• Feb 20, 09:40 AM | Seattle Times

    Seattle's Public High School Students to Get Unlimited Transit Passes Under New Mayoral Plan

    Feb. 20--During her first State of the City address Tuesday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan will announce a plan to provide free transit passes to all public high-school students. "At a time that our city is becoming increasingly unaffordable for families, we need to make transit more safe, accessible and affordable, especially for our young people," Durkan said in a statement. More than half of ...

  • Feb 19, 06:32 PM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Homelessness, Step by Step

    From the windows of a seven-story building on East 151st Street in the Bronx, Manhattan rises like Oz in the distance, a glittering reminder of why so many people want to live in New York City. Inside the building, children sense something is wrong. Their parents are bogged down by backpacks, suitcases, strollers and worries — the burdens carried by many people, unemployed and underemployed, ...

  • Feb 19, 08:31 PM | Grand Forks Herald

    Grand Forks' New Plan, Key to Downtown's Future, 'A Long Time Coming'

    Feb. 20--When City Administrator Todd Feland looks at downtown Grand Forks, he sees a bigger, brighter future. The parking lot at Fifth Street and DeMers Avenue could someday be the site of a new building--living space on top, storefronts on the bottom. Town Square could get a facelift. The old water treatment plant, which is soon to be phased out, could become a crown jewel in a reshaped ...

  • Feb 20, 03:58 AM | Washington Times

    How Donald Trump's infrastructure plan will require higher state taxes

    President Trump's infrastructure plan puts a heavy burden on the states and will require both private participation and new local taxes to succeed. Improving roads, airports, rural internet and the like could boost the efficiency of the nation's industrial supply chain and raise GDP by $3.9 trillion over 10 years. The administration wants to mostly offer states $200 billion to leverage at ...

  • Feb 20, 01:14 AM | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    Final Walla Walla County Comprehensive Plan docket to be determined Tuesday

    Feb. 19--Recommendations for proposed amendments to the Walla Walla County Comprehensive Plan will go before the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday. The presentation by Community Development Director Tom Glover will take place at 1:30 p.m., at the start of the commissioners' afternoon session. The presentation will not be a public hearing, and no testimony or comments will be taken. ...

  • Feb 20, 12:15 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Future of Portland, Maine, ocean terminal up for discussion

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials with Maine's largest city are reaching out to residents to discuss possible redevelopment plans for an ocean terminal building on the city's waterfront. The building in question is the Portland Ocean Terminal facility on the Maine State Pier. It's located in the city's working waterfront in an area of high commercial traffic. Portland staff presented the idea ...

  • Feb 19, 11:00 PM | The McGill Tribune (McGill University)

    Members Only Montreal city councillors discuss policies to support homeless communities

    5 Days for the Homeless McGill (5D4H) held a panel on Feb. 5 in the Bronfman building to discuss support for Montreal’s homeless population, featuring talks from Montreal City Councillors Benoit Langevin and Sterling Downey. 5D4H Co-Executive Director Meghan Bottomley moderated the public event. Speakers addressed homelessness in relation to topics like social resources, lobbying, and ...

  • Feb 19, 10:17 PM | Muskogee Phoenix

    Artists sought as Fire Hydrant Art Project expands

    Feb. 19--A beautification project that began in the Depot District appears to have caught fire among volunteer artists and will be spreading into other parts of downtown Muskogee. The Fire Hydrant Art Project, a collaborative effort between the city and A More Beautiful Muskogee, proved so popular during the first and second rounds, plans for a third round are in the works. More volunteer ...

  • Feb 19, 07:49 PM | The Enterprise

    On the road to ruin with Trump's infrastructure plan

    President Donald Trump introduced his infrastructure plan Monday with a ringing preamble: "It is time," he said, "to give Americans the working, modern infrastructure they deserve." That raises the question: "What did we do to deserve this?" The plan, which the White House bills as a $1.5-trillion program, provides only $100 billion in federal funds over 10 years for major federal-state ...

  • Feb 19, 07:14 PM | Laramie Boomerang

    Wyoming officials optimistic about Trump's infrastructure proposal

    CHEYENNE - There are more questions than answers surrounding the $200 billion infrastructure plan President Donald Trump released Monday. It only provides a fraction of the $1.5 trillion investment Trump promised over the next decade, and $100 billion of it will only be available for projects funded 80 percent with local, state or private money. It also will need to clear a fractious Congress, ...

  • Feb 19, 07:03 PM | Buffalo News

    Elmwood Avenue's empty storefronts causing concern

    Feb. 20--The 31 empty storefronts on Elmwood Avenue from Allen Street to Forest Avenue represent restaurants, boutiques and food markets that have closed their doors in recent years. They also represent a 17 percent vacancy rate, a red flag that community leaders cannot afford to ignore, said the two Common Council members that represent the area, Delaware District councilman Joel P. Feroleto ...

