• Jul 28, 05:05 AM | San Antonio Express-News (TX)

    Members Only San Antonio Commission Approves Comprehensive Plan Despite Neighborhood Opposition

    July 28--The Planning Commission recommended approval of San Antonio's new comprehensive plan Wednesday, despite fierce opposition from more than a dozen neighborhood leaders who asked to delay the vote, arguing they weren't adequately included in the process to develop the document. In another vote Wednesday, a split commission agreed to remove two proposals from the city's new sustainability ...

  • Jul 28, 08:27 AM | Brookhaven Post, The (GA)

    DeKalb Calls on Residents to Conserve Water Due to Drought Conditions

    The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, that includes much of North Georgia as well as DeKalb County, says our area is experiencing drought conditions. As a result, DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) is calling on residents to conserve water. "We are asking DeKalb County residents and business to proactively address these drought conditions by doing ...

  • Jul 27, 08:49 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel (FL)

    Suit Filed to Stop Big Cypress Oil Plan

    July 27--Six environmental groups filed suit Wednesday to stop a Texas company from exploring for oil at Big Cypress National Preserve, home to black bears, Florida panthers and other wildlife. The National Park Service in May approved a plan by Burnett Oil Co. to look for oil across 70,000 acres of the preserve, which straddles Alligator Alley west of the Broward County line. The plan calls ...

  • Jul 28, 07:53 AM | Sartell Newsleader (MN)

    Register now for rain garden workshop, tour

    Sartell residents who would like to learn about rain gardens at an Aug. 4 workshop and tour should register by Aug. 1 by calling Sartell Community Development Technician Nate Keller at 320-258-7316 or by emailing him at Nate.Keller@sartellmn.com. There is an enrollment limit of 25 people for the rain-garden presentation, made possible by the Sauk River Watershed District and the City of ...

  • Jul 28, 05:13 AM | Claresholm Local Press (Alberta)

    Members Only The sport of drifting gets approval; noise complaints result in restrictions

    Strong opposition against the locally practised motor sport called drifting, due to noise near residences in the Claresholm airport industrial area, didn't stop approval for the sport to continue. Councillors with the Municipal District of Willow Creek gave the sport the green light on July 20, but with restrictions limiting activity to two days per week and limited hours. The sport of ...

  • Jul 28, 03:28 AM | Valley Breeze: Pawtucket Edition (RI)

    Food trucks finding a destination in city’s downtown

    PAWTUCKET – Two years after city officials changed local laws to allow food trucks in Pawtucket, the city is finally seeing some regular traffic from the mobile eateries. After a successful food truck show and awards ceremony on top of the city garage on June 13, and another food truck event last Thursday, Mike Ryan and his Motif Magazine are planning similar events for August and September. ...

  • Jul 28, 04:08 AM | Capital Press (Salem, OR)

    Cities pan county’s bid to change zoning of ag land

    WILSONVILLE, Ore. — Clackamas County’s bid to review the status of three land parcels now set aside for agriculture is a concern to farm groups, and the cities that would have to service new development aren’t hot for the idea either. Charlotte Lehan, a former county commissioner, former Wilsonville mayor and now member of the city council, said it would be “very difficult and very expensive” ...

  • Jul 28, 03:47 AM | Frederick News-Post (MD)

    Preservation is a journey and a destination

    July 28--That mix of residential and retail so appealing in many historic downtowns doesn't happen by accident. And it's not as easy as it looks. Heather Arnold, director of research and analysis at StreetSense, spoke to preservation, tourism and museum professionals during Preservation Maryland's Summer School professional development conference last week. She started out by addressing a ...

  • Jul 28, 02:13 AM | Atlanticville (Long Branch, NJ)

    Ocean considering redevelopment zones

    OCEAN TOWNSHIP - The Township Council may be looking to spark up some stagnated commercial developments by implementing redevelopment zones. During the July 21 Workshop meeting, the council discussed possibly creating redevelopment zones in some of the commercial areas that may need a boost. "We've been talking about redevelopment zones for several months now, we've looked at some spots in ...

  • Jul 28, 01:55 AM | Northfield News, The (VT)

    Northfield's Dreamers See a New Downtown - Will it be Done?

    The dreamers came out after the Farmers' Market in downtown last week to present a plan for what was called a revitalization of the downtown area or Northfield. It was a bold plan that envisions a river walk, a hotel on East Street, and redevelopment of Freightyard Way near the old engine house. Paid for by a grant of approximately $45,000, the plan called for what it deemed "stronger ...

  • Jul 27, 10:51 PM | Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)

    Vikings select architect and construction company for Eagan headquarters

    July 28--The Minnesota Vikings selected Crawford Architects and Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. to design and build their new headquarters and practice facility in Eagan. Work began earlier this month at the site, which is located off I-494 at the intersection of Dodd Road and Lone Oak Parkway on land that was previously the headquarters of Northwest Airlines. The team hopes to break ground on ...

  • Jul 27, 10:42 PM | Ventura County Star (CA)

    Revitalization of downtown Oxnard topic of public meeting

    July 28--Ideas on revitalizing downtown Oxnard -- whether it's to surround Plaza Park with mixed-use development, or build a gateway -- will be discussed at a 5 p.m. meeting Thursday. The city is hosting a meeting about downtown priorities as it looks to reinvigorate a neighborhood that hasn't yet seen its full potential. "There was a time when Oxnard had the number one downtown in the ...

