Category for Redevelopment

  1. Municipal Revenue: Property Tax versus Sales Tax

    The value of property tax revenues per acre clearly demonstrates the critical importance of supporting and investing in your downtown. This is a nice analysis, published by Strong Towns, that illustrates the point with a series of brief, graphic...
  2. Streets vs. Roads: Engineer Streets for People – Not Just Vehicles!

    Strong Towns wrote this short, but to the point, piece on what the consequences are when streets are engineered for vehicles only. I shared it with our Planning Commissioners and Community Development. This is not only a safety, walkability...
  3. Affordable Housing: Inclusionary Zoning – Boon or Curse?

    Provo Downtown Rooftop Concert As housing markets continue to add units at the higher end of the market, the lack of "affordable housing" declines. The reduced number of housing...
  4. The Great American Single-Family Home Problem

      California often leads in national trends. The acute affordable housing shortage in the state is the topic of this article, and plays out in the Bay Area. These...
  5. 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...
  6. 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....
  7. 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...
  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,...
  9. Your City: Renters vs. Owners?

    Renters vs. OwnersDuring the past two years serving as a Planning Commissioner for my city, public debate over home owners versus renters is frequent. Invariably, older, established home owners do...
  10. Reimagining the Mall

    Randall Park Mall, Cleveland Randall Park Mall, Cleveland There are many struggling retail malls across the US, some shuttered, some limping along and not competing well in the retail marketplace. The strong...
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