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

A Second Life for North Carolina’s Shuttered Factories

With the rise of remote work, developers are betting they can lure young talent and raise economic prospects for the state’s depressed areas.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #capitol-broadcasting-company, #greensboro-nc, #high-point-nc, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rocky-mount-nc, #shutdowns-institutional, #winston-salem-nc

Cornelia Oberlander, a Farsighted Landscape Architect, Dies at 99

Her acclaimed modernist but naturalist designs recognized the fragility of the climate and the social effects of parks and playgrounds.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #british-columbia-canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #erickson-arthur-v, #gardens-and-gardening, #harvard-university, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #oberlander-cornelia-hahn, #playgrounds

How an ‘Open Streets’ Operative Spends His Sundays

Kyle Gorman spends much of the day touring parts of the city that are participating in the popular outdoor program.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #brooklyn-nyc, #chinatown-manhattan-ny, #content-type-personal-profile, #gorman-kyle-1993, #new-york-city, #open-streets, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #queens-nyc, #transportation-department-nyc

China Adds More Parks to Its Cities to Raise Quality of Life

A national push to build urban parks is transforming Chinese cities, as the country tries to improve the quality of daily life.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #china, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #real-estate-commercial, #shanghai-china, #urban-areas

Life Under Occupation: The Misery at the Heart of the Israel-Gaza Conflict

An eviction in East Jerusalem lies at the center of a conflict that led to war between Israel and Hamas. But for millions of Palestinians, the routine indignities of occupation are part of daily life.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #discrimination, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

A New $260 Million Park Floats on the Hudson. It’s a Charmer.

Little Island, developed by Barry Diller, with an amphitheater and dramatic views, opens on Hudson River Park. Opponents battled it for years.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #diller-barry, #heatherwick-thomas, #hudson-river-park-manhattan-ny, #hudson-river-park-trust, #little-island-manhattan-ny, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas

Taking Art to the Streets, Just Look Down

Aided by grants, artists are creating ground murals and other projects on roadways, underpasses and in public squares.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #asphalt, #chattanooga-tenn, #culture-arts, #infrastructure-public-works, #kansas-city-mo, #murals, #philanthropy, #reno-nev, #urban-areas

Nottingham’s Dilemma: Robin Hood or High Tech?

An unlamented mall in the heart of the English city is being demolished. But what should go in its place?

#area-planning-and-renewal, #caves-and-caverns, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #nottingham-england, #real-estate-commercial, #shopping-centers-and-malls

What Happened to My Beloved College Town?

Bozeman, Mont., has big-city problems, but it may not get big-city help.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #bears, #bozeman-mont, #great-falls-mont, #montana-state-university, #names-geographical, #population

Second Life for Shipping Containers: Selling Bao Buns and Baked Goods

The brightly colored steel boxes are being repurposed by developers in an effort to liven up bars, cafes and restaurants inside food halls.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #food, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial

New York City Wants to Bring More Park to Park Avenue

The medians along Park Avenue were once a fashionable place to take a stroll. Today, pedestrians are not really welcomed.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #fisher-brothers, #fisher-winston-c, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #park-avenue-manhattan-ny, #pedestrian-malls, #transportation-alternatives, #walking

A $7 Billion Mistake? New York Seeks to Curb New Hotels.

A plan to require approval for every new hotel has sparked opposition inside city government, where budget officials say it could reduce future tax revenue from tourism.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #hotel-trades-council, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city

Biden Administration Debating How to Overhaul a Trump-Era Tax Break

The president promised on the campaign trail to overhaul opportunity zones, which a new study suggests mostly fueled real estate investment in gentrifying areas in 2019.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #enterprise-zones, #gentrification, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

What Will Happen to All the Empty Office Buildings and Hotels?

