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  • May 27, 03:06 AM | Boston Globe, The (MA)

    Members Only Plans for Tech Hub Take Root in South End

    A vestige of Boston’s old economy could soon become a hub for its new economy. The buyers of the Boston Flower Exchange property unveiled plans Thursday to turn the 5.6-acre warehouse facility on Albany Street in the South End into a tech office campus they hope could rival Kendall Square in Cambridge, employing as many as 5,000 to 10,000 people. Officials with the Abbey Group — which ...

  • May 27, 01:05 AM | Light Reading

    Members Only Smart Cities: Rapidly Developing Like Molasses

    Texas, May 25 -- At the "Getting Smarter About Smart Cities" panel session at the Big Communications Event this week, panelists enumerated some of the challenges unique to municipal technology projects: In short, simply getting a municipal project off the ground may require as much innovation as goes into the technology itself. Austin's IT architect Ted Lehr was asked about city planning. He ...

  • May 26, 05:39 PM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Report Warns of Climate Change Disasters That Rival Hollywood’s

    Stonehenge eroding under the forces of extreme weather. The city of Venice slowly collapsing into its canals. The gradual flooding of the Statue of Liberty. Images like these, familiar from Hollywood climate-catastrophe thrillers, were evoked by a joint report, released on Thursday by Unesco, the United Nations Environment Program and the Union of Concerned Scientists, that detailed the threat ...

  • May 27, 09:28 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Federal judge weighs order to halt homeless camp sweeps

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge is weighing whether to issue an order barring Fort Wayne from conducting periodic sweeps of the city's homeless camps. The judge took the request for a preliminary injunction under advisement Thursday after two days of hearings in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne. The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1sSPvl4 ) a homeless man who sued ...

  • May 27, 01:13 AM | Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA)

    Members Only Lee County wind farm project gains new life

    DIXON, Ill. - A long-delayed wind farm project in north-central Illinois has gained an extension from officials in Lee County. The Green River project would erect up to 60 wind turbines on 13,500 acres. The Lee County Board on Monday approved the extension of permits for the venture. The vote was 14-9. Edina, Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy is developing the wind farm, which it acquired in ...

  • May 26, 09:15 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune (CA)

    Homes OK'd near OB called dangerous precedent

    May 26--SAN DIEGO -- San Diego's Planning Commission approved two relatively large homes near Ocean Beach on Thursday that angry residents are calling a dangerous precedent and a threat to the area's small-scale charm. Many Ocean Beach residents also complain they were denied a chance to weigh in on the project because it's about 20 feet outside the community boundary. The 0.11-acre property ...

  • May 26, 08:45 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel (FL)

    Hollywood may end beach beverage ban but crack down on grills, tents

    May 26--Spending the day at the beach? Better not count on water or canopy tents to keep you cool. The city has a law on the books banning all beverages and food on most of Hollywood's beach, with fines from $50 to $200 for repeat violations. But commissioners agree the law, which is not enforced, needs to be removed. What also needs to be removed from the beach, they say, are barbecue grills ...

  • May 26, 07:19 PM | Saudi Press Agency (Saudi Arabia)

    NY approves $27B MTA improvement plan; Skanska-Posillico awarded $60M track-building contract

    Dive Brief: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomos $27 billion 2015-19 Metropolitan Transit Authority Capital Program cleared its final hurdle this week with approval from the Capital Plan Review Board, the governors office announced in a press release Tuesday. Cuomo's plan, which involves an $8.3 billion investment from the state this year, represents the largest MTA infrastructure investment in New ...

  • May 26, 07:10 PM | Buffalo News (NY)

    Airbnb confronted with growing pains in Niagara Falls

    May 26--NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls Council Member Kristen Grandinetti was trying to follow the rules and "jump through the hoops" when she appeared before the Planning Board Wednesday, requesting that a room in her home be registered as a bed and breakfast. Grandinetti said her participation in the Airbnb home-sharing service recently came to light when a building inspector singled her out ...

  • May 26, 05:39 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Kings County won't appeal California high-speed rail ruling

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kings County officials have opted not to appeal a judge's ruling against Central Valley landowners in their ongoing lawsuit against California's high-speed rail project, clearing another legal hurdle to the bullet train. The county's attorney, Colleen Carlson, said Thursday that county supervisors voted 4-0 this week against appealing a Sacramento County Superior ...

