• Aug 21, 03:46 AM | US Official News

    Members Only Senate Approves FY19 THUD Appropriations Bill

    Washington DC: Office of the Tenant Advocate - OTA has issued the following news release: On August 1, 2018, the Senate overwhelmingly approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill. The bill provides a total of $44.5 billion in net discretionary spending for critical HUD programs, including the Community Development Block Grant ...

  • Aug 21, 08:41 AM | Westside Today

    Santa Monica Scooter Wars Heat Up

    City considering awarding Uber and Lyft scooter rights. By Sam Catanzaro Scooters are always a hot topic on the Westside but last week in Santa Monica the heat got turned up a few notches when Bird and Lime both temporarily suspended service in the City on their devices in a symbolic protest. On August 7, the City of Santa Monica's Shared Mobility Device Selection Committee released their ...

  • Aug 21, 09:22 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only E.P.A.’s New Coal Pollution Rules Will Lead to More Deaths, Agency’s Numbers Show

    Want climate news in your inbox?Sign upfor ourClimate Fwd:newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday made public the details of its new pollution rules governing coal-burning power plants, and the fine print includes an acknowledgment that the plan would increase carbon emissions and lead to up to 1,400 premature deaths annually. The proposal, the Affordable Clean Energy ...

  • Aug 21, 10:03 AM | Dallas Observer

    Much of Hurricane-Caused Air Pollution Could've Been Avoided, Report Says

    When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott preemptively declared Hurricane Harvey a disaster last Aug. 23, chemical plants and oil refineries in the Corpus Christi area shut down before rain from the storm even started falling, according to a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project. That minimized unnecessary air pollution caused by the shutdowns. Plants in Houston didn't shut down early, waiting ...

  • Aug 21, 09:32 AM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only EDITORIAL: Even as California gets hotter and drier, lawmakers continue to punt on wildfire liability

    Aug. 21--The most intense debate in the California Legislature this summer was also the wonkiest: Whether to lift the requirement that investor-owned electric utilities such as Southern California Edison reimburse property owners for losses caused when their electrical equipment sparks a fire, even if the utility did nothing wrong and could not have reasonably prevented the blaze. But alas, ...

  • Aug 21, 03:37 AM | Alaska Business Monthly

    Members Only Transforming Trash to Treasure: Alaska Nonprofits Divert 'Trash' from Landfills

    One of the most noble goals of three Alaska nonprofits--Habitat for Humanity Anchorage, Anchorage re:MADE, and Goodwill--is to help people get back on their feet by providing access to homes, job training, networking opportunities, and more. What people may not realize, however, is that they are able to fund many of these programs by also helping the environment. Habitat Anchorage Restore ...

  • Aug 21, 08:03 AM | Associated Press

    Atlanta leaders seek more details on Amazon-sized project

    ATLANTA (AP) — As Amazon.com prepares to select its site for a second headquarters, Atlanta leaders want to know more about plans for a colossal development project downtown. Atlanta city council members want to know how much public money will be spent to develop an underused site known as "The Gulch." More details could emerge at their Tuesday meeting. Planning documents show the project ...

  • Aug 21, 07:36 AM | Bangor Daily News

    Bangor Moves to Reclaim Park from Rowdy Behavior

    Aug. 21--Behind the Shaw's on Main Street and down the sloping grass of Second Street park, a low-slung concrete wall cuts along the park's wooded boundary. It's referred to as "the wall," and it has grown into one the city's more popular outdoor hangouts this summer -- mostly for teenagers, but also adults whose drinking and rowdy behavior spurred the police department to increase its patrols ...

  • Aug 21, 05:13 AM | just-style

    Members Only Walmart commits to zero waste by 2025

    Byline: Beth Wright US retail giant Walmart has committed to achieving "zero waste" in its own operations in Canada, Japan, the UK and the US by 2025. To achieve this goal, the retailer says it will measure waste, reduce waste from non-food items and packaging, and reduce food waste in its operations. According to the company's 2018 Global Responsibility Report, Walmart diverted 81% of unsold ...

  • Aug 21, 04:05 AM | The Denver Post

    Boulder affordable housing project in trouble after development deal falls through

    BOULDER The dissolution of a public-private partnership is putting a planned Boulder Junction project at the former Pollard Motors site in jeopardy. Facing a tight deadline and uncertain funding, the city and its remaining partner are unsure if the deal can be pulled off in time to save 179 affordable homes and cost-limited retail space meant to boost local small businesses. A joint ...

  • Aug 21, 03:56 AM | US Official News

    Members Only UGA alumnus contributes to the Motor City's makeover

    Athens, GA : University of Georgia has issued the following news release: In 2009, months after the financial market crashed and as the housing crisis was at its worst, people were fleeing Detroit in droves. That same year, Marcus Jones BSES '09 was getting drawn in. Over time, he committed to helping the city and its residents recover. As a UGA student from Decatur, Jones had studied ...

  • Aug 21, 03:51 AM | US Official News

    Members Only Cuomo Announces Agreement to Preserve Affordability for Middle-Class at Roosevelt Island Housing Development

    Albany: New York State Department of Public Service has issued the following document (news): Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an agreement that will preserve the affordability of Westview, a 361-apartment affordable housing development, for middle-class residents on Roosevelt Island for the next 30 years. Without the agreed upon affordability plan, the Westview owner could have taken ...

