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Tag Archives: Urban Development

June 23, 2014
3 City Owned Parcels for Development on Octavia Blvd
SF Gate

Even as two large residential projects near completion along Octavia Boulevard, change is coming to three smaller city-owned parcels on what is emerging as San Francisco’s showcase of contemporary architectural design.

June 19, 2014
Budapest’s Joseph Town Has Successful Redevelopment
The New York Times

There has been a change in Joseph Town, the Eighth District of Budapest, which stretches from the ornate 19th-century palaces in the city’s center to the decaying dwellings and industrial sites of its eastern outskirts.

June 18, 2014
NY Studying 12 to 15 Neighborhoods for Increased Density
Crain's New York Business

The city Department of City Planning has been studying 12 to 15 neighborhoods across the five boroughs that are “ripe for increased density,” said Alicia Glen, New York City’s deputy mayor for housing and economic development at a Crain’s real estate conference on Tuesday.

June 16, 2014
Millennials Are Driving Walkable Urban Development
USA Today

The 10 metro areas that have the highest share of office and retail space located in walkable urban places, defined as neighborhoods where everyday destinations such as home, work, school, stores and restaurants are within walking distance.

Downtown Grand Rapids Ready For Building Boom
Grand Rapids Business Journal

It might be a play off the age-old “the chicken or the egg” debate of circular causation, but it’s also an important piece to a puzzle that Grand Rapids downtown developers and economists have been trying to solve for generations.

June 11, 2014
Local Government Is Always About Land Use
Otis White

OK, that’s an exaggeration. Some things about local government aren’t about land use—public education, for example, and some local services, such as sanitation and public health.

Planning For Climate Change a Priority for Cities
The City Fix

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and ICLEI, the largest worldwide association of local governments, released a study last week showing how climate change has become a priority for cities across the globe.

June 6, 2014
$1 Billion Development Planned for South LA
Los Angeles Times

A $1-billion residential, hotel and retail complex is being planned south of the 10 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles as robust development promises to spread beyond the traditional boundaries of the neighborhood.

June 5, 2014
Younger Residents Are Driving Development Decisions
Efficient Gov

Two recent studies indicate Millennials are interested in living in walkable cities where public transit is easily accessible and school systems are strong. City decision makers are starting to note the preferences of this age group, as more Millennials start to invest in housing markets based on these criteria.

June 2, 2014
Developers Buying Land Around Fremont’s New BART
Silicon Valley Business Journal

Three developers are homing in on one of Silicon Valley’s most important development zones – the region around the under-construction Warm Springs BART station in Fremont.

June 1, 2014
Mesa’s New Comprehensive General Plan
AZ Central

There are towns in this country where nothing much ever changes. A generation comes, a generation goes, and the skyline is still a grain elevator and a couple of steeples.

Former Pittsburgh Mayor On Community Development
The Salt Lake Tribune

Former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy likes to recite the tale of Horatio Nelson Jackson in advising local government officials to be forward thinking if they want their communities to thrive.

May 27, 2014
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May 18, 2014
New Urbanism’s Effects on Smaller Cities
Better! Cities & Towns

Author and architect Witold Rybczynski recently suggested that the New Urbanism has had little or no impact on big cities, citing a lack of signature projects like the High Line in New York City or Disney Hall in Los Angeles.

May 16, 2014
How the New Silver Line Will Affect Suburbs
Next City

As Washington, D.C.’s new Metro Silver Line rolls out from the city into the growing suburban counties of Virginia and Maryland, officials and planners in those regions are faced with decisions about what development around their new transit stations should look like. W

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