• Jan 23, 09:00 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Demographic Shift: Peak Millennial? Cities Can’t Assume a Continued Boost From the Young

    Over the past decade, many American cities have been transformed by young professionals of the millennial generation, with downtowns turning into bustling neighborhoods full of new apartments and pricey coffee bars. But soon, cities may start running out of millennials. A number of demographers, along with economists and real estate consultants, are starting to contemplate what urban cores ...

  • Jan 22, 09:36 PM | Record

    General Plan Might Require Change in Culture

    Jan. 22--STOCKTON -- It's been four months since the city held a series of well-attended public workshops aimed at drawing from Stockton residents the dreams they hold for how their community will evolve over the next 20-plus years. The workshops -- one south, one north and one that specifically sought the opinions of young people -- provided the basis for a one-page "draft preliminary vision ...

  • Jan 21, 03:11 PM | Weatherford Democrat

    Planning For A Recreational Future

    Jan. 21--Weatherford recreational areas have seen considerable change and growth over the past half decade. New miles of the paved Town Creek Hike and Bike trail now connect some of the city's parks and recreation areas. Recent Heritage Park development includes a variety of improved First Monday facilities regularly used for many other events and an outdoor amphitheater allowing for concerts. ...

  • Jan 20, 01:54 PM | Star-Ledger

    Members Only CRITICS SAY AFFORDABLE HOUSING RULING WILL LEAD TO HIGHER TAXES

    A state Supreme Court ruling that could force tens of thousands more affordable housing units to be built in New Jersey has opponents and advocates at odds over how towns can address the needs of low- and moderate-income residents that had been ignored for 16 years. Criticizing a recent state Supreme Court decision on affordable housing as "court-ordered over-development" and "social ...

  • Jan 23, 04:27 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Port Marigny plans vetted: Mandeville council to discuss project soon

    The long-discussed Port Marigny proposal on the Mandeville lakefront will likely come before the City Council for a second time in February. The council remanded the controversial land use plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission for further study on Dec. 8. The planning panel held the second of three hearings on the project Wednesday. A third hearing is scheduled Feb. 1, after which the ...

  • Jan 23, 02:48 AM | High Point Enterprise

    City approves new blight tools

    Jan. 23--HIGH POINT -- The High Point City Council has taken additional measures in its ongoing efforts to combat blight in the core. The council has approved the framework for the formation of a Core City Community Development Corp., which would create a nonprofit arm that would seek to strengthen the core and surrounding neighborhoods in High Point. "The creation of this organization will ...

  • Jan 22, 05:47 PM | Niagara Gazette

    Falls plans remain vague

    Jan. 22--A visit from Sam Hoyt, the regional president of Empire State Development Corp., failed to shed any new light on the state's plan to target vacant or "underutilized" downtown real estate. In what state officials called a series of regional budget "briefings" that took place in cities and state colleges across New York, Hoyt spoke Friday and took questions from some members of the ...

  • Jan 22, 02:36 PM | Dayton Daily News

    Moorefield Twp. neighbors oppose proposed storage facility

    Jan. 22--More than 80 people have signed a petition against a proposed storage facility in Moorefield Twp. over worries it will create traffic problems and safety concerns. A property owner has submitted a rezoning application to the Clark County Community Development office to change 3726 Moorefield Road from agricultural to business-use zoning and allow for the building of a storage ...

  • Jan 22, 02:05 PM | Star-Ledger

    Members Only HACKENSACK DOWNTOWN GETTING FULL MAKE-OVER

    The transformation of downtown Hackensack continues in 2017. The city has approved four projects totaling 456 residential units and 11,000 square feet of retail space that are expected to break ground this year, city spokesman Phil Swibinski said. Hackensack has pushed to redevelop its downtown for more than a decade, but the real work started in 2015 when construction started on the Meridia ...

  • Jan 22, 02:04 PM | Virginian-Pilot

    Virginia Beach light rail project would not have gotten funding if it was scored under new program

    Jan. 22--The Virginia Beach light-rail project is dead, but now residents know its categorical merits. Years ago, Virginia offered $155 million for the project, before it began a new transportation funding program called Smart Scale that grades projects using six factors. The light-rail dollars were grandfathered in. Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne had promised to score the light-rail ...

  • Jan 22, 12:54 PM | Cleveland Daily Banner

    Polk Rhea counties to receive tourism enhancement grants

    Polk County will receive a $20,000 tourism enhancement grant for 2017, one of the 29 grant applications approved by the state's Economic and Community Development Commission. Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee EDC Commissioner Randy Boyd made the announcement of the grants late last week. Rhea County is the only other area receiving a grant - for $50,000 - adjacent to Bradley County. Polk County ...

  • Jan 22, 12:40 PM | Zionsville Times Sentinel

    Public asked to participate in thoroughfare plan

    The public is invited to participate in a study of Boone County's highways being conducted by HWC Engineering, Indianapolis. Work on the plan began in July. The county's transportation plan was last updated in 1999. A plan covering Lebanon and Center Township was drafted in 2006. County highway engineer Craig Parks said Tuesday, Jan. 17, that HWC has created a web page for the plan, at ...

  • Jan 22, 10:09 AM | Star Tribune

    Park Board seeks public input on north Minneapolis park plans

    Jan. 22--North Minneapolis' 32 neighborhood parks and six recreation centers will undergo major improvements starting as early as 2018 and continuing for decades -- and the Park Board wants public help making plans. The Park Board is seeking at least 19 people to serve on the North Service Area Master Plan Community Advisory Committee. Committee members will work closely with the planning team ...