  • Jul 27, 10:40 PM | Tribune (San Luis Obispo, CA)

    Pismo Beach wrestles with how many events to allow at Chapman Estate

    July 27--Pismo Beach has a conundrum: How will it continue to finance the Chapman Estate in Shell Beach? The 1.5-acre property was willed to the city in 2013, following the death of local philanthropist Clifford Chapman. At the time, city officials envisioned the property as a cultural center, hosting weekend yoga classes and afternoon weddings on the lawn -- but concerns from the neighborhood ...

  • Jul 27, 09:23 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune (CA)

    Oceanside may soon have new craft beer rules

    July 27--OCEANSIDE -- A draft ordinance that would make it easier for craft breweries and wineries to open in downtown Oceanside and along Coast Highway cleared its first hurdle this week when the city's Downtown Advisory Committee unanimously endorsed the measure on Wednesday. The ordinance would allow some small breweries to open by right without a public hearing, while other larger ones ...

  • Jul 27, 08:48 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel (FL)

    Judge dismisses federal claims in lawsuit over Delray Beach development

    July 28--Delray Beach will not have to pay more than $40 million in damages claimed by Atlantic Crossing, a proposed development in the heart of the city's thriving downtown. That's because a federal judge dismissed the case and sent remaining non-monetary claims to state court. Development on the site, next to Veterans Park near the Intracoastal Waterway, has been debated for at least seven ...

  • Jul 27, 05:45 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Couple awarded $18M for SeaTac city govn't land grab scheme

    SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — A couple who sued the city of SeaTac for scheming against their plan to open a park-and-fly garage near Seattle-Tacoma International airport have been awarded $18 million from a jury and a judge who harshly criticized city officials. The Seattle Times reported (http://goo.gl/xm5N0K ) Tuesday the city has been ordered to pay the money to Gerry and Kathy Kingen and that the ...

  • Jul 27, 05:23 PM | Los Angeles Times (CA)

    Members Only L.A. wants Caltech and Google to count the city's trees

    July 27--The last time anyone counted, there were 700,000 street trees in the city of Los Angeles. That was more than two decades ago. Now, after four years of punishing drought, the city badly needs a fix on the condition of its urban forest. But doing that the old way -- by sending out tree counters with clipboards -- would cost about $3 million, money that's already committed elsewhere. So ...

  • Jul 27, 03:15 PM | City & State (New York, NY)

    De Blasio administration says it produced second most affordable housing in city history

    While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to influence federal policy at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, back at City Hall, his top housing officials strove to solidify his legacy. On Tuesday, Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, said the city started the process of building and preserving 23,284 homes during the last fiscal year, which she ...

  • Jul 27, 01:25 PM | Post-Bulletin (Rochester, MN)

    Not so fast: high-speed rail plan advancing slower than expected

    July 27--A company seeking to build a high-speed rail line from Rochester to the Twin Cities with private dollars needs more time before deciding whether to push ahead with the project. "We simply need more time to collect information," said North American High Speed Rail Group's Chief Manager Wendy Meadley. Earlier this month, the rail group requested the Minnesota Department of ...

  • Jul 27, 01:03 PM | Columbia Flier (MD)

    Proposed multi-purpose arts center envisioned as 'crown jewel' of Columbia

    July 27--A plan to grow the arts on nearly three acres of downtown Columbia is underway as the town chases a vision of becoming a vibrant, urban core. The concept proposed by Orchard Development Corp. would create the county's first cultural arts center -- a $130 million facility that integrates art organizations under one roof, caters affordable housing to artists and creates a year-round ...

  • Jul 27, 12:40 PM | Portland Press Herald (ME)

    Members Only EDITORIAL: Unlike its neighbors, Maine lacks plan as water shortage deepens

    July 27--Although this summer's consistently dry, sunny weather has been great for outdoor recreation, the lack of rain has a significant downside for the health of the public water supply. Officials in states around the region have been speaking out about the risks of the water shortage and the need to rein in water use. Given the potential economic and environmental impact of the expanding ...

  • Jul 27, 12:37 PM | Charlotte Observer (NC)

    State OKs plan to drain Whitewater Center water into Catawba River

    July 27--State environmental officials announced Wednesday they have approved a plan that would take water from the U.S. National Whitewater Center suspected in the death of a teenager and drain it into the Catawba River. Under the plan, authorities would treat water that contains the potentially deadly Naegleria fowleri amoeba with chlorine. Then they would remove the chlorine once the ...

  • Jul 27, 11:19 AM | Record Searchlight (Redding, CA)

    Shasta County supervisors agree to revisit homeless plan

    July 27--Shasta County Supervisors agreed to revisit funding a homeless plan that would overhaul services, but they had questions as well. Their willingness to discuss the plan comes a week after the Redding City Council failed to support restructuring the Redding/Shasta Homeless Continuum of Care. Redding Councilwoman Kristen Schreder asked county supervisors to consider a plan to put a ...

  • Jul 27, 08:45 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Man who worked in Detroit, overseas is Minot's new planner

    MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot has hired a new planning director. Robert Davis did planning work for the Royal Commission in Saudi Arabia and helped Detroit with recovery from the Great Recession, the Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/2adqo2o ) reported. City Manager, Lee Staab says Davis' background in public planning makes him an ideal fit for the city's goals. In Minot, one of his main duties will ...

