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It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: We assume families don’t want to live downtown, we therefore don’t design for family, and, sure enough, families don’t come, or they don’t stay.

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Category Archives: Urban Issues

June 13, 2017
Rural Jails Growing Faster than Urban
Washington Post

When policymakers talk about problems with the nation’s jails and over-incarceration, they often are discussing concerns that center on the largest cities.

June 12, 2017
Chicago-Cook County’s Property Tax Divide Heightened Inequality
Chicago Tribune

Chicago has long been divided by race and class, a metropolis with starkly different crime rates, economic realities and educational opportunities depending on where you live. But there’s another division that has gone unexamined even as it pits rich against poor.

Denver’s Smart City Promises a New Way of Living
Urban Land Institute

About a 20-minute light-rail trip northeast from downtown Denver and nestled on the edge of Denver International Airport, a prototype for the technologically transformed urban neighborhood of the future is just starting to take shape.

How Planners Can Encourage ‘Vibrancy’, Safer Cities
Knowledge@Wharton

Recent Wharton research looks at the role that urban planners have to play, analyzing high resolution data about cities, such as density or zoning, to help evaluate how efficient their built environment is in promoting “vibrancy,” and to potentially guide future development.

New San Antonio Mayor To Focus on Transit, Affordable Housing
KUT

In the Alamo City, the mayor’s race ended in an upset, as an incumbent running for re-election was defeated for the first time in two decades. Ron Nirenberg has already begun planning his first 100 days in office, focusing on transportation and housing.

How European Cities Will Face Upcoming Cultural Challenges
CityMetric

Cultural and creative industries are increasingly central to cities’ strategic agendas. As such, city administrations will have to consider the challenges these industries are likely to face in the coming years, and how cities themselves might need to adapt in order to meet them.

Developers Keep Building Retail Despite Glut
Finance & Commerce

Across the U.S., retail real estate development that outpaced demand marked the early years of the new millennium. Now retailers are going bankrupt at a record rate, and hedge funds are betting against the commercial mortgages used to finance mall properties.

Will ‘Industry 4.0’ Cluster?
European Planning Studies (abstract)

We review the basic premises of Industry 4.0 and map them against the clusters’ features with the aim to establish the kind of relations between these two categories.

June 11, 2017
Home Building Slowed As Cities Try To Tame Growth
USA Today

A report by the National Association of Home Builders last year found that from 2011 to 2016, regulatory costs to build an average house had increased from about $65,000 to $85,000, or 30%, and continue to make up a quarter of the price of a home.

How Smart Cities Could Transform Commuting
Daily Mail

An expert describes a commute through a smart city and how the current technology is already bringing these connected towns one-step closer to a reality – starting with an alarm clock tailored to your routine, which is monitored every day by your smart watch.

San Jose Sells Downtown Swath To Google
San Jose Mercury-News

San Jose city staff Friday proposed selling more than a dozen downtown properties to Google, to help the search giant amass the land it wants for an enormous tech campus that would bring up to 20,000 jobs and transform the Diridon Station area.

Is Gentrification Natural?
Brandon G. Donnelly

Can and should gentrification be stopped? If so, are we saying that neighborhood cycles should be halted at one precise point in time, perhaps after the early-adopters take root? Or should we try and temper the pace of change? Is it simply a case of too much of a good thing?

For Hartford, Bankruptcy Isn’t the Easy Way Out
Hartford Business Journal

At a May 22 town hall meeting on Hartford’s dire budget situation, a resident urged Mayor Luke Bronin not to file for bankruptcy, saying it would be a “death knell” for the city. Would it?

Metro Area Unemployment Trends Converging Nationwide
Brookings Institution

Regional divergence in the American economy has been problematized recently, especially in the industrial Heartland. Judging by one important economic indicator, however, economic outcomes around the country are actually more similar than they were in the past.

Austin’s Building Boom Rages On
Austin American-Statesman

Construction cranes dot Austin’s skyline, helping erect towers that will become hotels, offices, condos, apartments and more over the next several years. Currently, there are about a dozen of them at work in downtown Austin.

June 8, 2017

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