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Urban Renewal

Detroit's New Task Force Report Is "Blight" On Cue

Chloe Taft | Posted 05.30.2014 | Detroit
Chloe Taft

The lessons from the past, including resistance that led to rethinking the top-down approach and discrimination embedded in the postwar federal urban renewal program, suggest that efforts to reshape American cities' landscapes will not succeed without community buy-in.

It's Carbon and Monoxide the Ol' Detroit Perfume

Joel Epstein | Posted 07.07.2014 | Detroit
Joel Epstein

An Angeleno urbanist jonesing for the sort of brick and mortar one is hard pressed to find in most parts of Los Angeles, I was excited to be heading back to a place I'd been fascinated with since taking a course at the University of Michigan on urban development in the American rustbelt.

Alena Hall

This City Is Breathing New Life Into Its Future By Looking To The Past

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact

For the past six years, 35-year-old attorney Chad Gruber has helped solve his city’s problems from inside a courtroom. But now, after serving as a p...

LOOK: Photos Of San Francisco In 1978 Are Barely Recognizable

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.30.2014 | Arts

Cities change with time, but sometimes it takes a photo to remind us of the way things used to be. New to San Francisco’s blue-collar South of M...

Demolition Without Due Process

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Roberta Brandes Gratz

Multiple issues and the transferring of properties between the city, state, LSU and the VA all combine to make this a complex case. However, the lawyers argue, the procedures followed and the reasons for them are in total contradiction of the law.

The Re-Ruination of the Waterfront

Terence Clarke | Posted 12.24.2013 | San Francisco
Terence Clarke

Those of us who lived in San Francisco at the time well remember the ruination of the waterfront by the double decker freeway that ran its length. A monstrosity, the freeway successfully blocked the city from its own bay shore.

The Tea Party Want to Take Down Our Cities and the Economy at the Same Time

Steven Fulop | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Steven Fulop

The destruction of policies that have been so important to urban life won't just hurt the cities, it will hurt the economy as a whole.

The Edible Bus Stop: Guerrilla Gardeners Transform Neglected Corners of London

Tom Moran | Posted 07.23.2013 | Travel
Tom Moran

Have you ever considered combining a trip to a major world capital with a spot of guerrilla gardening? If so, The Edible Bus Stop project, launched last week in London, could be the ideal opportunity.

Oops! How the Government Did Its Part to Destroy Our Cities

Frank Gruber | Posted 04.02.2013 | Books
Frank Gruber

I don't necessarily expect that future historians will find purposeful reasons for the emptying out of our great cities. More likely, they will seek to identify social, economic or demographic reasons that resulted in the urban crisis.

Lipstick on a Place: On the Aesthetics of 'Slumming It'

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 01.09.2013 | New York
Richey Piiparinen

Rust is still just rust in places that have come to exist in post-industrialization, but for others: rust is luxury, rust is christened from the landscape of one's hard times up to the decor of the powerful's play areas.

Check Out Baltimore's 88-Acre Urban Renewal Project

The Baltimore Sun | Steve Kilar | Posted 12.25.2012 | DC

One of the builders working with Forest City East Baltimore Partnership, the master planner for East Baltimore Development Inc., is holding an open ho...

PHOTOS: Death Of A Dream In Pittsburgh

Randy Fox | Posted 07.16.2012 | Travel
Randy Fox

The Hill, or "Little Harlem" as it was referred to from the '30s thru the '50s, was one of the elite African-American neighborhoods in America. It was home to one of the most vibrant jazz scenes in the country, as well as one of its hottest clubs, The Crawford Grill, which was owned by Gus Greenlee.

Retiree Paints Home With Polka Dot Scheme

AP | By JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 07.01.2012 | Arts

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Jim Deitz believes he's creating a Grand Forks landmark, but the downtown apartment house he's painting one polka dot at a time is m...

Walk, Observe, Discuss

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 06.10.2012 | New York
Roberta Brandes Gratz

Jane Jacobs changed the way we look and think about cities. No better way exists to understand Jane than to get out and walk, observe, ponder and think or talk about what is seen. That is the idea behind Jane Jacobs Walks.

PHOTOS: The Secret Gay History Of New York's High Line

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.07.2012 | Gay Voices

The not-so-secret gay history of one of New York City's most revered urban reclamation projects is being revealed in both a new book and discussion. ...

Magnificent Photos Of Dense Cities Around The World

Posted 12.03.2011 | Green

From National Geographic: It's the tide of urbanization that has spread around the world. In the developed countries and Latin America it has nearl...

10 Clever Examples Of Reuse In Architecture

Tom Mallory | Posted 01.20.2012 | Arts
Tom Mallory

Adaptive reuse of materials and spaces in architecture today are in fact so highly legitimate it makes one question the necessity of creating new buildings.

PHOTOS: 25 Years Of The Heidelberg Project

Posted 01.15.2012 | Arts

Story Contributed By MutualArt.com: When Detroit native Tyree Guyton returned to his hometown after serving in the army, he was shocked by what he ...

Why Did America Destroy Its Great Cities?

Frank Gruber | Posted 10.02.2011 | Home
Frank Gruber

I don't suggest that there was a purposeful rationale, or even multiple rationales, to destroy the cities. The causes are more likely to have been social, cultural, economic and demographic.

UPDATE: Aurora City Council Blights Farmland For Development Tax Break

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.01.2011 | Denver

Aurora's City Council is playing defense as proposed incentives to bring an $800 million entertainment complex to the area come to light. UPDATE: ...

Political Schizophrenia in Detroit

Kirk Cheyfitz | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Kirk Cheyfitz

The mayor of Detroit, a businessman turned novice politician, is failing to provide the political leadership necessary to turn one of America's most troubled towns in a new direction.

Baghdad After The Storm: Amazing National Geographic Photos

Posted 08.28.2011 | World

In the July issue of National Geographic, writer and former army sergeant Bryan Turner takes an in-depth look at the beleaguered city of Baghdad. He f...

NJ Town Revives Eminent Domain Abuse of 1950s

Christina Walsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Christina Walsh

Since 2000, Township of Mount Holly officials have been buying up and knocking down homes under the threat of eminent domain, in a stark replication of 1950s-era urban renewal.

18 Of The Best Books On Social And Political Awareness 2010 (PHOTOS)

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

These were some books that really made a mark this year in raising political consciousness about crucial issues.

The National Trust For Historic Preservation: Bringing Places 'Back To Productive Use'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The National Trust for Historic Preservation helps provide leadership, education, advocacy and resources to endangered historic places across Americ...