• Aug 31, 01:29 AM | The Brunswick Beacon

    Carolina Shores Dips into Stormwater Issues

    CAROLINA SHORES - Stormwater and flooding were foremost issues at a joint meeting of Carolina Shores commissioners and the town planning board. The day-long session Monday, Aug. 29, opened with a presentation by engineer Robert Tucker of East Coast Engineering outlining U.S. Department of Agriculture and Federal Emergency Management Agency maps and the town drainage system. He noted the town ...

  • Aug 31, 01:29 AM | Addison County Independent

    Addison to Launch Solar Siting Rules

    ADDISON - Interim regulations governing the siting and screening of solar arrays in Addison will take effect during the first full week of September. The Addison selectboard adopted the regulations on July 5, with a 60-day lag before they became law. Planning commission chairman Frank Galgano said last week the selectboard wanted to get something in place to guide potential applicants while ...

  • Aug 30, 09:05 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Housing Solution in the Back Yard

    Aug. 30--Politicians barter over complex policies like inclusionary zoning and state subsidies for low-income housing. Large developers angle in boardrooms and at the ballot box to build upscale master-planned communities. Their strongest selling point is the housing crisis that prices millions out of the market. But one down-home solution is simple and profitable for all concerned. A ...

  • Aug 30, 10:38 PM | Gazette

    Colorado Springs' housing market ranks in the top 30 among cities nationwide, study finds

    Aug. 30--Colorado Springs' robust housing market is getting some love on the national scene. The Springs ranked as the 28th-best real estate market among 300 metro areas nationwide, according to an analysis released Tuesday by social media company WalletHub. And when the field of metro areas is narrowed to 62 cities with populations of 300,000 or more, Colorado Springs ranked No. 7, the ...

  • Aug 30, 05:23 PM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only L.A. to spend more than $200 million to settle suit on housing for disabled

    Aug. 30--Los Angeles will spend more than $200 million over the next decade to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that the city failed to provide enough apartments for people with disabilities in its publicly funded housing developments. Under a deal approved Tuesday by the City Council, city officials will be required to ensure that 4,000 units are accessible to people who use wheelchairs, ...

  • Aug 31, 09:27 AM | Baltimore Brew

    Revolving door rankles as critics challenge housing waiver for Port Covington

    Whenever Baltimore's Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano explains why he granted an affordable housing waiver to Port Covington, Kevin Plank's huge waterfront development project, he makes an assertion that housing advocates contend is flat wrong. Under the city's Inclusionary Housing law, Graziano says, the city would have to pay Plank's development company millions to compensate it for the ...

  • Aug 31, 07:04 AM | Wisconsin State Journal

    Neighbors, many frustrated, hear details on proposed redevelopment of Salvation Army homeless shelter

    Aug. 31--An often skeptical group of neighbors heard details Tuesday on the Salvation Army's plans to demolish its current homeless shelter on the Near East Side and replace it on the same site with a modernized facility that adds a housing component. Several of the audience members focused their comments less on the proposal and more on what they described as a frustrating history of the ...

  • Aug 30, 10:13 PM | Miami Herald

    New vision for North Beach will be revealed Wednesday

    Aug. 30--Along a broad sweep of Miami Beach that's so far been left out of the city's breakneck redevelopment, a transformation is now imminent. What's now a tired main street could become a bustling town center, with first-floor cafes and apartments above. Groups of low-slung apartment buildings from the 1940s and '50s could receive legal protection from the wrecking ball and money for ...

  • Aug 30, 10:06 PM | Idaho Statesman

    Downtown Boise transit center, event venue construction delayed

    Aug. 30--Labor shortages have pushed back completion of City Center Plaza, a multi-use project on the north and east sides of the Grove Plaza, Tommy Ahlquist, chief operating officer for Gardner Co., the developer that's overseeing the project, said Tuesday. The Clearwater Building on the southeast corner of 8th and Main streets is complete, Ahlquist said. It includes space for Boise State ...

  • Aug 30, 08:08 PM | Gazette

    Cedar Rapids adds incentives for housing development projects

    Aug. 30--CEDAR RAPIDS -- Cedar Rapids officials are expanding tax breaks to encourage housing development in commercial areas near large employers and major amenities. Now, developers can get 10 years tax free for housing development projects in urban settings, such as near Lindale Mall, Rockwell Collins and Westdale Mall. In the past, housing incentives were focused on downtown and immediate ...

  • Aug 30, 07:53 PM | Kansas City Star

    'Flashcube' office building in downtown KC to light up with apartments

    Aug. 30--A $5.7 million sale of the long-vacant Executive Plaza Office Building is expected to lead to 181 more residential units in downtown Kansas City. The 207,421-square-foot building, familiarly called "the flashcube" because of its square glass walls, is located on the 700 block of Main St., on the streetcar line at the north entrance to the central business district. Cushman & ...

  • Aug 30, 06:05 PM | Pioneer Press Newspapers

    Northwestern eyes dorm changes to fit housing plan

    Aug. 30--Northwestern University officials are looking at substantially renovating or replacing a current residence hall at 1835 Hinman Ave., with a much larger structure, in line with a new housing plan that will require students to reside on campus longer. University officials floated the plan, still in preliminary stages, at a Northwestern University/City Committee last month. Alan ...

