Crumbling infrastructure ranks U.S. behind Barbados
Evansville Courier & Press (Ind.), September 17, 2011
The World Economic Forum, which as recently as 1995 listed U.S. infrastructure as tops in the world, now maintains the country has slipped to 23rd place behind, among others, Barbados. The American Society of Civil Engineers, in its most recent infrastructure report card, gave the country a “D” and asserted it would require an investment of $2.2 trillion over five years to get it in shape.
New Carrollton to become home to Md. housing department
Washington Post, September 19, 2011
The department, which works on rental housing, neighborhood revitalization and foreclosure prevention, will move more than 330 employees from its Crownsville headquarters in Anne Arundel County to its new location in the late summer or early fall of 2013, officials said. The project is awaiting final approval from the state Board of Public Works, of which O’Malley (D) is a member. O’Malley said that moving from rural Anne Arundel to Prince George’s promotes smart growth and stimulates transit-oriented development, key priorities of his administration.
Pittsburgh seeking new ways to keep up with number of vacant properties
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 18, 2011
Flint, Mich., was in steep decline when Dan Kildee was elected Genesee County treasurer 14 years ago. His hometown’s days as a thriving, broad-shouldered factory town were gone. Most plants were shuttered or running well below capacity. Some 60,000 General Motors jobs alone were lost. And the city was well on its way toward shedding nearly half of its population. The fallout included an epidemic of vacant and abandoned properties. Tax delinquency was starving the city and school district of desperately needed revenue.