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Tag Archives: Redevelopment

August 16, 2016
August 10, 2016
Downtown Revitalization and Urban Space
Regional Studies

Many cities worldwide are making efforts to revitalize their downtowns. However, limited attention seems to be given to the evaluation of these redevelopment processes.

August 1, 2016
Analysis: Fighting Sprawl is Within Pensacola’s Power
Pensacola News Journal

Fighting urban sprawl is well within Pensacola’s power. It requires smart growth and the promotion of planning that combines transportation, land use and the environment while focusing on redevelopment rather than new development.

July 12, 2016
Pittsburgh Looks to Join in Local Development Boom
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mayor Bill Peduto plans to introduce legislation before City Council today to sell the 12 parcels — from the former pound to the long-vacant Hazelwood Library — to the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority for $1 each.

June 17, 2016
The Cincinnati Street Riots Couldn’t Kill
Politico Magazine

Five years ago, the area around 12th and Vine Street used to have one of the highest-crime rates in Cincinnati. It had been the epicenter of rioting after a controversial police shooting in 2001 and had struggled to recover.

June 13, 2016
The Rise of Sacramento’s Second City
Sacramento Bee

Empty now, Sacramento’s downtown railyard someday could be home to as many as 21,000 residents, more than live in Land Park and Curtis Park together. A like number of people would also work there, making the railyard the region’s most densely packed and self-supporting neighborhood.

June 3, 2016
Relationship Between Subways and Urban Growth
The Atlantic City Lab

In the major cities of the world, subway systems are typically seen as a means to foster density, reduce reliance on cars, mitigate sprawl, and provide residents with access to affordable transportation.

June 1, 2016
Phoenix Plans for Canalscape Redevelopment

Kerry Wilcoxon is helping to implement the city’s Grand Canalscape plan, which will create a nearly 12-mile trail system along the Grand Canal from the Interstate 17 to the Phoenix and Tempe border.

May 30, 2016
Transit-Oriented Development’s Trials in Hartford

Transit-oriented development is a relatively new idea in Connecticut, but town officials hope an old car dealership site in West Hartford will be a catalyst for further investment around the station. State officials plan it as one in a series of developments around CTfastrak’s route between New Britain and Hartford.

May 23, 2016
May 18, 2016
May 17, 2016
Strip Malls Can’t Die Fast Enough
Chicago Tribune

In the mid-1990s the owners of the Fairfax Circle Plaza shopping center in suburban Washington, D.C., decided to redevelop the property.

Idea Behind Memphis’ Anti-Blight Strategy
Governing Magazine

Earlier this year, the mayors of Memphis and Shelby County, Tenn., endorsed what may be a first-in-the-nation plan that officials say is a nationwide model for organizing regional strategies against blight.

Fixlist Wants to be Zillow of Philly Redevelopment
Technically Philly

Stacey Mosley, former data scientist for the City of Philadelphia, quit her job on October 23, 2015. The following week, she opened her laptop and got to work on what is now FixList

May 9, 2016
Modest Masterminds Developing Salt Lake’s Downtown
Salt Lake Tribune

The chief boosters for Salt Lake City’s Downtown Rising campaign could be taking deep bows right now. They could be soaking up kudos for dramatic growth in the central business core, for Main Street’s elegant new mall and theater, the mint skyscrapers, the hundreds of new apartments luring millennials and retirees to the urban center.

Condos Come to Vancouver’s Industrial Sector
The Globe and Mail

A complex of industrial condo-style units in Vancouver has proven far more successful than imagined – so much so that the first phase is more than half sold out while still in the presale stage.

May 5, 2016
Empty Space Provides New Possibilities In Houston
The Urban Edge

A handful Houston’s vacant spaces could soon be reimagined, thanks to a $10,000 challenge that is part of this year’s Next City Vanguard Conference in which 45 young urban thinkers from across the country will visit with Houston communities and create proposals for underutilized or vacant properties.

May 4, 2016
May 3, 2016
April 27, 2016
Reno Developers to Ask for $100M Subsidy
Reno Gazette-Journal

The developers proposing a $1.2 billion redevelopment project in downtown Reno plan to ask the city for up to $100 million in property tax revenue.

April 25, 2016
West Philly’s Success Shows Power of Innovation
Urban Land Institute

Over the past half-century, west Philadelphia’s University City district—located across the Schuylkill River from Center City—has morphed from a blighted urban neighborhood into a thriving mixed-use hub for higher education, health care, and tech startups.

April 18, 2016


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