Urban Development

July 20, 2010, 7am PDT
A new coalition in Syracuse, New York is making moves to help regenerate the city. Roberta Brandes Gratz offers this look at what the city is doing.
Citiwire
July 20, 2010, 6am PDT
A decommissioned Naval base in Concord, California, may be falling into the hands of the city -- a prospect few thought possible.
San Jose Mercury News
July 19, 2010, 2pm PDT
Nearly half of the commercial real estate in the U.S. is underwater, according to Elizabeth Warren, Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel. She is concerned that a coming crisis could sink the current recovery.
Blueprint America
July 19, 2010, 6am PDT
Gensler has revealed the designs for The Museum of Bond Vehicles + Espionage, which will be located in Momence, Illinois. Momence, pop. 3000, is hoping the museum could jump start their economy and put them on the map.
Fast Company
July 17, 2010, 7am PDT
The State of Utah sold the development rights to for a new town to SunCor, a developer that had to bail on the project before it was half-completed. Utah bought the ailing, incomplete town from the developer and is hoping their gamble pays off.
Stateline.org
July 16, 2010, 11am PDT
In an effort to create a more diverse retail base and fill empty units retailers from an International Conference of Shopping Centers were guided through Downtown Crossing, The Rose Kennedy Greenway and South Boston Waterfront.
Boston Herald
July 16, 2010, 8am PDT
Being developed on 1500 acres of Incheon's waterfront, Songdo is a completely planned city harnessing the latest innovations in green technology and planning doctrine aimed at creating a sustainable, self contained 'city of the future.'
ABC News
July 16, 2010, 5am PDT
Spurning an elaborate but costly proposal to transform two blighted blocks of Sacramento's ailing downtown K Street mall the city council chose a less costly, mixed-use plan restore the blocks sooner with four story buildings and 256 housing units.
The Sacramento Bee - Sacramento City News
July 15, 2010, 11am PDT
City Parks Blog asked Peter Harnik to answer questions about his new book, Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities, that covers how cities can plan for parks as well as how to create them in 'all built-out' settings.
City Parks Blog
July 15, 2010, 8am PDT
A decades-old plan to convert a bus yard into a housing project has gained new momentum in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Examiner
July 14, 2010, 1pm PDT
By an 8-3 vote at 1:35 AM, July 14, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a plan to add 10,500 homes (32% affordable) on a 720-acre brownfield site known as Hunters Point, a former shipyard, including 320 acres of parkland and open space.
San Francisco Chronicle
July 14, 2010, 12pm PDT
Detroit is a city of borders: international borders, borders between cities and not-cities, and borders between the success of the past and the uncertain future, writes Jerry Herron in this essay for <em>Places</em>.
Places
July 14, 2010, 8am PDT
A new book looks at the environmental, energy, and social consequences of keeping cool by using air conditioners. In this 4-minute public radio interview, author Stan Cox explains how to keep cool, just in time for the East Coast heat wave.
American Public Media: Marketplace
July 13, 2010, 6am PDT
Tax revenue-per-acre figures for big box developments are only slightly higher than residential developments, and not as high as mixed use project, according to this column from Mary Newsom.
Citiwire
Blog post
July 13, 2010, 4am PDT
There's a lot of babbling on in this blog about how streets are public space, that they are for people, and that they should be designed equitably for everyone.
Ian Sacs
July 12, 2010, 10am PDT
Officials in South Africa say the country's successful hosting of the 2010 World Cup positions it to be a viable host for the Olympics.
Guardian
July 9, 2010, 10am PDT
The relationship between agriculture and cities is becoming increasingly important. Daniel Nairn suggests building "garden blocks" within cities to meet community food needs.
Grist
July 9, 2010, 5am PDT
Rome, a city steeped in history, is struggling to retain and protect its historical identity as the city modernizes and expands.
The New York Times
July 8, 2010, 10am PDT
Munich returns to the top of Monocle's most liveable cities for 2010. According to Monocle, Munich is a place where "wealth and prosperity are reinvested in transport, infrastructure and environmental initiatives."
Monocle Magazine
July 8, 2010, 5am PDT
Many things came together for light rail to come to Charlotte, starting in 1996. Key was perseverance by a conservative mayor, a volunteer group that started a historic trolley, voters who supported a sales tax, and experienced transit professionals
Grist: Cities of the Future