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Tag Archives: Redevelopment

March 1, 2016
Tear Down DC’s Southeast Freeway, Build a Neighborhood

With six new apartment buildings opening this year, three more under construction, and six more planned for 2018, Navy Yard—which has been open to development only since 2005—will soon be the District’s most densely populated neighborhood.

February 28, 2016
Startup Focused on Rejuvenating Vacant Land
Built in Chicago

Abandoned gas stations, along with dry cleaning facilities and larger industrial properties such as chemical plants and factories, can be hard to repurpose for other uses because they are suspected — correctly or otherwise — to have been exposed to hazardous waste or pollution.

February 25, 2016
February 23, 2016
Pittsburgh Weighs Riverfront Zoning Changes
Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Dominated for more than a century by industrial activity, riverfronts in the Strip District, Lawrenceville, South Side, Hazelwood and the North Shore are now hot spots for residential, commercial and recreational development.

February 21, 2016
Infill Development Taking Off in Lincoln
Lincoln Journal Star

Planners call it infill. It’s the expansion of Gateway Vista near 56th and O streets. It’s the Aerie 147 Lofts above the old Spaghetti Works building on 14th Street downtown.

February 18, 2016
St. Paul Union Depot Redevelopment
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Every month it seems to host a new event: a craft fair, a bake sale or a beer festival. Every week yogis stop by to stretch below the vaulted ceiling in its waiting room. And every 10 minutes, a Green Line train pulls up, unloading passengers at its doorstep.

Manchester New Hampshire, 19th Century to the Future
Politico Magazine

When Hunter S. Thompson came to New Hampshire’s largest city to cover the 1972 presidential campaign, he described it as “a broken down mill town with an aggressive Chamber of Commerce and America’s worst newspaper.

Urban Village Planned Around St. Paul Soccer Stadium
Minneapolis Star Tribune

People would be able to shop, live, work out, lounge in a plaza and go to a movie in an “urban village” around the proposed soccer stadium in St. Paul, if a vision presented Thursday becomes a reality.

Emanuel’s Downtown Plan: Charge Downtown Developers More
Chicago Tribune

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce Thursday he’s seeking a new program to charge developers extra for packing more square footage into downtown buildings, with the money going for projects in Chicago’s economically depressed neighborhoods.

Manufacturers Fear Displacement from NY Streetcar
Crain's New York

At a cavernous warehouse on the edge of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Anthony Rizzo’s 50 employees heat and cool parts for airplanes and missiles, dropping them into a 30-foot-deep, 1,600-degree salt bath and in vats of oil, rigging them with wire so they don’t warp.

Austin Should Embrace Urban Density, Not Reject It
Daily Texan

People say everything is bigger in Texas, and the size of our neighborhoods proves it. Texas’s residential areas epitomize the concept of suburban living, but as the population of Austin continues to grow, we should embrace the beauty and benefits of increased urban density.

February 16, 2016
Bay Area Land Sitting Fallow Amid Housing Crisis
Streetsblog SF

Anyone who rides Caltrain has probably looked out the window once or twice at the Bayshore Station, a stop that practically nobody uses. There’s nothing there but a giant brown field.

Self Storage in Charlotte Goes Urban
Charlotte Observer

Millennials are living in small apartments for longer and empty-nest Baby Boomers are downsizing, but apparently neither group has stopped accumulating stuff – fueling a boom in the local self-storage business.

February 10, 2016
Repurposing Abandoned Lots Starts with Soil Test

Four empty lots in Chicago’s South Side bear scars of the past. Their surfaces are strewn with construction debris and foundation rubble. However, the most incriminating evidence of the past lies beneath the surface, in the soil.

February 8, 2016
Chicago Approves Megadevelopment on the Water
Architect's Newspaper

To say that development along the Chicago River is booming would be an understatement. With towers rising on nearly every open piece of bank in the downtown, it was no surprise when the city gave final approval to fill one of the city’s largest gaps.

The Man behind the Minneapolis Armory Plan

The fortress-like Minneapolis Armory is not the most inviting piece of real estate. Built in 1935 to serve as a training and recreation facility for the Minnesota National Guard and Naval Militia

Why Think About NIMBYism?
Club Nimby

Anyone who follows zoning has witnessed this drama: A developer requests a zoning change to allow a modest apartment building next to a mostly single-family neighborhood. The request prompts howls of protest from the neighborhood’s homeowners.

Post Redevelopment Agency Developer Survey
San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank

More than 400 Redevelopment Agencies (RDAs) played a critical role in the development of affordable housing across California for over 60 years. After the agencies were eliminated in 2012 in state budget negotiations, affordable housing developers had to adjust to a new funding landscape without the central source of state funding for subsidized housing development.

January 31, 2016
How Do You Develop 400 Acres of Detroit Riverfront?
Detroit Free Press

Detroit leaders are hoping to move quickly to choose a team of architects and planners to create a new vision for Detroit’s east riverfront district — 400 acres of land often called the most important but underused development zone in the city.

January 28, 2016
Time to Rebuild Penn Station as it Was

The great American urban planner Daniel Burnham said, “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.” Governor Andrew Cuomo heeded that call earlier this month, when he announced a visionary plan for overhauling New York’s widely hated Pennsylvania Station.

14 Acres of Hospital Land to be Redeveloped in Austin
Austin American Statesman

It will be up to developers to shape the future of the six blocks where University Medical Center Brackenridge sits into what could become one of downtown Austin’s largest mixed-use projects.


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