  • Aug 20, 03:50 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Woman fights for fair housing for more than 50 years

    WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law in 1968, Lee Porter, who had been battling housing discrimination in Bergen County for years, thought she would have to return to her career as a licensed X-ray technician. Instead, Porter, now 91, is still fighting for equal housing in New Jersey 50 years later as the executive director of the ...

  • Aug 21, 03:00 AM | Driftwood (University of New Orleans)

    Members Only Life on a plastic island: what it’s like to live near a landfill

    Here at The University of New Orleans, our recycling program is poised to make strides in making a difference in staying environmentally friendly, “We . . . plan on overhauling the recycling program and implementing more environmentally friendly practices on campus in general,” explains UNO Service Coalition vice president Michael Sinegar. “It‘s an exciting time to be involved in the program.” ...

  • Aug 20, 11:50 PM | Hartford Courant

    Rain, Humid Weather Cause Manchester Landfill Stench To Bubble Up

    Aug. 20--A nose-wrinkling stench that has periodically enveloped the area around the Manchester landfill returned recently as work on a solution continues. Responding to an increase in odor complaints, Public Works Director Tim Bockus said probable causes include the recent rainy, humid weather. But Bockus also said "it's important to note that the landfill gas collection project is still ...

  • Aug 20, 10:36 PM | Tribune

    Editorial: SLO County supervisors, here's your chance to encourage affordable housing

    Aug. 20--Fingers crossed. Tuesday may be the day the county Board of Supervisors takes meaningful action to increase the supply of housing in San Luis Obispo's unincorporated areas. By "housing," we don't mean golf course communities where townhomes go for $600,000 or more (not including HOA fees). We don't need any more exclusive developments that have been magnets for wealthy retirees ...

  • Aug 20, 09:53 PM | National Real Estate Investor

    Seattle Seethes Over Plan to Build High-Rise on Pearl Jam Haunt

    (Bloomberg)—Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Macklemore played there, as did the greats of an earlier era, such as Duke Ellington and Muddy Waters. Now, there’s a plan to tear down Seattle’s iconic Showbox theater to make way for a 44-story apartment tower -- and the city is erupting. For a town that prides itself for its outsize musical history, from Jimi Hendrix to the Grunge scene of the 1990s, ...

  • Aug 20, 08:55 PM | Shelby-Utica News

    Road widening to help support Amazon facility traffic

    SHELBY TOWNSHIP - With the 1-million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment facility expected to open this fall in Shelby Township, Macomb County recently completed a project on Mound Road, just south of 23 Mile Road, to be ready for increased traffic. The project wasn't major, said Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bryan Santo, but it was a necessary one, as the Amazon facility is expected ...

  • Aug 20, 08:13 PM | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Ben Carson says HUD is combating affordable housing crisis

    Aug. 21--U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department Secretary Ben Carson said Monday during a visit to a Beaver County public housing complex that the backlog of Americans seeking affordable housing is a "crisis" the Trump administration is working to address. Carson, a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon who endorsed Donald Trump after dropping out of the 2016 presidential race, told children ...

  • Aug 20, 07:03 PM | Associated Press

    Farmers protest California water plan aimed to save salmon

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of California farmers rallied at the Capitol on Monday to protest state water officials' proposal to increase water flows in a major California river, a move state and federal politicians called an overreach of power that would mean less water for farms in the Central Valley. "If they vote to take our water, this does not end there," said Republican state ...

  • Aug 20, 04:58 PM | Stateline.org

    A New Smoking Ban in Public Housing Roils Some Residents

    Aug. 20--Aug. 20--Larry Curry, left, and Delores Hall, right, light up outside the Barge Highrise senior housing complex in Atlanta, Georgia. A new nationwide ban on smoking in public housing has them hopping mad -- and relegated to smoking at a nearby bus stop. The Pew Charitable Trusts This article was updated to include comment from the Atlanta Housing Authority. ATLANTA -- It's August ...

  • Aug 20, 04:05 PM | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

    Hotel developer has big plans for historic downtown Columbus riverfront site

    Aug. 20--More than three years after a local attorney and the Historic Columbus Foundation joined forces to save and revitalize one of the city's most historic riverfront sites, a deal has been reached to put a restaurant and boutique hotel in City Mills. Columbus businessman Jack Pezold acquired a controlling interest in the historic City Mills property just north of the downtown TSYS campus ...

  • Aug 20, 03:18 PM | Daily News

    Litter an 'ongoing' issue for Kentucky county

    The Kentucky Division of Waste Management recently opened its annual grant cycle for litter and illegal dump cleanup along public roads – and Warren County will certainly be among applicants. "There's always an issue with litter, it never goes away," said Stan Reagan, coordinator for the Warren County Division of Environmental Planning and Assistance. "People never take the responsibility to ...

  • Aug 20, 02:06 PM | Bradenton Herald

    County to declare red tide state of emergency as tons of dead fish head to the landfill

    Aug. 20--Manatee -- Manatee County is expected to declare a local state of emergency in the wake of this year's persistent and devastating red tide bloom. An emergency declaration allows county officials to perform any emergency action, pay county staff overtime and coordinate special purchases to deal with the emergency at hand. ------ For the latest updates on red tide, sign up for breaking ...

  • Aug 20, 02:05 PM | Sacramento Bee

    Interior chief demands plan to pump more California water south

    Aug. 20--The Trump administration is accelerating efforts to pump more of Northern California's water to farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, setting up a bruising conflict with state officials and environmentalists. As farmers and others prepared for a water rally Monday on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke sent a memo to underlings demanding a plan within 15 ...