  • Feb 19, 03:23 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Lieutenant governor unveils plan to pay for infrastructure

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's lieutenant governor wants to divert existing revenue and borrow to provide more money for roads and bridges over the next six years. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday unveiled Senate Bill 3046 , which he said will increase infrastructure spending more than $1 billion through 2023. The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Monday, sending it to the Senate ...

  • Feb 19, 02:18 PM | Grand Rapids Press

    Members Only Mayor vows aggressive response to lead levels

    GRAND RAPIDS — In her annual update to the community Thursday night, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss pledged a more aggressive response to a growing issue with an old foe: lead paint. “I am so deeply sad to find that after a decade of decline, the number of lead poisoned children in Kent County is rising,” Bliss said. “This is especially frustrating, as we have been actively engaged in this discussion ...

  • Feb 19, 02:18 PM | Grand Rapids Press

    Members Only Township plan to extend water lines unprecedented

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP — Facing public pressure to act, Plainfield Township officials are taking the necessary steps to borrow tens of millions of dollars as part of a plan to provide drinking water to hundreds of residents. The township put out a notice in January that it plans to borrow up to $25 million to invest in the municipal water system. The move comes as an investigation into ...

  • Feb 19, 02:10 PM | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Pennsylvania's industrial hemp program growing with state support

    Feb. 19--Pennsylvania hopes to expand its hemp-growing program this year to the tune of nearly 1,000 acres, the Department of Agriculture said. Westmoreland County got in on the ground floor of the program last year, when the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corp. signed a $1 lease agreement with Pittsburgh-based Commonwealth Alternative Medicinal Options. Now, the state is expanding ...

  • Feb 18, 02:27 PM | Star-Ledger

    Members Only Light rail would be a boon to Central Jersey

    transportation Legislation is quickly heading to Gov. Phil Murphy's desk that would dedicate $10 million to NJ Transit for initial planning for a light rail that would connect East Brunswick, New Brunswick, Piscataway and South Plainfield. This marks an important transportation investment in central New Jersey that will benefit the region for decades to come. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, ...

  • Feb 19, 12:30 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Mississippi State using federal money to plan new road

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State University is planning a new road meant to alleviate congestion around the east side of its campus. College Board trustees on Thursday gave approval for the university to spend $1.4 million in federal money to design what it's calling Bulldog Way. President Mark Keenum says the university hopes to obtain federal funding to build the road, which would ...

  • Feb 19, 10:19 AM | The Daily Beast

    Members Only Trump's Infrastructure Plan Is Bigly Biased Against Cities

    President Trump's infrastructure plan, released Monday, is more of a defiance of fiscal logic than it is a rational outline. One obvious shortcoming is that the plan doesn't offer states and cities federal money as much as invite them to spend their own, which, of course, they could already do.Perhaps the biggest drawback, though, is that the plan pits urban and rural areas against each other ...

  • Feb 19, 10:18 AM | South Florida Times

    Members Only Community grant provides funding and training forsmall business

    MIAMI-DADEOPA-LOCKA, Fla. - Several small, minority owned businesses in Opa-locka, Miami Gardens and Liberty City will soon have access to financial capital, entrepreneurship training and consulting services thanks to a community-based grant awarded to the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC).The grant, which was provided by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, aims to help break down ...

  • Feb 19, 08:33 AM | US Official News

    Members Only They will study new routes for the Artesia light rail project to downtown LA.

    Austin: Los Angeles Transportation Authority, The State of Texas has issued the following news release: As some of you know, a key project of Measures R and M is a new light rail that runs between Artesia and downtown Los Angeles. It is known in English as the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor, because part of the line would follow the route of an old tram line that connected to Santa ...

  • Feb 19, 08:21 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only NY to convene panels to discuss plan to fight algae blooms

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is bringing together ecologists, biologists and local and state officials to fight the growing problem of algae blooms in upstate ponds and lakes. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced four regional summits over the next six weeks that will focus on the blooms and efforts to prevent new ones. The blooms can affect water quality and are seen as a threat to ...

  • Feb 19, 07:49 AM | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

    Public hearings set for proposed water trails along Bluestone River

    Feb. 19--PRINCETON -- Public hearings have been scheduled for people interested in learning more about, and expressing their opinions about, a plan prompting kayaking through Mercer County and beyond along the Bluestone River. Back in August 2017, County Commissioner Bill Archer and other supporters started exploring the idea of making the Bluestone River more accessible to kayaks, flat-bottom ...

  • Feb 19, 07:23 AM | Eagle-Tribune

    Officials: Pot farms could drain energy supply

    Feb. 19--BOSTON -- State environmental regulators want strict energy limits for marijuana growers, warning that the industry could jeopardize efforts to reduce the state's carbon footprint. In a letter to the Cannabis Control Commission, which is weighing regulations for the nascent industry, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs said high-intensity lighting for indoor pot ...