  • May 26, 04:39 PM | Springfield Republican, The (MA)

    Members Only Volunteers sought for river water monitoring

    Water quality sampling needed Volunteers are sought to help monitor water quality in the Connecticut River this summer, from the second week in June through the beginning of October. Participants must commit to collect a water sample at one site each Wednesday morning between 7 and 9 a.m., and bring that sample to the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission office at 60 Congress St. in Springfield ...

  • May 26, 01:07 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Salt Lake City council wary of unlimited building heights

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Members of Salt Lake City's council say they are concerned about scrapping limits on building heights at the downtown convention center to allow a tall hotel to be built on the property. The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1U9noUq ) reported Thursday that during a recent public hearing councilmembers said they are hesitant about authorizing unlimited building heights, as ...

  • May 26, 10:36 AM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)

    Members Only Building boom: Can Atlanta's tree 'massacre' be stopped?

    May 26--Longtime Atlanta resident Scottie Johnson loves the water oak on the boundary of her yard. It provides shade her for 1920s-era home and habitat for local wildlife. But she also worries that eventual redevelopment in her desirable Virginia-Highland neighborhood could doom that tree and dozens of other trees on her street. "People come in and they are from the suburbs, and they are used ...

  • May 26, 10:07 AM | Dayton Daily News (OH)

    Big boulders headed for $4 million River Run project

    May 26--Large boulders will be headed for the Great Miami River downtown within months as the RiverScape River Run canoe and kayak park enters its next construction phase. In about 30 days, workers will begin building a temporary dam that will lower the river so the park's second fast-water feature can be built. John Shadey, a consultant working with Five Rivers MetroParks, spent his Wednesday ...

  • May 26, 05:15 AM | Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA)

    Study: Monterey Bay Community Power feasible, solar development may take time

    May 26--SANTA CRUZ -- Marin Clean Energy, the state's first publicly owned electricity retailer emphasizing renewable energy sources, is winning over skeptics. Growing from 6,000 to 174,000 customers in six years, the energy provider is hearing from neighboring cities that want in and serving as a role model for locals who want to launch in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties. A ...

  • May 26, 04:41 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Swap would make room for Underground Atlanta redevelopment

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta City Council could soon vote on a property swap involving a city-owned Buckhead golf course and state-owned land adjacent to the Underground Atlanta shopping complex, which is set for redevelopment. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://on-ajc.com/25iV75X ) reports the council's finance committee Wednesday forwarded the proposal to the council without a ...

  • May 26, 07:39 AM | Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL)

    City Eyes Zoning Fix for Microbreweries, Artisanal Businesses

    May 26--BLOOMINGTON -- With the buy-local movement catching on locally, city officials are looking at a zoning change to allow small-scale production of everything from craft beers to artisanal candles without forcing businesses to go to a manufacturing district. "Whether you make beer or cheese or soap or jewelry or something of the that nature, there needs to be a space for them to produce ...

  • May 25, 08:00 PM | Houston Chronicle (TX)

    Members Only Group Sues, Saying City Not Foing Enough to Prevent Flooding

    May 26--A group of Memorial City residents sued the city of Houston and one of its local redevelopment authorities Wednesday, complaining that they approved area commercial development without requiring adequate stormwater mitigation, resulting in increased neighborhood flooding. Claiming federal and state constitutional violations, the west Houston group Residents Against Flooding, joined by ...

  • May 25, 07:04 PM | Star-News (Wilmington, NC)

    What Makes a 'Good' Development in the Wilmington Area?

    May 25--SOUTHEASTERN N.C. -- People want more places to shop, to watch movies, to eat out, even to live -- but mostly not in their backyard. For developers and officials in and around Wilmington, a growing urban area that's surrounded by water and pocketed with wetlands, that can be a challenge as more people move to the region and natural growth eats up the easy-to-build areas. Crowded roads, ...