  • Aug 30, 03:20 PM | Associated Press

    Alaska agency turns to crowdfunding for park project

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — With Alaska's fiscal crisis drying up funding for a number of state projects, officials hope a crowdfunding campaign will raise $50,000 toward shoring up a crumbling riverbank creeping toward century-old buildings at a state park. Alaska is among a growing list of governments and civic organizations across the country going that route as traditional revenue sources ...

  • Aug 30, 01:36 PM | Detroit Free Press

    Transit plan approval urgent for seniors, advocates say

    Aug. 30--Ahead of the regional vote on a $4.7-billion expansion of mass transit in southeast Michigan this fall, advocates today highlighted the lack of mobility options for the growing number of seniors who outlive their ability to drive. A Coalition for Transit, a group supported by business, civic and other community leaders, said at a news conference that metro Detroit's inadequate public ...

  • Aug 30, 01:14 PM | Albuquerque Journal

    Cities share downtown revitalization success stories

    With city leaders and business owners continuing to discuss ways to energize Albuquerque’s Downtown, economic development officials from Phoenix and Durham, N.C., sketched out a template that has led to their own downtown turnarounds. There was a packed room at the Monday luncheon meeting of the New Mexico chapter of NAIOP, the commercial real estate association, where attendees heard how ...

  • Aug 30, 10:07 AM | Oregonian

    Members Only A collection of business interests has challenged Portland’s plan to open a large temporary homeless shelter in a...

    A collection of business interests has challenged Portland’s plan to open a large temporary homeless shelter in a city-owned warehouse. The land-use appeal, filed Friday, essentially puts Portland on notice that officials’ plan won’t go forward without a fight. But it’s not clear if the appeal will have an impact on the planned shelter on Portland’s Terminal 1 property or if a separate case ...

  • Aug 30, 09:24 AM | Observer-Dispatch

    Could 'theme districts' be in Utica's future?

    Aug. 30--UTICA -- The city's International District, which runs along a part of Bleecker Street, is home to everything from cannolis to falafel. West Utica's Brewery District -- called that because of its proximity to the F.X. Matt Brewing Co.-- accounts for much of the city's nightlife and entertainment. But while the city's varied neighborhoods and their unique cultures and identities may be ...

  • Aug 30, 08:01 AM | Electronics Weekly

    Members Only Phone data is good for town planning

    Big data analysis of mobile phones is as good as existing survey techniques for town transport planners, but much cheaper, claims MIT and Ford. “Applying the system to six weeks of phone location data from residents of the Boston area, the researchers were able to assemble the kind of model of urban mobility patterns that typically takes years to build,” said MIT. To validate their system, ...

  • Aug 29, 07:47 PM | News Tribune

    Pierce County considers big hike to development fee to pay for parks

    Aug. 29--For about 13 years, Joan and Stan Cross and members of the Frederickson community have lobbied for a park to serve residents of the fast-growing residential area in south central Pierce County. The Crosses sold their 64-acre home and farm site to the county in 2003, but the county has done almost nothing other than to draw up preliminary plans about how to make the former dairy farm ...

  • Aug 30, 08:28 AM | Coachella Valley Independent

    A Taxing Question: Palm Desert's City Council Wants Visitors to Pay a Little More

    The city of Palm Desert is rising up against the state's tax takeaways by asking its residents to raise a fee on visitors-and this is all unfolding in the shadow of a well-publicized scandal involving the former city manager. According to city officials, the state of California has taken about $40 million away from the state every year in redevelopment funds. So on July 28, City Council ...

  • Aug 30, 03:05 AM | American Conservative, The

    Members Only Detroit Never Died: Private Citizens Continued Rebuilding

    In the 1950s, on a per capita basis, Detroit was the richest city in America. The Broadway-Capitol Theatre offered showings of Casablanca in palatial Renaissance decor. The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum boasted one of the world's greatest collections, including works by Picasso, van Gogh, and Matisse. The city's vibrant downtown was populated by soaring Art Deco skyscrapers, burnished with ...

  • Aug 30, 03:02 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only City Confident Pop-Up Plaza Will Sit Well

    For three hours Tuesday morning, the city of Boston wants to transform two blocks near Franklin and Arch streets: Instead of UPS trucks lining the curb outside the Papyrus stationery store and The Merchant restaurant, city officials want the block to be filled with coffee-sipping workers on their breaks, or tourists who just stepped off the T. Three hours of reduced traffic and a bevy of ...

  • Aug 30, 05:35 AM | Victoria Advocate

    Victoria County to unveil health plan

    Aug. 30--Victoria County is one of the unhealthier counties in Texas. But Derrick Neal, Victoria County's public health director, is working to change that. Wednesday, Neal will unveil an outreach plan that seeks to encourage residents to improve their health, with participation from the private sector, government agencies, clergy, health care institutions, media outlets, nonprofit ...

  • Aug 30, 01:39 AM | China Daily: US Edition

    Suburbs to help capital ease pressure from population

    Beijing will improve infrastructure construction and public services in its suburban areas during the 13th Five-Year-Plan period (2016-20), helping the capital manage its large population. The municipal government released an urban-rural integration plan on Monday, which says that the development of Beijing's suburban and rural areas is the key for relieving the pressure of the city's ...