  • Aug 20, 10:06 AM | Dayton Daily News

    FAA approves runway expansion plan at Dayton-Wright Brothers' Airport

    Aug. 20--MIAMI TWP -- A runway extension and other improvements around the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport took a key step forward this month when the Federal Aviation Administration approved a long-range plan for the 527-acre site. However, any development will likely be years away. Terry Slaybaugh, director of aviation for the city of Dayton, which runs the airport, said the FAA approval was ...

  • Aug 20, 06:12 AM | Associated Press

    In the city that claims him, Ben Carson falls from grace

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The portrait used to hang in the hallway, welcoming children and parents to the Archbishop Borders School in Baltimore: a smiling Dr. Ben Carson in surgical scrubs, rubbing together the careful, steady hands that helped him become the nation's most famous black doctor. "The person who has the most to do with your success is you," it reads. That was before Carson's presidential ...

  • Aug 20, 08:36 AM | Post & Courier

    Regional Affordable Housing a Tough Sell in Charleston Area

    Cities outside of Seattle and King County have jointly invested $34 million in a regional housing trust fund, which has produced 2,575 units priced for a range of income levels. The city of Charlotte has committed $124 million to its housing trust fund since it was established in 2001. It has financed 6,797 new and redeveloped affordable units. Nashville, Tenn., has invested more than $27 ...

  • Aug 20, 09:32 AM | Seattle Times

    No Deal in Battle Over Seattle Plan to Upzone Neighborhoods

    Aug. 20--Seattle officials met behind closed doors with community-group leaders this summer to discuss a compromise over the city's plan to allow denser buildings in the urban cores of . The talks led nowhere, however, so both sides are now waiting for the outcome of the legal challenge brought by the group of an environmental review of the plan. "We're on pause," said City Councilmember Rob ...

  • Aug 20, 12:00 AM | The Mexia News

    A Refusal to Let Refuse Come

    About two dozen Axtell-area residents attended Limestone County commissioners court's Aug. 14 meeting to request the court's help in opposing a landfill Waco is planning to put in Axtell. The court had already prepared a resolution opposing the landfill to vote upon, but court members listened as about 11 people who had signed up to speak during the citizens' comments portion of the meeting ...

  • Aug 20, 09:11 AM | USAToday.com

    Members Only Nashville home-sharing concept puts some residents on edge

    Robert Piraino is concerned about his apartment building Olmsted Apartments, where new ownership will include short term rentals Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (George Walker IV / The Tennessean) NASHVILLE – Robert Piraino was just starting to feel at home, six months after moving into one of Nashville's newest luxury buildings, when an email arrived saying a new owner is ...

  • Aug 20, 09:37 AM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only A Historic Treasure — or 'a Junky Old Gas Station'?

    Aug. 20--Some Angelenos hail it as a rare survivor from a bygone era, a slice of Silver Lake history. Others deride it as a dilapidated gas station. Now the city is weighing whether to make it a historic monument -- a move that could complicate plans to build new apartments on Silver Lake Boulevard. The debate over whether to preserve the Silver Lake Texaco Service Station is the latest and ...

  • Aug 20, 05:57 AM | Austin Monitor

    Do 'flag lots' threaten Austin neighborhood character?

    No neighbors voiced opposition to the plans, but two members of the Planning Commission last Tuesday voiced concern about a developer's attempt to subdivide three large lots in East Austin to create "flag lots" that would each include two homes. The properties are at 2106 EM Franklin Ave. and 1191 and 1197 Greenwood Ave. Developers often seek flag lots when there is enough land on the property ...

  • Aug 20, 03:00 AM | The UTD Mercury (University of Texas - Dallas)

    Members Only New rail line to be built near Northside apartments, campus in Dallas

    Madison York Staff Writer POSTED 2 hours ago UTD transportation officials work in collaboration with Dallas Area Rapid Transit to enhance student experience, expand university facilities through new mode of transportation Dallas Area Rapid Transit is working closely with UTD to develop a new rail line that will run adjacent to the Northside complex. The new line, called Cotton Belt, is due to ...

  • Aug 20, 01:19 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Maui expects list of illegal vacation rentals this month

    WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui officials are expecting better results on cracking down on illegal vacation rentals with the help of a Colorado-based company hired to root out noncompliant properties. The Maui News reports the county Planning Department is expecting the first list of potentially illegal operators by the end of the month from LODGINGRevs, the company hired earlier this year. ...

  • Aug 20, 12:28 AM | Kalamazoo Gazette

    Members Only Medical marijuana operation to create 400 jobs

    Medical marijuana is coming to Marshall, and bringing jobs with it. Marijuana grower and processor Michigan Pure Med is planning to build a new headquarters in Marshall, creating about 400 jobs over five years. The business hopes to break ground within a month, said Scott Fleming, Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance CEO. The space will be more than 1 million square feet, the Battle ...

  • Aug 19, 10:30 PM | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    EDITORIAL: New map, tighter guidelines could help restrain misuse of city tax incentives

    Aug. 20--Some St. Louis aldermen are taking concrete steps to fix the city's out-of-control tax incentive system -- efforts that can go a long way to reassure creditors and the public that they're serious about tighter fiscal management. Far too many potential tax resources are flying out the window because of overly generous tax incentive programs that were supposed to go toward investment in ...

  • Aug 19, 08:31 PM | Associated Press

    California drops wildfire utility liability protection plan

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now. There's not enough time to settle the contentious and complex issues involved before the legislative session ends Aug. 31, Napa Democratic Sen. Bill Dodd told the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday. "It was a tough ...

