New apartment building completed in Detroit’s Brush Park
DETROIT (AP) — A new apartment building has been completed in Detroit's Brush Park neighborhood.
Detroit-based real estate firm Bedrock says The Flats at 124 Alfred will be available for...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island municipalities have been awarded nearly $25 million in federal funding to help revitalize local neighborhoods and support economic development and affordable...
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Residents of one neighborhood in a southwest Alabama city say their concerns about an abandoned public housing development are being ignored.
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to excavate soil tainted with lead and arsenic from around more than 160 homes in East Chicago, in a push the agency...
CHICAGO (AP) — Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot easily won the Chicago mayor's race Tuesday, earning support from every part of the city to defeat a longtime political insider and become...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside the clothing store he founded to help rebuild his troubled South Los Angeles neighborhood, police said, cutting short a career that...
Grants awarded to revitalize vacant land in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — Nine Detroit-based grassroots organizations will receive $97,000 in grants to help revitalize vacant lots in the city.
Detroit Future City's Working with Lots Grant Program...
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to allow taller buildings and denser construction around 27 neighborhood hubs while requiring developers to contribute to affordable...
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A project to redevelop the grounds of a former Omaha horse racing track into a mixed-use campus is nearing completion after 15 years.
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro said Thursday that the Obama administration missed an early opportunity to pass immigration reform and that he'd push...
US Rep Tonko to tour Schenectady redevelopment project
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Congressman Paul Tonko is poised to get an up-close look at a project to revitalize a neighborhood in Schenectady.
The Democrat plans to tour the Mill Artisan District on...
Chase investing $15 million to help Detroit neighborhoods
DETROIT (AP) — JPMorgan Chase is investing $15 million to expand economic opportunity across some Detroit neighborhoods.
The bank will use a $10 million loan and $5 million in philanthropy...
State’s top economic development chief defends Amazon deal
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Cuomo administration's top economic development official defended the deal to bring one of Amazon's second headquarters to Queens, telling state lawmakers Tuesday that the project is "unprecedented" in New York state history in terms of jobs it could create and tax revenues it could generate.
Pushback against Amazon by influential politicians in the Senate and New York City Council has reportedly left company officials rethinking their Queens plans.
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.
City to spend $2.1M to buy, preserve neighborhood dog park
WASHINGTON (AP) — The city of Washington, D.C., is set to bid $2.1 million to buy and preserve a dog park in Columbia Heights, but critics are questioning the use of money.
Nonprofit envisions new housing at site of problem home
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The shell of a house sat cold and vacant, stripped bare of plumbing and its furnace, for more than a decade in Lincoln before attracting some positive interest.
A nonprofit serving the neighborhood nearly a year ago saw more than just an eyesore that attracted squatters and trouble, vandals and police.
"It's pretty sad," Isabel Salas, a community builder with the South of Downtown Community Development Organization, said early last year. "It's caused a lot of problems."
Solar is thriving in low-income Minneapolis neighborhoods
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis is starting to see an influx of solar installations in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, an early result of a new program to target investment in those areas without displacing existing residents and businesses.
A 50-year Chicago housing discrimination case settled
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement between the Chicago Housing Authority and a public interest law group that will lead to the end of more than 50 years of federal oversight of public housing in the city.
The settlement concedes the housing authority has implemented programs to remedy past discrimination and has plans to build or acquire housing in mixed-income neighborhoods to assure access, diversity and opportunity.
NYPD unveils new crime-fighting initiative in stubborn areas
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department will devote additional resources to six precincts with violent crime rates that are more than twice as high as the rest of the city, Commissioner James O'Neill said Wednesday.
O'Neill, delivering his annual State of the NYPD address, said the initiative is aimed at ensuring every neighborhood benefits from the city's historic overall drop in crime, regardless of income level, location or demographics.
Cities like Springfield struggle to combat urban blight
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — In the wealthy Boston suburbs, housing prices are skyrocketing and affordable housing is hard to find, even for working families.
But travel west to Springfield, and the picture is different.