  • Aug 29, 10:20 PM | The Plain Dealer

    Members Only Collaborative project to add murals to Ohio City walls

    Colorful murals will emerge from blank walls just west of downtown Cleveland this fall, as part of a collaboration among global artists, their local counterparts and nonprofit groups. For three months starting in September, international artists will live and work in the Ohio City neighborhood, near West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue. They’ll leave behind a handful of murals meant to liven up ...

  • Aug 29, 09:26 PM | Journal Star

    New murals are aimed at beautifying Peoria's southern gateway

    Aug. 29--PEORIA -- The main drag between Downtown and Peoria's airport is now a bit prettier. Heavy on industry and urban blight, the route has been improved by a pair of murals on 3560 SW Adams St., a vacant concrete block building owned by the city. The murals were officially unveiled during a news conference at noon Monday. "Visitors will have a wonderful impression of our city," said ...

  • Aug 29, 08:20 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Foreign buyers at Millennium Tower show that Boston is on a world stage

    For proof that Boston has become a luxury housing mecca for wealthy people from around the world, look no further than Downtown Crossing. At the high-end Millennium Tower, buyers have come from Greece, Hong Kong, and the Middle East, scooping up condos two or three apiece. There’s a real estate executive in San Francisco who markets luxury US properties in Asia, and claims on her website that ...

  • Aug 29, 07:58 PM | Kansas City Star

    Kansas City Public Schools sells another school building

    Aug. 30--Kansas City Public Schools and W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center have completed the sale of the former Milton Moore Elementary School at 4510 E. Linwood Blvd. DuBois Learning Center has been leasing the building from the district since 2013 for its free tutorial service programs. The lease agreement gave DuBois an option to purchase the site. The option was exercised for $150,000. Sale of ...

  • Aug 29, 06:18 PM | Augusta Chronicle

    $75 million master plan going to committee

    Aug. 29--Augusta's Public Services Committee has a big -- and pricey -- decision Tuesday whether to commit as much as $75 million to enhancing recreation and parks. Under development for about 18 months by local firm Cranston Engineering and several subconsultants, the plan calls for new parks, trails and other upgrades as well as additional plans for individual parks and a five-year plan ...

  • Aug 29, 06:06 PM | New Haven Register

    Vacant properties on West Haven's Beach Street leave unsightly gaps

    Aug. 30--WEST HAVEN -- Nine months after Chick's Drive-In closed, it has been listed for sale -- but the gaping hole Chick's left along the Beach Street landscape when it closed following the death of founder Joseph E. "Chick" Celentano is just one of several such unsightly gaps in an area that's clearly in flux. Not far away on either side of Chick's, located at 183 Beach St., several other ...

  • Aug 29, 01:19 PM | Post-Bulletin

    EDITORIAL: Green space is critical to development

    Aug. 29--They're called pocket parks, and those little pieces of green space can seemingly appear out of nowhere when rounding an unfamiliar corner in many downtowns. They sit between buildings, providing respite from concrete and asphalt. One of Rochester's prime examples, Harwick Courtyard, popped into conversation unexpectedly last week as Jeff Bolton, chairman of the Destination Medical ...

  • Aug 29, 01:18 PM | Grand Rapids Press

    Members Only Grand River flood wall is set to increase as much as 3 feet

    Grand Rapids will increase the height of Grand River flood walls by as much as 3 feet in some locations as it prepares to meet federal standards by a 2017 deadline. A construction contract that received City Commission approval Tuesday will raise about 8,000 feet of flood levee, including concrete walls and earthen embankments. The height increase will build the walls to the river level of a ...

  • Aug 29, 10:20 AM | Dayton Daily News

    Firms could revive stalled downtown housing plans

    Aug. 29--Potential developers have started lining up to submit proposals for the former Dayton Daily News property, and at least two firms have interest in resurrecting plans to create housing possibly geared toward students. The city of Dayton has approved buying most of the former newspaper site -- not including the historic 1908 newspaper building -- and plans to issue a request for ...

  • Aug 29, 10:03 AM | South Florida Times

    Members Only West Palm Beach CRA preserving historic churches

    PALM BEACH StaffReport In a unique approach, the city's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is considering a new program that will save several of the city's historic churches. The effort will allow the CRA to purchase Transfer Development Rights (TDRs). The funding will help the churches make needed repairs, or in one case funding to ensure improvements won't ruin the buildings' historic ...

  • Aug 29, 09:41 AM | Bellingham Herald

    BRIEF: New community park coming to Birch Bay. Here's how to help plan it

    Aug. 29--People can help plan the new Birch Bay Community Park at a meeting Wednesday, Aug. 31. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 4460 Bay Road, near Blaine. The meeting is the second of three that have been planned. Whatcom County bought the seaside property for the park in 2014 for $2.4 million. The site at 7930 Birch Bay Drive includes 4 acres of uplands and ...

  • Aug 29, 09:21 AM | Standard-Speaker

    PennDOT's 12-year plan includes regional road projects

    Aug. 29--A new access road into the Humboldt Industrial Park will be built by 2022, and the bridge that takes Route 924 over Interstate 81 will be rebuilt two years later, a state transportation official said. A new southbound on-ramp for Interstate 81 from Route 924 is also planned in the newly released 12-year plan for construction for the state Department of Transportation. Steve Fisher, ...

