Pop-Up Project Focuses on North Marina Street Improvements in Clearwater

Pop-up street features in Clearwater, Florida (83 Degrees Media)
The North Marina area in Clearwater, Florida has long boasted its own distinct identity. Last summer, the city’s Planning and Development Department launched a new pop-up event series in North Marina as a way for city staff to study how to improve the overall experience for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers in the area. Read more... Read more

Pennsylvania Cities Find Creative New Uses for Old School Buildings

The main building of the Seminary Ridge Museum in Gettysburg previously served as a school and a war-time hospital (Source: Seminary Ridge Museum)
Shifting demographics, diminishing resources, and the costs of maintaining large and aging facilities have all contributed to the steady stream of school closures in Pennsylvania — even when those buildings had historic backgrounds and architectural importance. Conversion into residential space is the most common fate of old school buildings in Pennsylvania. Read more... Read more

Boston Mayor Wants to Waive Building Height Rule This One Time

Boston (Luciof)
Boston’s in the midst of a debate that touches on everything from city revenues and state laws to housing and public parks. At the center of it all: one tower that would rise over 700 feet on prime real estate. If built, the high-rise will cast shadows on the parks. However, with millions of dollars for the city at stake, the former is not a real problem when compared to the good the money could do for parks maintenance and... Read more

Baltimore Hopes to Create Model for Safe DIY Artist Spaces

Outside Baltimore's Bell Foundry artist live/work space (Baltimore Sun)
Baltimore’s Bell Foundry, a two-story theater, art venue and live-work space, was shuttered the week after the fire in Oakland claimed the lives of 36 people. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh soon after created a task force to create a network of safe and affordable spaces for Baltimore’s artists. The task force has moved forward quickly, creating three working groups to identify artists’ space needs, study code and regulatory issues, and come up with creative financing options for new development. Read... Read more

City Of Gainesville Prepared To Work With Student Organization To Paint Crosswalks

Gainesville street (Source: WUFT)
The City of Gainesville is prepared to work with the Students for the New Urbanism at University of Florida to paint crosswalk art that will enhance the beauty of the city while improving pedestrian safety. The students state that crosswalk art can act as a traffic-calming device for busy intersections with a lot of foot and automobile traffic. The interesting designs help attract more attention from commuters and draw them into appreciating the crosswalk as a pedestrian space. Read more... Read more

‘We Failed’ To Design Park That Benefited Neighbors, High Line Creator Says

A view of the Chelsea Grasslands on the High Line (Tim Schenck)
The creators of the High Line “failed” to design a park that benefited the neighborhood around it, one of its co-founders said. Instead of asking what the design should look like, the co-founder said he wish he’d asked, “What can we do for you?” Since the park opened in 2009, it has attracted millions of visitors and garnered widespread praise, but it’s also been accused of putting gentrification into “hyperdrive” and “destroying” the neighborhoods it traverses. Read more... Read more

Preservationists Say Tax Incentive Protects Historic Buildings in Phoenix

The Westward Ho in Phoenix (Uriel Padilla / The Republic)
National threats to the Historic Tax Credit has local activists worried about its future as an economic development tool in downtown Phoenix. According to a document provided by Arizona Preservation Foundation Board of Directors, the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) encourages private investment in the rehabilitation of historic buildings. Read more... Read more

How Public Lands in Colorado Are Boosting Local Economies

With Mt. Princeton in the background, rafters make their way down the Arkansas River as it enters Browns Canyon National Monument
(Scott Willoughby / The Denver Post)
As citizens, government officials and business owners grapple with the value of public lands, one things holds true: Federal designation of an area as a national park or monument can help the local economy. The two newest national monuments in Colorado are buoying the communities that surround them. Read more... Read more
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