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Urbanism & Design: Charlotte TOD Success, St. Louis Ballpark Redevelopment, Downtown Pittsburgh Building Boom, Boston Fenway Redevelopment


Charlotte Officials Tout South End that Transit Built 

Charlotte Observer


With construction booming in Charlotte's South End, city leaders on Tuesday called the area a model for the kind of smart growth that transit projects can spur in struggling neighborhoods east, west and north of uptown.

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St. Louis' Ballpark Area Development Project 

New York Times


When the new Busch Stadium opened in 2006, the occasional mudhole along adjacent property symbolized the failure of a planned companion project aimed at revitalizing downtown St. Louis.

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Downtown Pittsburgh Building Boom Shows No Signs of Letting Up 

Pittsburgh Post Gazette


The development boom in the city center is showing no signs of abating. Whether it's in urban living, where three-quarters of the residents are relative newcomers, or light-rail transit usage

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Transit Line Gets Hercules Thinking About Density, Growth 

Contra Costa Times


A proposal to extend BART north to Hercules is challenging this city to re-examine how it wants to evolve from an automobile-dependent suburb into its New Urbanist, pedestrian- and transit-friendly vision.

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Deal Clears Way for Fenway Area Redevelopment in Boston 

Boston Globe


Governor Deval Patrick's administration has struck a deal to allow construction of Fenway Center, a $500 million mega-development in Boston that would transform scrubby parking lots near the storied ballpark into a bustling complex of homes, stores, offices, and parking.

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Planning Department Growing Pains Provide Fodder for Critics 

Omaha World Herald


The gleaming building near 10th and Worthington Streets stands in contrast to its turn-of-the-century neighbors in the Dahlman area.

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Task Force To Study Whether To Let D.C. Buildings Grow Taller 

WAMU, via: @HTinWDC


Depending on who you ask, Washington, D.C.'s squat skyline is either iconic or a missed opportunity. That's a question that a new task force of D.C. and federal officials has started exploring.

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Do American Households Really Prefer "Sprawl" Development? 

Bacon's Rebellion


The United States appears to be experiencing another building boom - it's amazing what 3% mortgage rates will do - and urban geographer Joel Kotkin is crowing that most of that growth is occurring in the low-density, suburban fringe of America's metropolitan regions.

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Charlotte's South End Has Benefitted From Transit 



On Tuesday Charlotte City leaders toured the historic South End by bus to see how investments in transportation have spurred progress.

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