downtown revitalization

New York City Coronavirus

The Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Remake Downtown

Urban cores around the country were transforming into live, work, and play destinations before the pandemic. The pandemic was a setback for this transformation, but it could also be a rare opportunity. It’s up to city leadership to seize it.

January 23, 2023 - The Washington Post

Brick apartment building with For Rent sign

Renting on the Rise, With Consequences for Neighborhoods

A higher share of Americans are renters than at any point in decades. Neighborhoods all over the country, especially in downtowns, have many more renters than they did in 2010.

October 14, 2022 - RentCafé

New York City

Massive Empire State Complex Gains Key Political Support

New York Governor Kathy Hochul is backing one of the largest real estate development projects in U.S. history—larger even than the nearby Hudson Yards project.

September 5, 2022 - The New York Times

Stay-at-Home Orders

A ‘Public Realm Action Plan’ Charts San Francisco’s Post-Covid Comeback

A nonprofit business group released a plan to trigger the post-pandemic revitalization of Downtown San Francisco by reclaiming public space for human scale activity. But is an improved public realm sufficient to meet the challenge?

July 25, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

Downtown Anchorage with the snow covered Chugach Mountains in the background.

An Ambitious Revitalization Agenda for Downtown Anchorage

A new mayoral administration in Anchorage has its sights set on a revitalized urban core, but one local researcher has suggestions for how to expand that vision.

September 8, 2021 - Sightline Institute

A photo of the downtown skyline in Milwaukee, along the Milwaukee RIver.

Project Team for Milwaukee's New Downtown Area Plan Takes Shape

A new plan for Milwaukee's downtown will build on a "major renaissance" in the area since the approval of the last version of the plan in 2010.

September 7, 2021 - Urban Milwaukee

Los Angeles Arts District Redevelopment

Proposed Megaproject the Latest to Redefine Los Angeles' Core

A proposed $2 billion megaproject would expand the footprint of the ongoing reinvention of Downtown Los Angeles and its surrounding neighborhoods.

April 30, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

Downtown Milwaukee

Downtown Milwaukee Area Plan Update Kicks Off

Billions of dollars in investment and thousands of new residential units later, Milwaukee is ready to update the plan for its downtown.

March 4, 2021 - Urban Milwaukee

Fremont Street

Tony Hsieh's Legacy in Las Vegas

Tony Hsieh, who achieved international fame as head both of Zappos and the Downtown Project in Las Vegas, died in November. Several articles made an account of the Downtown Project's track record.

December 8, 2020 - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Atlanta

Debating Public Incentives for Private Developments

A debate common in growing cities around the country is taking place in Atlanta in answer to the question of how much support private developers need from the public.

March 6, 2020 - Curbed Atlanta

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Developers Scaling Back Ambitions

The market and construction costs are taking a toll on development ambitions in Detroit.

January 31, 2020 - Crain's Detroit Business

Detroit Riverfront

Six Big Projects to Watch in Detroit

A new chapter of Detroit's development history is ready to begin, as six iconic projects head toward the finish line.

November 25, 2019 - Detroit Free Press

4 abandoned homes in St. Louis's Greater Ville neighborhood

The Dark Side of the Rust Belt Revival

Cities in flyover country are facing new redevelopment challenges as companies relocate from costly coastal cities. In St. Louis, downtown revitalization has also brought plans to tackle blight, and the consequences for residents could be immense.

August 21, 2019 - CityLab

Wisconsin

With 2020 Democratic National Congress on the Way, Downtown Milwaukee Revitalizes

Downtown Milwaukee is getting makeover, from high-profile new buildings on the skyline to ambitious adaptive reuse projects and an emerging entertainment district.

July 14, 2019 - Curbed

Main Street

Small Towns Prioritize Main Street for Economic and Population Growth

Downtown revitalization can be a small town planning priority too.

May 7, 2019 - Next City

Minneapolis Celebration

Development, Population Growth Reshaping Downtown Minneapolis

Thousands of news residents and apartment units, along with almost a billion dollars of development investments, arrived in Downtown Minneapolis in 2017.

February 17, 2019 - Star Tribune

Downtown Construction

Tracking the Skyward Progress of Western U.S. Cities

A Washington Post feature analyzes the changing skylines of cities from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

February 6, 2019 - The Washington Post

Downtown Phoenix Skyline

Pace of Transformation Quickens in Downtown Phoenix

The Arizona Republic spent the week fêting the "rebirth" of Downtown Phoenix, covering the evolution of the urban core of this sprawling metropolis from several angles.

October 28, 2018 - Arizona Republic

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

Mississippi River, Downtown Minneapolis

Downtown Revitalization Stretches East in Minneapolis

East Town, also known as Downtown East, used to be "weed strewn lots and abandoned rail yards."

September 12, 2018 - Star Tribune

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