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  1. Making Housing More Affordable? Get Creative: How to Make that First Down Payment on a Home

    Housing affordability post-recession seems to be an issue everywhere. One of the biggest obstacles to making that first home purchase? Coming up with the down payment, while paying rent. This dilemma has priced many out of the housing market, especially in light of valuation increases that have surpassed the losses of...
  2. Land Art Park Buitenschot, The Netherlands

    This post is a bit out of the ordinary when it comes to urban design. But, as a planner, it amazes me how closely airports often encroach on neighborhoods. The noise level is usually abated by retrofitting the homes. Schiphol Airport, in the Netherlands, is one of the busiest in the world. The sound remediation strategy deployed there is...
  3. Tactical Urbanism – Testing Bike Lanes

    Bike lanes can provide transportation alternatives, encourage physical activity, and hopefully reduce air pollution. However, they can be politically difficult to retrofit into existing communities. So, why not try a low cost, low impact, temporary solution? This is the story of how Macon, Georgia proposed temporary bike lanes, at minimal cost to...
  4. Positive Economic Returns from Stormwater Management: 3 Case Studies

    Now that we are in the heat of summer, the issue of stormwater management boils down to too much of a good thing, or not a drop in sight. I do believe that to affect positive change in accepted and mainstreamed stormwater practices, you need a sound economic argument....
  5. Top Urban Planning Graduate Programs in the USA

    https://www.planetizen.com/node/93145?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news-06192017Happy to see my alma mater is still in the top 10 nationally. If any of you are interested, I highly recommend it!
  6. How to Revive a Neighborhood – Advice from an Artist in the Trenches

    https://www.ted.com/talks/theaster_gates_how_to_revive_a_neighborhood_with_imagination_beauty_and_art It may be one of the most challenging urban planning and design problems of the 21st century - how to remediate the ill effects of past policies, practices and injustices within our communities. Just about every city and town in America harbors some degree of disinvestment in neighborhoods. And surely,...
  7. Build Your Case for Green Stormwater Management

    https://uli.org/wp-content/uploads/ULI-Documents/HarvestingtheValueofWater.pdf

    It seems that (finally!) "green" infrastructure practices are hitting the mainstream. I first worked with these principles way back in graduate school at Georgia Tech. So, that is more than 20 years ago! With recent record droughts and floods, an urgency to improve our stormwater practices has accelerated. And with real estate development practices that seek...

  8. Green Space: Health Benefits & Stormwater Management Rolled Into One!

    http://urbanland.uli.org/sustainability/harvesting-value-water-green-infrastructure-manages-stormwater-enhances-property-values/?utm_source=mm&utm_medium=link&utm_content=050817ul&utm_campaign=stormwater Access to green space is uplifting to the human spirit, and conveys real, measurable health benefits. Proximity to green space is proven to add value through increased property values. So, the next time someone proposes a "detention pond" as a stormwater management tool, push back! There are many sustainable practices tried...
  9. Public Private Partnerships: Stretching Municipal Dollars

    The use of public/private partnerships by municipalities has grown exponentially. This article, crafted by ULI, gives a great overview of all the potential applications of this strategy to accomplish municipal goals. Have you used any of these?
  10. Retail in the Suburbs – A Dire Forecast?

    Retail is so important to cities, and for many reasons. Shops provide essential goods and services, a certain level of entertainment and are the all-important source of sales taxes! So, when the local mall or power center is lagging, and anchors close leaving smaller shops struggling to survive, the retail environment...
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