Urban Development

After spending more than a decade in government and real estate development, Brian Swett recently joined Arup in the role of Director of Cities and Sustainable Real Estate in the Americas. We asked for his thoughts on urban expansion and development.
Sep 24, 2015   Doggerel
Detroit is the darling of the media. Whether it is to bash it or celebrate it, Detroit is good for a story.  It will be a decade or more before the historians will start to connect today's dots with tomorrow's reality.  I'm not making predictions, just observations. Blog Post
Sep 21, 2011   By Barbara Knecht
For a while now, I've wondered if we have been mislabeling the development around well functioning transit stops as transit-oriented developments (TODs). This may seem odd, because numerous studies have shown that property values can increase by 20% to 40% percent around transit stops, particularly rail stations (although the increases are uneven). Blog Post
Sep 4, 2011   By Samuel Staley
Residents of the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco fear that redevelopment threatens to gentrify the area in a way that pushes out low- and middle-income black residents.
Aug 28, 2011   High Country News
Developers in Frederick, ND are aiming to build "green" homes that middle income buyers can afford. The homes are sporting features such as, solar panels, geothermal heating and high-tech computer systems that are typically found in high end homes.
Aug 27, 2011   The Washington Post
Sports teams often coerce cities into contributing public funds toward the building of new stadiums. Numerous reports indicate that it's a bad deal for cities with little to no positive economic impact, writes Neal DeMause.
Aug 21, 2011   The Nation
New Orleans, San Francisco, and Albuquerque are exploring, and implementing, community land trusts as an economic development tool that can encourage development in business districts while assuring that local businesses are not displaced.
Aug 5, 2011   Shelterforce
The post-carbon city will require dramatically different planning. Why not plan them with children in mind, writes Jason McLennan?
Aug 3, 2011   Yes! Magazine
Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneors, now the executive chairman of CityView, makes the case for urban markets as the driving force of the real estate market (including investment from foreign investors) in the near future.
Aug 2, 2011   The Planning Report
The Millennium Hollywood, a proposed mixed used development near Sunset Boulevard and Vine Avenue, is expected to increase the density in the area while preserving the nearby Capitol Records building.
Jun 22, 2011   The Architect's Newspaper
As just about everyone in the planning profession now knows, this is the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Death and Life of Great American Cities by urbanist icon Jane Jacobs. While Death and Life was itself iconic, Jane Jacobs was also a great public intellectual who continually built on her ideas in subsequent books and articles.  Blog Post
May 2, 2011   By Samuel Staley