National Juneteenth Museum Takes Shape in Fort Worth, Texas

The brainchild of Opal Lee, the institution will be part of an economic development project aimed at revitalizing the city’s Historic Southside neighborhood.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #big-bjarke-ingels-group, #fort-worth-tex, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #juneteenth, #lee-opal-1926, #museums, #slavery-historical

More Than Fjords: A New Museum to Put Oslo on the Map

City administrators hope Norway’s new National Museum will help Oslo, and the rest of the country, step out of its Scandinavian neighbors’ shadows.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #munch-museum, #museums, #national-museum-norway, #norway, #oslo-norway

Demolishing City of the Dead Will Displace a Lively Quarter of Cairo

Cairo’s oldest cemetery is being razed, and thousands of families living amid the grand mausoleums face eviction. “You’re not at ease when you’re living. You’re not at ease even when you’re dead.”

#area-planning-and-renewal, #cemeteries, #egypt, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #politics-and-government, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #tombs-and-tombstones

The Battle for an Open-Air Gym at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park

Marcus Garvey Park has been in disrepair for years. Jamel Ali turned a corner of it into an open-air gym.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bethel-gospel-assembly-manhattan-ny, #exercise, #garvey-marcus-park-manhattan-ny, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #playgrounds

Climate-Change Risks Get the Attention of Real Estate Investors

They are thinking more seriously about flooding, but a lack of established standards for assessing development projects is challenging their efforts.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #floods, #global-warming, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sustainable-living

In Louisiana, a Lafayette Neighborhood Warily Eyes New Highway

Residents of Lafayette are wary of a project that has dragged on for decades, but they believe that their community — where vehicles hit buildings and pedestrians — has few options.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #lafayette-la, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Will the Jamaica Bay Restoration Project Save New York From Rising Seas?

A major restoration project aims to protect the Jamaica Bay area — and all of New York — by returning salt marshes and sand dunes to their natural states. But will it be too late for the people of Broad Channel?

#area-planning-and-renewal, #army-corps-of-engineers, #birds, #broad-channel-queens-ny, #coast-erosion, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #jamaica-bay-queens-ny, #jamaica-bay-wildlife-refuge-queens-ny, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #queens-nyc, #regional-plan-assn, #rockaway-peninsula-queens-ny, #sanderson-eric-w, #wetlands

The Next Level in Sustainability: Nature Restoration

Developers are no longer aiming to simply preserve nature, but are actively restoring it as a selling point for their projects.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #expedia-inc, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sustainable-living

How Air Pollution Across America Reflects Racist Policy From the 1930s

A new study shows how redlining, a Depression-era housing policy, contributed to inequalities that persist decades later in U.S. cities.

#air-pollution, #area-planning-and-renewal, #berkeley-calif, #black-people, #california, #discrimination, #environment, #global-warming, #great-depression-1930s, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hispanic-americans, #houston-tex, #nineteen-hundred-thirties, #race-and-ethnicity, #university-of-california-berkeley, #urban-areas

Build a New City or New Humans? A Utopia in India Fights Over Future.

Backed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the new leadership of Auroville, an experimental commune, wants to create a model city. In the way stand trees, tree houses and a take-it-slow tradition.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #auroville-india, #bharatiya-janata-party, #communes, #india, #land-use-policies, #modi-narendra, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #sustainable-living

In Detroit, a Bet That Healthy Restaurants Can Help the City

For years, a coalition of groups has supported food businesses, seeing them as critical to the city’s continuing recovery. The pandemic has put its accomplishments to the test.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #black-people, #detroit-mich, #discrimination, #entrepreneurship, #immigration-and-emigration, #minorities, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #restaurants

Creeks, Once Overlooked, Are Now Seen as Assets for Urban Renewal

Developers have recently realized the value of even the most minor waterways for commerce, but experts advise caution because of flooding risks.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #floods, #global-warming, #real-estate-commercial, #trotwood-ohio

Spokane was the Next Affordable City. Now, It’s Too Expensive.

In Spokane, Wash., home prices jumped 60 percent in the past two years. The increase is fueled by buyers fleeing the boom in cities like Austin. Who will have to flee next?