  • Feb 19, 05:11 AM | TimesLedger Newspapers

    Report on congestion pricing shows NE Queens will be most affected

    Non-profit advocacy group Tri-State Transportation Campaign reinforced the assessment from the Fix NYC panel that congestion pricing would only affect around four percent of outer borough drivers in a new report. The Fix NYC panel proposal, released in January to implement congestion pricing, keeps traditionally free bridges into Manhattan free while only imposing fees on vehicles entering a ...

  • Feb 19, 04:18 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Bridge plans advance, but who foots bill?

    The longest bike and pedestrian bridge in Greater Boston would also be its most expensive. The proposal to connect the mega-developments of Assembly Square and the Wynn Resorts casino on each side of the Mystic River took a step forward last week, when state officials unveiled preliminary designs for a 780-foot footbridge — at a steep price of almost $23 million. Now comes the hard part: ...

  • Feb 16, 07:00 AM | Daily Bruin (University of California - Los Angele

    Members Only State Law Strives to Facilitate Development of Affordable Housing

    A new state law plans to streamline the development of affordable housing in California and could potentially lead to more housing development in Westwood. Senate Bill 35 requires cities, such as Los Angeles, that have not met state-set affordable housing targets to approve projects where 10 percent or more of the units are set aside for affordable housing. The law, which came into effect Jan. ...

  • Feb 16, 06:13 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Initiative Reimburses Homeowners for Stormwater Management

    When Linda Gielec bought her house in Central City in 2014, she was itching to indulge her green thumb. The house has a side yard where Gielec could envision a natural screen of foliage to create privacy and add coziness. But first she had to deal with the concrete. Lots of concrete. "It was all cement about 5 feet from the side of the house," Gielec said. "It was cracked and broken and half ...

  • Feb 16, 06:04 AM | The New York Daily News

    Port Authority Votes to Spend Additional $44M for Hudson River Tunnel Project

    Feb. 15--Despite no commitment from the Trump administration, the Port Authority on Thursday voted to spend another $44 million on a multibillion-dollar Hudson River tunnel project. Port officials who are backing the tunnel construction as part of Amtrak's massive Gateway project said the money is necessary to keep the project moving, so that when federal funding materializes, there will be no ...

  • Feb 16, 08:13 AM | San Gabriel Valley Tribune

    Members Only Help develop a plan to combat homelessness in West Covina

    West Covina officials are holding a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the West Covina Senior Center, 2501 E. Cortez St., to gather input from residents as they develop a plan to combat homelessness.The city was recently awarded a $50,000 grant to develop a plan that assesses homelessness in the city and the resources currently available to address the issue. The city also hopes to ...

  • Feb 16, 03:45 AM | The Riverdale Press

    Dinowitz is still a 'no' on congestion pricing

    As state and local lawmakers convened in Albany for joint budget hearings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Fix NYC traffic advisory panel has recommended one way to pay for much-needed repairs on New York City's subway system: congestion pricing. The proposal suggests charging drivers $11.52 for entering the city with their vehicle anywhere in Manhattan south of 60th Street, in what Cuomo's panel has ...

  • Feb 16, 03:00 AM | Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota)

    Members Only Frey lays out affordable housing plan at UROC forum

    Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey laid out his affordable housing plan and listened to community input at a forum Thursday night. The event, held at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, allowed community members to hear from the mayor and other city leaders and discuss issues of affordable housing in Minneapolis. “We are confronting what is literally the number ...

  • Feb 16, 02:56 AM | The Vicksburg Post

    Vicksburg mayor continues to fight for economic development in our community

    For the second time this year, Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs has made the trip to Washington D.C. in an effort to get a piece of the economic pie for our community. Flaggs called the meeting with President Trump and his administration productive. "Considering the place seating, I think it went extremely well. I sat between the president of the United States and Secretary of Transportation; ...

  • Feb 16, 02:24 AM | Gambit Weekly

    Safety, or something else? What's next for New Orleans strip clubs

    In a broad and sweeping public safety plan introduced in January 2017, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and city officials called for a "rebranding of the French Quarter and Bourbon Street's image as a cultural destination." Roughly a year later, Bourbon Street workers fear recent raids that ultimately closed a few strip clubs and suspended licenses at several others are merely a political maneuver ...

  • Feb 15, 08:32 PM | San Jose Mercury News

    Scoop: Google buys big downtown San Jose storage complex, resuming village purchases

    Feb. 15--SAN JOSE -- Google and its development ally on Thursday bought a large public storage complex in downtown San Jose, marking one of the search giant's most expensive purchases yet for its transit-oriented village. Acting through an affiliate, TC Agoge Associates, Google and realty developer Trammell Crow bought the Storage Solutions San Jose complex at 570 Cinnabar St. Thursday. The ...