  • Aug 19, 12:57 PM | Observer-Reporter

    OP-ED: The Pennsylvania land banks question

    An amendment to Pennsylvania's law regarding land banks could result in less duplication, greater efficiency and more properties returned to productive use. But there must be a solid accountability regimen, concludes an analysis by the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy. Indeed, the number of government-directed land banks has exploded in the Keystone State since 2014. Then there were four. ...

  • Aug 19, 11:03 AM | The Santa Fe New Mexican

    New Santa Fe-area housing coalition aims to act, not just talk

    Aug. 19--Plenty of talk surrounds the housing crunch in Santa Fe. The numbers move around -- a several-thousand-unit shortage sometimes fluctuates depending on who's citing the gap -- but the conversation, and the shared recognition of a community issue, is consistent. The Santa Fe Housing Action Coalition, a broad collection of activists and stakeholders, wants to make something of all that ...

  • Aug 19, 07:47 AM | The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

    Downtown Bozeman looks at infrastructure, green spaces in planning for future

    With demand for hundreds of new downtown housing units anticipated in the coming decades, city leaders have been looking for input on how to plan for the growth. Downtown Bozeman is working with local and national consultants and holding community meetings to determine what the area will look like and how people will get around. Infrastructure and development, expectedly, were hot topics, and ...

  • Aug 19, 06:20 AM | Waco Tribune-Herald

    Little spaces need lots of thought to be home

    Baylor University clinical assistant professor Ann Theriot has lived in her new small home on Tyler Street for about three months, but sometimes has to think hard where to find something. Is it in the drawer tucked under the first step of the stairs? Behind the door in the back of her upstairs closet? The broom closet under the stairs that looks like Harry Potter's room in the Dursleys' house? ...

  • Aug 19, 05:57 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Jefferson Parish landfill stench might persist for six months

    Fixing the Jefferson Parish landfill's major problems might take six months, officials said Friday, a prospect that did not sit well with dozens of residents demanding answers and action to eliminate "overwhelming and unlivable" odors. "It's probably going to get worse before it gets better," said Louisiana Environmental Quality Secretary Chuck Carr Brown. Over two hours at a special Parish ...

  • Aug 19, 05:18 AM | Leader-Telegram

    Foxconn lease for Haymarket Landing upsets some who envisioned riverside restaurant

    Aug. 19--From the time developers first talked six years ago about building a massive project at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers that would be the centerpiece of Eau Claire's downtown revitalization efforts, a key component was a restaurant offering spectacular river views. The restaurant, which was to include a patio with outside dining, was proposed for the retail space ...

  • Aug 18, 11:31 PM | The Santa Fe New Mexican

    New housing coaltion aims to act, not just talk, about issue

    Aug. 19--Plenty of talk surrounds the housing crunch in Santa Fe. The numbers move around -- a several-thousand-unit shortage sometimes fluctuates depending on who's citing the gap -- but the conversation, and the shared recognition of a community issue, is consistent. The Santa Fe Housing Action Coalition, a broad collection of activists and stakeholders, wants to make something of all that ...

  • Aug 18, 10:47 PM | Star Tribune

    EDITORIAL: Twin Cities area needs new strategy on affordable housing

    Aug. 18--Housing has become a fighting matter in Minneapolis this summer. It's routinely called a crisis in St. Paul. The latest numbers emanating from the regional planning shop at the Metropolitan Council help explain why, and bear notice. The most recent MetroStats report describes this region's population and housing trends between 2010 and 2017. Those are years in which much of the large ...

  • Aug 18, 10:45 PM | Post & Courier

    The uncertain fate of North Charleston's tallest building, and tens of millions of taxpayer dollars

    As Charleston County develops plans to construct a new office building instead of renovating the former Charleston Naval Hospital, here are some of the unanswered questions: Will a private developer make a tempting offer for the former hospital, or for some or all of the nearly 24-acre property where it sits? If so, will the county sell and build elsewhere? How much will it cost for Charleston ...

  • Aug 18, 09:24 PM | San Bernardino County Sun

    With death of solar farm project, warring cities explore shared control of Tres Hermanos Ranch

    Aug. 18--Diamond Bar, Chino Hills and the City of Industry are negotiating a joint partnership that would give each city partial control over the 2,500-acre Tres Hermanos Ranch, one of the largest swaths of open space left in the region, according to sources close to the discussions. Late last month, Diamond Bar and Chino Hills agreed to freeze their lawsuits against Industry for 90 days to ...

  • Aug 18, 08:07 PM | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Fact check: Is Santa Cruz's rent control ballot measure more extreme than laws in other cities?

    Aug. 19--SANTA CRUZ -- Cynthia Berger worked in Silicon Valley, before the economy crashed and she was forced to live in her car for a year. Now, Berger has a job that pays enough to cover her food, rent and car insurance costs, but continues to hear the stories of others struggling to afford housing through Santa Cruz Tenant Association's hotline, which she set up in 2014. Berger said renters ...

  • Aug 18, 03:36 PM | Tribune

    As housing prices rise, SLO County supervisors look at big policy change

    Aug. 18--The last time the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors had a big conversation about housing, the average price of homes was $100,000 cheaper than it is now. On Tuesday, they plan to discuss a package of housing policies in what will be their most comprehensive discussion on the issue since 2016. Representatives of the county Planning and Building Department have a list of ...

