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It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: We assume families don’t want to live downtown, we therefore don’t design for family, and, sure enough, families don’t come, or they don’t stay.

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Tag Archives: Urban Development

May 21, 2017
Why Crystal City Matters

Last April a New York Times article briefly infuriated a lot of Washingtonians by suggesting Crystal City was “quietly and persistently reinventing itself.”

May 14, 2017
L.A. Boyle Heights Development Commodifies Displacement

Mariachi Plaza has been a physical and cultural gathering point for mariachi musicians since the 1930s. Now, new condominium and urban development projects – including one dubbed ‘Mariachi Square’ – are selling whitewashed experiences of the culture they displace.

Amazon and the Evolution of a Downtown Corporate Campus
Urban Land Institute

Three of the primary participants in Seattle’s Amazon project came together during the 2017 ULI Spring Meeting for a discussion of the long history that led to the development of the internet retailer’s campus, which has been called “the largest corporate headquarters in urban America.”

Could Austin’s CodeNext Bring Affordable Housing, Density?
Austin American-Statesman

As a part of the efforts to bring more affordable housing to Austin under a massive zoning code rewrite, the city could see far more properties eligible for developer incentives allowing for denser and sometimes larger developments.

Anti-Growth Sentiments In Plano Won’t Stop Growth
Dallas Morning News

Forty percent of Plano residents want the Collin County city, one of the fastest-growing in the country, to put the brakes on urban development and keep Plano “suburban.” Good luck with that.

Why Are Cities’ East Sides Poor?
The Guardian

From London to Paris, New York to Helsinki, poverty tends to cluster in the east. One study suggests a surprising reason why.

Developer Accuses Hawaii Councilman Of Bias

Developer Johnson Fang addressed Councilman Ikaika Anderson in a letter and accused him of being biased, Hawaii News Now reported Friday. Fang is hoping to build a 26-story high-rise, but his plans have been put on hold since Honolulu City Council has not granted his permit.

Construction Worker Pay Is Dominating The CA Housing Debate
Los Angeles Times

The union representing construction workers is the most powerful group influencing the State Legislature’s response to the housing crisis. It has worked to make sure union-level pay, known as “prevailing wage,” is a consideration in any major housing bills. Here’s how it works.

Land Use Planning and Construction Land Growth in China
Cities (abstract)

Land use planning is a comprehensive instrument for managing non-agricultural land growth in China, and the evaluation of its implementation effect on growth control is of great significance for policy improvement.

May 11, 2017
May 10, 2017
Portland Mayor: Parking vs. Housing Debate Is Over
Bike Portland

Convenient parking is a problem in parts of Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler conceded last week. But it’s a smaller problem than housing — and Wheeler says that when the two come in conflict, housing must be the priority.

The Mastermind Behind Downtown Sacramento’s Revitalization

While retaining its historical character, a raft of regeneration measures has converted the urban profile of California’s capital into a walkable and much lauded community within the downtown area. The new look is partly due to Ali Youssefi, Vice President of CFY development.

May 9, 2017
Philly’s ‘Powerhouse’: A Case Study in Infill Development
Brandon Donnelly

Dezeen recently featured a project in Philadelphia by Interface Studio Architects. It’s called Powerhouse and the goal was to provide a variety of different housing typologies and tenures within a dense infill project that, at the same time, remains in keeping with its context.

May 7, 2017
The Death and Life of Jersey City
New York Times

The downtown boom, visible in the new night-life scene along Newark Avenue, poses a threat to the urban pioneers from the city’s grittier days.

May 4, 2017
How Amazon, Paul Allen, and a Developer Changed Seattle Forever

Amazon often gets credit for transforming large swaths of downtown Seattle into a unique urban campus for the online retail giant. But it took some of the city’s and world’s biggest events, as well as a slew of savvy business people and good timing, to bring this change to fruition.

May 2, 2017
Denver Loosens Up Parking Exemption
Denver Post

In approving a scaled-down parking exemption for small lots that now mandates some on-site spaces, the Denver City Council on Monday sided with advocates who pleaded for relief in parking-scarce neighborhoods over the objections of the city’s own planning staff.

May 1, 2017
DFW Exemplifies America’s Evolving Multi-Family Housing Market

According to a recent report, the Metroplex was already America’s hottest market for apartments coming into this year. This has continued for Q1 2017, as D-FW has 50,588 apartments under construction. And this kind of momentum has been ongoing for years, even decades.

April 30, 2017
Map: Chinese Urban Growth Is The Fastest in History

According to data from the United Nations, China’s urban population increased from 459 million to about 780 million from 2000 to 2015 — that growth is equivalent to roughly the population of the United States moving from the countryside to large cities in the space of 15 years.


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