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    The Progressive discloses how developers of all types, but particularly sports and entertainment developers, often lure cities to make huge concessions with promises of new taxes and jobs which in the end don't come true; focuses on the manuevering of Cleveland's corporate elite to sponser new stadiums for its sports teams and how that act left the city held hostage, June 1994.
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    Florida Trends describes how developers are promoting legalized casinos and other gambling as an boon to the state and how legislators and others view it deliriously; in fact the money made at casinos would likely simply come from other Florida industries like horse racing, jai alai and the lottery, May 1994.
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    WFSB-TV (Hartford, Conn.) studies why Connecicut's cities are owed millions of dollars in delinquent taxes; finds that many nonpayers are politicians, wealthy people and land developers and discloses how they avoid paying, Jan. 12, 1993.
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    State Newspaper (Columbia, S.C.) finds that an obscure property tax break written for farmers was being exploited by developers and others, costing the state $400 million a year in lost revenues; looks at how a handful of legislators have prevented tightening the loophole, November 7-9, 1993.
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    Coast Weekly (Seaside, Calif.) examines a proposed 20,000-acre development and finds that the Monterey Planning Department was making surprising land use recommendations in response to the developers' threat that the land would be divided up and sold if their development plans were not approved, Dec. 10, 1992.
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    Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch reports that local government works hand-in-glove with the construction industry that it is supposed to regulate; resulting problems include shoddy construction, lousy inspections and a public with little or no protection from unscrupulous developers, January - December 1992.
  • HURRICAN ANDREW: BUILDING CODE & PRACTICES INVESTIGATION

    WTVJ-TV (Miami) reports that the building codes and practices of Dade and Broward Counties in South Florida were violated for years by developers and builders, leading to utter devastation as a result of Hurricane Andrew, August - September 1992.
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    The Advocate (Stamford, Conn.) reveals that city officials showed favoritism to one of the city's largest real estate developers, which included advancing the developer $3.5 million at a time when he was on the verge of bankruptcy; city officials also bypassed all rules and regulations in awarding him the contract on the city's $95 million arts center, May 1 and Nov. 22, 1992.
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    San Diego Business Journal recounts the story of four men who, in a last-ditch effort to find funding for their real estate projects, answered a "money-to-lend" ad in a newspaper, which got them involved with a con man who eventually gained control of their property; finds that San Diego's real estate recession is causing developers to take risks that make them vulnerable to exploitation, Sept. 28, 1992.
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    Asbury Park Press finds that a man who was both an unregistered financial planner and a developer defrauded dozens of people out of their life savings in a scheme that involved land and buildings that he owned; the man robbed the original investors of their ability to recover money through foreclosure, Feb. 23, 1992.