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Urbanism&Design: Restoring LA Macy's Plaza, Chicago North Side Sidewalk Cafes, Civic Irony, Smart Growth Bargain

URBANISM & DESIGN

Developer Has Big Plan for Los Angeles' Macy's Plaza 

Los Angeles Times

 

Wayne Ratkovich, who bought the mammoth complex for $241 million, plans to invest $160 million to restore its lost luster.

 

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Why Are Chicago Sidewalk Cafes on North Side Part II 

WBEZ

 

With warm weather securely in hand, Chicagoans are dining out in droves.

 

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Mobile's Worst Pedestrian Intersection 

Mobile Press Register, via: @RobertMcClendon

 

Mobile has many bad pedestrian intersections, but few of them are as ironically placed as the one at Water and Beauregard streets.

 

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Civic Irony 

Restless Urbanist

 

While walking in Salt Lake City this week, I came across some things that I thought were really ironic. These images are pictures of what I would call Civic Irony.

 

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Developers Will Ditch Transit Location if Too Much Red Tape 

Twin Cities Finance and Commerce

 

Cost trumps transit when it comes to the prospect of building near a transit line, according to a study that University of Minnesota researchers recently produced for the Metropolitan Council.

 

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Is Smart Growth a Budget Bargain? 

The Straight Line

 

For the first time, Smart Growth America has gathered enough comparable development data to determine a national average of what communities can expect to save by using smart growth strategies.

 

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Is a Half Mile the Correct TOD Measurement? 

UCTC Access Magazine

 

Planners and researchers use transit catchment areas-the land around stations-as geographic units for predicting ridership, assessing the impacts of transit investments and, recently, for designing transit-oriented developments (TODs).

 

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Prosperity and Jobs Depend on Location 

Detroit Free Press

 

As policy-makers and regional leaders in southeast Michigan and other parts of our state work to grow jobs and connect residents to economic opportunity following the recession, it's important to remember that with jobs, location matters.

 

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