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Urbanism & Design: Vancouver Density Lessons For Seattle, Skateboarding Vs. Architecture, Urban Cores & Socializing


Craft Brewer Surly buys Minneapolis site for $20 million Brewery 

Minneapolis Star Tribune


The company bought land for a "destination brewery" in Minneapolis' Prospect Park neighborhood that could open by 2014.

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Density Lessons from Vancouver Apply to Seattle Too 

Seattle Times, Brent Todarian


FOR many decades, Vancouver, B.C., has been held up internationally as a model of smart city-building, and for what I've come to call "density done well."

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Quietly, American Indians Reshape Cities and Reservations 

New York Times, via: @bruce_katz


Nothing in her upbringing on a remote Indian reservation in northern Minnesota prepared Jean Howard for her introduction to city life during a visit here eight years ago: an outbreak of gunfire, followed by the sight of people scattering.

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Skateboarding vs. Architecture 

Urban Times


Skateboarding continues to grow at a tremendous pace, but skaters are still perceived as being a nuisance.

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Rep. Kildee's First Bill Would Help Demolish Blighted Buildings 

M Live


The freshman lawmaker's first bill is aimed freeing up federal money to eliminate blight and improving neighborhoods in Flint and other rust belt cities around the nation.

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Strong Urban Cores Promote Socializing 

Science Daily


Long commute times and urban areas that leapfrog over open space make it harder for people to socialize, but cities that are decentralized are even worse, University of Utah researchers say in a study published online today in the Journal of Transport Geography.

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DC Parking Lot Designed to Change into Housing Later 

Washington City Paper


To the extent that Paul Millstein and cars have been mentioned in the same sentence by members of the public in recent months, it's usually something along the lines of "Paul Millstein wants to take away my car"

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What Happens to Plans When Cities Lose Olympic Bids 

The Atlantic Cities


Had Chicago won the 2016 Summer Olympics, as many people in the city once felt certain it would, the region would be roughly at the halfway point now in preparations for the Games.

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