Tag Archives: Revitalization

Freeway Fill-In Feeds Urban Revival

First completed in 1965, the Inner Loop of Rochester, New York, was designed to wrap around downtown. Combined with the rolling demolition of urban renewal, the Inner Loop served to lure and siphon residents out of the city center—and Rochester’s downtown population plummeted. In the past decade, however, downtown Rochester has staged a dramatic comeback. Read more... Read more

Brownfield and Health Tool Gives Blighted Sites Across the State a Healthy Second Chance

The City of Duluth is using the new Brownfield Health Indicator Tool to address the common challenges of transforming brownfields into productive community assets, including the complicated process of identifying and prioritizing redevelopment strategies that will best meet the long-term needs of the environment and community. The tool, developed in partnership with Minnesota Brownfields and the Minnesota Department of Health, aims to streamline project decision-making by focusing on health. Read more... Read more

Artists and Nonprofits Revitalize a Slice of Historic Providence

The Mercantile Block was nearly vacant when AS220—an organization dedicated to creating artist space in Providence since 1985—undertook a $16.9 million rehabilitation in 2008. With $10.4 million in historic tax credits and New Markets Tax Credits through the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, the idea was to supplement the adjacent Dreyfus Hotel building, where AS220 had restored an 1890 hotel for offices and artist space. Now, the Mercantile Block and the Washington Street corridor are thriving once again. Read more.... Read more

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
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