#area-planning-and-renewal, #homeless-persons, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #spokane-wash, #united-states

Town Called Itself a Big Cat Habitat to Block Housing, Then Reversed Course

A Silicon Valley town declared itself a mountain lion habitat to forestall duplexes on small lots. Facing ridicule and the threat of legal action, officials backed down.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #california, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #mountain-lions-and-cougars, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #woodside-calif

In the Bronx, a Push to Save Cass Gilbert’s Train Stations

Two of the stations designed by the famed architect more than 100 years ago for the old ‘Consolidated’ railroad have a chance to be transformed for new uses.

#amtrak, #area-planning-and-renewal, #gilbert-cass-1859-1934, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #infrastructure-public-works, #metro-north-commuter-railroad, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #stations-and-terminals-passenger

How Fire Defined the Bronx, and Us

The recent fire at Twin Parks in the Bronx was an undeniable tragedy. Just as every fire there over the past 50 years has been.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #arson, #bronx-nyc, #fires-and-firefighters, #happy-land-social-club

The Plans for the World’s Next Largest City Are Incomplete

Delhi is growing far beyond the formal confines of the city, a case study in the complexity of what we call urbanization.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #delhi-india, #internal-open-access, #population, #urban-areas

In the Lower Ninth Ward, an Artist Renews His Purpose

Kevin Beasley was invited to create an installation in New Orleans for a few months. Instead he bought land, and met his neighbors.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #beasley-kevin, #black-people, #hurricane-katrina-2005, #new-orleans-la, #philanthropy, #prospect-new-orleans, #whitney-museum-of-american-art

Donald H. Elliott, Innovative Urban Planner, Dies at 89

He preserved landmarks in New York through creative zoning, involved communities in decision-making and insisted on aesthetic standards for urban design.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #city-planning-commission-nyc, #city-planning-department-nyc, #deaths-obituaries, #elliott-donald-h-1932-2021, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #land-use-policies, #new-york-city, #urban-areas

Alexander Garvin, Visionary City Planner, Is Dead at 80

Architect, author, Yale academic and City Hall official, he directed the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and helped plan a New York City Olympics.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #atlanta-beltline-atlanta-ga, #deaths-obituaries, #garvin-alexander, #lower-manhattan-development-corp, #new-york-city, #urban-areas, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny, #yale-university

Plan to Bring More Housing to SoHo Is Set for a Vote

A contentious rezoning of the wealthy neighborhood, known for its cast-iron buildings and cobblestone streets, is expected to be approved on Wednesday.

#adams-eric-l, #area-planning-and-renewal, #berman-andrew-d-1962, #chin-margaret-s, #city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #soho-manhattan-ny, #village-preservation-nonprofit, #zoning

A Ferry Is Coming to Coney Island. Here’s Why Some Residents Are Angry.

Critics are concerned the ferry service would release toxic pollution and disrupt the habitat of horseshoe crabs, toppling an entire food chain.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #birds, #catsimatidis-john-a, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #crabs, #environment, #ferries, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #transit-systems

11 Million New Oysters in New York Harbor (But None for You to Eat)

The oysters, which act as nonstop water filters, were added to the Hudson River as part of an ongoing project to rehabilitate the polluted waterways around the city.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #environment, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #hudson-river-park-manhattan-ny, #hudson-river-park-trust, #new-york-harbor, #oysters, #pier-40-manhattan-ny, #the-river-project, #tribeca-manhattan-ny, #water-pollution

Overlooked No More: Julia Tuttle, the ‘Mother of Miami’

She worked tirelessly to revitalize the area now known as Miami, and is widely recognized as the only woman to have founded a major American city.

#agriculture-and-farming, #area-planning-and-renewal, #biscayne-bay-fla, #deaths-obituaries, #miami-fla, #tuttle-julia-1849-98

After Hurricane Sandy, a Park in Lower Manhattan at the Center of a Fight

Nine years after Hurricane Sandy, residents of Lower Manhattan are still vulnerable to rising seas. The fight over a plan to protect them reveals why progress on our most critical challenges is so hard.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #audio-neutral-immersive, #audio-neutral-informative, #audio-positive-escape, #big-bjarke-ingels-group, #city-council-nyc, #coastal-areas, #east-river-nyc, #floods, #franklin-d-roosevelt-drive-manhattan-ny, #global-warming, #housing-authority-nyc, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #infrastructure-public-works, #internal-open-access, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny, #netherlands, #rivers

Revitalizing Black Neighborhoods by Preserving Their History

Developers are repurposing deteriorated structures in historically significant areas in an effort to incorporate spaces for the arts, affordable housing and small businesses under one roof.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #atlanta-ga, #black-people, #buildings-structures, #culture-arts, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #memphis-tenn, #oakland-calif, #real-estate-commercial, #restoration-and-renovation, #united-states

Cities Try to Lure Factories as U.S. Pushes to Fix Chip Shortage

Many local governments see a silver lining in the shortage of semiconductor chips that has contributed to a slowdown in the global economy.

