• Feb 15, 03:11 AM | Minnesota Public Radio

    Mpls. Eyes New Weapon In Fight Against Climate Change: Energy Disclosures

    Renters and home buyers in Minneapolis could soon have an idea of what their energy bills would be before they sign anything. The City Council is expected to pass two ordinance amendments on Friday that would require landlords and sellers disclose energy efficiency information before people commit to buying or renting. The thinking is these rules will help Minneapolis achieve its affordable ...

  • Feb 15, 01:00 AM | The Atlantic (Blogs)

    Members Only Amazon’s Retreat and The New Politics of Tech

    Well, that didn’t take long.Amazon announced today that it was “not moving forward” with the plans to build out a massive corporate office, which it called HQ2, in Long Island City, Queens. The announcement followed months of intense opposition by activists and local politicians dismayed that Amazon would receive up to $2.5 billion in tax subsidies to—as they saw it—accelerate the ...

  • Feb 14, 11:32 PM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only Amazon Cancels Plan for New York Headquarters After Local Backlash

    Feb. 14--LONG ISLAND CITY, New. York -- When Amazon.com launched its nationwide search for a location for a second headquarters last year, cities eagerly lined up, promising primo real estate and plush tax incentives. But when the e-commerce giant chose the Long Island City neighborhood of New York's Queens borough as one of its new hubs, the reception was not nearly as welcoming. Though some ...

  • Feb 15, 12:16 AM | Journal Gazette

    Urban planner tackling housingArea grad student puts studies to work

    Brendyn Cyrus grew up in small-town Ossian but is working to tackle complex urban issues in Indianapolis. And the 22-year-old has about three more months to complete the task. Cyrus, who is pursuing a master's degree in urban design at Ball State University, is one of three graduate students serving as Indianapolis City Fellows within the Department of Metropolitan Development's long-range ...

  • Feb 14, 11:25 PM | News Leader

    Land use errors could be costly for Fernandina Beach

    A series of errors related to official land use could have the city of Fernandina Beach on the hook for a multi-million dollar liability related to the Amelia Bluff subdivision on Citrona Drive. Between the bumbling of the city's Planning Department, inattention of Planning Advisory Board members and city commissioners, and the naivety of a developer, the future of the Amelia Bluff residential ...

  • Feb 14, 10:17 PM | The Evening News and The Tribune

    Grant helps New Albany Housing Authority residents gain independence

    Feb. 15--NEW ALBANY -- From government dependence to personal freedom, Lisa Donahue loves helping families she serves at the New Albany Housing Authority gain a better way of life. "Some come to us and they don't even have a pillow, a spoon or a piece of furniture," Donahue said, sharing how one NAHA resident only had one lawn chair for her apartment when she moved in. But, no matter what the ...

  • Feb 14, 10:14 PM | News & Observer

    City of Durham wants denser housing. Some neighborhoods are saying slow down.

    Feb. 15--DURHAM -- Durham housing is in demand, especially downtown, and city leaders are considering opening up the zoning to allow much more of it. That means more accessory dwelling units, also known as backyard cottages, and other new housing options that would increase the number of places to live in the heart of the city. Two neighborhoods outside downtown have already come out against ...

  • Feb 14, 09:04 PM | The Bakersfield Californian

    Downtown groups roll out 'block-by-block' communications plan for addressing area's challenges

    Feb. 14--Without speaking directly to the area's struggles with crime, a pair of business organizations introduced a plan Thursday for coordinating communication on safety and other challenges facing downtown Bakersfield. The city's Downtown Business Association and its sister organization, the nonprofit Downtown Bakersfield Development Corp., announced at an annual breakfast event that it is ...

  • Feb 14, 09:02 PM | Dayton Daily News

    Ohio lawmakers react to new EPA plan for PFAS contaminants

    Feb. 15--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is implementing its "first-ever comprehensive nationwide Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan," which the agency says would address contaminants that are impacting water sources at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the city of Dayton. EPA Regional Administrator Cathy Stepp and EPA Principal Deputy ...

  • Feb 14, 07:20 PM | St. Cloud Times

    'What happens when public dollars are spent in error?' Kleis advocates to end per diem pay

    Feb. 14--ST. CLOUD -- St. Cloud's Housing and Redevelopment Authority has paid more than $88,000 to its seven board members over the last 10 years -- a practice the mayor and some St. Cloud City Council members would like to see stopped. For Mayor Dave Kleis, it's a philosophical issue. The city has 21 boards and commissions made up of volunteers, and only one pays its members a per diem: the ...

  • Feb 14, 06:20 PM | Cape Cod Times

    Planners tackle East End, Hyannis housing shortage

    Feb. 15--The East End of Hyannis is ripe for revitalization and should include a mix of new housing types that provide choices for a variety of lifestyles -- emphasis on affordable ownership, as opposed to rental. That was the major conclusion of a housing survey ranking the visual preferences of area residents and business owners. The results were presented Feb. 11 at a Community Resiliency ...

  • Feb 14, 05:16 PM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only Amazon cancels plan to create a New York headquarters

    Feb. 14--LONG ISLAND CITY, New. York -- Amazon.com Inc. has dropped New York City as one of its new headquarters locations and is not searching for a replacement, it said Thursday, scrapping its plan in response to opposition from locals who didn't want the online retail giant to reap government subsidies or cause a rise in housing prices. The Seattle-based company had conducted a ...

