Residents battle over historic label in flooding area

U.S. 05/11/19, 02:01

A quiet South Beach neighborhood tucked away near bustling City Hall and Lincoln Road has become a battleground between preservationists and homeowners who want more freedom over their properties.Residents of the leafy Palm View neighborhood are divided over a push to repeal the area's historic designation, which protects the neighborhood's ...

How birdwatchers can help threatened bird populations

U.S. 05/07/19, 08:52

The types of birds coming through your neighborhood are probably changing, and so is the timing of their migrations. Birdwatchers noticing these differences are on the front line in figuring out how climate change and more severe weather events are putting stress on bird populations."Birders have to be much more ...

Housing-strapped California debates density near job hubs

U.S. 04/24/19, 00:20

A controversial proposal to increase housing near transportation and job hubs faces a key test Wednesday as California lawmakers search for solutions to the state's housing affordability crisis.Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener's bill is one of dozens on housing before lawmakers this year that attempt to the slow rising rents, spur ...

Mourning for Nipsey Hussle goes well beyond his music

Entertainment 04/01/19, 15:27

Nipsey Hussle thought Marathon Clothing could be a seed to revive the impoverished Los Angeles community where he grew up.The 33-year-old rapper and his business partner purchased a plaza in the Crenshaw neighborhood, intending to knock it down and erect a six-story residential building atop a commercial plaza, with Marathon ...

Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle shot and killed at 33

Entertainment 04/01/19, 10:52

Rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside the clothing store he founded to help rebuild his troubled South Los Angeles neighborhood, police said, cutting short a career that earned him a Grammy nomination this year for his major-label debut. He was 33. Police said Hussle was one of three men shot ...

Baltimore trying to stem decades-long disappearing act

U.S. 12/29/18, 08:51

LaShelle Rollins' rental house in West Baltimore is wedged between a line of derelict properties valued only by street gangs, drug addicts and firefighters conducting arson drills. Even though her family's $700-a-month address sits across from a public school, they are among the only occupants of this desolate block.Life in ...

A move to ban many vacation rentals in New Orleans

U.S. 12/13/18, 15:57

A ban on "whole home" short-term vacation rentals in New Orleans was proposed Thursday by a City Council member, a move long-awaited by critics who say investors were driving up housing costs and marring the character of historic neighborhoods by buying up properties and renting them to out-of-towners.Kristen Gisleson Palmer's ...

Amazon’s ‘National Landing’ leads to confusion and jokes

U.S. 11/16/18, 09:52

Place names in Arlington County have never been a simple matter. A major fight broke out when National Airport was named for Ronald Reagan in 1998. A fight continues over whether to name a park next to the airport for Nancy Reagan. And in the 1920s, the Postal Service refused ...

Civilians in Israel, Gaza feel helpless amid new fighting

World 11/13/18, 14:38

Loren Amar was watching TV with her father around midnight when an air-raid siren warning of incoming rocket fire blared through their working-class neighborhood in southern Israel.Their old apartment had no in-house shelter, so they huddled in the stairway just before a rocket from Gaza slammed into the building next-door, ...

Gangster’s death brings abrupt end to old South Boston

U.S. 10/30/18, 21:16

The death of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger brings an abrupt end to a notorious chapter in the history of South Boston, the neighborhood where Bulger once ran a ruthless gang responsible for loansharking, extortion and a string of murders. But the South Boston of Bulger's era was gone long before 89-year-old ...

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