• May 23, 04:19 AM | New Hampshire Union Leader

    Forum Will Help Communities Become 'Age-Friendly'

    May 23--Teams of "mystery shoppers" spent the last six months sneaking into southern New Hampshire libraries, coffee shops, businesses and parks looking at what communities offer to make them attractive to all ages. They surveyed hundreds of people from different generations asking what they need in their communities to make them happier. They held forums to hear about the challenges. What ...

  • May 22, 07:05 PM | Bond Buyer

    Members Only New Opposition To P3s May Put Texas in a Traffic Jam

    DALLAS – Once a champion of public-private partnerships, Texas has turned against the most common form – tolled highways – amid increasingly organized resistance. With the defeat of House Bill 2861 on May 5, Texas lawmakers slammed the door on 18 major toll projects valued in the billions of dollars. The bill was designed to speed funding for redevelopment of major thoroughfares in the state’s ...

  • May 22, 05:50 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Boston to Unveil Transportation Plan For Future

    The future of transportation in Boston includes fewer cars on the road, heavy reliance on public transit, and lots of so-called microhubs, one-stop access points where commuters can share a bus, bike, or car. Those initiatives are detailed in a comprehensive plan that city officials will unveil Tuesday, a transportation blueprint for the next decade that puts heavy emphasis on a growing city ...

  • May 23, 06:10 AM | Mondaq Business Briefing

    Members Only EPA's Budget Was Cut How Much? Making Sense Of The White House's "Budget Blueprint To Make America Great Again

    EPA's Budget Was Cut How Much? Making Sense Of The White House's "Budget Blueprint To Make America Great Again" - Miles & Stockbridge (United States) 23 May 2017 By Mr Van Hilderbrand Jr and Marian C. Hwang On March 16, the White House released its proposed fiscal year 2018 budget outline entitled "A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again." Fully realizing one of the President's ...

  • May 23, 04:04 AM | Arizona Daily Star

    Tucson City Council to consider legal action over University of Arizona dorm plan

    May 23--The Tucson City Council will consider whether to sue the University of Arizona over a proposed 1,000-bed dorm north of campus. The council will meet behind closed doors Tuesday, May 23, to discuss the matter with city attorneys. At issue is whether the city believes the university has the legal authority to ignore local zoning laws even if the proposed multi-story dorm and secondary ...

  • May 22, 09:10 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    LA developer says officials rejected her ideas for affordable housing in San Diego

    May 22--A Los Angeles area developer has become frustrated with her two efforts to build affordable homes at less than half the going rate in San Diego, and she's taking her business elsewhere. Jennifer Litwak's development company, Housing on Merit, says it can build unsubsidized shipping container apartments and 3D-printed "urban cabins" for as little as $150,000 per unit -- compared to the ...

  • May 23, 01:18 AM | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    Affordable housing on Walla Walla workshop agenda

    May 22--How Walla Walla's comprehensive planning should govern future affordable housing, economic development and historic preservation are three areas that will be discussed Tuesday at a community workshop. Every 10 years, the Walla Walla Comprehensive Plan is updated, with the next update due in 2018. The comprehensive plan generally establishes zoning for development, but it also can set ...

  • May 22, 07:41 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only FTA releases $647 million for electrifying California commuter rail line

    The Federal Transit Administration released $647 million in federal funds Monday for electrifying the commuter rail line Caltrain, after subjecting the project to additional scrutiny because it was approved just days before President Barack Obama left office. California officials, who had signed the Full Funding Grant Agreement with Transportation Department officials in January, argued the ...

  • May 22, 06:10 PM | USAToday.com

    Members Only Don't expect Congress to pass Trump's controversial budget plan

    Congress won't even use Trump budget plan as the starting point for budget talks. President Trump discusses the federal budget in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Feb. 22, 2017. In this Sept. 18, 2014, file photo, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., attends a joint meeting of Congress in the House chamber. In this March 16, 2017, file photo, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney speaks at the ...

  • May 22, 05:50 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Why does the parking-industrial complex keep getting its demands met?

    The City of Boston wants residents to walk, bike, or take transit. But somehow, the parking-industrial complex still gets its demands addressed first. This past week, Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched Go Boston 2030, an ambitious new transportation plan that, among other things, calls for an overhaul of all bus routes, a citywide “green links network’’ of bike and walking paths, and various ...

  • May 22, 05:08 PM | Mother Jones

    Members Only Hedges City Blues: what happens when global elites invade your town?

    [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "See the little pair of shoes?" Kerry Starchuk brings her minivan to a halt before a sprawling manse with antebellum columns and a cast-iron fence and points to the front door. Sure enough, next to the welcome mat sits a solitary pair of clogs. Realtors do that, Starchuk tells me, "to make it look like someone is living there." But a quick survey of the property spoils ...

  • May 22, 05:04 PM | Miami Herald

    Downtown Miami is getting its first new office tower in six years

    May 22--Another piece in the ambitious Miami Worldcenter project has clicked into place. Hines, the privately-owned real estate investment firm with a presence in 189 cities in 20 countries, will build a 45-story tower with 600,000 square feet of Class A office space at 110 NE 10th St. in downtown Miami. The tower, to be called 110 10th, will fill one of the last remaining parcels of vacant ...