  • Feb 14, 04:41 PM | UPI Top Stories

    HUD says shutdown hindered aid to Puerto Rico

    A federal housing authority letter made public Thursday showed the recent partial government shutdown hindered U.S. disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The update came in a letter from the Department of Housing and Urban Development about its efforts to assist Puerto Rico's long-term recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Monday. The note was made ...

  • Feb 14, 01:49 PM | AM New York

    Rent-regulated lease buyouts less appealing to city owners, experts say

    Feb. 14--After detecting a decline in landlords looking to compensate tenants for abandoning their rent-regulated leases, Robert Sedaghatpour launched a new venture earlier this year aimed at working with residents pursuing such buyouts. Sedaghatpour estimated the number of buyouts in Manhattan and the more expensive parts of Brooklyn fell 60 percent from the end of 2017 to the end of 2018. He ...

  • Feb 14, 01:05 PM | Investor's Business Daily

    Members Only Amazon Headquarters Plan For New York City Canceled

    Amazon (AMZN) on Thursday announced it is canceling plans to build a secondary headquarters in New York City, due to mounting opposition from residents and politicians. "For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term," Amazon said in a written statement. The ...

  • Feb 14, 01:04 PM | Baltimore Sun

    Baltimore program turns vacant public housing apartments into homes for chronically homeless families

    Feb. 14--Baltimore's latest effort to get the most vulnerable families into permanent housing and off the streets, out of shelters and no longer couch surfing involves an obvious solution: pairing them up with vacant apartments in the city's public housing complexes that have sat empty amid a shortage of federal dollars to fix them up. The Housing Authority of Baltimore launched a new program ...

  • Feb 14, 12:40 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only UMass to lease waterfront expo site to private developer

    BOSTON (AP) — The University of Massachusetts has approved a $235 million deal to lease the site of the former Bayside Expo Center in Boston to a private developer. UMass officials on Thursday described the selection of Accordia Partners as the first major step toward redeveloping the 20-acre waterfront site that sits next to the UMass-Boston campus. Accordia plans to build a mixed-use "urban ...

  • Feb 14, 11:06 AM | News & Advance

    $500K in state grants to assist in brownfields remediation at sites in Bedford, Amherst

    BEDFORD - The state of Virginia has awarded more than $500,000 in Brownfields Remediation Grants for redevelopment projects in Bedford and Amherst counties. A $295,000 grant is earmarked for Amherst County for a project to redevelop the old Phelps Road School in Madison Heights into apartments. Another $220,000 grant will go to the Town of Bedford for remediation work at the Old Yellow ...

  • Feb 14, 09:42 AM | Seattle Times

    The Long Goodbye: Viaduct Ramp Demolition Begins This Week at Columbia Street

    Feb. 14--Demolition crews are laying the groundwork to crunch the Alaskan Way Viaduct into little three-inch chunks, starting no later than Friday. The bulk of the project will be finished by June 1, so that 85-decibel pounding and rubble piles are gone before tourist crowds arrive. The far south decks, alongside diagonal Railroad Avenue South, might remain until July. The city delayed start ...

  • Feb 14, 07:17 AM | The Daily Toreador (Texas Tech University)

    Members Only Uneven Growth Potentially Problematic For City

    Driving through the streets of Lubbock, the sounds and sights of new construction are an inevitability. Every year, new subdivisions, buildings, businesses and faces populate the streets of Lubbock, with the city projected to grow another seven percent in population through 2022. But, this growth has not affected all parts of the city equally. The explosive growth in the city has primarily ...

  • Feb 14, 02:44 AM | Greenpoint Star & Weekly Northside News

    Gowanus Group Blasts City's Rezoning Proposal

    What was supposed to be an open house for residents to learn about the city's plan to rezone parts of Gowanus turned into an airing of grievances by locals upset with the proposal. Last Wednesday night at PS 32, members of the Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice (GNCJ) brought folding chairs, a mic and speakers to the school gymnasium, where the Department of City Planning (DCP) had ...

  • Feb 14, 08:21 AM | The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

    Groups threaten suit over access to Crazy Mountains trails

    A coalition of conservation groups is threatening litigation against the U.S. Forest Service over blocked access to five trails in the Crazy Mountains, a mountain range northeast of Livingston known for public access disputes. Attorneys from the Western Environmental Law Center sent a notice of intent to sue to Forest Service officials on Wednesday outlining frustrations with the agency for ...

  • Feb 14, 05:53 AM | Boston Magazine

    Why Boston's Brutalism Is Back in a Big Way

    Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. As gray as a cold, rainy Boston day, City Hall stands imposingly on Government Center's brick-lined plaza amid a bevy of skyscrapers, practically begging you to judge it. Is it remarkable? Hideous? Grand? Or utterly monstrous? This debate is at the very heart of Brutalist ...

  • Feb 14, 05:35 AM | Philly.com

    Society Hill was an urban planning masterpiece. Will these new towers ruin the design?

    Feb. 14-- Rittenhouse Square, Logan Square, Old City -- manage to incorporate multistory apartment buildings without the Earth spinning off its axis. Why can’t Society Hill? In what has become a standard narrative, the Society Hill Civic Association complains that the two new projects -- 1 Dock Street and the Dilworth House tower -- would threaten its historic integrity. It has hinted at ...

