2017 Real Estate Trends to Watch

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As the old saying goes, “today’s trends are tomorrow’s reality.” In fact, the forces that will shape upcoming 2017 real estate trends are already in motion today and will continue to develop over the coming year. The five national real estate trends experts say are noteworthy for 2017 include walkable communities, downtown redevelopment, inclusionary zoning, and the internet of things. Read more... Read more

Protected Bike Lanes Are Sprouting Up in Walmart Country

This temporary protected bike lane is one of several in northwest Arkansas supported by the Walton Family Foundation. (Credit: Walton Family Foundation)
Can protected bike lanes get people biking for transportation in northwest Arkansas? The Walton Family Foundation wanted to see. The foundation, which is supported by the Walmart family fortune, embarked on a month-long pilot project to quickly build out protected bike lanes connecting the three cities and their trail systems. Read more... Read more

Frederick Looks to Make Itself More Walkable

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Foot traffic has long been important to shops and retailers in downtown Frederick, Maryland, but the city is making efforts to get people walking in other areas, as well. The sustainability plan Frederick passed in July calls for a complete streets policy, creating streets that “are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.” Read more... Read more

Car-free in Cleveland: Letting Go of the Wheel of the Personal Vehicle

A bicyclist commutes on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge in Cleveland, OH (Marvin Fong / he Plain Dealer
Cleveland was ranked the best U.S. city in which to be car-free by USA Today this year. The ranking, which was presented as a top 10 list, was designed as a guide for visitors looking to forgo renting cars while traveling. However, being car-free in Cleveland as a resident is a different experience than that of a tourist. When it comes to the day-to-day reality of living, working and playing in Cuyahoga County, it can be a challenge to get... Read more

The secrets to reviving struggling downtowns? Taller buildings, narrower streets and on-street parking can help

Struggling downtown Birmingham, Michigan
In the 1990s Downtown Birmingham, Michigan, which served a city of more than 20,000 located about halfway between Detroit and Pontiac, needed a change. Today, though, downtown Birmingham is thriving. The city’s central business strip has been lauded as one of the most walkable and pedestrian-friendly downtowns in the country, and the successful revitalization of downtown Birmingham should serve as a blueprint to other urban areas struggling to provide a boost to their struggling downtowns. Read more... Read more
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