Innovation Districts

Schenley Park

$1.9 Billion in Development Investment Planned for Pittsburgh's Innovation District

Pittsburgh has one of the most lucrative innovation districts in the country, and even more development investment is on the way.

November 24, 2020 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wisconsin State Capital

'Growth Centers' for a More Even Distribution of Tech Industry Growth

A few regions have hoarded the growth of the tech innovation economy. A Brookings paper argues that Congress can help distribute tech innovation in growth centers around the Heartland of the United States.

December 10, 2019 - Brookings

University of Washington

University of Washington Gets Approval for Major Expansion

With several stipulations, Seattle City Council has signed off on the university's plans for up to 6 million square feet of new construction, including high-rises.

December 22, 2018 - The Seattle Times


Chattanooga to Redevelop City-Owned Properties to Keep Innovation District Momentum

Two underutilized buildings have been proposed as a catalyst for inclusive development in the Edney Innovation District.

April 26, 2018 - Chattanooga Times Free Press

Innovation District Taking Shape in Downtown Erie

The city of Erie, Pennsylvania, lead by a $4 million grant to Mercyhurst University, is in the process of implementing the Downtown Innovation District.

September 11, 2017 - GoErie

South Bend

South Bend Has Big Innovation District Plans

Public Radio International (PRI) surveys the keys to an ambitious plan to restore the industrial "temples" of South Bend, Indiana.

August 30, 2017 - Public Radio International

Herrin Lofts

The Key Question for a New Innovation District in Houston: Location, Location, Location

A forthcoming opportunity for Houston offers a chance to consider the ingredients for a successful innovation district, and what level of intervention, public and private, is required to make the concept succeed.

July 12, 2017 - Houston Chronicle

Oklahoma City

Cultivating Oklahoma City's Innovation District

A new Brookings Institution reports recommends strategies for Oklahoma City to continue to grow the influence of its innovation district.

April 27, 2017 - Brookings

Downtown Los Angeles from LADWP

Does Los Angeles Have What It Takes To Be a Leader for 21st Century Metropolises?

Brookings’ Bruce Katz explains how municipalities like Los Angeles can create thousands of jobs in advanced manufacturing through connecting planning, industry, innovation, and infrastructure efforts.

May 3, 2016 - The Planning Report

A Critical Take on Philadelphia's Big Innovation District Plans

Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic Inga Saffron digs into the facts and fictions about innovation districts, as the city reveals a third splashy project touting its innovation district bonafides.

March 22, 2016 - Philadelphia Inquirer

Competing Visions for East Village—San Diego's SOMA

Downtown San Diego's East Village neighborhood shares traits with San Francisco's SOMA, circa 1990s. However, there are competing visions for the area: academic and high tech vs. stadium and convention center expansion.

November 29, 2015 - UrbDeZine

Chattanooga's Unique Approach to Innovation Districts

Bruce Katz says something special is going on in Chattanooga—where a uniquely situated innovation district is setting an example for more traditional approaches to the concept.

October 5, 2015 - Brookings Institution

Boston innovation district banner with lofts

Status Report: the Rise of Innovation Districts

Last year, the "innovation district" rose to prominence as a way to describe urban knowledge economy epicenters. This report from Bruce Katz and Brookings describes how the phenomenon continues to evolve.

July 12, 2015 - Brookings

Busy Downtown

On the Creative Neighborhood's Two Basic Forms

Richard Florida discusses a study comparing the neighborhoods that house "creative" industries. Science and tech tends to favor low-density office parks, while arts and cultural industries prefer mixed-use urban districts.

May 19, 2015 - CityLab

Photo of google sign outside of google cafeteria

Cities Chase Elusive 'Innovation Economy'

In many places, anchor institutions and local industries are old news. New companies, new ideas, and brand-new industries are creating wealth and vibrancy. Professor Enrico Moretti explains how cities can get in on the 'innovation economy.'

May 7, 2015 - California Planning & Development Report

Inside the $1 Billion 'Hipster Mega-Project' at Brooklyn's Sunset Park

Henry Melcher reports on the massive investment plans for Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

April 17, 2015 - The Architect's Newspaper

Michigan Economic Development Ideas Include Innovation Districts

Stakeholders in Michigan have bought in to the innovation district concept.

January 19, 2015 - Crain's Detroit Business

How the Federal Government Can Support Innovation Districts

A new report by Bruce Katz of Brookings Institute discusses the federal government’s role in spurring and aiding the innovation districts found in many cities across the country today.

October 11, 2014 - Brookings Institution

Checking-in with the Proliferation of Innovation Districts

A look at where innovation districts have caught on, and where to expect more of this type of concerted cooperation between public and private entities and commercial and residential land uses.

August 5, 2014 - Brookings Institution

'Innovation Hubs' Called a Manufacturing Silver Bullet

A recent Wall Street Journal editorial calls for "Topic-specific, industry-led, and place-based…public-private hubs" as the key to a manufacturing renaissance. The idea is already being tested in four cities.

June 9, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

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