• Oct 15, 12:09 PM | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    'Monster houses' bill is criticized as not addressing the cause of the problem

    Oct. 15--The draft of a bill designed to crack down on Oahu's illegal large-scale houses, or so-called monster homes, is already drawing fire -- and it hasn't even gotten its first public hearing. The influential Building Industry Association of Hawaii said the Department of Planning and Permitting's proposal misses the mark, addressing symptoms of the problem but not the cause. Marshall ...

  • Oct 16, 09:49 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Why a Private Landowner Is Fighting to Keep the Homeless on His Property

    AKRON, Ohio — In the early days, Sage Lewis admits, the homeless encampment he allowed on his property was like “the wild, wild West.” Residents drank alcohol, built campfires and argued loudly. It smelled bad. Neighbors complained. As the months passed, and as the campsite grew from a few people to a few dozen, Mr. Lewis said conditions improved. Drinking was banned, residents elected their ...

  • Oct 15, 06:20 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Industrial Market is Hot in Boston, is it Hot Enough to Save the City’s Middle Class?

    High office rents and soaring home prices get the attention, but Greater Boston’s industrial market is also on fire right now. A report out Tuesday from brokerage Colliers International shows the region’s industrial vacancy rate dropping to just below 10 percent. This isn’t the first time: The rate started the year closer to 9 percent. But then the 830,000-square-foot Necco candy factory in ...

  • Oct 15, 01:40 PM | Longview News-Journal

    Study Says to Fix Harvey-Related Housing Damage, Houston Needs $2 Billion More in Federal Funds

    An estimated 130,000 Houstonians affected by Hurricane Harvey were overlooked in the city's original housing needs assessment, according to the Houston Housing and Community Development Department. To fix the previously neglected damage, the city needs an extra $2 billion in federal resources, the agency said in an Oct. 5 report. The $3 billion in federal relief money the city already received ...

  • Oct 16, 10:04 AM | Dayton Daily News

    New plan hopes to revive 'city within a city' along Dayton's North Main corridor

    Oct. 16--After nearly two years of work, the city of Dayton has put together a plan it hopes will make the shops, streets and neighborhoods along North Main Street a cleaner and safer corridor. The corridor is a major north-south artery, home to an estimated 12,300 residents and a gateway into downtown. It was a thriving commercial and residential district through the 1980s, but recent decades ...

  • Oct 16, 10:00 AM | Minnesota Public Radio

    Sears closure in St. Paul presents opportunity for city

    Twin Cities residents who want to shop at Sears soon will have only one option - the Mall of America. In a bid to stay afloat, the once-mighty retailer has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and is closing dozens more stores nationwide, including one at Ridgedale and another in St. Paul, just north of downtown. The Sears across from the state Capitol has been a fixture on Rice Street ...

  • Oct 16, 06:47 AM | Joplin Globe

    Former Pittsburg smelter site being cleaned up for redevelopment

    Oct. 16--PITTSBURG, Kan. -- Property riddled with toxic heavy metals processed by a zinc-smelting operation on Broadway Street in Pittsburg is being repurposed through coordinated cleanup efforts for use in future commercial development. The city of Pittsburg has partnered with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to clean up the contaminated soil left behind from the Weir City Zinc ...

  • Oct 16, 04:59 AM | Star-Ledger

    Members Only Neighborhood high-rises struck down for now

    A judge on Friday knocked down a new, controversial Newark rule that allowed much taller buildings in a largely residential section of the city - effectively halting a 12-story building planned for the Ironbound. The city ordinance, approved last year, riled local activists who said boosting building heights to 12 and 20 stories was out of character with the rest of the walkable neighborhood. ...

  • Oct 16, 03:43 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only S.F. to bail outhousing agency,prevent evictions

    An audit of the San Francisco Housing Authority has uncovered a deficit that could reach as high as $30 million, a shortfall city officials say they are scrambling to cover by December to protect thousands of low-income families who would face displacement if the funding gap is not filled. The deficit was discovered last week during an audit conducted by the accounting firm BDO and a "quality ...

  • Oct 15, 06:01 PM | Duluth News-Tribune

    St. Louis County gathering input on land use plan

    Oct. 15--St. Louis County's draft Comprehensive Land Use Plan that will provide a blueprint for county land decisions through 2035 is heading into the final steps before approval. St. Louis County staff have been working for two years on drafting the first comprehensive plan encompassing the county's entire zoning jurisdiction. The one new plan will replace 27 plans dating back to the 1970s ...

  • Oct 15, 03:20 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only In Prince George’s, a battle over whether developers must fund school construction

    In the final months of his eight-year tenure, Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is battling with the County Council over legislation that touches on two of the county's most hotly debated issues: education and development. The back-and-forth, which led Baker to issue his third-ever veto, began last month, when the council approved a bill allowing it to waive a school ...

  • Oct 15, 12:32 PM | Yakima Herald-Republic

    Yakima has A LOT to talk about: Advisory vote will be taken on plaza project proposed for city parking lot

    Oct. 15--YAKIMA, Wash. -- One of the most-used parking lots in Yakima is arguably the one across from The Capitol Theatre on South Third Street. But that could change if voters say Nov. 6 they want a plaza built on that space. The lot has 194 parking spaces -- many of which are filled on any given day. If the plaza becomes a reality, 140 of those parking spots will be lost -- a major point of ...

