Take Over Your Block: An Interview With Better Block Foundation

The latest NLC housing report addresses the importance of neighborhood revitalization. Christie Myers, Managing Director of Opportunity Dallas, interviewed Krista Nightengale, Managing Director of Better Block Foundation, about the great work they are doing to build communities. One of my favorite parts about community development is the innovation that exists, if you allow it, by engaging the […]

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Quality of Life of Citizens Priority for City Officials

As we begin 2019 and think about the changes we want in our own lives, we also should be thinking about the changes in our communities. A city is more than infrastructure and buildings, codes and taxes. A city is its residents, and the best way to retain and attract residents is to provide features […]

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Parks Serve As Beneficial Infrastructure For Many Cities

When you think essential infrastructure, you may not think about parks or playgrounds, but providing residents a place for recreation garners socioeconomic benefits, and parks designed for mixed use also can be used in water management and transportation. A park will increase adjacent properties’ value by 15 to 20 percent, and businesses cite the presence […]

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Don’t Let Your Residents Be Left Out In The Cold

The recent bomb cyclone has played havoc across the country, from frigid flooding in the Northeast to abnormally low temperatures and snowfall in the south. And as the temperatures sank, water line breaks cropped up. Municipalities everywhere have been scrambling to repair water lines – and the NLC Service Line Warranty Program’s network contractors have […]

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Homeowners Are At Risk For Frozen Pipes

Most homeowners are aware of the seriousness of their plumbing pipes freezing and why that situation can cause serious damage. However, many homeowners may not understand how to prevent frozen pipes. Encouraging your residents to learn how to winterize their home plumbing system – both inside and out – can pay off, especially since a […]

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Customers Around The Nation Delighted With Service Line Warranties Of America

We love sharing stories from satisfied customers about how our consumer brand, Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA), has helped save them time and money. Whether it was a small clog or a total replacement, each customer will receive the same great service and full benefits of the coverage available in their city. The following […]

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Why Would Homeowners Need A Service Line Warranty?

Most homeowners don’t think about the condition of the external buried water and sewer lines that run from the public utility connection to the exterior of their homes – out of sight, out of mind. In fact, people don’t think about their service lines until confronted with a backed up sewer or leaking water line […]

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Summer Plumbing Tips

Summer is a great time to encourage homeowners to perform a maintenance check on their plumbing. Water usage soars during the summer months from heat and summer-time activities. As we play and swim, many families will find themselves with a few extra loads of laundry per week and maybe a few extra showers. Homeowners can […]

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Building Sponge Cities

By Cathy Spain When it rains, stormwater runoff is captured in city storm sewers and eventually empties into rivers, ports and other waterways. Communities use many strategies to prevent, control and treat stormwater. These strategies include reducing impervious surfaces on driveways and sidewalks and creating drought-resistant landscapes to hold and filter water. The objective is to get […]

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