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HUD has tried to paint a picture nationwide that they are out there providing all the money and tools and administrative context, and the local agencies just aren’t getting it done.That’s sort of the perception they’ll try to sell to you, and I don’t think that’s accurate.

Richmond CA Mayor Tom Butt, San Francisco Chronicle

Tag Archives: Urban Development

August 21, 2017
Have Millennials Forced Corporations to Leave Suburban Offices?
Urban Land Institute

Millennials are thought to be the driving force behind this migration as companies continue to find top talent in larger, urban environments. But on the other hand, many in the industry argue that the suburban office market is actually showing signs of strength.

August 16, 2017
August 15, 2017
How Do You Measure the Cultural Value of a Historic Site?

Debates over historic preservation often run into a problem: There’s plenty of data to support economic arguments, and much less to address questions of cultural value. A research team in Singapore wants to change that.

Smart Cities Are Compact, But Are They Really Smart?

The Indian government announced plans in 2015 to create 100 new smart cities, leading the way with urban smartening. But while it was promised that these cities would be sustainable, new research suggests otherwise.

August 14, 2017
The Global South is Forming Its Own Urbanism

What is the repertoire of concepts, ideas and visions that inform the work of urban planners in the Global South? Are they still under the spell of their colonial and postcolonial masters? Or have they developed their own ideas and values in urbanism?

Central Place Theory: An Evaluation
Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies (abstract)

By way of a background to this commentary, the recent history of central place theory is briefly reviewed.

August 13, 2017
August 10, 2017
$1B Plan for ‘Mini Urban City’ at O.C. Register Site
Los Angeles Times

Two years ago, developer Mike Harrah joined a bid to purchase the Orange County Register out of bankruptcy. The effort failed, but the flamboyant local construction magnate still acquired the Register’s Santa Ana real estate.

August 9, 2017
How to Stop Gentrification
New Republic

Individuals moving to newly-hip neighborhoods admit they are part of the problem. What can they do?

August 8, 2017
Will Newark’s Revival Serve Its Residents?
New York Times

While the surging real estate market is finally helping the city turn a corner, some worry that it could bypass or force out many longtime residents who have remained through Newark’s long period of trouble.

Inventing ‘Grand Paris’
Planning Perspectives (abstract)

Planning of the Paris Region has a long history that began a century ago in conjunction with the global development of metropolitan planning policies.

August 7, 2017
How Skaters Make the City Safer
The Guardian

Skateboarders are the ‘shock troops of gentrification’, making no-go areas secure – and then seeing their newly valuable sites destroyed when the developers move in. Can one much-loved London space buck the trend?

August 6, 2017
Private Bond Market Key for Urban Community Development

“I have speculated and fantasized about real access to the capital markets for decades,” the Reinvestment Fund CEO Don Hinkle-Brown says. “If there’s enough activity and we can build a marketplace, we can see whether people will pay for impact.”

The Resilience of a London Great Estate
Journal of Urbanism (abstract)

This paper explores the concept of resilience through the planning, development and management history of one of London’s Great Estates.

August 3, 2017
Will Paid Parking Come to Tysons Corner?
Greater Greater Washington

Since the Silver Line opened, property owners in Tysons Corner have worried that Metro commuters would park on their lots. Charging for parking could eliminate this concern but a debate over parking fees illustrates the tension surrounding the urbanization of Tysons.

MD’s Howard County TIF Sacrifices Taxpayer Dollars
Baltimore Sun

A plan to fund a 64-acre development in North Laurel with tax increment financing amounts to a sacrifice of Howard County taxpayer dollars to non-local, private interests and would discourage at least as much economic development as it is supposed to promote.


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