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Blog 1 week ago
Why does change take so long?: retail business rents

WAMU/NPR reports ("Small Business Owners Press D.C. Lawmakers For Financial Relief") on a City Council hearing on a spate of bills introduced to...

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Blog 2 weeks ago
New York Times listing of "Top 10" DC restaurants as an opportunity to briefly revisit Richard's Rules for Restaurant-Based Revitalization

Bad Saint restaurant, DC."10 Reasons Why Washington Is A Great Restaurant City"Back when blogs were ascendant, I got a lot of play for "Richard's...

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Historic preservation designation as a tool to prevent development

A lot of the time, pro-development forces criticize historic preservation designation as a way to stymie "progress" or change.Sometimes that's true...

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Blog 3 weeks ago
Because I misread this, I thought it was a big deal. It wasn't and it proves the point I made in 2014 about the need for Montgomery and Prince George's County to create a Purple Line focused community development corporation

Hampshire Village in Langley Park.I guess my eyesight is going because when I first saw this Washington Post article headline, "JPMorgan Chase...

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Should poorly run properties win tax assessment reductions when, if run by other parties, they wouldn't be losing money and property value?: Trump Doral Resort

The Trump Doral Resort in Miami is in the news because President Trump, who still maintains his ownership interest in various properties in North...

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Blog 1 month ago
Author talk, After the Projects: Public Housing Redevelopment and the Governance of the Poorest Americans: Saturday October 19th

From the Metropolitan Studies Center at American University in Washington, DC:Saturday, October 19, 20192:00 PM – 4:00 PMMt. Pleasant Neighborhood...

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Why so many "for profit" projects require subsidy: Detroit, lots of projects, but still a weak market

This building had been vacant for decades, but a couple years ago it was acquired by Ford Motor to be used as a headquarters for innovation.1. Why...

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Blog 1 month ago
Reopening of Anacostia Community Museum: Sunday October 13th

Why this is important is not so much a chance to meet the new director, but to see the fabulous "Right to the City" exhibit, which I think is a...

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Blog 1 month ago
Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

I visited a food cooperative, Coopportunity Market and Deli.The store in Culver City, California is part of a two-store group with the other in...

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Blog 1 month ago
Another example of a "public planning" fail by a private developer: Silver Spring's Ellsworth Avenue

Greater Greater Washington has a piece, "After 15 years, Downtown Silver Spring is getting a big update," on the proposed update by developer...

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Understanding why to preserve arts space in strong markets you have to BTMFBA: Minneapolis

BTMFBA = Buy the Mother F* Building AlreadyThere is a September column in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "Northrup King's success with artist...

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Blog 1 month ago
Rent control laws should be paired with laws that boost new housing construction, especially housing not aimed at the highest income segments

The article in today's Washington Post, "Housing advocates push for more aggressive rent-control measures in D.C.," reminds me of something I've...

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Blog 1 month ago
Q: Could a community land trust help solve D.C.’s gentrification crisis? A: No, not 15 years after the velocity of DC's housing market changed in earnest

Today's Post has this article, "Could a community land trust help solve D.C.’s gentrification crisis?"The answer is "no." At least, "no, not if the...

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Blog 1 month ago
Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

For a couple years at the end of the 2000s I was in Pittsburgh a bunch of times, partly to work on a commercial district revitalization plan in the...

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Blog 1 month ago
Don't Believe the Hype: Really good Ideas not justification for sky high valuations

WRT the latest failure of an IPO for WeWork, a brief comment: 1. WeWork's great idea was the recognition that there are many individual and small...

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Blog 1 month ago
National Public Lands Day, Saturday September 28th, 2019

(Always the last Saturday in September.)-- National Public Lands DaySeparately from the book, This Land: HOW COWBOYS, CAPITALISM, AND CORRUPTION...

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An indicator that shopping malls are becoming marginal real estate: churches are going into them
Blog 1 month ago
An indicator that shopping malls are becoming marginal real estate: churches are going into them

In declining community commercial districts, one indicator of decline was the leasing up of buildings by (mostly independent) churches.In the 32...

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Blog 1 month ago
The Washington Post article on displacement in Shaw

It's a heartbreaking article ("D.C.'s gentrification is pushing black people out Shaw").1829 13th Street NW is a relatively new build--it looks...

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Arlington and Alexandria: Maybe they should just merge

The Washington Post reports ("Arlington and Alexandria split in the 1870s. Could Amazon bring them together?") that Arlington and Alexandria are...

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Blog 2 months ago
Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

1. Bike shops are closing in DC.According to one proprietor I talked with, generally, sales are down (nationally) but revenue is flat, because...

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Planning urban design improvements at the neighborhood scale: Dupont Circle, DC
Blog 2 months ago
Planning urban design improvements at the neighborhood scale: Dupont Circle, DC

In 2017, when I was writing the series on "complementary transit network improvements" first on the DC area Purple Line light rail program (...

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Public meeting on urban agriculture in DC: Wednesday September 11th
Blog 2 months ago
Public meeting on urban agriculture in DC: Wednesday September 11th

From email:On Wednesday, Sept 11th the District’s Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) will be hosting a listening session on urban...

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Washington DC has lots of parks and open space, but it's not the #1 City park system in the US
Blog 3 months ago
Washington DC has lots of parks and open space, but it's not the #1 City park system in the US

I started this piece a few weeks ago, after the release of the annual ranking of urban parks systems by the Trust for Public Land ("ParkScore: D.C....

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Blog 3 months ago
Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

The whole argument about planning in DC and the Comprehensive Plan is somewhat complicated.I argued that before doing the zoning rewrite (2007...

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One of the most discordant infill rowhouse popups I've ever seen...
Blog 3 months ago
One of the most discordant infill rowhouse popups I've ever seen...

I am not against popups per se, and I believe in infill construction, to maximize the ability to offer housing. I also believe in a variety of...

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Food swamps (pharmacies selling food, but mostly processed items)
Blog 3 months ago
Food swamps (pharmacies selling food, but mostly processed items)

Food deserts don't have a hard and fast definition, but are areas without access to fresh foods and vegetables, and usually lack traditional...

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Blog 4 months ago
Cities and counties will have to up their game concerning retail and food deserts

-- "Are poor neighborhoods retail deserts?," USC Lusk Center for Real Estate-- Baltimore City Food Desert Retail Strategy1. CNN has a story about...

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Blog 4 months ago
Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

I meant to reprint some citations suggested on the pro-urb listserv:1. The Spring issue of Jacobin Magazine is about housingFrom Laurence Aurbach:2...

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Blog 4 months ago
Another short point about new infill development of housing in transit corridors: you need to make the zoning changes long before the line opens + you may need to create implementation mechanisms too

I laughed when looking at an article, "One year ago, L.A. approved an ambitious housing plan. What’s happened since? Nothing," the Los Angeles...

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Blog 4 months ago
BTMFBA: San Francisco's The Lab and the Mission Economic Development Agency are trying to do the smart thing

BTMFBA = Buy the M* F* Building AlreadyThe point of BTMFBA has been laid out in a series of entries about the need for arts organizations to buy...

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