Tag Archives: Revitalization

Vacant Lot Transforms Into Sculpture Park in East Baltimore

Once a dumping ground for garbage, the vacant lot on Homestead Street in East Baltimore is now a beautiful sculpture park. Dubbed The Coldstream Homestead Montebello Sculpture Park, the new installment is part of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Baltimore Office Baltimore Office of Sustainability’s Sustainability’s Growing Green Initiative’s Lots Alive grant program that supports the creation of temporary public art projects on vacant lots. Read more... Read more

Suburban Sprawl is Out. Smart Growth, Redevelopment, Transit Stations are In

The Census Bureau recently released new municipal population estimates, and the data confirm that a transformation is indeed happening in New Jersey. A number of our urban and built-out municipalities have experienced growth since the recession. Built-out places – which also tend to be the more compact, walkable, and transit-accessible places – have reversed decades of stagnation and sometimes outright population loss, and are now the primary drivers of growth in the post-recession era. Read more... Read more

Reviving Economic Activity on Former Manufacturing Sites

Brownfields can be prime locations for new advanced manufacturing and maker movement innovation. Closed factories and industrial spaces are challenging assets to redevelop, but present opportunities. Through best practices and case studies, this free webinar from the Council of Development Finance Agencies will examine how various experienced entities have brought brownfield sites back into productive use. Register now... Read more

Trail of the Month: Maryland and Washington, D.C.’s Capital Crescent Trail

Forming an emerald arc around the northern and western borders of the District of Columbia, the Capital Crescent Trail connects Washington to its Maryland suburbs. The pathway is so lushly wooded that, at times, it might be easy to forget the thrum of the nation’s capital lies just over the trees. But a glance over the shoulder while pedaling along the Potomac River provides a nice view of the iconic Washington Monument and a reminder of the city’s closeness. The... Read more

Alabama’s Revamped Historic Tax Credit Aims to Spur Growth in Smaller Cities Too

Alabama’s renewed Historic Tax Credit program caps the total amount of tax credits per year at $20 million, and no single project can receive more than $5 million. There are some differences in the newest version, and chief among them is a requirement that 40 percent of the tax credits awarded each year be reserved for counties with 175,000 or fewer people. (That excludes Jefferson, Mobile, Madison, Montgomery, Baldwin, Shelby and Tuscaloosa counties). Read more... Read more

Can Salisbury and Small Urban Enclaves Make Rural Cool?

Salisbury is staring down a core problem in rural Maryland: People are dying faster than they’re being replaced, and where they’re not the numbers are trending that way. So retaining residents and attracting new ones is vital. Because creating jobs, enticing new industries and rebuilding infrastructure matters little if there’s no one around to fill those jobs, drive on those new roads or enjoy those renovated downtowns. Cities like Salisbury — small urban anchors in Maryland’s rural areas — could... Read more

Creating a Planning Department that “Starts With Yes”

When Mayor Mike Duggan recruited Maurice Cox from New Orleans two years ago to become Detroit’s new urban planner, the city planning department had six employees and was seen as a pass-through for developers. These days, Cox is focused on demolishing barriers in Detroit’s Planning and Development Department. And he’s pursuing a redevelopment strategy in the city’s neighborhoods that reimagines vast tracts of vacant land where homes once stood. Read more... Read more
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