  • May 26, 09:33 AM | Record (Stockton, CA)

    Advocates: Mayor's homeless plan a good start

    May 26--STOCKTON -- The day after Anthony Silva presented "Operation: Safety Net" as a remedy for Stockton's homelessness issue, advocates for those who live on the streets and in shelters applauded the mayor for highlighting the problem at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. But the same advocates also issued words of caution about Silva's plan. "I think the initial proposal is a good ...

  • May 25, 04:43 PM | Deseret News (UT)

    A squeeze on farmland

    By Amy Joi O'Donoghue Deseret News LELAND, Utah County - Rex Larsen, a fifth generation rancher and farmer in an agricultural community south of Spanish Fork, often jokes with a neighbor of his about what new specialty crop may someday sprout in the fields and pastures around their homes. Where there was once barley, will there be a fast food restaurant? Where there was once lush pasture grass ...

  • May 26, 05:02 AM | San Antonio Express-News (TX)

    Members Only San Antonio considers changes to urban core housing incentive policy

    May 26--Developers in some near-downtown neighborhoods no longer would get city incentives under a new plan after officials acknowledged that a proliferation of high-density projects are changing the character of those neighborhoods in unanticipated ways. Instead, efforts would be focused on downtown itself, where hotels predominate and incentives have not had the desired outcome of fostering ...

  • May 25, 07:38 PM | Associated Press

    Flooded homeowners sue Houston, alleging negligence

    HOUSTON (AP) — A citizen's group and homeowners who have recently suffered repeat flood damage sued Houston in federal court Wednesday, alleging the city backed improvements at a commercial development they say were made without putting in adequate drainage. Residents Against Flooding and five individuals filed the suit against Houston and two quasi-governmental authorities created at the turn ...

  • May 25, 03:43 PM | Deseret News (UT)

    Utah communities still among tops in growth

    By Morgan Jacobsen Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY - Several Utah communities remain among the top in the country for population growth, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The new data features a tale of two cities: South Jordan maintains its rank as one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and one of the most populous in Utah, while Vineyard, a town of 5 ...

  • May 25, 02:50 PM | Jersey Journal (NJ)

    Members Only Jersey City to sell artist condos involved in lawsuit

    Seven Washington Street condos Jersey City fought to put in artists' hands will be sold to create affordable housing elsewhere. The Zoning Board earlier this month approved a measure that overrides a 2007 decision by the board requiring seven Washington Commons condos be set aside as affordable housing for artists in a neighborhood where units have sold for three-quarters of a million dollars. ...

  • May 25, 02:17 PM | Florida Keys Keynoter (Marathon, FL)

    Feds slash funding for Keys homeless assistance group

    May 25--Monroe County's largest nonprofit agency serving the homeless has been cut out of federal funding for reasons unclear to its leaders, who say the loss of nearly $138,000 could return 130 people to the streets if made permanent. "Such an enormous loss of financial support will have serious negative consequences," according to a May 16 letter by Florida Keys Outreach Coalition President ...

  • May 25, 01:21 PM | Grand Rapids Herald-Review (MN)

    City to look into rental ordinance

    A public hearing to address the adoption of an ordinance amending and updating parts of the city's zoning ordinance also resulted in a directive to city staff to look into a possible rental ordinance for the city. After the public hearing and ensuing discussion at Monday's regular meeting, the Grand Rapids City Council passed the ordinance on a 3-1 vote, with Mayor Dale Adams dissenting. ...

  • May 25, 12:47 PM | Associated Press

    Google self-driving car project opening Michigan tech center

    DETROIT (AP) — Google's self-driving car project is heading to the Motor City. Google said Wednesday it's opening a self-driving technology development center in the Detroit suburb of Novi. The company isn't yet saying how many people will be employed at the 53,000-square-foot facility. Workers will be moving in throughout this year. Silicon Valley-based Google says having a facility in ...

  • May 25, 11:54 AM | Long Island Press (NY)

    Suffolk Shouldn't Have to Chop Down Trees to Let Solar Panels Spring Up

    A troubling new trend in Suffolk County is pitting environmentalists against civic groups: clear cutting forested open spaces to make way for solar panels. The times they are a-changin'. It used to be that environmentalists and civic leaders would unite to preserve what little scraps of open, vacant and forested land Long Island had left. Back in more radical days resident activists would even ...