  • Aug 27, 08:05 PM | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    A look at cultural catalysts as Santa Cruz celebrates sesquicentennial

    Aug. 27--SANTA CRUZ -- With its hind foot in a burgeoning manufacturing center in the post-Gold Rush era, Santa Cruz's evolution in the last 150 years has seen the city turn into a coastal tourist community on the fringes of the tech boom and among the priciest places in the nation to live. "Santa Cruz evolved from barnlike bathhouses into a grand waterfront," local historian Ross Eric Gibson ...

  • Aug 27, 07:20 PM | Star

    IN DEPTH: Shelby working to meet recomendations in updated Master Plan

    Aug. 27--After nine years of change and growth, Shelby has updated its Center City Master Plan with new goals and recommendations moving forward. Shelby first adopted a Center City Master Plan in 2007, and the original plan included recommendations like the Don Gibson Theatre and the Earl Scruggs Center. The city staff felt it was necessary to update the plan because many of the original goals ...

  • Aug 27, 05:18 PM | Associated Press

    Federal agencies won't block removal of New Orleans monument

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two federal agencies say they won't try to block the city of New Orleans' attempt to remove a monument to an 1874 white supremacist revolt against Louisiana's federally-backed post-Civil War government. In court papers filed Friday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation say they have "no further legal or ...

  • Aug 27, 11:07 AM | National News Agency

    Marion gets $500,000 grant for rail spur construction

    Marion County has been awarded a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant to assist with the construction of a rail spur which, in turn, will help one local company with its expansion plans. The proposed spur will provide rail service into Nickajack Port Industrial Park and enable Colonial Chemical Inc. to move forward with its planned expansion. Officials said that will add 39 ...

  • Aug 27, 10:03 AM | Boise Weekly

    CROSSING THE THRESHOLD

    New HUD rules are set to change how Boise houses the homeless The triplex is unassuming, but the building, located in Boise's West End neighborhood, is the epicenter of a shift in how Boise addresses the problem of housing the homeless. It's called Threshold Crossing, a transitional supportive housing complex where people making steps out of homelessness can live for up to two years while ...

  • Aug 29, 09:37 AM | Record

    Combating Flooding

    WITH INCREASING development, along with the strength and frequency of storms, some local areas have been repeatedly damaged by flooding. Homeowners need to recognize that these properties may no longer be suitable as residences. Acting on that can be complicated, so it's a sign of progress that officials are taking steps to undo poorly planned development. Last week, Bergen County freeholders ...

  • Aug 28, 04:03 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    San Diego's Unprecedented Transportation Goal

    Aug. 28--A cornerstone of San Diego's widely lauded vision to wage war on climate change -- getting people out of their cars and onto public transit, bicycles and sidewalks -- has never been achieved by any metropolis in the United States on the scale and time frame called for by the city. Leaders here seem unfazed, perhaps in part because they haven't fully analyzed key data measuring the ...

  • Aug 28, 10:36 AM | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    As Tax Incentive Tab Grows, St. Louis Looks to Better Control Abatements

    Aug. 28--With a growing number of properties off the tax rolls for years, St. Louis is looking at how to better target and control the incentives that now are almost always included in development proposals in the city. The movement at the St. Louis Development Corporation follows a report released in May that found about $709 million in local tax revenue that would not be collected because of ...

  • Aug 28, 09:52 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Federal officials are considering a plan to install a device on new trucks and other large vehicles that would limit how fast they can go.

    Under this new proposal, the top speed will be about sixty-eight miles an hour. Speed is a key factor in the growing number of traffic deaths in the U.S. JAMES BROWN: Federal officials are considering a plan to install a device on new trucks and other large vehicles that would limit how fast they can go. Under this new proposal, the top speed will be about sixty-eight miles an hour. Speed is a ...

  • Aug 28, 09:08 PM | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

    Tiny houses give walls, roofs to Lubbock homeless

    Aug. 28--[SPECIALCHARACTER 4] photos in DT Local RANSOM CANYON -- A few weeks ago, Gene Chaney knew he had to find a way to help the homeless. "I seen a deal on TV that they were needing houses at Tent City, so I called my daughter," the concerned local resident said. His daughter is Melissa Harris, who with her husband owns Harris Homes and Interiors in Plainview. The family got to work. With ...

  • Aug 29, 06:04 AM | San Jose Mercury News

    Legislature whiffs on major issues like housing and transportation

    Aug. 29--SACRAMENTO -- Overcoming fierce opposition from Big Oil last week to pass sweeping new climate change legislation was a big win for Gov. Jerry Brown and other top Democrats. But as the legislative session enters its waning hours, it's becoming increasingly clear that the victory is the exception, not the rule. The Legislature can't agree on how to pay for billions of dollars in ...

  • Aug 28, 12:33 PM | Associated Press

    In varied ways, costs of New Jersey bridge scandal add up

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — With soaring approval ratings and prospects of a landslide re-election in the fall of 2013, it appeared little could slow New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's political ascension. Then came the traffic cones. It likely took a matter of minutes for police to move them on the morning of Sept. 9 and reduce an approach to the George Washington Bridge from three lanes to one. Three ...

  • Aug 28, 12:02 PM | The Truth

    See how downtown Elkhart could transform with Regional Cities projects

    Aug. 28--ELKHART -- A grand vision for downtown Elkhart is becoming clearer. Labeled the Market District Plan, the gravity of projects involved is considered by many officials to be unprecedented in the city's history. The target area is a historically industrial section of town -- a peninsula of land between the St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers just east of Main Street. Split in half by Jackson ...