  • Feb 14, 03:59 AM | North Las Vegas View

    North Las Vegas to use grant for 'livable center' construction

    The Deer Springs district of North Las Vegas may soon see a change in its commercial appeal. The Regional Transportation Committee of Southern Nevada put out a call for projects last year offering a competitive grant to help further economic development, according to Johanna Murphy, the city's principal planner. North Las Vegas received the grant, which will pay for "livable center" ...

  • Feb 14, 02:08 AM | Kansas City Star

    KC Council weighs height restrictions to protect Plaza as developer plans high-rise

    Feb. 14--A sweeping zoning policy proponents claim will protect the character of the Country Club Plaza passed a City Council committee Wednesday and is on a fast-track toward a final vote. Members of the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee voted unanimously to approve the change, known as a zoning overlay, or an instrument to guide future construction in areas with unique ...

  • Feb 14, 01:30 AM | Austin Monitor

    City has tough decisions on affordable housing bond

    The city's affordable housing challenges were thrown into sharp relief during a presentation Tuesday morning by the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department to members of City Council. The presentation was before Council's Housing and Planning Committee, but the chair, Council Member Greg Casar, had invited all of his colleagues to attend due to the importance of the issue at ...

  • Feb 13, 11:38 PM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only How the bullet train went from peak California innovation to the project from hell

    Feb. 14--It was billed as the most ambitious public works project since the transcontinental railroad opened up the West. The high-speed rail network would transform California -- cleaner air, less congested freeways and airports, and more limited suburban sprawl with a whole new style of housing around rail stops. "Fresno could become a bedroom community of the Silicon Valley," the California ...

  • Feb 13, 07:05 PM | Bond Buyer

    Members Only Florida county mounts new legal challenge to Brightline/Virgin Train bonds

    Indian River County, Florida, will appeal the latest legal defeat in its crusade against a privately owned passenger rail line that plans to run trains through its jurisdiction.County commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to spend up to $400,000 to appeal the denial of the county’s motion for summary judgment in a federal lawsuit it filed to challenge the Brightline project’s $1.15 billion of ...

  • Feb 13, 04:31 PM | Stamford Advocate

    Members Only Residents seek easier way to challenge zoning changes

    Feb. 14--STAMFORD -- Like fellow landowners, 97-year-old Estelle McCauley wanted to sign a petition to prevent a developer from erecting high-rises in their historic South End neighborhood. She enlisted the help of her daughter, Elizabeth McCauley, to gather the documents she needed to prove she owns a 2.5-story 1925 house on Walter Wheeler Drive so she could sign the petition. But the ...

  • Feb 13, 01:22 PM | Post-Bulletin

    Bike lane project seeks to improve commute option

    Feb. 13--Steve Jorgensen has been commuting by bike into downtown Rochester for decades, first from Stewartville, then Southeast Rochester and now Country Club Manor. He even opted for two wheels to attend an open house Tuesday to see the potential future for such commutes. The event was to gather ideas on a bike-lane project planned for Third and Fourth avenues in the west side of Broadway, ...

  • Feb 13, 12:19 PM | The Huffington Post

    Members Only In A First, New York City Bill Would Create A New Agency To Manage Climate Change

    NEW YORK ― The nation’s most populous and most economically influential city could become the country’s first to establish a new agency to manage its efforts to deal with climate change if a new bill announced Wednesday passes. The legislation, authored by City Councilman Costa Constantinides, would create a new commissioner-led department to carry out the city’s sustainability policies, ...

  • Feb 13, 11:40 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Developers must answer the call for diversity and inclusion

    Boston is experiencing the biggest building boom in our city’s history. You can see it in the cranes that mark our skyline. It’s also reflected in our record low unemployment rate and our record high production of affordable housing. New construction creates opportunity far outside the doorstep of a new building — in affordable housing requirements, in new jobs created and new funds for job ...

  • Feb 13, 11:38 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Northwest Indiana city now boasts a Mascot Hall of Fame

    WHITING, Ind. (AP) — At the end of November, in the middle of the night, a few weeks before the Mascot Hall of Fame opened in Whiting, the large, colorful snot that dangles from the front of the building blew away and rolled down Front Street. Now please note: There is not a single metaphorical thing about that sentence. The day after Christmas, an actual Mascot Hall of Fame debuted in this ...

  • Feb 13, 11:32 AM | The Patriot Ledger

    Braintree meeting on "smart growth" districts rescheduled

    Feb. 13--BRAINTREE - The planning board will discuss the creation of "smart growth" zoning districts at a meeting on Feb. 21. The meeting had been scheduled for Tuesday night but was postponed due to a storm. The proposal would create three overlay districts in the area of Washington, Union and Ivory streets, all within walking distance of the Braintree MBTA station. The purpose of the ...

  • Feb 13, 09:48 AM | Sun Press

    Members Only City sets out to improve, maintain storefronts Grants for property owners proposed

    University Heights is forming a storefront improvement program to help commercial and retail property owners make exterior upgrades. Economic Development Director Susan Drucker recommended that the city grant up to $25,000 to property owners willing to invest their own money into making improvements and then maintaining their new-look properties. "This is an exterior maintenance and ...

  • Feb 13, 06:10 AM | The Washington Post

    Members Only In A World Drowning In Trash, Can 'Zero Waste' Save It?

    Little Kamikatsu was facing a big problem. The rural Japanese town of 1,500 residents didn't know what it was going to do with its trash. Residents had always burned it, first in front of their homes or on the farms, then in a large community pit, then, briefly, in an incinerator the government had told them to build — then banned out of fear of pollutants. The town didn't have money for a ...