#adler-steve-1956, #area-planning-and-renewal, #arizona, #austin-tex, #computer-chips, #corporate-taxes, #factories-and-manufacturing, #labor-and-jobs, #local-government, #new-york-state, #samsung-group, #shortages, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #texas, #travis-county-tex

US Goal of Racial Equity in Infrastructure Is Left to States

The decision about how to spend the money falls largely to state governments, raising questions about whether the package can live up to its ambition.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #area-planning-and-renewal, #discrimination, #infrastructure-public-works, #race-and-ethnicity, #roads-and-traffic, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S. Goal of Racial Equity in Infrastructure Is Left to States

The decision about how to spend the money falls largely to state governments, raising questions about whether the package can live up to its ambition.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #area-planning-and-renewal, #discrimination, #infrastructure-public-works, #race-and-ethnicity, #roads-and-traffic, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government

Will World-Class Architecture Bring Civic Pride Back to Memphis?

Spurred by Herzog & de Meuron’s new art museum and a rethought waterfront park by Studio Gang, city leaders turn to design to make a downtown for “everyone.”

#area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #black-people, #gang-jeanne, #herzogde-meuron, #memphis-tenn, #memphis-brooks-museum-of-art, #museums, #national-civil-rights-museum, #orff-kate-1971, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #studio-gang-architects

Wild Animals Are Thriving in New York City Right Now

New York is now ‘the greenest big city on earth,’ one naturalist said. Some creatures have noticed, and are staying for a while.

#animals, #area-planning-and-renewal, #audubon-society-national, #benepe-adrian, #birds, #charlop-powers-sarah, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #floods, #flowers-and-plants, #greenbelt-native-plant-center, #natural-areas-conservancy, #new-york-city, #new-yorkers-for-parks, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #pesticides, #wetlands, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

New Arts Complex Aims to Build Community in Detroit

Anthony and JJ Curis are turning a church, its rectory and a city block into a cultural center and a legacy park for the artist Charles McGee.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #binion-mcarthur, #churches-buildings, #content-type-personal-profile, #curis-anthony, #curis-jj, #detroit-mich, #museum-of-contemporary-art-detroit, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

In the Bronx, Mott Haven Suddenly Gets a Skyline

A construction boom could bring more than 5,000 rental apartments to some 20 development projects in the neighborhood over the next couple of years.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #brookfield-office-properties, #chess-builders-llc, #concourse-realty-partners, #jcal-development-group-llc, #jcs-realty-group-llc, #mott-haven-bronx-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rxr-realty, #somerset-partners-llc, #trinity-financial-llc

Exuberant Art and Cable Car Can Lift a Poor, Violent Place Only So High

A new cableway and hundreds of giant murals have brightened lives in Iztapalapa, Mexico City’s most populous neighborhood, but poverty and attacks against women are still pervasive.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #cable-cars-and-trams, #iztapalapa-mexico-city-mexico, #local-government, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #murals, #politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

The Park Bench Is an Endangered Species

In a world that wants you to pay for everything, public seating is becoming a luxury.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #china, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #urban-areas

Rucker Park, a Basketball Mecca, Gets New Life

Rucker Park in Harlem has been a proving ground for amateurs and professionals for generations. “We don’t come there giving you roses,” one player said. “You got to earn it.”

#area-planning-and-renewal, #asap-ferg, #basketball, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-players-assn, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #philanthropy, #playgrounds, #roberts-michele-a, #rucker-holcombe-park-harlem-ny

Are You Contributing to America’s Affordable Housing Crisis?

Do we need to redefine the American dream of owning a single-family home?