  • Aug 18, 02:35 PM | Portsmouth Herald

    Editorial: TIFs can be a good choice for economic development

    Before the plaza opened in 2016, the City Council established a tax increment financing district around the area and approved the borrowing of $5 million in bonds to make the development happen. The newly amended agreement between the city and developer Waterstone Retail brings the city's total bonded amount to $7.43 million. Within minutes of being posted to our Facebook page, Rochester city ...

  • Aug 18, 09:59 AM | Oregonian

    Members Only Company: Lax rules allow mercury pollution

    Oregon regulators are letting a landfill operator two hours east of Portland send poisonous mercury into the air without the environmental controls that companies face in other states, a leading competitor alleges. Chemical Waste Management’s landfill in Arlington accepts hazardous waste from oil refineries and heats it up in a process that reclaims oil, which can then be resold. If not ...

  • Aug 18, 09:33 AM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only EDITORIAL: A downtown streetcar is not desired

    Aug. 18--Last week the Los Angeles City Council approved a nearly $600-million financial plan to build and operate a streetcar on a nearly four-mile loop in downtown. Yet despite the cascade of public dollars being pledged to the project, there's still considerable skepticism over whether the streetcar will -- or even should -- be built. The streetcar was first pitched more than a decade ago ...

  • Aug 18, 07:03 AM | Boston Herald

    Worcester wins PawSox with new stadium complex

    Aug. 18--The Woo Sox are coming to New England's second largest city in an economic grand slam that will include a 10,000-seat stadium, new apartments, two hotels, retail space and easy access to the big-league team via the Mass Pike. The Red Sox and Worcester city officials announced the major league move yesterday, with the AAA affiliate set to jettison its home in Pawtucket by 2021. "The ...

  • Aug 18, 04:34 AM | Chicago Sun-Times

    Elon Musk’s O’Hare express project is ‘fool’s gold,’ Vallas says

    Visionary billionaire Elon Musk's plan to build a “Tesla-in-a-tunnel” transit line to whisk travelers between downtown and O'Hare Airport in 12 minutes is “fool's gold” that will “collapse of its own weight,” mayoral challenger Paul Vallas said Friday. Vallas flatly predicted that the $1 billion project would never get built because of concerns ranging from environmental impacts, regulatory ...

  • Aug 17, 11:37 PM | The Fresno Bee

    Kings County lays down the law on high-speed rail trucks

    Aug. 17--Kings County Supervisor Doug Verboon, a critic of California High-Speed Rail being routed through the rural county, called the California Highway Patrol last week to complain about too many trucks on the road from the rail construction project. The trucks are tearing up county roads and some are unsafe due to lack of maintenance and inspection, he said. The California Highway Patrol ...

  • Aug 17, 10:52 PM | Star Tribune

    Much-loved St. Paul Woolworth's reopens as eco-forward office space

    Aug. 18--The former Woolworth store in downtown St. Paul could soon be full of people again, this time with office workers instead of clamoring shoppers. The building on the corner of Minnesota Street and 7th Place will officially open this month as the 428 after a year of renovations to transform it from a long-shuttered five-and-dime store into modern offices. "This was just a building that ...

  • Aug 17, 10:20 PM | Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester's approach to PawSox shift made all the difference

    Aug. 18--WORCESTER -- In a move that is shaking the foundations of minor league baseball in particular, and professional baseball as a whole, the Pawtucket Red Sox plan to move here for the 2021 International League baseball season. The team and city announced yesterday that they have signed a letter of intent to build a ballpark and engage in a major redevelopment of the Canal District ...

  • Aug 17, 09:05 PM | The Bakersfield Californian

    City hopes new ordinance can help improve its image

    Aug. 17--The Bakersfield City Council earlier this week approved a tweak to landscaping standards that will affect nearly every new major construction project within the city. "I think it's going to make our city look a lot better and help us with our rebranding and improving the look of the town," said Bakersfield City Councilman Bruce Freeman. "It's a long time in coming. It's just something ...

  • Aug 17, 08:34 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel

    Fort Lauderdale seeks developer to convert ground floor of downtown garage into retail center

    Aug. 18--FORT LAUDERDALE -- The city of Fort Lauderdale, which is seeking to capitalize on a surge in population in the central business district, is seeking a developer to convert the entire ground floor of its multi-level municipal parking garage downtown. Dubbed the Riverwalk Center, the proposed project would entail commercial and retail space, along with space for private and public ...

  • Aug 17, 08:12 PM | Post-Bulletin

    Lake City council split over continuing Hwy. 61 project

    Aug. 17--LAKE CITY -- On a 4-2 vote, the Lake City City Council Thursday approved a preliminary layout on the U.S. Highway 61 reconstruction and lane realignment. That approval also directed the city and engineers from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to include planning for up to $1.339 million of amenities including lighting and landscaping along Hwy. 61 and the riverwalk area ...

  • Aug 17, 03:20 AM | WBUR - 90.9 FM

    Boston Reduces Chronic Homelessness as it Rises Nationally

    Boston has reduced chronic homelessness 20 percent since 2016, according to new data to be released by the city Thursday. This decrease has happened at the same time the problem is growing nationally, city officials say. A U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development report found chronic homelessness increased 12 percent between 2016 and 2017. The city launched an "action plan" to end ...

  • Aug 17, 06:47 AM | The Anniston Star

    Developer to Convert Former High School to Assisted Living Facility

    Aug. 17--HEFLIN -- A facility once used by Cleburne County residents in their early years is to be transformed to take care of them in their later years. The old Cleburne County High School in Heflin has been bought by developer Lathan & Coleman LLC to be converted into an assisted living and memory care community, according to a press release issued late Thursday afternoon. L & C will begin ...