  • Oct 15, 12:28 PM | The Horry Independent

    In aftermath of flood, Horry County lawmakers revive interest in Waccamaw River canal project

    Two state lawmakers from Horry County want federal officials to reconsider a decades-old proposal for carving a canal off the Waccamaw River to prevent flooding in Conway. But government agencies and conservation groups panned the project when it was brought up 10 years ago because of concerns about a canal's environmental impact. Public records show some officials feared the project would ...

  • Oct 15, 11:45 AM | Wicked Local Metro

    High rents, online shopping jeopardize Brookline 'mom-and-pops'

    Oct. 15--Brookline officials have begun drafting plans to help local businesses remain in Coolidge Corner after store owners said the shuttering of stores -- most recently the iconic Downtown Shooz -- is a symptom of a larger problem: high rent. This comes at a time when the city's own survey estimates that there are millions of dollars of unrealized retail opportunities in the community. Last ...

  • Oct 15, 11:14 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Help sought for rail project to boost Utah's oil production

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Promoters of a plan to build a 150-mile (241-kilometer) railroad that could possibly quintuple oil production in Utah and create 27,000 jobs are asking the state for help with the project's $1.4 billion price tag. Members of the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition are hoping that federal grants will eventually cover the big construction cost. But the Salt Lake Tribune ...

  • Oct 15, 10:10 AM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Why San Diego airport's plan for $3B makeover has drawn an avalanche of criticism

    Oct. 15--More than a decade after voters dashed any hopes of replacing San Diego's cramped one-runway airport, its overseers are going all in on a $3 billion makeover they say will ease air travel for the millions more passengers who will be coming to Lindbergh Field, with or without an expansion. The aging Terminal 1, the centerpiece of what will be the airport's single largest project, would ...

  • Oct 15, 10:06 AM | Dayton Daily News

    Butler County will get $13M in federal funds for these projects

    Oct. 15--BUTLER COUNTY -- Butler County has received federal funding for several major transportation projects. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments awarded more than $41 million to be distributed to 24 transportation projects in its eight-county region. Of that amount, nearly $13 million has been awarded for transportation projects in Butler and Warren counties. "These ...

  • Oct 15, 09:43 AM | Seattle Times

    With light rail coming in 2021, U District is planning for more people moving around the neighborhood

    Oct. 15--Even before the light-rail station opened at Husky Stadium in 2016, Cory Crocker worried about the distance passengers would have to walk between the bus stops and the trains. Bus riders get off on Northeast Pacific Street and then cross busy Montlake Boulevard or take a four-minute walk on a pedestrian overpass before descending 90 feet to the station platform. Crocker wanted better ...

  • Oct 15, 09:11 AM | Carroll County Times

    New housing vouchers available for non-elderly disabled people

    Oct. 15--Beginning Monday, non-elderly people living with a disability in an institutional setting, or with their families or caregivers, can apply for housing vouchers to help them transition to independent living in the community. Carroll County Housing and Community Development, the public housing authority for Carroll County, has received $184,296 in funds from the U.S Department of ...

  • Oct 15, 06:29 AM | HotelierMiddleEast.com

    Proposed Ohio City building to test Cleveland office market

    Search for new office space available in or near downtown Cleveland on CoStar, the online realty data provider, and you`ll find just two smallish spaces in new buildings. One is about 20,000 square feet at Ernst & Young Tower in the Flats, and the other is about 40,000 square feet at Link59 in MidTown Cleveland. In a nutshell that reflects the opening that Chicago-based Harbor Bay Real Estate ...

  • Oct 15, 06:16 AM | Indianapolis Star

    Carmel Garden That Feeds the Hungry Could Get Swallowed By City Development Push

    Oct. 15--CARMEL -- Andrew Fritz, who helps feed the hungry, hopes it doesn't swallow him up. "I'm just worried that as density in the city increases, spaces like this won't fit in," said Fritz, 36, who manages Gleaning Garden on the property of the Monon Square Shopping Center. "The reason I started it was because there wasn't a garden like this downtown providing free fresh produce." The root ...

  • Oct 15, 03:00 AM | The Duke Chronicle (Duke University)

    Members Only The Increasing Gentrification of Durham and How Local Organizations are Fighting It

    On Sept. 22, Durhamites could be found in front of the Durty Bull Brewing Company bidding for everything from fully operational road safety kits to custom-made Harry Potter wizarding wands—all to support Habitat for Humanity and its mission to create affordable housing. After four hours, $1,750 was raised for the Inaugural Community Auction for Afforda“bull” Housing in the Bull City. Durham ...

  • Oct 15, 03:00 AM | Press of Atlantic City

    Coastal Resiliency Plan Needs Faster Action, Some Say

    TRENTON - As the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches Oct. 29, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is starting a yearlong planning process to make coastal areas more resilient to storms and sea-level rise. Called the Coastal Resilience Plan, it will collect input from coastal residents, officials and others; as well as advice from coastal scientists and ...

  • Oct 15, 07:25 AM | US Official News

    Members Only Tiny House Ordinance.

    Sacramento: Placer County, The State of California has issued the followin news release: Hello, On October 25, 2018, the Planning Commission will consider the Tiny House Zoning Text Amendment. The proposed Tiny House ordinance will define what a tiny house is and where and how tiny houses would be allowed. The Planning Commission will meet in its Hearing Room located at 3091 County Center ...

  • Oct 15, 06:19 AM | News Chief

    A food truck park in Lakeland? It's coming

    LAKELAND — The city's Mass Market complex, fashioned from a once-blighted block just north of downtown, is expanding to include a fixed food truck park and events venue. If all goes as planned, a 1-acre parcel at the northwest corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Parker Street will be hosting lawn games, musical entertainment and a cluster of mobile kitchens by fall of 2019. "It's a communal ...