  • Jul 25, 07:20 AM | Suburban Trends (Bloomingdale, Wanaque, NJ)

    BORO COUNCIL REINTRODUCES QUARRY EXPANSION OVERLAY

    After almost five hours of comment from residents largely opposed to the quarry expansion proposal, the Borough Council voted down the AH-1 (Affordable Housing) Overlay Zone ordinance, but introduced a new version of the ordinance that incorporated some recommendations of the Planning Board and the public. Local conservation groups were well represented at the July 19 public hearing where more ...

  • Jul 27, 07:21 AM | Parsippany Life (NJ)

    COUNTY'S HOUSING AUTHORITIES EARN GRANTS TO ASSIST NEEDY FAMILIES

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $75 million to help families living in public housing and those participating in HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Program connect with services to further their education, find good jobs, and to set them on a path to self-sufficiency. New Jersey recipients include Morris County's Housing Authority of the Town of Boonton, $69,000; ...

  • Jul 27, 09:40 AM | Los Angeles Times (CA)

    Members Only How Many Trees are in Los Angeles? Ask Google.

    July 27--The last time anyone counted, there were 700,000 street trees in the city of Los Angeles. That was more than two decades ago. Now, after four years of punishing drought, the city badly needs a fix on the condition of its urban forest. But doing that the old way -- by sending out tree counters with clipboards -- would cost about $3 million, money that's already committed elsewhere. So ...

  • Jul 27, 08:08 AM | Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA)

    Report: Sea Level Rise a Big Issue for Military in Hampton Roads

    July 27--The latest scientific conclusion echoes others: It's likely that sea level rise will eventually swallow huge swaths of Hampton Roads' military installations, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists in a report scheduled for release today. But if congressional Republicans have their way, the military will be blocked from doing anything about it. Tacked on to defense spending ...

  • Jul 27, 03:22 AM | New York Times, The

    Members Only Housing Plan 'In Full Gear,' De Blasio Says

    When Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014, he made affordable housing the centerpiece of his administration, vowing to build or preserve 200,000 units over a decade in a city where the cost of shelter was rocketing past the grasp of many residents. Now, despite skepticism from many housing experts and a feud with the governor that has derailed one of the major programs used to subsidize ...

  • Jul 26, 08:25 PM | Charleston Gazette, The (WV)

    Members Only CURA officially looking for director's replacement

    July 26--The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority is officially hiring. The board voted Tuesday during a special meeting to accept Executive Director Jim Edwards' resignation. Edwards, who plans to leave the position in October, confirmed last week that he's leaving CURA to return to his hometown of Lakeland, Florida. Board members discussed last-minute changes to the position's description and ...

  • Jul 27, 08:42 AM | Baltimore Brew (MD)

    Is Kevin Plank getting "free money" while the city takes the risk?

    From day one, the bid by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank to win city approval of $660 million in tax increment bond money (TIFs) to develop a 260-acre spread he owns at Port Covington has been clouded in controversy and confusion. In TV ads and on social media, Plank's publicity machine has portrayed the project as "manna from heaven" – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attract the "creative ...

  • Jul 27, 06:11 AM | Ventura County Star (CA)

    Cowboys playing fields under consideration for possible housing development

    July 27--The Oxnard City Council on Tuesday mulled the possible sale of land for housing development and part of that consideration is whether the city will bid adieu to the Dallas Cowboys. During a closed door meeting, the council considered the potential sale and terms of payment for a 4.5-acre parcel known as the River Ridge fields. A developer has proposed to buy the land from the city to ...

  • Jul 27, 05:41 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Indian tribe plans housing development in western Michigan

    FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An American Indian tribe that's planning a casino in western Michigan says it wants to develop a community of about 300 housing units on 120 acres of land it bought this year from a school district. The Muskegon Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2atABfu ) that plans by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians for the land in Muskegon County's Fruitport Township ...

  • Jul 27, 05:11 AM | Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA)

    Members Only Jefferson Parish offering First Time Home Owner Program

    The Jefferson Parish Finance Authority, in partnership with the Jefferson Parish Department of Community Development, announces that the First Time Home Buyer Program has funds available to assist individuals to purchase a home in Jefferson Parish. The Department of Community Development First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program will use HOME funding to assist income-qualified First-Time ...

  • Jul 27, 04:04 AM | Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)

    Tribes, farms wary of proposed CAP cuts as Lake Mead falls

    July 27--PHOENIX -- Tribes are apprehensive, cities are more upbeat and farmers stand somewhere in between over a proposed plan to cut CAP water deliveries to keep Lake Mead from falling to dangerously low levels. At separate meetings here this week, tribal officials, attorneys and irrigation officials grilled Central Arizona Project officials about the proposal. It would require a 33 percent ...

  • Jul 27, 01:50 AM | Winona Post (MN)

    County planners debate sand ban

    The Winona County Planning Commission agreed last Thursday to invite both pro- and anti-frac sand mining groups to share information and make presentations before the group makes its recommendation on whether to ban the industry. Some ban supporters were upset with the decision, arguing that the industry should not be given a special opportunity to make its case outside of the normal public ...

  • Jul 26, 10:57 PM | Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)

    Plan to reconnect Cedar-Riverside, downtown Mpls. hits roadblock over traffic concerns

    July 27--A plan to stitch up the freeway gash that divides Cedar-Riverside from downtown Minneapolis by converting an old exit ramp into a pedestrian friendly crossing has been delayed amid a debate over cars. The idea, called "Samatar Crossing" in tribute to the city's first Somali politician, was a parting priority for former Mayor R.T. Rybak, who touted it in his final news conference as ...