  • Feb 15, 08:06 PM | Fort Mill Times

    A new law aims to shield manufacturers from complaints. Will it impact York County?

    Feb. 15--YORK COUNTY -- It's a new law designed to protect manufacturers from neighbors filing nuisance lawsuits. But will it work? Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill Tuesday he says will protect South Carolina companies from nuisance complaints or lawsuits, as long as the business is following all laws, licensing, regulation and local ordinances related to what it does. McMaster said the bill ...

  • Feb 15, 05:43 PM | The Bassano Times

    Members Only Urban wetlands make cities more livable

    Celebrating Canada's most valuable real estate on World Wetlands Day /CNW/-In many Canadian cities, nature can be hard to find. But natural habitats like wetlands that exist amid the concrete and pavement are little patches of gold. They're extremely valuable - and they're worth saving.February 1 was World Wetlands Day. Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is joining conservation organizations from ...

  • Feb 15, 03:20 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Rising from Boston’s building boom, a new kind of startup

    Boston has been Crane City for the last five years or more: construction everywhere you look, and detour signs, too. Much less noticeable has been a boom in startups focused on buildings. Entrepreneurs are looking at a massive industry and seeing opportunity: Construction spending on private projects in the United States hit a record high of $1.25 trillion in December, according to the ...

  • Feb 15, 01:35 PM | ThisWeek Community Newspapers

    Rental units for people with disabilitiesDownsized plans pass muster; neighbors still fret

    A nonprofit organization's scaled-back plan to build rental units for people with disabilities has earned approval from Delaware's planning commission. The commission Feb. 7 voted unanimously to recommend Delaware City Council approve Del-Mor Dwellings Corp.'s request to rezone the 3.6-acre site at 250 Curtis St. ahead of the construction of 40 apartments. The organization initially sought to ...

  • Feb 15, 12:22 PM | The Rapid City Journal

    Clock ticking for county commission to approve new mining law

    Two weeks. That's how much time the Pennington County Board of Commissioners has to approve a new ordinance to regulate county mining operations if the law is to take effect before the county's current mining permit moratorium ends April 5. On Tuesday night, a four-and-a-half hour meeting on the first reading of the ordinance - ordinances require two separate readings and approvals by the ...

  • Feb 15, 11:13 AM | Birmingham Post

    Now or never to develop Birmingham's own Central Park

    IN my recent piece on New Year resolutions, I suggested that Birmingham should resolve to create a major new park as part of the markets redevelopment.Now a petition calling for this, organised by CityPark4Brum, has achieved 5,000 signatures, and people are continuing to sign.It's great that thousands of people can see the need and the logic for the park.Somewhere though, in the corridors of ...

  • Feb 15, 11:03 AM | Times Record

    Fort Smith planners approve food truck court

    Feb. 15--A Fort Smith nonprofit organization has approval from the Fort Smith Planning Commission to have a food truck court on Garrison Avenue. John McIntosh of 64.6 Downtown said the organization is planning to have two full-time food trucks at the Garrison Commons pocket park, 913-915 Garrison Ave., as well as seasonal fruit. Granted that the Board of Directors gives the final stamp of ...

  • Feb 15, 07:18 AM | All Iraq News Agency (AIN)

    Relief in Sight as Tech Boom Squeezes Vancouver Office Supply

    (GlobeNewswire) - With global and local technology companies struggling to find office space in downtown Vancouver to accommodate their growth, the first major office building scheduled to complete in the next cycle of commercial development officially broke ground today. Opening in early 2020, The Offices at Burrard Place is the first office complex Reliance Properties is building from the ...

  • Feb 15, 06:03 AM | The New York Daily News

    Hudson River tunnel, rail project faces federal funding purgatory

    Feb. 14--The crucial funding for a critical rail project under the Hudson River faces uncertainty in Washington, as local officials plan to vote Thursday to pump more money into the project. The board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is voting to spend another $44 million to keep the momentum going on the Gateway Project, which consists of a new bridge in New Jersey and a new ...

  • Feb 15, 09:40 AM | Seattle Times

    Seattle Panel Closing in on Plan to Fund Homeless Aid With a Business 'Head Tax'

    Feb. 15--A Seattle task force will start wrapping up its work Thursday, setting the stage for the City Council to pass a new tax on high-grossing businesses like Amazon. Supporters and opponents agree the council will almost certainly greenlight some version of the so-called "head tax" next month and allocate the money to combat homelessness. Exactly how much money the tax would raise, which ...

  • Feb 15, 05:00 AM | Austin Monitor

    CodeNEXT Draft Boosts Housing Capacity

    A day after the third version of CodeNEXT was unveiled, City Council members expressed cautious optimism about the proposed overhaul of Austin's land development rules. Notably, Council members were happy to see that the new version dramatically increased the amount of housing capacity. The second draft would have allowed for 145,000 new units to be built in Austin, while the third draft will ...

