Downtowns

Blog post
May 4, 2009, 9am PDT

I missed the APA national conference for the first time in 15 years -- but I quickly heard reports that one of the hot topics focused on banning electronic message boards.  I dissent.

What would Times Square be without the colorful, multi-message, oft-changing signs?  Would Las Vegas have become the tourist definition that it has without the colorful signs?  I am not a huge fan of Las Vegas, but I certainly think it has the right to define itself as it wishes.  

Eric Damian Kelly
April 8, 2009, 10am PDT
Recent research from the Brookings Institution looks at 98 metropolitan areas and finds that fewer people are working close to downtowns, and there are fewer jobs located in those areas.
The Brookings Institution
February 13, 2009, 9am PST
Downtowns can be designed to both reduce driving and boost the economy. But they're still going to need parking, according to urban designers George Crandall and Don Arambula.
Smart City
February 10, 2009, 6am PST
Amid tough economic times, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman is pushing a broad redevelopment plan in the city's outdated downtown.
The New York Times
January 30, 2009, 10am PST
Less than a year ago, downtown Los Angeles was seen as a rising star, on a path towards becoming a vibrant and humming urban core. But the economic dive has stalled many projects, and they could be stalled for quite a while, according to this column.
Los Angeles Magazine
January 24, 2009, 9am PST
San Francisco building codes encouraged the creation of privately-owned, publicly-accessible spaces across the downtown. These spaces have gone underused and are little understood. A new report from SPUR attempts to clear the fog.
Streetsblog
December 3, 2008, 5am PST
The issues posed by homeless people in downtown Riverside, California, are not out of the ordinary. But they definitely do not help the city's efforts to revitalize downtown.
California Planning & Development Report
October 28, 2008, 2pm PDT
In one part of downtown Syracuse, motorists are now forced to park by backing into diagonal spaces.
The Post-Standard
August 24, 2008, 7am PDT
A new interest in urbanism and public transit is attracting businesses to downtown. One proponent says, 'I can't remember a time since the early 1980s that we had a bigger year for downtown Dallas.'
The Dallas Morning News
August 22, 2008, 10am PDT
Denver is in the spotlight as the Democrats roll into town, and while there might not be enough limousines for the crowds (see link below), Denver is looking good with lots of new investments in transit and real estate.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 4, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>City planners in Charleston, SC would like to see some local malls redeveloped as mini-downtowns, filling in their parking lots with buildings, but local developers think they're insane. 'This really horrifies me,' says one business person.</p>
The Post & Courier, Charleston, S.C.
August 1, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>As the downtown master plan of Baton Rouge turns ten years old, planners are looking at the next stages of development. They say eight factors play into making this and other downtowns successful.</p>
Baton Rouge Business Report
July 30, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Paul Shigley reflects on the impact of a Starbucks closing in downtown Redding, a small town in northern California.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
July 23, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Scottsdale, Arizona planners have released a new vision for their downtown, in a 'trend toward urban living'.</p>
The Arizona Republic
July 7, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Former single-screen cinemas in New York City and Long Island are reopening as multi-use art centers and helping to stimulate the revitalization of dormant downtowns.</p>
Newsday
July 3, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Downtown Phoenix prepares for a facelift with a new form-based code and downtown master plan.</p>
The Arizona Republic
July 1, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>The article suggests that rising gas prices, enduring subprime mortgage crisis, and some changing demographics (i.e., the aging of Baby Boomers) are all contributing to the greater popularity of central city neighborhoods.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
June 17, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Baltimore considers following in the footsteps of Paris, San Francisco and Copenhagen by opening a "design center", a place for people to gather and debate the design of their city.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
June 13, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Vancouverites send a sculpture packing, stirring up a debate over the role of public art.</p>
The Canadian Press
June 11, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Planners in Vancouver are moving to curb booming residential growth to expand commercial development downtown. 'It's all good to walk and bike to work, but if you don't have offices for people to go to, that makes things rather difficult.'</p>
The Vancouver Sun