Commercial real estate has been hit hard by the pandemic, but there are plans to convert some of the now empty spaces into apartment buildings.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #financial-district-manhattan-ny, #herald-square-manhattan-ny, #hilton-times-square-hotel-manhattan-ny-hotel, #holiday-inn, #hotel-giraffe, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #manhattan-nyc, #marriott-international-inc, #metro-loft-management, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Why the Gowanus Canal Is a Litmus Test for NYC Development

The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn is notorious for its century-old filth. Now that the cleanup of the waterway has begun, a thorny question emerges. Who gets to live there?

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #de-blasio-bill, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #environmental-protection-agency, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #lander-brad, #water-pollution, #zoning

Local Alliances Put Some Cities on the Fast Track to Recovery

Economic development agencies have created comeback plans for cities like Austin, Texas, and Tucson, Ariz., positioning them to rebound from the pandemic quicker than others.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #austin-tex, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #shutdowns-institutional, #tucson-ariz

16 Global Design Concepts for an Unpredictable Future

The challenges of the past year gave designers every reason to recede into the shadows, but creativity won’t be denied.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #building-construction, #culture-arts, #design, #furniture, #sculpture, #sustainable-living, #textiles, #wood-and-wood-products

Biden’s Chance to Save the Everglades

Reviving the South Florida ecosystem enjoys bipartisan support and deserves federal funding.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #army-corps-of-engineers, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #everglades-fla, #lakes, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

The Growers, Bakers and Beekeepers Embracing the Terroir of American Cities

Long celebrated in France, the concept of place-specific tastes is spurring the revitalization of neighborhoods and communities.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bees, #black-people, #bread, #cleveland-ohio, #detroit-mich, #grapes, #manhattan-nyc, #wines

The Architects Who, After a Devastating Earthquake, Rebuilt a Town

Jojutla, Mexico, now home to an array of inventively reimagined public spaces, has become a paradigm for rural revitalization.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #earthquakes, #jojutla-mexico, #restoration-and-renovation

The Sunday Read: ‘The Case for the Subway’

It built New York City. One writer on why, no matter the cost, the city must rebuild it to survive.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #new-york-city, #subways, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny

How LeBron James Uses His Influence to Improve Community Development

Mr. James has joined an expanding national movement that mixes community needs into the formula for socially responsible projects.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #i-promise-school-akron-ohio, #james-lebron, #philanthropy, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

The Villages Promotes Paradise

“Why would I want to hear about death and destruction? I’d rather hear somebody made a hole in one yesterday.”

#area-planning-and-renewal, #documentary-films-and-programs, #elderly, #florida, #orlando-fla, #some-kind-of-heaven-movie, #villages-the-fla

West Virginia Has Everyone’s Attention. What Does It Really Need?

With the right federal response, it could become a model of renewal for other places around the country that prosperity has left behind.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-aid-us, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #manchin-joe-iii, #rural-areas, #stimulus-economic, #west-virginia

‘One Property at a Time’: A City Tries to Revive Without Gentrifying

Neighborhoods in Newark are beginning to see a flurry of redevelopment, a decade after the city’s downtown gained vogue.

#abandonment-property, #affordable-housing, #amazon-com-inc, #area-planning-and-renewal, #baraka-ras, #beth-israel-medical-center, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #minorities, #new-jersey, #newark-nj, #nike-inc, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states-economy, #whole-foods-market-inc

Once the Gowanus Canal Is Rid of ‘Black Mayonnaise,’ Who Will Benefit?

Developers have promised affordable housing along Brooklyn’s toxic canal. But the rezoning could end up favoring luxury apartments.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #environmental-protection-agency, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #zoning

Struggling Local Governments May Get Help From the Private Sector

As their fiscal woes become worse, some government officials are looking more closely at public-private partnerships as a way to jump-start their economies.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #infrastructure-public-works, #local-government, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

He Brought Moynihan Train Hall to Life, but Didn’t Live to See It

Many credit Michael Evans with turning the vision for the hall at Penn Station into a reality. Before it opened, he took his own life.

