The backboar of a basketball hoop is painted orange with the words "orange Mound"--the name of a historically black neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee.

Memphis Targets Adaptive Reuse of Historic School for Neighborhood Benefits

A plan to rehabilitate the vacant former location of Melrose High School in Memphis' Orange Mound neighborhood "recalls many other recent initiatives aimed at elevating and investing in Black urban history."

September 1, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

CityMap Deck Park

TxDOT Promises to Reverse Some of the Damage Caused by Urban Freeways in Dallas

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is in the early stages of planning for two projects that could leverage plans to rebuild two freeways in the city with plan to reconnect the neighborhoods they severed.

June 8, 2021 - The Dallas Morning News

Suburban Homes

Dan Gilbert Announces $500 Million Investment in Detroit Neighborhoods

Dan Gilbert, the billionaire credited with the revitalization of development interest in and around Downtown Detroit, made a bombshell announcement in his first in-depth interview since suffering a stroke in 2019.

March 26, 2021 - The Detroit News

Rebuild Foundation

Creative Placemaking a Boon for Underserved Communities, Report Says

The work of Chicago urban planner and developer Theaster Gates provides a proof of concept in a new report from the Urban Land Institute.

October 5, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

A New Model for Community-Led Neighborhood Revitalization

A case study in community-led neighborhood revitalization.

September 23, 2020 - Brookings

Empty Homes

Neighborhood Homes Investment Act Picks Up Momentum

A proposed tax credit designed to stabilize single-family neighborhoods facing growing numbers of vacancies is making its way through Congress.

September 2, 2020 - Shelterforce Magazine

Large Lot Vacancies

Neighborhood Homes Investment Act Offers Tax Incentives for Single-Family Rehabs

In struggling communities full of single-family homes, the cost is too high for developers to acquire and renovate blighted properties. The Neighborhood Homes Investment Act would offer an incentive for investment in existing building stock.

July 23, 2020 - Affordable Housing Finance

Erie Avenue and North Broad

Dramatic Overhaul Planned for Key North Philadelphia Intersection

An architecture critic writes about plans for a key intersection in North Philadelphia: "By all means, straighten out the street and make it safe, but keep the twists and turns that make this an authentic Philadelphia place."

November 3, 2019 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Dallas Farmers Market

Development Momentum for the East Side of Dallas

In addition to Uber announcing a major expansion to the Deep Ellum neighborhood in Dallas, other projects are popping up all over the East Side of Dallas, including an entirely new community of 40 homes.

October 8, 2019 - The Dallas Morning News

Northeast Minneapolis

Planning New 'Cultural Districts' in Minneapolis

Planners are giving shape to one of the potentially controversial aspects of the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

September 10, 2019 - MinnPost

Large Lot Vacancies

Property Taxes Due on Chicago's $1 Large Lots

So you bought a lot for $1 under the city of Chicago's Large Lots program. Expect your bills to go up a lot more than that measly sum.

August 29, 2018 - Chicago Cityscape

High Falls, Genesee River

How 'Neighbors for Neighborhoods' Revitalizes Abandoned Buildings

A state program in New York s provides financial support for investors who adaptively reuse abandoned buildings in post-industrial towns.

August 24, 2018 - NextCity

St. Louis, Missouri

First-Of-Its-Kind Artist Housing Project Moving Forward in St. Louis

An innovative project in St. Louis' will revitalize the underinvested Gravois Park neighborhood while delivering housing options to creative types.

May 31, 2018 - nextSTL


A $130 Million Infusion for Detroit's 'Strategic Neighborhood Fund'

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Planning Director Maurice Cox announced a major new funding initiative to support the city's Strategic Neighborhood Fund. Funding will support projects in seven target neighborhoods.

May 8, 2018 - The Detroit Free Press


Startup Allows People To Invest In Affordable Housing

New tool empowers neighbors to invest in their forgotten neighborhoods, and create wealth while doing so.

October 11, 2017 - Modern Cities

Blight Is a Bad Word

What makes one building worth saving and another worth destroying? Strong Towns' Rachel Quednau explores the line between destruction and preservation.

October 10, 2017 - Strong Towns

San Diego

A New Community Plan for a Neighborhood on the Border

The city of San Diego recently approved a 30-year community plan for the San Ysidro neighborhood.

January 13, 2017 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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

Transforming Vacant Properties Into Creative Hubs for Communities

The Renewal Project examines the work of the House Life Project in Indianapolis.

December 22, 2016 - The Renewal Project

Detroit Street Art

Detroit to Explore 'Pink Zoning' to Reduce Red Tape

Detroit is looking for ideas to make it easier to revitalize neighborhood main streets.

August 12, 2016 - The Detroit News

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