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As Medical Cannabis Grows, So Does the Space Needed for It

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:00:00 -0700

Despite its medicinal benefits, cannabis will negatively impact the environment if we don’t plan accordingly.

Los Angeles' New Tower and the Silly Rules That Govern Building Height

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:00:00 -0700

Los Angeles' new Wilshire Grand tower is tall and impressive. But, in reality, it's about 100 feet shorter and perhaps less impressive than the arbiters of skyscrapers say it is. Whatever the definition, it might be time to quit venerating height.

Union Strike Halts Construction in Philadelphia

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Operators of cranes, bulldozers, hoists, and all kinds of other heavy equipment walked off construction sites around the Philadelphia region earlier this week.

Louisville's Sprawl Threatens One of its Last Clean-Running Streams

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

New subdivision planning and construction is expected to expand the footprint of the Louisville metropolitan area. The question is whether those new developments will protect or harm the beloved Floyds Fork.

Transit's No Good, Very Bad Day

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0700

Transit commuters in New York and Washington, D.C. were understandably frustrated yesterday. One wonders when enough will be enough, and what happens then?

$6 Million: The Cost of Removing the Trump Brand from Toronto Hotel

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:00:00 -0700

JCF Capital ULC wanted so badly to reboot the branding at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto, it paid $6 million to start over.

With Resources Scarce, Bridge-Builders Cultivate Creativity

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0700

Innovation means different things to different people. For Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a nonprofit that builds footbridges in the developing world, it’s a way to help people thrive despite limited resources.

Black Home Ownership Rates in Seattle's King County Continue to Shrink

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0700

King County, Washington was once home to a large number of black homeowners, today the county lags far behind the rest of the country.

The Dutch: Ready to Export Their Flood Control Expertise

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

For those who want it, the Netherlands is willing to share the fruits of its centuries-long relationship with the unruly seas. In Rotterdam, lots of local urban solutions are also on display.

Public Engagement Helping Pittsburgh-Area Bus Rapid Transit Proposal Take Shape

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0700

The Port Authority of Allegheny County is moving forward on a proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) system that connects Downtown Pittsburgh with Uptown, Oakland, and Wilkinsburg, with branches to Squirrel Hill and Highland Park.