  • Jan 22, 09:15 AM | The St. Augustine Record

    St. Augustine's mobility plan could lead to mobility fee

    St. Augustine's mobility project, set to resume in full force this month, is expected to open the possibility for the city to charge a fee to pay for transportation projects. What a "mobility fee" or other fee or tax might look like isn't known. The possibility of a mobility fee has been discussed, though not extensively, in the past year. The city can't begin planning for fees until there's a ...

  • Jan 22, 09:13 AM | Sanford Herald

    Nonprofit organization partners with city

    Jan. 22--SANFORD -- Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action, Inc., received $20,000 for rapid re-housing and was appointed as the nonprofit administrator of a program tentatively titled "Sanford Cares." The nonprofit organization assists in emergency rapid re-housing efforts and helps individuals experiencing emergencies that would render them unable to pay utility bills. What is JLHCA? JLHCA, ...

  • Jan 22, 01:43 AM | The Gazette

    Lawsuit filed over Colorado Parks predator controls

    GRAND JUNCTION -- A conservation group is challenging Colorado Parks and Wildlife's plans to reduce predator numbers outside Rifle and in the Upper Arkansas River Valley in order to help mule deer populations improve. WildEarth Guardians said Friday it has sued the agency and the commission that oversees it, The Daily Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/2jZCdiV). "CPW's plans are not grounded in ...

  • Jan 21, 06:00 PM | Government Executive

    Members Only Trump’s First Budget Could Be A Unique Mix of Severe Cuts and Increased Spending

    Now that President Donald J. Trump has been sworn in as the 45th commander-in-chief, his next major task is unveiling a fiscal 2018 budget proposal for federal agencies that reflect his America First vision for the government. Crafting a budget proposal for Congress to review and debate is always a top priority for the president, especially a new one. Trump's inaugural budget will be the first ...

  • Jan 21, 03:11 PM | Corsicana Daily Sun

    BRIEF: Planning meeting for Downtown Pop-up

    Jan. 21--Downtown business owners will meet at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at The Corsicana Opry, and you are invited to join. This meeting will address the upcoming downtown popup retail event, Historic Places & Spaces -- Corsicana PopUp, planned for Saturday, April 8. The event is designed to benefit existing downtown shops, and the City, Preservation Foundation, and Corsicana Navarro County ...

  • Jan 21, 02:56 PM | Colorado Daily (University of Colorado at Boulder)

    Members Only Boulder County forest plan sparks conflict of interest concerns

    Denver Water contributions to USFS Forsythe project to date For the first phase of the Forsythe forest management project between Nederland and Gross Reservoir, Denver Water contributed the following amounts, under a now-expired contract with the U.S. Forest Service. A contract to extend the partnership for the Forsythe II project is under discussion. • $475,000 for about 755 acres of ...

  • Jan 21, 02:01 PM | Star-News

    Brunswick County now charges municipalities for electronic waste

    Jan. 21--The issue: Municipalities in Brunswick County can no longer take electronic trash to the Brunswick County C&D Landfill free of charge. Due to changes in the cost for recycling electronics, Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling will be charging municipalities per pound of electronics they bring to the landfill, located at 172 Landfill Road, Bolivia. Residents, however, can continue ...

  • Jan 21, 09:57 AM | Oregonian

    Members Only HomeAway sues Portland over lodging tax collection

    The vacation rental website HomeAway filed a pair of lawsuits against the city of Portlandthis week, opening a new round in its battle with the city over hotel taxes. HomeAway, which helps match travelers with homeowners with rooms for rent, has been at loggerheads with the city for years over whether it should have to collect lodging taxes on behalf of its users. The latest suits attempt to ...

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

    Southside developer's request to use city-owned parking lot draws activist's scrutiny

    Jan. 21--Chattanooga developers Hiren Desai and Jimmy White want to repurpose a multi-story storage building at 1208 King St. and let new businesses, including a new microbrewery, lease space on the first floor. The upper floors of the building, which is six stories near King Street and four stories in back, may be redeveloped into apartments. The 105-year-old, brick storage building is right ...

  • Jan 21, 03:52 AM | Star Tribune

    Snelling busway gets strong start; don't count on extension soon

    Jan. 21--The metro area's second stab at creating a rapid busway is working out better than the first. The A Line transitway from Roseville to south Minneapolis has just reported ridership from its first half-year in business, and the result is a solid surge in ridership. Transit planners have long worried about the brand image created by so-called BRT, bus-rapid transit, vs. LRT, light-rail ...

  • Jan 21, 03:52 AM | Frederick News-Post

    Mount Airy to receive funds from Frederick County hotel tax increase

    Jan. 21--Even though its Main Street program is wholly in Carroll County, Mount Airy is set to receive funds from Frederick County's hotel tax increase. The town was automatically named an affiliate of the county's co-op program, which determines which towns receive money for their Main Street programs, with the potential of becoming a fully designated Main Street partner, said John Fieseler, ...

  • Jan 20, 09:16 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Encinitas hits pause on downtown alcohol permits

    Jan. 20--A lively dining-and-drinking establishment's request to expand in downtown Encinitas was a tipping point Thursday for the Encinitas Planning Commission, which decided the city should instead move toward creating a temporary moratorium on new alcohol-serving establishments The panel has been saying for months that the city ought to take a step back and review downtown's overall status, ...