  • Oct 15, 05:11 AM | US Official News

    Members Only Six Years Since Sandy.

    Albany: CUNY The Graduate Center has issued the following news release: This month marks the sixth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which, by the city's estimates, "caused more than $19 billion in damage and lost economic activity, disrupted critical infrastructure systems, and destroyed or seriously impacted thousands of homes and businesses." One of the areas hard hit was the Canarsie ...

  • Oct 15, 03:19 AM | Spokesman-Review

    Getting There: High Drive redo echoes vision of its early planners

    Oct. 15--From forested parkway to South Hill "highway," High Drive has been it all. When the minor neighborhood arterial opens in the next week or so, it begins its next phase of being as a multiuse corridor busy with motorists, runners, cyclists, dog walkers and people parked on benches enjoying the view. In other words, the road will be something like how it was envisioned more than 100 ...

  • Oct 15, 01:10 AM | Grand Rapids Press

    Members Only City to reassess affordable-housing amendments

    Four of the remaining proposed zoning amendments aimed at incentivizing affordable-housing development in Grand Rapids are getting another look. On Tuesday, the City Commission received a presentation from the West Michigan Center for Technology's Public Agency on the results of four community feedback sessions held in August. Included in the feedback were survey results, which showed support ...

  • Oct 14, 11:00 PM | Oklahoma Daily (University of Oklahoma Norman Camp

    Members Only OU, Norman leaders propose plans to cut costs, reduce CART services

    OU will continue its discussion with the City of Norman at an upcoming meeting regarding short- and long-term plans for the Cleveland Area Rapid Transit System , which will soon offer reduced services in order to cut costs. The CART system has been a loss of revenue for the past two years, and OU’s Parking and Transportation system has been planning a meeting with Norman leaders to decide how ...

  • Oct 14, 06:22 PM | The Advocate

    Lower 9th Ward could become home again with subsidies from New Orleans Redevelopment Authority

    Oct. 14--Lower 9th Ward native Kendall Spears thinks the neighborhood where he grew up got shafted after Hurricane Katrina. The neighborhood suffered the most catastrophic damage of any part of New Orleans from the storm and the subsequent flooding, but Spears doesn't think the allocation of federal or state recovery dollars to the neighborhood reflected that devastation. As a result, too few ...

  • Oct 14, 04:10 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only In a southwest Georgia city, another devastating attack from Mother Nature

    ALBANY, Ga. — It's nickname is "The Good Life City," built on the pecan groves and cotton fields that gave rise to the Deep South's trade. It is far inland — more than 150 miles from Mexico Beach, Fla. — and not exactly the archetype of a place that would face repeated natural disasters. Yet in the past two years, Albany has thrice been hit with devastation: First, a tornado ripped through ...

  • Oct 14, 01:37 PM | Kansas City Star

    A grocery divide: Why do so many stores east of Troost lack healthy food?

    Oct. 14--Denise Brunston lives miles east of Troost Avenue, but when she goes grocery shopping she heads west. Far west. Past the stores that are more convenient to her home and over to the Cosentino's Price Chopper in Brookside. "It's just a part of life," says Brunston, a chemist who is black. "If you want the best of something, you've got to go where the white people are. This includes ...

  • Oct 14, 01:04 PM | Gold Coast Bulletin

    Members Only How light rail’s path is changing suburbs

    SPECIAL light rail mapping used by the council is showing how low-density suburbs along the tram corridor can be rapidly transformed into highrise zones. A “light rail urban renewal map” was a key factor in the city council’s planning committee approving a Main Beach beachfront tower in a medium-density area this week. Planning officers noted “the Main Beach light rail station was ...

  • Oct 14, 12:33 PM | Yakima Herald-Republic

    Sides remain firmly entrenched as vote draws near on future of downtown Yakima

    Oct. 14--Some five years after the citizen survey that led to the proposed Yakima Central Plaza, voters will now decide its fate. A series of community meetings determined the plaza was the right project to kick-start the downtown economy, and a steering committee shaped details about the $12 million proposal. The issue has been controversial. Supporters tout the project's anticipated economic ...

  • Oct 14, 12:20 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Developer heads to court after once-approved project halted

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A developer has gone to court after a planning board in Georgia reversed course a month after approving a housing project. The Greenville News reports that the project had been planned and approved for north Greenville County. But more than 30 opponents showed up at a public meeting in June, complaining that the planned subdivision would perpetuate urban sprawl in an ...

  • Oct 14, 10:00 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Ann Arbor to study keeping chimney for migratory birds

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ann Arbor will study saving an old chimney as a roosting spot for birds after a group of conservationists pushed for the preservation as other nearby buildings are set to be taken down. City Council unanimously voted earlier this month to have the city administrator evaluate the chimney's structural integrity as part of any redevelopment plans, The Ann Arbor News ...

  • Oct 14, 09:03 AM | Montana Standard

    Local officials look to create a 'clear path' to services until homeless shelter opens

    Oct. 14--On Friday morning, a small group of officials from local religious, social services, health care, and government entities held an emergency meeting to discuss what to do about Butte's ongoing lack of a homeless shelter as winter sets in. "We talked about where we're at and how we're going to work through these cold months and what our overall strategy might be," says Karen Byrnes, ...