  • Feb 15, 01:55 AM | Corporate Meetings & Incentives

    Members Only Houston Astrodome to Be Transformed into Meetings Destination

    Once known as “the eighth wonder of the world,” the Astrodome in Houston, Tex., is about to begin a second life as a convention facility. The former home of the Houston Oilers football team and the Astros baseball team, the first stadium in the U.S. to use AstroTurf has been vacant for 19 years. This month, Harris County officials gave final approval for a $105 million redevelopment of the ...

  • Feb 15, 08:16 AM | The Daily Herald

    County's sprawl needs moratorium while we catch up

    Everett recently earned the dubious honor of having the worst traffic congestion in the United States ("Everett has Earth's worst traffic congestion - by one measure," The Herald, Feb. 6).

  • Feb 15, 08:15 AM | Quesnel Cariboo Observer

    Quesnel mayor wants to ensure City has full control on pot retailing

    City's spot-zoning process allows community input recreational marijuana pot shop locations

  • Feb 15, 07:49 AM | Idaho Press-Tribune

    Public survey available for new public transit plan

    As Valley Regional Transit works to develop its new transit plan, ValleyConnect 2.0, officials are looking for local feedback through a public survey. The survey will collect comments on the drafted plan and is available at surveymonkey.com/r/ValleyConnect. It includes 14 questions that focus on the most efficient ways to shape a public transit system. The deadline to complete the survey is ...

  • Feb 15, 04:27 AM | Erie Times-News

    Could new tax plan help Erie projects?By Matthew Rink and Kevin Flowers

    The city of Erie has asked Gov. Tom Wolf to designate eight areas for a new federal program that aims to spur investment in economic development projects. A proposal sent to Wolf asks that six census tracts in the core of downtown Erie and two industrial tracts be included in his application for Opportunity Zone program designation. The downtown tracts would include the bayfront, the former ...

  • Feb 15, 03:47 AM | Frederick News-Post

    Planning Commission endorses county transportation priorities

    Feb. 15--From road construction and transit improvements to pedestrian and bicycle projects, Frederick County's list of transportation priorities has the endorsement of the county's Planning Commission. The county's priorities are outlined in a draft letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, asking for them to be considered in the development of the state's Consolidated Transportation Plan ...

  • Feb 15, 03:00 AM | The Daily Iowan (University of Iowa)

    Members Only Iowa City leaders encourage those impacted by the Proctor & Gamble job cuts

    Iowa City officials ask the Iowa City community to remain strong in the face of the recent 500 job cuts by Procter & Gamble. By Aadit Tambe aadit-tambe@uiowa.edu Procter & Gamble has announced that it will cut 500 jobs from its Iowa City plant, a result of the company’s decision to move the manufacturing of beauty and hair care products to a new plant in West Virginia, according to a press ...

  • Feb 15, 12:07 AM | Boston Herald

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh launches plan to assist homeless youth

    Feb. 15--Mayor Martin J. Walsh is launching an effort to get Boston's homeless youth into housing, education and jobs. The city is tapping Matthew Aronson, who formerly worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and a team of consultants to create a plan for young homeless people. The team is charged with helping the city gather data on youth homelessness, gauging the ...

  • Feb 14, 11:34 PM | The Wenatchee World

    Chelan needs more first homes, fewer second homes, mayor says

    Feb. 15--CHELAN -- Chelan Mayor Mike Cooney has a message for developers looking to build vacation homes in his city: take your money elsewhere. "We'd rather they skip our town and go to the next one," Cooney said in an interview Feb. 8. The new approach isn't an attempt to shun Chelan's resort town identity, rather it's an attempt to make Chelan livable for people who actually, well, live ...

  • Feb 14, 11:41 AM | Associated Press

    The Latest: US judge tours California homeless encampment

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit over efforts to shut down a Southern California homeless encampment (all times local): 8:30 a.m. A federal judge has been touring a Southern California homeless encampment that officials are working to shut down. Judge David O. Carter took a brisk walk at dawn Wednesday past scores of tents surrounded by trash. He was followed by an entourage of ...

  • Feb 14, 11:17 PM | News-Journal

    As Daytona homeless shelter project drags, board grows concerned

    Feb. 14--DAYTONA BEACH -- The pace of progress on the planned First Step Shelter, and the amount of information being shared about the 100-bed homeless refuge, isn't impressing several members of the board overseeing the project. "Everybody thought it would be erected by now," First Step Shelter Board member Joe Forte said Wednesday. "We're kind of flying blind. When we don't know facts, ...

  • Feb 14, 10:37 PM | Merced Sun-Star

    Merced benches may be coming back. Would they bring the homeless with them?

    Feb. 14--It's coming up on four years since the city of Merced removed several benches from Bob Hart Square to shoo away homeless people, and now the benches may be coming back. First described as "an experiment," the 10 or so benches placed around the square have been in storage since fall of 2014. Other benches remain along Main Street. Called the "Mayor of Downtown" by more than one ...