  • Jan 20, 09:06 PM | Chicago Tribune

    Chicago Tribune Blair Kamin column

    Jan. 21--Is a major change in store for Chicago's skyline, one that for the first time would bring a super-tall skyscraper to the heart of the Loop? The city's four architectural giants -- the Willis and Trump towers, and the Aon and John Hancock centers -- have risen outside the Loop on roomy sites where it was easier to build tall. But that could change if one of two competing designs for ...

  • Jan 20, 08:56 PM | Sun News

    Myrtle Beach plans 'exciting announcement' after possible connection to land purchases

    Jan. 20--One day after The Sun News reported a possible connection between the City of Myrtle Beach and an unnamed entity that has approached several downtown property owners to buy their land, the city now says it has an "exciting announcement" next week. An email from City Spokesman Mark Kruea to the press Friday said the city will hold a news conference for the announcement in Nance Plaza ...

  • Jan 20, 08:31 PM | The Day

    Sidewalk upgrades part of larger plan for New London's Williams Street

    Jan. 20--NEW LONDON -- A plan to better connect Hodges Square with the city and nearby institutions like Connecticut College could get a start this year with the help from federal funds. The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments last month recommended a $762,381 Williams Street sidewalk improvement project for funding to the federal Department of Transportation's Transportation ...

  • Jan 20, 08:01 PM | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Santa Cruz County awarded $2.2M to create solutions to youth homelessness

    Jan. 21--SANTA CRUZ -- Santa Cruz County will take part in a multiyear trial for a national youth homelessness-prevention program, funded with $2.2 million in federal cash. The county was one of 10 communities chosen to take part in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. In 2015, a biennial homeless survey counted 270 people younger than 25 ...

  • Jan 20, 02:01 PM | Star-News

    County to consider downtown block study

    Jan. 20--NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- A study to outline potential redevelopment of a county-owned block of buildings in downtown Wilmington could begin soon. Wilmington Downtown Inc. has suggested county commissioners at Monday's meeting approve a $47,750 contract with Benchmark Planning, Charlotte, to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of developing the block that includes the county's ...

  • Jan 20, 06:52 PM | Palm Beach Post

    Developer seeking millions in incentives to build in Boynton Beach

    Jan. 20--BOYNTON BEACH -- A longtime owner of prime land in Boynton Beach is negotiating with the city's Community Redevelopment Agency over financial incentives to build an eight-story apartment building, and later condos and a hotel. While Davis Camalier owns most of the land in his Ocean One project at the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Boynton Beach Boulevard, he needs a small ...

  • Jan 20, 05:46 PM | The State Journal-Register

    Habitat for Humanity resumes new home construction

    Jan. 20--Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County plans to break ground in March for the affordable-housing program's first newly constructed home in a little more than a year. Executive director Colleen Stone said Friday that resumption of new home construction -- the group completed five home renovation projects in 2016 -- was made possible by a $50,000 fundraising effort of 12 area ...

  • Jan 20, 05:02 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Terre Haute bypass opens; $150M project took 13 years

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation has opened all 6 miles of the State Road 641 bypass outside Terre Haute. INDOT says remaining sections of the $150 million, four-lane highway opened Friday afternoon, connecting U.S. 41/150 south of Terre Haute with Interstate 70, U.S. 40 and State Road 46 east of the city. Gov. Eric Holcomb says the "bypass will make it faster ...

  • Jan 20, 04:18 PM | Associated Press

    Puerto Rico governor rejects federal control board orders

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's new governor on Friday rejected orders from a federal control board in the first clash over how best to tackle the government's deep financial crisis after a decade-long economic slump in the U.S. territory. Gov. Ricardo Rossello called the board's demands unacceptable and said they differ greatly from his vision to promote economic growth. "Any ...

  • Jan 20, 04:11 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Horton Plaza since 1972

    Jan. 20--1972: The San Diego City Council, acting as the redevelopment agency, adopts the Horton Plaza redevelopment project to include a new shopping center, office building and the federal courthouse complex. 1974: Ernest W. Hahn Inc. signs exclusive negotiating agreement for shopping center. 1978: Hahn buys land for $1 million from city in exchange for building parking garage, prompted by ...

  • Jan 20, 02:21 AM | Grand Rapids Business Journal

    Grand Rapids 'Housing Shortage' Ranks No. 3 in US

    Homebuyers in West Michigan are feeling the crunch of one of the tightest residential real estate markets in the country. Realtor.com says Grand Rapids ranks No. 3 in its ranking of the 10 U.S. cities with the "biggest housing shortages." The ranking was posted yesterday. The ranking examined the top 150 markets in the U.S., looking for the lowest inventory of homes for sale. The shortage of ...

  • Jan 19, 10:12 PM | Miami Herald

    Study: Running Miami-Dade's Dream Rail System Could Cost $1 Million A Day

    Jan. 20--If building a massive expansion of Miami-Dade's rail system sounds costly, try running it. A new study puts the operations and maintenance tab of a fully expanded county rail system at about $1 million a day, a network that would offer commuters 82 miles of new track. The operating cost is more than triple what Miami-Dade currently pays to run the 22-mile Metrorail system. Forecasts ...

