Tag Archives: Revitalization

Las Vegas Uses New Markets Tax Credits to Rehab Historic Former School

The historic Westside School in Las Vegas (Credit: KME Architects)
Westside School in west Las Vegas was the public school attended by Native American students from the Paiute Indian reservation and the first school in the city to be racially integrated. But by the time the building entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, it was unoccupied. Last year, the city-owned property re-opened after rehabilitation as a community center and office space. Read more... Read more

Is ‘Imagine Boston 2030’ Climate Ready?

(Credit: Jessica Rinaldi / Boston Globe)
The “Imagine Boston 2030” draft describes a climate-ready city as one that “protects our existing housing and job centers and enables future resilient growth.” Enabling future resilient growth is as much about knowing where and how to grow as it is about knowing where and how not to, but Imagine Boston 2030 seems to suggest otherwise: “Many of the areas where Boston will grow are exposed to flooding risk as sea levels rise. By growing in these areas, Boston is... Read more

Fresno Seeks to Shed Its Legacy as a ‘Poster Child for Suburban Sprawl’

Downtown Fresno, California (Shutterstock)
Attracting commercial tenants to property in downtown Fresno, California was a tough sell even a few years ago. But public sector initiatives including high-speed rail, tax incentives, and a zoning code overhaul have helped propel what some believe will be a renaissance in downtown Fresno, a transformation that involves not just businesses filling up new office space, but also plans for substantial new housing. Read more... Read more

Revamped City Planning Aims at Neighborhood Revivals

Maurice Cox is the director of the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department (Eric Seals / Detroit Free Press)
Under Detroit’s new Director of Planning, Maurice Cox, the city’s planning efforts now focus not on the already revitalizing downtown but in places where city planners for decades have paid little if any attention — Detroit’s hard-hit neighborhoods. Read more... Read more

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
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