#area-planning-and-renewal, #california, #charlottesville-va, #gentrification, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #suburbs, #washington-dc, #yglesias-matthew, #zoning

San Antonio’s Challenge: Balancing Growth With Heritage

A number of large-scale projects will expand the city’s downtown, but community advocates are worried about preserving the area’s Mexican American culture.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #esperanza-peace-and-justice-center, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #mexican-americans, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-antonio-tex, #university-of-texas-at-san-antonio

As Bikers Throng the Streets, ‘It’s Like Paris Is in Anarchy’

An ecologically minded experiment to make Paris a cycling capital of Europe has led to a million people now pedaling daily — and to rising tensions with pedestrians.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #environment, #france, #hidalgo-anne-1959, #internal-storyline-no, #motorcycles-motor-bikes-and-motorscooters, #paris-france, #roads-and-traffic, #urban-areas, #walking

Doris Diether, Guardian of Greenwich Village, Dies at 92

She challenged Robert Moses to preserve Washington Square Park and helped save Shakespeare in the Park. In the process, she became a zoning expert.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #deaths-obituaries, #diether-doris, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #manhattan-nyc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #volunteers-and-community-service, #zoning

Ferries in Alaska. Rail in Oregon. States Dream Big on Infrastructure Funds.

The infrastructure bill could reshape priorities across the country, jump-starting critical projects that stalled over funding. These are some of the possibilities.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #infrastructure-public-works, #roads-and-traffic, #states-us, #transit-systems, #transportation, #transportation-department-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Surfside Agonizes After Condo Collapse, With a Memorial Hanging in the Balance

What to do with the site? There is no easy way to both honor victims and compensate condo owners.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #florida, #land-use-policies, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #surfside-fla, #surfside-fla-building-collapse-2021

California’s Housing Crisis Looms Large for Gavin Newsom

Having survived a recall vote, the governor is free to focus on the state’s homeless population and housing shortage. He has more room to maneuver than he did when he first took office.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #california, #elections-california-gubernatorial-recall-2021, #evictions, #homeless-persons, #local-government, #newsom-gavin, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

A Plan to Hasten the Sale of Surplus Federal Property Gets Bogged Down

A little-known independent board created to expedite the disposal of unused land and buildings has been hampered by a lawsuit, staff shortages and pushback from other agencies.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #general-services-administration, #public-buildings-reform-board, #public-property, #real-estate-commercial

Inwood Watches Closely as New Zoning Kicks In

Taller buildings are going up, but, so far, developers are making good on their promises to bring affordable housing to the neighborhood.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #gentrification, #inwood-manhattan-ny, #joy-construction-corp, #lm-development-partners, #land-use-policies, #maddd-equities-llc, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #taconic-partners-llc, #zoning

Rebuilding Ground Zero Was a Mess. Lower Manhattan Bloomed Anyway.

A fraught reconstruction was a missed opportunity, but it helped foster a new urbanism and a broader vision of what a neighborhood can be.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #financial-district-manhattan-ny, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-september-11-memorial-and-museum, #real-estate-commercial, #september-11-2001, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

Climate Change Is Bankrupting America’s Small Towns

Repeated shocks from hurricanes, fires and floods are pushing some rural communities, already struggling economically, to the brink of financial collapse.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #army-corps-of-engineers, #buildings-structures, #disasters-and-emergencies, #fair-bluff-nc, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #north-carolina, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #small-business, #southern-states-us, #urban-areas

A Jewelry Hub Hopes Gentrification Won’t Overwhelm History

In Birmingham, England, artisans worry that luxury apartments and trendy cafes may push them out of an area where jewelers have been centered since the 18th century.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #birmingham-england, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gentrification, #jewels-and-jewelry, #shopping-and-retail

A Renewal for IBM Campuses Once Home to Punch Cards and Circuit Boards

When Big Blue left upstate New York, economic pain ensued. But the large complexes left behind are ideally suited for large-scale production and shipping, local officials say.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #east-fishkill-ny, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #endicott-ny, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hudson-river-valley-ny, #international-business-machines-corporation, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #ulster-county-ny

Allan Reiver, Who Built a Little Urban Oasis in New York, Dies at 78

When he saw a vacant lot three decades ago, he said, “I thought I could make something beautiful out of it.” The result was the Elizabeth Street Garden.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #deaths-obituaries, #elizabeth-street-garden-manhattan-ny, #gardens-and-gardening, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #reiver-allan