  • Jan 20, 06:56 AM | The Hoya (Georgetown University)

    Members Only DC Homelessness Rate Highest in Nation

    Washington, D.C., finished 2016 with the highest rate of homelessness of any U.S. metropolitan area with 124 out of every 10,000 residents experiencing homelessness, according to a Dec. 14 report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.The Hunger and Homelessness survey used data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as the National Alliance to End Homelessness to ...

  • Jan 20, 08:31 AM | The Record-Eagle

    Residents support, slam short-term rentals

    Jan. 20--ACME -- Acme Township residents and renters spoke out about short-term vacation rentals at a forum prompted by a rash of complaints about them. Nearly 70 people, led by Acme Township trustees and planning commission members, gathered in the Williamsburg Banquet & Conference Center on Thursday and listened to concerned neighbors, vacation rental owners and others air views on the ...

  • Jan 20, 08:04 AM | Watertown Daily Times

    Residents and officials show support for revised comprehensive plan

    Jan. 20--Tweet CLAYTON -- Several residents and elected officials shared their support for the revised joint town/village comprehensive plan Wednesday at the last public hearing before Jefferson County Planning Board review. The Town Council and village Board of Trustees invited residents to ask questions or express concerns about the Joint Town-Village Comprehensive Plan Committee's revisions ...

  • Jan 20, 08:02 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Iowa dairy to pay $160K in settling water pollution lawsuit

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa dairy has settled a federal lawsuit and promises action to prevent future manure discharges into nearby streams. Prosecutors also said Thursday that Meadowvale Dairy, of Rock Valley, has agreed to pay a $160,000 civil penalty. The proposed consent decree is subject to a 30-day public comment period and approval by the federal court. The lawsuit filed ...

  • Jan 20, 07:57 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Plans call for park on site of former General Motors foundry

    SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Plans call for turning property along the Saginaw River that once housed a General Motors foundry and landfill into parkland. MLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/2jU8Iij ) the Michigan's Department of Natural Resources plans to buy 334 acres of former GM property in Saginaw from the Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response Trust for a nominal cost of $10 and turn ...

  • Jan 20, 06:08 AM | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Harrison maps out zoning areas for medical marijuana dispensaries

    Jan. 20--If medical marijuana is ever sold in Harrison, officials want to have a say about where it can happen. "The board had discussions on it, and I think we're very comfortable in trying to keep this away from residential areas," commissioners president William Poston said. "A couple other communities are doing the same thing that we've talked to, and that seems to be the way it's going ...

  • Jan 20, 05:10 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Council will vote on rental rules: Committee sets fees and schedules for inspections

    The New Orleans City Council’s Community Development Committee adopted new rental regulations aimed at requiring landlords to clean up substandard properties described by tenants as bleak and unlivable. The ordinance now goes to the City Council for final passage. The regulations, which are two years in the making, would include the creation of a rental registry and regular inspections ...

  • Jan 20, 04:04 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only State giving $1 million to 29 communities for tourism

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say 29 Tennessee communities will receive more than $1 million in grants to improve tourism infrastructure. Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said Thursday that the Tourism Enhancement Grants help counties and cities increase the economic impact of tourism. Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000. The grants are ...

  • Jan 20, 04:00 AM | Chattanooga Times Free Press

    Does downtown Chattanooga have enough parking?

    Jan. 19--The most in-depth parking study of downtown Chattanooga in about two decades is kicking off as the central city grapples with nearly $1 billion in planned development and a doubling of residents. "There's so much growth, all the new construction downtown we're trying to get ahead of the curve," said Kim White, who heads the nonprofit redevelopment group River City Co. The $250,000 ...

  • Jan 20, 03:14 AM | Qatar Tribune

    With Lone Star Rail halted, congestion solutions reconsidered

    What we reported In August, the transportation policy board of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is responsible for coordinating transportation projects in Central Texas, voted to remove the Lone Star Rail project from the organizations long-term plan. The project would have built a commuter rail line along the Union Pacific Corp. railroad tracks between Georgetown and ...

  • Jan 20, 03:03 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Lawsuit filed over Seattle's cleanups of homeless camps

    SEATTLE (AP) — Two homeless people in Seattle filed a federal lawsuit Thursday alleging the city and the state's cleanups of unauthorized homeless camps are unlawful. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, says the homeless camp sweeps are "unnecessarily cruel" and violate the rights of people living in them, The Seattle Times reported (http://bit.ly/2k6AszH). Brandie Osborne and Lisa ...

  • Jan 20, 02:56 AM | The Daily Iowan (University of Iowa)

    Members Only City Council approves food-truck plan again

    An amendment allowing for a 90-day pilot program for food trucks downtown passed its second vote at Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting. By Molly hunter molly-hunter@uiowa.edu The Iowa City City Council unanimously passed the second consideration of an amendment to the city’s food-truck ordinance on Tuesday evening. The amendment would allow a 90-day pilot program featuring increased ...

  • Jan 19, 10:56 PM | Colorado Daily (University of Colorado at Boulder)

    Members Only Longmont Planning and Zoning Commission endorses two housing development proposals

    Longmont's Planning and Zoning Commission voted its approval on Wednesday night of two proposed developments that would add housing units to the city, according to city spokesman Rigo Leal. Commissioners voted 6-1 for the preliminary plat and planned unit development proposed for The Parkes at Stonebridge project. Developers have asked to subdivide a 17-acre property south of Nelson Road and ...