  • Aug 28, 10:12 AM | Dayton Daily News

    Critics say redevelopment of fairgrounds could steal business

    Aug. 28--Highly anticipated plans to redevelop the Montgomery County Fairgrounds have not won over some community members who worry the development will poach customers and businesses from other parts of Dayton. A mixed-use project at the fairgrounds will shape the future of southern Dayton for many years to come, and the wrong type of development would hurt places like Brown Street, which is ...

  • Aug 28, 08:29 AM | Long Island Press

    Affordable Housing & NIMBYism: The Encouraging Decline Of A Bad Attitude

    Illustration by Walt Handelsman By Marianne Garvin I've been involved in the effort to build affordable housing on Long Island for more than three decades–most of that time at the Community Development Corporation of Long Island. One of the most encouraging trends that I've seen is the increasing decline of the NIMBY ("Not In My Back Yard") attitude that has been far too prevalent on Long ...

  • Aug 28, 07:20 AM | Ledger

    Members Only Contest to make a mark on new city district

    Aug. 28--LAKELAND -- There's a new vision for the industrial area east of downtown and the city's Community Redevelopment Agency wants ideas for branding what could be Lakeland's home for startup companies. The agency is holding a competition to come up with a sign that will announce entry into the recently named "Design District" surrounding East Main Street like the sign along South Florida ...

  • Aug 28, 05:26 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Mandeville budget includes coastal restoration project

    After bickering over whether to fund a controversial wetlands restoration project, the Mandeville City Council adopted a $45.7 million budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year that includes more than $20 million for infrastructure improvements. The budget includes about $25.4 million in capital expenditures and $20.3 million for operations. Much of the capital spending is allocated to road, water ...

  • Aug 28, 05:26 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only California firm picked for N.O. rental inspections

    A California company with experience inspecting residential rental properties across the country was picked Friday to possibly create and run a similar program in New Orleans. A selection committee unanimously chose NMA Inspections of El Cajon, Calif., to negotiate with Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration for a home rental registry and inspection program. The program would aim to root out ...

  • Aug 28, 02:51 AM | Norwalk Daily Voice

    Connecticut On Track To End Chronic Homelessness, Report Says

    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Connecticut is on track to meet its goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of the year, officials announced this week in Norwalk In 2014 Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed onto the Zero: 2016 Initiative, whose goal is to end chronic homelessness by the end of this year. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development definition, a chronically ...

  • Aug 27, 09:10 PM | Virginian-Pilot

    Suffolk sets its planning sights on a walking, cycling future

    Aug. 27--SUFFOLK Be it for recreation or commuting, city leaders aim to make Suffolk more accessible by pedal or foot. But first, they need a plan. It will target the city's central growth areas downtown and in North Suffolk, mapping existing sidewalks, trails and paths and identifying what's lacking and where connections can be made. "We've made improvements," said Deputy City Manager Scott ...

  • Aug 26, 09:54 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Christie: Sandy-hit towns can apply for new grant money

    TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie announced on Friday that towns devastated by Superstorm Sandy will be able to apply for reimbursement of funds they spent immediately after the storm. Christie said at the East Dover Fire Company in Toms River that towns in nine New Jersey counties could apply to get a share of $42 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds. ...

  • Aug 27, 03:43 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only South Sioux City approves $3.75M renewable fuels power plant

    SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) — South Sioux City officials have given final approval to the sale of a seven-acre tract of land that will become the future site of a $3.75 million renewable fuels power plant. The proposed 3-megawatt plant will be built by Kentucky-based Green Star Energy Group and bring 15 jobs to the northeast Nebraska community, the Sioux City Journal reported ...

  • Aug 27, 01:00 PM | Baltimore Sun

    Under Armour's value to city overhangs TIF debate

    Aug. 27--When the developers of Harbor Point approached a downtown business group three years ago about supporting their request for public financing for the project, the organization's membership was torn. But this year, when a team backed by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank started wooing allies for a similar request -- except that it's about five times larger -- there was little hesitation. ...

  • Aug 27, 09:50 AM | Naples Daily News

    Collier County's growth plan depends on incoming commissioners

    Aug. 27--For decades, Collier County has had one of the fastest growing populations in one of the fastest growing states in America. That continuing population boom is the driving force of nearly every decision the government makes, from where to build roads, schools and parks to setting taxes and lot sizes. Tuesday's primary election, with three seats up for grabs on the county commission, ...

  • Aug 27, 08:34 AM | Standard-Examiner

    Climate change, growing wildfire risk expected to make Utah's air worse

    Aug. 27--If you think Utah's air quality is bad today, climate change and wildfires could make things much worse in the near future. Warming temperatures in the state increase the risk of fire, and Utahns experienced some of that aftermath over the summer. Skies filled with smoky haze from the Broad Canyon fire in Box Elder County, the Antelope Island fire that consumed over half of the state ...

  • Aug 27, 07:20 AM | Erie Times-News

    Room to grow: City of Erie explores urban agriculture

    Aug. 27--ERIE, Pa. -- Jason Lavery isn't a farmer; he makes his living brewing craft beer. But Lavery has taken an interest in agriculture recently, and he hopes to eventually be part of a proposed city initiative that could both bolster his business and help Erie combat blight. "To me, there's literally no downside to this," Lavery, 34, said of using vacant property to cultivate, process and ...