  • Aug 17, 04:15 AM | Chicago Sun-Times

    Fulton Market Tower Plans to be a Pioneer in Keeping Business Rents Affordable

    Chicago's affordable housing crisis is a big issue in the mayor's race — so much so that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is resurrecting the disbanded Department of Housing and proposing a parade of programs to help longtime residents stay in gentrifying neighborhoods. But what about keeping rents affordable so keep small businesses also aren’t pushed out of booming neighborhoods? A 13-story office tower ...

  • Aug 17, 06:26 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Close the public landfill? Here's what happened last time.Jefferson was triedLandfill

    Jefferson Parish tried nine years ago to close its landfill and send its garbage to a private dump, in a deal touted by politicians as saving taxpayers an estimated $20 million. That initiative collapsed amid lawsuits and a federal criminal investigation. Now there's a new effort to shutter the landfill. This one is driven by East Jefferson residents furious about persistent awful odors that ...

  • Aug 17, 05:51 AM | The Huffington Post

    Members Only Hurricane María Has Renewed Puerto Rico's Fight Against Coal Ash

    HUMACAO, Puerto Rico ―It’s 7 a.m. on a Monday, but already 19 people are at the gates of the El Coquí landfill to protest disposal of coal ash. Five of them, including Carmelo García, have been here since before dawn. Some protesters wear white T-shirts that say “For Your Health, Zero Ashes” in Spanish, while others hold a banner that reads,“No Ash Cancer.” Nine police officers and company ...

  • Aug 17, 05:45 AM | Waco Tribune-Herald

    Limestone County joins fight against Waco landfillLimestone County Commissioners Court formally opposes Waco landfill plan

    Limestone County leaders took a stand this week against the city of Waco's proposal to place the majority of a 502-acre landfill on their side of the boundary with McLennan County. The Limestone County Commissioners Court on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution formally opposing the plans for the landfill, most of which would sit in Limestone County near the intersection of State Highway ...

  • Aug 17, 03:30 AM | Global Railway Review

    Transforming NYC rail infrastructure for a better freight distribution system

    New York has long been a pioneer in supply chain management. Decades before the creation of interstate highways, North America's largest city created innovative transportation technology, introducing steamboats, Clipper Ships, inland canals and railroads. This complex system evolved into a highly sophisticated urban distribution network with lighterage barges and railroad car floats; this ...

  • Aug 17, 03:03 AM | The New York Daily News

    De Blasio signs bills to end 'environmental racism' by curbing waste transfer stations in some neighborhoods

    Aug. 17--On Thursday, the trash talk got real. Mayor de Blasio signed legislation that will limit the volume of garbage that can be handled at four of the city's waste transfer stations, located in neighborhoods he deemed overrun with refuse. "For a long, long time there was not an honest discussion of the fact that we all created garbage, but only some neighborhoods had to deal with it," de ...

  • Aug 17, 03:02 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Plans for power station project revamped

    Amid concerns that their original plans to transform the L Street Power Station would overwhelm its South Boston neighborhood, developers hoping to transform the shuttered plant have come back with a new, slightly scaled-back version. Hilco Redevelopment Partners and Redgate Capital on Thursday filed new plans with state and city officials that would trim nearly 250 units of housing from their ...

  • Aug 17, 02:14 AM | City & State

    5 things to know about the Inwood rezoning

    Last week, the New York City Council passed the highly contentious rezoning plan for the Upper Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood, often referred to as the last affordable neighborhood in Manhattan. The approved upzoning is meant to spur residential and commercial growth in the area while also allowing for the development of new affordable housing units, a key goal of New York City Mayor Bill de ...

  • Aug 17, 01:58 AM | Westword

    Shipping Container Taqueria TacoBlock Runs Afoul of Zoning Rules

    Steel shipping containers are being repurposed into everything from swimming pools to full-on restaurants in Denver. Last summer, Adrian and Brenda Bonilla converted a twenty-foot container into a semi-permanent taqueria called TacoBlock, which was slinging tacos for neighbors and workers in the light-industrial area of Athmar Park until May 5, when their food-truck license expired. But after ...

  • Aug 17, 12:49 AM | Bay City Times

    Members Only Turbine plan gets blowback from residents

    Monitor Township residents voiced opposition Tuesday to building wind turbines in the area and how the planning commission has handled the process. After hearing the complaints, the planning commission voted unanimously to create a committee to look at the issue of wind turbines in the township. The committee will consist of nine members: three commission members, three residents who support ...

  • Aug 17, 12:49 AM | Grand Rapids Press

    Members Only City develops plan to support bicycling Action plan aims to create a ‘world-class community' for people who commute using bikes, officials say

    City officials want Grand Rapids to be a "world-class community for bicycling." That's why they've developed a "bicycle action plan," which provides direction for the future of bicycling facilities, routes, programs, policies and other infrastructure needed to support bicycling for all purposes. The plan was born out of a recommendation in the 2016 Vital Streets Plan and has reached the public ...

  • Aug 17, 12:49 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Living in: Battery Park City: A Resort-Like Community Built on Landfill

    Once a landfill and a set of dilapidated piers, Battery Park City has grown during its 50-year history into a vibrant community that one resident recently likened to a resort or a cruise ship, and others to a bucolic suburb. “It seems like everyone knows everybody,” said Glenn Plaskin, a journalist and author in his 60s who moved into Gateway Plaza, the neighborhood’s first residential ...