  • Jan 19, 10:23 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Nevada's capital puts ban on recreational pot businesses

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Carson City has approved a temporary ban on recreational marijuana dispensaries. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports (http://on.rgj.com/2jenj7R ) that the city Board of Supervisors passed the six-month moratorium Thursday. The decision comes as the Nevada Department of Taxation works on drafting regulations for the industry. A ballot measure passed by voters in November ...

  • Jan 19, 09:15 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Chula Vista gearing up to improve resident's quality of life

    Jan. 19--Chula Vista is expecting to receive about $2.3 million for fiscal year 2017-18, to allocate toward several programs and services to improve neighborhoods and low-income residents. Each year Chula Vista receives funding from: * U.S. Department of Housing Urban Development * Community Development Block Grant program * Home Investment Partnerships Program and Emergency Solutions Grant ...

  • Jan 19, 08:28 PM | The Franklin Press

    For some, nonprofit stores doubling as trash dumps

    Illegal dumping has become a major problem at local nonprofit thrift stores, costing them thousands of dollars per year in landfill fees. Rick Westerman, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Macon and Jackson counties, said someone left 62 pounds of garbage outside the door of the ReStore on West Palmer Street in the early morning hours of Saturday. "Somebody cleaned out either a ...

  • Jan 19, 08:15 PM | The Charleston Gazette

    Members Only Webster couple improves off-the-grid living with small-scale hydropower

    Jan. 20--WEBSTER SPRINGS -- A long and winding road that began in Chicago, veered through Vietnam and connected with England brought Mickey and Jenny Janowski to this steep-walled, 100-acre chunk of a Webster County hollow more than a mile from the nearest neighbor where they have made their home -- literally -- since the 1970s. "All the logs and stone for the house came from the land," said ...

  • Jan 19, 07:41 PM | Montgomery Advertiser

    Food trucks cook up pitches for 'Shark Tank'-style faceoff

    Jan. 19--The local guys behind Fire Meats Wood plan to open their new downtown Montgomery food truck next month regardless, but a few extra thousand dollars sure would help fan the flames. They'll have plenty of competition for the money. Fire Meets Wood is among nine finalists who will compete for a total of $12,000 at a "Shark Tank"-style pitch competition next week. Each one has an idea ...

  • Jan 19, 07:05 PM | Buffalo News

    EDITORIAL: State proposes a bold strategy to break impasse hindering city's redevelopment

    Jan. 19--If Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to develop prime Niagara Falls land succeeds, it may prove his biggest victory yet. Albany lawmakers would have to cooperate and allocate the money. And, of course, property owners, some intractable, would have to agree to sell. The winners would be a city and region too long held captive by landholders who have categorically refused for decades to ...

  • Jan 19, 07:05 PM | USAToday.com

    Members Only Cell-phone providers roll out COWs to handle massive surge on inauguration day

    About one-million people are coming to the inauguration. The carriers say they're ready. AT&T Cell on Wheels deployed on National Mall. Roughly one-million people are expected to descend upon the Nation’s Capital Friday for the swearing in of President Donald Trump. And almost all the attendees will carry a mobile phone, off which they’ll want to post, tweet and stream the goings-on live.That ...

  • Jan 19, 05:07 PM | Miami Herald

    Big Miami projects strike a nerve as the mayor vows to veto one

    Jan. 19--Miami's mayor said he will block a controversial seven-acre development on the city's Upper East Side, punctuating a day of angst about over-development and gentrification in Miami's northeast neighborhoods. Mayor Tomás Regalado confirmed late Wednesday that he is opposed to ACRE GCDM Bay Investments' proposed Legions West project, which would replace a collection of low-rise ...

  • Jan 19, 04:59 PM | Sacramento Bee

    McKinley Village development will add traffic, but city says that's OK

    Jan. 19--McKinley Village, a 336-unit housing development under construction in East Sacramento, will cause commute-period traffic congestion at a number of nearby intersections, but that is an acceptable price to pay to increase the central city's housing stock, Sacramento officials said in a report issued this week. The report, an addendum to the city's formal environmental impact statement ...

  • Jan 19, 05:03 PM | Chattanooga Times Free Press

    BRIEF: New study examines how downtown Chattanooga parking will change

    Jan. 19--A new study looking at how downtown Chattanooga parking will change over the next decade has been kicked off with a report slated to be ready this summer, officials said today. The comprehensive parking study also will examine the actions which will be needed to support growth downtown. "We know that as downtown Chattanooga continues to grow and change, strategic parking solutions ...

  • Jan 19, 03:06 PM | Gazette

    Colorado Springs' latest makeover candidate: North Nevada Avenue

    Jan. 19--After six months of study that included hours of community input, Colorado Springs officials are moving ahead with a massive, multiyear improvement plan for a two-mile stretch of North Nevada Avenue. Among its recommendations: New housing, stores, restaurants and other redevelopment efforts to go with street, sidewalk, bike, bus and trail improvements. City officials say the plan's ...

  • Jan 19, 03:15 AM | Qatar Tribune

    Public input sought on Kalamazoo non-motorized transportation plan

    A community-driven approach to determine how non-motorized transportation can be improved is underway. The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study, a federally-created metropolitan planning organization, is seeking public input to determine where to build non-motorized transportation facilities like greenways and bike lanes. Once finished, the plan would cover all cities, villages, and townships ...