  • May 22, 04:38 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Judge orders more study on ridership impact of Purple Line

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge dealt another blow to the proposed purple line light-rail project in D.C.'s Maryland suburbs. The judge on Monday ordered more studies on the possible effect of declining subway ridership. The judge's order puts construction of the 16-mile line on hold. Work has been delayed 7 months because of a federal suit filed by opponents of the line to connect ...

  • May 22, 04:29 PM | Town of Paradise Valley Independent

    Scottsdale weighs federal CDBG grant dollar allocations

    The city of Scottsdale is likely to allocate $1,190,867 in Community Development Block Grant dollars meant to bolster public service efforts in the community in fiscal year 2017-18. In addition, the city anticipates to provide $254,217 in HOME Investment Partnership Program funds next fiscal year with dollars going toward building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or ...

  • May 22, 01:44 PM | Kalamazoo Gazette

    Members Only Kalamazoo officials seek ‘neighborhood activator’ to work on street level

    The city of Kalamazoo is seeking a person to put boots on the ground to implement its new master plan. The Kalamazoo Department of Community Planning and Development opened a posting for “neighborhood activator” on April 26. Director Rebekah Kik said 60 applications have been received as of Monday, and hopes to have the position filled by August. The neighborhood activator will be responsible ...

  • May 22, 01:44 PM | Kalamazoo Gazette

    Members Only City hires consultant to create poverty reduction plan

    Kalamazoo officials hired an outside consultant to help come up with a plan to increase prosperity in the city. Monday night, the City Commission agreed to a $106,200 contract with Tennessee-based Moore Strategic Consulting. The firm will help the city create a strategic plan and administrative structure for Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo, an initiative to increase residents’ access to economic ...

  • May 22, 01:30 PM | The Grand Island Independent

    Kearney residents need smaller, affordable homes, study shows

    KEARNEY - Area residents are looking for smaller, affordable homes and hold Kearney in high-esteem for its quality of life, according to a study presented at Friday's Kearney Planning Commission. City planners heard from RDG Consulting on the conclusions from a six-month housing study considering the opinions of more than 1,600 people in the Kearney area. "We were very impressed with the ...

  • May 22, 12:57 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only Judge says Purple Line needs more study of Metro’s ridership and safety issues

    A federal judge on Monday ordered Maryland officials to further scrutinize the potential impact of Metro's declining ridership on the future Purple Line, further delaying construction of the light-rail project in the Washington suburbs and jeopardizing its chances to secure critical federal funding. The ruling means major construction on the 16-mile line connecting Montgomery and Prince ...

  • May 22, 12:50 PM | The Press Democrat

    California's 'iconic' native fish facing extinction, with climate change a major cause

    May 22--On a tree-shaded bend in Dutch Bill Creek at Monte Rio, three technicians from the Sonoma County Water Agency huddled on a gravel bar to examine the day's catch, all in the name of science and a sustained campaign to restore one of California's most endangered fish. Retrieving 163 coho salmon smolts, or young fish, from a wooden fish trap set in knee-deep, clear flowing water, the crew ...

  • May 22, 12:17 PM | North Las Vegas View

    Senior-living facility may be built in North Las Vegas' urban core

    A senior-living facility could be built on a vacant 18-acre parcel that was once home to a high-crime multifamily complex in North Las Vegas' urban core. The North Las Vegas City Council last week selected Sargem to develop the $60 million project, which calls for building 240 units, a park, a dining room and library within an area bound by Carey, West and Morton avenues and Martin Luther King ...

  • May 22, 10:09 AM | La Crosse Tribune

    La Crosse seeking ideas for Avon Street 'greenway'

    May 22--With construction of La Crosse's first neighborhood "greenway" set to begin this summer, the city is seeking public feedback on a second. The city planning department will hold a public workshop Wednesday to provide background on the concept and gather ideas for proposed improvements for Avon Street. Sometimes known as "bike boulevards," these roadways are designed to favor bicyclists ...

  • May 22, 09:26 AM | The Daily Times

    Greenway, tourism together add up to economic benefits

    Like peanut butter and chocolate - as a candy commercial points out - there are things that go together very nicely even though the combination might not seem so obvious at first. The trick to making it work is in the application. Done right, different entities fit hand in glove. Otherwise it can be a mess. Take for example Blount County’s Annual Tourism Day event held Thursday as part of ...

  • May 22, 02:44 AM | Daily Reporter

    Milwaukee lays out new welcome mat with Lakefront Gateway project

    What’s a better pairing than a recently rehabilitated bridge and a new gateway to the city of Milwaukee’s lakefront? (gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="176245,176246"] The idea for the Lakefront Gateway project took shape as work was moving forward nearby on the Hoan Bridge, a span carrying Interstate 794 drivers over a Milwaukee River inlet just south of downtown. As Wisconsin Department ...

  • May 22, 02:44 AM | Finance & Commerce

    Hennepin County awards nearly $5M in housing grants

    Hennepin County has chosen 16 projects within its borders for grants fostering transit-oriented development and affordable housing. On May 2, the county’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority awarded $2.75 million to projects that promise to create affordable housing, and gave $2.2 million to developments springing up along transit lines. The projects that received affordable housing incentive ...