  • Aug 16, 11:21 PM | Orange County Register

    What's next for Downtown Disney, now that the hotel project is on hold?

    Aug. 16--Tourists walked past empty, shuttered restaurants at Anaheim's Downtown Disney Thursday, seemingly oblivious to the fact that, under different circumstances, the buildings wouldn't even be there. If everything had gone as planned, businesses such as the popular Rainforest Cafe -- which in the summer would typically have lines out the door -- would already be bulldozed, in preparation ...

  • Aug 16, 10:56 PM | Star Tribune

    Developer seeks more feedback on former Ford plant site in St. Paul

    Aug. 17--What was originally billed as a glimpse Thursday of what's in store for the former Ford Motor Co. factory site in St. Paul's Highland Park became simply another chance for Ryan Cos. to collect feedback on the city's biggest potential development project in generations. In a statement shared with the community, Ryan officials said they recently realized "that a few elements of our plan ...

  • Aug 16, 10:23 PM | The Herald-Tribune

    Judge drastically reduces $49.8 million judgment against City of Sarasota

    Aug. 17--SARASOTA -- A county court judge has dramatically reduced a historic $49.8 million civil judgment a jury awarded to a private developer in a civil breach-of-contract case the city lost earlier this year. County Court Judge Erika Quartermaine on Thursday ordered the nearly $50 million judgment be reduced to $1.4 million plus interest because the losses developer Buck-Leiter claimed to ...

  • Aug 16, 09:42 PM | The Press Democrat

    Low-income renters face difficult search for housing in Sonoma County after October wildfires

    Aug. 16--The notice to vacate was taped to Rotha Rice's Rohnert Park apartment door the first week of May. She was expecting it, given she'd heard from neighbors that Americana Apartments was terminating the leases of every tenant enrolled in a federal housing subsidy program. Rice, 74, was given 90 days to leave the place she has called home since 2006, when she moved into the complex on the ...

  • Aug 16, 09:15 PM | Virginian-Pilot

    After years of mold problems and frustrated tenants, Portsmouth officials say they have a fix

    Aug. 16--PORTSMOUTH -- About two dozen tenants confronted the city's Housing Authority boss at a news conference Thursday morning to accuse him of neglecting a mold infestation at the Hamilton Place apartment complex. "Stop putting us off," Vanessa Britt told Executive Director Edward Bland and contractors hired to fix the mold as they faced a pair of news cameras. "It's y'all's responsibility ...

  • Aug 16, 07:34 PM | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    This commuter rail service is more than a way for passengers to get to DFW Airport

    Aug. 17--GRAPEVINE -- If you've noticed more trains rolling in to Grapevine this week, it might be TEXRail, which is expanding its test runs to the city. TEXRail is a 27-mile commuter rail line that runs from Fort Worth to Terminal B at DFW Airport. There are stops in Fort Worth, North Richland Hills and Grapevine. "We are extremely proud of TEXRail, and it will set the premium," said Bob ...

  • Aug 16, 06:51 PM | The MetroWest Daily News

    Residents sound off on Melone bidsAttendees seem to prefer Quarry North housing project

    SUDBURY - A suggested land swap dominated a public hearing about the three bids to develop the Melone property on Rte. 117 at Town Hall Tuesday night. The town is weighing three bids to develop the Melone property, a former gravel pit made up of 46.6 acres of land with 16.4 acres of that land located in Concord. San Diego-based EDF Renewables submitted a proposal for a solar farm, Quarry North ...

  • Aug 16, 05:52 PM | Tampa Bay Times

    Members Only Clearwater is looking for resident input on redevelopment plan

    Aug. 16--CLEARWATER -- Citizens can give feedback on the city's $52 million Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment plan at two public meetings this month. Hired consultants submitted preliminary engineering plans for the project June 22, two months later than scheduled. The early design closely mirrors what was laid out in the conceptual plan finalized in February 2017. Imagine Clearwater ...

  • Aug 16, 05:42 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Skilled-trade training program helps Milwaukee residents

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — When Ezzard White launched One Hope Made Strong, a free skilled-trades training program for young men and women living in the central city, he had no workshop, little equipment and no staff. It was fall 2013 and the construction industry, which had ground to a halt in the 2008-9 recession, was still stagnant. But White, a retired electricity and electronics teacher who owns ...

  • Aug 16, 04:52 PM | Monitor

    San Benito has 45 days to complete wetland project

    Aug. 16--SAN BENITO -- The clock is ticking. The city has about 45 days to use the remainder of an $86,000 state grant to complete a decade-old project to turn 12 old sewer ponds into a 40-acre wildlife sanctuary. "We'll close on time," Bernard Rodriguez, the city's planning director, said yesterday. Earlier this week, city commissioners awarded a $29,738 contract to Donna-based Saenz Brothers ...

  • Aug 16, 04:50 PM | Chelmsford Independent

    Zoning plan draws crowdNeighbors ask questions, protest Rte. 40 proposal at Planning Board meeting

    A large crowd turned out at the Aug. 8 Planning Board meeting to voice concerns and opposition to a proposed overlay district plan for North Chelmsford's Route 40 area. So many residents came that the Planning Board urged some to sit in an adjoining room with sound access. Planning Board Chairman Michael Raisbeck asked the gathering to save comments and input for the public hearing, set for ...

  • Aug 16, 03:13 PM | Lakeshore Weekly News

    Cold-storage building to become key part of Minnehaha Creek Greenway

    HOPKINS - The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board of Managers has awarded Rogers-based Veit & Co. the contract for demolition of 325 Blake Road, an industrial site in Hopkins that will become a transit-oriented, integrated residential development on a stretch of restored Minnehaha Creek. Demolition, which is being timed to coincide with the reconstruction of Blake Road, is expected to ...

