Tag Archives: Redevelopment

Transforming a ‘Barracks’ into a Neighborhood

Westlawn Gardens is a walkable community (Source: Torti Gallas and Partners)
Milwaukee’s Westlawn Gardens was once known as “barracks housing,” and known for being inefficient, undersized and isolated from surrounding neighborhoods. Today, thanks to support from the largest affordable tax credit award in Wisconsin history, Westlawn has been redeveloped with a mix of multifamily buildings, townhouses, and single-family homes for more than 300 residents. Read more... Read more

Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization: Meet the Funders

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Brownfield grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are one of many sources of funds that can support redevelopment of contaminated sites. This webinar will highlight a number of infrastructure redevelopment resources available from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and EPA’s Office of Water to leverage your brownfield dollars. The webinar will also feature a presentation from a community that has successfully used grants, loans and other support from these agencies for its... Read more

6 Cities That Have Transformed Their Highways Into Urban Parks

One of the first highways in the US to be eliminated to make way for a park was Portland, Oregon’s Harbor Drive built on the shore of the Willamette River. In 1974 the transformation work began that gave rise to Tom McCall Park. (Source: Arch Daily)
Building a highway in a city is often thought of as a solution to traffic congestion. However, the induced demand theory has shown that when drivers have more routes, they choose to continue using this medium instead of using public transport or a bicycle, and as a result, congestion doesn’t decrease. As a result, some cities have chosen to remove spaces designated for cars and turn what was once a highway into urban parks and less congested streets. Read more... Read more

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

Five Approaches to Reviving Aging Mall Sites

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Aging shopping malls—many burdened with high vacancy rates or even abandoned—are being transformed into vibrant, mixed-use destinations that are connected to their surrounding communities. Once-popular regional shopping malls are being hit from all angles: by the explosion of online shopping, millennials’ preference for vibrant urban experiences, and ever-changing retail customers’ tastes. At the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting, “the mall of the future” was explored by a panel of design, development, and placemaking experts. Read more... Read more

Bridging D.C.‘s Starkest Divide

A rendering of proposed 11th Street Bridge (Credit: OMA/Olin)
The gulf between the D.C. neighborhoods of Anacostia and Navy Yard, separated only by the Anacostia River, has become emblematic of the extremes of poverty and wealth in a polarized city. Anacostia is just a mile away, but far removed from the urban playground that is Navy Yard. Can a park over the Anacostia River spur a revolution in urban development? Read more... Read more
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