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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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Away from Olympics, sewage blights vast swaths of Rio 10.9.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — 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 and infestations of roaches and rats. […]
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Urban Renewal Authority agrees to fund second beach along Walton Creek Promenade 6.8.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Steamboat Springs City Council, acting as the Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority (SSRA), voted Tuesday to spend $26,000 in Urban Renewal Authority funds to create a second sand beach on Walton Creek where it flows past condominiums and a hotel at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. But plans to go forward with the design of a new “iconic” barn structure announcing to visitors that they have arrived at the mountain resort will have to wait. The new beach is to be built in front of One Steamboat Place and would become a companion to the existing Slot Canyon Beach farther upstream. That beach has eliminated a muddy area where children play in the creek and along a gentle waterfall and matured into a family attraction. The vote of approval, with authority members Scott Ford and Walter Magill dissenting, came over the advice of Urban Renewal Authority (URA) attorney Malcolm Murray. The key criteria for URA activities is whether they address blighted public infrastructure within the boundaries of the ...
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How Motor City Came Back From the Brink…And Left Most Detroiters Behind 6.7.2015 Mother Jones
On August 30, 2013, a billionaire businessman named Dan Gilbert arrived at the White House to discuss the future of Detroit. Gilbert, founder and  chairman of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, had already invested heavily in the city; in 2010 he moved Quicken's headquarters from the suburbs to downtown and relocated several of his businesses along with 12,500 employees. Six weeks before that White House meeting, the city had filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history. Gilbert was in Washington as part of an elite delegation to discuss federal assistance for the country's most visibly dysfunctional city.      The heads of the Kresge and Ford Foundations—large philanthropies that have roots in Detroit's industrial past and continue to invest in the city—were there, as well as the CEO of the Henry Ford hospital system and the then-chair of Wayne State University's Board of Governors. According to the Detroit News, the group met with senior administration officials including ...
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Baltimore’s blight puts O’Malley on defensive in bid for presidency 30.5.2015 Washington Post
When Martin O’Malley announces his bid for the presidency Saturday in Baltimore, he is hoping that backdrop will strengthen his effort to become the leading candidate for progressives.But the backdrop also could be his albatross.Read full article ...
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Was St. Paul's $45M spent on fixing homes well spent? 27.5.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

For years, St. Paul has been in the home-buying business. But unlike the guy on the billboard who wants ugly houses, the city planned to lose money. And it did: to date it has put more than four times as much money into homes as it has gotten back.

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Tear down Baltimore’s abandoned buildings to help rebuild the city 1.5.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
BALTIMOREThis city needs to be built up again, but first a lot of it ought to be torn down.There has been much talk, following Monday’s night of rage, about the social maladies that afflict this city. One of the most visible should also be one of the most straightforward to address: Baltimore’s enormous stock of derelict, abandoned housing. Federal, state and local officials should work together — now — to eliminate this blight.Read full article ...
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Chicago isn't Detroit, but it can learn from Motor City's innovative rehab 24.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
You hear the term "blank canvas" a lot around here, and it rankles many Detroiters, as if their years of sticking with this troubled, recently bankrupted city amounted to ...
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Downtown L.A. revival continues with remake of opulent Giannini building 16.4.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Fake windows hide blight of vacant homes 7.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
County program uses vinyl windows, doors to camouflage vacant properties.
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State bill would help downtown L.A. developer with billboards 27.3.2015 LA Times: Commentary
At the request of the builder of the massive Metropolis Los Angeles development, state legislation has been introduced that would exempt signs and giant electronic billboards in that section of downtown Los Angeles from state restrictions.
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