  • Aug 16, 02:55 PM | The New Orleans Advocate

    New Orleans council calls for plan to treat childhood trauma, but unclear how it will be funded

    Claiming that past policies have done little for children in turmoil, the New Orleans City Council called Thursday for a new strategy to treat children in the city who have been exposed to trauma. The council passed a resolution asking the Orleans Parish Children and Youth Planning Board to offer recommendations by this time next year on how best to tackle childhood trauma. The focus will be ...

  • Aug 16, 01:05 PM | Investor's Business Daily

    Members Only Affordable Housing Crisis: What You Must Know About The Housing Bubble

    A decade after the housing crash triggered the Great Recession, housing markets in many of America's most dynamic cities have hit a different kind of wall. More Americans are now looking to exit job magnets like San Francisco and Seattle than are being drawn by opportunity. Who can blame them when the home supply is limited, the housing bubble puts prices out of reach, and the affordable ...

  • Aug 16, 01:02 PM | Bristol Herald Courier

    City of Norton receives $3.5 million to redevelop abandoned mines

    NORTON, Va. -- Vacant land which held a historic mine will be turned into flat, developable land for new business and jobs thanks to a sizable grant. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy announced the Norton Development Authority received a $3.5 million grant. The money was part of $10 million received by the department to help identify abandoned mine sites that could be ...

  • Aug 16, 12:54 PM | Associated Press

    Group sues to expand protected orca habitat along West Coast

    SEATTLE (AP) — An environmental group sued President Donald Trump's administration Thursday to make officials move more quickly to protect the Pacific Northwest's endangered orcas. The recent grieving of one whale for her dead calf and scientists' extraordinary attempts to save another from starvation highlight the urgency of their plight, the Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological ...

  • Aug 16, 12:30 PM | Post-Star

    Developer seeks zoning change for 73-unit affordable housing off Broad Street

    Aug. 15--GLENS FALLS -- A Westchester County developer is proposing a mixed use building with 73 affordable apartments and commercial space on a stretch of land on Broad Street between Steve's Place and Hill Electric Supply Co. Regan Development Corp. wants to put up two connected, four-story buildings on six parcels of land that cover about 4 acres, bordered by Broad, Frederick and Staple ...

  • Aug 16, 11:59 AM | Salina Journal

    River revivalProject seeks to provide recreational opportunities

    About 40 state officials arrived in Salina Wednesday morning on a bus to hear plans for the revival of the Smoky Hill River as part of an annual field conference centered on Kansas natural resources organized by the Kansas Geological Survey. Martha Tasker, Salina's utilities director, said the goals of the Smoky Hill River renewal project are to increase water quality and quantity; add ...

  • Aug 16, 10:37 AM | Palm Beach Post

    After backlash, Delray rebuffs controversial West Atlantic land deal

    Aug. 16--DELRAY BEACH -- A small group of Delray Beach residents eked out a victory for their neighborhood Wednesday evening, when they convinced a city board to walk back a controversial land deal. The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency was poised to sell six acres of land along West Atlantic Avenue valued at $15 million to a developer for just $2 million. But after hours of backlash ...

  • Aug 16, 10:36 AM | Erie Times-News

    Millcreek hires firm to address failed stormwater system

    Millcreek Township supervisors took steps Tuesday to address a landslide in the Wolf Run development off West Lake Road. About 50 feet of land slid into a nearby ravine in late July, township supervisors said. One family temporarily has moved out of their home until the problem is resolved, township officials said. "There's basically a small canyon coming toward the property," Millcreek ...

  • Aug 16, 10:32 AM | Daily Times-Call

    Comment sought on health chapter for Boulder County Comprehensive Plan

    Aug. 16--Boulder County is inviting residents to a Monday night open house in Longmont to kick off the process of adding a chapter on public health to the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan. The plan is Boulder County's policy document that guides land use decisions for unincorporated parts of the county. Adding a health chapter would reflect the county's commitment to "health for all," county ...

  • Aug 16, 10:31 AM | Duluth News-Tribune

    Lake Superior railway seeks historic designation

    Aug. 16--Efforts to preserve the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad received a boost this week, when the Duluth Planning Commission voted 8-0 in support of designating the line a local historic resource. The future of the volunteer-run scenic railway has been thrown into question by a pending cleanup of the former U.S. Steel mill site in Gary-New Duluth. The Superfund project likely will ...

  • Aug 16, 10:03 AM | Dayton Daily News

    An I-70 travel headache is over with the opening of a new bridge

    Aug. 16--As of early Friday evening, the Arlington Bridge over Interstate 70 in Brookville opened to drivers after months of closure. The $5.3 million project -- paid for by the Ohio Department of Transportation -- closed the bridge on March 5 for reconstruction. "The city feels like it is a game changer, a gateway of our community," said Brokville city manager Gary Burkholder, who received ...

  • Aug 15, 11:07 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Found in the Weeds: A 65-Foot Piece of the Berlin Wall

    BERLIN — When a neighborhood group on a walk through an overgrown patch of land in central Berlin came across a 20-meter stretch of concrete sprayed with graffiti and covered with vines, nobody was sure what to make of it. “We started debating and someone suggested that maybe it was part of the Berlin Wall,” said Ephraim Gothe, a city councilor for urban development in the Mitte district of ...