  • Jul 26, 10:20 PM | Daily Pilot (Costa Mesa, CA)

    Residents share concerns and ideas as Newport develops a Mariners' Mile master plan

    July 26--How to prevent traffic and parking issues along Mariners' Mile while maintaining Newport Harbor views and creating a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly environment were among residents' concerns at a community meeting Monday night. About 50 people split into groups and brainstormed ideas on large pieces of white paper to try to help the city of Newport Beach develop a master plan for ...

  • Jul 26, 09:13 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune (CA)

    Tule Wind Project takes another step

    July 26--It's taken 12 years but the Tule Wind Project that is slated to eventually generate 201 megawatts of power from a 12,000-acre site in San Diego's East County is on the threshold of getting built. "We are very excited that we are finally here," said Harley McDonald, senior business developer for Avangrid Renewables, the company in charge of the project. But a group opposed to the wind ...

  • Jul 26, 09:08 PM | Chicago Tribune (IL)

    What big city had biggest home-price bump in May? Chicago

    July 26--May home prices in the Chicago area climbed more than in any other major city, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index released Tuesday. Chicago, which has been a serious laggard in the national housing recovery, seems to be picking up some steam while areas that have had torrid gains are starting to slow, said David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index ...

  • Jul 26, 08:48 PM | Record-Eagle, The (Traverse City, MI)

    Public input sought for Boardman River water trail

    July 26--TRAVERSE CITY -- Planners for a water trail on the Boardman River want public input on the project. People can have their say at an open house Wednesday at the Traverse Area District Library from 6:30-8 p.m., according to a release from Land Information Access Association. The audience, after hearing a presentation on what a water trail is, and of the Boardman's current access sites, ...

  • Jul 26, 08:35 PM | Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)

    Rio Nuevo approves $2.6M loan for developer in long-dormant downtown project

    July 26--Rio Nuevo agreed to give a developer a $2.6 million loan to help complete financing for a long-stalled project on a prime vacant lot in downtown Tucson. Developer Don Bourn bought the block on Congress Street between Scott and Stone avenues from the city for $100 in 2004. His plan was one of the original Rio Nuevo projects, known as the Thrifty Block. Various options have been ...

  • Jul 26, 06:58 PM | Brookhaven Post, The (GA)

    DeKalb calls on residents to conserve water due to 'severe drought' conditions

    The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, that includes much of North Georgia as well as DeKalb County, says our area is experiencing severe drought conditions. As a result, DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) is calling on residents to conserve water. "We are asking DeKalb County residents and business to proactively address these drought conditions by doing ...

  • Jul 26, 01:51 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Settlement made in Iowa City apartment tenants' lawsuit

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A settlement has been approved after a class-action lawsuit was filed against an Iowa City off-campus student housing provider over illegal fees and the withholding of unreasonable amounts from security deposits. The Iowa City Press-Citizen (http://icp-c.com/2assqBO ) reports that a tenants' rights group, called Iowa Tenants' Project, filed the lawsuit in December 2010 ...

  • Jul 25, 09:33 PM | Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA)

    Sonoma County holds public meetings to help draft pot regs

    July 26--A series of town hall meetings are underway to help Sonoma County create a comprehensive set of rules to regulate and capitalize on a burgeoning marijuana industry, from seeds in the ground to manufacturing, delivery and sales. County supervisors have signaled their intent to bring marijuana cultivation and related businesses into the legal sphere -- and under local control -- before ...

  • Jul 26, 11:10 AM | AFP World News

    Members Only US home price gains slow; new home sales pick up

    New York, July 26, 2016 (AFP) - US home price gains slowed to a more sustainable pace in May as more properties, including newly built homes, hit the market, S&P Dow Jones Indices reported Tuesday. S&P's Case-Shiller index for home prices in the 20 top cities fell 0.1 percent from April and was up 5.2 percent from a year ago, slower than the 5.4 percent pace the previous month. The strongest ...

  • Jul 26, 11:03 AM | Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)

    Spokane City Council asks voters to determine if coal, oil trains should be fined

    July 26--The future of oil and coal traveling by rail through downtown Spokane will be decided by voters in November. The City Council voted 6-0 on Monday night to put the question before voters, with City Councilman Breean Beggs -- chief architect of the legislation -- saying he hoped the platform of a presidential election would send a strong message to lawmakers and regulators at the ...

  • Jul 26, 06:07 AM | Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

    Horseback riding could come to Oklahoma River with development of trails

    July 26--Giving horses a home on the Oklahoma River takes a step forward in September. River Park will be reserved for horseback riding, creating a hub near historic Stockyards City for eventual development of riding trails, a livery stable and arenas. Advocates brainstorming the idea the past couple of years imagine residents and visitors coming to the river for a real Western experience, ...

  • Jul 26, 09:40 AM | Los Angeles Times (CA)

    Members Only California's Small Solution to the Housing Crisis: Small Houses

    July 26--To help ease California's housing crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are turning to people's backyards. Multiple bills with the endorsement of Brown are moving through the Legislature to make it easier for homeowners to build small units on their properties, whether in their garages, as additions to existing homes or as new, freestanding structures. Los Angeles Mayor Eric ...

