Cincinnati pols eye school funds to cover deficit on sports stadiums

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Voters feel like rubes played for suckers at the carnival, because they’re on the hook for what looks like a $13 million deficit next year in the stadium fund that pays off construction debt for Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park. The deficit might be even more — possibly $92 million by 2014 if nothing is done.

Did land use laws and planning controls help cause financial crisis?

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Thomas Sowell’s book brings up a seldom-debated issue: by blocking what can be built, and where it can be built, do local land use planners also raise the price of land, forcing the price of housing and other development way up? The Law of Supply and Demand would argue that if you artificially limit supply without lowering demand, you do raise prices. Is that good? What problems will it create?

Author Andrew Sobel on sustaining valuable client relationships in a recession

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By Javon Smith, Division Manager-Midwest, The Saint Consulting Group Andrew Sobel, author of All for One: 10 Strategies for Building Trusted Client Relationships, was guest lecturer last week at an Association of Management Consulting Firms dinner discussion in Chicago — “Sustaining Valuable Client Relationships in Today’s Environment”. I attended the dinner and have a Q&A below on his new book. … Read More

Recession offers landowners ways to add value to future development, but be careful

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By Jesse McKnight Executive Vice President, The Saint Consulting Group Recession is a great time to go after development entitlements. Many landowners sit on properties that may have a higher value and better use. In addition, cities and counties are much more receptive to economic development. They need the tax revenue and may be less strident on approving new projects. … Read More

Good, Bad and Ugly – ULI’s Blank on Obama, economy and confidence in markets

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By Jesse McKnight Executive Vice President, The Saint Consulting Group Listening to Stephen Blank, Senior Fellow for Finance at the Urban Land Institute (ULI), can be a sobering experience, as he proved again at the ULI conference in Atlanta where he described the economic recession as the “Lindsay Lohanization of capital markets” – saying they have spiraled out of control … Read More

More evidence of ebbing NIMBY influence in bad economy — now copper mines

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Back in December, The Saint Report published a report about how NIMBYs were taking a back seat to jobs, tax growth and more housing as communities become more receptive to development projects in the deepening recession, The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted the same phenomenon in copper mining, as resistance erodes to proposed projects that once generated passionate opposition in … Read More

Quarries Now Most Opposed Sector in the UK

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March 18, 2009 Quarry Management British attitudes have hardened against various types of land development, particularly quarries, even in the midst of economic recession and with the promise of new jobs that such projects can bring, according to the latest UK Saint Index – an annual survey on public attitudes to development. The 2009 survey carried out by The Saint … Read More

NIMBYism hardens in Britain – UK Saint Index©

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British attitudes have hardened against development, even in the midst of economic recession and with the promise of new jobs that such projects can bring, reports the latest UK Saint Index©, the annual survey on public attitude to property development. Overall general opposition to development may have reached a plateau at 85% of the population, but Britain’s hardcore contingent of … Read More

NIMBYism hardens in UK, 3 in 10 actively opposed development — Saint Index

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British attitudes have hardened against development, even in the midst of economic recession and with the promise of new jobs that such projects can bring, reports the latest UK Saint Index©, the annual survey on public attitude to property development. Overall general opposition to development may have reached a plateau at 85% of the population, but Britain’s hardcore contingent of … Read More