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Urbanism & Design: Reviving East Midtown Manhattan, Santa Rosa TOD Vote, Tampa Ped Friendly Makeover, Zombie Subdivisions


A Better Way to Revive East Midtown Manhattan 

New York Times


WE are told that New York needs to be lofted back into global competitiveness. That the city isn't modern enough.

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Santa Rosa Councilwoman Reconsiders TOD Vote 

Santa Rosa Press Democrat


A decision last week by the Santa Rosa City Council to pull the plug on a senior housing project in Railroad Square isn't necessarily the end of the line for the 93-unit complex.

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Tampa Streets Will Get Ped Friendly Makeover 

Tampa Tribune


Ashley Drive will get on-street parking and a more pedestrian-friendly design.

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Zombie Subdivisions Never Go Away 

American Surveyor, via: @anthonyflint


They never die. They continue to haunt us long after they should have been retired once and for all.

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Anatomy for European Street Life in 1900 

Brain Pickings, via: @urban_photo


What makes a great city? Is it a "sparkle of the highest power"? The magic of how it "compresses all life ... into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines"?

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McKee's Northside Regeneration in STL Moving Forward 

Urban Review St. Louis


As you've likely heard by now, last week the Missouri Supreme Court overturned a 2010 ruling that Paul McKee's Northside Regeneration development plans were too vague for TIF financing:

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West Corridor Light Rail Line Sparks Hope for Boom 

Denver Post


When Denver was a young city, its western suburbs bloomed along the trolley route to Golden.

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Chicago South Side Site Could be Spot for Obama Library 

Chicago Tribune


A casino/entertainment complex, a major convention hotel and a Barack Obama presidential library are being floated as possible anchors for a mixed-use redevelopment of the former Michael Reese Hospital site on the Near South Side.

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Minneapolis Gateway Redevelopment Planted Seeds of Revival 

Minnesota Post


In "North Loop building boom may finally heal Gateway scars," MinnPost writer John Reinan looks back at Minneapolis' Gateway, the mid-20th century urban-renewal project that every urbanist loves to hate.

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New Urbanism a Tough Sell North of Toronto 

Globe and Mail


Barrie is hardly the first place you would go to see the new urbanism that is sweeping North American cities.

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