  • Jul 26, 01:52 AM | Associated Press

    Former Oregon Lumber Town Rides Digital Wave to a Comeback

    PRINEVILLE, Oregon (AP) — It was not long ago that Crook County had five major lumber mills. Timber was king, and the rural Oregon county was the nation's top producer of ponderosa lumber. But amid restrictions on harvesting from federal lands, logging started to freefall around 1990. The county's mills began closing. The global recession hit a few years later. Unemployment soared to around 20 ...

  • Jul 25, 04:16 PM | Stateline.org

    Millennials Bring New Life to Some Rust Belt Cities

    July 25--BALTIMORE -- Educated millennials are transforming some neighborhoods in several Rust Belt cities like this one, where old flour and textile mills are being converted to apartments and faded industrial districts have become thriving enclaves with colorful street life. Staci Knobel, 28, recently moved to the once blue-collar Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden with college friends after ...

  • Jul 26, 09:00 AM | Las Vegas Sun (NV)

    Sale prices for new homes edge up in Las Vegas, nearing boom-era record

    July 26--Las Vegas homebuilders this year are selling more houses, pulling more permits and booking higher prices than they were in 2015, a new report shows. Buyers picked up 3,422 new homes in Clark County this year through June, up 12.7 percent from the same period last year, according to Las Vegas housing tracker Home Builders Research. The median sales price of June's closings was ...

  • Jul 26, 06:50 AM | Daily Globe, The (Worthington, MN)

    City to store fill in flood plain; says no to granny pods

    July 26--WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Planning Commission conducted two public hearings prior to Monday night's City Council meeting, offering recommendation to approve both a conditional use permit allowing a large stockpile of fill to be placed on Buss Field -- which is in the city's flood plain -- and to opt out of newly passed state legislation allowing residents to establish temporary ...

  • Jul 26, 06:03 AM | Columbus Dispatch (OH)

    Members Only Demand for Downtown living is rising, and so are rents

    July 26--Downtown Columbus is closing in on 8,000 residents, and is on track to hit 10,000 by 2018. So apartment buildings continue to rise to meet the demand in the heart of the city. Yet even with all this new construction, and rents north of $1,500 a month, the Downtown apartment occupancy rate is 97 percent, according to a mid-year "State of Downtown Columbus" report released today by the ...

  • Jul 26, 05:01 AM | San Diego Union-Tribune (CA)

    Feds to revise homeless funding

    July 26--SAN DIEGO -- A formula that has resulted in San Diego County receiving less federal money for homeless services than cities with fewer homeless people is being revised. "I think it's great news," said Regional Task Force on the Homeless Executive Director Dolores Diaz, who was reached Monday in Washington, D.C., at the annual National Conference on ending Homelessness. "Over time, ...

  • Jul 25, 11:32 PM | Alaska Dispatch News

    Agencies launch downtown Anchorage security hotline

    July 26--Two downtown Anchorage agencies have launched a security hotline that officials say is aimed at cleaning up downtown and helping visitors feel safe and comfortable. Under what's being called the "Safety First" program, anyone downtown can call or text 907-297-4471 to report a problem. That could range from someone being harassed to seeing trash on a sidewalk, said Andrew Halcro, ...

  • Jul 25, 10:36 PM | Anderson Independent-Mail (SC)

    Student loans hurting home ownership rates

    July 26--Even though home ownership continues to decline sharply across the nation, the American dream remains within reach for many Anderson County residents. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Homebuilders Association, home ownership in Anderson County stood at 72 percent in 2015. That figure compares favorably with the statewide rate (68.6 percent) and is well above the ...

  • Jul 25, 10:20 PM | Miami Herald (FL)

    Miami design board OKs micro-living tower, new Worldcenter blueprint

    July 26--The city's design-review board unanimously endorsed the redesigned Miami Worldcenter retail and residential plan on Monday despite some questions over its landscaping and architecture, likely smoothing the way to its approval by the Miami planning department. The Urban Design Review Board also "enthusiastically" supported approval of entrepreneur Moishe Mana's groundbreaking proposal ...

  • Jul 25, 10:05 PM | Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

    Q&A: Coalition's conclusions steer Oklahoma City's attack on blight

    July 25--A coalition that's been meeting to analyze the causes and costs of blight has developed recommendations for the Oklahoma City Council. The coalition found long-term options for strategies to attack blight would require changes in state law or be costly, or both. Members concluded political and economic conditions are not right for recommending major changes. They suggested a focus on ...

  • Jul 25, 09:47 PM | Salem News (MA)

    Neighborhood revitalization, from the inside out

    July 25--SALEM -- Deep within The Point, the North Shore Community Development Coalition is millions of dollars into intense work that is hardly visible from the congested streets of the city's most densely packed neighborhood. Across eight buildings, 66 run-down apartments are being transformed into something the community can be proud of, said David Valecillos, project manager for the ...

  • Jul 25, 09:32 PM | Record (Stockton, CA)

    Stockton's homeless plan flawed but commendable

    July 25--STOCKTON -- A proposal by Mayor Anthony Silva to address homelessness in Stockton is "admirable in many ways" but a "series of issues" hampers the plan, City Manager Kurt Wilson writes in a report to be discussed Tuesday by the City Council. Wilson's five-page report on Silva's proposal, which the mayor first presented in late May, is informed by the opinions of a panel of local ...