  • Oct 14, 08:34 AM | The Record-Eagle

    Voters to decide on proposed skyline addition

    Oct. 14--TRAVERSE CITY -- City voters, empowered to spike or OK any new construction taller than 100 feet since late 2016, will flex that muscle for the first time this Nov. 6 election. That's when they'll decide on City Proposal 1, a ballot question asking them to approve or reject 326 Land Company's proposal to build a 100-foot-tall condominium building at 326 State Street. It differs from ...

  • Oct 14, 04:45 AM | The Herald-Dispatch

    Redevelopment chief calls for more diversification

    Mingo County needs to diversify its economy and at the same time continue to work with the coal industry, according to Leasha Johnson, executive director of the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority, or MCRA. She was the featured speaker Thursday at the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon, which was held at Starter's Restaurant. Johnson said the coal industry took a hit during the Obama ...

  • Oct 14, 04:22 AM | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

    Prospects for special legislative session for disaster recovery funds for Puna dwindling

    Mayor Harry Kim continued to hold out hope Friday for a last-minute special session of the state Legislature to approve disaster recovery funding for Puna, even as lawmakers say that window has closed. Kim said the county needs to have a session called by the end of the month before its aid requests in response to the Kilauea eruption become folded into the next regular session that starts in ...

  • Oct 13, 10:53 PM | Star Tribune

    Bring on the bulldozers? Minneapolis officials say that's not in the comp plan

    Oct. 14--Scott Busyn says he doesn't want to bulldoze your neighborhood. President of Edina-based Great Neighborhood Homes, Busyn is among developers who see a business opportunity in Minneapolis' proposal to upzone the entire city and allow for more multiunit housing. But Busyn's vision for building "boutique-style" apartments in residential areas is far from the hellscape that vocal ...

  • Oct 12, 05:00 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Can Charging Drivers Really Solve the Subway Crisis?

    The idea of charging drivers to enter Manhattan’s busiest neighborhoods has been debated for decades, but it could finally have a real shot in Albany next year. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently called the idea, known as congestion pricing, “the only realistic option” to pay for a major overhaul of the aging subway. Congestion pricing died in Albany earlier this year, but it could take center ...

  • Oct 12, 02:03 AM | The Dorchester Reporter

    City Wants 'Diversity, Inclusion' Plan in All Public Land Bids

    As the city council holds hearings on the most effective ways for Boston to manage and dispense with municipally owned land, Mayor Martin Walsh and planning officials this week announced new equity requirements for public land being put out to bid. The new policy, announced Sunday, would include "criteria to promote diversity and inclusion and prevent displacement" for all Request for ...

  • Oct 11, 09:10 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Encinitas Planners: More Work Needed on Low-Income Housing Requirement

    Oct. 11--Much more research needs to be done before any steps are taken on a proposal to bump up the city's low-income housing construction requirement, the Encinitas planning commissioners declared during a special workshop Tuesday. "I feel like I don't have anywhere near enough information to make the kind of decisions we need to make tonight," Commissioner Jody Hubbard said. An initial ...

  • Oct 12, 07:46 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Delaware mayor's anti-blight proposal stalled again

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware mayor's proposal targeting vacant and blighted properties has again been stalled, by a city council committee. The News Journal reports that Wilmington's Community Development & Urban Planning Committee on Thursday decided to hold the legislation from going before the full council. Following comment from many members of the public who spoke out against Mayor ...

  • Oct 12, 01:42 AM | Natural History

    Members Only Conservation Crossroads: Napa Valley may have reached its capacity, but it has not lost its resolve to preserve its open space and agricultural land.

    Driving through California's Napa Valley fifty years ago, few would have guessed that this sleepy countryside would become the premier winegrowing region of the United States. Fewer still could have imagined that a local group of visionary leaders were promoting a radical idea--to create America's first agricultural preserve. With a Valley floor thirty miles long and up to five miles wide, the ...

  • Oct 12, 01:26 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Officials to convert wing of Seattle jail into shelter

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle-area officials say they are planning to convert a wing of a downtown jail into a shelter for the homeless. The Seattle Times reports King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Thursday that the county will transform the Seattle jail's west wing, which previously housed minimum-security inmates. The wing of the King County Correctional Facility was shut down in 2012 ...

  • Oct 11, 06:17 PM | Virginia Gazette

    James City supervisors vote to create regional economic partnership

    Oct. 10--James City County Supervisors took the first step toward working with other localities in a regional economic development partnership Tuesday. The Eastern Virginia Regional Industrial Facility Authority is intended to allow member localities to pool resources to develop, own and operate facilities -- which could take the form of commercial, residential, recreational or other uses -- ...

  • Oct 11, 06:17 PM | Virginia Gazette

    EDA revisits ideas at how to bring more housing downtown and make it more vibrant

    Oct. 11--The city's Economic Development Authority talked about ways to fine tune its ideas Wednesday on how best to increase housing density in the city's downtown, and how to spend money from the city to make downtown more vibrant. The discussion followed Monday's City Council work session, where EDA chairman Adam Steely presented the board's recommendations on how it will spend $150,000 ...

  • Oct 11, 06:01 PM | Moberly Monitor-Index & Democrat

    Council discusses funding and planning for water infrastructure improvement

    Oct. 11--Some Moberly residents have been boiling a lot more water as the system they depend on for cleaning, drinking and cooking becomes increasingly unreliable. Water main breaks and other issues have become a regular occurrence over the past year, city officials are working to find a long-term solution. Moberly City Council made replacing problem areas within the city's water distribution ...

