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City of Port Arthur Downtown Revitalization Plan

As an Urban Planner, we’re often tasked with the great responsibility of helping a community revitalize a neighborhood, a public gathering place, a downtown area, etc. In doing so we try our best to maintain the community’s character while elevating their existing qualities and remaining competitive.

Here are some things for cities to keep in mind as they give new life to their downtown:...

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Texas cities, counties and other public entities have an unprecedented opportunity this year to plan for and repair damages caused by devastating floods and to protect against future storms. With new financial resources available, it’s important for community leaders to understand how to make sure their areas can benefit.

The constitutional amendments that voters approved in November 2019 resulted from new planning and funding laws passed by the Texas Legislature. Now, the Texas...

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With increased likelihood of cybersecurity attacks from overseas, now underscores the importance for utilities to conduct risk and resilience assessments , including cybersecurity, for American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 compliance.

Last week, an American airstrike killed Major General Qassem Soleimani, who led the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Iran has issued cyberattacks on American infrastructure before, including a New York dam in...

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Entities have until March 3 to submit their Project Information Form to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to be considered for water, wastewater, and stormwater project funding in the SFY2021 State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plans.

The State Revolving Funds (SRF) in Texas have a two-step process to apply for project funding: Step 1 is to submit a Project Information Form (PIF) through the online application or by completing and...

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How do you know what type of wall fits for improving a channel?

The Delaware Creek Channel Improvements project, a $50 million project for the City of Irving, utilizes three types of channel wall available. Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages, such as space, construction and speed.

Modular Block Wall

These walls are constructed by stacking precast concrete block units. These are gravity walls and resist external forces...

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A recent bill approved by the Texas Legislature could have a serious impact on municipal efforts to regulate development.

Texas House Bill 3167 , dubbed the “shot clock” bill, went into effect on Sept. 1, 2019. The bill expands on previous legislation requiring cities and counties to act on plat applications within 30 calendar days. The new law extends this requirement to other types of site...

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As each hurricane season comes and goes, so too does a heightened risk for flooding in our homes and businesses. While there are a multitude of resources available to homeowners and business owners to evaluate their flood risk, these resources can be difficult to navigate if you don’t know where to look. Although floods are a natural part of our lives, there are several tools available so that we can minimize their effects on our...

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The application period is open until Feb. 3, 2020 , for the Texas Water Development Board’s 2020 funding cycle of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program.

The SWIFT program helps communities develop and optimize water supplies at cost-effective rates. The program provides low-interest financing, extended repayment terms, deferral of repayments, and incremental repurchase terms for projects with state ownership aspects. It also includes...

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