  • May 21, 04:25 PM | North Scottsdale Independent

    CDBG funds to help local effort

    The city of Scottsdale is likely to allocate $1,190,867 in Community Development Block Grant dollars meant to bolster public service efforts in the community in fiscal year 2017-18. In addition, the city anticipates to provide $254,217 in HOME Investment Partnership Program funds next fiscal year with dollars going toward building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or ...

  • May 21, 03:47 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Iconic horse-racing track in Arizona to be demolished

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — An iconic, though short-lived, horse-racing track in Arizona will soon be demolished. The Arizona Republic reports that (http://bit.ly/2q9I6vY ) the Phoenix Trotting Park will meet its fate as a pile of rubble by the end of the year after asbestos is removed. Officials confirm that the grandstand structure, maintenance building and jockey building will all be demolished. ...

  • May 21, 10:20 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Foreclosed Michigan steel site could see redevelopment

    TRENTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials in Wayne County are trying to lure a developer to a foreclosed, 188-acre industrial property along the Detroit River that it doesn't yet own. Despite being the third government entity in line to have an opportunity to buy the former McLouth Steel site, Wayne County officials issued a "request for qualification" on April 27, the Detroit News ...

  • May 21, 10:10 AM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Divided San Diego council to tackle possible public votes on SoccerCity, convention center

    May 21--A sharply divided San Diego City Council is expected to decide soon whether two disputed proposals -- SoccerCity in Mission Valley and a convention center expansion -- will be presented to voters in November 2017 or November 2018. Arguments for waiting until the 2018 general election include significant extra costs for a 2017 special election, unresolved details of both proposals and ...

  • May 22, 03:32 AM | Associated Press

    Trump's Plan to Nix Community Block Grants May Be Tough Sell

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump may have a tough time carrying out plans to kill a popular program that has helped build fire stations, provided meals to needy children and more. Plenty of lawmakers — including some key Republicans — enthusiastically support the Community Development Block Grant program. Trump's 2018 budget blueprint calls for abolishing the 4-decade-old program, ...

  • May 22, 03:00 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Reinventing Public Housing Riles Charlestown

    On paper, the plan to rebuild Charlestown’s crumbling public housing complex seems straightforward: Let a developer build 2,100 high-end apartments on the 28-acre site and use the proceeds to create 1,100 new homes for the poor. But on the snug streets of one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, the project is proving a bit more complicated. The Boston Housing Authority and the development ...

  • May 20, 03:32 PM | News Tribune

    City Embarks on its Plan to Address Homelessness With Portable Toilets

    May 20--Tacoma work crews descended upon the 30-tent Tideflats homeless camp called "The Compound" on Thursday and Friday, but not for a mass eviction and camp clean-out homeless people say they fear. Instead, the city brought portable bathrooms and a battery of hand-washing stations. A backhoe to dig a trench for a drinking-water line followed. Come Monday, the site will have laundry and ...

  • May 22, 07:00 AM | Daily Bruin (University of California - Los Angele

    Members Only UCLA receives SCAG sustainability award for BruinBikeSmart program

    UCLA received a sustainability award from an urban planning association for a campus bicycle safety program the university started in October.The Southern California Association of Governments recognized the UCLA Transportation on May 4 for the BruinBikeSmart program, which allows campus cyclists who receive a citation to complete an online safety course for $75 rather than pay a citation fee ...

  • May 22, 04:15 AM | New Hampshire Union Leader

    Consultant says Millyard rebirth is both challenging and inviting

    May 22--MANCHESTER -- The planning consultant for Manchester Connects says the dream to bring more vibrancy to the Millyard along the Merrimack River faces both daunting challenges and enviable assets. Susan Silberberg, founder of CivicMoxie, said turning the neighborhood into an inviting green space is difficult when there's nearly 12 million-square-feet of asphalt and more than 4,800 parking ...

  • May 21, 10:53 PM | Star Tribune

    Minneapolis officials, developers work to fill hundreds of vacant lots

    May 22--Years after the recession rocked some Minneapolis neighborhoods with foreclosures, the city owns hundreds of vacant lots -- and pays thousands of dollars a month to keep them tidy. About 400 of the 500 lots are on the North Side, according to the city's department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED). The city acquired most of them relatively recently, often after they ...

  • May 21, 06:00 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only In Charlestown, a clash over a public housing project

    On paper, the plan to rebuild Charlestown’s crumbling public housing complex seems straightforward: Let a developer build 2,100 high-end apartments on the 28-acre site and use the proceeds to create 1,100 new homes for the poor. But on the snug streets of one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, the project is proving a bit more complicated. The Boston Housing Authority and the development ...

  • May 21, 02:27 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Atlanta leaders hope new park can rejuvenate neighborhoods

    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta is planning a park in the shadow of a new downtown stadium that community leaders hope will help spark a rebirth of Vine City and surrounding neighborhoods that nurtured the Civil Rights Movement. City officials recently broke ground for Rodney Cook Sr. Park in the shadow of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported (http://bit.ly/2q4p49Y). The ...

  • May 21, 01:47 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Springfield to try new approach at large homeless camp

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Nonprofit groups and Springfield officials are planning a new approach to a large homeless camp in the city that will provide services at the camp for about a week before the city begins ticketing people there, with a goal of permanently clearing the property. In early June, agencies and nonprofits will create a triage response team near the camp in north Springfield to ...

