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Boston Mayor Wants to Waive Building Height Rule This One Time

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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

Empty Spaces: Real Parking Needs at Five TODs

It is clear that TODs require less parking than development without transit, or transit without development. This new resource from Smart Growth America sets out to determine how much less parking is required at transit-oriented developments (TODs) and how many fewer vehicle trips are generated than standard industry estimates to help developers and engineers make more-informed decisions in the future. Read report... Read more

Walkable, Urban Neighborhoods Are Transforming How We Live in NJ

An artist rendering shows The Green at Bloomfield, a 140-unit mixed-use, apartment building that opened in fall 2016 (Courtesy of BNE Real Estate)
While the demand for walkable, urban neighborhoods grows, the skyrocketing rents of New York City and New Jersey’s “Gold Coast” locales are prohibitive for many renters. Even those who have spent years residing in these markets face a difficult proposition when major life events — such as marriage, the birth of a child, a desire to be closer to family — conflict with their ability to remain in their costly urban climes. New Jersey — with an extensive network commuter... Read more

How Can Lexington Attract Good Jobs, Not Just More Sprawl?

The entrance to the University of Kentucky wants city officials to allow it to add multi-family housing to the 735-acre office and industrial park to attract more development. (Pablo Alcala / Herald Leader)
With demand for development in Lexington, Kentucky, finally picking up after the 2008 financial collapse, there is renewed pressure for another expansion of the Urban Services Boundary, which since 1958 has sought to control sprawl and protect Fayette County’s farmland and signature landscape. The biggest issue will likely be economic development land, because a large chunk of local government revenues come from occupational taxes. Read more... Read more

Is ‘Imagine Boston 2030’ Climate Ready?

(Credit: Jessica Rinaldi / Boston Globe)
The “Imagine Boston 2030” draft describes a climate-ready city as one that “protects our existing housing and job centers and enables future resilient growth.” Enabling future resilient growth is as much about knowing where and how to grow as it is about knowing where and how not to, but Imagine Boston 2030 seems to suggest otherwise: “Many of the areas where Boston will grow are exposed to flooding risk as sea levels rise. By growing in these areas, Boston is... Read more

The 7 Developments in Reno’s Urban Core that Will Matter in 2017

Rendering of the proposed $1.2B downtown Reno redevelopment project.  (Credit: Cathexes)
Reno’s urban landscape is changing fast. Developers started dropping millions of dollars on new projects in 2016 and city planners received feedback from multiple organizations, including the Urban Land Institute, to improve its master plan, zoning and city planning methods. Combined with the Regional Transportation Commission’s plans to rebuild Virginia Street, changes will continue in Reno over the next year. These are the seven developments to watch in 2017. Read more... Read more

Cultivating Development: Trends and Opportunities at the Intersection of Food and Real Estate

How can a focus on food within real estate projects translate into enhancements to health, environmental sustainability, and the bottom line? This Urban Land Institute (ULI) report explores the mutually beneficial relationship between food-based amenities—such as working farms, community gardens, food halls, restaurants, and grocery stores—and real estate. It highlights how the growing interest in and awareness of fresh, local food is spurring innovation in development projects. Read report... Read more

Michigan Municipal League CEO Discusses Development Strategies to Enhance City Appeal

Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, discusses why placemaking is an important economic development strategy (Haley McLaughlin/ Michigan Daily)
Dan Gilmartin, the executive director and CEO of the nonprofit Michigan Municipal League, spoke on urban development, aiming at educating students about placemaking, which is an economic strategy to boost city appeal by sponsoring events or creating interesting sites to attract a community. Examples of placemaking include areas like Campus Martius, a park between office buildings in downtown Detroit, and events that bring a community together like ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Read more... Read more
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