Rosa with ...

  • May 17, 10:30 PM | The Tuscaloosa News

    Planners unveil near-final vision for west Tuscaloosa

    May 18--A commercial and business corridor along Stillman Boulevard. A cultural and civic focus for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. A revitalized 21-acre site with residential, retail and commercial uses on the site of a former salvage yard. These are among the final suggestions a group of planners expects to present to City Hall next month. On Thursday, a team from CHW Inc., the land ...

  • May 17, 09:10 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Where Are San Diego County's Homeless?

    May 17--The homeless population across San Diego County is on the decline, according to numbers released Thursday by the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless, although it's up 20 percent in the downtown zone that contains the highest concentration. Volunteers working with the task force counted 8,576 homeless individuals in January, a 6 percent decrease from the more than 9,100 ...

  • May 17, 09:03 PM | The Bakersfield Californian

    Report: Despite strong demand, low-income housing in Kern still on decline

    May 17--Kern County has seen an 85 percent reduction in low-income housing production just since 2016, according to a new report from the California Housing Partnership Corporation. The report examines the amount of affordable housing available, how funding has declined, the high demand for affordable rental homes and other factors. The data in the report is from agencies including the ...

  • May 17, 08:19 PM | Taunton Daily Gazette

    Mansfield voters nix plastic bags, but say 'yes' to pot, roosters

    May 16--In a marathon session, which lasted to midnight, Mansfield Town Meeting voters banned plastic shopping bags Tuesday, May 15, but declined to do the same for recreational marijuana and roosters. A series of articles on how the town will handle recreational marijuana prompted much of the evening's discussion for the more than 250 voters at the Mansfield High School auditorium. Several ...

  • May 17, 07:54 PM | Seattle Times

    Cost to demolish Alaskan Way Viaduct pegged at $93.7M

    May 17--A contractor has been chosen to demolish the old Alaskan Way Viaduct, which is fast approaching its annihilation. Kiewit Infrastructure West submitted the winning bid at $93.7 million, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced Tuesday. "It will be challenging to tear down a major highway in the heart of a booming city, but we're looking forward to getting it ...

  • May 17, 06:57 PM | Chicago Tribune

    Northwest Side affordable housing project fails to get state tax credits

    May 18--A controversial Northwest Side affordable housing plan failed again this week to qualify for state tax credits, imperiling a project that has sparked a heated debate over whether opponents are trying to keep minority residents out of the Jefferson Park neighborhood. The 75-unit building planned for a busy intersection near the Jefferson Park Blue Line station was not included on the ...