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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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Times Square, Grand Central and the Laws That Build the City

A virtual tour looks at the legal battles and innovations behind 42nd Street. Our critic chats with the Harvard professor Jerold S. Kayden.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #bryant-park-manhattan-ny, #eminent-domain, #ford-foundation, #grand-central-terminal-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #land-use-policies, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-times, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #privately-owned-public-spaces, #real-estate-commercial, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #zoning

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Industry City Project in Brooklyn Defeated by Progressives

The developers behind Industry City abandoned a rezoning proposal after progressive leaders raised concerns about gentrification.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #gentrification, #industry-city-brooklyn-ny, #jamestown-properties, #menchaca-carlos, #new-york-city, #zoning

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Building Public Places for a Covid World

What are architects and urban planners foreseeing as people cautiously gather? Streets “curated” for various uses and dynamic cityscapes that both advance wellness and knit communities together.

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

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In Coming Wave of Pandemic-Induced Vacancies, Some See Opportunity

As the outlook for retail, hotel and office space shifts, some developers are already planning to convert empty properties to new uses.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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How the World’s Largest Garbage Dump in Staten Island Became a Green Oasis

The radical fix for a noxious landfill in Staten Island: Bury the trash, plant some grass and do nothing for 20 years.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #fresh-kills-landfill-staten-island-ny, #freshkills-park-staten-island-ny, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #staten-island-nyc, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #wetlands

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Progressives Killed Amazon’s Deal in New York. Is Industry City Next?

The fight over a rezoning plan in Brooklyn has pitted progressives and mainstream Democrats against each other.

#amazon-com-inc, #area-planning-and-renewal, #city-council-nyc, #industry-city-brooklyn-ny, #jamestown-properties, #labor-and-jobs, #menchaca-carlos, #new-york-city, #zoning

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A Rockaway Life

Rockaway Beach has a land’s-end bacchanalian spirit, but it is also a place where you can get to know people just by being there.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #beaches, #cardwell-diane, #far-rockaway-queens-ny, #oceans-and-seas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rockaway-beach-queens-ny, #summer-season, #surfing

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The Pandemic Has Pushed Aside City Planning Rules. But to Whose Benefit?

As bike lanes and cafes sprout on streets, marginalized residents wonder when their priorities will get attention.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #oakland-calif, #race-and-ethnicity, #urban-areas, #zoning

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Jane Walentas, Who Planted a Carousel in Dumbo, Dies at 76

With her husband, David, Ms. Walentas helped develop the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood into a desirable address — and gave it an unusual gift.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #carousels, #deaths-obituaries, #dumbo-brooklyn-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #walentas-david-c, #walentas-jane

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Riots Long Ago, Luxury Living Today

High-end development has transformed some Black neighborhoods decades after they were scarred by unrest. And not by coincidence.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gentrification, #liberty-city-miami-fla, #over-the-rhine-cincinnati-ohio, #urban-areas, #washington-dc

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What the Coronavirus Has Done to New Development

The pandemic paused residential construction and stalled sales. Now developers in Long Island City and Greenpoint are scrambling to bounce back.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #condominiums, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #east-river-nyc, #greenpoint-brooklyn-ny, #long-island-city-queens-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantines, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #shutdowns-institutional

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As Major League Soccer Expands, Teams Are Getting New Homes

Seven teams are building privately financed stadiums, a departure from the billions of public dollars spent on new arenas in other sports leagues.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #columbus-crew-soccer-team, #inter-miami-soccer-team, #major-league-soccer, #real-estate-commercial, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Public Spaces Weren’t Designed for Pandemics. N.Y.C. Is Trying to Adapt.

New rules and design will try to keep New Yorkers safe in the usually crowded plazas, parks and streets.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #downtown-brooklyn-partnership, #harvard-university, #kallos-benjamin, #kayden-jerold-s, #madonia-peter-j, #new-york-city, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #playgrounds, #regional-plan-assn, #restaurants, #sidewalks, #trottenberg-polly, #urban-areas

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Cities Should Open Streets to Pedestrians and Cyclists

With people hunkered down at home, cities should act quickly to find a better balance between cars and pedestrians and cyclists.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #automobiles, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #broadway-manhattan-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #pedestrian-malls

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George Floyd and Derek Chauvin Might as Well Have Lived on Different Planets

Minneapolis abandoned its vision of an egalitarian society. The region is now paying an enormous price for that choice.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #race-and-ethnicity, #segregation-and-desegregation

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The Grapelord of Napa Faces a Threat Worse Than Plague

For 50 years, Andy Beckstoffer drove up the price of wine. Did the strategy work too well?

#agriculture-and-farming, #area-planning-and-renewal, #beckstoffer-vineyards, #beckstoffer-andy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #land-use-policies, #luxury-goods-and-services, #millennial-generation, #napa-calif, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #wines

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Coronavirus Crisis Threatens Push for Denser Housing

Transit-oriented developments were seen as a solution to severe housing shortages, but experts say developers need to rethink the design for a post-pandemic world.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Streets Should Be Car-Free During Lockdown. And After.

Cholera changed the face of Paris. Will Covid-19 change the streets of New York?

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #cholera, #city-councils, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-corey, #le-corbusier, #olmsted-frederick-law, #police-department-nyc, #urban-areas

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One City’s Road to Recovery Offers Lessons, and Hope

Lawrence, Mass., once an industrial power, set out to reverse a long decline with the Federal Reserve’s help. Now it faces a new economic challenge.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-reserve-bank-of-boston, #labor-and-jobs, #lawrence-mass, #small-business, #urban-areas, #vocational-training

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