Tag Archives: Redevelopment

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

Strategic TIF Structuring for Brownfields Redevelopment Webcast

Tax increment financing (TIF) plays a key role in addressing financing gaps and has successfully been used to support the cleanup and reuse of brownfields sites. However, brownfield projects – by definition – are the first part of a development strategy and often move forward with an uncertain timetable. This can create a mismatch in both a TIF’s ability to generate revenue and how the TIF bonds are sold. Join CDFA for a webcast on how to structure a TIF... Read more

Congress for the New Urbanism: Building Places People Love

Campus Martius in Detroit (Credit: @CNUMidwest /Twitter)
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is an international nonprofit organization working to create vibrant and walkable cities, towns, and neighborhoods, where people have diverse choices for how they live, work, shop and get around. Through 25 years of advocacy, CNU has changed the national conversation from a debate over sprawl to a discussion on how to reinvest in our existing communities. People want to live in well-designed places that are unique, authentic and walkable. CNU’s mission is to help people... Read more

Detroit Looks to Rebuild Fitzgerald Neighborhood

(Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
In Detroit’s Fitzgerald neighborhood, officials are taking their first shot at repurposing land left bare by the Detroit Land Bank Authority’s demolition outside of downtown. The plan is to renovate 100 vacant houses owned by the Authority, turn 257 vacant lots into urban orchards, gardens and parks that the city’s Parks and Recreation Department would maintain, and connect the University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College with a greenway path. Read more... Read more
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