  • Oct 11, 05:39 PM | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    City of Honolulu may have to repay $8M, HUD warns

    Oct. 11--A local U.S. housing official warned Mayor Kirk Caldwell Wednesday that the city could be forced to repay nearly $8 million for failing to find commercial tenants for the Chinatown Gateway Plaza building on Nuuanu and Hotel streets. At issue is the city's use of $7.9 million in Community Development Block Grant funds to either purchase or make improvements to the rental tower. ...

  • Oct 11, 02:24 PM | Portsmouth Herald

    State awaiting tests on wells around landfillNew round follows lowering of standard for 1,4-dioxane

    GREENLAND - State officials are awaiting other test results conducted on wells near the Coakley landfill that have historically tested above New Hampshire's new groundwater standard for the suspected carcinogen 1,4-dioxane. Andrew Hoffman of DES' Waste Management Division said the state asked the Coakley Landfill Group to test the additional wells after the state lowered its ambient ...

  • Oct 11, 02:14 PM | Virginian-Pilot

    As a girl, she stayed in a Portsmouth homeless shelter. Now she helps run it.

    Oct. 11--PORTSMOUTH -- The maze of bedrooms, amenities and office space still looks a lot like the way Joy Shaffer remembers it. But a lot has changed since her stay nearly three decades ago at what was then known as the city's PARC Family Shelter. At the time, Shaffer's mom was struggling to find a job and a place to live, so Room 4 was home for a month while employees helped them get back on ...

  • Oct 11, 01:07 PM | Voice of America News

    Experts: Urbanization Will Worsen Housing Crisis

    Experts: Urbanization Will Worsen Housing Crisis October 11, 2018 9:45 AM LOS ANGELES - Close to 70 percent of the world's residents will live in cities by the middle of the century, according to recent United Nations figures (https://www.un.org/development/desa/publications/2018-revision-of-world-urbanization-prospects.html), and experts warn that an exploding population will exacerbate a ...

  • Oct 11, 12:10 PM | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    Honolulu ranked nation's sixth-greenest city

    Oct. 11--Honolulu is ranked No. 6 nationwide in WalletHub's report on 2018's Greenest Cities in America. The personal-finance website compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 26 key indicators of sustainability, including greenhouse-gas emissions per capita, number of smart-energy policies and initiatives and green job opportunities as well as percentage of green space. The four key ...

  • Oct 11, 11:02 AM | The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Santa Fe City Council eyes plan to fight climate change

    Oct. 11--Whether or not you believe human-caused climate change is real, Santa Feans are already seeing the effects of a changing planet, from the closing of national forests over the summer because of increased wildfire risks to ski slopes without enough snow to open last winter. While the city of Santa Fe has embarked on several initiatives to reduce the city's carbon footprint over the ...

  • Oct 11, 10:19 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Disney abandons luxury hotel plan after feud with Anaheim

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Walt Disney Co. has abandoned plans for a luxury hotel in the Disneyland Resort's shopping district following a feud with Anaheim officials over tax subsidies. The Orange County Register reports the project had been in limbo since August when the city told Disney that a shift in the location of the project meant it could no longer receive a promised $267 million tax ...

  • Oct 11, 10:04 AM | Dayton Daily News

    This developer wanted to build dozens of homes in Kettering. Now it has 'no interest'

    Oct. 11--KETTERING -- A Columbus-based developer has withdrawn from its second plan to build affordable housing as multi-family units in Kettering and Butler Twp. Spire Development said in a letter to the city of Kettering it was interested in building 60 to 70 apartment units on the vacant property on Swigart Road just east of Wilmington Pike. The company later withdrew that request. "We now ...

  • Oct 11, 09:44 AM | Erie Times-News

    HUD reverses ruling over Erie block grants

    Erie has won a reprieve from the federal government over the city's Community Development Block Grant funding, though the change will not be effective for a year. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has reversed a decision it made in May that forced the city to reallocate hundreds of thousands of dollars in CDBG funding. HUD in May rescinded a 36-year-old policy that allowed the ...

  • Oct 11, 08:33 AM | Decatur Daily

    Lawrence can lure companies, county's new industrial recruiter says

    Oct. 11--MOULTON -- Lawrence County has assets attractive to industry but needs teamwork to lure companies, the Lawrence County Industrial Development Board's new CEO said Wednesday. Tabitha Pace said the Mallard Fox West Industrial Park is a prime site for industries looking to locate in Lawrence County. "Utilities and transportation are there," she said. "We've got some plans to improve the ...

  • Oct 11, 08:18 AM | Worcester Magazine

    Feature: Time to Talk About Gentrification in Worcester

    When Worcester and Pawtucket Red Sox officials announced in late August the team would move from McCoy Stadium and the Providence media market to Worcester, the news was pegged by fans and critics alike as a historically-significant day in the city of Worcester. For City Hall, landing the deal was the end result of a decade or more of steady progress toward a more developed and attractive city ...

  • Oct 11, 07:31 AM | Pantagraph

    Dividing downtown zoning pitched at open house

    Oct. 11--BLOOMINGTON -- A consultant helping with a comprehensive overhaul of Bloomington's zoning ordinance pitched the case Wednesday for carving the the city's 26-block central business district into three smaller zoning districts. "The downtown right now is B-3 -- everything. It's a huge area. In fact, Chicago's Magnificent Mile could fit in your B-3 district," said consultant John Houseal ...

