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Some suburbanites to sidewalk backers: ‘Stay off our lawns’

WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa (AP) — When officials in the Des Moines suburb of Windsor Heights began talking about installing sidewalks to improve safety and encourage outdoor activities, they anticipated some grumbling from residents who liked the look of uninterrupted, lush lawns. They didn’t expect packed City Council meetings, protest signs …

On one Havana street, gentrification exposes old inequality

HAVANA (AP) — Halfway down Calle Habana, a crumbling two-story colonial building is being painstakingly restored by a Cuban-American businessman who fled as a child after the 1959 revolution. On the corner, brightly colored paintings hang in a home now converted into a chic art gallery. Not far away, dozens …

In urban revival beer creates small business hubs

NEW YORK (AP) — To see how a small business can transform a neighborhood, just follow the barrels. About 30 years ago, beer lovers wanting to create their own drinks started taking over abandoned old buildings in rundown city districts, refitted them with tanks, kettles and casks, and started churning …