• Apr 21, 04:00 AM | Chattanooga Times Free Press

    Study Cites Chattanooga As Innovation Leader For All Ages

    April 21--A new Brookings Institution study holds out Chattanooga, Philadelphia and Seattle as examples of cities with innovation districts working to advance age-friendly urban design and age-diverse communities. The study by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank cited Chattanooga for efforts by startup accelerator The Company Lab to recruit older adults into its network to mentor younger ...

  • Apr 20, 09:34 PM | Grand Rapids Press

    Members Only Flint Plan To Stay On Detroit Water Gains Support

    FLINT — Three years ago, boosters toasted the Flint water treatment plant as a valuable asset that would help free the city from the high cost of Detroit water. On Tuesday, city, state and federal officials gave the old plant and the idea of water independence the equivalent of a proper burial. Mayor Karen Weaver said Flint should continue to purchase pretreated water from the Great Lakes ...

  • Apr 20, 11:00 PM | The Daily Cardinal (University of Wisconsin - Madi

    Members Only Dane County Hopes To Expand Solar Abilities With 30 Acres Of Panels

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  • Apr 20, 09:00 PM | Virginian-Pilot

    One old Norfolk neighborhood has over 300 vacant lots. The city soon could be giving away free house plans to build on them.

    April 20--NORFOLK -- Martha Rout put a fence on the lot beside her house but never cemented the posts. In the yard, she arranged bricks scavenged from the old children's hospital to form a square just large enough to keep a couple of plastic lawn chairs steady. She plunged four solar-powered stakes into the ground for summer nights. And when she got fed up with the old mulberry in the back ...

  • Apr 20, 08:34 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel

    EDITORIAL: Florida House should not water down reservoir plan | Editorial

    April 20--The Florida House will hold its first committee vote Monday on the most important environment bill of the legislative session. Ideally, the House will make no changes to the Senate bill. SB 10 would create a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee that would divert excess lake water from coastal estuaries and direct it where the water could help to replenish the Everglades. Along with ...

  • Apr 20, 08:14 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only California treasurer: Lawsuit didn't harm rail bond sale

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's state treasurer says ongoing legal challenges didn't harm the sale of nearly $1.25 billion in high-speed rail bonds. Spokesman Marc Lifsher says all the bonds were claimed Thursday and treasury officials are happy with the results. He says there was wide participation by different sectors of the bond-buying market. The sale produced yields that would be ...

  • Apr 20, 07:47 PM | Kansas City Star

    Consumers question higher sales tax collection in Kansas City

    April 20--Dale Neuman and his wife had a regular order at Wendy's that came to exactly $10. Recently, his $10 bill wasn't good enough. He was charged a penny more. It's because a new sales tax had just gone into effect, workers at the south Kansas City fast-food restaurant told him. Surely -- just days after Kansas Citians approved an eighth-cent citywide sales tax for central city ...

  • Apr 20, 06:11 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only The danger of putting corporations before the EPA

    Regarding the April 17 front-page article "In advice to Trump, industry targets EPA": As a 9-year-old playing in rural East Nassau, N.Y., I stumbled on a glistening puddle, and thinking its bluish sheen pretty, prodded it with sticks. When told about this discovery, my mother ordered me to stay away from the area, which contained poisonous chemical waste. This area in East Nassau is now known ...

  • Apr 20, 05:50 PM | Carlsbad Current-Argus

    Carlsbad's backup water plan almost ready

    April 20--A second supply of water for Carlsbad residents is nearing completion as the Double Eagle Water System enters its final phase of development. Declining water levels in the Sheep Draw Well field southwest of Carlsbad, which supplies most of the city's water, led officials to look at other options to create a redundancy, said Engineer Scout Mendenhall with Molzen Corbin, the firm ...

  • Apr 20, 04:19 PM | Associated Press

    Christie defends killing tunnel project, says it 'stunk'

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie said a Hudson River rail tunnel project he discontinued in 2010 over cost overrun concerns "stunk" and wouldn't have been finished in time to alleviate recent problems at New York's Penn Station anyway. The Republican's comments came a day after he stood silently at a news conference at Newark's train station while Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker ...

  • Apr 20, 03:42 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Los Angeles budget plan has $176M to combat homelessness

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed a $9.2 billion budget on Thursday, which includes $176 million specifically aimed at combatting the city's growing homeless crisis. "We are not here to address homelessness, or manage homelessness, or reduce homelessness. We are here to end homelessness once and for all," Garcetti said at his annual state of the city address. Vowing ...

  • Apr 20, 03:00 PM | City College News (Minneapolis Community & Technic

    Members Only $3.3 billion light rail train expansions proposed to extend to suburbs

    Photo credit: Benjamin PeckaMetro Transit planning Light Rail Expansion for western suburbs.Change is in the wind for those who live in the western suburbs. Soon they may have more frequent access to all the public transit convenience that the inner city has to offer. This includes sporting events, Mall of America and all of the businesses along First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.According ...

  • Apr 20, 01:15 PM | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

    Mayor says Cheyenne will fund project to protect Capitol from floods

    April 20--CHEYENNE -- Mayor Marian Orr says the city is committed to protecting the Wyoming Capitol from future flooding, following concerns this week that a storm interceptor project set for construction this year will not reach all the way to the Capitol. The 26th Street interceptor is one of three stormwater projects that comprise the first phase of the West Edge redevelopment project in ...

