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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

March 20, 2017
March 15, 2017
New Evidence That Dense Development Reduces Driving
Huffington Post

If, as a city planner or elected official, one of your objectives is to slow or reverse the growth of traffic and its associated environmental and economic costs, encouraging development close to the regional center is a useful policy tool to have in your collection of options.

HUD Explained

Ben Carson, potential budget cuts, and how federal housing policy works.

L.A. Releases JJJ-Driven TOD Incentives
Streetsblog L.A.

Now that Measure S has clearly been soundly defeated, the city of Los Angeles is implementing that other planning reform measure that actually passed. Measure JJJ, or the “Build Better L.A.” initiative, received 64.8 percent approval in the November 2016 election.

March 13, 2017
Journey To The Circular City
Circulate News

There’s a growing belief that cities are taking the place of nations as the dominant economic and political entities of our times. As well as being concentrators of money, knowledge, skills and services, their sheer scale can be mindblowing.

Planning and Governance for Decentralised Energy Assets
Urban Policy & Research (abstract)

This paper examines a case study for a multi-dwelling, residential building called Gen Y, in which a planning and governance structure has been developed to provide both financial incentive for the installation of renewable energy in multi-dwelling buildings.

March 12, 2017
Chicago Developer To Lease Historic Pittsburgh Building
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nearly three years in the making, a Chicago developer finally has reached a deal to redevelop the Strip District’s historic produce terminal, a project that will start with the creation of a new “food centric” public market at the building’s western end.

March 9, 2017
5 Reasons to Love St. Paul’s Ford Site Plans

There have been years of work putting together ideas for the Ford site in St. Paul. The hope is that, once these broad plans are adopted, a Ford will sell the site to a willing developer who will flesh out these guidelines into a detailed proposal.

3 Models of Building for Innovation in Philadelphia
Urban Land Institute

Embracing the concept of a minimum viable product and partnering with anchor institutions are two of the ways that a group of Philadelphia development professionals said they are working to create a built environment that enables collaboration and experimentation.

March 7, 2017
Christianity Embracing Gentrification
The Guardian

To a new breed of churches, dilapidated neighbourhoods are the fallen world – and salvation lies not just in prayer but in pop-ups, vintage shops and bakeries.

March 6, 2017
The Roles of Nature and History in Urban Development
London School of Economics

Why do people live where they do, whether in the world as a whole or within a given country? Why are some places so densely populated and some so empty? In daily life, we take this variation in density as a matter of course, but in many ways it can be quite puzzling.

Study Sparks Debate Over Compact Development And Driving
Taylor & Francis

Compact development is often recommended as a way to get people to drive less and create more sustainable communities. However, different studies over the years have yielded different outcomes, leading to a muddled understanding about the true impact of compact development.

March 5, 2017
Charlotte’s Light Rail Development Lessons
Charlotte Business Journal

2017 marks the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the 10-mile Lynx Blue Line, connecting uptown to Pineville. The line has spurred billions of dollars in new development; but how has Charlotte progressed since then?

Building Boom Reshaping Milwaukee Skyline
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The bevy of construction cranes hovering over downtown Milwaukee reflect an extraordinary commercial real estate boom that is reshaping the city’s skyline and transforming the ways its people live, work and play.

Detroit: The Urban Condo Boom’s Final Frontier

Across the U.S., such development has reached its limit. Rents are dropping in some major cities, and bank lenders are pulling back even in strong markets. Detroit developers, a small group of mostly local businesspeople, are gambling they will defy those odds.

March 2, 2017
The Destruction of Mecca
The Economist

The Middle East’s largest building project has effaced 1,400 years of Islamic history.

Difficult Development Areas and the Supply of Subsidized Housing
Regional Science & Urban Economics (abstract)

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) provides a subsidy to developers who construct housing with maximum tenant incomes and contributions towards rent. How does this effect both low-income and high-income areas?


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