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  • Growth's New Frontier

    This investigation looked at how rapid population growth in Florida could affect Brevard County, where Cape Canaveral is located. Specifically, the investigation focused on more rural areas that typically were used for ranches and fruit groves. The authors found that developers were buying rural land away from the coast and converting it into housing communities.
  • The losing race to curb property taxes

    A Star-Ledger analysis finds that in the 1990s new growth in New Jersey coincided with rising tax rates. In theory development should have lowered taxes. The series, based on statistical data from state agencies, also shows how growth has widened the gap between haves and have-nots. Maps and graphics illustrate the decrease and the increase of property values and tax rates in different New Jersey counties.
  • A Flood of Problems

    A Columbia Missourian investigation reveals the neglect of local city and county officials in planning and handling storm water floods amidst new development. Boone County and city of Columbia systems for handling planning subdivisions place "little emphasis on storm water's potential to cause flooding or damage water quality."
  • Building a Disaster (Flooding Along Raritan River)

    The series shows how urbanization has increased the chances of flooding along the already flood-prone Raritan River and its tributaries, the major watershed in the Courier-News circulation area. They found, through statistical analysis of data covering more than 60 years, that the Raritan reacts more quickly and severely to rainfall today than it did in the past. The reason is development and urbanization. Water that previously was absorbed into the ground, then gradually seeped into the watershed, is instead running off parking lots, driveways, roofs and streets and into the river. This is a trend experts say could lead to more frequent and severe flooding.