An Industrial Shell Becomes City’s Gathering Place

​At the turn of the millennium, the 26-acre Pearl Brewery in San Antonio was abandoned and desolate—a collection of empty buildings and pavement with only five trees. Now the ambitious Pearl Brewery Redevelopment is an economic and social powerhouse, drawing an average of more than 10,000 visitors to events weekly, including 3,000 shoppers at a farmer’s market. Thirty locally run businesses thrive in the district, which is known for its restaurants. Read more... Read more

Watch for Me NC: Fostering the Role of Law Enforcement in Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

​Having safe and secure places to walk and bike is vital to encouraging active, vibrant communities. In addition to roadway design and engineering, education and enforcement are critical to creating safer streets. Many communities are looking for ways to leverage the strengths of law enforcement in plans to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. Read more... Read more

Balancing Nature and Commerce Workshop to Benefit Rural Revitalization

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia was once on a main thoroughfare for travelers going from Northwest Georgia to Tennessee. The route passed through Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, the site of the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, and the charming historic town at its gateway. The highway was rerouted in 1986 to bypass the battlefield, dramatically reducing the number of downtown visitors that had been driving the local economy. In 2011, eight agencies came together in hopes of changing Fort Oglethorpe’s downtown from... Read more

Assistance to Coal Communities FY 2017 Economic Development Assistance

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) utilizes Economic Adjustment Assistance investments to provide resources that help communities experiencing or anticipating economic dislocations to plan and implement specific solutions to leverage their existing regional economic advantages to support economic development and job creation. Proposals and applications ongoing until publication of new EDAP NOFA. Learn more and apply... Read more

How Stormwater Retention Paid Dividends for Three Sites

Three examples were among many showcased in ULI’s recent report, Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate, which highlighted the numerous ways in which water is “one that can be harnessed to make cities more sustainable and livable.” These examples ranged from a suburb near Dallas to a flood-prone site in New Orleans to a pier development in Boston and featured an assortment of tools that can be combined given the circumstances. Read more... Read more

More than a Few Trees: Parks add Economic and Intrinsic Value to Communities across North Texas

Communities across North Texas are developing at rapid rates. But as populations increase, neighborhoods expand and more businesses move to the area, several parks departments are working to carve out green spaces for residents to enjoy. Since July is National Parks and Recreation Appreciation month, Renee Jordan, chief park planner at Plano Parks and Recreation, took a minute to reflect on the true value of a local park. Read more... Read more

Rating Green Space by Tranquility could Mean Higher Quality Developments

A scientific tool to measure the tranquility of urban environments and public spaces could lead to the creation of better green space in developments, according to its creators. Lead researcher Professor Greg Watts from the UK’s University of Bradford said the Tranquillity Rating Prediction Tool (TRAPT) tool could help planners, architects and environmentalists understand the impact of greening measures like trees, hedges or additional vegetation on urban spaces. Read more... Read more

Planning the Transit Hubs of the Future

What does the train station of the future look like? It’s a question that architects and urban planners must at least try to answer whenever they design new transit networks or terminals.Railway stations of the past are often beautiful (and occasionally loathed), but in a world where transit patterns and technology change rapidly, time is not typically kind to these expensive and inflexible pieces of infrastructure. Read more... Read more
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