The State of State Historic Tax Credits

The Gorman Company renovated this 1882 brewery in Milwaukee, and turned it into the Brewhouse Inn and Suites (Source: The Brewhouse Inn and Suites)
Like the federal government, 34 states currently use Historic Tax Credits (HTCs) to encourage the redevelopment and preservation of qualifying historic buildings. By amplifying the federal HTC, state credits help protect states’ unique heritage while creating new jobs and places to house new businesses. The road to success has not been without setbacks, but progress was made by many states in 2016. Read more... Read more

Portland’s New Bike Share Marks Some Early Triumphs

People ride Biketown bikes in Portland (Felicity Mackay/PBOT)
Portland’s new bike share, Biketown, has already had some modest successes. Twenty-six percent of users said they had used the bike share program instead of driving a car, and 64 percent said they’re biking more. The program also reported some upsides for local businesses: 71 percent of tourists who used the bikes said they did so to reach stores or restaurants, and 69 percent of local riders said they were more likely to visit a business near the bike-share stations.... Read more

Englewood Line Trail Could Create Recreation and Job Opportunities for Chicago Residents

The abandoned railroad embankment in Englewood (Source: Englewood Line)
Building on Daniel Burnham’s vision to create a network of interconnected parks, Chicago is looking to build more rail-to-trails like the Bloomindale Trail. One rail-to-trail in the works is the Englewood Line Nature Trail, a proposed two-mile elevated greenway located in the South Side community of the same name. Englewood is a predominately African-American neighborhood that was once home to a bustling commercial district. If the rail-to-trail were built, it could bring in more community investment and improve the quality-of-life... Read more

Cleveland’s Surprising Climate Buffers

Trees ready to be planted in the Slavic Village neighborhood. (Courtesy Terry Schwarz)
In Cleveland, temperatures are rising three times faster than the national average. Researchers believe that paved surfaces and a shrinking tree canopy in the former “Forest City” are contributing to the increase. Rust Belt cities like Cleveland have one feature that newer cities don’t, though: Plenty of urban vacant land. A pilot project is using that space to increase the climate resilience of the city’s neighborhoods by using empty lots for rain gardens, food gardens, community gathering places, native plants,... Read more
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