Catalytic Development


Ohio Approves New Tax Credit and Crowdfunding to Boost Downtown Development

Two pieces of legislation signed by Gov. DeWine promote investment in "legacy" cities.

January 5, 2021 - Cincinnati Business Courier


From Vacant to Catalytic: Tampa to Upgrade City-Owned Property

West Tampa, among the Hillsborough River, is already gaining development momentum, and new plans to develop a city-owned property on the river could add fuel to the fire.

November 12, 2020 - Tampa Bay Times

Linear Parks

The Atlanta Beltline—20 Years Later

The scope of the Atlanta Beltline's effect on the city has astounded most observers, including the person who came up with the idea first.

December 26, 2019 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Good E Project

Adaptive Reuse Contributes to Ambitious Development Momentum in Dallas' Deep Ellum

With a massive development project called The Epic already under construction as a future home for Uber, a Dallas developer is turning its attention to nearby sites.

December 18, 2019 - The Dallas Morning News

Woodward Dream Cruise

Pontiac, Comeback City

Employment in Pontiac has risen 14.2 percent since 2010, the city is fiscally sound, and development investments continue.

December 5, 2019 - The Detroit News

Rams and Chargers Stadium

New Football Stadium a Game Changer for Inglewood

The new home of the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Charger is almost ready for prime time. The mayor's economic development dreams are on the line as much as any championship.

November 28, 2019 - The Daily Breeze

Under Armour Clothing Global Headquarters

A $5.5 Billion Waterfront Plan for Baltimore Wins Opportunity Zone Status

The Port Covington plan was already in line to receive massive subsidies from the city of Baltimore. Now the plan will be the beneficiary of the new federal Opportunity Zone program as well.

June 21, 2019 - ProPublica

Boston Big Dig

The 'Big Dig' Was a Big Catalyst

Over ten years after the Big Dig finally completed construction, more and more people in Boston are willing to say the project was worth all the trouble.

October 16, 2018 - Bisnow Boston

Detroit, Michigan

Little Caesars Arena as Catalytic Development

In exchange for generous public subsidies, Illitch Holdings, owner and developer of the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, promised large-scale economic development.

September 26, 2018 - Detroit Free Press


Hudson Yards Will Redefine Manhattan

The size and scale of Hudson Yards in the skyline of Manhattan will match the size and scale of public and private investment in the project. The project's effect in the city's economy will be just as conspicuous.

June 8, 2018 - Crain's New York Business

Passaic River Hydropower

At Least One Paterson Councilmember Is Skeptical About Plans to Revitalize Great Falls Area

What should a local elected leader do when he or she disagrees with a high-profile expenditure with support from on high?

October 2, 2017 - Paterson Press

Cincinnati Streetcar

Examining the Cincinnati Streetcar's Impact on Real Estate Investment

A dive into the reach of the Cincinnati Bell Connector's influence on a revitalizing urban neighborhood.

December 31, 2016 - Cincinnati Business Courier

Domino Sugar Refinery

Domino Sugar Redevelopment Granted Catalytic Status on Williamsburg Waterfront

Crain's New York Business surveys the development investments that have followed the Domino Sugar Refinery redevelopment to the Williamsburg waterfront.

June 15, 2016 - Crain's New York Business

Inside One of the Detroit Region's 'Forgotten Neighborhoods'

The success stories about Detroit leave out big pieces of the puzzle, including some just outside of city limits. The Detroit News looks at the ongoing struggles of one of the forgotten neighborhoods in the suburb of South Warren.

April 19, 2016 - The Detroit News

Big Development Investments Expected to Follow New Detroit Red Wings Arena

Developers are predicting that the new $627.5 million arena to house the Detroit Red Wings, paid for with both private and public money, will spur another $596 million of investment in the neighborhood.

February 2, 2016 - Detroit Free Press

Chicago's Lawrence Avenue Is Changing—Is the Neighborhood Ready?

The Lawrence Avenue corridor in Chicago is poised to evolve into "New Lawrence," but as development proposals follow a streetscape improvement project, the community is still sorting out what exactly "new" should mean.

December 15, 2015 - DNAinfo Chicago

Developers See Dollar Signs in the Viaduct Rail Park Proposal in Philly's Center City

The Viaduct Rail Park could one day become a version of the High Line in Philadelphia's Center City.

November 13, 2015 - Philadelphia Inquirer

A Positive Fiscal and Land Use Analysis for St. Louis Riverfront Stadium Plans

A group of business students completed an analysis finding reasons to support a proposal to build an NFL stadium on the riverfront in St. Louis.

September 21, 2015 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

What (or Who) Can Make a Downtown Revival Happen in Warren, Michigan?

After past attempts to redevelop the downtown of Michigan's third largest city failed, Warren's mayor believes that the city's downtown and civic center is ready to transform into a bustling urban environment. What will it take to make that happen?

May 7, 2014 - Detroit Free Press

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