  • Aug 27, 06:13 AM | Pasadena Star-News

    Members Only Pasadena wants 7,000 new housing units over 20 years. Here's why one-fifth are already being built.

    Last year, Pasadena's City Council approved a plan allowing developers to build 7,000 housing units over the next two decades, but more than 20 percent of the capped construction is underway right now, according to data from the planning department. Developers have already broken ground on 1,447 housing units throughout the city, with most of the construction focused intentionally on ...

  • Aug 27, 05:12 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only N.O. affordable housing policy moves forward

    A proposal to require real estate developers to report how their projects would influence affordability in the New Orleans housing market moved one step forward this week. The City Planning Commission voted unanimously to forward a study on affordable housing impact statements to the City Council for a review — an incremental step toward drafting an amendment to the city’s zoning law. During a ...

  • Aug 27, 04:09 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Oakland coal plan is dealt big blow

    A developer's plan to ship coal from Oakland's docks took a huge blow Friday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to block state funds for any coal-shipping terminals in California and vowed to keep up a fight against the fossil fuel. The news came weeks after the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to bar shipping and handling of coal throughout the city, sending the proposed terminal by ...

  • Aug 27, 03:46 AM | Frederick News-Post

    Brunswick's Pop-Up Shop project hopes to lure permanent businesses

    Aug. 27--As Brunswick prepares for its annual Railroad Days festival, on Oct. 1 and 2, a local nonprofit hopes to use the event to attract new businesses to the city's downtown. Brunswick Main Street, in partnership with the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, will host the city's first "Pop-Up Shop" business event at the festival, which attracts an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 people ...

  • Aug 26, 11:46 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Housing voucher wait list to open

    Aug. 27--Houston's housing authority plans to open its waiting list for housing choice vouchers next month, four years since the agency last accepted applications for the coveted subsidies. The online portal is set to go live at 8 a.m. Sept.19 and remain open until 11:59 p.m. Sept. 25. Roughly 85,000 families are projected to apply for a voucher, 30,000 of whom will be placed on the waiting ...

  • Aug 26, 09:13 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Settlement of long-running water dispute nears

    Aug. 26--ESCONDIDO -- The path is being cleared for Congress to finally approve a settlement in glacially-paced litigation over water rights to the San Luis Rey River. This week the Escondido City Council approved amending a settlement agreement signed nearly two years ago that appeared to end 45 years of litigation brought by five North County Indian tribes. The 1969 lawsuit accused the Vista ...

  • Aug 26, 09:05 PM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only New Arlington resident wants to turn Texas Rangers' stadium into world-class museum

    Aug. 26--A Houston nonprofit executive who recently moved to Arlington said he doesn't have a stake in the upcoming $500 million Texas Rangers stadium election. But if the team does score a new home -- in Arlington or elsewhere -- Mark Lacy wants to turn an empty Globe Life Park into the Texas Museum of Culture. The ambitious vision is for a cultural institution worthy of the Field Museum in ...

  • Aug 26, 08:10 PM | Gazette

    Cedar Rapids downtown living in demand

    Aug. 27--CEDAR RAPIDS -- Builders keep building condos and apartments in downtown Cedar Rapids, and sellers keep selling them, local developers and real estate agents say. In the past few years, new housing complexes -- those owned and rented -- have surged in the downtown area, some units with asking prices upward of $600,000. The development trend is expected to continue in a push for a fun, ...

  • Aug 26, 08:09 PM | Detroit Free Press

    Detroit Land Bank Authority was formed illegally, activist says

    Aug. 27--With nearly 100,000 parcels in its name, the Detroit Land Bank Authority has grown into the city's largest known property owner since its inception nearly eight years ago. But despite its bursting property portfolio and active role in redeveloping the city, the Detroit Land Bank Authority may not even legally exist, according a legal filing Friday in Wayne County. But the land bank ...

  • Aug 26, 08:02 PM | Towson Times

    Upcoming zoning vote will set parameters for downtown Towson's future development

    Aug. 26--The Towson Triangle, considered by neighboring communities to be a dividing line between them and downtown Towson, will not get the increased zoning density some developers have sought during the county's quadrennial zoning process, if the Baltimore County Council agrees with Councilman David Marks in a vote scheduled for Aug. 30. Every four years the county hears requests to change ...

  • Aug 26, 07:46 PM | Wichita Falls Times Record News

    Group presents ideas for growth near downtown travel center

    Aug. 26--Bringing new life to the downtown Wichita Falls area could mean planting some seeds near the Clarence W. Muehlberger Travel Center. Members of the city council, the mayor, 4B tax board, and other community leaders listened to a presentation Thursday afternoon from Freese and Nichols concerning growth in the northern downtown area. The Wichita Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization ...

  • Aug 26, 05:53 PM | National Real Estate Investor

    Is Suburban Office Market Set for a Comeback?

    Big city office markets are posting the strongest performance in decades, with the U.S. unemployment rate falling to less than 5.0 percent and office vacancy in many regions in the single digits. Experts have pointed to the rise of the Millennial workforce as the cause, with the Millennials’ desire to cluster in Central Business Districts (CBDs) to take advantage of the live/work/play ...