  • Apr 20, 11:03 AM | Miami Herald

    Living in Miami on a teacher's salary? Good luck finding a place you can afford

    April 20--Miami is one of the toughest places in the country for teachers to find housing they can afford. That's according to a new report from Apartment List, an online apartment marketplace that compared median rent prices on its site to teacher salaries in cities across the United States. Miami ranked near the bottom -- 47 out of 50, below other pricey places like Washington D.C., Boston ...

  • Apr 20, 10:07 AM | Caller-Times

    Open house shows latest tweaks in North Beach plan

    April 20--As progress is being made on the Harbor Bridge Project, so too does the progress on deciding on the future of North Beach. City staff and consulting firm employees hosted an open house Wednesday at City Hall to show off the latest draft revision of the North Beach Redevelopment Initiative. The new Harbor Bridge presented a chance to revamp North Beach, Senior City Planner Keren ...

  • Apr 20, 09:39 AM | Livingston County News

    County seeking input on public market proposal

    On April 21, Livingston is playing host to Ted Spitzer of Market Ventures Inc., an urban planning and economic development firm that specializes in food-based projects. Spitzer will be in town to meet with key individuals and business owners whose input could provide relevant background information toward the study of a public market somewhere in Livingston County. Spitzer is charged with ...

  • Apr 20, 08:03 AM | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Penguins ready to start residential development at old Civic Arena site

    April 20--As the Pittsburgh Penguins chase the Stanley Cup on the ice, they finally are ready to start another big quest off it -- rebuilding the former Civic Arena site. The team and St. Louis-based developer McCormack Baron Salazar have submitted a letter of intent to the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority and the city's Urban Redevelopment Authority to start the first ...

  • Apr 20, 06:46 AM | Joplin Globe

    City, county at odds over jail sewage issue

    April 20--GIRARD, Kan. -- The plumbing problem at the Crawford County Jail isn't in the pipes, it's their contents. Unruly inmates have flushed sandals, jumpsuits and towels down jail toilets since the jail opened decades ago. At first, their show of defiance accomplished little more than flooding a few cells, but the headache for their jailers has grown. Flushed objects have damaged the ...

  • Apr 20, 06:03 AM | Restaurant Hospitality

    Members Only Daniel Boulud plans new concept in New York City skyscraper

    Famed New York restaurateur Daniel Boulud is joining an elite group of chefs bringing new dining concepts to high-profile real estate developments. Boulud will partner with developer SL Green to create food-and-beverage offerings for One Vanderbilt Avenue, a 1,401-foot skyscraper office building planned for the East Midtown business district, next to Grand Central Terminal. Details about the ...

  • Apr 20, 05:03 AM | Detroit Free Press

    Permit denial won't end Nestle water plant's bid for more water

    April 20--A township planning commission's permit denial is not stopping a northern Michigan bottled water company's plans to expand and withdraw significantly more groundwater. Nestle Waters North America officials, in a statement Wednesday, seemed to indicate the company will now consider other options for moving groundwater, after the Osceola Township Planning Commission on Tuesday denied a ...

  • Apr 20, 04:15 AM | Cape Cod Times

    Hyannis' east end sees a new beginning

    April 20--HYANNIS -- Two proposals that would create a residential renaissance in the east end of Hyannis were well-received during a presentation on Tuesday evening. A standing-room only crowd of nearly 100 attended the Greater Hyannis Civic Association meeting held at the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority terminal to participate in a forum with developers Stuart ...

  • Apr 19, 11:05 PM | Kalamazoo Gazette

    Members Only MAYOR: KEEP DETROIT WATER

    FLINT — Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is recommending that the city remain a long-term customer of what was the Detroit water system and abandon an effort to treat its own raw water again. Speaking during a news conference Tuesday, Weaver said she supports making the Great Lakes Water Authority the city’s permanent water source, and she endorsed using pretreated water from Genesee County as the ...

  • Apr 20, 03:52 AM | Star Tribune

    Affordable Housing Advocates Fear HUD Cuts Proposed By President Donald Trump

    April 20--WASHINGTON -- Dozens of homeless families moved into the Steve O'Neil Apartments in Duluth two years ago, bringing hope to a drug-ridden block. Twenty youths without stable homes will soon have a refuge in the northern Minnesota city after the Center for Changing Lives broke ground last year. But as Minnesotans struggle to find affordable housing in an increasingly expensive market, ...

  • Apr 19, 07:46 PM | News Tribune

    Editorial: Public Art Has Hilltop Area Sitting Pretty

    April 19--The first thing visitors should learn upon arrival in Tacoma is that art isn't just for museums. The 40-plus murals scattered across city neighborhoods define each unique place, and it's why we're pleased to see Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority call for more public art. The newly renovated Valhalla Hall in the Hilltop neighborhood stands as a blank palette waiting for ...

  • Apr 19, 11:32 PM | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

    Are Diverging Diamonds The New Roundabouts? City Officials Plan Traffic Solution

    April 20--If you've ever had problems navigating the Buena Vista Road/I-185 interchange, there soon may be a solution. But it could require driving on the wrong side of the road, according to city planning officials. City Planning Director Rick Jones said the city will soon create what's called a Diverging Diamond Interchange at the intersection to lessen conflict points and ease congestion. ...

