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Builder Confidence Surges to Seven-Year High

Homebuilders are increasingly optimistic about the state of the single-family housing market, according to the July results of the NAHB's monthly confidence survey. The builder confidence index added six points between June and July to reach a score of 57, a 14 point increase since May and the second straight month of positive market perceptions.

June Foreclosure Filings Plummet

National foreclosure filings in June declined by 35 percent compared with a year earlier, but more than a million homes remain in the foreclosure process. Many of these homes are in "judicial foreclosure" states, where banks need court permission to begin the foreclosure process. Filings in these states are up 34 percent from a year earlier.

Georgia on His Mind: Albany's Ray Charles Fountain & Plaza

The Ray Charles Fountain and Plaza in Albany, Ga., features a pedestal stage with a fountain and "moat" that protects the lights, speakers and sculpture from tampering. The water cascades over the side, strikes a small ledge and falls back into the lower pool to be recirculated.

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Perks and Recreation

The highlights of this green space built for the employees of Chicago Decking out of Merrillville, Ind., include a waterfall, a three-fourths acre pond with a sculpted shoreline, plants and stone from throughout the nation. Smalls Landscaping selected all of the stone from confidential sources that they have found over the years.

New Report Itemizes Small Businesses' Vulnerability to Extreme Weather Events

Of the 60,000 to 100,000 small businesses negatively affected by Hurricane Sandy, up to 30 percent are estimated to have failed as a direct result of the storm.

Can an Act Save the Bees?

U.S. Congressmen John Conyers of Michigan and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon have introduced legislation to suspend the registration of neonicotinoid insecticides.

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Bill Seeks to Establish National Historical Park . . . on the Moon

At 20:18 UTC on July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module Eagle separated from the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, placing astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Jr. on the Moon at Mare Tranquillitatis. Armstrong stepped on the lunar surface on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Aldrin (pictured) followed shortly thereafter. Together, they collected 47.5 pounds of the lunar landscape.

Vectorworks 2013
A simple addition to the new Vectorworks system is the ability to automatically include symbols and images in the plant list table or worksheet. These can be the symbols used in the drawing, isometric views (visually representing 3D objects in two dimensions), fill patterns or hatches. The symbols can also be hyperlinked to websites.

AAA is Not Against Ethanol or E15

AAA is specifically mentioning ads and rhetoric that are part of the API's latest campaign to reduce the role of ethanol as an available alternative fuel. The club called for American Petroleum Institute to have ads and articles mentioning the AAA in an anti-ethanol context taken down immediately.

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On the Street, Around the Nation

The 1910 Minuteman sculpture in Westport, Conn. is symbolic of the community's independent spirit, and also the symbol for the town flag. It was designed pro bono by Miggs Burroughs, and, as an interesting aside, financed by Rodney Dangerfield in 1985...finally, he gets some respect.

Long Beach Transforms Transit Mall to Transit "Gallery"

The 1st Street Transit Gallery in Long Beach, Calif., just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean, provides a critical connection between the newly constructed pedestrian promenade, the Pine Avenue entertainment area, the Long Beach Convention Center, the new contemporary bike station, Long Beach City Hall, the city-wide bus system and the popular seaside terminus of the Metro Blue Line that links Long Beach with big sister Los Angeles.

Texas Style Landscaping

This garden, designed and installed by Johnette Taylor, owner of Roundtree Landscaping, Inc., makes use of (from left to right) dwarf fountain grass; artemisia, drift roses and savannah holly trees.

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IF Names 2013 Excellence in Education Award Recipient

The IF is a 501(c)(3) organization established by the Irrigation Association, which focuses on three strategic initiatives: career awareness, education and resources.

Farmville -- "The Heart of Virginia"

The HDLA design for the "Welcome to Historic Farmville" entrance arch at South Main Street in Farmville, Va., used three fluted light poles to form each side of the support columns. Diversified Signs created a custom steel bracket to secure the poles at the tops and make them function as a single support post/column. The footings are reinforced concrete faced with brick. The arch is constructed of aluminum tubing with an aluminum mesh backing. The lettering is dimensional high-density urethane, known in the industry as "sign foam." The prismatic-face lettering was painted gold to give the reflective qualities from multiple viewing angles.

New EPA Administrator Announced

The EPA has announced a new administrator, Gina McCarthy, who has served as the agency's assistant administrator since 2009.

Texas Law Clears Path for Xeriscaping

Homeowners associations in Texas can no longer prevent residents and property owners from installing drought-resistant landscaping, according to newly enacted legislation. HOAs can require a plan for review, according to the bill, but must approve all 'reasonable' requests and cannot decline plans for xeriscaping based on appearances alone.

June New Home Construction Dips on Multi-Family Drop

Steep declines in building permits and construction starts in the multi-family housing unit sector brought down residential construction levels in June after several months of gains. Construction starts and building permits for single-family units both increased month-over-month, however, and both categories overall remain well above June 2012 levels.

Elgin Green
"To promote sustainable growth in Elgin, through coordinated and cooperative leadership in order to attract businesses, encourage lifelong learning and maintain the shared belief in Elgin's core values."--"Envision Elgin"

Heat's Relief

The pool deck at this house in Lafayette, La., is made up of travertine pavers from Pava. The 10-foot tall natural rock waterfall at the far end of the pool serves two purposes, as it also hides views of the homes across the river. One of the major challenges of this property was the slope leading down to the river. Grass Roots designed a 10-foot-high retaining wall system, which let them create an upper terrace so the pool and spa could be built on the same level as the house.

ICPI Wins PICP Provision

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has agreed to include a permeable pavements provision in the Committee Report, which will accompany the Senate version of the "THUD" Appropriations Bill.

Water-Wise Landscape Renovation Benefits Homeowners, Property and Nature

To save water and money, as well as to add color and texture to the landscape in a community in Dana Point, Calif., Harvest Landscape Enterprises, Inc., replaced passive turf areas with native and drought-tolerant plants.

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Miconia, an invasive weed, is taking over large portions of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Minnesota Reforestation Efforts Begin in Backus

This year, in the Backus, Minn. area, more than 74,700 trees were hand planted, predominantly pines and spruces, on more than 90 acres during April and May.

Growing Better by Going Green for Heads Up Landscape Contractors

Heads Up was founded in 1973 as a four-man residential lawn sprinkler service. Now, it's the 79th largest landscape firm in the U.S., designing, installing and maintaining some of New Mexico's top commercial and residential landscapes. The company also leads the xeriscape industry from its Albuquerque headquarters, employing more than 250 people.

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LCs Help Their Own at Golf Tournament
Joseph Deyoung, sales estimator for Benchmark Landscapes, practices his putting prior to the start of the San Diego Chapter CLCA Annual Golf Tournament, held on Aug. 2 at the Crossing at Carlsbad, Calif.

Edible Landscapes with Eye-Appeal

The artichoke is considered a flower. It is the leaves of the flower that are eaten and the choke or thistle part is discarded.

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