  • Jul 25, 08:42 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel (FL)

    New Boca Raton policy aims to create more attractive downtown

    July 26--Visitors to downtown Boca Raton will have a better view of eye-pleasing areas, whether it's a courtyard surrounded by plants or pathways unencumbered by buildings. With a building boom underway in the downtown, elected officials have said they want to create more meaningful and accessible open spaces that are visible to those walking in the downtown. So Boca Raton City Council ...

  • Jul 25, 08:38 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)

    Members Only Is this the future look for Turner Field?

    July 25--The Turner Field area -- now a stretch dominated by a stadium and parking lots -- could be a denser more walkable community with a street grid much like what was lost decades ago through development of two stadiums and freeways. That's the vision of a 92-page draft of a Livable Center Initiative master plan, released online. It shows higher density housing, retail, office space, ...

  • Jul 25, 07:37 PM | Ocala Star-Banner (FL)

    Helping the homeless: 'There may be a better way'

    July 25--Cimion Akerman tries to stay out of sight of the police. Young and homeless, he hangs out in Ocala's downtown square and sometimes asks people for money. And he knows he's not the kind of person the city wants there. "So I just don't do anything suspicious or illegal anymore, nothing to draw attention to me," he said, sitting inside the square's gazebo for shade. He is wearing dark ...

  • Jul 25, 03:32 PM | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA)

    City residents may get online building permit records

    July 25--Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is asking city council to approve a $126,000 pact with a San Francisco company that makes building permit information available online. Buildingeye, Inc., puts information on building permits, planning applications, code enforcement actions, business licenses and coming events and developments on a public website. A resolution allowing the city to contract ...

  • Jul 25, 10:39 AM | Grand Traverse Herald, The (MI)

    Officials to talk economic study, taxes

    TRAVERSE CITY - City commissioners are set to discuss a pair of issues related to the city's future development and tax policies. The board, during its Monday evening study session, will discuss an amended policy for granting tax exemptions to low-income housing. They'll also continue debating an economic study that drew criticism from some city officials. Traverse City grants property tax ...

  • Jul 25, 10:07 AM | Press of Atlantic City (NJ)

    Members Only THE BATTLE FOR A.C.

    From Donald J. Trump vs. Merv Griffin to Trump vs. Steve Wynn, Atlantic City's iconic rivalries have helped shape the resort. A new one is developing over the real estate in the South Inlet section F of the city, over property as small as a former volleyball court. And then there is "the bet," or was it a bet? Glenn Straub vs. Bart Blatstein. Straub owns the former Revel. Blatstein owns a ...

  • Jul 25, 07:18 AM | Erie Times-News (PA)

    Erie board set for another review of bayfront path

    July 25--ERIE, Pa. -- The long and winding legal road over a public bayfront walkway is headed back to City Hall. And the discussion is once again expected to focus on stones. The five-member Erie Zoning Hearing Board on Aug. 9 will convene a court-ordered hearing to hear additional evidence on whether the walkway, on the edge of the former GAF property, meets zoning regulations, the city's ...

  • Jul 25, 04:46 AM | Muskogee Phoenix (OK)

    Housing agency helping families get back on their feet

    July 25--One single mother went from living in public housing to being a homeowner thanks to the family self-sufficiency program administered by Muskogee Public Housing Authority. In 2012 Rosanna Rodriguez, a single mother of four children, lived in Port Acres, a public housing addition where she initially paid no rent. When Rodriguez entered the program she met with Shirlene George, program ...

  • Jul 24, 11:51 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Kansas City rail plan appears headed to November ballot

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City voters may get a chance to vote on another light-rail system in November. City Attorney Bill Geary said a proposal from Clay Chastain is not "unconstitutional on its face" so under the city charter it should be put to voters Nov. 8. "Put this on the November ballot and see what happens," Geary told the City Council's Finance and Government Committee on ...

  • Jul 24, 09:50 AM | Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA)

    Members Only How haven turned Easton around

    EASTON - It was supposed to be a small store. That's all Easton city planners had in mind when they reached out to Crayola in Forks Township, Northampton County, in 1991 hoping the major international crayon maker would consider opening a store in the city's deserted downtown area. A simple store morphed into an interactive museum, which morphed into the Crayola Experience. The wildly popular ...

  • Jul 24, 09:10 AM | Philadelphia Inquirer (PA)

    Gizmo Guy: Solar-powered house, from TV to garden

    July 24--When the next "War of the Worlds" disaster sends us all careening out of town, I know where I'm going to hide out: Bensalem. More precisely, heading north on I-95 to a WWII-era industrial park on State Road and an unexpected new tech showroom that goes by the clunky name ISPBC (International Self Powered-Business Council) PHL Showcase. Although glass-walled and -roofed, this is a ...

  • Jul 24, 08:31 AM | Decatur Daily (AL)

    High-paying tech jobs coming to Decatur, but growth potential uncertain

    July 24--Local officials say new tech jobs slated for Decatur and Morgan County present an opportunity to bolster the area's median income and lure new retailers. The question is whether new workers are likely to settle on this side of the river as opposed to fast-growing communities in Limestone and Madison County. Since the start of 2015, Morgan County industrial employers have announced 442 ...

  • Jul 23, 03:23 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Water standard changes sought to begin mine site cleanup

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Halliburton Energy Services has received approval by state officials to temporarily change the water quality standards in six Hot Spring County creeks as the multinational company looks to clean up an old mine site. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/29VlFnd ) that Halliburton must hold a public hearing on the standards changes. It also must receive ...