  • Feb 13, 06:06 AM | Oregonian

    Members Only Cities Uneasy With Plan To Eliminate Single-Family Zoning

    Oregon city officials appear uneasy with a proposal from House Speaker Tina Kotek to allow duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes in low-density neighborhoods across the state. House Bill 2001 would effectively abolish single-family zoning in cities with more than 10,000 residents, allowing the construction of multi-unit homes, as well as dividing existing homes into more than one living space. ...

  • Feb 12, 11:38 PM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only 'Shocking' Cut To California's Troubled High-Speed Rail Project Solves Some Problems And Creates Others

    Feb. 13--Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement that he intends to scale back California's $77-billion bullet train project stunned many officials close to the project while also raising many questions about what it actually means. "It is shocking," said a senior executive at a major engineering firm in California who has worked on the bullet train project and asked not to be identified. "I didn't ...

  • Feb 13, 06:56 AM | The Atmore Advance

    Smart Growth America picks Atmore for economic program

    The city of Atmore is one of six communities in the United States that is partnering with Smart Growth America this month as part of a free, grant-funded technical assistance program, according to officials. The two-day workshop, which begins on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. with an introductory public presentation at Escambia County High School auditorium, will help provide local officials and community ...

  • Feb 13, 03:40 AM | The Denver Post

    Denver's boom could be mayor's bust

    After a decade of slow growth through the dot-com bust and the Great Recession, Denver's population growth since 2012 has exploded. In the last seven years, the city has grown by 100,000 residents, and it's noticeable on congested roads, in crowded restaurants, in gentrifying neighborhoods, and in cranes working overtime in the city's development hotspots. The upcoming Denver mayoral election ...

  • Feb 13, 02:03 AM | The Lancaster News

    Honeycutt: Is Thread Trail best use of scarce funds?

    The county's Unified Development Ordinance, passed in 2016, requires subdivision builders along the path of the massive Carolina Thread Trail to construct sections of the trail. Larry Honeycutt wants to tap the brakes on that idea. It's not that he opposes the trail, the four-term county council member says. He just thinks the county needs to weigh all the other growth-propelled needs it could ...

  • Feb 13, 01:34 AM | Wednesday Journal of Oak Park & River Forest

    Making Oak Park housing affordable?

    The Oak Park Board of Trustees moved closer to approving an inclusionary zoning ordinance that would require residential property developers to provide affordable units in their developments or contribute money to an affordable housing fund. The details of how much developers must contribute, whether that includes cash or physical units and how affordable the units would be were among the top ...

  • Feb 12, 10:22 PM | Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester gets 'aggressive' on affordable housing

    Feb. 12--WORCESTER -- The affordable housing crisis plaguing many areas of the country as incomes fail to keep up with the cost of housing has not bypassed New England's second largest city. Though Worcester has long exceeded the state's 10 percent benchmark, the city and local housing advocates are continuously working to fulfill the housing needs of workers and the city's growing diverse ...

  • Feb 12, 08:32 PM | Associated Press

    San Diego will sue US for releasing asylum-seeking families

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County supervisors say they plan to sue the Trump administration over the widespread releases of asylum-seeking families. Two supervisors said the board voted in closed session Tuesday to challenge the administration's handling of the families. They didn't elaborate on grounds for the lawsuit or when it would be filed. Since late October, the U.S. has been releasing ...

  • Feb 12, 08:13 PM | Sacramento Bee

    'Let's be real.' Gavin Newsom says he'll cut back on California's high-speed rail plan

    Feb. 12--Gov. Gavin Newsom used the spotlight of his first State of the State speech to rebuke the president, halve his predecessor's marquee water project and put the brakes on the multi-billion dollar high speed rail project that Arnold Schwarzenegger launched a decade ago. He invoked his father's difficult final years as he called for a state master plan on aging, and asked former First ...

  • Feb 12, 07:43 PM | Standard - Speaker

    Members Only Grants Will Help Combat Homelessness In County

    WILKES-BARRE - Luzerne County programs will get $4.2 million in grant funding to help combat homelessness, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant awards were announced late Friday as part of $108 million in Continuum of Care Program grants awarded to programs around the state. Twenty-seven local programs will receive grant funding in amounts ranging from ...

  • Feb 12, 07:05 PM | Bond Buyer

    Members Only How cities are innovating while waiting for federal funding

    WASHINGTON — As Congress prepares to craft long-term infrastructure funding legislation, cities are turning to other funding sources to finance much needed projects.At a U.S. Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday, city leaders said they're finding innovative ways to fund local necessities such as parking structures, roads and affordable housing through public-private partnerships. Muni market ...

  • Feb 12, 06:08 PM | Pioneer Press Newspapers

    Inclusionary zoning ordinance aimed at bringing more affordable housing to Oak Park

    Feb. 12--The Oak Park Village Board is reviewing several staff recommendations for an inclusionary zoning ordinance, which is aimed at bringing more affordable residential units to the village. Village staff provided six recommendations for trustees to consider on Feb. 11, including an ordinance applying to both new "by-right" construction and "planned developments" of 25 units or more. The ...

  • Feb 12, 05:51 PM | Tampa Bay Times

    Members Only Lawsuit filed over Ybor City tunnels as construction of new building threatens old one

    Feb. 12--TAMPA -- Dale Swope says he spent more than $6 million to preserve the original architecture while converting the 123-year-old Florida Brewery on Fifth Avenue into office space for his law firm. Sixteen years later, Swope says, construction of a modern structure on an adjacent lot threatens his historic building. The new building lot sits atop water flowing from the historic ...