  • Apr 19, 06:53 PM | Palm Beach Post

    A real downtown in Boynton Beach? Master plan is one step closer

    April 19--BOYNTON BEACH -- Boynton Beach is one step closer to having a walkable, busy, profitable, attractive, bustling, livable and everything else residents and officials have long yearned for -- downtown. Officials chose a group to partner with to redevelop the 16-something acres of land east of Interstate 95 off of Boynton Beach Boulevard called Town Square. City commissioners on Tuesday ...

  • Apr 20, 09:32 AM | Gazette

    Iowa Senate passes funding plan for water quality

    April 20--DES MOINES -- The Senate agreed Wednesday to pump up to $50 million annually into water-quality improvements through 2029 after turning back an effort to raise a constitutionally protected state sales tax that would have generated considerably more. Senators voted 31-19 to use a mix of a water metering tax and the gambling-funded revenue available after the state pays off bonds used ...

  • Apr 20, 08:03 AM | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Planned purchase of Hill District properties put on hold

    April 20--More than 220 properties in the Middle Hill District that the URA had planned to buy at a city treasurer's sale have been pulled after two community leaders said they had concerns about the transaction. The Urban Redevelopment Authority intended to buy the tax-delinquent properties -- mostly vacant lots -- at the April 28 sale to clear title for redevelopment, said Kevin Acklin, ...

  • Apr 20, 06:46 AM | Joplin Globe

    Debate begins on Trump's proposed cuts to HUD

    April 20--Christy Groves Graham had searched eight years for a donor or program that would help fund some repairs to the Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County center in Webb City. Graham, executive director for the agency that provides therapies for children with development delays and cerebral palsy, also recognized a need to provide Smart Start, an early childhood education for youngsters. After ...

  • Apr 20, 06:04 AM | Daily Oklahoman

    'The strength of America is our unity,' Ben Carson says at Oklahoma City bombing memorial

    April 20--OKLAHOMA CITY -- Former presidential candidate Ben Carson on Wednesday called on those attending the 22nd anniversary remembrance ceremony for the Oklahoma City bombing to "put out a helping hand" and be an influence on all the babies born today. Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon and the current secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was the ...

  • Apr 19, 10:55 PM | Star Tribune

    Affordable housing advocates fear billions in HUD cuts proposed by President Donald Trump will be devastating to Minnesota

    April 20--WASHINGTON -- Dozens of homeless families moved into the Steve O'Neil Apartments in Duluth two years ago, bringing hope to a drug-ridden block. Twenty youths without stable homes will soon have a refuge in the northern Minnesota city after the Center for Changing Lives broke ground last year. But as Minnesotans struggle to find affordable housing in an increasingly expensive market, ...

  • Apr 19, 07:19 PM | Valdosta Daily Times

    Planning Commission weighs zoning cases

    April 19--VALDOSTA -- The Greater Lowndes Planning Commission weighed five upcoming cases, including a request to build a personal care home, during the Monday evening work session. The first agenda item is the Jeffrey Taibl case on Johnson Road. The applicant has submitted a rezoning request for 5.14 acres from low-density residential to estate-agriculture. The applicant wants the change in ...

  • Apr 19, 06:19 PM | Fairborn Daily Herald

    Block grants ready for citizens

    Editor’s note: The City of Fairborn proclaimed April 17-April 22 as Community Development Week. Therefore, check this week’s Tuesday-Saturday editions of the Fairborn Daily Herald for more information regarding Fairborn’s community development efforts. FAIRBORN — Fairborn citizens in need can get help with necessary home repairs thanks to the help of Community Development Block Grant dollars. ...

  • Apr 19, 05:53 PM | Associated Press

    Judge in endangered fish lawsuit lifts hold on Montana dam

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday lifted his hold on a proposed irrigation dam and fish passage that U.S. officials say is the best hope to save an endangered ancient species of fish in the Yellowstone River. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris allowed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation to proceed with the $59 million project over arguments from ...

  • Apr 19, 04:46 PM | Daily News

    Jacksonville demolishes 100th dilapidated dwelling

    April 19--Jacksonville Mayor Pro Tem Michael Lazzara may soon be known around town as the "Demolition Man." At the controls of a 13.5-ton, CASE hydraulic excavator, Lazzara dropped its massive claw into the front roof of 121 1/2 Poplar Street -- the first of two, side-by-side, one-story homes demolished Wednesday morning -- in downtown Jacksonville in a practical observance of National ...

  • Apr 19, 04:32 PM | State

    Affordable housing bill moves forward in SC Senate

    April 19--COLUMBIA -- S.C. cities and counties soon could require developers to build affordable housing units into their residential projects. A proposal giving local governments that authority moved forward in the S.C. Senate Wednesday, despite the objections of home builders and real estate agents who said the "forced charity" would be burdensome and ineffective. The bill -- sponsored by ...

  • Apr 19, 04:14 PM | Cleveland Daily Banner

    City planners reviewing change in setback rules

    The Cleveland Municipal Planning Commission is preparing to recommend significant changes to the city's setback requirements for R-1 residential home construction. Planning Commission members have established perimeters for the changes they would like to see, and Senior Planner Corey Divel is to compose an ordinance to address the proposed amendments. The ordinance will also consider ...

