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Blog 2 months ago
Revisiting cultural plans having elements for retail: music instrument stores

I've written about this a few times, including:-- "Cultural plans should have an element on culture-related retail," 2018-- "Newsstands closing in...

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Blog 2 months ago
Focused crowdfunding platforms for the development of locally-focused businesses

The Baltimore Business Journal reports ("Union Collective winery using new crowdfunding technique to raise $107K ") how the Wine Collective in the...

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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Basic planning building blocks for "community" revitalization programs that most cities haven't packaged: Part 4

=====This is an update of a piece from 2007, which I decided to incorporate into this series-- "Basic planning building blocks for urban commercial...

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Blog 3 months ago
Treating an entire city as a heritage area/conservation district, rather than a neighborhood by neighborhood approach

On the HistoricWashington e-list, a notice was sent out about a May program--National Historic Preservation Month as it happens--sponsored by the...

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Blog 3 months ago
Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Basic planning building blocks for urban commercial district revitalization programs that most cities haven't packaged: Part 1

======1. Mandate a consultation and review process for all projects within designated "revitalization zones."2. Design and development guidelines.3...

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Transportation infrastructure as civic architecture: Nice Bridge, Potomac River crossing to Virginia

Recently, Governor Hogan announced that previously promised pedestrian and bicycle connections for the to be rebuilt Nice Bridge are "too expensive...

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Blog 3 months ago
Same old, same old (a/k/a DC Cultural Planning) in the guise of Dupont Underground

You know the line about "the definition of insanity being doing the same thing over and over and over again, but expecting a different result"?That...

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Blog 3 months ago
(The opportunity cost of) "Defining density down"

Another New York Times article, "Build, build build" or "California's Housing Crisis: How a Bureaucrat Pushed to Build," describes the difficulty...

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Blog 3 months ago
Revisiting assistance programs to get people biking: 15 programs

The reality is that even though more than 60% of trips in the US are less than 6 miles, and more than 20% less than one mile, most people don't...

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Blog 3 months ago
Two interesting examples of supermarket firms bucking traditional political forces

1. In Texas, the supermarket chain HEB (ranked #1 in the country by some evaluators) challenged an electricity rate increase petition by the state...

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Blog 3 months ago
Public buildings, civic architecture, and the Trump Administration edict on public buildings

While it might seem very occasional, it's possible for opponents on issues to be right that there is a problem, even if their proposed solution is...

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Blog 3 months ago
Racialized social control and risk management: Baltimore

I am reading The New Jim Crow and while I am not sure how I feel about the book, the author Michelle Alexander makes a compelling argument about...

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Blog 3 months ago
Be afraid, be very afraid about the US's real estate centric economy

The latest post, "The Commercial Real Estate Future: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Workout, Value Added Reinvention and Redevelopment," in Larry...

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Blog 3 months ago
New York City looks to make property taxes fairer: the lobby for the 1% is up in arms

Many cities, unfortunately, have unfairness built into their property tax assessment methodologies. Changing these systems can be very difficult....

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Blog 3 months ago
WPVI-TV Philadelphia series on gentrification "Building it Better Together"

The tv station is running four stories this week about change in Philadelphia primarily, but also its suburbs. Two stories have run so far.The...

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Blog 3 months ago
AMIBA national conference: Vision 2020, Madison, WI, early bird registration until 2/14

With the aim of trying to answer the question, what does a public market look like in the 21st century, specifically how does it define, manifest...

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Blog 3 months ago
University of Maryland proposes a "socially conscious" real estate program

According to The Diamondback, the student newspaper ("A proposed UMD real estate major aims for a socially conscious approach to development")....

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Blog 4 months ago
Casebook illustration of agglomeration economies: Kendall Square and biotech

"Agglomeration economies" is a fundamental concept from urban economics. The Geography of Transportation webpage at Hofstra University defines them...

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Blog 4 months ago
City Rising PBS SoCal series on gentrification

A couple years ago, PBS SoCal produced a short series called "City Rising," about urban change in cities across California. Last night's episode...

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Bloomingdale Village Square Initiative will be holding its third Community Forum on the proposed North Capitol Deck-over Park
Blog 4 months ago
Bloomingdale Village Square Initiative will be holding its third Community Forum on the proposed North Capitol Deck-over Park

======The Saturday January 25th forum will take place from 2 - 4 pm at St. Martin's Catholic Church (Pioneer Room), located at 7 T Street, NW ...

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Blog 4 months ago
"Real estate capital reproduction of space" in the Parkdale neighborhood of Toronto

-- "reproduction of space," urban sociologyInstagram image, davin.craig.The Guardian has an article about "the gentrification" of the Parkdale...

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Blog 4 months ago
New York Times article on community decline associated with loss of work

Comparable to the New York Times Magazine cover story last year on Baltimore ("Tragedy of Baltimore"), Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn just...

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Blog 4 months ago
Great Philadelphia Inquirer article on revitalization

-- "Point Breeze and Tioga-Nicetown: Why one Philadelphia neighborhood has surged while the other languishes"The basic lesson is one community,...

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Blog 5 months ago
Happy Holidays! (and street lighting)

In the 1990s, residents in the Yalecrest neighborhood of Salt Lake City petitioned for the right to install decorative streetlights to provide...

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Blog 5 months ago
Newsstands closing in San Diego and Seattle: revisiting cultural retail planning for books and periodicals

In my "series" of entries about cultural planning, a couple discuss retail as an element.-- "Cultural plans should have an element on culture...

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Blog 5 months ago
Weak markets are really really really hard to develop: Baltimore's Poppleton (... State Center,; Park Heights) neighborhood

The Washington Post has an article ("This development aimed to overhaul a West Baltimore neighborhood. 15 years later, it’s made minor progress")...

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Revisiting stories: urban grocers and the forthcoming Woodward Corners Market in Royal Oak, Michigan
Blog 5 months ago
Revisiting stories: urban grocers and the forthcoming Woodward Corners Market in Royal Oak, Michigan

I've been writing about this topic since 2005, the beginnings of the blog, sparked in part by "protests" over the Giant Supermarket in Columbia...

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