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Tag Archives: Redevelopment

December 1, 2016
Philly Seeking ‘Nuclear Option’ to Reclaim Sold Land
Plan Philly

The bill would would empower the city to quickly reclaim properties it sells if the new owner hasn’t improved the property within one year of acquiring it, but without the 30-day’s notice currently required.

November 28, 2016
Future of Austin’s Unzoned Land at Stake
Community Impact Newspaper

The Grove at Shoal Creek, a proposed mixed-use development off 45th Street and Bull Creek Road, is demanding the attention of many in city government these days.

November 21, 2016
Repurposing Former Downtown Industrial Sites in
Urban Land Institute

Two case studies on how obsolete industrial buildings have been redeveloped for a new life in the new economy—the focus of this 2016 ULI Fall Meeting session—offered lessons about capitalizing on site location, the buildings’ qualities, and the developers’ visions for creating dynamic mixed-use places that are profitable as well as mission driven.

November 15, 2016
November 1, 2016
Pruitt-Igoe Gets a Second Chance
Governing Magazine

The site of a long-gone but still-criticized public housing complex in St. Louis is being redeveloped. Will history repeat itself?

October 27, 2016
Eight Abandoned Buildings Reborn

While many people see abandoned spaces as battered and useless, many architects see inspiration for a grand transformation. The following eight projects rejuvenated derelict buildings into usable, vibrant locations for bustling new businesses or cozy homes.

October 12, 2016
Inventive Way to Save Edison’s Last Factory

This is a building that refuses to go down without a fight. In 1914, a massive fire raged through inventor Thomas Edison’s lab complex in downtown West Orange, New Jersey. Chemical-fueled flames shot 100 feet in the sky, burning five city blocks and destroying almost his entire operation.

October 9, 2016
Sweeping the Street, Cleaning the Corner
Dirt Americana

A Jersey City site is redeveloping, offering a magnificent opportunity for a corner restaurant with abundant space for outdoor seating. But a few years ago, it was one of the most frustratingly difficult uses to promote redevelopment: a dry cleaner.

October 6, 2016
October 5, 2016
Eight Endangered Urban Landmarks to Save
Next City

San Francisco’s Embarcadero District, Charleston’s Naval Hospital District and Downtown Flemington, New Jersey, have all been deemed “endangered” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, highlighting U.S. urban sites that are close to disappearing.

Littleton Could Dismantle Urban Renewal Authority Citing Divisiveness
Denver Post

City leaders on Tuesday set the stage to dismantle Littleton’s urban renewal authority and the dissolution of three of four redevelopment areas in the city, conceding at some level that revitalization efforts in this southern suburb had become “increasingly divisive and political for the city and its citizens.”

September 28, 2016
‘Transformative’ Project Planned East of Downtown Houston
Houston Chronicle

One of the city’s most prominent developers on Wednesday will give investors a look at early plans for the former KBR site, a 147-acre tract with water and skyscraper views that could be transformative for the traditionally working-class East End.

September 25, 2016
Irving Hopes Stadium Site Will Host New Development
Dallas Morning News

WFAA-TV reported Friday that the Irving City Council has revealed plans to transform the former 80-acre site of Texas Stadium and about 1,000 acres around it “into high-end town homes, apartments, restaurants, retail and commercial office space.”

September 22, 2016
Equitable Design, Redevelopment Best Future for Old Cities
Crain's Detroit Business

The way old cities are designed and redeveloped is going through an equity revolution, according to a panel of planners, developers and designers Thursday at the first day of the Detroit City of Design Summit.

September 21, 2016
September 15, 2016
September 11, 2016
St. Louis to Blight 395 Acres in City’s Growing Central Corridor

The city is set to blight a total of 610 parcels, across the three neighborhoods. The blight designation, recommended to the Board of Aldermen for approval, would be a precursor to a plan by a redevelopment corporation affiliated with Saint Louis University.

August 25, 2016
Gentrification and Demographic Trends in Washington, D.C.
Chicago Policy Review

No discussion on urban revitalization is complete without addressing the issue of gentrification. This byproduct of redevelopment has proven to be a persistent source of tension between new and old inhabitants of urban communities throughout the country.

August 24, 2016
How Marina City Started Chicago’s Downtown boom
Chicago Magazine

Long before the city’s downtown boom and its riverwalk (or plans to swim in the river), Bertrand Goldberg’s idea to combine residential, office, and recreational space was a risky experiment in city living.

August 18, 2016
August 17, 2016
Soviet Redevelopment Threatens Moscow’s Industrial Past
The Guardian

The former ZiL car factory is the latest to undergo a major redevelopment as part of a city-wide project to transform derelict industrial areas – but campaigners are concerned their unique architectural heritage is under threat.

Report: Infill Three Times Cheaper Than Greenfield

A report has found that developing Perth’s greyfield sites alongside rapid transit networks could save the government up to $94.5 million for every 1000 lots developed, compared to developing greenfield sites.


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