  • Oct 11, 07:19 AM | Niagara Gazette

    Vodka maker granted $300K tax break for Falls facility

    Oct. 11--A pair of companies, one producing vodka and the other emergency response vehicles, advanced in their pursuit of tax breaks on Wednesday. Anat Inc., a Toronto-based spirits company, will pay $300,000 less in property, sales and mortgage recording taxes on a Hyde Park Boulevard property in the City of Niagara Falls over the next 15 years after a unanimous vote of approval from the ...

  • Oct 11, 05:22 AM | USA Today Online

    Members Only Hurricane Michael Leaves Path of Destruction in Florida Counties with Older Housing, Mobile Homes

    Damaged buildings and a flooded street are seen after hurricane Michael passed through Panama City. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Hurricane Michael plowed a path Wednesday through parts of Florida’s Panhandle that include greater concentrations of older houses and mobile homes than the rest of the state, raising prospects that damage in the historic storm’s wake could be extensive. More than ...

  • Oct 11, 09:23 AM | USA Today Online

    Members Only Michael Smashes Records: Here's the Latest Information

    Damage from Hurricane Michael is seen in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (Andrew West, USA TODAY Network) Hurricane Michael weakened to tropical storm Thursday but remained a menace as it rolled across the Southeast, leaving two dead after tearing a path of devastation through the Florida Panhandle and parts of Georgia. The storm will go down in history as the third strongest to ...

  • Oct 10, 08:34 AM | Macon Telegraph

    When a Hurricane Hits, Where Do Macon's Homeless Go?

    Oct. 10--As Hurricane Michael blows towards Macon with gale force, some are scrambling to find a safe place to seek refuge. For Bibb County's approximately 300 homeless residents, though, it's hard to know where to turn. Keith Christian plans to hole up under the rocks by the Spring Street bridge. Christian's never ridden out a hurricane while homeless, and he doesn't know what to expect. He's ...

  • Oct 11, 09:11 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Hurricane Michael Hit Florida Panhandle as a Strong Category 4 Hurricane, One Mile Per Hour Shy of a Category 5

    TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS HOST, TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT: Good evening and welcome to TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT. Hurricane Michael is on shore pounding parts of Florida, and Alabama, and Georgia, right now. It hit the Florida Panhandle as a strong Category 4 hurricane, only one mile per hour shy of coming on shore as a Category 5. It is a dangerous storm, more dangerous than a lot of us realized. ...

  • Oct 11, 08:36 AM | Post & Courier

    Michael to cross South Carolina as tropical storm, conditions to improve

    Hurricane Michael should become a weakening tropical storm as it moves through South Carolina on Thursday afternoon. But dangerous gusts and flooding rain are expected as it comes. The heart of the storm is expected to travel on a line from about Aiken, just west of Columbia, toward Raleigh, North Carolina. Nearer to Charleston, conditions should start to improve early in the afternoon as the ...

  • Oct 11, 09:03 AM | State

    Here's what happened in Richland County this morning as Hurricane Michael hit

    Oct. 11--RICHLAND COUNTY -- The effects of Hurricane Michael have started to impact Richland County. Here's what happened Thursday morning. Outages Houses losing power have steadily increase throughout the early hours of Thursday. As of 8:30 a.m. SCE&G reports almost 11,000 outages caused by over 140 incidents in Richland County. A powerline fell on a house on the 7500 block of Stone Street, ...

  • Oct 11, 08:37 AM | Detroit Free Press

    Detroit hotel residents, many low-income, given 30 days to move

    Oct. 11--People living at Park Avenue House -- a hotel at 2305 Park Ave. known as an affordable housing option in the city -- received notices this past weekend that they have 30 days to vacate. The news, which was accompanied by rumors that the building has been sold, highlights the continued development and interest in downtown Detroit but also draws attention to limited affordable housing ...

  • Oct 11, 08:01 AM | Watertown Daily Times

    Counties receive increased federal funding for residential rehabilitation

    Oct. 11--The Jefferson County Board of Legislators General Services committee approved an $892,867 grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday evening. The grant was for the North Country HOME Consortium, a division of the Development Authority of the North Country, which covers Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Jefferson County, as the lead county of the ...

  • Oct 11, 06:02 AM | Buffalo News

    Report urges more incentives for industrial development, housing

    Oct. 11--The Buffalo area has virtually no industrial space to market to companies and should encourage new development with incentives to solve that problem, a commercial real estate group says in a new report. The Commercial Real Estate Development Association's upstate chapter contends the region's low industrial vacancy rate of 3.4 percent is effectively zero when unappealing, unoccupied ...

  • Oct 11, 05:09 AM | The Signal: Georgia State University

    The Gulch: Will Atlanta fund a billionaire?

    Atlanta may drop $5 billion, the largest real estate investment Atlanta has ever made, on a dilapidated parking lot-The Gulch. The Gulch is a rackety stretch of rail and parking lots between the Five Points MARTA station and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Los Angeles-based CIM Group, headed by Richard Ressler, brother of Atlanta Hawks owner Tony Ressler, touts a project revitalizing the concrete ...

  • Oct 11, 04:49 AM | Shelby County Reporter

    Hoover presents master plan developed with public input

    HOOVER – After gathering feedback from residents across Hoover, city officials think they have crafted a plan that will maintain and build upon Hoover's status as an "exceptional" city. A master plan for growth in the city over the next 20 years was introduced to the public during a Planning Commission work session on Thursday, Oct. 4, in the City Council chambers. Mayor Frank V. Brocato said ...

