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  • With friends like these...A proliferation of powerful outside groups that raise money for city agencies are secretly privatizing public policy.

    According to the article, "On April 29, 1997, a group of well-heeled developers, land-use lawyers, architects, and lobbyists gathered at the New Asia Restaurant in Chinatown. They had coughed up as much as $2,500 a table, which is about the going rate for a major political fundraiser. But this time the influential crowd had not come to support a candidate for mayor or to rub elbows with a powerful politician. The object of everyone's attention was a group of low-profile bureaucrats: the staff of the city Planning Department."
  • The Fight For Flushing

    The Village Voice looks at the conflict between Asian American developers and an aging white community in Flushing, NY.
  • Building a Mystery

    Washington City Paper takes an in-depth look at Washington DC developer Douglas Jemal.
  • Uncharitable Acts: If Donors Fail to Give, More Nonprofit Groups Take Them to Court

    The Journal tells the story of a University of California lawsuit against the estate of the deceased real-estate developer Richard Barclay, who failed to pay the university a promised $1 million for a new theatre. The article reports that "some nonprofits are trying a not-so-charitable approach to corral money from major contributors who don't pay up. In recent years, a number of colleges, hospitals and other charities have filed lawsuits charging that reneging on a gift represents a breach of contract."
  • Swimming in Trouble

    The mayor of Pompano Beach, Bill Griffin, maintains cozy relationships with lobbyists and big-time developers. Norman follows the connections through citizen complaints and interviews with the players themselves. The result was a State Attorney's Office investigation into the mayor and a mayor-at-large initiative put to the public.
  • Sweetheart Deal

    A program meant to help nonprofit housing organizations ended up being used by developers to make quick profits off government tax breaks. In this story by the Dallas Observer, Virginia McGuire promised a variety of social programs and other amenities when she took over the Williams Run apartment complex. Two years later, she profits heavily through her "nonprofit" and the services never materialized. The loophole is causing Texas legislators to go back and reexamine the issue of property tax abatements for nonprofit.
  • This Cold House

    Collins investigates the business of Ernest Karr, "Detroit's largest and most brazen slumlord." The story reveals that Karr evades city taxes, ignores city laws and overturns city policies in court, meanwhile renting houses without heat and running water. According to the entry questionnaire: "The story sheds light on an antiquated and convoluted city bureaucracy that neither enforces its own codes and laws, not tracks and punishes scofflaws."
  • The Missing Links

    "This is a story about the largest New York City contract ever involving the private operation of a municipal park facility. Golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his development partners are attempting to build New York City's first luxury golf course on top of an old landfill at Ferry Point Park in the Bronx, a site that has had a long history of environmental troubles. The developers are operating a new private landfill at the city park site, collecting construction and demolition debris worth tens of millions of dollars -- money that is helping finance construction of the golf course. After dumping began, levels of gases at times reached near-explosive levels, requiring emergency remediation work to protect residents of a nearby public housing project. Under the franchise agreement, the developers contend, the city of New York is liable for any further costs of environmental clean-up. The golf course project, a favorite of former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, got rammed through city government without getting reviews and approvals required by city law."
  • The Plot Thickens

    Urban sprawl is scaring some people who cherish their community gardens. Jargon reports on how people are trying to fight it and how developers are trying to qualm said fears.
  • Government by Developer

    A Dallas Morning News investigation has found that North Texas developers have won hundreds of millions of dollars in taxing power from voters and elected officials to whom they provided homes, jobs or other benefits.