GALVESTON — Sometimes, money is the easy part. After Hurricane Ike ravaged this island town in September 2008, the federal government poured millions of dollars into local coffers to jump-start the recovery process. The results are obvious nearly 10 years later: Near the Strand, a historic street lined with 19th-century buildings, workers pour concrete for road projects, while others install streetlights and sidewalks a few blocks away. Still, about $76 million of that recovery money remains unspent: The dollars earmarked to rebuild public housing for the city’s poorest residents. After Ike’s head-high floodwaters and 110 mile-per-hour winds damaged three Galveston public housing developments beyond repair, the city demolished all 569 units — and the city’s housing authority promised that it would rebuild all of them. But once the storm waters receded, it didn’t take long for some Galveston residents to begin asking whether the city should rebuild … [Read more...] about “It’s our form of apartheid”: How Galveston stalled public housing reconstruction in the 10 years after Ike
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Many readers expressed outrage after The Buffalo News published an analysis on how the City of Buffalo spent just under $4.3 million in federal Housing and Urban Development funds to rehabilitate 10 low-to-moderate income homes that sold for an average of $100,000 each. A couple of the houses are in historic districts, and efforts were made to retain elements such as original wood flooring, ceramic tiles and lead glass windows. (You can see the houses at 160 Brunswick Blvd. and 245 Dearborn St. through our photo galleries.) But otherwise, there's nothing particularly noteworthy about the rehabbed houses. Generally, it was the environmental clean-up costs and historic locations that drove up the rehabilitation costs, as well as the size and condition of the properties, News' reporter Susan Schulman found. In one case study, Schulman found that the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency spent $523,600 in federal funds to fix up a house that is now selling for $137,750. In another case study, … [Read more...] about You asked, we answered: Is it cheaper to demolish and rebuild rather than rehab?
NORTH YARMOUTH — A $3.43 million bond to rebuild Wescustogo Hall and renovate a partly demolished North Yarmouth Memorial School will go to voters June 12. In the meantime, community forums on the project are planned at the former school, 120 Memorial Highway (Route 9), at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12; 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14; and 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10. A Select Board public hearing on the bond warrant is being held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. The board voted 3-1 April 3, with Vice Chairwoman Jeanne Chadbourne opposed, to place the bond on the June warrant. Select Board members heard April 3 from some residents who felt the back wing of NYMS should be preserved for future town needs, such as a relocated fire station and historical society. “If tearing down NYMS and building Wescustogo are linked together, we’re not going to know what people’s votes meant,” Dixie Hayes said. A person voting against the project might actually favor Wescustogo being rebuilt, … [Read more...] about North Yarmouth hopes to borrow $3.4M to rebuild Wescustogo Hall
National School Walkout: Metro Atlanta students protest gun violence Students at Inman Middle School in Virginia-Highland display protest signs. AMANDA COYNE / AJC https://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/national-school-walkout-metro-atlanta-students-protest-gun-violence/aPVwQk21QeFkdgCjdrwZRL/ Students at Inman Middle School in Virginia-Highland display protest signs. AMANDA COYNE / AJC Photos: Blake Shelton at Atlanta’s Philips Arena National School Walkout: Metro Atlanta students protest gun violence In Clayton County, Mundy’s Mill Middle School seventh grader Deonte Barkley created a poster for the protest. MITCHELL NORTHAM / AJC https://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/national-school-walkout-metro-atlanta-students-protest-gun-violence/aPVwQk21QeFkdgCjdrwZRL/ In Clayton County, Mundy’s Mill Middle School seventh grader Deonte Barkley created a poster for the protest. MITCHELL NORTHAM / AJC Photos: Blake Shelton at Atlanta’s Philips Arena … [Read more...] about Intown Atlanta News| Local news, sports, events, schools and info
Driving the Day Good Sunday morning. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! SPEAKER PAUL RYAN discusses what he’s learning as a father as his kids approach their teenage years. http://bit.ly/2rJIO3F FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- Speaker Paul Ryan spent the weekend at the Homestead in Virginia for his annual “Team Ryan” summer outing. His message to K Streeters and donors: the Republican agenda is on track. The Wisconsin Republican laid out his preferred timeline for Obamacare repeal bill, saying that it will be done by mid-summer and tax reform will be completed by the end of the year. Ryan said that he expected the Senate to pass their health care bill before the July 4 recess and that would give House Republicans the rest of July to take action. Ryan said he has been talking to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell daily. Ryan also was bullish on infrastructure, telling the group that a series of infrastructure bills will be passed by the end of the year. SPOTTED: Chris Russell, Bob … [Read more...] about Happy Father’s Day — JAY SEKULOW: Trump is not under investigation — Scalise update — WHITE HOUSE week ahead — KNOWING MARK CORALLO – SCHUMER’s first big test — WEEKEND READS – RODAY/MARRE wedding pool report