| Nov 2, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Costa Mesa city officials are considering charging problem motels per police call if they require an excessive amount of attention from law enforcement.
The City Council will discuss that possibility at its Tuesday night meeting and could direct staff...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 3:58 PM
The return of the former Gunther Brewery gave me a jolt of Baltimore confidence. One of our long-lost landmarks, really a fine industrial campus, has rebounded after a lengthy hiatus. More than a year of intensive reconstruction and refurbishment has made...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 9:16 PM
In his final days as pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Rev. Cecil L. "Chip" Murray compiled, copied and buried piles of records amassed over the 27 years he led the congregation.
The time capsule, he believed, would preserve his...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 10:20 AM
Christine Wagner's first apartment in the city had a roach problem. There were so many, she said, that by month 10 of her lease, she had filled a plastic baggie with their carcasses.
But Wagner's landlord, who managed a Bowmanville apartment building...
| Sep 22, 2013
Chicago has a history of obliterating its history. Significant buildings fall to the wrecking ball for parking lots, and entire swaths of the cityscape are bulldozed by economic forces like deindustrialization and gentrification, and political movements...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 11:37 AM
A Highland Park councilman says he's "troubled" the city might be offering tax relief to the Renaissance Place shopping center, but considers a proposal to tack on a 4 percent interest rate on delayed payments a step in the right direction.
| Sep 17, 2013
| 2:21 PM
Alicia De La Cruz helps immigrant families in Highland Park deal with unresponsive landlords more inclined to pocket security deposits than make repairs.
Since January, she's received eight complaints about needed repairs and six about vanished security...
| Oct 25, 2013
Q: I live in a 25-unit condominium. We have unit owners on the ground floor with patios that are sinking. Some patios are even pulling away from the building wall. Who is responsible for the repairs — unit owners or the condominium association?
| Oct 23, 2013
| 4:04 PM
Just off Melrose Avenue at La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles is tree-lined Melrose Place — a quiet stretch of shops and boutiques near West Hollywood that includes some of the world's best-known fashion brands: Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs and...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 1:45 PM
Medical City is getting a new place to unite science and business, a key step in its vision to become a nationally recognized bio-sciences cluster.
The Florida Blue Innovation Center will break ground next year and open in 2015, leaders announced during...
| Oct 18, 2013
Renters most often seek help from the Metropolitan Tenants Organization when they have problems with a landlord.
Now, the longtime Chicago nonprofit is taking to technology in an effort to improve the communication between landlords and tenants while...