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July Homebuilders Optimistic For the First Time Since January
June Construction Employment Continues Slow Growth
Desiring Streetcars - St. Paul City Council Gives Nod to New Network
Grand Canyon National Park Questions Water Sustainability of Canyon Projects
Pompano Beach: Streetscape and Dune Enhancement
West Sacramento Reclaims Main Street
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New Home Construction
Falters in June

Metrics for new residential construction - building permits, housing starts and home completions - declined in June. The annual rate for permits fell 4.2 percent from the May pace, and the rate gauging housing starts lost 9.3 percent from the previous month, though both remained above year-over-year levels. Both components declined for the second month in a row.

July Homebuilders Optimistic For the First Time Since January

Builder confidence in the new single-family home market turned positive for the first time since January, rising four points to a score of 53 on the NAHB's Housing Market Index. The index was below the 50-point threshold for much of the year, and has added eight points since May.

Making a Splash in Big Spring

Lifelong residents of Big Spring, Texas, enlisted KDC Associates to design the overhaul of nearly 98,000 square feet of their backyard, replacing drought-ravaged trees and an existing pool with a terraced entertainment area that features a new spa, pool, pergola, fiber optic lighting and multiple ponds and fountains. Water jets arc into the pool beneath red geranium plantings, and limestone wall caps around the spa and planters provide points of visual contrast against the aquatic background.

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Deep Pockets: Reforming Chicago's Smallest Play Spaces

A recent effort by the Chicago Park District revitalized small recreational spaces in the Windy City, including the .22-acre Mellin Park (pictured) in the Edgewater neighborhood on the city's north side. Play features include
swings (right), a slide, an Evos climbing structure and a saddle spinner (Landscape Structures). The structures replaced a wooden platform and play area with mulch surfacing that did not meet ADA requirements and required continuous maintenance.

West Sacramento Reclaims
Main Street
The West Capitol Avenue streetscape in West Sacramento, Calif., transformed historic Lincoln Highway 40 into a vibrant pedestrian-friendly main street, a prime example of re:Streets. [re:Streets - - "accommodates people of all ages and mobility, promotes healthy urban living, social interaction and business, the movement of people and goods and regeneration of the environment."]

Pompano Beach: Streetscape
and Dune Enhancement
Working with the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), EDSA led a multidisciplinary team of consultants tasked to create
a plan for the beach environment and a remodeled streetscape along Florida's Pompano Beach Boulevard. The master plan streetscape and dune enhancement has been the catalyst for a new family feel in this beach community.

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Rehabbing Historic Murphy Avenue - Sunnyvale, Calif.

The Murphy Avenue streetscape rehabilitation and utility replacement project in Sunnyvale, Calif., began when the city received a Transportation for Livable Cities planning grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. This grant encourages cities to offer transportation choices and linkages, integrate transportation and land use, maximize community and stakeholder involvement, encourage compact development, and support neighborhood revitalization and place making.

Find Your Customer

Discovering your ideal demographic, determining how to best reach out to it, researching that demographic and then listing its wants and needs based on that research are the four tips that a former irrigation business owner and founder of a business management software company puts forward as an approach to grow your landscape company.

Choosing the Right Mulch

Mulches control weed growth and erosion, improve moisture retention, can add appeal, especially the inorganic types, and in the case of the organic ones, add nutrients.

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Toro Becomes IA Platinum Member

The IA, an organization for irrigation companies and professionals, has announced that The Toro Company has upgraded to the highest level of IA membership, platinum.

Grand Canyon National Park Questions Water Sustainability of Canyon Projects

Tiny Tusayan, Ariz. (pop. 558) has approved the addition of 2,200 homes and 3 million square feet of commercial space to the two-block long town. Park officials wonder where the water will come to support this influx of homes. During summer 2012, Arizona DOT completed improvements to Route 64 through Tusayan, a short drive to the Grand Canyon's southern rim and the NPS Visitors Center. Roadway work included widening the five lane divided highway to make room for raised center medians and bus pullouts, and the construction of two roundabout intersections. Enhancements included new sidewalks, granite paths, decorative signage and landscaping.

