Community / Economic Development

The easy part for politicians at both the city and the county of Los Angeles is over. Funding their plans to improve services for the homeless will be the hard part.
2 days ago   Los Angeles Times
The city of El Paso, Texas, considers whether to become the latest of several cities to impose new restrictions on billboards that amounts to a ban on future construction.
Jul 22, 2009   El Paso Times
Small towns in New Mexico are increasingly being used as film locations. But for some locals, the invasion of Hollywood is not worth the economic benefits.
Jul 21, 2009   Los Angeles Times
The city of Washington, D.C. learns its police checkpoints aimed at reducing crime in hot spots are unconstitutional.
Jul 20, 2009   Washington Post
A famous beacon atop a building in downtown Pittsburgh has been broadcasting the city's name in Morse code since 1929. The only problem is they spelled it wrong.
Jul 19, 2009   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In a posh borough of London, empty homes are causing problems for officials, who are tasked with finding the owners of these vacant or abandoned mansions.
Jul 17, 2009   The Wall Street Journal
The ACLU and local clergy are fighting over the prayers recited at City Council meetings in San Marcos, Texas, near Austin.
Jul 17, 2009   San Marcos Daily Record
Sales in Brooklyn are down, and that's made a ghost town out of the recently booming but now busted Williamsburg neighborhood.
Jul 15, 2009   New York Magazine
The convenience store announced it would open 200 new stores this year. A rep said that attractive locations had opened up for the retailer that were previously too expensive.
Jul 15, 2009   The New York Times
Bicycles are being collected and distributed to Chattanooga's homeless in an attempt to improve their quality of life.
Jul 15, 2009   Chattanooga Times Free Press
Via the White House, here are the President's opening remarks at yesterday's roundtable discussions with the Office of Urban Affairs and the Domestic Policy Council. He highlighted success stories in Denver, Kansas City, and Philadelphia.
Jul 14, 2009   WhiteHouse.gov