More Citified ‘Main Streets’ Coming to a Suburb Near You

Imagine if your bank, favorite restaurant and home were all in one place. The King of Prussia Town Center is one of these communities. It’s one of several such complexes in the Philadelphia region that developers are building or have built to resemble traditional town centers to fill the growing demand for one-stop environments. Read more... Read more

China Breaks Ground on First “Forest City” that Fights Air Pollution

A pollution-fighting green city unlike any before is springing to life in China. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the first “Forest City” is now under construction Liuzhou, Guangxi Province. The futuristic city will use renewable energy for self sufficiency and be blanketed in almost 1 million plants and 40,000 trees—a sea of greenery capable of absorbing nearly 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants annually. Read more  ... Read more

Urban Farms Could Replace Blighted Lots in Cincinnati

Vacant homes and abandoned lots could soon make way for urban farmland under a new pilot being considered by the Cincinnati City Council. Rather than it being a burden on the city to have to pay to maintain vacant spots … give them to somebody that will maintain them and plant some fruits and vegetables. Read more... Read more

Five Transformative Mixed-Use Projects in the Southeast

Developers note that mixing uses in a project complicates the design, limits financing options, and requires intricately choreographed timing, making such projects much more challenging. Yet mixed-use developments add a vitality to cities that is hard to match with single-use buildings. A panel at the ULI Carolinas Meeting in Charlotte featured five developers describing some of the most dynamic mixed-use developments in the Southeast, as well as the complexities, quirks, and outstanding characteristics of their projects. Read more... Read more

How Urban Transportation And Planning Unlock The Future Of Accessibility

​Sitting in traffic is a waste of drivers’ time and money, and it contributes to air pollution. So what’s to be done? Start designing cities for people, not cars. Urban planners can ensure accessibility through mixed-use development, or by connecting neighborhoods through a rich provision of non-motorized mobility options, like bike paths or high-quality public transportation. Read more... Read more

Las Vegas Uses New Markets Tax Credits to Rehab Historic Former School

Westside School in west Las Vegas was the public school attended by Native American students from the Paiute Indian reservation and the first school in the city to be racially integrated. But by the time the building entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, it was unoccupied. Last year, the city-owned property re-opened after rehabilitation as a community center and office space. Read more... Read more
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