Boston Is Now Building Public Parks Under Interstate Highways

​ The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and National Development announced plans for Ink Underground, an urban park that will span eight acres partially under Boston’s Interstate 93. The park will serve as a connector between the South End and South Boston neighborhoods via pedestrian boardwalks, art and cultural installations, and bicycle paths along the channel. Read more... Read more

Freeway Lids: Reconnecting Communities and Creating New Land for Development

​Interstate 94, which connects Minneapolis and St. Paul, had a devastating impact on urban neighborhoods when it was completed in 1968. Fifty years later, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has launched an initiative to redevelop the aging interstate to serve communities as well as cars. MnDOT has proposed building freeway lids at key sites along the I-94 corridor to reestablish street grids and neighborhood connectivity. ULI Minnesota created a comprehensive vision that leverages the power of freeway lids to... Read more

San Francisco Is Redesigning City Hall Plaza Into a Space for All

​San Francisco has planned a slate of new initiatives to transform UN and Civic Center Plazas, and the spaces between them, with inclusivity as a specific goal. Design alone cannot be expected to solve social problems, but thoughtful design can be a part of the solution. Read more... Read more

How to Connect Impact Investors and Creative Placemaking

​ As more individuals and institutions move to mission-related investing, the moment could be ripe for bringing some of that capital to the field of arts and culture. A new report looks at how to bring more impact investing opportunities to the creative economy, and use that money to shape an equitable and sustainable field. Read more... Read more

Creative Places & Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities

​Creative Places and Businesses are a critical yet under-recognized element of comprehensive community development. This report examines the importance of recognizing Creative Places and Businesses as a segment within community development equipped with shared definitions and standardized metrics; the ongoing need for technical assistance to build familiarity and expertise among community development lenders and capacity among Creative Place and Business borrowers; and the need for development of a robust ecosystem to enable impact capital to truly meet effective demand. Read... Read more

As Communities Evolve, Public City Markets Strive to Remain Relevant

F​aced with slim profit margins and new competition, Baltimore’s public market operators are refocusing on the roles these institutions were always intended to play: serving their neighborhoods with healthful, accessible foods, and supporting local entrepreneurs. Read more... Read more

Secrets of Successful Communities

​Ed McMahon, chairman of the National Main Street Center board, discusses the common characteristics of successful communities. Communities with visions are going to be more successful than communities without a plan, he said, noting the importance of having a vision for the future that is aligned with the community’s assets. Read more... Read more
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