Real Estate

September 9, 2009, 10am PDT
As construction on the Second Avenue subway in New York City is set to begin next year, MTA and current residents struggle to answer the question of where to relocate the people in its way.
The New York Times
August 27, 2009, 2pm PDT
Dan Maginn proposes some exercises for visualizing how much room you actually need to live, starting with this equation: too big = not good. Small = good. Too small = suck.
GOOD Magazine
April 5, 2009, 5am PDT
Ventura, CA, City Manager Rick Cole Op-ed argues for a comprehensive paradigm shift in the real estate and development industries.
The Planning Report
March 19, 2009, 7am PDT
The economic downturn and burst of the real estate bubble have thrown a wrench into New York City's broad plans for redevelopment and environmental redesign. This piece looks at what lies ahead for the city.
The New York Times
February 25, 2009, 1pm PST
If the government bails out banks, it also better put aside money for structural reform that ensures the proper valuation of property. According to Elena Panaritis, a housing market driven by speculation catalyzed the recession in the first place.
Guardian
January 10, 2009, 1pm PST
A NY Times profile of Suffern, NY focuses on real estate, but in the process creates a miniature of the struggles of all small towns- keeping the historic downtown vibrant, offering varied housing options, and competing with neighboring cities.
The New York Times
November 14, 2008, 7am PST
Valued at more than $115 million during the boom, a prominent Hong Kong-based developer has bought the unbuilt Brickell CitiCentre development site for $41.3 million. Similar transactions are happening on other key properties in Miami's downtown.
Miami Herald
October 27, 2008, 8am PDT
Officials in China are moving to implement a handful of strategies to combat the housing slump, including tax breaks, smaller down-payment requirements and lower loan rates for first-time buyers.
The Wall St. Journal
June 27, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>A recent conference in Austin, Texas, of real estate appraisers explored how they should incorporate green-building techniques and features into their assessment of properties.</p>
Austin Business Journal
June 19, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>A new AIA report shows that new homes under construction are getting smaller in response to market forces.</p>
AIArchitect
June 13, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>The 5-4-7 Arts Center in Greensburg, Kansas gets a LEED platinum designation- evidence that the town, which was 95% destroyed by a tornado in May, 2006, is making good on its sustainable rebuilding plan.</p>
Kiowa County Singnal
June 6, 2008, 8am PDT
James S. Russell comments on the $1 billion deal to redevelop Hudson Yards, and finds the plan lacking in vision.
Bloomberg.com
April 15, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Housing markets around the world are beginning to feel the effects of the American mortgage crisis.</p>
International Herald Tribune
March 31, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Officials in Los Angeles were successful in implementing high-density growth policies to curb sprawl. However, a disconnect between culture, transportation policy, and the real estate market may have disastrous consequences.</p>
The Economist
Blog post
March 16, 2007, 12pm PDT

Spanish-style home at Darrow Estates (small)I'm making a prediction: While the real estate market in RL (real life) is cooling off, the real estate market in Second Life (SL) is heating up.

I was recently contacted via IM (instant message) by Elliot Eldrich. I interviewed Elliot several months ago for a feature-length article about urban planning in Second Life. (The article appeared in the January, 2007 issue of the American Planning Association's Planning magazine, but is now also available online.)

Chris Steins
Blog post
February 28, 2007, 4pm PST

The impact of the urban grocery store gap, particularly on low-income communities, has been well documented. The presence of full-service grocery store can raise the economic value of surrounding property, serve as an anchor in commercial districts, provide an important source of jobs, and lower the daily cost of living for residents. In an era of skyrocketing obesity rates, public health research shows a strong correlation between the presence of a grocery store and the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Lisa Feldstein
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