  • May 21, 01:05 PM | Herald-Citizen

    Tiny home development for vets seeks property

    Plans to build a tiny housing development for veterans inside the city of Cookeville could get some help from Highlands Residential Services. Community for Heroes organizers met with the public housing board last week to ask for about five acres of property on Buffalo Valley Road. AEI Architect Peter Metts presented a preliminary site plan showing clusters of tiny homes on Buffalo Valley Road ...

  • May 21, 07:21 AM | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

    County housing projects hinge on block grant program’s future

    The Hawaii County Office of Housing and Community Development has prepared its list of projects it plans to fund with allocations from a long-standing federal initiative, but it's not clear how long that program will continue. The Community Development Block Grant program, established in 1974, is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and supports projects in low- and ...

  • May 21, 01:15 AM | The Lebanon Democrat

    County planners crack down on borrow pits

    May 20--The Wilson County Planning Commission approved stricter rules on borrow pits, where landowners dig up soil to export and sell outside for uses outside of their property. In Middle Tennessee, several borrow pits have been set up under the guise of a pond, according to Tom Brashear, Wilson County planning director. New rules would require increased buffers and stabilization at the site, ...

  • May 20, 08:34 PM | Wichita Eagle

    The hottest real estate spot in Wichita? Downtown on Douglas

    May 20--In 1996, Wichita Eagle columnist Bob Getz strolled along Douglas downtown for a column he was writing about a city beautification project. He counted eight vacant storefronts in three blocks. Of the businesses he did visit, almost all are now gone. The once-handsome main street of Wichita in recent decades sported a worn, gap-tooth look, with many buildings vacant or torn down for ...

  • May 20, 07:13 PM | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Members Only DNR approves sand mining project with large wetlands loss

    May 20--A timber company's plans to develop a $65 million sand processing facility between Tomah and Black River Falls that would destroy a large swath of wetlands were approved by the Department of Natural Resources on Friday. Meteor Timber is proposing to construct a plant and rail transfer site in Monroe County where sand from a nearby mine it owns would be shipped to drillers in Texas and ...

  • May 20, 04:48 PM | The Springfield Republican

    Members Only Zoning change approved to address homelessness

    Town Meeting OKs single-room occupancy language The town has a seasonal homeless shelter and a housing trust, and more than 10 percent of its housing is designated affordable. But Amherst does not have any single-room occupancy offerings to address long-term homelessness. That was because of language in the town’s zoning bylaws that stated not more than half of any apartment building’s units ...

  • May 20, 02:37 PM | Fort Worth Business Press

    Losing an advantage? Rising Fort Worth housing prices concern business leaders

    As home prices continue to rise it is no longer just hopeful buyers who are agitated about bidding wars and having to pay steep amounts above the asking price to own a piece of the American dream. Now, policy makers and local business leaders are also sounding an alarm about escalating housing prices and their impact on the economy. The median home price in Tarrant County reached an all-time ...

  • May 20, 01:08 PM | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Members Only New urban-style development could be catalyst for downtown Grafton

    May 20--GRAFTON -- When it opens June, the 1505 Apartments will mark an unusual project for Grafton: an urban-style, mixed-use development that features street-level retail and apartments on three upper floors. The downtown development also will include a public plaza, with local officials hoping 1505 Apartments will help attract more projects to one of Grafton's major commercial streets. "We ...

  • May 20, 12:00 PM | Delaware Business Daily

    Roe comes out swinging at Coastal Zone bill

    The prime opponent of the Newark Data Center/power plant has come out swinging against a bill that would reduce regulatory barriers to redevelopment in the Coastal Zone. Amy Roe issued a release attacking the legislation – from Newark Rep. Ed Osienski and Sen. Bryan Townsend, both Democrats from Newark, – that in her words "guts the Coastal Zone Act by re-industrializing some of Delaware's ...

  • May 20, 10:06 AM | Westword

    Hungry for a Makeover, Wheat Ridge Tries a Road Diet

    Britta Fisher was grabbing a cup of joe in a Wheat Ridge coffee shop, she says, when a man she didn't know started "getting in my grill and yelling at me." He was upset about the traffic. Not just any traffic, but the traffic on West 38th Avenue - which, depending on your point of view, is either Wheat Ridge's grand promenade or its Autobahn. More than most Front Range drivers, perhaps, Fisher ...

  • May 20, 09:13 AM | Standard - Speaker

    Members Only Building Demolition Raises Concerns In Carbon County

    JIM THORPE - A Lansford man raised concerns about the demolition of the former Elks building, a project Carbon County funded.Bob Silver told the county commissioners Thursday there were requirements in the contract that the contractor didn't fulfill, such as having water on site to keep down dust, removal of debris to a regulated dump site and taking out the basement walls.Silver, who won ...

  • May 20, 04:48 AM | Guardian

    Urban beasts: how wild animals have moved into cities

    In Aesop’s fable, the town mouse turns his nose up at his country cousin’s simple fare, preferring the haute cuisine to be scavenged in the city. It appears that the wild boar of Italy have taken note, and are venturing ever more boldly into Rome. But they are not alone: all around the world, city life seems to be increasingly conducive to wildlife. Urban nature is no longer unglamorous feral ...

  • May 20, 04:10 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Longtime'genius'of housingset to retirenext month

    San Francisco housing czar Olson Lee , who has overseen the development or rehabilitation of more than 20,000 affordable units over a long career at City Hall, announced his retirement Friday. Lee, 63, has been the director of the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development for five years. He will retire June 1. Kate Hartley , the deputy director, will take over as acting director of ...