  • Feb 12, 05:49 PM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only Dallas to Amazon: We still have an impressive site for you, or another company

    Feb. 12--Maybe Dallas didn't score one of Amazon's new headquarters, but developers, architects and economic development officials say the city gained a road map for how downtown Dallas can develop in the future. And, with arms wide open, they're closely watching New York City's sometimes unwelcoming reception in case Amazon changes its mind. "We never hung up the phone with Amazon," said Mike ...

  • Feb 12, 04:39 PM | Orange County Register

    Anaheim's 13th affordable housing project would have units for families making as little as $32,800 a year

    Feb. 12--The city of Anaheim is contributing land and some funding to get an apartment complex built at Manchester and Orangewood avenues that would keep all 102 of its units affordable for lower-income families. The City Council recently approved the project with Jamboree Housing Corp. Expected to open in 2021, the complex will be the city's 13th housing project dedicated to offering ...

  • Feb 12, 03:51 PM | Casa Grande Dispatch

    ‘Absentee owners' urged to fix their buildings in Florence

    FLORENCE - Town staff are working to persuade historic district property owners to improve their derelict buildings. Florence Community Development Director Larry Harmer told the Historic District Advisory Commission on Jan. 30 that Community Development staff have been meeting with the fire marshal and building official to identify properties to go after first in an "Absentee Owner Program." ...

  • Feb 12, 02:21 PM | News-Topic

    Speaker: Deeper dive needed on housing needs

    Feb. 12--A residential developer taking a quick look at data about Caldwell County wouldn't find a lot at first glance to encourage him, a researcher from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said Tuesday. And while there are a few areas where the data hints at the potential here, developers don't often go beyond that quick look, said Matt Crook, project manager of the Development ...

  • Feb 12, 02:12 PM | Bradenton Herald

    Home prices rose in 2018 in Bradenton area. Here's who benefited and who didn't

    Feb. 12--MANATEE -- One constant in the Bradenton-area real estate market during 2018 was that the sales price of existing single-family homes continued to rise, putting more money into sellers' pockets, while making them more unaffordable to many aspiring buyers. In 2018, the median sales price -- the midpoint of all houses sold -- was $300,475 in Manatee County, up 1.9 percent from the ...

  • Feb 12, 01:07 PM | Associated Press

    Judge: US must reconsider climate impacts of Montana mine

    BILLLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials have again been faulted by a federal judge for failing to adequately consider the potential climate change effects of expanding a massive coal mine in the sagebrush-covered hills of southeastern Montana. U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Cavan recommended in a Monday ruling that the Interior Department be given 240 days to re-analyze the expansion. But Cavan ...

  • Feb 12, 10:49 AM | Associated Press

    Federal official to spend month in NYC public housing

    NEW YORK (AP) — The top federal housing official in New York is temporarily moving into public housing to get an up-close look at the city's troubled system. Lynne Patton, the New York-New Jersey regional administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, plans to spend the next four weeks living in four different New York City Housing Authority buildings. Posts on Patton's ...

  • Feb 12, 10:27 AM | The Boston Banner

    Members Only Mayor announces actions to achieve carbon neutrality in Boston

    City to develop roadmaps to reduce carbon pollution in buildings and transportation Mayor Martin Walsh Monday announced the City of Boston's next steps in updating Boston's Climate Action Plan to further strengthen the city's ongoing initiatives to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The update includes a project beginning early next month to develop implementation roadmaps to significantly ...

  • Feb 12, 09:42 AM | Seattle Times

    Here's what the massive public-lands bill means for conservation, climate change in Washington state

    Feb. 12--The U.S. Senate this week is expected to consider a sprawling public-lands bill containing everything from a measure to give Seattle's Nordic Museum a national designation to one that authorizes a multibillion-dollar Yakima Valley water project politicians here have coveted for years. Sens. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state, and Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, ...

  • Feb 12, 08:52 AM | The Advocate

    Façade improvement grants for businesses in Fat City, along Jefferson Highway announced

    Feb. 12--A program to help improve the appearance of locally owned businesses in parts of east Jefferson Parish has announced the first eight of 19 projects to receive forgivable loans of up to $50,000 each. The $1.2 million façade improvement program, administered by the parish and the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission, was first announced in 2017. It uses federal Community ...

  • Feb 12, 07:16 AM | Associated Press

    Germany, US seek to set aside spat over natural gas supplies

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's economy minister said Tuesday he's confident the country will soon have two terminals capable of receiving shipments of U.S. liquefied natural gas, something Washington has been pressing for in its bid to increase exports to Europe. Peter Altmaier told a high-level meeting of German and American officials that Germany is prepared to provide substantial subsidies to the ...

  • Feb 12, 04:41 AM | The Herald-Dispatch

    Public meeting to focus on transportation needs in West Virginia

    The Putnam Herald CHARLESTON - West Virginia Department of Transportation Division of Public Transit is updating the coordinated human services transportation plans for the state's 11 planning and development regions. A series of public meetings will be held to inform interested individuals about the possibilities of coordinated public and human service agency transportation and, more ...