  • Jul 23, 01:07 PM | Saudi Press Agency (Saudi Arabia)

    $11.1 million development proposed for Lincoln`s West Haymarket

    Lincoln has given preliminary approval to a proposal to build a multimillion-dollar residential and commercial development in the citys West Haymarket area. Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler said Thursday that city officials selected Lumberworks Lofts LLCs plan to erect three buildings on the west and north sides of the Lumberworks Garage in the West Haymarket. It was a competitive process; there ...

  • Jul 25, 03:46 AM | Frederick News-Post (MD)

    Proposed Historic Designation of Frederick Fairgrounds Sparks Economic Concerns

    July 25--Economic development has taken center stage in the discussion about a historic designation for the Frederick Fairgrounds property. The city's Historic Preservation Commission earlier this year introduced the proposal to designate the property at 797 E. Patrick St. with a historic preservation overlay. An overlay is an extra layer of regulations on top of zoning requirements already in ...

  • Jul 24, 12:54 PM | Associated Press

    Airbnb Sues Hometown San Francisco Over Rental Regulation

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco wants people who rent out their homes through Airbnb and other online platforms to follow some rules, and it wants the platforms to advertise only those rule-abiding listings — or face steep fines. That means Airbnb and others must stick to advertising San Francisco hosts who have registered with the city and haven't exceeded the number of nights they're ...

  • Jul 24, 10:37 AM | St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

    Is Clayton Emerging as the St. Louis Region's New 'Downtown'?

    July 24--The city of Clayton is experiencing a burst of construction activity that promises to transform its skyline while raising questions about the continuing shift of investment away from downtown St. Louis. Among the projects underway is a 26-story apartment tower that Chicago developers are building on South Meramec Avenue. That $75 million investment will be easily eclipsed by the $771 ...

  • Jul 22, 01:12 PM | Hunterdon Observer (Flemington, NJ)

    Members Only PLANNING BOARD AIMS TO PROTECT RARITAN RIVER

    Somerville The Somerset County Planning Board recently received recognition by the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative in the Government Innovation Category for the Somerset County Green Leadership Hub. "We are very proud of our planning board for receiving this prestigious award, which is given to government entities whose actions protect the Raritan River and promote sustainability and ...

  • Jul 24, 07:04 PM | Buffalo News (NY)

    Removal of Skyway sought by officials even as some people savor its history

    July 24--Could a lift bridge, a shorter span or even a tunnel under the Buffalo River someday replace the Skyway? Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, said at a news conference Sunday that such alternatives could be less expensive than the proposed costs of rehabilitating the 60-year-old bridge. Higgins announced approval of a Department of Transportation environmental-impact study to examine ...

  • Jul 24, 08:34 PM | San Jose Mercury News (CA)

    $60 million South County courthouse now a virtual ghost town

    July 24--MORGAN HILL -- For more than two decades, residents of south Santa Clara County were promised a local courthouse, so they wouldn't have to drive 45 minutes north to deal with traffic tickets and other legal problems. But the first new courthouse they got became infested with toxic black mold and had to be shut down four years after it opened. So the courts were moved from the $7 ...

  • Jul 24, 10:24 AM | Hutchinson Leader (MN)

    Hutchinson might say no to 'granny flats'

    Grandpa is rehabbing from a medical condition, but he needs a little supervision. However, he lives an hour away, too far for an adult child to make daily visits. What can be done? Gov. Mark Dayton signed a law in May creating a way for homeowners to legally put a mobile residential dwelling, often referred to as "granny pods" or "granny flats," on their property. The dwelling, of up to 300 ...

  • Jul 24, 09:15 AM | Sanford Herald (NC)

    Housing authority improperly used funds

    July 24--ATLANTA, Ga. -- A federal audit into the financial records of the Sanford Housing Authority during the tenure of its former director found the authority did not comply with federal regulations regarding its financial operations. The SHA may be required to reimburse the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development the more than $420,000 of expenses made with federal funds the audit ...

  • Jul 24, 04:42 AM | Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA)

    Members Only As Chiquita departs N.O., job creation in question

    New Orleans’ economic development image was slightly bruised when Chiquita announced recently it was moving its Gulf Coast banana import operations back to Mississippi after a two-year stay. The company’s return to New Orleans in 2014 was trumpeted as a symbolic win that could link the city to more business with Latin America. A change in ownership, combined with a $570 million investment at ...

  • Jul 23, 09:36 PM | Las Cruces Sun-News (NM)

    Some Las Crucens see wildlife influx near ex-golf course

    July 24--LAS CRUCES -- Some residents in a neighborhood near the former Las Cruces Country Club golf course say they're seeing an influx of wildlife, something they believe is tied to the loss of habitat tied to the property's development. Resident Lee Ulibarri said over a period of several months, he's been combating mice and rats at his home to the east of the former country club. He ...

  • Jul 23, 08:54 PM | Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN)

    East Knoxville's historic Burlington neighborhood looks for rebirth

    July 24--The century-old former grocery store that Jervis Brown fell for had a roof on the verge of caving in and a front wall that needed to be entirely rebuilt. A major beam needed to be replaced, the facade restored and the interior gutted. The single-story building on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue is storied in character and smack in the middle of an East Knoxville commercial district well ...

  • Jul 23, 03:56 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only UConn tearing down abandoned fraternity and sorority houses

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut is planning to demolish several former fraternity and sorority houses to create more green space on campus. The nine buildings in the heart of the main campus date back to the 1920s when they were used as faculty housing before being acquired by Greek-letter organizations. They were abandoned after the fraternities were relocated to the Husky ...