  • Feb 14, 09:36 PM | Bradenton Herald

    Is downtown streetscaping one project too many for city coffers? Maybe

    Feb. 14--BRADENTON -- With a planned downtown Bradenton streetscaping project now expected to cost between $6 million and $7 million, it may not be affordable and begs the question of why it was even planned in the middle of a construction boom if the money wasn't going to be available. Economic Development Director Carl Callahan told the city council Tuesday that the cost was expected to be ...

  • Feb 14, 08:49 PM | Sun News

    Downtown Myrtle Beach could be changing. Here's a first look at a conceptual plan

    Feb. 14--City leaders have been debating what should go in the Superblock area of downtown Myrtle Beach, and on Wednesday the first conceptual plans for the area were revealed. The plans, which were created by LS3P, show the properties that border Nance Plaza becoming a children's museum, excluding House Parts, LLC and Myrtle Beach photographer Jack Thompson's studio. The properties along 9th ...

  • Feb 14, 05:30 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only New housing in Boston, one brick at a time

    A new housing development player is emerging under the Walsh administration: the city of Boston. Of course, city officials aren’t actually building apartments in Roxbury or condos in Dorchester. But a new report from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau shows the progress city officials made in efforts to put city-owned parcels, many acquired through tax foreclosures, back on the tax rolls. It ...

  • Feb 14, 03:40 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only How the city plans to beat gentrification in Uphams Corner

    A glance at Uphams Corner shows Boston’s building boom hasn’t made its way here — yet. A check-cashing business sits at the corner of Dudley Street and Columbia Road, and across the street, the Payless ShoeSource on the first floor of the Pierce Building is gone, a victim of the retailer’s filing for bankruptcy protection in 2017. Two former bank buildings are empty, and what was once an ...

  • Feb 14, 03:26 PM | The Franklin Press

    Homeless count finds growing need

    A recent survey of homeless Macon County residents revealed a growing need for emergency housing and services in the region, particularly among families with children and local military veterans. The Homeless Point-in-Time Survey is a national effort to document the number of people without permanent housing on a given day each year. The study, developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and ...

  • Feb 14, 02:06 PM | Sacramento Bee

    New pension plan will squeeze California cities

    Feb. 14--California cities struggling with recent hikes in their pension fees will see another one in 2021 because of a decision CalPERS made on Tuesday to speed up the rate of their debt payments. The change will save cities money over time, but it could squeeze local government budgets over the next few years because it requires them to shore up investment losses on a 20-year schedule ...

  • Feb 14, 02:03 PM | Wilson Daily Times

    Historic homes need TLC: Valentine's 'heart bomb' highlights vacant properties in search of a mate

    Feb. 14--Valentine's Day came early for a few historic properties around downtown Wilson as part of Heart Bomb 2018. "People love these historic buildings, they are important to the community and we really just have to at least start talking about their future," said city of Wilson preservation planner Dana Corson. "The conversation has to start somewhere and valentines are a fun and loving ...

  • Feb 14, 12:21 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only ‘We would literally not survive’: How Trump’s plans for the social-safety net would affect America’s poorest

    Since the day in January 2010 when teenager Courtney Bias and her one-week-old daughter were kicked out of her mother's house, the young family has slept wherever they can: under bridges. On strangers' floors. In city parks. Today, 25-year-old Bias, her boyfriend and their three young children are renting part of a friend's apartment in Dunbar, Maryland. They scrape by on his wages from ...

  • Feb 14, 12:16 PM | Times Daily

    Grant to be used for Iron City water improvements

    LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. - The Lawrence County Commission has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant totaling $525,000. County officials said the grant will be used to make repairs to the Iron City Utility District's water system. Reports indicate leaks in pipes and related infrastructure cause the utility district to lose at least 50 percent, or about nine million gallons, of the water ...

  • Feb 14, 09:37 AM | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Arlington Voices Support for High-Speed Rail But Won't Join Transportation Authority, Yet

    Feb. 14--ARLINGTON -- With mounting pressure to commit to a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Fort Worth, city officials said they are exploring forming a local government corporation with the other cities along the proposed route. Mayor Jeff Williams said the city is committed to high-speed rail, but he stopped short of agreeing to join a local transportation authority such as Dallas ...

  • Feb 14, 05:52 AM | Delta Farm Press

    Members Only Trump Budget Unveiled; Lawmakers Pledge Support for Farm Bill

    The Trump budget was released Feb. 12, 2018 by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. The $4.4 trillion budget proposal cuts domestic programs, increases military funding and adds to the federal deficit. The blueprint has little to no chance of being enacted, it is more a vision statement by Trump. – The New York Times Here’s some reactions we’ve received: “The proposed cuts ...