  • Apr 19, 03:54 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only California sells high-speed rail bonds despite lawsuit

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's state treasurer is selling about $1.25 billion in high-speed rail bonds despite an ongoing legal challenge to the project. Deputy Treasurer Tim Schaefer said Wednesday that the bonds will be issued on Thursday even though the lawsuit isn't resolved. A Sacramento County Superior Court judge postponed until next week a hearing on opponents' latest attempt ...

  • Apr 19, 03:33 PM | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Texas cities can't ban short-term home rentals under plan approved by Senate

    April 19--Property owners in Texas would be allowed to continue to rent out rooms -- or their entire houses -- for short periods of time under a bill state senators approved this week. Despite concerns raised from cities such as Fort Worth, the proposal would prevent Texas cities from banning these short-term rentals of less than 30 days. "Since short-term renting became mainstream, thousands ...

  • Apr 19, 02:59 PM | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    New St.Louis mayor vows continued revival and warns of less help from feds

    April 19--Lyda Krewson on Tuesday became the 46th St. Louis mayor in the almost 200 years the office has existed -- and the first woman in that office -- with a call for continued urban revival and a warning that today's federal government may not be there to help. "We are at an urgent and worrisome moment in our country, an urgent moment in our state, and that translates into an especially ...

  • Apr 19, 02:22 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Colorado House lawmakers: Deal on bill to spur condos

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado House lawmakers said Wednesday they've reached a bipartisan deal to help address the state's pent-up demand for more housing, particularly multifamily condominium developments. For years, lawmakers, developers and homeowners' groups have sparred over the rules for suing builders over faulty construction. Developers have argued that those liability rules have made it too ...

  • Apr 19, 01:52 PM | Daily Oklahoman

    Officials ready to move on developing OKC's Innovation District

    April 19--OKLAHOMA CITY -- Key leaders of an effort to create an innovation district east of downtown say they're ready to implement changes that will include more flexible zoning, making streets more pedestrian friendly and launching symposiums for scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. The Brookings Institute and the Project for Public Places released its report on Tuesday at the Skirvin ...

  • Apr 19, 11:00 AM | The Daily Cougar (University of Houston)

    Members Only Homeless ordinances have misguided but good intentions

    By Nick Bell April 19, 2017 Storm, who preferred not to give a last name, lives in a homeless encampment under a U.S. Highwasy 59 overpass near Wheeler Station. He and the other people who live there are in danger of being forced out of the area by the city. | Thomas Dwyer/The Cougar Two homeless ordinances passed by the Houston City Council earlier this month will effectively prohibit ...

  • Apr 19, 09:52 AM | Oregonian

    Members Only Oregon leaders say ‘no’ to restart despite Washington interest

    SALEM — Oregon political leaders say the timing is wrong to restart planning to build a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River, despite the Washington legislature’s vote to do just that. And without Oregon at the table, they say, the talks won’t happen. “It’s not going to be part of the plan that we’re working on now,” Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, said Tuesday. Senate ...

  • Apr 19, 09:48 AM | Associated Press

    Illinois road project stung by judge's endangered-bee ruling

    CHICAGO (AP) — A highway in suburban Chicago has become the second Midwest road construction project delayed temporarily because of concerns about possible harm to a bumblebee recently listed as an endangered species. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman this week halted work on the nearly 6-mile-long (9.6 kilometers) Longmeadow Parkway in Kane County, Illinois, until at least April 25. ...

  • Apr 19, 09:03 AM | Progress-Index

    City sells old Petersburg Hotel after years of abandonment

    April 19--PETERSBURG -- After sitting vacant for years, the historic Petersburg Hotel is slated to be renovated into a new apartment building. Monument Companies LLC, based in Richmond, bought the property from the city for $800,000. Recent appraisals had put the value of the property around $600,000. Monument plans to put approximately $6 million into renovating the building to make it ...

  • Apr 19, 07:20 AM | Eagle-Tribune

    Parking plan prompts questions on council

    April 19--HAVERHILL -- The city's Parking Commission proposed a single-space parking plan on Emerson Street during Tuesday's City Council meeting. But the council has questions that go beyond the recommendation, which would set up several "smart parking meters" for a 90-day trial on Emerson Street. Councilors are concerned that the parking commission may include in its membership downtown ...

  • Apr 19, 07:56 PM | Associated Press

    Massachusetts drops snake island plan that rattled residents

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is dropping its plan to establish a colony of venomous timber rattlesnakes on an uninhabited island. The state Fisheries and Wildlife board voted unanimously on Wednesday to suspend the plan indefinitely after residents in the region raised safety concerns. State officials previously planned to bring some of the endangered snakes to an off-limits island in the ...

  • Apr 19, 07:48 PM | Kansas City Star

    Living near radioactive dump, smoldering landfill, some in Missouri town want buyouts

    April 19--Doctors found the first tumors in Christen Commuso's ovaries in 2012. Before long, more turned up in her gall bladder, thyroid and adrenal glands. Lesions appeared on her liver. While she was undergoing multiple surgeries, her stepdaughter, then 7, was learning that she could no longer climb stairs without stopping to catch her breath. Eventually, she was diagnosed with asthma. When ...

