Land Bank Act will help N.Y.
Times Union (N.Y.), July 22, 2011
New York cities face a daunting vacancy crisis. Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester, Schenectady, Syracuse, Troy and Utica all have vacancy rates over 10 percent, according to recent census data. Vacant properties pose a serious threat to New York communities by lowering surrounding property values, attracting crime, cutting into local tax revenues and perpetuating cycles of disinvestment.
U.S. Treasury to move into new building in downtown Birmingham
The Birmingham News, July 23, 2011
The U.S. Treasury Department will move its operations from Homewood to a new $19 million, 87,000-square-foot building to be built next to the new Social Security Building in downtown Birmingham.
Gas prices fuel mass-transit surge
The Miami Herald, July 21, 2011
From 1995 to 2009, national use of public transit increased by 34 percent, according to a report by the American Public Transportation Association, a nonpartisan group that promotes mass-transit improvement. South Florida saw an increase of 37 percent from 2000 to 2009. In the state with the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities, venturing out of a car is especially risky. Miami residents’ commute time is also five minutes longer than the national average. But in the city that was recently ranked the eighth-most “walkable” in the country, people are willing to do it.
South San Francisco seeks to revitalize southern El Camino Real
San Jose Mercury, July 23, 2011
On Wednesday, the City Council is expected to consider approving the El Camino Real/Chestnut plan, which calls for high-density, mixed-use development in the area over the next generation.