  • Oct 11, 04:46 AM | Bismarck Tribune

    Developer questions price tag on Bismarck's proposed land acquisition

    Oct. 11--Bismarck plans to construct five regional detention ponds and numerous wetland mitigation areas in undeveloped land west of Washington Street and south of 57th Avenue in northwest Bismarck. The project is a continuation of improvements to the North Washington Street Watershed, according to Gabe Schell, city engineer. Before construction can begin, the city must acquire about 30 acres ...

  • Oct 10, 11:49 PM | Hartford Courant

    In Town Flooded With Black Bear Sightings, Simsbury Officials Plan Community Discussion

    Oct. 11--Year after year, Simsbury amasses hundreds of black bear sightings. But what does this population mean to the town? State Rep. John Hampton, a Simsbury Democrat, along with First Selectman Eric Wellman and Animal Control Officer Mark Rudewicz will discuss bears and how they affect Simsbury residents Thursday night at Eno Memorial Hall. The discussion comes amid a flurry of headlines ...

  • Oct 10, 10:11 PM | Miami Herald

    Cat 4 Hurricane Michael nears Florida coast as strongest storm to ever hit the Panhandle

    Oct. 10--The leading edge of a ferocious Hurricane Michael roared ashore the Gulf Coast between St. Vincent Island and Panama City just before 1 p.m. Wednesday. Powerful sustained winds reached 150 mph as the storm began to make landfall, the National Hurricane Center said. Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties were under extreme wind warnings, the first ever issued by the local office of the ...

  • Oct 10, 09:01 PM | Sun Press

    Members Only Cleveland Heights lines up additional CDBG funding programs

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- With a potential $140,000 windfall in this year's Community Development Block Grant funding, City Council is working on the potential wish list for next year. Much of that is targeted for Strategic Impact Opportunity (SIO) zones, including the Noble Corridor as well as the area bounded by Euclid Heights Boulevard and Lee, Taylor and Cedar roads. The projected federal ...

  • Oct 10, 06:41 PM | Wicked Local Metro

    Winchester's new housing plan calls for more affordable units. Can the town build enough?

    Oct. 10--Winchester is now one step closer to bringing more affordable housing into town. Last night town officials adopted Winchester's Housing Production Plan, the first step in addressing affordable housing needs in town, and a tool that will help Winchester qualify for "safe harbor" status from state Chapter 40B laws and prevent unwanted development in town. The plan will guide Winchester ...

  • Oct 10, 06:07 PM | Patriot-News

    Lemoyne weighs development along congested Third Street

    Oct. 10--Some potentially massive zoning changes that could have brought more development and traffic congestion to Lemoyne came before the planning commission Tuesday night. While the commission turned down some of these requests, planning commission member Thomas Bank said they are passing a few of those recommendations on to borough council for consideration. But the main goal seemed to be ...

  • Oct 10, 04:26 PM | The Sidney Daily News

    Talk continues on Sidney housing incentives

    SIDNEY — Continued conversation on incentives available for housing development in Sidney and city staff succession planning were discussed during Monday evening’s Sidney City Council meeting. During the Oct. 1 City Council meeting, Community Development Director Barbara Dulworth and Glenn T. Grisdale, principal of the consulting firm Reveille, gave a presentation on revisions to the downtown ...

  • Oct 10, 04:15 PM | News-Star

    More aldermen pushing mayor to clean up lead pipes

    More aldermen are pushing the mayor to hold public hearings and start thinking about removing the toxic lead water pipes that plague the city. Nearly 400,000 single-family homes and small apartment complexes get water from Lake Michigan that runs through lead pipes because 80% of Chicago residences use pipes that were built before 1986 when Congress banned the use of lead pipe because of the ...

  • Oct 10, 03:05 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only New downtown park in the works

    Oct. 10--Downtown residents want more outdoor space where they can rent bikes or take a yoga class, grab a meal, and plug into WiFi for some al fresco screen time. Such was the feedback from surveys and focus groups assembled earlier this year to ponder a new city park. They may get their wish come October 2020, as the Downtown Redevelopment Authority has leased about an acre of land along the ...

  • Oct 10, 01:39 PM | Charlotte Sun

    Low-income housing project too costly, commissioners say

    Four of five Charlotte County commissioners expressed dismay Tuesday at the cost of a low-income housing project proposed for Punta Gorda. The board eventually decided to postpone a decision on whether the county would pay $425,625 toward the $13.2 million project. Called Verandas III, the project on Airport Road would provide 56 units of housing to low-income households of any age. "I can't ...

  • Oct 10, 11:46 AM | Sun Press

    Members Only Cleveland Heights enacts foreclosure bonds: City Council recap

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- After years of on-and-off discussions, City Council has enacted requirements on foreclosure bonds for vacant residential and commercial properties. The companion pieces of legislation were passed unanimously on Oct. 3, requiring that $15,000 cash bonds be set aside once a property has been vacant for 60 days. A $1,500 administrative fee will also be deducted annually ...

  • Oct 10, 08:22 AM | BMI Research

    Members Only JFK Airport Expansion Plan Adds To US Airport Infrastructure Push

    Key ViewAirport expansions will be a major focus of transportation infrastructure investment in the US driven by the advance of a number of large-scale projects across the country. The main source of funding for airport projects will be provided by private investment, with the bulk of funding going to terminal upgrades and PPP ground transport projects. Public investment will be focused on ...

  • Oct 10, 07:45 AM | ThisWeek Community Newspapers

    Plan 'reimagines' Reynoldsburg's Main Street

    Reynoldsburg officials are hoping to found the city's future on a comprehensive development plan, proposals for future land use and the creation of tax-increment-financing districts to attract and retain business. For Development Director Andrew Bowsher, "opportunity" is a key word. "Reynoldsburg has some of the best 'bones' I have seen in my young career," he said. "Most towns have to create ...