  • May 20, 03:13 AM | Hazardous Waste Superfund Alert

    Members Only Minnesota officials pitch plan for 'overdue' clean up at Brooklyn Center site.

    As a kid, Gary Snodgrass played ball near the willow trees and dug for earth worms in a now fenced-off swath of land abutting Middle Twin Lake in Brooklyn Center. Growing up, he never thought twice about the splotchy black stains on the rocks and soil underfoot. Not until years later did Snodgrass discover that the wooded green space where he once played was part of a larger site that decades ...

  • May 20, 03:13 AM | Hazardous Waste Superfund Alert

    Members Only Missouri senators approve home buyouts aimed at St. Louis-area landfills.

    Missouri senators have passed a buyout program targeting homes near a St. Louis-area Superfund site. Senators voted 30-3 to send the measure to the House. It would allow residents to apply for buyouts for homes found uninhabitable due to contamination or within 3 miles of sites with high levels of dissolved radium in groundwater. The measure is aimed at homes near Bridgeton Landfill and ...

  • May 20, 03:05 AM | Press of Atlantic City

    Wait lists long for public housingLong waiting lists for housing authorities

    Cape May County Leanna Sem left her husband and moved her three children to Ocean City from Philadelphia more than 10 years ago. She tried for four years to get into public housing, first staying with her foster mom, then renting small rooms in the city while she worked full time. Finally, a room opened up. Sem has been at Peck's Beach Village on Fourth Street since. Sem's story is not ...

  • May 20, 03:01 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Somerville, developer strike deal on affordable housing

    A standoff over affordable housing in Somerville ended Thursday night when officials gave the developer of the Assembly Row complex a waiver from a city rule requiring that 20 percent of the homes at a new 500-unit building be set aside for lower-income renters. The developer, Maryland-based Federal Realty Investment Trust, will instead be required to make 16 percent of the project, or 80 ...

  • May 20, 01:53 AM | Waste360

    Members Only EPA: No Manhattan Project Waste in Homes Sampled Near Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill

    The results of EPA's residential sampling in the Spanish Village neighborhood of Bridgeton, Mo., conducted the week of Dec. 26, 2016, show no Manhattan Project waste was found and no further action under CERCLA is warranted where the sampling was conducted. EPA decided to conduct the sampling late last year, after hearing community health concerns about a private lawsuit stemming from the ...

  • May 19, 10:42 PM | The Dallas Post

    County authority rejectspossible sale of rail tracksLuzerne County Redevelopment Authority rejects abandoned rail sale

    The proposed sale of 8.11 miles of unused steel rail from Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority train tracks is off the table. Authority board members unanimously voted last week to reject the sale, said authority Executive Director Andrew Reilly. The authority management had pursued the proposal to sell the rail for scrap to generate revenue and prevent future theft losses. Luzerne ...

  • May 19, 08:37 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel

    Fort Lauderdale uses bulldozers to clear out homeless camp at downtown park

    May 20--A rat infestation at a downtown Fort Lauderdale park prompted the city on Friday to clear out, in dramatic fashion, the dozens of homeless people who congregate there. A bulldozer shoveled heaps of debris and unclaimed belongings into a dumpster. Recycling bins were stuffed with personal items for the homeless to reclaim later. What could be salvaged -- tents, sleeping bags, suitcases, ...

  • May 19, 09:47 AM | Norman Transcript

    City's Form-Based Code Doing To A Vote

    May 19--After years of planning, the Center City form-based code will go before the city council for approval Tuesday, kicking off the statutory process for the implementation of new rules that will govern the future of development in central Norman. The plan includes detailed requirements for new construction within core Norman on everything from parking and green spaces to building and floor ...

  • May 19, 08:04 AM | The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

    West Yellowstone Unveils Plan To Tackle Growth, Housing

    A plan to direct the future of growth in West Yellowstone has been put to paper. A draft of the town’s growth policy update — a 60-page “road map for the future” — was released recently by regional planning consultant Land Solutions Montana. The policy identifies seven issues as priorities for the town: housing affordability and availability, short-term commercial rentals, developing the ...

  • May 19, 08:02 AM | Watertown Daily Times

    Governor Launches $20 Billion Homelessness And Housing Plan

    May 19--Tweet Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation on Thursday, sending $2.5 billion to the construction and preservation of affordable housing, celebrating it as the start to his $20 billion plan to combat homelessness. In its initial phase, the $2.5 billion in capital funding will be used for supportive housing, new construction of affordable housing, money for the New York City Housing ...

  • May 19, 08:30 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Regional housing plan to include West Newbury

    The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission is creating a Regional Housing Plan, and a chapter will focus on housing in West Newbury. Input from a cross-section of West Newbury residents, property owners, businesses, and leaders will be used to develop the plan. A Community Housing Needs Workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 31, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the second floor hearing room at the town ...

  • May 19, 08:17 AM | Mail Tribune

    Residents voice ideas on renewing MURA's mission

    May 19--Improving a downtown low-income neighborhood known as Liberty Park appears to be a priority for city councilors and local residents as they discussed a number of projects that could extend the life of the 30-year-old Medford Urban Renewal Agency. Former Councilor John Statler said Thursday evening at a MURA meeting that the city developed a plan in 2002 to improve his neighborhood just ...