#amtrak, #area-planning-and-renewal, #content-type-personal-profile, #cuomo-andrew-m, #evans-michael, #farley-james-a-general-post-office-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #manhattan-nyc, #moynihan-train-hall-at-pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #restoration-and-renovation, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #transportation

Moynihan Train Hall: It’s Stunning. And, a First Step.

A $1.6 billion transformation of a post office has gifted the city with a lofty, light-filled steel, glass and marble cathedral, our critic writes.

#amtrak, #architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #cuomo-andrew-m, #farley-james-a-general-post-office-manhattan-ny, #infrastructure-public-works, #moynihan-train-hall, #new-york-city, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #railroads, #skidmore-owingsmerrill, #stations-and-terminals-passenger

How This Spot (in Mozambique) Got Its Leopard

Gorongosa National Park, steadily recovering from the ravages of civil war, recently added to its list of resident predators.

#animals, #area-planning-and-renewal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #gorongosa-national-park-mozambique, #leopards, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Igloos and Iceless Curling: How New York Hopes to Fight Off a Grim Winter

The threat of the virus has transformed outdoor spaces that would normally sit empty during cold-weather months — though some options are priced beyond the reach of many New Yorkers.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #brooklyn-public-library, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #garment-district-alliance, #harvard-university, #kayden-jerold-s, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #weather

It’s Time for America to Reinvest in Public Housing

The first step to addressing the country’s housing affordability problem is to repeal the Faircloth Amendment.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #evictions, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #united-states-politics-and-government

A New Orleans Tower Anchors a City’s Riverfront Ambitions

The World Trade Center, an X-shaped office tower that has sat empty since 2011, is at the heart of plans to revitalize the area along the Mississippi River.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #coastal-areas, #four-seasons-hotels-ltd, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #new-orleans-la, #real-estate-commercial, #restoration-and-renovation

Lights, Camera, Construction!

New and expanded soundstages across the city will help reshape neighborhoods and turn New York into a Hollywood of the east.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #astoria-queens-ny, #broadway-stages-ltd, #east-williamsburg-brooklyn-ny, #kaufman-astoria-studios, #movies, #netflix-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #silvercup-studios, #steiner-studios, #sunset-park-brooklyn-ny, #television

How Tony Hsieh Tried to Single-Handedly Transform Downtown Las Vegas

Mr. Hsieh, who died at 46, tried to revitalize a corner of the city by attracting other entrepreneurs.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #downtown-project-las-vegas, #hsieh-tony, #las-vegas-nev, #park-city-utah, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #urban-areas, #zappos

Despite Challenges, Opportunity Zones Provide Much-Needed Capital

The program has been criticized for a lack of transparency and for being used as a tax dodge, but developers say it is “a great tool to have in the toolbox.”

#area-planning-and-renewal, #economic-innovation-group, #enterprise-zones, #mixed-use-developments, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions

These Wetlands Helped Stop Flooding From Sandy. Now a BJ’s May Move In.

A group of Staten Island residents concerned about climate change is challenging the project.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bjs-wholesale-club-inc, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #floods, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #land-use-policies, #mariners-harbor-staten-island-ny, #oddo-james-s, #rose-deborah-l-1951, #wetlands, #zoning

Abandoned Retail Sites Become Senior Housing

Former malls and abandoned shopping-center sites are in the midst of a repurposing — and one of those new uses is senior housing.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #elderly, #home-health-care, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #retirement, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #shopping-centers-and-malls

What Will New York Real Estate Look Like Next Year?

City planners, developers and local officials weigh in on how the pandemic could change the city’s housing markets, land use and policy.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #elections-mayors, #gentrification, #labor-and-jobs, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

‘Call Me a Dreamer’: A Shattered Beirut Neighborhood Rebuilds

Many worry that a full recovery won’t be possible, but residents of one of Beirut’s most diverse and cosmopolitan areas are moving back in and trying to repair the damage from the August explosion.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lebanon

Will SoHo Be the Site of New York City’s Next Battle Over Development?

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to rezone SoHo to accommodate new affordable housing in a wealthy, white neighborhood.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #soho-manhattan-ny, #zoning