  • May 25, 11:04 AM | Santa Fe New Mexican, The (NM)

    Water flow to double in middle Rio Grande

    May 25--Water managers say flows in the middle Rio Grande and Rio Chama will double Wednesday and stay high until Friday, prompting officials to caution people planning recreational activities along the rivers. The higher flows stem from snow melting off mountains and increased releases from El Vado Reservoir to benefit endangered species, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said. Currently, water ...

  • May 25, 10:15 AM | Havelock News (NC)

    Residents voice opposition to proposed vehicle fee

    May 24--HAVELOCK -- A proposed $15 vehicle fee brought out a full house of residents Monday night at a public hearing on Havelock's 2016-17 budget. Commissioners would like to use the fee, imposed on residents for cars, trucks, motorcycles and trailers, to build a fund to repair city roads as part of Havelock's proposed $18.1 million budget. More than 50 people jammed into the new city hall ...

  • May 25, 03:48 AM | Frederick News-Post (MD)

    Frederick watershed becomes state's largest sustainable tree farm

    May 25--The city of Frederick's verdant, 7,000-acre watershed is now the state's largest sustainable tree farm. The city worked with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to apply for the certification, which they received earlier this week. The Frederick City Municipal Forest, which surrounds the Fishing Creek Reservoir, is locally known as the Frederick watershed. Standards for ...

  • May 24, 12:19 PM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Square Feet: A Des Moines Landmark May Rise From Its Ashes

    DES MOINES — The Younkers department store was an anchor in this city’s downtown for over 100 years. And after it closed in 2005, the prime location was central to a plan to revitalize a long-neglected commercial corridor. A fire in 2014, however, derailed momentum for the project, under which the store, on the north side of Walnut Street, between Seventh and Eighth Streets, was to be ...

  • May 25, 04:01 AM | Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN)

    Chattanooga City Council has First Brush with Form-Based Code

    May 25--A two-hour talk about Chattanooga's form-based code Tuesday afternoon gave City Council members their first formal introduction to the sweeping downtown zoning changes. The meeting, meant to introduce city leaders to the code, predates an upcoming, June 2 public forum and workshop on form-based code parking. Chris Anderson, District 7; Moses Freeman, District 8; Jerry Mitchell, ...

  • May 25, 02:16 AM | Maple Valley & Covington Reporter (WA)

    Federal Grants Increase Housing Opportunities for Homeless Youth, Adults and Families

    In a highly competitive national competition, Seattle and King County have been awarded federal funding to create seven new permanent supportive housing projects for chronically homeless households and two new rapid re-housing projects. The funding will also help the city and county implement coordinated entry for all people seeking homeless housing and renew funding for hundreds of existing ...

  • May 24, 10:22 PM | Miami Herald (FL)

    Miami's $100 Million Marina Expansion is Under Fire

    May 25--Mayor Tomás Regalado and his chief administrator are pushing forward a $100 million marina expansion and redevelopment on Virginia Key despite mounting pressure to change course. Last month, City Manager Daniel Alfonso picked a team led by Miami Beach Marina operator RCI Group to pursue a 75-year lease and contract to redesign two city marinas off the Rickenbacker Causeway. Alfonso ...

  • May 25, 12:01 AM | PR Newswire

    100 Resilient Cities And The Rockefeller Foundation Announce 37 New Member Cities, Reaching 100 City Milestone For Its Global Network

    WASHINGTON and NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) announced the next 37 member cities to join its global network. Together with a prominent group of mayors from around the world, The Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Judith Rodin and 100RC President Michael Berkowitz announced the newest ...

  • May 25, 09:17 AM | Evening News and The Tribune, The (Jeffersonville, IN)

    Public glimpses Charlestown's proposed future

    May 25--CHARLESTOWN -- When Betty Watkins envisions what Charlestown might look like in five or 10 years, what she hopes for seems simple enough. "Restaurants that I can go eat at and not have to go 15 miles to get to. Stores that I can go shopping at like Lowe's or something like that, because it's 30 miles round trip to go from here to Clarksville, and it's not fun," she said. Watkins' hopes ...