  • Aug 26, 05:21 PM | Associated Press

    Appeals court rules NYC can use GPS to track taxi drivers

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that New York City can track taxi drivers by using their cabs' GPS systems. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling came in the case of cabbie Hassan El-Nahal, who filed a lawsuit in 2013 charging that the tracking system violated his Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. El-Nahal was among the cabbies ...

  • Aug 26, 03:21 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only The hookers and the cornerback

    One grim November long ago, in the wee hours of the night, a reputed pimp stabbed two Harvard football players during a street melee in Boston’s seamy Combat Zone, mortally wounding one of them. The crime shocked a city where morale was already at an all-time low, where the economy had stopped working, where residents of means were fleeing by the thousands. The authorities had to do something. ...

  • Aug 26, 11:00 AM | Philadelphia Inquirer

    Why Philadelphia Has One of the Nation's Largest Public Art Collections

    Aug. 26--Recently, some have noted that a statue of Frank Rizzo -- police chief, law-and-order mayor, and lifelong South Philly scrapper -- makes for a charged presence, looming nine feet tall on the steps of the Municipal Services Building. Rizzo -- whose enduring image may be rushing to quell a riot, nightstick in his cummerbund -- is a complicated fixture in the public square. But his ...

  • Aug 25, 05:29 PM | Associated Press

    LaGuardia Travelers Fear Turbulence En Route to New Airport

    NEW YORK (AP) — There could be turbulence for travelers during the multibillion dollar renovation of New York's LaGuardia Airport. Vice President Joe Biden said the aging LaGuardia reminded him of a "Third World country" — and that was before a massive traffic tie-up related to a $4 billion overhaul prompted passengers to abandon their cabs and cars and walk to the terminals. Officials at the ...

  • Aug 25, 04:36 PM | Associated Press

    Climate Change Taking Toll on American Pika's Western Lands

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Populations of a small rabbit-like animal known as the American pika are vanishing in many mountainous areas of the West as climate change alters its habitat, according to findings of a study released Thursday by the U.S. Geological Survey. The range for the mountain-dwelling herbivore is decreasing in southern Utah, northeastern California and in the Great Basin that ...

  • Aug 25, 08:01 PM | New York Times Online

    Members Only California’s Emissions Goal Is a ‘Milestone’ on Climate Efforts

    LOS ANGELES — California will extend its landmark climate change legislation to 2030, a move that climate specialists say solidifies the state’s role as a leader in the effort to curb heat-trapping emissions. Lawmakers have passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown has promised to sign, bills requiring the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels. Though the governor had ...

  • Aug 26, 07:00 AM | Westword

    Homeless Move Forward with Class Action Suit Against Denver Over Sweeps

    Last week, we reported that a local lawyer was preparing a class action lawsuit against the City of Denver for violating the constitutional rights of the city's homeless population when conducting sweeps of homeless people, their encampments and their property. Today, the law office of Jason Flores-Williams made good on its word, filing a class action complaint with the United States District ...

  • Aug 26, 05:17 AM | Saint Paul Pioneer Press

    Minnesota Governor Backs Last-Ditch Plan to Fund Light Rail Project

    Aug. 26--The Metropolitan Council will pursue a last-ditch effort to fund the Southwest Light Rail project after several unsuccessful attempts to secure funding from the state Legislature. The $1.86 billion light rail line would run from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie, an extension of the existing Green Line that terminates in downtown St. Paul. Minnesota needs to find $144.5 million in funding ...

  • Aug 26, 04:10 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only S.F. Pleads for Housing Plan in Neighborhoods

    The federal government is "wrong as a matter of law and public policy" to reject San Francisco's plan to reserve 40 percent of subsidized units for neighborhood residents, City Attorney Dennis Herrera told federal housing officials Thursday. The city's neighborhood preference policy is an attempt to stem the exodus of African Americans and members of other minority groups from neighborhoods ...

  • Aug 25, 09:06 PM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only A Subway for Downtown Dallas? Maybe.

    Aug. 26--After years of planning, conversations and compromise, DART and the city of Dallas agreed on where to put a badly needed second light-rail line in the heart of downtown. Turns out, DART has decided that agreed-upon route needs some changes. The agency may be getting more than it bargained for, however. More and more voices in Dallas are demanding DART do more than tweak the plan. They ...

  • Aug 25, 03:29 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only New Mexico Might Pay Water Tab for Facebook Data Center

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico may use public funds to help Facebook pay for water rights at a major new data center proposed at Los Lunas. The social media company is negotiating for tax breaks and subsidies as it weighs whether to locate the facility in Los Lunas or a suburb of Salt Lake City. A water and sewer service agreement with the village of Los Lunas obtained by the Associated ...

  • Aug 25, 05:11 PM | UPI Top Stories

    New laws aim to slash carbon emissions in California to pre-1990 levels

    California lawmakers have moved to clip carbon emissions in the Golden State by a historic level in the next 15 years. The senate passed S.B. 32, an amendment to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, Wednesday by a vote of 25-13. The bill imposes stern limits on greenhouse gases that must, by 2030, cut levels to 40 percent of what they were in 1990. The assembly previously ...

  • Aug 25, 02:50 PM | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Work begins on $340 million Midtown St. Louis Redevelopment

    Aug. 25--Environmental cleanup began this week in Midtown St. Louis at the former Federal Mogul foundry the Lawrence Group is redoing as stores, offices and a food hall. Steve Smith, Lawrence Group's chief executive, announced the work Thursday and added that Bull Moose Industries will take "a significant ownership interest" in what has grown to as large as a $340 million redevelopment of the ...