  • Apr 19, 08:03 AM | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    City Confirms It Tried To Buy Penn Plaza For Affordable Housing

    April 19--Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's administration tried several times to buy the former Penn Plaza apartment complex in East Liberty, angling to maintain affordable housing in the trendy neighborhood, a top aide said Tuesday. Developer LG Realty Advisors turned down each of the city's overtures since 2015 and declined "a serious conversation" about a purchase, said Kevin Acklin, chief of ...

  • Apr 18, 07:19 PM | Frederick News-Post

    Frederick County To Tackle Urban Stormwater Runoff With Trees

    April 18--A new tree planting program called Creek ReLeaf is coming to Frederick County to combat forest loss and control the county's urban stormwater runoff. The Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources announced the upcoming launch of Creek ReLeaf on Friday. Project Manager Don Dorsey anticipates the office will begin accepting applications this May. The office is currently ...

  • Apr 18, 11:00 PM | The Daily Cardinal (University of Wisconsin - Madi

    Members Only Wisconsin Business Lobby Fights Funding Plan To Remove Lead From Drinking Water

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  • Apr 19, 07:44 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only City Council OKs trust fund for Turner Field neighborhoods

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta City Council has approved legislation that would allocate money from the sale of city-owned properties around Turner Field to surrounding neighborhoods. WABE-FM reports (http://bit.ly/2oNmvdG ) the bill would set up a trust fund to receive money from the sales for the use of affordable housing or job training. Councilmember Alex Wan says the community deserves ...

  • Apr 19, 07:01 AM | The Daily Texan (University of Texas - Austin)

    Members Only Longhorns win $50,000 in urban planning competition

    For the first time, a team of UT graduate students beat out over 100 university teams to win the Urban Land Institute Hines Student Competition, an annual national urban design competition. The team began working in early January on a development proposal for a site north of downtown Chicago. After advancing to the final round and presenting in front of a jury on April 6, the team of five ...

  • Apr 19, 03:30 AM | The Daily Reflector

    Final hurricane recovery planning meeting tonight

    Pitt County residents will have one more chance to share their visions for rebuilding their communities following Hurricane Matthew at 6 p.m. today at the Pitt County Agricultural Center. The meeting is part of the North Carolina Resilient Redevelopment Planning program, established by the General Assembly to create a roadmap for community rebuilding and revitalization assistance for the ...

  • Apr 19, 12:16 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Bill would send state funds to treat contaminated wells

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Republican lawmaker's bill would direct half a million dollars in state funds to treat contaminated private drinking water wells. Sen. Joyce Maker's bill is set for a public hearing Wednesday. Under her legislation, the Maine State Housing Authority would distribute $300,000 to organizations and agencies to help identify individuals in homes with contaminated wells. ...

  • Apr 18, 09:00 PM | Virginian-Pilot

    Arena developer joins list wanting to remake old Dome site in Virginia Beach

    April 18--VIRGINIA BEACH -- The same development team seeking to build an arena near the Oceanfront wants a chance to create a major entertainment district nearby. ESG Cos.' interest in the Dome site comes before its sister company, United States Management, has closed on a loan needed to finance the 18,000-seat entertainment and sports arena. Andrea Kilmer, president of ESG Cos., said her ...

  • Apr 18, 08:02 PM | Columbia Flier

    In lawsuit, developers protest $51 million in public funding for downtown Columbia garage

    April 19--Four developers with projects in Howard County are challenging the county's authority to use tax increment financing to help Howard Hughes Corp., Columbia's master developer, to finance a $51 million garage for public and private use. In a complaint filed in Howard County Circuit Court Tuesday, the coalition argues the deal is an "improper give-away of county tax dollars" to a ...

  • Apr 18, 07:01 PM | The Truth

    Elkhart County spending $5.5 million for repaving -- about $1.5 million more than expected

    April 18--GOSHEN -- Elkhart County Commissioners approved $5.5 million worth of summer paving projects after bids came in $1.5 million higher than planned. Jeff Taylor, Elkhart County Highway Department manager of transportation, said the county received bids last week for the 35 to 40 miles of paving to be done on county roads between now and fall. He recommended Niblock Excavating for the ...

  • Apr 18, 04:31 PM | Times Union

    Members Only $12.6 million Troy housing project begins

    April 18--TROY -- The Martin Luther King Apartments are undergoing a $12.6 million renovation as part of the Troy Housing Authority's plans to redo its 1,200 units of public housing over the next decade. Work on 46 units at Martin Luther King Apartments officially began Tuesday. The launch of the major overhaul of the units, which were built in the early 1970s, and the closing of the financing ...

  • Apr 18, 03:40 PM | The Washington Post (Blogs)

    Members Only The National Building Museum’s summer installation will feature hives. Yes, hives.

    Last year, it was icebergs. This year, the National Building Museum's summer installation will be hives. As in, insect hives. Not the skin rash. The installation — literally called "Hive" — will feature more than 2,700 paper tubes, each ranging in size from a few inches to 10 feet tall. There will be three interconnected forms, with pink interiors and shiny silver exteriors, and the largest ...

  • Apr 18, 01:20 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Finley plant agrees to pay $650,000 in Clean Water Act case

    TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) — A metal manufacturer in southern Washington has agreed to pay $650,000 and make improvements to its wastewater treatment systems along the Columbia River to settle a lawsuit brought by a nonprofit organization. The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2py9ynZ) the settlement between Sandvik Special Metals of Finley and Columbia Riverkeeper was filed Monday. The ...