  • May 19, 07:32 AM | Sun Herald

    'Ocean Springs is their home, so they're not homeless.'

    May 19--They have a home, explained Anna Jacobs, who works with The Living Well Ministry. "Ocean Springs is their home, so they're not homeless," she said. "They are just without shelter." She's talking about the people who have that deep tan and a light layer of grime from living in the woods along U.S. 90, the tracks near downtown, the parks, behind City Hall or around the public library. ...

  • May 19, 07:21 AM | The Daily Gazette

    Saratoga Diner site could be demolished for workforce housing

    May 18--SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The former Saratoga Diner on South Broadway could be demolished to make way for 110 units of workforce housing. "It's prominent, and it will be a transformative catalyst," said Bill Teator, a local project partner for KCG Development LLC, of Indianapolis. Teator said the mixed-use project would provide affordable housing options to the city's service and hospitality ...

  • May 19, 07:21 AM | The Daily Gazette

    City to study Erie Boulevard corridor for future zoning

    May 18--SCHENECTADY -- The city will undertake a study of possible zoning changes along Erie Boulevard, the planning commission determined Wednesday night. The decision followed a proposal for a project that would see townhouses built along Maxon Road Extension, a development that would require a zoning change to allow residential development there. Also at its meeting, the commission granted ...

  • May 19, 07:02 AM | Wisconsin State Journal

    State only funds 3 of 6 affordable housing projects in Madison

    May 19--In a setback for Madison's affordable-housing efforts, the state is awarding critical federal tax credits to just three of six city-backed, low-cost developments with a project for the homeless on South Park Street among those not getting support. The city has pledged financial support for all of the projects, but the low-income housing tax credits make the difference in their being ...

  • May 19, 05:12 AM | Amherst Bulletin

    Town OKs 1st single-room occupancy project

    Staff Writer AMHERST — Amherst’s first single-room occupancy project, which would provide housing for low-income residents, including some transitioning from homelessness, took another step forward Monday night. At the seventh and final session of annual Town Meeting, members voted 145-25 to amend the town’s zoning bylaw to allow all apartments, in a project where people make under 80 percent ...

  • May 19, 04:19 AM | Capital Press

    For sale: When Oregon farm, ranch lands change hands

    Diane Daggett remembers the conversation with the woman who had just purchased the Daggett family’s 440-acre cattle ranch in northeast Oregon’s Wallowa County, land that had been in the family for four generations. The buyer said she had called her husband, who was aboard their yacht in the Cayman Islands, to share the news. “Honey,” the woman said she’d told him, “I just bought the most ...

  • May 19, 04:17 AM | Cape Cod Times

    Dockside plan may include off-site affordable housing in Hyannis

    May 19--After meeting with the Barnstable Housing Committee, which solicited input from the Housing Assistance Corporation, developer Stuart Bornstein has agreed to make affordable housing available as part of his Shoestring Property's proposal to build a $30 million condominium project. But the affordable units will be offsite, not at the planned condominium site on the east end of Hyannis ...

  • May 19, 04:01 AM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only Portland, state officials back raising building heights to accommodate cold storage facility

    May 19--State and city officials voiced their support Thursday for a proposal to raise building heights on Portland's western waterfront to encourage construction of a cold storage facility on state-owned land next to the International Marine Terminal. "It is critical not just for Portland, but for Maine's entire food economy," Maine Port Authority Chairman Jon Nass told the city Planning ...

  • May 19, 01:16 AM | Government Technology

    Infrastructure Week: Keep People, Not Cars, at the Center of Planning, Design

    May 18--Although there seems to be few arguments about the country's infrastructure needing a reboot, it is much harder to come to a consensus about what the future will begin to look like. While there is a trend towards autonomous vehicles, will this act as an incentive to live further away from urban centers, or could fleets of self-driving vehicles lure more people to live in cities. While ...

  • May 18, 11:49 PM | Gazette

    Colorado Springs mayor urges end to lawsuits as stormwater project gets under way

    May 18--Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers on Thursday celebrated the start of $12 million in voter-approved stormwater projects while urging state and federal officials to drop a lawsuit against the city claiming years of neglected stormwater needs. "I'm grateful that our city's voters have chosen to address much needed dollars in our critical stormwater infrastructure," Suthers said. The ...

  • May 18, 10:30 PM | Associated Press

    Statue of General Lee coming down in New Orleans on Friday

    The city of New Orleans will take down a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Friday, completing the southern city's removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive. Unlike the first three statues, city officials plan to take Lee's statue down during the day, with Mayor Mitch Landrieu planning a major speech Friday afternoon to explain his reasoning. In a ...

  • May 18, 09:52 PM | Town of Paradise Valley Independent

    Pollock-Ellwand is new dean at U of A

    Nancy Pollock-Ell-wand, an international multidisciplinary design expert, will serve as the new dean of the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. According to a press release, she was selected after a nine-month search and will begin on July 31. "Nancy brings a breadth of international expertise and insight to the UA, in her scholarly and ...

  • May 18, 09:48 PM | Herald Democrat

    Voluntary annexation in Denison draws criticism from applicant

    May 18--A hearing on a voluntary annexation of a new housing development in Denison recently drew criticism from the applicant. The discussion came up as the City Council started the process of annexing more than 11 acres of land just outside city limits along Davy Lane, near FM 131. The hearings were closed with no action taken, however, the council is expected to return to the item at a ...