Stamford neighborhood group fights against high rise spread
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The South End Neighborhood Revitalization Zone has filed an appeal to the Board of Representatives hoping it will halt a developer's plans for continued high rise building in the neighborhood.
Health system plans arts destination in Detroit neighborhood
DETROIT (AP) — A health system plans to turn a vacant commercial building in Detroit into an arts destination.
Henry Ford Health System plans to revitalize the building near Henry Ford Hospital with help from a $200,000 grant from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation.
The building also will have education and community meeting space. The "ArtBlock" project will feature five public art installations, including murals and interactive rideable, animal-shaped and pedal-powered metal sculptures.
Wisconsin DNR: Invasive vine moving into Madison
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials say an invasive vine is moving into two Madison neighborhoods.
Department of Natural Resources officials said Wednesday that the porcelain berry vine has been found on hundreds of properties in the Crestwood and Spring Harbor neighborhoods. They say it's the largest known population of the plant in Wisconsin.
Michigan Land Bank announces blight elimination grants
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Blight elimination funding is available for land banks and governmental units in Michigan counties with fewer than 50,000 people.
The Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority says the Michigan Rural Community Demolition grants are designed to help communities remove vacant and abandoned structures from neighborhoods to prepare the areas for developments that spark business investment and provide good jobs.
New garage first step in redeveloping Hartford neighborhood
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new parking garage for state office workers near The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts is nearing completion and could be the first piece of a puzzle giving rise to a neighborhood that has been envisioned for the area for decades.
Northern State University renovations concern some neighbors
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — When Wolves Memorial Suites was built a few years ago, Amy Schoen didn't think much of it.
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Warren shelling out $125K on traps to battle displaced rats
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — One Detroit-area community is digging deep in its pockets to battle rats.
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts says the city is spending $125,000 on bait traps along the fence lines of Interstate 696. He worries that rats fleeing construction on the freeway will scurry into city neighborhoods.
Fouts said in a release that the pounding and excavation causes rats to seek shelter, food and water elsewhere.
Baltimore trying to stem decades-long disappearing act
BALTIMORE (AP) — LaShelle Rollins' rental house in West Baltimore is wedged between a line of derelict properties valued only by street gangs, drug addicts and firefighters conducting arson drills. And even though her family's $700-a-month address sits across from a public school, they are among the only occupants of this desolate block.
Mobile food truck aimed at ending urban food deserts
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A group in Kansas City, Kansas, is getting community members involved in the planning for a mobile grocery truck that would sell healthy and affordable food in neighborhoods that lack good grocery stores.
Some Wyandotte County residents gather weekly in the back room of a community health center, getting a say in everything from how to stock the food truck shelves to where the truck will park on which days.
Richmond breaks ground on 3 new schools set to open in 2020
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials have held ground-breaking ceremonies for three new schools in Richmond.
Mayor Levar Stoney, schools Superintendent Jason Kamras and other city officials broke ground Wednesday on two new elementary schools and one new middle school.
Stoney said the schools' designs were chosen by Richmond parents, students, teachers and other city residents after a public process of community engagement and neighborhood meetings.
Minister battles poverty in Philadelphia’s Kensington area
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ten years ago, the Rev. Adan Mairena decided to leave the Main Line majesty of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church to minister to people living in poverty in Kensington.
"In one day," said Mairena, a Honduran-born, second-generation preacher, "I went from first world to the third. From Renoirs on the walls to people with no running water — in 15 miles."
A move to ban many vacation rentals in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A ban on "whole home" short-term vacation rentals in New Orleans was proposed Thursday by a City Council member, a move long-awaited by critics who say investors were helping drive up housing costs and marring the character of historic neighborhoods by buying up properties and renting them to out-of-towners.
The Latest: Airbnb bashes New Orleans’ proposed restrictions
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a proposal to ban short-term rentals of non-owner-occupied houses in New Orleans (all times local):
Airbnb says a proposal in New Orleans to ban short-term rentals of whole homes that are not owner-occupied would "devastate" some city residents who depend on the income.