  • May 25, 04:10 AM | San Francisco Chronicle (CA)

    Members Only Big Bay Area car plant in works

    Electric car startup Faraday Future, often touted as a potential rival to Tesla Motors, wants to build an auto factory in Tesla's Bay Area backyard. Faraday, based in Los Angeles, has been in discussions with Vallejo officials to build a factory on the former Mare Island naval base, the city reported Tuesday. Vallejo has been trying to redevelop the base since it closed in 1996. At a special ...

  • May 25, 02:44 AM | Guardian Web

    Story of cities #50: the reclaimed stream bringing life to the heart of Seoul

    In September 2005, the new Cheonggyecheon Stream opened in downtown Seoul, looking for all the world like a modern urbanist’s dream come true: not just a pedestrian-only public space bringing water and vegetation into the centre of a dense metropolitan area of 25 million, but one built where a traffic-filled stretch of elevated freeway used to stand. It also reclaimed the role of the original ...

  • May 24, 10:26 PM | Herald-Tribune, The (Sarasota, FL)

    Hurdles cited for affordable housing

    May 25--VENICE -- As the city's 2016 Comprehensive Plan update continues to come into focus, the one aspect that still appears fuzzy involves finding a place for affordable housing. A joint City Council-Planning Commission workshop Tuesday showed that several key changes are afoot, including the creation of a new "mixed use" future land use district, a change in how building heights will be ...

  • May 24, 10:19 PM | Beacon-News, The (Aurora, IL)

    Aurora seeks new riverfront development

    May 25--The city of Aurora and the heirs to a long-time pallet company in the city are seeking a redevelopment agreement for a key property on the west bank of the Fox River. Aurora and Sandri Properties LLC are considering an agreement that would tear down the former Soderstrom Pallet Co. at 115 W. Indian Trail and make the almost five-acre site prime for redevelopment within five years. The ...

  • May 24, 09:23 PM | Dayton Daily News (OH)

    Skycraper's role to rekindle downtown Dayton

    May 25--The Grant-Deneau Tower, Dayton's first modern skyscraper, played a pioneering role in re-imagining downtown office space. "The late '60s and early '70s were an anxious time for downtown development," said Tony Kroeger, city of Dayton planner. The newly completed I-75 was funneling workers to businesses outside of the city limits as new malls and office buildings were built in the ...

  • May 24, 09:17 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune (CA)

    City panel rejects digital billboards

    May 24--OCEANSIDE -- Oceanside took its first step this week in overturning a controversial ordinance that allows up to four digital billboards to be built on city-owned property along local highways. The council enacted the ordinance in 2012, but has yet to approve any new billboards in part because of mounting public pressure against the digital signs. On Monday, the Oceanside Planning ...

  • May 24, 07:26 PM | Island Packet (Hilton Head, SC)

    County leaders leaning toward letting voters decide tax hike

    May 24--Local voters are one step closer to being able to choose whether to add a penny of sales tax to every dollar spent in Beaufort County -- money that could be used on a host of infrastructure projects. The Beaufort County Council gave preliminary approval earlier this week to a measure that would add a referendum to November's election ballot that, if approved, would allow the county to ...

  • May 24, 06:54 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Salt Lake International Airport to phase out smoking rooms

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake City International Airport is planning to get rid of smoking rooms to join more than 600 other airports that are already smoke-free. Airport officials said in a news release Tuesday that they will phase out five smoking rooms starting in July and ending in December. Smokers will have to light up outside, 25 feet from entrances. The closure of the smoking ...

  • May 24, 06:51 PM | Naples Daily News (FL)

    Suit fighting Estero housing development is tossed

    May 25--A 1,325-home gated community on east Corkscrew Road will be built after all. Lee Circuit Court Judge Alane Laboda tossed a lawsuit that the Estero Council of Community Leaders filed to challenge Lee County's approval of The Place at Corkscrew, also known as Corkscrew Farms. The Estero Council of Community Leaders and the Responsible Growth Management Coalition have no right to sue ...

  • May 24, 04:22 PM | Omaha World-Herald (NE)

    Judge hears Panhandle lawsuit over disposal well for fracking wastewater Ruling in a few weeks on landowners' argument that a state panel lacked authority to OK project

    SIDNEY, Neb. - In a month or so, Sioux County landowners opposing an out-of-state company's plan to dispose of fracking wastewater deep in the earth north of Scottsbluff should know whether they've successfully challenged a state agency's approval of the plan. At an appellate hearing Monday in Cheyenne County District Court, landowner Jane Grove and the owners of the Hughson Flying A Ranch ...