  • Feb 14, 02:16 AM | Associated Press

    At Judge's Urging, Sides Reach Deal Over California Homeless

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Working at the demand of a federal judge in a case that could have broad influence, public officials and homeless advocates have reached an agreement providing motel rooms and other shelter for homeless people who are being kicked out of an encampment in a Southern California riverbed. U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter has boldly and unconventionally stepped ...

  • Feb 14, 08:38 AM | Guardian Web

    'Declaration of war': liberals divided as California mulls housing push

    The mayor of Berkeley, California, has called it “a declaration of war”. A neighborhood group in Los Angeles said it would be akin to forcing Native Americans from their land. Amid a desperate housing crisis, legislators in the Golden State have prompted an outcry with new proposals that threaten to take the rulebook that governs American city planning and throw it out the window. Their ...

  • Feb 14, 08:35 AM | Post & Courier

    Myrtle Beach will not use eminent domain for downtown redevelopment project

    MYRTLE BEACH - Eminent domain is officially off the table as city leaders try to decide how to tackle a redevelopment project in the heart of the city's downtown. The ability to use the legal tactic, which can force private landowners to sell their property if a government seeks to use it for a public purpose, was revoked in a 6-0 vote by Myrtle Beach City Council on Tuesday. Councilman Phil ...

  • Feb 14, 07:51 AM | The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

    Bozeman hires first affordable housing manager

    In less than a week, Bozeman will have its first employee with a job centered on affordable housing — from helping define what that means to converting “affordable housing” from a buzzword into something tangible. Matt Madsen will show up for his first day as Bozeman’s affordable housing manager Feb. 20. Making the move from Summit County, Colorado, Madsen has spent roughly the last five years ...

  • Feb 14, 01:53 AM | Westword

    Sun Valley Could Be Denver's Next Big Thing

    Sun Valley Could Be Denver's Next Big Thing Margaret Jackson | February 13, 2018 | 8:53am One of Denver's poorest neighborhoods is about to undergo a renaissance that could see it become a cultural and entertainment hub in the heart of the city over the next decade. Developers are poised to build on an established, if unofficial, recreational district in and around Sun Valley, which stretches ...

  • Feb 14, 01:50 AM | Waste360

    Could Vertical Landfill Walls Help Solve the Capacity Dilemma?

    With landfills around the country inching toward capacity and limited additional sites available hundreds of miles away at a premium, vertical walls are becoming popular. These structures, which range from 15-feet to 90-feet high, hold massive waste volumes and optimize existing footprints by raising the surface at sites without extending it laterally. The economics appear to be good, as they ...

  • Feb 14, 01:42 AM | Cronkite News: Arizona State University

    Counting on conversations with people who are homeless to reveal respect, gain resources

    Charmaine Tyler curls a blanket around her shoulders as she sits on a curb in downtown Phoenix, bracing herself against a 37-degree predawn in three tattered sweaters, sweatpants, socks and sandals. Anne Scott approaches with a smile and a clipboard. Good morning, ma'am. I'm talking to people who may be homeless for our survey. Can I ask you a few questions? Where did you sleep last night? Is ...

  • Feb 14, 12:43 AM | Telegraph-Herald

    Members Only Trump: 'OK with me' if plan to rebuild roads fails

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump sent Congress a sweeping plan Monday to rebuild the nation's depleted roads and bridges - then immediately raised doubts about how committed he was to delivering on that campaign promise."If you want it badly, you're going to get it," Trump told state and local officials during a meeting at the White House. "And if you don't want it, that's OK with me, ...

  • Feb 14, 12:20 AM | Wall Street Journal (Abstracts)

    Members Only THE HIGH COST OF ‘AFFORDABLE HOUSING’ MANDATES

    Paul Kupiec and Edward Pinto commentary notes studies showing 'inclusionary zoning,' which mandates that developers set aside units to rent or sell at below-market prices, actually raises cost of housing and limits supply of new affordable housing.

  • Feb 13, 11:18 PM | Orange County Register

    Costa Mesa planning commission denies permits for more sober-living homes

    Feb. 13--Costa Mesa planning commissioners denied three permits to a sober-living operator Monday, Feb. 12 and rescheduled hearings for two other applications. On a pair of 5-0 votes, the commission denied conditional use permits for RAW Recovery facilities at 321 and 327 Cabrillo St. to house up to 37 people and at 328 Rochester St. for up to eight residents. Some commissioners raised ...

  • Feb 13, 10:43 PM | Tribune

    Another affordable-housing complex could be coming to San Luis Obispo

    Feb. 13--A new apartment complex for low-income residents could break ground in San Luis Obispo by the end of the year and be completed by late 2019 -- if all goes to plan. The Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) has received city planning approvals for its Courtyard at the Meadows project at 3175 Violet St. located off Prado Road near the South Hills Open Space -- giving a boost to ...