  • Jan 19, 02:18 PM | The Huron Daily Tribune

    Members Only County to decide if one of its members should also be on planning board

    Jan. 18--BAD AXE -- The county's board of commissioners will determine if one of its members will sit on the county's planning commission again, following a vote next week. However, not all commissioners were in favor of the idea at this week's committee of a whole meeting. Earlier this month, planning commission chairman Clark Brock and planner Joel Weber announced they will not seek ...

  • Jan 19, 01:41 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only Underground Atlanta sale clears key city vote

    Jan. 19--The board of Atlanta's Downtown Development Authority voted Thursday to approve an amendment to the sales agreement for Underground Atlanta that will help pave the way to a final transaction with a South Carolina developer. The move is a key step to resolve some complicated real estate title issues that have complicated the process to sell Underground for a private redevelopment, ...

  • Jan 19, 01:19 PM | Post-Bulletin

    Red Wing hopes position leads to new direction for city

    Jan. 19--RED WING -- The city of Red Wing has a new job available, and the sooner it is filled the better. Red Wing is restructuring its development model a little, looking to hire a new community development director who will oversee both the Red Wing Port Authority and Planning Department. The change comes as current Planning Director Brian Peterson is set to retire, but it also will have an ...

  • Jan 19, 01:19 PM | Post-Bulletin

    Wabasha hotel project crumbles under public pressure

    Jan. 19--WABASHA -- A proposed 55-room hotel along the Mississippi River in Wabasha has been scuttled by the court of public opinion. Blaine Marcou, part of the development group looking to build a hotel next to the National Eagle Center in downtown Wabasha, said negative stories in the news scared away a trio of investors in the project, effectively ending the hotel development before it ...

  • Jan 19, 11:38 AM | The Pilot

    Robbins Awarded $2 million Grant for Infrastructure Project

    A much-needed grant was awarded to Robbins on Wednesday by the State Water Infrastructure Authority. The agency had initially turned down the town's request for a Community Development Block Grant, but reversed the decision after town officials traveled to Raleigh to make their case. "We've been working on trying to get this grant for three years," Mayor Lonnie English said. "I think our ...

  • Jan 19, 07:46 AM | Americus Times Recorder

    City to decide on transport system

    AMERICUS - The Americus mayor and city council will meet Thursday for their regular monthly meeting. Several items are on the agenda for action during the meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. at the Russell Thomas Jr. Public Safety Building. At the agenda setting session on Jan. 12, there was much discussion on whether to approve an agreement with RMS for transportation services. Josh Roth, city ...

  • Jan 19, 07:43 AM | MinnPost.com

    Members Only Republican lawmakers push back on plan to dissolve transit funding board

    Backers of a new plan to fund future mass transit lines without any dollars from the state Legislature went before a joint House and Senate transportation committee Tuesday. The plan would dissolve the five-county Counties Transit Improvement Board -- one of the main mechanisms for funding light rail and bus rapid transit in Twin Cities metro area -- and allow those counties to double their ...

  • Jan 19, 04:53 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Decision from FEMA on Municipal Auditorium looms: Property has been idle since Katrina

    New Orleans officials say they believe a key Federal Emergency Management Agency decision on Municipal Auditorium is imminent and could kick-start a months-long process that will finally allow the city to consider renovating the popular venue for Carnival balls. The property in Louis Armstrong Park is one of the last large city-owned structures that hasn’t been renovated since Hurricane ...

  • Jan 19, 04:43 AM | The Daily Astorian

    Port chooses to remain in timber lawsuit

    The Port of Astoria Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to stay in a class-action timber lawsuit brought by Linn County against the state. Commissioners did not comment on why they made the decision, which comes a week after the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to opt out. Linn County filed the $1.4 billion suit last year against the state Department of Forestry, claiming it ...

  • Jan 18, 09:19 PM | Times-News

    County Leaders Gather, Strategize Growth

    Jan. 19--About two dozen Alamance County officials, ranging from politicians and an economic development official to city planners and library representatives, gathered Wednesday at the Alamance County Family Justice Center to brainstorm about how the county can better prepare for growth. Led by county Planning Director Libby Hodges, the two-hour session covered a lot of ground, from planning ...

  • Jan 18, 06:03 PM | The MetroWest Daily News

    Towns Research ‘Tiny House’ Movement

    MEDWAY - While “tiny houses” are not the average multi-family housing development or senior care facility projects in which local planning officials are well versed, some towns, including Medway and Hopkinton, are looking to change that. According to Medway Planning and Economic Development Coordinator Susan Affleck-Childs, approximately eight towns in the MetroWest and southwest region of the ...

  • Jan 18, 07:51 PM | Kansas City Star

    AHS Finds Kansas City Among Leaders in the Rat Race

    Jan. 18--Aw, rats. The government's newest American Housing Survey places the Kansas City Missouri-Kansas metro area sixth out of the 25 most-populous metros in the United States when it comes to rats and mice seen in homes. Slightly more than 10 percent of local households surveyed reported evidence of the pesky rodents. The same survey names Kansas City 14th worst when it comes to ...

  • Jan 19, 03:59 AM | The Leavenworth Echo

    Council, Planning Commission want to strengthen B&B code

    The Leavenworth City Council, once again, dove into the controversial topic of overnight rentals in their study session on Jan. 10. Development Manager Nathan Pate explained his department and the Planning Commission have been busy cleaning up the city code related to overnight rentals. Pate said they have made "massive" definition changes, primarily regarding overnight rentals. "One thing we ...