  • Apr 18, 01:00 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Zoning court appeal threatens Burlington mall project

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Critics of a Burlington mall redevelopment project are appealing the project to the Vermont Environmental Court. Burlington Town Center owner and developer Don Sinex says the court will hear the appeal by local residents of the new zoning permit issued by the city. In a statement released Monday, Sinex called the "unyielding opposition" of residents "disappointing." ...

  • Apr 18, 11:20 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only One Charlestown and the future of public housing

    The unique sound of spring in the Charlestown public housing development is a chorus of chirping birds and smoke detectors chirping for new batteries. Residents there also complain of poor ventilation and long stretches without hot water. The Boston Housing Authority has only $6 million a year to put toward a growing $750 million maintenance backlog across its entire stock of 12,623 public ...

  • Apr 18, 07:19 AM | Eagle-Tribune

    Commission to propose three-month "smart parking" plan

    April 18--HAVERHILL -- Since its inception, there have been cries from Haverhill officials and residents to overhaul the city's paid parking system. From proposals to implement minor changes to completely removing the solar-powered kiosk meters, it seems everyone has an opinion about what the city should do with parking going forward. This week, City Councilor Colin LePage will bring forward a ...

  • Apr 18, 05:19 AM | Hour

    Questions emerge about Norwalk mall's viability

    April 18--NORWALK -- General Growth Properties' request to drop a hotel from the SoNo Collection sparked a larger discussion Monday evening on how long two anchor tenants might stay and the viability of shopping malls. During a special meeting at City Hall, resident Margaret Kozlark stated to the Common Council's Planning Committee her opposition to the yet-to-be-built mall. "Data I found said ...

  • Apr 17, 10:32 PM | Daily Press

    Rep. Scott visits Marshall Courts, shares concerns over potential cuts to HUD

    April 18--U.S. Rep. Robert "Bobby" Scott, D-Newport News, visited the city's oldest public housing complex in the middle of renovations Monday to highlight the White House's proposal to cut public housing dollars. Specifically, President Donald Trump is proposing a 13.2 percent funding cut, or $6 billion, for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development next fiscal year, including the ...

  • Apr 17, 07:03 PM | Buffalo News

    State will test North Tonawanda properties near landfill for chemicals

    April 17--The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Monday that it will ask residents living near a Wheatfield landfill to allow soil and groundwater testing on their land. More than 160 current and former residents of the North Tonawanda neighborhood near the Niagara Sanitation landfill have filed lawsuits or notices of claim against the Town of Wheatfield, which owns the ...

  • Apr 18, 09:20 AM | Daily News

    LA County Unveils $30 Billion Budget Plan, But Warns Of Fiscal Hurdles Ahead

    April 18--An ambitious, $30 billion proposed budget for the next fiscal year was unveiled Monday by Los Angeles County officials that includes millions to fight homelessness, bulk up social services and medical care for the poor, and improve infrastructure. More than half of the funding for the 2017-2018 fiscal year would go toward health services and safety and protection, with another $8 ...

  • Apr 17, 10:08 PM | Miami Herald

    In Breakthrough For Water Plan, Gov. Scott Endorses Reservoir, Faster Fixes For Dike

    April 18--Gov. Rick Scott added some tension to the feud between the House and Senate over priority legislation Monday and endorsed Senate President Joe Negron's proposal to build a deep-water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee on existing state lands to reduce the need to discharge polluted water into fragile estuaries. "This is a big step toward protecting our pristine environment," ...

  • Apr 17, 06:23 PM | Fairborn Daily Herald

    Community Development Week Proclaimed Across City

    Editor’s note: The City of Fairborn proclaimed April 17-April 22 as Community Development Week. Therefore, check this week’s Tuesday-Saturday editions of the Fairborn Daily Herald for more information regarding Fairborn’s community development efforts. FAIRBORN — The City of Fairborn is recognizing April 17-April 22 as Community Development Week, which recognizes bettering the community in a ...

  • Apr 18, 09:19 AM | The Evening News and The Tribune

    Charlestown pledges $2.5M for affordable senior homes

    April 18--CHARLESTOWN -- Charlestown officials have committed $2.5 million in taxpayer money toward 32 new homes reserved for Pleasant Ridge senior homeowners, who won't pay additional costs after moving. The Charlestown City Council voted during its meeting Monday night to approve an agreement with Neace Ventures LLC on the Villas of Springville Manor, a gated community reserved for Pleasant ...

  • Apr 18, 03:54 AM | Winston-Salem Journal

    Standing Up For Affordable Housing

    Amidst the excitement of Winston-Salem's downtown revitalization, we cannot lose sight of ensuring our city remains accessible and affordable. Earlier this spring, I cast the lone dissenting vote against an incentive deal for a project to renovate the former GMAC building and construct a new downtown mixed-use development. I voted against the project not because I do not support economic ...

  • Apr 18, 07:36 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Citing safety concerns, Murfreesboro blocks new car lots

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The Murfreesboro City Council has issued a moratorium on new site plans for new and used car lots until traffic safety requirement are improved. The Daily News Journal reports (http://on.dnj.com/2ojrRw1) that the dictate doesn't govern existing lots. Planning Director Gary Whitaker says the council's unanimous vote stemmed from concerns about public safety. He says ...

