Tag Archives: Neighborhood

Cornerstone: Understanding Neighborhood Change

​Why do some neighborhoods become “hot,” some stay much the same, and others decline? Factors such as location, housing stock, schools, community organizations and more can affect a neighborhood’s trajectory. Understanding why the same activities seem to make a difference in one area, and little or no difference – or even have a negative impact — in another is critical to developing an effective revitalization strategy. Alan Mallach, a senior fellow with the Center for Community Progress, will discuss his... Read more

Dangerous by Design 2016

On average, 13 people were struck and killed by a car while walking every day in 2014. This report from Smart Growth America takes a closer look at this alarming epidemic. The report examines the metro areas that are the most dangerous for people walking and includes a racial and income-based examination of the people who are most at risk, and for the first time also ranks states by their danger to pedestrians. Read report... Read more

Every Place Counts Design Challenge Summary Report

This report from the U.S. Department of Transportation summarizes the experiences and lessons learned from the four selected cities – Spokane, WA; Nashville, TN; Philadelphia, PA; and Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – that participated in the Every Place Counts Design Challenge. Every Place Counts leveraged federal, state, and local resources for practices that enhance mobility and access while building opportunity and equity for local neighborhoods. Read report... Read more

Revamped City Planning Aims at Neighborhood Revivals

Under Detroit’s new Director of Planning, Maurice Cox, the city’s planning efforts now focus not on the already revitalizing downtown but in places where city planners for decades have paid little if any attention — Detroit’s hard-hit neighborhoods. Read more... Read more

Detroit’s Downtown Rebounds, but Neighborhoods Lag Behind

While downtown and Midtown are on the rise, several other neighborhoods have yet to bounce back from population loss, disinvestment and scores of foreclosures. The under-construction Little Caesars Arena, which house the Detroit Pistons and the Red Wings, is the centerpiece of a coming 50-block entertainment district in a part of downtown that’s already nearly at capacity with new residents and new businesses. But some say the city is missing the kind of targeted spending that could reduce the number... Read more

High-Traffic Arterial Roads Reduce Quality of Life, Even Blocks Away

A study from the University of Colorado Denver finds that living near a wide, high-traffic arterial can reduce residential satisfaction. The research is a repudiation of the suburban style of traffic calming, where cul-de-sacs and lack of through streets limit traffic on residential streets by diverting cars to major arterials. It turns out, pouring traffic onto inhospitable arterials negatively impacts nearby residential areas, too. Read more... Read more
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