  • Jan 19, 03:45 AM | Herald-Sun

    City seeks input on use of housing funds

    Jan. 19--DURHAM -- Allen Dillard Sr. used an oxygen machine. He suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. In March, the 75-year-old found mold inside and under his house. In April, Dillard told representatives at Senior PharmAssist about his situation -- a nonprofit organization that helps seniors receive medication. "Between April and October, Mr. Dillard's home ...

  • Jan 19, 01:34 AM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only City Hall could decide not to save Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, create a new retirement plan instead

    Jan. 19--City officials offered an explosive proposal Wednesday in their effort to save the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System: Don't save it at all. Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Reich told the Dallas City Council that officials could create an entirely new retirement system called the Public Safety Employees Retirement Fund. Younger active employees would have the option to transfer ...

  • Jan 18, 07:03 PM | Bond Buyer

    Members Only N.Y. City Approves $195M in Hudson Yards Tax Breaks

    The New York City Industrial Development Agency approved $195 million in tax breaks for Related Cos. and Oxford Properties Group for their planned $4 billion office tower at 50 Hudson Yards on Manhattan's West Side. At its Jan. 10 meeting, the IDA permitted Related and Oxford to send payments in lieu of city real property taxes, city and state mortgage recording taxes, and city and state sales ...

  • Jan 18, 04:18 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only House leaders' plan would raise $600M annually for roads

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's House leaders say their latest road-funding plan would eventually add more than $600 million yearly into roadwork. The proposal introduced Wednesday would raise the gas tax by 10 cents, to 26 cents per gallon, over five years. It would also increase the sales tax cap on vehicles, impose fees on hybrid and electric vehicles, and create a fee on ...

  • Jan 18, 02:56 PM | The Georgia State University (Georgia State Univer

    Members Only Concerns remain, even as City Council backs ABI’s new affordable housing efforts

    New apartments and townhomes along the Eastern Beltline trail are being questioned due to unaffordable housing pricing.Photo by Hannah Greco | The Signal The Atlanta BeltLine redevelopment project is whipping up new controversy as city residents and Beltline team members again quarrel once over the notion of affordable housing.Atlanta BeltLine Inc. brought David A. Jackson aboard as the new ...

  • Jan 18, 02:48 PM | Bond Buyer (Online)

    Members Only Pence Touts Big Infrastructure Bill; Poll Finds Tolls Not Supported

    DALLAS – Vice President-elect Mike Pence tried to sell to the nation's mayors on the infrastructure plan to be proposed by the new Trump administration, just before a national poll showed there is little support for the tolls on which the plan would rely. Speaking at the US Conference of Mayors' winter meeting in Washington, D.C., Vice President-elect Mike Pence said the new Trump ...

  • Jan 18, 02:32 PM | Examiner-Enterprise

    LEE LAKE: City pursues grant to install trail lighting

    Jan. 18--Tammy Hudgens starts and finishes her runs at the Lee Lake Trail Loop. The Dewey resident, who works in Bartlesville, said lighting around the loop would let her start those runs a little earlier in the morning. "I run out there in the mornings. … I feel safer even if it's dark because it is out in the open. When it starts getting lighter, I start on the Pathfinder. It would make me ...

  • Jan 18, 01:57 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Salina gives initial approval to tax funding for downtown

    SALINA, Kan. (AP) — The Salina City Commission has given initial approval to authorizing special tax funding for a multimillion dollar redevelopment project in downtown Salina. The commission voted Tuesday night on first reading to authorize $154 million in special tax funding for business and tourism projects. Commission members also approved a development agreement with Salina 2010, a ...

  • Jan 18, 01:17 PM | The Cape Cod Chronicle

    Harwich Needs More Rental Housing, Plan Says

    HARWICH - The town's population has decreased by 1.5 percent over the past 15 years, but Harwich remains an expensive place to live and more subsidized rental housing is necessary to make the community more affordable, the latest version of the town's housing production plan concludes. The plan will be the subject of a public hearing on Jan. 30 by selectmen and the planning board. The latest ...

  • Jan 18, 01:16 PM | Post-Bulletin

    'Game-changer' for bicycle advocacy in Rochester

    Jan. 18--A new voice for pedestrians and bicyclists is coming to the city of Rochester. The city plans to incorporate the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee as a citizen advisory body to three city departments. The committee itself is not new; the Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments, a long-range public infrastructure planning body, formed the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee in ...

  • Jan 18, 12:02 PM | The Truth

    Quarry or not? Goshen officials decline to take official stance on proposed gravel mine

    Jan. 18--GOSHEN -- Redevelopment Commission members chose not to vote Tuesday on a recommendation over a proposed gravel pit near the airport, reasoning that it wasn't their decision to make. The vote would have indicated whether commissioners were in favor of the Elkhart County Board of Zoning Appeals granting a special land use for Yellow Creek Gravel to build a stone and sand quarry on 125 ...

  • Jan 18, 11:36 AM | Associated Press

    State officials hope ruling moves case to US Supreme Court

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials are optimistic that a 1992 Supreme Court ruling saying sales taxes can't be collected from companies not physically present in the state can be overturned. The Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2jZO0wS ) reports District Court Judge Roberto Lange ordered on Tuesday that a state-filed lawsuit requiring four out-of-state internet companies remit sales ...

