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Tag Archives: Urban Development

April 6, 2017
April 5, 2017
Great Idea: Incremental Development

Great places are built in small increments, and urbanists are restoring America’s know-how and capacity for small-scale development by many individuals in their own communities. Do you want to be a small developer?

Is It Okay For L.A. Developers To Strike Deals With Homeowners?
Los Angeles Times

The battle now being waged between the two nonprofit groups has pulled back the curtain on secret financial deals between developers and Los Angeles neighborhood leaders. Critics say such confidential agreements amount to “hush money.” But what if they benefit neighborhoods?

Critics Pressure Rotterdam’s Affordable Housing Teardown Plan
Next City

Vogue’s naming of Rotterdam as Europe’s “new capital of cool” in February is just the latest chapter in the Dutch city’s tale of growing popularity. But lifestyle lists don’t take into account how hip retail and dining can complicate planning in a city with a longtime labor image.

April 4, 2017
The Future of Michigan’s Most Important Road
Model D Media

Since its initial construction in 1827, Michigan Avenue has arguably been the state’s most important thoroughfare. Today, exciting changes are in the works to modernize this centuries-old road.

NIMBY Homeowners Making Secret Deals to Halt L.A. Development
L.A. Weekly

Anti-development activists in Los Angeles have long argued that developers contribute money to the campaigns of elected officials in exchange for lucrative exemptions to planning laws, which constitutes corruption. But developers say that homeowner groups also engage in backroom deals.

April 3, 2017
Miami Affordable Housing Blocked By Developers
Miami New Times

Florida lawmakers have, over the past ten years, quietly siphoned $1.3 billion away from a $1.8 billion, statewide fund for affordable housing, the Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau reported Friday.

April 2, 2017
The Shape of America’s Land Use Future
New Geography

After several years of traveling around the country in the presence of city planners, economic development officials, production home builders, professional consultants, and groups of concerned citizens I’ve come to my own personal unified theory of America’s land use future.

March 30, 2017
Charlotte’s Next Development Gold Rush
Charlotte Observer

Just south of uptown Charlotte, real estate industry professionals are hoping to turn the Gold District, part of South End, into the area’s next booming neighborhood.

March 29, 2017
Millennials Are Good News for Mixed-Income Development
Urban Land Institute

With Denver’s population expanding rapidly, many longtime residents in some gentrifying neighborhoods find it difficult to remain as rents, home prices, and property taxes climb. How do communities provide for both lower-income families and local culture while being revitalized?

March 27, 2017
How Hackers Are Changing Our Cities For The Better
The Urban Developer

The term ‘hacking’ traditionally comes with negative connotations due to its portrayal in mainstream media, however if you truly understand the definition it becomes evident that hacking plays a very intensive part in the development of our cities.

March 26, 2017
Density, Transit Could Save Denverites Thousands Annually
Streetsblog Denver

Denver is changing, and change is never easy. It’s understandable that the pressures of a growing city — where car ownership makes less sense and transit, walking, and biking start to take precedence on the streets — make some people uncomfortable.

Where’s Development Coming Next? Follow the Beer
Charlotte Observer

If you wanted to invent a foolproof system for tracking which neighborhoods are soon-to-be hotbeds for revitalization, gentrification and the M-word (Millennials), you could do worse than following the breweries.

March 23, 2017
Controversial Abatement Positive For Philly Updated
Philadelphia Inquirer

When Philadelphia’s City Council ushered in sweeping property-tax relief in the late 1990s, politicians, developers, and many residents saw the move as much-needed relief for a city in decline, one that had been losing population, jobs, and homeowners for years.

March 22, 2017
March 21, 2017
Q&A: The Rise of Urbanization
Multi-Housing News

The trend of these “mini cities” is increasing in popularity and Multi-Housing News sat down with Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, CEO of Codina Partners, to discuss this growing trend of urbanization, the company’s newest project Downtown Doral in Miami.

March 20, 2017
Why the Grattan Institute Gets Value Capture Wrong
The Fifth Estate

The Grattan Institute has produced a worrying report on value capture. It appears to be doing the bidding of traffic engineers who are very worried by the shift away from their “dark arts” to one involving the urban development market.


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