  • Feb 13, 09:09 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    UC San Diego's Teddy Cruz wins $100,000 Vilcek Prize

    Feb. 13--UC San Diego professor Teddy Cruz, an architect noted for his cross-border projects, has won the annual Vilcek Prize, which honors the contributions of immigrants to American culture. It comes with a cash prize of $100,000. Born in Guatemala, Cruz came to California when he was 20 and was struck by the things that both unite and divide the communities of San Diego and Tijuana, ...

  • Feb 13, 08:43 PM | The Enterprise

    Trump administration wants to sell National and Dulles airports

    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is pushing federal officials to sell off, privatize or otherwise dispose of a broad array of govern-ment assets, from Reagan National Airport and the George Washington Memorial Parkway along the Potomac River to properties held by federal agencies across the country. The proposals are part of a long-awaited infrastructure initiative that President Donald ...

  • Feb 13, 08:06 PM | Sacramento Bee

    A 'water grab?' Southern California water agency eyes possible control of Delta tunnels project

    Feb. 13--In a dramatic twist on the Delta tunnels saga, Southern California's powerful water agency is exploring the feasibility of owning the majority stake in the controversial project, a move that raises fears of a "water grab." Under the plan floated Monday by three board members, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California would pour an extra $6 billion or more into the tunnels ...

  • Feb 13, 08:05 PM | Sacramento Bee

    Study commissioned by Brown administration says his Delta tunnels plan would pay off for farmers, cities

    Feb. 13--Even a single water tunnel burrowed under the California's Delta would be worth it for urban ratepayers and farmers who would to pay to build and maintain the project, according to an analysis released Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown's administration. The Department of Water Resources commissioned David Sunding, a professor of natural resource economics at UC Berkeley, to conduct a ...

  • Feb 13, 07:17 PM | Valdosta Daily Times

    City approves Deep South zoning

    Feb. 13--VALDOSTA -- The Valdosta City Council approved an ordinance Thursday for a zone change for Deep South Sanitation despite recommendation to table the matter from the city planning commission. At a Jan. 29 meeting, the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission voted 4-3, with the chairman forced to vote to break a tie, to table the request for a zoning change for one month to allow for Deep ...

  • Feb 13, 06:49 PM | Palm Beach Post

    Treasure Coast counties file new lawsuit to block Brightline bonds

    Feb. 13--Martin and Indian River counties and a Treasure Coast-based citizens group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging the approval of $1.15 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for Brightline's planned expansion north to Orlando. The 94-page complaint filed against the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration alleges federal officials either ...

  • Feb 13, 06:47 PM | Naples Daily News

    Developer accused of filling North Naples wetlands agrees to pay $350,000

    Feb. 13--The developer of Kalea Bay, a high-rise complex in North Naples, has agreed to pay a $350,000 fine to settle an allegation it illegally filled in more than an acre of wetlands to build one of five condo towers. Lodge/Abbott Investments Associates LLC, a Detroit firm that sued Collier County in 2005 to remove local bald eagle protection rules to make the development possible, was ...

  • Feb 13, 03:37 PM | Peninsula Gateway

    City council puts halt on housing with unexpected moratorium on residential developments

    Feb. 13--In an unexpected move by Gig Harbor City Council, a moratorium was placed on residential development for six months within in city limits. Towards the top of the meeting, the council went into an executive session for 20 minutes, most likely to discuss potential litigation if the moratorium was approved. After heated discussion, the council voted 6-1 to approve ordinance No. 1383, ...

  • Feb 13, 02:49 PM | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    As EPA gathers comments on landfill, documentary highlights North County's radioactive legacy

    Feb. 13--The troubling legacy of radioactive waste in north St. Louis County is getting national attention this month -- not only through a high-profile proposal to clean up the West Lake Landfill Superfund site, but also as the subject of the documentary, "Atomic Homefront," which aired Monday on HBO. Although the documentary was shown at a screening in the St. Louis area last summer, it made ...

  • Feb 13, 08:40 AM | Quartz

    Members Only Siemens Wants to Make Your City Work as Well as Your Washing Machine

    Most people probably think about home appliances or power plants when they consider the German powerhouse, Siemens AG. In the last few years, however, the company has moved into various digital data businesses, including targeting city governments for its services. Siemens actually has an executive with the title, head of urban development, who leads something called the Global Center of ...

  • Feb 13, 05:33 AM | Victoria Advocate

    Commissioner asking for allies in war on litter

    Feb. 13--Much of the trash headed for the Victoria landfill -- almost -- makes it there. "It looks like a landfill from U.S. 59 over to Farm-to-Market Road 1686," said Commissioner Danny Garcia, Precinct 1. "I'm getting phone calls from the people living out there." Litter dots the shoulders of U.S. 87 and SH 185 as some trash falls from vehicles that fail to secure their garbage loads on ...