  • Jan 18, 10:04 AM | LA Weekly

    Should We Pay People to Run for Office?

    The cash that our city leaders take from developers is a big issue right now. Developers who need special zoning approval for their projects from the City Council have a habit of giving lots of money to key councilmembers. That's not a huge surprise, but it's happening at a time when organizers of an initiative called Measure S want to put a two-year lid on such case-by-case development ...

  • Jan 18, 07:19 AM | Free Press

    North Mankato looking into historic preservation

    Jan. 18--NORTH MANKATO -- North Mankato officials will look into the process of setting up a historic preservation commission. The North Mankato City Council directed city staff to research the idea during a public meeting Tuesday night after months of suggestions from several residents. "We have no place in North Mankato where history is even presented," said Tom Hagen. Hagen, who has ...

  • Jan 18, 08:19 AM | Guardian Web

    How a Design Competition Changed the US Approach to Disaster Response

    Ten years ago, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg released a plan to create what he called “the first environmentally sustainable 21st-century city”. The blueprint, known as PlaNYC and released on Earth Day, outlined more than 100 projects and policies to create that sustainable city by 2030. It set a precedent for local action on climate change; cities around the world began drafting their ...

  • Jan 18, 04:08 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Firm's Plan to Put Bikes in S.F. Met With Anger

    A startup bike-sharing outfit from China is heading toward a collision with San Francisco officials over its plan to deposit hundreds, maybe thousands, of its GPS-equipped, smartphone-enabled bikes on city streets - without seeking city permits or approval or letting anyone in on its plans. The impending arrival of Bluegogo, a company that says it intends to disrupt the bike-sharing industry, ...

  • Jan 18, 03:02 AM | Augusta Chronicle

    City Programs Subsidize Homeownership

    Jan. 18--Need a home? The city of Augusta may be able to help you. Responding to Augusta commissioner concerns about the city's supply of affordable housing and about how federal housing grants are being spent, Housing and Community Development Director Hawthorne Welcher gave a presentation Tuesday on what Augusta is doing. The city defines affordable housing as when housing costs -- a ...

  • Jan 18, 04:40 AM | The Daily Astorian

    South Wind could offer shelter in disaster

    CANNON BEACH — With tsunami safety in mind, Cannon Beach hopes to transform 55 acres of forest into a place for shelter and long-term services in a disaster. The South Wind site, located east of U.S. Highway 101 almost entirely outside the tsunami inundation zone, was purchased by the city in 2013. The goal was to relocate an emergency shelter, police station, fire station, school, child care ...

  • Jan 18, 09:13 AM | Sanford Herald

    Wayfinding signage plan moves forward

    Jan. 18--SANFORD -- A consensus and approval was reached for phase one of the wayfinding signage plan, allowing city officials to move forward in design and implementation. Wayfinding signage was a topic up for discussion at the Jan. 10 Sanford City Council workshop at City Hall. City officials tasked with the development of the signage attended the meeting to seek the council's approval to ...

  • Jan 18, 08:16 AM | Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

    Neighbors oppose cell tower plan

    Jan. 18--Some Chestnut Ridge Road residents are opposing a plan for a 190-foot cell tower, which an Indiana-based communications company is hoping to build in a business district-zoned area. Horvath Communications, based in South Bend, Ind., is looking to build a tower for Verizon at 7310 Chestnut Ridge Road on land owned by Relco Systems. Sam Marotta said the proposed location is within 800 ...

  • Jan 18, 08:14 AM | Houston Press

    Feds Find Houston's Housing Policies Perpetuate Segregation

    In a blistering letter sent to Mayor Sylvester Turner last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development concluded that the City of Houston has perpetuated segregation by allowing "racially motivated opposition" to affordable housing projects dictate the city's decisions about where to build them. As a result, the feds have found Houston to be in violation of Title VI of the Civil ...

  • Jan 18, 07:51 AM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only A vote soon on Underground Atlanta deal?

    Jan. 18--The sale of Underground Atlanta is expected to be discussed by the board of the Downtown Development Authority on Thursday, but whether a vote on the deal will happen isn't clear. An early agenda for the DDA posted Tuesday evening listed a resolution about the Underground transaction, but included no other details about the sale. The resolution, however, was on Page 2 of the agenda ...

  • Jan 18, 07:34 AM | South Bend Tribune

    South Bend city leaders cool to more dollar stores

    Jan. 18--SOUTH BEND -- South Bend city leaders hoping to revitalize the Lincoln Way West corridor are less than thrilled with the prospect of another dollar store locating there. Yet that's exactly what came before the Area Plan Commission Tuesday. Plans for a new Dollar General store at 3720 Lincoln Way W., next to The Volcano restaurant, won a favorable recommendation from the commission, ...

  • Jan 18, 04:07 AM | Winston-Salem Journal

    Congressman asked to help local economies Help our economies, communities ask Budd Business leaders and others air their hopes and fears at two Triad forums

    Business leaders and others aired their hopes and fears at two Guilford County forums. GREENSBORO - With all of 13 days in office under his belt, fledgling U.S. Rep. Ted Budd heard the tale of two cities in separate Greensboro and High Point appearances Tuesday morning. Greensboro business and institutional leaders bent the Davie County Republican's ear about the need for increased federal ...