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  • Buffalo Billion

    Investigative Post has been covering the Buffalo Billion since its inception, including a 2014 story on a curiously worded Request for Proposals that appeared to limit the field to one local developer – a major donor to the governor. In late 2015, news broke that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was investigating the awarding of contracts on the biggest Buffalo Billion project – the state’s commitment to spend $750 million to build and equip a factory for SolarCity, a solar panel manufacturer. Investigative Post continued to cover the Buffalo Billion, and similar initiatives in other Upstate cities, throughout 2016.
  • Bird-dogging the Buffalo Billion

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the "Buffalo Billion" program in 2012 with the intention of revitalizing the Western New York economy. Investigative Post's reporting documented the extraordinary lengths to which Cuomo administration has gone to withhold disclosure of how the $1 billion is being spent. Our reporting also revealed that lucrative development contracts were awarded to major donors to Cuomo's campaign committee and that SolarCity, the major beneficiary of the state's spending, is losing vast amounts of money and under federal investigation. Subsequent reporting detailed that minority hiring goals for the SolarCity project, involving the construction of a $750 million solar panel manufacturing plant, were lowered and that African Americans made up less than 6 percent of the workforce.
  • Rio Nuevo Audit

    The series was the first audit for the general public of how much money Tucson has spent time from its Rio Nuevo redevelpment fund to revitalize Downtown. This was the first time the public learned how much money was spent,w hat the money was spent on and who received it. The results produced outrage from residents over the waste of tax dollars on studies, public relations, travel and projects that stalled or were canceled.
  • In The Hood

    The Community Reinvestment Act is under attack by US Senator Phil Gramm who derides the law as a way to encourage extortion of banks to invest in local communities. People like Steve Culberston, of the Frankford Group Ministry, sees the law as a way to rebuild or support failing urban areas. Frankel anaylzes one of the first major mega bank mergers to see if CRA did what it was supposed to or not.
  • Land Use. The Trouble with Zoning

    Governing reports how most city zoning codes are relics of the fifties based on ideas from the thirties and forties. They do more to frustrate creativity and renewal than to encourage them.
  • Chicago Hope

    This article examines HUD's latest effort to house the poor and replace deteriorating, high-rise projects. Focusing particularly on Chicago, the Section 8 voucher program and HOPE VI revitalization initiative are highlighted.
  • Re-Engineering: Amtrak Boss Struggles to Get Train Service on Track in the U.S.

    The Journal takes a look at the continuous struggle faced by Amtrak to compete with increased airline traffic and highway travel. New Amtrak president and chief executive George Warrington has large plans for the renovation and revitalization of Amtrak such as faster trains, better customer service, and remodeled stations. But because of past financial problems, Congress has said that Amtrak must operate without federal operating subsidies by 2003 "or face restructuring or liquidation." Unfortunately for Amtrak, in 2000 federal subsidies were close to $184 million. Machalaba finds out how Amtrak is collaborating with Continental Airlines and the U.S. Conference of Mayors to build support for a new passenger rail system in the U.S., one that George Warrington believes can be as commercially viable as the rail system that runs through Europe.
  • Divided Feast

    When Fresh Fields opened its doors on Washington D.C.'s low-rent P Street neighborhood in December 2000 many were unsure if the opulent nationwide organic grocer chain could survive in an area known more for "Popeyes and bulletproof windows." As part of a larger revitalization of D.C.'s Logan Circle area that began in the early 1990s, Fresh Fields was lured to P Street by a concerned group of citizens determined to set the neighborhood in a new direction with high quality grocers, a bakery, a hardware store, and upscale bicycle shop. Now Fresh Fields handles 20,000 transactions a week and is transforming not only the face of the community, but also the people who live in it.
  • The High Cost of Historic Preservation

    The Vermont town of Brandon is trying to draw visitors and revenue by playing up its historical heritage. Preservation isn't just about saving history, but economic viability. The town is in discussions for the civic game plan on making Main Street aesthetically pleasing, limiting development, and raising money for new projects.
  • Do-gooders Inc.

    Honeywell, a Minneapolis corporation known for making thermostat controls and guidance systems for military aircraft committed $4.8 million to a neighborhood revitalization project.