  • May 18, 09:39 PM | Philly.com

    Delinquent homeowners could have tax debt deferred under Council plan

    May 18--Philadelphia homeowners at risk of foreclosure over past-due property taxes could be given free housing counseling and have their debt deferred under a program being developed by City Council. Council President Darrell L. Clarke, the plan's architect, said the city has grown too aggressive in foreclosing on residents, pointing to a 1,200 percent increase in foreclosure petitions filed ...

  • May 18, 09:30 PM | Philadelphia Inquirer

    EDITORIAL: Philly right to fight discriminatory lending that kills neighborhoods

    May 18--Philadelphia's lawsuit accusing giant bank Wells Fargo of neighborhood-killing predatory lending practices may be a long shot, but it's worth taking. The Supreme Court has ruled cities can sue banks under the Fair Housing Act if they can prove harm. That shouldn't be a problem. Foreclosures have spread blight, pushed down property values, and cost the city lost revenue not just from ...

  • May 18, 09:15 PM | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

    Claremont rescinds approval of Village development -- again

    May 18--CLAREMONT -- For the second time this year, Claremont officials have revoked their approval for a mixed-use retail and apartment project in downtown Claremont known as the Village Lofts. After the Claremont Planning Commission upheld a staff decision to void Los Angeles-based Denley Investment & Management Co.'s entitlements, the developer vowed to appeal to the City Council, the ...

  • May 18, 09:05 PM | Chicago Tribune

    EDITORIAL: Once the city's trash bin, Chicago River now the backdrop for two transformative projects

    May 18--Cities evolve, but often they need a catalyst. For Detroit, hitting rock bottom caused a resurgence that is turning the Motor City's downtown into one of the country's newest destinations for smart, young entrepreneurs. In Chicago, a prime catalyst can be -- don't laugh -- the Chicago River. Once the city's gutter for factory muck and sewage, the river now serves as the backdrop for ...

  • May 18, 08:03 PM | Baltimore Sun

    City officials push to keep Preakness in Baltimore -- and at Pimlico

    May 18--As Baltimore officials push to keep the Preakness Stakes in the city, they say they won't abandon the longtime site of the marquee race in Park Heights in favor of another city location. The Stronach Group, the Ontario-based owner of the 147-year-old Pimlico Race Course -- the race's home -- has expressed concern about the condition not only of the Northwest Baltimore venue but of the ...

  • May 18, 07:38 PM | Montgomery Advertiser

    Monuments bill could hurt economic development efforts

    May 18--A bill aimed at protecting Alabama's historic monuments, including those honoring the Confederacy, came out of committee in an altered form Thursday. Some officials feared that new version could hurt economic development in the state's cities. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, prevents cities and local governments from removing or altering monuments and ...

  • May 18, 06:07 PM | Pioneer Press Newspapers

    Council hires firm to review Winnetka stormwater management guidelines

    May 18--Winnetka officials are looking to update and improve the stormwater management policies and regulations the village now has on its books, and on Tuesday village council members approved hiring a Warrenville-based engineering company to provide that analysis. Engineering Resource Associates (ERA) will be paid $48,077 to review the village's existing stormwater control regulations, which ...

  • May 18, 04:04 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    San Diego record: $10.1 million condo for sale

    May 18--A newly built penthouse condo in La Jolla with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean is on the market for a record $10.12 million. The cost for the 3,255-square feet unit is likely the highest asking price for a condo in San Diego County history, said the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors. The most expensive ever sold was a $7.25 million condo in downtown San Diego at the Harbor ...

  • May 18, 03:32 PM | Associated Press

    Cleanup at Idaho nuclear landfill on hold after pit collapse

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Some cleanup efforts at a nuclear waste landfill in eastern Idaho are on hold while workers try to figure out what caused a collapse in a dig area that sent an excavator into a pit. The excavator was digging up transuranic waste — which is waste contaminated with highly radioactive elements. No radiation was released during the incident last Thursday, and no one was ...

  • May 18, 01:39 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only Ground to be broken to launch new park on Atlanta's westside

    May 18--Business and Atlanta civic leaders will gather Friday to launch a new park near Mercedes-Benz Stadium that many hope will be an anchor for redevelopment of westside neighborhoods. Rodney Cook Sr. Park, a 16-acre green space, will serve a number of key roles -- community gathering place, a monument of the the state and city's place in the Civil Rights Movement and a fix to vexing ...

  • May 18, 11:37 AM | Westword

    Hungry for a Makeover, Wheat Ridge Tries a Road Diet

    Britta Fisher was grabbing a cup of joe in a Wheat Ridge coffee shop, she says, when a man she didn't know started "getting in my grill and yelling at me." He was upset about the traffic. Not just any traffic, but the traffic on West 38th Avenue - which, depending on your point of view, is either Wheat Ridge's grand promenade or its Autobahn. More than most Front Range drivers, perhaps, Fisher ...

  • May 18, 10:32 AM | Delaware Business Daily

    New Castle County takes aim at vacant properties

    County Executive Matthew Meyer was joined this week by nearly 100 state and local legislators, housing advocates, public safety officials, community leaders and others as he announced new steps to combat neighborhood blight. At a new home under construction at the site of a formerly vacant and blighted house, Meyer signed an ordinance into law that gives County government new tools to tackle ...

