Boston Planners See a Greenway Where There’s a High-Traffic Road

​There’s a growing movement among planners and green space advocates to fulfill Olmsted’s vision by turning Columbia Road, a wide, heavily trafficked thoroughfare split by desolate concrete medians, into a greenway. Advocates see it as a way to bring green space and paths for walking and biking to a neighborhood that has long been neglected. And the city has tentatively embraced the idea, including Columbia Road in its larger ambition to add green corridors throughout the city. Read more... Read more

The Greening of Minnesota’s Urban Rooftops

​ Vegetative roofs have become more common as developers and building owners go green to save money and reduce their environmental footprints. For communities, green roofs can reduce stormwater runoff into sewer systems. For building owners, they can cut energy consumption by acting as a buffer against the sun, slicing air conditioning costs and roof maintenance. Read more... Read more

Rehabilitation Tax Credit Turning NY’s Historic Buildings into Community Assets

​Over the last four years, New York State and the federal rehabilitation tax credit program has spurred $3 billion of investment in historic commercial properties. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York State led the nation in the number of completed historic building revitalization projects using these tax credits. 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

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

​ Have an idea for a trail, river, or park in your community? The National Park Service (NPS) can help! The NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation. NPS’s national network of conservation and recreation planning professionals partners with community groups, nonprofits, tribes, and state and local governments to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities. Applications are... Read more

Small Cities With Big-City Infrastructure Problems: Case Studies in Stormwater Innovation

New Jersey Future and Re:focus Partners celebrate the conclusion of Build It Green Initiative and the release of Re:focus Partners’ new report “Small Cities With Big-City Infrastructure Problems” describing a new approach to integrated stormwater infrastructure design, finance and implementation being piloted in Gloucester City, Jersey City and Perth Amboy. Additionally, as part of the BIG Initiative Re:focus Partners and SCAPE launched The Field Guide to CSO+: A Strategy for Aligning Community Priorities to help empower the decision makers charged with... Read more

Developers’ Green Infrastructure Guide

This Guide addresses basic questions about green stormwater infrastructure: what it is, how it works, what are its costs and benefits, and why it makes good business sense. Green infrastructure is not the perfect solution for every setting or every project, but it is versatile, it is powerful and it’s the future of stormwater management. Learn more... Read more

Adding Green Space and Value in Houston’s Upper Kirby District

​A $15 million redevelopment of Houston’s Levy Park resurrects a green space that for years was little more than an afterthought. The mid–20th century six-acre park officially reopened in February, 19 months after the park’s reconstruction began. Throughout the day, thousands of people took in a central playground flanked by two large lawns, 30 mature oak trees, rain and community gardens, a dog park, and other elements. All were designed to foster a heavy dose of daily programming such as... Read more

Historic Tax Credits Bring Jobs, People to Downtown Cleveland

​ In 2016, few places commanded the national and international spotlights as much as Cleveland – as host to the NBA championship series, the Republican National Convention and finally, the World Series. In addition to these moments, Cleveland has quietly been crafting another story to tell – the resurgence of its central business district. Much of the credit for the office-to-residential conversion in Cleveland’s central business district, goes to the strategic use of federal and state historic preservation tax credit... Read more
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