Tag Archives: Revitalization

The Limits of Café Urbanism

Locally owned restaurants are responsible for a large amount of the resurgence in comeback neighborhoods. They are a fundamental source of the increased sales and property tax revenue, and scholars have argued that café urbanism can be an engine for the broader success of the surrounding metropolitan area. But what if, over the next few years, it starts to peter out? Read more... Read more

Philadelphia Has a New Plan for Its 43,000 Vacant Lots

The Philadelphia Land Bank’s new strategic plan is an attempt at balance. The document shows the potential transformation of vacant or underused lots into housing of all kinds, mixed-use development, community gardens and side yards. It sets a target of returning nearly 2,000 properties to productive use over the next five years, with more than 1,200 of those expected to become homes, 650 of which are intended to be affordable for low-income Philadelphians. Read more... Read more

Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization: Meet the Funders: Parks, Community Health, and the Arts

Brownfield grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can support redevelopment of contaminated sites. This EPA webinar will highlight a number of redevelopment resources available from the National Park Service (NPS), The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 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 revitalization efforts. Register... Read more

Oneonta’s $10M Downtown Plan Gains Momentum

The city of Oneonta was named the winner of the $10 million DRI grant among applicants in the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council. Opening a center for food and beverage innovation, renovating the municipal parking garage and enhancing walkways and housing options are among a score of proposals for how the city can use the funds towards revitalizing its downtown. 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

Can Alexandria Breathe New Life into a “Dead Mall”?

In the West End of Alexandria, there are plans to replace a defunct shopping mall with a neighborhood where people can live and do some of their day-to-day errands without having to get into a car. The redevelopment promises to provide new opportunities for the area, but new buildings alone cannot ensure a successful place to live and work. Read more... Read more
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