  • May 18, 09:55 AM | Miami New Times

    Brightline Train Builds Gigantic Wall Through Overtown, Miami's Historically Black Community

    Longtime Overtown residents and Miami historians will both tell you that highway overpasses destroyed the neighborhood. The formerly segregated community, which used to be called "Colored Town," was full of renowned clubs, brightly colored homes, churches, and a thriving mix of Caribbean and African cultures that played itself out in city streets each day. Until local officials drove a bevy of ...

  • May 18, 08:10 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only City Takes Another Stab At Moving Forward Plans For Harborfront Tower

    The City of Boston has taken another stab at moving forward stalled plans for a skyscraper on the site of the Boston Harbor Garage. Development officials on Tuesday released a new zoning plan that would allow developer Don Chiofaro to build a 600-foot tower along Atlantic Avenue near the New England Aquarium, but would require more open space at street level, a nod to the aquarium and other ...

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

    Yorba Linda Blocks Adult Businesses In Short Term While Looking At Its Rules

    May 18--YORBA LINDA -- A rumor on social media led the City Council this week to put a short-term ban on allowing adult-oriented businesses in Savi Ranch. David Brantley, director of community development, said concerns spread on social media about an adult business operator having interest in the space previously occupied by TGI Fridays. "It was just purely rumor on social media, but it ...

  • May 17, 07:54 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Mayor Promises Housing Policy Reforms In Response To Chronicle Investigation

    May 18--Mayor Sylvester Turner called Wednesday for Houston to define affordability, attach tougher rules to housing subsidies and provide annual financial reports on its local housing fund, among other policy changes in response to a Houston Chronicle investigation. The Chronicle's 10-month investigation found that Houston has collected $130 million in local taxes over the last decade to ...

  • May 18, 06:06 AM | The St. Augustine Record

    Despite no state funds, officials press on with West Augustine sewer expansion efforts

    Bernice Harper showed off her backyard on a recent afternoon, pointing to cherries and a cluster of fledgling fruit trees. Like many West Augustine residents, Harper still uses a septic tank. Hers was installed in the '60s and is hidden underground with no mound in the earth announcing its presence like those on properties nearby. ------------ See Also ------------ She said she wants to hook ...

  • May 18, 06:05 AM | Daily Oklahoman

    Urban Renewal seeks development proposals for last large downtown property

    May 18--OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is taking another shot at soliciting development offers for its last large property left in the downtown core. Cathy O'Connor, director of the Urban Renewal Authority, said the request is being sent out after renewed interest in the property at the southeast corner of NW 4 and Shartel Avenue. A previous request resulted in a ...

  • May 18, 02:31 AM | New Orleans CityBusiness

    Landrieu administration to take over former Six Flags redevelopment

    The Industrial Development Board voted unanimously Tuesday to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Mitch Landrieu’s administration on the redevelopment of the former Six Flags property in New Orleans East. The board also rejected three purchase offers for the sprawling property, pending a recommendation from the city for a new selection process. Under the agreement, the city would ...

  • May 18, 02:15 AM | The Daily Reflector

    Student housing measure fails

    A measure that would allow a 656-bed student apartment complex to be built off of Charles Boulevard failed on Tuesday after more than four hours of testimony and deliberation by the Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission. The complex, called The Retreat, was part of an 85 acre mixed-use residential and office development proposed for the land a short distance north of Fire Tower Road, near ...

  • May 17, 07:33 PM | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Stockyards developers starting industrial project in south Fort Worth

    May 18--FORT WORTH -- Majestic Realty Co. and Fort Worth-based Hickman Cos., partners in a $175 million redevelopment project in the Historic Stockyards, will also partner in a 320-acre business park in south Fort Worth. The project, to be called Majestic Fort Worth South Business Park, is planned to have more than 6 million square feet of office, industrial and logistics space. The park, to ...

  • May 17, 05:41 PM | AM New York

    De Blasio's congestion plan won't improve gridlock, official says

    May 17--Don't count on Mayor Bill de Blasio's upcoming "congestion plan" to cut down on commute times. While the mayor's strategy to relieve street congestion is expected to be published in coming weeks, his administration has made it clear that commuters shouldn't expect the plan make much of an impact on traffic. Details of the mayor's strategy has been scarce so far, with Polly Trottenberg, ...

  • May 17, 04:28 PM | Tahlequah Daily Press

    Petition to rescind rezoning reaches city

    May 17--City officials received a petition Tuesday afternoon from Tahlequah citizens calling for the council to rescind a rezoning approval that will allow construction of a concrete batch plant. The petition appears to have the required number of signatures of registered voters who oppose construction of the plant near a Grand View residential and school area. City officials confirmed they ...

  • May 17, 04:19 PM | The Fresno Bee

    Some Fresno residents couldn't believe what was in their water. Now they are suing

    May 17--A second group of northeast Fresno residents are suing the city over water problems -- including lead and discoloration -- that they say lasted for years before officials took concerted action to solve the concerns. Brian Kabateck, an attorney from Los Angeles, is representing Jackie Flannery, Guadalupe Meza, Ronda Rafidi, Shann Conner, Marirose Larkin, Patricia Wallace-Rixman, Harry ...