  • Feb 12, 09:22 AM | San Jose Mercury News

    Housing Meant For Bay Area's Poorest Residents Slowly Vanishing

    Feb. 12--As Bay Area communities struggle to build enough housing for their poorest residents, one factor keeps threatening their progress: the affordable housing they already have is slowing disappearing. The five-county Bay Area has lost 2,128 subsidized affordable homes since 1997, according to a report released Tuesday by the California Housing Partnership. Another 5,128 homes -- or 5 ...

  • Feb 12, 08:24 AM | National Mortgage News

    Members Only Erie County Land Bank Takes Inventory Of Blighted Buildings

    A year after forming, the Erie County, Pa., land bank is compiling a list of blighted, tax-delinquent properties outside the city that need to be demolished or rehabilitated.Thirty-five properties now make up that preliminary list. But much work remains, from determining the cost to tear down or renovate the dilapidated structures to prioritizing properties that are far enough along in the ...

  • Feb 12, 06:08 AM | Waco Tribune-Herald

    Container House Draws Mixed Interest From Neighbors, City

    A steel shipping container being converted into a housing unit at the intersection of North 11th Street and Colcord Avenue is the first project of its kind in Waco, but not without discussion among neighbors. As society continues to embrace shipping containers for residential and commercial uses and local officials craft regulations for them, project manager David Hochhaus said the container ...

  • Feb 12, 07:34 AM | Bangor Daily News

    Bangor is 'that close' to ending long-term homelessness

    Feb. 12--A Maine housing developer has received $350,000 from the federal government to build additional housing in the Bangor area in an effort that could nearly rid the city of long-term homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the money to Community Housing of Maine, the state's largest housing provider for people who were homeless, on Feb. 6, according to ...

  • Feb 12, 07:08 AM | Daily Bruin (University of California - Los Angele

    Members Only Potential zoning revisions to beckon business to Village’s vacant storefronts

    Westwood Village may be able to fill vacant storefronts and bring in new businesses by loosening restrictions on dining and parking requirements. The Westwood Village Improvement Association, a nonprofit organization tasked with improving the state of the Village, submitted amendments to the Westwood Village Specific Plan, the master planning document that outlines zoning regulations. The ...

  • Feb 12, 05:37 AM | Baltimore Sun

    Could Maryland's next bridge across the Chesapeake Bay be in Baltimore County?

    Feb. 12--Three of the 14 sites being considered for the next Chesapeake Bay bridge crossing are in Baltimore County, according to a rendition posted by Del. Robin Grammer to Facebook. In his post, Grammer said the sketch was provided by the Maryland Transportation Authority and the Federal Highway Administration. There has been no decision on where to place the third span that Gov. Larry Hogan ...

  • Feb 12, 04:59 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only State park taking public input ahead of potential upgrades

    CARLISLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky state parks officials are holding a public hearing to take input on possible upgrades at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. The Feb. 25 public hearing is for a grant for campground improvements at the park in Nicholas County. If funded, the selected upgraded campsites will include sewer, water and electric improvements. The hearing will be at 6 p.m. EST at ...

  • Feb 12, 03:03 AM | Telegram & Gazette

    Need for affordable housing remains constant as area communities work to increase supply

    Feb. 12--WORCESTER -- The affordable housing crisis plaguing many areas of the country as incomes fail to keep up with the cost of housing has not bypassed New England's second largest city. Though Worcester has long exceeded the state's 10 percent benchmark, the city and local housing advocates are continuously working to fulfill the housing needs of workers and the city's growing diverse ...

  • Feb 12, 03:03 AM | The New York Daily News

    Mayor de Blasio warms to congestion pricing with 'carve outs' during annual Albany trip

    Feb. 12--Mayor de Blasio carved out his position on congestion pricing Monday, telling state lawmakers he will support the program as long as there are "hardship exemptions" for certain drivers. The mayor made his comments during his annual pilgrimage to Albany to testify before the New York State Legislature's Joint Fiscal Committees about the state budget. "If congestion pricing is an ...

  • Feb 12, 03:02 AM | Press of Atlantic City

    Tiny houses seen as big answer to blight, affordable housing

    ATLANTIC CITY - Tiny houses may provide a big answer to the problem of blight and homelessness in Atlantic City, according to one pastor who has built one tiny home and has plans for at least five more here. Seeds of Hope Community Development Corp. has Planning Board approval to build five tiny homes on two vacant lots on C. Morris Cain Place, behind the Police Athletic League on North New ...

  • Feb 12, 02:03 AM | Austin Monitor

    Help the city develop its five-year federal funding plan

    Austin residents are invited to attend a public hearing of the city's Community Development Commission to share their ideas for setting grant funding priorities for affordable housing, job creation and public service needs for low- and moderate-income families, seniors and people with disabilities. Public input will help the commission develop its FY 2019-23 federal funding plan for HUD ...

  • Feb 11, 09:02 PM | Dayton Daily News

    Agency acts now, not waiting for study after deadly pedestrian crashes in Dayton, Harrison Twp.

    Feb. 12--One agency is not waiting for results of a safety study, they want to take action now to improve safety along North Main Street. The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission is handing out reflective gear to pedestrians who walk along the heavily traveled and dangerous road that has seen multiple deadly crashes in Dayton and Harrison Twp. The latest -- a hit-and-run crash involving ...

  • Feb 11, 08:36 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel

    Fight against Everglades oil drilling plan moves to Broward County Commission

    Feb. 12--The fight against an oil drilling plan for the Everglades will next move to the Broward County Commission, which has scheduled a discussion Tuesday with attorneys on how to stop the project. The commission had long opposed the proposal by Kanter Real Estate LLC for an exploratory well in the Everglades west of Miramar. A state appeals court last week ordered the Florida Department of ...