  • Apr 17, 11:37 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Few details, no new money in mayor's Complete Communities plan

    April 18--Mayor Sylvester Turner plans to focus Houston's community development efforts on five low-income neighborhoods as part of his Complete Communities initiative, announced Monday. The program comes without a price tag or implementation timeline, and the mayor has committed no additional money for housing and community development. Instead, Turner said the city would redirect 60 percent ...

  • Apr 17, 07:07 PM | La Crosse Tribune

    Public hearing Tuesday on proposed Monroe County frac sand plant

    April 17--Members of the public will have a chance to weigh in Tuesday on a Georgia timber company's plans to fill more than 16 acres of wetlands in order to build a $65 million frac sand facility in Monroe and Jackson counties. Meteor Timber, one of the largest private landowners in Wisconsin, wants to build a processing and loading facility along Interstate 94 near the town of Millston to ...

  • Apr 17, 06:15 PM | The Daily Citizen

    Homeless Connect event to help the 'homeless and unstably housed'

    April 18--Last year almost 120 people attended Homeless Connect, an event designed to help those seeking help with housing, employment, obtaining photo identification and more. This year's Homeless Connect will be on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mack Gaston Community Center in Dalton. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the fourth year for the event. "'Homeless ...

  • Apr 17, 04:55 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Florida Gov. Scott backs reservoir plan for troubled lake

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After sidestepping the issue for months, Gov. Rick Scott said for the first time Monday that he supports having the state acquire thousands of acres to build a reservoir system south of Lake Okeechobee to help battle toxic algal blooms. The governor also announced he wants state legislators to set aside $200 million this year to help repair the aging federally operated ...

  • Apr 17, 04:16 PM | Globe Gazette

    Federal budget cuts could cripple small airlines serving North Iowa

    MASON CITY | More than 15,000 passengers arrived and departed from Mason City Municipal Airport last year, due in large part to a federal subsidy to Air Choice One, the commercial airline that serves the airport. That subsidy is now in jeopardy. The money comes from a government program called Essential Air Service which provides funds to airlines so they can serve smaller airports like the ...

  • Apr 17, 02:06 PM | Tulsa World

    Oklahoma City finds and redefines itself one district at a time

    OKLAHOMA CITY - This was the idea: Ask a few real estate executives to pretend that someone who moved away from Oklahoma City 20 years ago, and lost track, has come back and is floored by the changes, especially in the district approach to commercial development and identity. "You are the first person he comes in contact with, and he blurts out: 'What the heck happened?' please explain to this ...

  • Apr 17, 02:01 PM | Star-News

    New Hanover officials asked to focus on affordable housing

    April 17--NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- County and city officials should enact a host of measures designed to encourage more affordable housing in New Hanover County, members of a committee on affordable housing told the county commissioners Monday. A committee report said a third of home owners and nearly half of renters in New Hanover -- a total of 32,000 households -- pay more than 30 percent of ...

  • Apr 17, 01:41 PM | Lake City News & Post

    President Trump's budget plan puts Florence's development funding at risk

    FLORENCE, S.C. – Every year the city of Florence uses hundreds of thousands of federal dollars through the community development block grant program for a wide range of urban renewal and assistance initiatives. Florence has used this funding over the years for dozens of projects, including infrastructure fixes, housing assistance, emergency home rehabs, and support funding for local human ...

  • Apr 17, 01:18 PM | Marketplace Morning Report

    LA homeless survey helps service groups plan and budget

    Larry Dunn was standing on a corner in Skid Row, the iconic neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles that's home to thousands of homeless people, including Dunn. He was being interviewed for Los Angeles County's annual homeless count. "So you're a young man, huh?" the surveyor asked him. "Sixty-three," he replied. "Younger than you, and you, and you, and you and you." Local governments around the ...

  • Apr 17, 01:15 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Developers and neighbors battle over Portland farmland

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland neighbors and developers are going head-to-head over development of the city's last remaining farmland. The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/2oPkorL ) reports a group of Maine investors by the name of Camelot Holdings LLC has a contract to purchase the 4,400-square-foot Camelot Farm property for $2.4 million. The group plans to turn the area into 95 ...

  • Apr 17, 12:58 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Budget proposal would end Amtrak service in Kansas cities

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal budget proposal that puts a passenger train route that passes through Kansas at risk is raising concerns. At issue is a provision in President Donald Trump's budget that calls for the elimination of federal subsidies for some long-distance train routes, The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/2pJGetT ) reports. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said in an email ...

  • Apr 17, 11:08 AM | Plus News

    Members Only Chinese company to build rail cars for LA Metro in US

    LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) Wednesday signed a 647 million-US-dollar contract to purchase 282 rail cars from a Chinese company. Under the contract, LA Metro will firstly pay 178 million dollars for 64 rail cars built by China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) to upgrade the US county's subway system. Of the first batch of HR 4000 rail ...

  • Apr 16, 10:04 PM | Morning Call

    New Slate Belt comprehensive plan will involve long-term planning for 10 municipalities

    April 17--Officials from 10 municipalities in the Slate Belt are kicking off the region's largest collaborative planning effort with the development of a regional comprehensive plan. The Slate Belt Council of Governments agreed to participate and create a unified plan for Northampton County's northernmost region. The council includes representatives from Wind Gap, Pen Argyl, Bangor, East ...