  • May 24, 12:13 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Salt Lake County wants height limit scrapped for tall hotel

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — County officials want Salt Lake City to scrap limits on building heights at the downtown convention center to allow a large, tall hotel to be built on the property. The proposed change comes as Salt Lake County is negotiating terms with a real estate developer to build a convention hotel with about 1,000 rooms. In addition to possible tax credits, the county has thrown in ...

  • May 24, 11:21 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Taking Note: How Would You Fix the Subway?

    New Yorkers have very strong feelings about their subway, so it comes as no surprise that an editorial on how to fix the system published on Saturday got more than 600 comments. Many readers offered suggestions for improving the system and others questioned whether it could ever be fixed given the mendacity of New York politicians. In the spirit of keeping the conversation going, I offer ...

  • May 24, 09:34 AM | St. Clair Shores Sentinel (MI)

    City pledges 'limited' full faith and credit to back loan

    ST. CLAIR SHORES - The city has pledged its full faith and credit to back the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 108 loan the city will receive to expand and renovate the Senior Activities Center. The city's bond counsel, Pat McGow, explained to City Council May 2 that the program is administered through a special program that only buys bond notes through the federal HUD ...

  • May 23, 10:03 PM | Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA)

    Supporters of shipping coal through Oakland say it will bring jobs

    May 24--OAKLAND -- Without coal as a possible commodity for export, the planned bulk terminal near the Port of Oakland could be in jeopardy, a project official said today. The terminal project, which represents a small portion of a massive redevelopment of the former Oakland Army Base, has become a flash point in the local debate over health risks and climate change ever since plans to ...

  • May 24, 09:00 AM | Las Vegas Sun (NV)

    Why L.V.'s Biggest Industrial Real Estate Developer is Feeling Confident

    May 24--Oregon real estate magnate Jordan Schnitzer is one of the biggest landlords in Las Vegas, with millions of square feet of warehouses under his control. He hasn't built a local industrial project since the recession. But now, with the market heating up, Schnitzer is breaking ground again. Schnitzer, owner of Portland-based Harsch Investment Properties, is expanding Henderson Commerce ...

  • May 24, 09:12 AM | Dallas Observer (TX)

    Dallas to Suburbs: "Let's Get You More Desegregated"

    A picture is emerging - very slowly from the fog of local politics - of the way Dallas probably is going to address its desegregation problems with the federal government. The city is under major pressure to redress decades of bad behavior by putting more "affordable housing" (code for racially desegregated housing) into more "areas of opportunity" (code for white neighborhoods). I have been ...

  • May 22, 01:33 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)

    Members Only Georgia, South Carolina Ready to Take Steps Toward Joint Port

    May 22--Georgia and South Carolina are ready to start spending some real money to build the $5 billion Jasper Ocean Terminal planned for a scrubby patch of South Carolina dirt and sand 15 miles below downtown Savannah. The Georgia Ports Authority is expected to dedicate $7.5 million Monday for environmental studies for the hoped-for port that wouldn't open for at least a decade. South Carolina ...

  • May 24, 09:03 AM | Devils Lake Journal (ND)

    Housing Authority on a mission to keep up with growth in Devils Lake

    May 23--Paula Schuh, director of the Ramsey County Housing Authority, has been on the job since 2009. In that time, she has seen the need for affordable housing in the community rise. Working with the city, the county, and private owners, Schuh hopes to provide housing in accordance with growth in Devils Lake. "In recent years, we've needed more housing. We have quite a few on our waiting list ...

  • May 24, 07:29 AM | Houston Press (TX)

    Fight Over Texas Bullet Train - and Eminent Domain - Heads to Washington

    In the four years Texas Central Railway unveiled plans to link Dallas and Houston with the country's first bullet train, officials with the private company have talked a lot about how quickly the line will whisk travelers between two of the country's largest, fastest-growing urban areas, about how darn Texan the early investors are, about the stellar safety record of the Japanese rail ...

