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Other stories by Margot Carmichael Lester

  • Portland, Ore.

    Green architecture is practically the industry standard in Portland, where a mandate on sustainability pairs nicely with a strong can-do culture.

  • Lexington, Ky.

    Although it has struggled with the issue of how to grow without destroying its past, Lexington now has a plan that blends the old with the new.

  • Version 2.0 of Living Building Challenge Announced at Greenbuild

    On Nov. 11, the newest version of the Living Building Challenge—which goes beyond the environmentally sustainable aspects of building design—was unveiled at Greenbuild by the International Living Building Institute and the Cascadia Region Green Building Council.

  • Stamford, Conn.

    The strength of Stamford's commercial sector is driving a demand for workforce housing, which is helping keep a downtown construction boom moving along.

  • Roanoke, Va.

    Despite the downturn, Roanoke has maintained a building boomlet over the past couple of years, thanks to healthcare, educational, and cultural projects.

  • Contractors Association Offers Blueprint for Economic Growth

    Frustrated by the slow pace of stimulus spending for all but a few transportation-related projects, the Associated General Contractors of America announced a recovery plan for the construction industry on Sept. 30.

  • Las Vegas

    Las Vegas' rapid and enormous growth over the past 15 years has been a boon for developers. These days, however, the story is just the opposite.

  • New Orleans

    Four years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is slowly battling back, thanks to federal dollars, disaster relief block grants, and tax credits.

  • Worcester, Mass.

    A leader in biotech/healthcare, IT, and manufacturing, Worcester is revitalizing its core and has $2 billion in redevelopment under way.

  • Bloomington-Normal, Ill.

    Despite the recession, there are shovels at the ready and cranes in the air around Bloomington and Normal, which are pushing green design.