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Bill that would allow giant digital billboards in downtown L.A. draws heat 25.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

State lawmakers have resurrected a controversial bill that could allow  developers to erect several giant electronic billboards around the $1-billion Metropolis high-rise project in downtown Los Angeles.

The measure by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) is aimed at helping the economic...

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Beating death of homeless man in SF shows crisis in luxe cities 9.6.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Police are looking for more suspects in the torture of a homeless man who was beaten to death and dumped in a pond in Golden Gate Park.
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Homeless man tortured for three days, beaten to death and dumped in Golden Gate Park 9.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

San Francisco police searched Wednesday for more suspects in the three-day-long torture of a homeless man who was beaten to death and dumped in a pond in Golden Gate Park, a brutal crime targeting a vulnerable population that has become a major flashpoint in this city and others with rising housing...

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Beating death of homeless man shows problem in pricey cities 9.6.2016 AP Washington
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco police searched Wednesday for more suspects in the three-day-long torture of a homeless man who was beaten to death and dumped in a pond in Golden Gate Park, a brutal crime targeting a vulnerable population that has become a major flashpoint in this city and others with rising housing costs....
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Las Vegas residents on edge over invasion of squatters 15.5.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

Squatters have infiltrated every part of the Las Vegas Valley, taking over empty houses in working-class neighborhoods, in upscale planned communities and everywhere in between. And they often bring along a trail of crime.
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La Plata County: Cellphone tower could ruin view from train, house 27.4.2016 Durango Herald
A proposed cellphone tower in the Animas Valley comes with two promises: improved mobile phone reception, and to some, a blight that threatens historical surroundings.La Plata County officials expect to receive a Class II land-use permit application within a few months for a 120-foot, unlit monopole cellphone tower on Trimble Lane. The...
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Struggling Illinois homeowners get extra $151 million in federal help 21.4.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
Struggling Illinois homeowners may be able to get help with their mortgages later this year after the federal government awarded the state an extra $151 million to tackle the blight wrought by the Great Recession. The additional "Hardest Hit" funds allocated to Illinois on Wednesday mean it ...
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Essential California: Cal State teachers get a raise 9.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning. It is Saturday, April 9. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:

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Children and lead: Children living near the old Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon have higher levels of lead in their blood than those whose homes are farther away, according to new data. The...

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A tiny roof over one's head is better than none 20.3.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Until recently most Angelenos likely regarded tiny houses — residences as small as 70 square feet — with bemusement, as fodder for cable TV series or design magazines. Last month, however, tiny houses became a social justice cause when the city seized three that had been donated to people who are...

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Appellate court hands L.A. a legal victory on digital billboards 11.3.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A three-judge panel handed a major defeat Thursday to an advertising company that had sought to invalidate the city's prohibition on new digital billboards in Los Angeles.

Baton Rouge, La.-based Lamar Central Outdoor had challenged the city's 2002 sign ordinance, which bars new billboards from...

MN tree researchers, foodies give American chestnut a second chance 28.1.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A blight in the early 1900s wiped out the species, once known as the "Redwoods of the East." Now, a southern Minnesota farm is producing hybrid chestnut trees that survive winters and bear fruit.
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Hopes of a turnaround in Flint jeopardized by water crisis 27.1.2016 AP National
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- In a city long stereotyped for despair, some began seeing reasons for hope: A smattering of just-opened restaurants, students filling new college classrooms, fields of green growing where abandoned houses had stood....
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Hopes of a turnaround in Flint jeopardized by water crisis 27.1.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — In a city long stereotyped for despair, some began seeing reasons for hope: A smattering of just-opened restaurants, students filling new college classrooms, fields of green growing where abandoned houses had stood. The red-brick streets of downtown Flint became lined with once-unlikely businesses like a crepe shop and wine bar, and […]
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Trump's rhetoric on Muslims echoes WWII hysteria over Japanese Americans 10.12.2015 LA Times: Commentary

It was strikingly fitting that Donald Trump's bombast about blocking the entry of foreign Muslims into America came on Pearl Harbor Day.

It was coincidental but clueless. Ironic and insensitive.

Japan's sneak attack on the U.S. fleet in Hawaii 74 years ago set off the demagogic drumbeat that forced...

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San Bernardino shooting rampage sows fear, anger and sorrow among residents 3.12.2015 LA Times: Commentary

The whine of police sirens is familiar on the streets of San Bernardino.

But even here — in a place battered by drug addiction and decades of economic decline, culminating in the city's bankruptcy three years ago — the kind of crime that sent an army of law enforcement officers into the streets...

Profiting from blight 6.11.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
In Chicago's struggling neighborhoods, the boarded-up windows of abandoned houses and apartment buildings signal distress like no other visual. Three-flats and Victorians scarred with plywood chase away opportunity. Who would invest there? Well, it turns out some firms do invest — for a ...
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Midway neighborhood prepares for change MLS stadium 23.10.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

Ready or not, St. Paul's Midway neighborhood will never be the same.

La Plata County officials to hear appeals over debris dumping 22.10.2015 Durango Herald
In December, La Plata County officials are scheduled to hear two appeals addressing a war waging over an Animas Valley property.On East Sixth Avenue, off 32nd Street, Anne Markward’s home looks over a valley that has, she says, a glaring blight. Down a slope beneath her back deck, a dry patch amid surrounding vegetation is heaped...
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Gov. Brown approves new plan to target blight in California 23.9.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Four years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature dissolved 400 redevelopment agencies throughout California that provided public subsidies to spur economic development and housing construction in blighted city cores.
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Away from Olympics, sewage blights vast swaths of Rio 10.9.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Rivulets of waste crisscross the labyrinth of alleyways that serve as 5-year-old Kaike de Oliveira Benjamin's playground, forming dark, fetid puddles and gurgling streams of refuse and trash. It's little better inside the tiny, one-room apartment he shares with his mother, two little brothers ...
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