  • Oct 10, 05:15 AM | Grand Forks Herald

    Group invites public to participate in downtown action plan for Grand Forks

    Oct. 10--Grand Forks residents filled City Hall Tuesday night to voice their opinions on ways local leaders and consultants could improve downtown parks and public spaces. Forty-five minutes into the Downtown Action Plan kickoff event, Andrea Boe, communications practice leader for Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, counted about 35 attendees, with more filing in. She hoped at ...

  • Oct 10, 05:11 AM | Guardian Web

    What Would an Age-Friendly City Look Like?

    “The first year was a bit like the first year of a marriage – but with 25 people rather than just one.” That is how Jude Tisdall describes joining a co-housing development purpose-built for women over 50. Tisdall, an arts consultant in her early 60s, moved into the New Ground complex in north London just over a year ago. “I had been mulling over how I wanted to live,” she says. “I’m divorced – ...

  • Oct 09, 02:10 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Are We Ignoring — Or Outright Banning — an Easy Affordable-Housing Fix?

    It’s notoriously tough to afford a home around Boston, a fact of life threatening not just new home buyers and low-income residents, but arguably the economic vitality of the region itself. Hungry for housing solutions, leaders are pressing for more low- and moderate-income units or to loosen local zoning restrictions on high-density, transit-oriented development. But we might be overlooking — ...

  • Oct 09, 01:23 PM | Fort Worth Business Press

    Station-to-Station: Fort Worth Prepares for Transit-Oriented Development

    With the maiden voyage of the long-awaited commuter rail line from downtown to the airport only about three months away, Fort Worth and other Tarrant County cities are planning and preparing to reap the benefits of this economic development windfall. TEXRail will stretch approximately 27 miles, connecting downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. The new rail service will ...

  • Oct 09, 05:30 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only After UN report, experts look at how to build a climate-resilient Boston

    As he looks over Boston from a downtown high rise Tuesday, UMass-Boston Professor Paul Kirshen sees a city that needs to change or brace itself for the worsening effects of climate change. “So we have a major storm and with sea level rise there’s going to be flooding, and that flooding is going to penetrate inland right here perhaps to the Greenway. The original Boston coastline started at ...

  • Oct 10, 06:03 AM | Idaho Statesman

    Boise just inched closer to backing a stadium. Here's why The Grove Plaza has a role

    Oct. 10--The Boise City Council took a small step toward backing a stadium in the West End Tuesday when it reaffirmed a decision to acquire The Grove Plaza, a brick-paved acre in the heart of Downtown. The council agreed to a deal with Capital City Development Corp., the city's urban renewal agency and former owner of the property. A provision in the agreement requires Boise, if it sells The ...

  • Oct 10, 03:23 AM | Erie Times-News

    At city's request, HUD reverses rulingBy Ed Palattella

    Erie has won a reprieve from the federal government over the city's Community Development Block Grant funding, though the change will not be effective for a year. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has reversed a decision it made in May that forced the city to reallocate hundreds of thousands of dollars in CDBG funding. HUD in May rescinded a 36-year-old policy that allowed the ...

  • Oct 10, 05:06 AM | Guardian

    Star turns: how the big wheel became the ultimate must-have city accessory

    When the young engineer George Washington Gale Ferris Jr erected a giant rotating observation wheel in Chicago 1893, as the centrepiece of the World’s Fair, little did he know what he would unleash. It was planned as the United States’ answer to the Eiffel Tower, and received due acclaim, but the wheel left Ferris mired in debts, lawsuits and ill health. Bankrupt and suffering from typhoid ...

  • Oct 10, 12:08 AM | Qatar Tribune

    More City Trees Can Help With Climate Change

    Tribune News Service TREES take the edge off the searing heat of summer. They soak up rainwater. And, recent academic studies have shown that greenery reduces crime and helps people battle depression. In the next three years, Philadelphia will have thousands more of them, thanks to a smart and welcome expansion of the city's TreePhilly programme. The programme not only fights the heat and ...

  • Oct 09, 11:55 PM | Gazette

    Judge settles battle between developer, Colorado Springs homeowners

    Oct. 10--Construction of a contentious affordable housing project in Broadmoor Bluffs could begin within a month since its opponents lost yet another bid to derail the project. El Paso County District Judge Michael McHenry denied the Broadmoor Bluffs Neighborhood Association's latest challenge to The Ridge, a 60-unit complex catering to low-income individuals and families. His ruling last week ...

  • Oct 09, 09:48 PM | Herald Democrat

    After 16 years, Denison set to update comprehensive plan

    Oct. 09--For the first time in more than a decade, the city of Denison has updated one of its major planning documents to reflect the city's position and expected future growth in the 21st century. The Denison Planning and Zoning Commission formally recommended on Tuesday that the city council adopt the new comprehensive plan. The document, which was last updated in 2002, outlines future ...

  • Oct 09, 07:55 PM | Seattle Times

    Uber gets political, will spend $10M pushing for 'congestion pricing' tolls in Seattle, elsewhere

    Oct. 09--Uber says it plans to spend money lobbying for congestion pricing in Seattle as part of a $10 million push for "sustainable mobility" policies in various cities. The ride-hail app company and its rival, Lyft, have previously expressed support for the idea of tolling downtown streets in Seattle, where Mayor Jenny Durkan's administration is working to develop a proposal. But Uber's new ...