  • Aug 25, 01:48 PM | Jersey Journal

    Members Only County launches online portal to identify affordable housing

    Hudson County is hoping to ease the process for residents looking for affordable housing. The County's Division of Housing and Community Development launched a new online portal to help connect residents with county- and state-funded housing units. Hudson Housing Finder, which launched Tuesday, allows residents with low or moderate income to customize their search to show which properties ...

  • Aug 25, 01:01 PM | Howard County Times

    New housing director: "We want people to live and work here"

    Aug. 25--When some developers are less than thrilled by Howard County's rules for dispersing affordable housing in new housing, Kelly Cimino delivers her trademark response: "Wouldn't it be great if the teachers who work at the schools you use to market your project could live in the county?" This Howard County native is the new director of the county's Department of Housing and Community ...

  • Aug 25, 12:10 PM | Monterey County Weekly

    Pebble Beach Affordable Housing Project Given Final OK

    The Monterey County Board of Supervisors unanimously shot down an appeal Aug. 23 made by the Del Monte Neighbors United group that would have required the Pebble Beach Company's 24-unit affordable housing project to find an alternative site in Pebble Beach. The decision was made after a fiery two-hour public comment session, where dozens of residents who live adjacent to the Del Monte Park ...

  • Aug 25, 10:02 AM | Connecticut Post

    Members Only TSA: Road work slowing LaGuardia air passengers

    Aug. 25--If you planning to take a flight from LaGuardia airport in New York City, give yourself plenty of time to get there. Transportation Security Administration officials at LaGuardia Airport said they have seen an increase in the number of travelers who are arriving late to the security checkpoints with the travelers reporting that their drive to the airport was delayed because of road ...

  • Aug 25, 08:32 AM | The Record-Eagle

    Project Rebuilds Spawning Habitats in Grand Traverse Bay

    Aug. 25--TRAVERSE CITY -- Angler Dale Ealy remembers his grandfather bringing home plenty of delicious cisco in the early 1950s, but he also remembers how quickly the once-abundant fish became increasingly difficult to catch in Grand Traverse Bay. "They vanished," Ealy said. "They weren't really in the bay for years and years." Lake Michigan cisco, or lake herring, populations plummeted in the ...

  • Aug 25, 08:05 AM | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Members Only Milwaukee Tests New Job Programs

    Aug. 25--Having heard that Rashaad Washington's job training program was getting results, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce President Tim Sheehy went to one of the city's hardest-hit neighborhoods this summer to see for himself. Washington, 33, has headed Pro Painter Mke for the last decade. He started the Pro Trade Job Development program in 2013 to help young men and women ...

  • Aug 25, 07:08 AM | Phoenix New Times

    Phoenix's Zombie Walk Is Coming Back from the Dead

    It turns out that Phoenix's Zombie Walk isn't dead after all. In fact, just like the brain-eating hordes that inspire the annual event, it's about to rise from the grave. Three months after announcing its cancellation, Zombie Walk organizers have told New Times that they are reviving the popular Halloween season event, albeit with plenty of changes. It will take place on Saturday, October 29, ...

  • Aug 25, 04:56 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Proposed New Orleans Historic Districts Get Support

    The prospect of creating new historic districts in Uptown, Carrollton, Mid-City and Parkview to strengthen the city’s authority over demolitions mostly drew support from the public at a hearing Tuesday, although preservationists asked to grant more oversight of renovations and new construction in those neighborhoods. The City Planning Commission is considering a study recommending that the ...

  • Aug 25, 03:06 AM | Associated Press

    Lousiania Governor Views Flooded Subdivision, SW City Saved by Sandbag Wall

    LAKE ARTHUR, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards flew across south Louisiana Thursday, surveying flood damage from a helicopter and talking with people in a city that flooded and in one where a heroic effort by volunteers and others held floodwaters back. At a subdivision in Youngsville, near Lafayette, every third or fourth house still had a pile of flood debris on the lawn, a sign that ...

  • Aug 25, 02:49 AM | The State Journal-Register

    Some residents wonder: Does Springfield really need another lake?

    Aug. 25--Though the city of Springfield has made pursuing Hunter Lake a priority, some residents aren't so sure that's the best way to address worries about potential future water shortfalls. They also don't want to see their water rates double, which the additional $108 million cost of Hunter Lake might require. "My question is whether Hunter Lake is a viable alternative to some of the other ...

  • Aug 24, 09:25 PM | Dayton Daily News

    City delays vote on highly-criticized plan for annual landlord fee

    Aug. 24--West Carrollton will take more time to decide on a highly-criticized plan that includes charging landlords an annual fee to fund a program aimed at curbing housing code violations. City council is not expected to vote on the proposal -- that includes a $30 annual license fee and periodic inspections for rental units -- until at least late September. That was the consensus after a ...

  • Aug 24, 08:41 PM | Wichita Eagle

    Four major developers vie for site near downtown Wichita

    Aug. 24--The city of Wichita has received early proposals from four developers for about 7 acres in two parcels of land in Delano. The development will be on vacant city-owned land close to major projects now under construction at Second and McLean Boulevard: the new library and River Vista apartments. The parcels, of 4.6 acres and 2.6 acres, are southwest of that intersection and are split by ...