Tag Archives: Revitalization

Will Cafes in Shipping Containers and a Pop-Up Park Bring Life to Desolate Omni West?

A repurposed shipping container serves as an outdoor bar at Cinquecento restaurant in Boston. (John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe)
If there’s one thing not lacking in the western reaches of Miami’s desolate but very-slowly-coming-to-life Omni district, it’s vacant land. So a city agency, neighborhood activists and the Pérez Art Museum Miami are collaborating to put some of it to good use right away. Their plan: to create a pop-up park on seven acres of state-owned land. Read more... Read more

Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization: Meet the Funders

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Brownfield grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are one of many sources of funds that can support redevelopment of contaminated sites. This webinar will highlight a number of infrastructure redevelopment resources available from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and EPA’s Office of Water to leverage your brownfield dollars. The webinar will also feature a presentation from a community that has successfully used grants, loans and other support from these agencies for its... Read more

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

Officials at the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative unveiled a partnership  that will help transform this long-vacant apartment building into a community center and cafe to anchor its growing agricultural campus (Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)
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

The Pink Zone – Where Small is Possible

Old facades in Detroit, a city experimenting with Pink Zones. (Credit: Sandy Sorlien)
A Pink Zone — an area where the red tape is lightened — is the locus for implementation of Lean Urbanism strategies and improvements. The Pink Zone identifies a specific area where new protocols are pre-negotiated and experiments are conducted, all with the goal of removing impediments to economic development and community-building. The creation of Pink Zones is a way to formalize, encourage, and support this urban version of the American Dream. Read more... Read more

Five Approaches to Reviving Aging Mall Sites

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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

Detroit’s Downtown Rebounds, but Neighborhoods Lag Behind

A vacant house in Detroit's Brush Park neighborhood (Rebecca Cook / Reuters)
While downtown and Midtown are on the rise, several other neighborhoods have yet to bounce back from population loss, disinvestment and scores of foreclosures. The under-construction Little Caesars Arena, which house the Detroit Pistons and the Red Wings, is the centerpiece of a coming 50-block entertainment district in a part of downtown that’s already nearly at capacity with new residents and new businesses. But some say the city is missing the kind of targeted spending that could reduce the number... Read more
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