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Amazon.com is proving that brick-and-mortar retail is the new coal 9.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Are book stores and other brick-and-mortar retailers different than the coal industry? (“Amazon.com is a 21st century deal with the devil,” Opinion, June 4)

Just to establish my credentials as a reader: I have read books just about continuously since my teenage years, and I’m 67....

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Circus of life: Dreams take flight amid urban blight 3.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A group of would-be circus performers in New Jersey’s capital city are using unicycles, acrobatics and spinning plates to bridge the divide between poverty and privilege. The Trenton Circus Squad brings kids ages 12-17 from both the struggling city and its wealthier suburbs together, using circus skills to give them a […]
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Supreme Court rules Miami, other cities can sue big banks over housing bubble damages 1.5.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Majority agrees that Fair Housing Act applies, but cities face a higher burden of proof of predatory lending’s effects than individuals.
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'A house without a home': Rosa Parks's Detroit dwelling was resurrected in Berlin 10.4.2017 Washington Post: World
When Ryan Mendoza learned that a house where Parks lived in the late 1950s was to be demolished as part of Detroit's massive anti-blight campaign, he launched a spectacular rescue operation.
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Michigan officer fatally shoots 73-year-old man 29.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 73-year-old man has died after being shot by a police officer in Michigan. Manistee Public Safety Director Dave Bachman says the officer shot Lee Pat Milks after the man came out of a house with a gun Tuesday evening and told the officer to go away. Police say […]
Memphis officials to help save Aretha Franklin’s birthplace 24.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis mayor’s office is pitching in to help figure out the future of the dilapidated house where soul singer Aretha Franklin was born, a lawyer said Thursday. Alan Crone, special counsel to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, told a judge that a working group from the mayor’s office plans to assist […]
Blight battle finds focus at Aretha Franklin’s birthplace 21.3.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The crumbling house where Aretha Franklin was born looks no different from many others on Lucy Avenue in Memphis’ Soulsville neighborhood: empty and shuttered, with plywood over the windows. A rear section has collapsed, and weeds grow all around it. No one has lived there for years. It’s a monument to […]
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Blight battle finds focus at Aretha Franklin's birthplace 21.3.2017 AP Top News
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The crumbling house where Aretha Franklin was born looks no different from many others on Lucy Avenue in Memphis' Soulsville neighborhood: empty and shuttered, with plywood over the windows. A rear section has collapsed, and weeds grow all around it. No one has lived there for years....
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Tulsa's former Black Wall Street tries to remake itself 23.2.2017 AP Business
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Not far from a gleaming $183 million arena and other signs of a midsize city striving to become something more, smooth pavement gives way to potholes, rusted fences and shuttered storefronts. They're the remnants of what was once known as Tulsa's Black Wall Street, before one of the worst race riots in U.S. history....
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Tulsa’s former Black Wall Street tries to remake itself 23.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Not far from a gleaming $183 million arena and other signs of a midsize city striving to become something more, smooth pavement gives way to potholes, rusted fences and shuttered storefronts. They’re the remnants of what was once known as Tulsa’s Black Wall Street, before one of the worst race riots […]
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Couple refuses to remove ‘N word’ spray painted on their house 21.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Sometime during Martin Luther King Day weekend, someone spray-painted the 'N word' on the home of Heather Lindsay and her husband, Lexene Charles, in Connecticut. They're refusing to remove it.
Interracial couple fined for not removing graffiti slur 21.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — An interracial Connecticut couple whose home was vandalized by a racial slur has been fined for failing to cover it up. The Stamford Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2lAiTvP ) the slur was spray-painted over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend on the garage door of Heather Lindsay, who’s white, and Lexene Charles, who’s black. […]
This 21-year-old runs a town. (What were you doing at that age?) 17.2.2017 Washington Post
He became mayor in a landslide. Now this phenom wants to nab the big prize: a grocery store.
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Ohio Lawmakers Ban Use Of Plywood To Board Up Vacant Buildings 17.1.2017 NPR: Morning Edition
Ohio is the first state to ban the use of plywood for boarding up abandoned houses. Proponents say clear boarding prevents neighborhood blight. But safety officials say it poses potential hazards.
Ohio is 1st state to ban plywood on vacant properties 6.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Columbus, Ohio • Boarded-up property will no longer be synonymous with blight in Ohio. The state became the first in the nation this week to outlaw the use of plywood on abandoned and vacant properties. The prohibition was tucked into one of 28 bills signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. John Kasich. It takes effect in 90 days. It’s a boon for a practice known as clear boarding, which has been catching on around the country. Fannie Mae, the federal government-sponsored mortgage association, has be...
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Ohio becomes 1st state to ban plywood on vacant properties 5.1.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Boarded-up property will no longer be synonymous with blight in Ohio. With the governor’s signature Wednesday, the state has become the first to outlaw the use of plywood on abandoned and vacant properties. The prohibition was tucked into one of 28 bills signed by Republican John Kasich (KAY’-sik). It’s a boon […]
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Detroit demolishes thousands of structures; many more to go 29.12.2016 AP Top News
DETROIT (AP) -- Remnants of the roof and walls creaked, groaned and then crumpled to the ground Wednesday from what once was an industrial building that covered an entire city block, likely the last structure demolished this year under Detroit's massive blight elimination program....
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Detroit demolishes thousands of structures; many more to go 29.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

DETROIT (AP) — Remnants of the roof and walls creaked, groaned and then crumpled to the ground Wednesday from what once was an industrial building that covered an entire city block, likely the last structure demolished this year under Detroit’s massive blight elimination program. Blows from an excavator methodically destroyed a portion of what had […]
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As illegal warehouse living flourished, Oakland struggled to enforce safety rules - until the Ghost Ship fire 28.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

OAKLAND — This city has long been known as the industrial and trading hub of the Bay Area, dotted with shipping depots, armories as well as many old warehouses and shuttered manufacturing facilities.

And it’s no secret that as rents skyrocketed, some of those warehouses were illegally converted...

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Oakland Warehouse Fire: Despite Warning Signs, City Failed To Intervene 10.12.2016 NPR: Saturday
In Oakland, Ca., officials are trying determine the cause of a fire that killed 36 people attending a dance party in a warehouse. A litany of governmental and bureaucratic failures is emerging.
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