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Apartment life can be strangely isolating: the intimacy of removing a complete stranger’s underwear from the building washing machine; the awkwardness of silent elevator rides while rubbing elbows with a fellow tenant; the jealous pangs of hurrying alone past a cluster of happy friends sharing pizza on your stoop.

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Tag Archives: Redevelopment

April 12, 2016
New Development in Pittsburgh Warehouse
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With “foodcentric” retail and offices throughout the building, a Chicago developer is ready to go with a plan to bring new life to the Strip District produce terminal.

April 11, 2016
April 10, 2016
L.A.’s Union Station: A New Urban Destination?
Los Angeles Times

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority hopes to breathe new life into the 77-year-old building by hosting concerts, leasing retail space and improving the restaurant offerings.

April 6, 2016
The Re-invention of Edison’s Factory
New York Times

In the last few weeks, workers have begun restoring the Edison Battery Factory as part of a large redevelopment called ‘Edison Village’ in West Orange, New Jersey.

April 4, 2016
Copenhagen Getting Three New Islands

Students and residents in Copenhagen, Denmark, will soon have an intriguing new waterside environment for education and recreation. The Nordhavn Islands are three circular manmade islands on the coast that will cater for learning, watersports and events, as well as host a new vegetation environment.

Milwaukee Harbor’s Development Vision
Milwaukee Business Journal

Instead of a heavily industrialized area shut off from its bustling surrounding neighborhoods, a new vision for Milwaukee’s Harbor District calls for extensive green spaces and new buildings for water technology research, cafes and housing.

Can a Spy Agency Change North St. Louis
St. Louis Post Dispatch

Every morning, workers from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency buy 40 pretzels from Gus Koebbe’s shop on Lemp Avenue. They then drive down Arsenal Street, roll past the agency’s stone walls and barbed wire, flash their cards through security and walk the warm dough into their cafeteria.

March 31, 2016
Story of Cities #12 The Man Who Divided Paris
The Guardian Cities

Georges-Eugène Haussmann is feted internationally for transforming the French capital with an audacious programme of urban planning. Yet 125 years after his death, his legacy at home remains much more controversial. Why?

Before and After Photos: World’s Best Street Design
The Atlantic City Lab

Across the world, street design that favors automobiles and ignores pedestrians and cyclists is being rethought—a newly updated resource created by the Brazilian urban design collective Urb-i allows you to chart just how widespread and profound the changes are.

Treasure Island Transformation Begins
Curbed SF

You couldn’t quite call the work being done on Treasure Island and adjoining Yerba Buena Island right now a groundbreaking, since in fact the ground is more being smushed, pushed around, and refashioned.

March 28, 2016
Developer Set to Pull Out of Naval Base Deal
San Francisco Chronicle (Possible Paywall)

A fierce battle for the right to develop a former naval base in Concord has come to an abrupt standstill, with one developer asking to withdraw from the process if city officials don’t change the terms of the deal.

March 25, 2016
Is Ride Hailing Changing Development in Nashville?
Nashville Tennessean

Uber and Lyft, the Internet-based ride-sharing services, provide a convenient and quick way to get around Nashville. Another side benefit of the services: They’re encouraging redevelopment of neighborhoods around downtown.

March 21, 2016
Chicago’s Latest Development Plan Half Cooked
Chicago Tribune

I refer to a promising but half-cooked proposal floated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that calls for charging developers more for the right to pack extra square footage into downtown buildings and using that money for projects in economically depressed neighborhoods.

Details Emerge on Austin’s Plaza Saltillo TOD
Austin American Statesman

After an almost two-year negotiation and a last-minute increase in what workers will be paid, the Capital Metro board on Monday approved an agreement to develop the 10-acre Plaza Saltillo site in East Austin.

March 20, 2016
Stamford’s South End Rises from Hard Times
Stamford Advocate

The owner of DeMott Auto said decades ago his staff would drive their female customers to and from the train station because it was not safe to walk in the neighborhood at certain hours.

March 18, 2016
March 15, 2016
Financing Community Redevelopment
Aaron Renn

Last week I published my podcast with Joanna Taft on cultural entrepreneurship. Today the second installment, this time with her husband Bill Taft, the other half of Indy’s community development dynamic duo.

March 13, 2016
On Housing, Boston is Own Worst Enemy
Boston Globe

If developer Jacqueline Nunez wanted to build about eight or nine standard-issue single-family homes on the 2 acres that she bought on the border of Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury, she could do so under existing zoning, and with a minimum of fuss.

March 11, 2016
L’Enfant a Giant of DC Design
Investors Business Daily

In 1825, death came quietly for the unheralded urban planner of Washington, D.C. Born in France in 1754, Pierre Charles L’Enfant ended his days in obscurity in Green Hill, Md., despite single-handedly designing one of the greatest cities the world has ever seen.

March 9, 2016
Massive Redevelopment asks Port Covington for Half a Billion
Baltimore Sun

The city is being asked to contribute $535 million to help finance the redevelopment of Port Covington, where billionaire Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank has embarked on a plan to transform the peninsula with offices, homes, shopping, restaurants, parks and a state-of-the-art campus for his growing company.

March 8, 2016
New Cleveland Zoning Code Will Require Culture Shift
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Creating a new zoning code for the city will require a “culture shift” among developers and departments at City Hall after decades of suburban-style development within city limits, planners say.

March 7, 2016
As South End Booms, One Neighborhood Unchanged
Charlotte Observer

South End’s building boom is spreading farther south and west, with new high-end apartments planned on industrial sites and vacant land. But at the corner of South Tryon Street and Remount Road, an apartment community from a different era sits unchanged

March 3, 2016
Give Boston Redevelopment Authority a Chance
Boston Globe

The urban renewal legislation that enabled Boston to demolish the West End in the late 1950s expires in April. Despite the painful memories for many, the Boston City Council should renew the law.


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