  • Apr 16, 05:17 PM | Fayetteville Observer

    Cumberland commissioners seek input on community development plan

    April 16--Cumberland County residents can give county commissioners feedback on the county's 2017 Community Development Action Plan on Tuesday. The Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the plan during its meeting in Room 118 of the Cumberland County Courthouse. The meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. The plan provides information on how federal funds and other resources ...

  • Apr 16, 02:00 PM | Geelong Advertiser

    Members Only City’s bold tech future

    HARNESSING raw energy from waves crashing along the Surf Coast is just one facet of a four-pronged approach to Geelong’s technology future, in a bold plan from global engineering and tech giant Siemens. The Siemens Centre of Competence for Cities has spent months delving into Geelong’s infrastructure, economics and policies to shape its Greater Geelong: Potential Technology Futures for Better ...

  • Apr 17, 05:46 AM | Aiken Standard

    Trump's Budget Proposal Cuts 'Crucial' Grant Program Used By Rural Aiken County Communities

    April 17--In the small town of Wagener, which recent census numbers say is home to a little more than 800 residents, the mayor describes its water system as being in dire condition. Mayor Mike Miller said the water system, in one year, experienced three breaks on one line that has cost thousands to repair. The water system dates back to the 1940s and uses aged pipes, the mayor said the town is ...

  • Apr 16, 02:06 PM | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Western Pennsylvania Communities Use New Tools, Increased Urgency In Battle Against Blight

    April 16--Lamp Theatre general manager John Cassandro calls the former restaurant and apartments at 207 Main St. one of his favorite buildings in Irwin, "at least architecturally." "I sure would love to see someone take it over," he said of the rundown structure across Main from the theater that reopened in 2015. "I'd love to see another restaurant, or two more restaurants. With the theater ...

  • Apr 15, 02:02 PM | Virginian-Pilot

    Driverless Car Panel To Va. Regulators: Don't Do A Lot Yet With AV Laws

    April 15--There were mostly vague answers, and I was frustrated by that. But earlier this month, the Eno Center for Transportation, a D.C. think tank, held an AV and state policy roundtable discussion in Arlington, and the reason why those answers were vague became clear. The roundtable brought together representatives from Uber, Daimler, VW, AAA, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, ...

  • Apr 16, 06:40 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only Va. community once primed for streetcar struggling to find new energy

    Ever since plans for a streetcar along Northern Virginia's Columbia Pike died in 2014, an effort to revitalize the struggling Baileys Crossroads area in Fairfax County has been marked by frustration. The latest headache: A group of homeless men began squatting in two vacant houses that are part of an idle project for a new shopping center off Leesburg Pike, aggravating neighbors who see their ...

  • Apr 17, 07:20 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Rural communities worry over proposed cuts to grant program

    WAGENER, S.C. (AP) — Rural Aiken County communities have expressed concern over the proposed elimination of the Community Development Block Grant program under President Donald Trump's budget proposal. The Aiken Standard reports (http://bit.ly/2oNWWeB ) the city of Aiken has received funding through the program annually while smaller towns in the region have relied on the U.S. Department of ...

  • Apr 17, 07:03 AM | Blade

    Oregon eyes plans to create a downtown

    April 17--Oregon has much in common with Toledo's other suburbs, but with one glaring exception: a downtown. Oregon City Council's recent passage of a resolution supporting a zoning overlay is the first step in creating a centralized space where community members can gather for dining, shopping, and entertainment. "We evolved out of a township, and we really never developed the sort of ...

  • Apr 17, 01:47 AM | Kalamazoo Gazette

    Members Only Mayor urges big dreams to transform community spaces

    Mayor Bobby Hopewell wants you to think big. Wednesday night, more than 100 people filled the Rose Street Market building for the second day of an Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 workshop. Maps and design concepts covered the first floor, displayed as visual representations of residents’ ideas from a Tuesday meeting focused on improving downtown Kalamazoo. Hopewell capped off the evening with an appeal ...

  • Apr 16, 04:06 PM | Saint Paul Pioneer Press

    Why do Twin Cities homes cost so much? We went to find out.

    April 16--Mary Kay Curtis wrinkled her nose at the window. It wouldn't go up. After three inches, it was just stuck. The salesman for the new Woodbury home she toured last fall explained that, no, it wasn't broken. It would only open so far because of a state regulation. Windows more than six feet off the ground in new homes must be unlatched by an adult to open any further. "It's a good ...

  • Apr 16, 10:58 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Homeless man sues Seattle over impound of truck

    SEATTLE (AP) — A homeless man has filed a lawsuit against Seattle accusing police officers of violating his rights for impounding the vehicle he was living in. The Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/2ogeXiq ) reports that police towed 57-year-old Steven Long's pickup in October. Long had been living in his 2000 GMC truck for three months after it broke down in a city parking lot. He was without his ...

  • Apr 16, 09:00 AM | Big Project Middle East

    Maldives targets Mideast investors with ‘smart city’ island

    Supplied content Highly popular with Middle East travellers as a tropical getaway retreat, the Maldives is set to lure investors from the region with a spectacular new island smart city to be showcased at Cityscape Abu Dhabi next month. Located 8km off the North East Coast of the capital, Malé, and 6.5km from Velana International Airport, Hulhumalé is the first planned city in the Maldives and ...