  • Feb 11, 04:10 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only New York’s public housing system is the size of a city. It’s failing children.

    The New York City Housing Authority, responsible for 176,000 apartments in 2,418 buildings, is by far the biggest public-housing system in the country. Beset by lead-paint hazards, mold, heating failures and chronic mismanagement, NYCHA buildings are also a danger to the authority's 400,000 residents — the population of a mid-size American city. On Jan. 31, New York narrowly avoided a complete ...

  • Feb 11, 03:07 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Opponents of Houston-Dallas bullet train trumpet ruling that company is not a railroad

    Feb. 11--The planned high-speed rail project from Houston to Dallas hit a big obstacle last week in rural Leon County when a judge there declared the project's backers did not have authority to force landowners to sell or provide access to properties. Opponents, at a news conference Monday, cheered the ruling as a death knell for the line -- albeit one that will take years to savor and ...

  • Feb 11, 10:51 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Critic’s Notebook: Rebuilding a Puerto Rico Barrio: ‘Dead Is the Only Way They’ll Ever Get Me to Leave’

    GUAYNABO, P.R. — Victor Manuel Torres raised one hand, about waist level, indicating how high the sea rose in his house during Hurricane Maria last year. Then, with his other hand, he lifted a rusty machete. At 77, he has lived for more than half a century in a barrio called Vietnam, abutting San Juan Harbor. For nearly as long, municipal authorities have tried to evict him. “This is how I ...

  • Feb 11, 04:57 AM | The Herald-Dispatch

    Meetings to focus on residents' transit needs

    HD Media CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Department of Transportation Division of Public Transit is updating the coordinated human services transportation plans for the state's 11 planning and development regions. Public meetings are scheduled to discuss the possibilities of coordinated public and human service agency transportation and to listen to anyone who rides, would like to ride and/or ...

  • Feb 10, 12:26 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only 1 of Georgia's largest counties considers battling blight

    MACON, Ga. (AP) — One of Georgia's largest communities could soon see a tax on its most downtrodden properties. The Telegraph reports that the so-called blight tax being considered by the consolidated Macon-Bibb government is aimed at getting owners to clean up or remove dilapidated buildings. The blight tax, which is scheduled to be discussed by the Macon-Bibb County Commission on Tuesday, ...

  • Feb 10, 11:06 AM | The Cape May Gazette

    Neighbors, attorneys argue over plan for homes near Lower Township wildlife area

    LOWER TOWNSHIP - Those in the standing-room-only crowd at Thursday's Zoning Board meeting were bound for disappointment if they expected a ruling on a plan to build 21 homes in the township's conservation zone, or even a chance to have their say. Marcello Mogavero has a contract to purchase about three acres of woods adjoining the Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area, a 253-acre stretch of ...

  • Feb 10, 11:00 PM | The Daily Free Press (Boston University)

    Members Only Walsh Launches South End Affordable Housing Rehabilitation Project

    Boston Mayor Martin Walsh at the Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s tea ceremony Friday. Walsh, along with the Boston Housing Authority and Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, have started a project centered around rehabilitating affordable housing in Boston’s South End. HALEY LERNER / DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has launched a project aimed at rehabilitating affordable housing in ...

  • Feb 10, 09:50 PM | The Enterprise

    In Brockton, Is Gentrification Here Without The Yuppies? Single-family home prices have nearly doubled since 2012, but not because of the usual suspects

    BROCKTON – When home prices rise, low-income residents are displaced. So goes the story of gentrification in cities across the country, where cocktail bars, yoga studios and other millennial places of leisure have become potent symbols of a broader inner-city class change. But in Brockton, the saga comes with a twist. While the median price of a single-family home in the city has nearly ...

  • Feb 10, 10:59 AM | The Pilot

    Column: 'Carolina Core' Is Best Shot For New Jobs

    The next engine of transformational economic growth for North Carolina lies in the Carolina Core - an emerging megasite corridor between Winston-Salem and Fayetteville, in the heart of the state, which bridges the urban corridor with Charlotte and the Research Triangle. The development of four "megasites" comprising more than 7,500 acres - plus industrial sites, urban research parks and ...

  • Feb 11, 07:17 AM | Daily Trojan (University of Southern California)

    Members Only Where the Sidewalk Starts: Green New Deal exhibits positive foresight but is unfeasible planning

    She’s a force to be reckoned with on social media platforms, behind the microphone and among the people. Armed with dry wit, she corrects her often-misinformed, conservative antagonists, shares her vision with artful brevity and keeps young Americans engaged with tangible ideas set in an achievable framework. Every young socialist is smitten with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but now that she ...

  • Feb 10, 11:29 PM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Subways Need a Congestion Pricing Promise

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo is right: A traffic congestion pricing plan — in which drivers have to pay to get into the busiest parts of Manhattan — is the best way to pay for the bulk of urgently needed fixes for New York City’s decrepit subway system. Unfortunately, the preliminary plan he laid out in his budget address provides no guarantee that revenue from charging these drivers will go to the ...

  • Feb 10, 08:45 PM | Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

    New deal rekindles infill housing plan

    Feb. 10--WATERLOO -- A stalled plan to build houses on Baltimore and Williston fields appears to be moving again. The Waterloo City Council has amended a contract first approved in June 2012 to restart infill housing projects on a number of vacant city lots. "They are back on track," said John Rooff, who has taken the lead in moving the deal forward. "I was just waiting for the city to redraft ...