7 companies giving $35M to improve Detroit neighborhoods
DETROIT (AP) — Seven companies are making a combined $35 million commitment to help improve Detroit neighborhoods.
Mayor Mike Duggan joined the companies Monday in announcing the investments that seek to spur development and make physical improvements to the city. American Axle, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Chemical Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Flagstar Bank, Huntington Bank and Penske Corp. are each contributing $5 million.
An overlooked bit of South Beach is springing back to life
Just when it seemed every last corner of South Beach has been remade, built up and overrun, here comes Collins Park, an overlooked wedge of a historic neighborhood that could finally be the alternative SoBe many have hankered for.
That is, a civilized refuge for grown-ups, just far enough from the madding crowd to claim its own tonic vibe.
Officials mull marker for razed Detroit neighborhood
DETROIT (AP) — History officials are seeking public input on a potential marker for Detroit's former Black Bottom neighborhood.
New development priced for households making $75K or less
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Tacoma neighborhood under development aims to stay affordable by limiting buyers to households that make $75,000 or less.
Co-founders Bill Rehe and Michael Pressnall are planning 50 to 70 two- and three-bedroom cottages in the residential development called The Preserve, The News Tribune reported .
New state building code could alter coastal neighborhoods
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A regulation in Virginia's new building code could alter the look and feel of some neighborhoods near the state's coast in the coming decades.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that the change will impact some of the Hampton Roads region's historic, inner neighborhoods that are in high-risk flood zones.
Anchorage crews haul away junk from problem property
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage crews have hauled away hundreds of thousands of pounds of junk from a property in Bear Valley as part of the city's efforts of address neighborhood blight.
Detroit seeking proposals for 2 residential projects
DETROIT (AP) — Redevelopment proposals are being sought for two residential projects near Detroit's east riverfront.
The city says the projects include renovation of 10 existing duplexes in the Islandview neighborhood and construction of up to 45 new houses on vacant land.
It is part of a larger housing strategy to create more affordable options in the area and to preserve and renovate dozens of vacant city and Detroit Land Bank Authority-owned properties.
Chicago in talks with design firm for public safety academy
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is to start negotiations for the design and construction of a 30-acre (12-hectare) training academy for police officers and firefighters.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday that the joint venture will be led by multinational engineering and design firm AECOM. City Council approval will be required for the contract to be finalized.
AECOM will be responsible for leading a collaborative design process with city stakeholders, neighborhood residents and first responders.
Amazon’s ‘National Landing’ leads to confusion and jokes
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Place names in Arlington County have never been a simple matter. A major fight broke out when National Airport was named for Ronald Reagan in 1998. A fight continues over whether to name a park next to the airport for Nancy Reagan. And in the 1920s, the Postal Service refused to establish a post office in Arlington because the street names were so confusing and haphazard.
Whitaker’s failed renovation missed affordable housing goal
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A failed apartment-rehabilitation project by acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was a missed opportunity to preserve affordable housing in a rapidly gentrifying Des Moines neighborhood, a city official said Wednesday.
Civilians in Israel, Gaza feel helpless amid new fighting
ASHKELON, Israel (AP) — Loren Amar was watching TV with her father around midnight when an air-raid siren warning of incoming rocket fire blared through their working-class neighborhood in southern Israel.
Their old apartment had no in-house shelter, so they huddled in the stairway just before a rocket from Gaza slammed into the building next-door, sending shrapnel and debris flying into their bedrooms — and the 29-year-old Amar to the hospital with shock symptoms.
Lynn armory building planned as site for veterans’ housing
LYNN, Mass. (AP) — Officials in Massachusetts say they plan to turn a 125-year-old armory in Lynn into housing for veterans.
The Riverwalk in Tampa wins planning award
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa neighborhood has won what could be described as city planners' version of "The People's Choice Awards."
The American Planning Association said Wednesday that The Riverwalk in Tampa had won its "People' Choice" designation as one of the great spaces in America in 2018.
The planning association asked the public to nominate their favorite public space, neighborhood, or street.