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A License for Civic Engagement: Cutting Red Tape and Kick-Starting Business

Maury Blackman | Posted 07.13.2015 | Business
Maury Blackman

The score of recent decisions from Washington, D.C., certainly offered millions of Americans much to celebrate this 4th of July. But amidst the flurry of breaking news, one announcement that you may have missed has the potential to transform our relationship with local government, not to mention reduce migraines.

Construction Activity Declines 6% in February

Jiyan Wei | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business
Jiyan Wei

The total number of building permits issued across the U.S. in February 2014, represented a month-over-month decline of 6 percent after accounting for seasonal variability.

2012's Construction Rebound: Behind the Façade

Jed Kolko | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

What explains these local differences in construction activity? These top markets for 2012 construction tend to have strong job growth and low vacancy rates, and they suffered relatively little during the housing bust

Looks Like Housing Recovery Is The Real Deal

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 01.20.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — U.S. builders started construction last month on the most homes and apartments since July 2008, more evidence that the housing reco...

'Phonehenge' Builder Sentenced To Jail

Associated Press | CHRISTINA HOAG and JOHN ROGERS | Posted 09.07.2011 | Los Angeles

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) -- The eccentric California creator of a Mojave Desert compound of whimsical buildings known as Phonehenge West was jailed Frid...

'Phonehenge' Builder To Be Sentenced Friday For Illegal Folk Art

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 09.06.2011 | Los Angeles

ACTON, Calif. — Kim Fahey will tell you he never set out to be a folk hero of the Mojave Desert. He says he's just a regular guy who wanted a li...

Home Prices Fall Again -- 11 Cities Where Home Prices Hit New Lows

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business

The much-feared "double-dip" in housing may finally be here, as home prices in 11 major U.S. cities reached new lows in December, according to data re...

Construction Of New Homes Hits Lowest Rate In Nearly Three Decades

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

(Reuters) - Housing starts posted their biggest decline in 27 years in February while building permits dropped to their lowest level on record, su...

Launching Off-the-Grid Settlements in the U.S.

Nick Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nick Rosen

I get about 20 emails a week from people who want to go live "off the grid" without utility power and water, so I launched -- a way people could pool skills and resources.

Home Construction Plunges

AP | ALAN ZIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Homebuilders are sending a message: They won't be able to contribute much to the economic recovery now that government home-buying ...