Urban Redevelopment

November 14, 2014, 7am PST
According to researchers and practitioners in the United Kingdom, there's still room for another urbanism. Chuck Wolfe digests the recent Summit on Plot-Based Urbanism from Glasgow.
myurbanist
December 13, 2011, 6am PST
An LA based artist is about reopen a 100,000 square foot disused JC Penney as an arts complex in West Houston. The former West Oaks Mall anchor had been vacant for two years before becoming the focus of the new rehab concept.
Swamplot.com
April 11, 2011, 9am PDT
Most cities don't get the chance to start from scratch. But Quincy, Mass. plans to raze most of its 50-acre center and build it anew with the aid of a private developer's upfront funding - a plan that may rewrite the rules of urban development.
New York Times
February 16, 2011, 9am PST
Spain's third largest city has chosen the winning design for a new urban park that is to sit atop nine rail lines, potentially creating the most important redevelopment project the country has seen in many years.
THE DIRT
December 7, 2010, 6am PST
The newly formed Gary Region and Investment Project (GRIP) hopes to bring about a turnaround for the struggling Indiana city.
Chicago News Cooperative/The New York Times
August 23, 2010, 7am PDT
Bill Barnes of the National League of Cities argues that we don't need acolytes of Jane Jacobs; we need people who will think as hard and as well as she did about "the kind of problem a city is."
Nation's Cities Weekly
April 14, 2010, 2pm PDT
Boston uses the threat of eminent domain to force a developer to build on a site that's become an eyesore.
Wall Street Journal
April 12, 2010, 2pm PDT
The City has reached a deal to take over 172-acres of undeveloped land from the State, and redevelopment possibilities are flooding in - public park, high school, commercial buildings, NYU satellite campus, and more.
New York Times
Blog post
March 16, 2010, 2pm PDT

Reason.tv has launched a multipart series of videos on how the city of Cleveland can turn itself around using free-market approaches and limited government reforms.

Samuel Staley
October 5, 2009, 11am PDT
Campbell Soup Company is taking a leading role in redeveloping the rough Gateway neighborhood of Camden, NJ.
Next American City
June 27, 2009, 11am PDT
Grass Root Efforts to Help Bring Back a Much-Loved Building Form
Denver Daily News
March 7, 2009, 9am PST
At a recent event in Los Angeles, Cecilia Estolano, CEO of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, presented her vision for the Downtown of the future in one of the country's most notoriously diffuse urban centers.
The Planning Report
August 19, 2008, 9am PDT
Bay Meadows Racetrack in San Mateo,CA is being transformed into 19 blocks of office buildings, dense housing, parkland and plazas.
The San Francisco Chronicle
June 2, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>While mega-condo developments are enlivening districts in and around Miami's urban core, a long moribund downtown business district struggles to keep up. Many hope that small improvements will make a big difference in the area's quest for vitality.</p>
The Miami Herald
May 23, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>As Mayor Bloomberg moves forward with an eco-friendly redevelopment for the crumbling Willets Point neighborhood, locals feel pushed aside and complain that eminent domain is out of control.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
March 11, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Urban projects have resulted in the paving over of significant chunks of parkland in Melbourne, Australia -- land set aside more than 150 years ago to act as the city's lungs.</p>
The Age
Blog post
January 9, 2008, 12pm PST

Planners are split on eminent domain—one group believes it’s a critical component of planning since it allows them to implement plans more quickly. Others believe eminent domain does more to destroy urbanism than build it up. I’ve weighed in on it numerous times, including this commentary published by Planetizen.

Samuel Staley