Desiring Streetcars - St. Paul City Council Gives Nod to New Network

Older Minnesotans recall riding streetcars in Minneapolis and St. Paul, part of a 520-mile streetcar grid that ran from Stillwater to Lake Minnetonka before being phased out in the 1950s.

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Products Liability:
What's Your Obligation?

Get more than an Errors & Omissions policy and an invoice. XL Group's professional liability program helps keep you out of trouble and in business.

June Construction Employment Continues Slow Growth

Construction unemployment dropped to 8.2 percent in June, the lowest June level in six years, as employers added 6,000 workers to payrolls. Employment totaled 6,015,000 for the month, the highest total since June 2009 and an increase of 186,000 jobs, or 3.2 percent of the workforce, from a year earlier.

Jurassic Stone Garden Products: Thousands of Years in the Making

Designers at Stone Forest have created a number of products using Jurassic Stone, which they call their Pebble Collection.

STMA Honors Students
with Scholarships

The Sports Turf Managers Association, a non-profit professional association for the men and women who manage sports fields, and the Toro Company have selected three students to honor with the Dr. James R. Watson
Legacy Scholarship.

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OPEI Announces 2014-2015 Officers & Directors

The OPEI, a non-profit trade association that represents manufacturers and their suppliers of consumer and commercial outdoor power equipment, has announced their 2014-2015 Officers and Board of Directors.

JCB'S 2014 Mud Run & Dig The Ride Raise Over $100,000

Proceeds from JCB's Mud Run and first-ever Dig the Ride cycling event benefited The Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development in Savannah, Ga.

California Logistics Center Finds Stormwater Solution in Cultec Chambers

The Rialto, Calif.-based Interstate-210 Logistics Center is part of a proposed master-planned project located on and around the Rialto Municipal Airport. In addition to designing the facility, engineers from SB&O Inc. collaborated with EW Harmon Contracting, Inc., to design and install a stormwater detention and retention system to comply with water quality requirements as well as provide stormwater pre-treatment to the site.

How Important are Insecticides to the Green Industry?
AgInfomatics has been retained to develop a comprehensive, science-based analysis of the economic and societal benefits of neonicotinoid insecticides.

LAF 2013 Annual Report Available

LAF has released their 2013 annual report, which details the accomplishments of the foundation.

The Lead Role

The qualities that successful leaders possess are a matter of much discussion, but according to a business consultant, leadership speaker and trainer for Fortune 100 companies, five modest qualities are fundamental.

Show Up or Miss Out

The number of people attending trade shows bottomed out in 2009, and the number of exhibitors and total show floor space did the same the following year. Since then, the number of attendees is growing at a high rate each year, and is predicted to be more in 2014 than the previous peak in 2007.

Moonlighting - Theory & Design

The VOLT(R) Top Dog Downlight used for achieving a moonlighting effect features adjustable glare guide and lifetime warranty.

Swipe-Free Mobile Payment App

Mobile businesses can now take credit and debit card payments without having to purchase an external card reader. A phone's camera is used to record the card's information instead.

Village Nurseries Donates $5,000 to Sunset's 2014 "Idea Home" Landscape

Among the colorful plants for Sunset's "2014 Idea Home" is: 'Kaleidoscope' Abelia, 'Orange Rocket' Berberis, 'Pineapple Popsicle' Kniphofia and 'Hot Pink Riding Hood' Penstemon. The landscape's drought-tolerant plants are from the Sunset Western Garden Collection. All the plants, $5,000 worth, were donated by Village Nurseries in Orange, Calif., the exclusive grower of the Sunset Western Garden Collection to the landscape trade.

Super Contractor Trucks Changing the Rules of Installation Jobs

Dump bodies are available in 6 to12-foot lengths with heavy-duty designs to take on tough assignments. Choose from fold down or solid body sides. Add on extended high sides to increase cargo capacity.

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