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Tag Archives: Urban Development

June 25, 2017
When Will Charlotte’s Streetcar Finally Spur Promised Development?
Charlotte Observer

Two years ago, Charlotte’s streetcar carried its first passengers and brought the hope that it would eventually spark new development in areas that had been overlooked, particularly near Johnson C. Smith University. But when will that finally happen?

Will $4B Development Save Dallas’s Midtown?
Dallas Observer

After years of expectant waiting, rumors and City Council sessions, ground has finally been broken on Beck Ventures’ much-anticipated “city within a city,” Dallas Midtown, at the site of Valley View Mall.

June 22, 2017
Priming Chicago’s Industrial Corridors For Redevelopment
Rebusiness Online

As Chicago has emerged as one of the country’s top tech capitals, large parcels of land across the city have remained stuck in the past, serving as roadblocks to billions of dollars in new real estate development. That’s about to change.

June 21, 2017
New Urbanism and Toronto’s Development Pattern
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

This paper includes a detailed comparison of the design features and urban form characteristics of 10 urban fringe neighborhoods in the Toronto region, and examines the extent to which a new suburban development pattern has been created under the influence of the New Urbanism movement.

June 20, 2017
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June 13, 2017
US Must Add 4.6M Housing Units to Keep Up?
Curbed

The affordable housing crisis in the United States has many causes. A new study, commissioned by apartment industry groups, highlights how low inventory may be a contributing cause for this issue in cities nationwide.

June 11, 2017
How Does Housing Stock Affect Urban Revitalization?
New Geography

The second of Pete Saunders’ nine reasons why Detroit failed is “poor housing stock,” particularly its overweighting towards small, early postwar cottages. But why hasn’t the same happened to Philadelphia?

June 8, 2017
Buffalo’s $1 Billion Reinvestment Plan
ICIC

The initiative, known as the Buffalo Billion, is New York State’s commitment to invest $1 billion in the Buffalo area’s economy. The initiative uses a combination of state grants and tax breaks to spur economic growth.

June 5, 2017
Middle Class Dream Fuels India’s $1.3T Housing Boom
Bloomberg

It remains to be seen whether India, with its sprawling slums at one end of the housing spectrum and obsession with luxury at the other, can fill the gap, but analysts say conditions are ripe for a broad acceleration in residential construction in the $2 trillion economy.

June 1, 2017
Philly’s Skyline Moves Outside Center City
Philadelphia Inquirer

Newly minted skylines have been rising at a furious rate in places where none ever existed before, marking cities aspiring to gain notoriety in the global economy. With the completion of the 730-foot FMC tower later this month, that will now include Philadelphia.

May 30, 2017
A Look At Kabul’s Colorful Sprawl
New York Times

What does a city do when housing needs grow so quickly that illegal settlements spread up steep hills and mountainsides? In Kabul’s case, the municipality has decided to accept that reality and paint the homes in bright colors.

May 29, 2017
Curating Omaha’s Architectural Environment
The Reader

Who or what in Omaha is curating the way the city looks and functions? In contemplating this seemingly simple, albeit broad query, this writer asked several professionals their point-of-view on city curation.

May 25, 2017
What Does Neoliberalism Mean For Your City?
San Francisco Examiner

If you’ve been following the local slop wars we call San Francisco politics, you might have noticed a new word being flung at YIMBY pro-housing advocates — “neoliberal” — and wondered what it means.

Transfer of Development Rights For Urban Growth Containment
Papers in Regional Science (abstract)

In this paper we compared the criteria successfully adopted by the US Transfer of Development Rights programmes to the specifications adopted by the municipal plans of three important Italian cities and we discussed their efficacy to control the urban growth.

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