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Urban Issues: Spaces Under Freeways, Rough Time In Chicago, Olympic Village Transformation, Creativity In Cities


Vacant Spaces Under Freeways For Working and Playing 

Washington Post


You can't get something out of nothing. This is common sense, not to mention a principle of physics and mathematics.

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A Rough Time for Some Chicago Neighborhoods 

New York Times


On a 100-degree day last summer, on Chicago's southernmost edge, Willie Fleming, who goes by J. R. ("It stands for Just Righteousness"), crept up to an abandoned ranch house shrouded in overgrown weeds.

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Olympic Village Now an Urban Housing Scheme 

The National


It's 10 months after the likes of Michael Phelps, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Usain Bolt were staying in the Olympic Village at the London 2012 Games.

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Location, Affordability on Mortgage Default Prediction 

Fannie Mae, Gary Pivo


In my commentary in October 2012, I discussed the first in a series of papers on the multifamily housing market that are being developed by Hoyt Advisory Services (HAS). Fannie Mae engaged HAS to conduct the research and to document their findings.

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Eight Guidelines to Keep Creativity in Cities 

Urban Times


The buzzword 'creativity' comes in handy when making top-down planning strategies sound somewhat more positive, inclusive or even alternative; making them attractive

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The Conventional Wisdom of Community Development 

Living Cities


Last week, I participated in a panel at the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group's Community Development Summit focused on the theme of comprehensive community development.

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Rural Areas Taking Advantage of Tax Credits 

Next City


When people think of revitalizing undeveloped areas in need, the mind often wanders to formerly prosperous American cities - Baltimore, Detroit, Oakland, Pittsburgh.

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Economic Development: In the Belly of a Whale 

The Urbanophile


Here's a test to see how many of you are actually serious about attracting creatives and building a creative economy in your city: will you actually watch this 53 minute documentary about Berlin that's in German with subtitles?

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