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US home construction tumbled in March (access required)

Construction of new homes fell in March by the largest amount in five months, with weakness in all regions of the country except the Northeast. Home construction dropped 8.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million units, ...

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Expert: Road design is directly related to public health (access required)

Automobile-centric modern America is rigged against good health, says an urban health expert. Richard Joseph Jackson, a pediatrician and professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA, called for making dense development, walking and bicycling a priority. Jackson, ...

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US homebuilder sentiment held steady in April (access required)

U.S. homebuilders’ confidence held steady in April, reflecting an overall optimistic outlook in the market for new homes even as a gauge of current sales fell slightly. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released April 18 ...

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Financing is an obstacle for mixed-use project developers (access required)

Bankers are starting to see more applications for mixed-use development, the type of project that integrates office, residential, and retail space horizontally or vertically. Mixed use was once common in older downtown areas, but over the last several decades, development ...

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Wanted: developer for infill in downtown Sandpoint (access required)

Sandpoint has a relatively healthy, populated downtown area. But right in the middle is a parking lot that Aaron Qualls, Sandpoint’s director of planning and economic development, sees as the perfect opportunity for mixed-use infill development. The city is looking ...

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Planners say mixed use is healthier (access required)

Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Urban Land Institute encourage mixed-use development as a means of improving health. “Residents of mixed-use livable communities with transit options weigh less, are more physically active, and experience less chronic ...

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Chobani: The world’s largest yogurt plant will get bigger in Twin Falls (access required)

Chobani Inc. has started construction on a 41,677-square foot expansion to its three-year-old Twin Falls Greek yogurt manufacturing plant. Chobani clearly indicated expansion was likely when it opened its 960,000-square-foot yogurt plant in December 2012. Even then, the company said ...

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Transystems truck trailer maker moving from Twin Falls to Rupert (access required)

Transystems will move its truck trailer manufacturing operation from Twin Falls to a larger facility it is renovating in Rupert. The move, expected to happen in June, will enable Transystem to double production of belly dump trailers that Transystems uses ...

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