  • Jul 23, 02:09 PM | Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA)

    People speak out about "party houses" at public hearings in Virginia Beach

    July 23--VIRGINIA BEACH Sandbridge resident Mary Girevendulis said special interests are taking over her neighborhood, and the city is ignoring the residents' pleas for help. She was one of many residents of the beach community south of the city's resort area who dominated daily public hearings this week about homes that are being rented out for parties. "Why is the city railroading its ...

  • Jul 23, 12:21 PM | Belleville News-Democrat (IL)

    Urban pioneers work to establish Granite City art district

    July 23--Galen Gondolfi is betting that a blighted neighborhood in downtown Granite City can become a cultural hotspot with galleries, artist lofts and venues for music, lectures and performance art. Some people think he's crazy, and he wouldn't necessarily disagree with them. But Galen, 46, of south St. Louis, has experience to back up his vision. He's been a mover and shaker in the ...

  • Jul 23, 08:01 AM | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA)

    Rebuilding Together to rehab 150 homes in county this year

    July 23--For years, Adeline Fratangelo shivered in her sewing room because her windows weren't insulated. Her Hazelwood home of almost 50 years also had an unstable kitchen floor, an outdated electrical box, broken front steps, foundation cracks and lacked safety features such as hand rails. When crews from Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh assessed the needs earlier this year, they added to the ...

  • Jul 23, 05:04 AM | San Diego Union-Tribune (CA)

    Progress on housing homeless veterans?

    July 23--Tracey Johnson, a 55-year-old with a list of mental health challenges who came to Friday's Stand Down support event in San Diego, isn't the expected face of veterans' homelessness. But perhaps she should be, as the five-year federal campaign to get veterans off the streets comes to an end. San Diego County's tally of homeless veterans has eased somewhat -- probably thanks to millions ...

  • Jul 23, 01:18 AM | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (WA)

    Homeless center ruling yet to be made despite deadline

    July 22--Despite a 10-working-days deadline, no decision on the proposed Madison Park homeless housing and day center has been delivered to Walla Walla's planning department by city Hearing Examiner Leland Kerr's office as of this morning. On July 7 Kerr heard nearly five hours of testimony for and against the project at 708 W. Pine St. Included with the audience's comments were more than 70 ...

  • Jul 22, 11:16 PM | Marin Independent Journal (CA)

    Marin launches study to support fair housing rights

    July 22--County leaders are embarking on an extensive study on how they can undo decades of housing segregation in Marin. The Board of Supervisors this week unanimously approved the Assessment of Fair Housing work plan, an 18-month community outreach program aimed at identifying ways the county can help residents access housing that meets their needs. Brian Crawford, the director of the ...

  • Jul 22, 07:59 PM | Houston Chronicle (TX)

    Members Only Houston's development boom and reduction of wetlands leave region flood prone

    July 23--Fifth in a series PATTISON -- Coffee brown water disperses through ditches in rural Waller County, the remnant of the rain that fell on the Katy Prairie during the Tax Day flood. Weeks after that epic rainfall, the prairie is awash in daisies and blue and purple horesemint flowers. Beavers take advantage of ponds brimming with water, nearby dirt roads show little evidence of being ...

  • Jul 22, 07:01 PM | China Daily: US Edition

    Green infrastructure minimizes flood risk

    Recent storms in China affecting especially cities along the Yangtze River and even in the northern part of the country show current water engineering approaches are not offering enough protection from flooding disasters. It is both the failure of local flood defense systems and the lack of effective river-basin-wide management that amplify flood disasters. Indeed, around the world, people ...

  • Jul 22, 06:51 PM | Palm Beach Post (FL)

    Should U.S. 1 slim down in North Palm Beach? Planners say yes.

    July 23--NORTH PALM BEACH -- North Palm Beach should put a six-lane U.S. 1 in the rearview mirror as it moves into the future, say planners working on the village's new master plan. Asking Florida Department of Transportation officials to narrow U.S. 1 from six lanes to four, beautifying it with a new streetscape design and creating a "superior pedestrian and bicycle environment" are among key ...

  • Jul 22, 06:05 PM | Charlotte Observer (NC)

    Four years after the DNC, what was the long-term impact for Charlotte?

    July 22--When the Democratic National Convention begins in Philadelphia on Monday, Charlotte will remember its three days hosting the DNC, when the city was in the international spotlight. Four years after hosting the DNC, there are few signs the convention was here, except for the memories of some key moments. A dancing police officer directing traffic. A fundraising shortfall. And the ...

  • Jul 22, 05:50 PM | Boston Globe, The (MA)

    Members Only More housing coming to Forest Hills?

    Developers are pitching another large apartment complex near the Forest Hills Orange Line station. Dallas-based Criterion Development Partners on Friday told city officials it wants to construct three apartment buildings with 260 units, with street level retail, on the site of a large parking lot across Washington Street from the Forest Hills Station. It would be the latest big project for ...

  • Jul 22, 04:46 PM | Daily Times-Call (Longmont, CO)

    BRIEF: Boulder County to hold meeting on floodplain regulations

    July 22--Boulder County is inviting residents and property owners to a Tuesday night question-and-answer session about proposed regulations being considered for the development and redevelopment of areas in unincorporated parts of the county that lie within designated floodplains. Members of the county staff and representatives of watershed coalitions will be available to review the proposed ...