  • May 24, 12:40 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only NY lawmakers propose codifying renewable energy goals

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A dozen New York lawmakers have introduced legislation to codify Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of eliminating human-produced greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 2050, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy. The bill would direct the Department of Environmental Conservation within a year to issue regulations requiring reporting of annual emissions from major sources and ...

  • May 24, 12:11 AM | Associated Press

    Solar plane's flight from Ohio to Pennsylvania postponed

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A solar-powered airplane's planned flight from Ohio to Pennsylvania has been postponed. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 is on an around-the-world journey. It was scheduled to fly from Dayton to the Lehigh Valley Tuesday morning, but project officials scrapped those plans late Monday night. Officials say that during a failure of the cabinet of the Solar Impulse's mobile ...

  • May 23, 10:55 PM | Erie Times-News (PA)

    BRIEF: Urban planners share plan for Erie's west bayfront

    May 24--ERIE, Pa. -- A plan to revitalize Erie's west bayfront area includes allowing temporary markets on Liberty Street, converting the Bayview Park tennis courts into a splash area for children, and turning a downtown section of West Eighth Street into a two-way street. Urban Planners with City Architecture of Cleveland shared these and other proposed ideas Monday with the neighborhood ...

  • May 23, 10:37 PM | Anderson Independent-Mail (SC)

    Residents ambivalent about Clemson, student housing

    May 24--The student apartment boom in Clemson has some homeowners fearing downtown will be overtaken by bars and loud partying. Others aren't so sure. Charlotte Holt managed downtown rental properties owned by her parents, Albert and Berniece, before they recently sold them. "The downtown is a lot more attractive than it ever was in the 1970s," said Holt, a retired Clemson employee. "There ...

  • May 23, 09:20 PM | Austin American-Statesman (TX)

    Austin to consider affordable housing mandate for some new complexes

    May 23--A City Council committee could take the first steps Tuesday toward mandating that developers include affordable units in new housing complexes to be built in several East Austin neighborhoods. The proposal by Council Member Greg Casar, who chairs the council's Planning and Neighborhoods Committee, comes as soaring rents have pushed poorer and minority residents out of the city. Even if ...

  • May 23, 04:15 PM | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (GA)

    Historic Columbus celebrates 50 years of restoring landmarks

    May 23--In the 1960s, the Springer Opera House was an eyesore slated for demolition. That inspired a group of community activists to save the dilapidated structure, giving birth to a new nonprofit organization. Now, Historic Columbus is celebrating 50 years of restoring many of the city's historical landmarks and original homes. "Historic preservation is more than just saving old buildings -- ...

  • May 23, 12:59 PM | Voice of America News

    What to Know About Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

    What to Know About Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park VOA News May 23, 2016 4:31 AM Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park Peace Memorial Park: One of the most prominent features of the city; the park encompasses more than 120,000 square meters. Before the blast, the area was the political and commercial heart of the city, one of the reasons it was chosen as a target. The A-Bomb Dome: One of the few ...

  • May 23, 12:04 PM | Truth, The (Elkhart County, IN)

    City plans to clear wooded area where some homeless now live

    May 23--ELKHART -- The city of Elkhart is getting ready to clean up an area of land near Washington Gardens that a few homeless men call home, however, plenty of questions remain about the future of the property. The "roundhouse" area, a forest on city-owned land adjacent to the Norfolk Southern Railroad rail line southwest of downtown, has been empty for a long time. A short walk back into ...

  • May 23, 11:32 AM | St. Joseph News-Press (MO)

    Region to earn brownfield funds

    May 23--LENEXA, Kan. -- Six cities or groups in Missouri and Iowa have been selected to receive a total of $1.8 million in funds from the Environmental Protection Agency's brownfields program. The EPA said the money will be used to conduct environmental assessments or cleanups of vacant or abandoned properties, so they can be returned to new and productive uses. The North Central Missouri ...

  • May 22, 10:35 AM | Wichita Falls Times Record News (TX)

    New water plan reflects city's efforts during drought

    May 22--Wichita Falls is a shining example of how an innovative reuse project and conservation-minded residents can have a water supply, as seen as this North Texas town struggled to survive a drought. Texas Water Development Board Chairman Bech Bruun said Friday that both measures implemented during this recent and exhaustive drought of record played a significant role in the final version of ...