Tag Archives: Reuse

Pennsylvania Cities Find Creative New Uses for Old School Buildings

Shifting demographics, diminishing resources, and the costs of maintaining large and aging facilities have all contributed to the steady stream of school closures in Pennsylvania — even when those buildings had historic backgrounds and architectural importance. Conversion into residential space is the most common fate of old school buildings in Pennsylvania. Read more... Read more

Can a Community Garden Outgrow Poverty in Southern Phoenix?

In South Phoenix, there’s a massive, untended plot of dirt as big as two and a half New York City blocks. Until recently, it was a void space between the housing tracts, collecting trash where it runs up against the streets. Now, nearly $600,000 from art project supporters the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and ArtSpace America will help turn the swath into a centerpiece of the neighborhood, and hopefully the minority communities that make up the majority of... Read more

‘Agrihood’ Project Focuses on Farm-to-Table in Detroit

Detroit officials announced a partnership that will help transform a long-vacant apartment building into a community center and cafe to anchor its growing agricultural campus. The project is being touted as the nation’s first urban “agrihood,” an alternative neighborhood that’s built around the farm-to-table model featured mainly in rural and suburban settings. Read more... Read more

Turning Detroit’s Abandoned Homes Into Greenhouses

Two years after Detroit emerged from bankruptcy, its urban-farming scene is flourishing, with some 1,400 farms and community gardens spread across the city’s 139 square miles. Many local growers worry that they will be uprooted as the city woos development projects, and with them, much-needed taxes and jobs. But green spaces don’t have to be at odds with revitalization, says Maurice Cox, the city’s director of planning and development, who notes that farms and gardens are a key element of... Read more

Five Approaches to Reviving Aging Mall Sites

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

Historic Tax Credits Help Drive Revival Near Downtown Omaha

Nebraska’s new state historic tax credits are helping to save cool old buildings in sorry condition that have lingered on the periphery of urban Omaha revival. Developers pounced on the state historic tax credits the first year they were available, in 2015, and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln report found that the tax credit program “has already had a number of positive impacts on the Nebraska economy” in construction spending and wages. Read more... Read more

CityLove: Understanding Preservation’s Role in the Revival of the American City

Americans’ fondness for urban areas is stronger than ever—and preservation is playing a major role. In places across the country, developers have transformed Beaux Arts banks, Art Deco office buildings, and industrial-era warehouses into the centerpieces of Americans’ move back to city centers. Read more... Read more
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