  • Feb 10, 05:48 PM | Tampa Bay Times

    Members Only How will Tampa's next mayor tackle climate change?

    Feb. 10--TAMPA -- Transportation and affordable housing have dominated Tampa's mayoral race so far. In forum after forum, in every corner of the city, neighborhood groups and civic organizations have peppered the seven candidates on how they would dissolve gridlock and slow gentrification's roll. Climate change, surprisingly, has been a second-tier topic. Despite numerous studies that say ...

  • Feb 10, 08:50 AM | The Advocate

    Developers rushing to Opportunity Zones for tax break, but is it helping Louisiana's low-income areas?

    Feb. 10--A new federal program pitched as a way to aid low-income communities is ramping up across Louisiana, but after a political scramble to make various struggling areas eligible for the tax break, it's investors and real estate developers who are starting to reap the benefits. Last year, more than 150 census tracts in Louisiana were designated as Opportunity Zones under a provision in the ...

  • Feb 10, 05:51 AM | Post-Standard

    Members Only Walsh, other advocates to Cuomo: Why we want a community grid

    Fifty-eight advocates for a "community grid" to replace the Interstate 81 viaduct through downtown Syracuse - including Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, state Sen. Rachel May, Assemblyman Al Stirpe, city- and town-level local elected officials, civic leaders, architects and property developers - delivered this letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Albany on Jan. 23. Dear Gov. Cuomo: We are writing as ...

  • Feb 10, 05:29 AM | The Herald-Dispatch

    Meetings will be set to focus on residents' transportation needs with open discussion

    HD Media CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Department of Transportation Division of Public Transit is updating the coordinated human services transportation plans for the state's 11 planning and development regions. Public meetings are scheduled to discuss the possibilities of coordinated public and human service agency transportation and to listen to anyone who rides, would like to ride and/or ...

  • Feb 10, 02:21 AM | Press of Atlantic City

    Shore towns should look for greener solutions to help combat challenges of climate changeShore towns should look at greener solutions to climate change challenges

    Egg Harbor Township has applied for a federal grant of $2.4 million to tear down four eyesore motels in West Atlantic City as a way to mitigate flooding on properties severely and repeatedly inundated with water. "We can't build anything there once the motels are demolished," said Business Administrator Peter Miller. "We think it should look like a green belt." So do we. In fact, Atlantic City ...

  • Feb 09, 05:32 PM | Northwest Florida Daily News

    Some favor eminent domain over customary use

    Feb. 09--Some coastal property homeowners in the high-dollar neighborhood along South Walton's Blue Mountain Road hold deeds stating their backyards extend nearly all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Others do not. It doesn't matter to the good folks at the Walton County Property Appraiser's Office. To them, all of the lots carry the same hefty value of $1,815,000. "That added depth, we haven't ...

  • Feb 09, 11:27 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Mississippi city sells land as part of redevelopment effort

    TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A northeast Mississippi city is selling land to two developers as part of a continued effort to revitalize rundown areas. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tupelo is selling four lots for $14,544. The CLRS Investment Group will have one year to build a single-family home on each lot. Each must meet the architectural standards of Tupelo's Mill Village historic ...

  • Feb 09, 09:26 AM | San Jose Mercury News

    Battle brewing over possibility of taller buildings near San Jose International Airport

    Feb. 09--With Google slated to build a massive campus in San Jose in the coming years and a development boom downtown, a fight is brewing over the possibility of allowing taller buildings near the airport. The City Council is set to vote this month on whether to change the building height limits near Diridon Station and in the core of downtown. Taller buildings, the city's Office of Economic ...

  • Feb 09, 06:23 AM | The Durango Herald

    When tenants become landlords of mobile home parks

    More than 40 mobile home parks provide affordable housing to thousands of residents in La Plata County. But those residents have little control over the long-term destiny of the land on which their homes sit. They could be displaced in a matter of months if the mobile home park were to be sold for redevelopment. Faced with the possibility of redevelopment, residents of more than 200 mobile ...

  • Feb 09, 06:07 AM | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Programs to combat homelessness in Pennsylvania to receive $108 million in federal grants

    Feb. 09--The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $108 million in Continuum of Care Program grants to support local homeless programs in Pennsylvania, officials announced Friday. "Local communities in Pennsylvania are on the front lines, working day in and day out to reduce homelessness," said Joe DeFelice, regional administrator of HUD's Mid-Atlantic region. "I'm ...

  • Feb 07, 02:13 PM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Cuomo Warns of a 30 Percent Fare Hike if Congestion Pricing Fails

    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday warned of a possible 30 percent subway fare increase if state lawmakers do not approve a congestion pricing plan that would pay for improvements to the subway system. Mr. Cuomo threw down the gauntlet in a speech in Manhattan, pressuring state lawmakers who are reluctant to support his proposal with the idea of a staggering fare increase that would undoubtedly ...

  • Feb 09, 04:22 AM | Daily Hampshire Gazette

    City to examine fair access to housing

    Staff Writer NORTHAMPTON — The city has launched an effort to assess fair access to housing in Northampton and learn what barriers may exist for people. Peg Keller, who works as the Community Development Block Grant director in the mayor’s office, said that the effort is a statutory requirement as a result of the city receiving federal funds but also said that, “it’s the right thing to do.” ...