Tag Archives: Redevelopment

Rebuild Healthy Homes: Guide to Post-disaster Restoration for a Safe and Healthy Home

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) developed this guidebook with the sole purpose of providing essential information to homeowners as well as volunteers and workers who restore homes damaged by disasters. Based on the principle link between health and housing, proper post-disaster restoration is particularly important for families who have already experienced a potentially traumatic event. Poorly restored homes, due to lack of knowledge or pressure for a speedy rebuild, can create health hazards, and even make... Read more

Design in Detroit: The Art of Building Rehab

The revitalized College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan
Had the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich. built its new school from scratch, there’s a good chance students would be toiling away in isolated classrooms right now. They surely wouldn’t be an elevator ride from a startup incubator, or steps from an arched auditorium that draws international luminaries to events. But the school didn’t build new. It accepted a neglected building donated by General Motors: the historic Argonaut, a 760,000-square-foot research center originally built in 1928. Read more... Read more

Rerouting the Trinity River

The project is focused on creating walkable neighborhoods and links to parks. (Credit: Trinity River Vision Authority)
An ambitious 13-year-old plan could transform downtown Fort Worth, Texas, by creating a 1.8-mile channel off the Trinity River. The channel, which has not yet been dredged and still awaits federal funding, is the centerpiece of the $900 million development that combines flood control with the city’s dreams of creating a new urban district. The project will create more than 12 miles of developable waterfront and provide a city infamous for urban sprawl the chance to reshape its future. Read more... Read more

Trains Built Roanoke. Science Saved It.

Roanoke, Virginia (Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures for Politico Magazine)
How did a small city in a disadvantaged region four hours from a major metropolis—one that had seen its signature industries atrophy or depart, that lacked so much as a branch campus of a state university—transform itself from the forgotten stepsister of the Appalachians into a formidable rival to Asheville, North Carolina? The answer has lessons for small, out-of-the-way cities everywhere: Roanoke’s people did it largely by themselves, in small steps and with an eye to assets and alliances in... Read more

How TOD Is Fueling Growth in Southern Dallas

(Catalyst Urban Development )
Southern Dallas, which was physically and economically separated from downtown after the construction of Interstate 30 in the 1960s, is undergoing a renaissance focused on transit-oriented development (TOD). Dallas-based developers are focused on revitalizing the “wrong side of the highway” with adaptive redevelopment of historic buildings and new construction of hotels, apartments, lofts, offices, restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. Read more... Read more

Burying a 1950s Planning Disaster

Crews filling in the removed section of the Inner Loop in 2015. (Norman Garrick)
Realizing the devastating effect urban freeways have had on downtowns across the U.S., many cities are now contemplating some form of freeway removal. Last year, the city of Rochester, New York, started trucking in mud from the bottom of Lake Ontario and dumping it into the ditch that was once the eastern quarter of I-490, the so-called Inner Loop. The big ‘fill’ in Rochester didn’t just happen—it came out of years of discussion and studies aimed at removing what many... Read more
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