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Urban Revitalization

LA's Little Tokyo Aims to Become the Country's First 'Cultural Ecodistrict'

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Change will occur in Little Tokyo: the question is whether that change can be managed so that it inures to the benefit of Asian-American residents, institutions and businesses, and whether it will be environmentally sustainable.

Social Entrepreneurs Collaborate On Building Detroit's Future

Adam Smiley Poswolsky | Posted 05.25.2013 | Impact
Adam Smiley Poswolsky

Listing the dismal array of social problems facing the city of Detroit is easier than bobbing your head up and down to an Eminem song.

The Suprise Behind Detroit's Emerging Comeback

Jay Walljasper | Posted 12.22.2012 | Detroit
Jay Walljasper

While a new, more positive narrative about Detroit is welcome, there are problems in focusing entirely on idealistic young adventurers swooping in to save the city -- it reinforces the stereotype of native Detroiters as hapless, helpless and hopeless.

Southwest Detroit: Community-Driven Revitalization

Jay Walljasper | Posted 10.10.2012 | Detroit
Jay Walljasper

While the rebounding downtown and Midtown districts fit the usual pattern of urban progress-established institutions and developers guiding most of the changes -- other parts of town are following a different playbook for revitalization.

Off the Spreadsheet and Into the Streets

Jason Lorimer | Posted 09.09.2012 | Detroit
Jason Lorimer

A vibrant downtown is not, by itself, the answer to Detroit's problems. However, few would argue that it's not of particular importance as an anchor point for a significantly improved local economy.

A Museum With A Social Revolution To Start

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 05.25.2012 | Home

By Karen Cilento Click here for the original article. MOCA / Farshid Moussavi. Courtesy MOCA Nearly two years ago, we introduced Farshid Mou...

A Night in Anacostia: The Beginning of Southeast D.C.'s Rebirth

Raymond Schillinger | Posted 06.19.2012 | DC
Raymond Schillinger

Signs suggest Anacostia is next in line for resurrection. The vestiges of economic blight -- unkempt liquor stores and condemned buildings -- are slowly vanishing as startup businesses, art galleries and new restaurants take their place.

How Can the Foreclosure Crisis Have a Positive Impact on Our Communities?

Phillip Cooley | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Phillip Cooley

After seeing the devastation caused by the foreclosure crisis, I wanted to find an action-based and citizen-led antidote to vacant properties and blight-ridden landscapes. I believe that change roots in community.

Leadership Lessons, Imported from Detroit

Josh Linkner | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Josh Linkner

We Detroiters have a choice. We can continue to point fingers, cry in our soup, and long for the days gone by. Or we can do something about it. We can own it, fix it, and rebuild it.

City Shaping IV: Can Target Right What Minneapolis Is About to Ruin?

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 12.24.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Excitement has turned to disappointment in Minneapolis, and what's happening there should be a warning about safeguarding transparency in public process and civic debate.

ArtPlace Could Make the Difference In Communities Across America

John M. Eger | Posted 11.21.2011 | Arts
John M. Eger

Rocco Landsman, Chair of the NEA, has put together a national organization dedicated to building creative places in cities around the country, demonstrating the vital link between the arts and economic development.

The City of the Future Is Already Here

Terry Tamminen | Posted 10.18.2011 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Get the full picture of what life could be like in a clean, sustainable city of the future -- and of the business opportunities that are hidden within.

A Decade Later "New Markets" Continues to Build Opportunity in an America Left Behind

Michael A. Siegel | Posted 07.18.2011 | Business
Michael A. Siegel

"New Markets" encourages private investments from corporations and individuals who might never consider buying into "high-risk areas." The cost to taxpayers have created nearly 500,000 jobs at a cost of less than $12,000 each.

Newark Man Launches Community Project To Restore Blighted Neighborhood

The Star-Ledger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

NEWARK -- The empty lots Uriel Burwell skipped through as a kid were nothing more than shortcuts from Newark to Irvington. When he graduated from col...

HuffPost's Greatest Person Of The Day: Josh McManus And Helen Davis Johnson, Founders Of CreateHere

The Huffington Post | Dominique Fenton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Today we're featuring Josh McManus and Helen Davis Johnson, founders of CreateHere. Josh and Helen started CreateHere in their hometown of Chattanooga...

HuffPost's Greatest Person Of The Day: Phillip Cooley, Male Model Turned Detroit Revitalization Advocate

The Huffington Post | Jeesoo Park | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Every day on HuffPost, we're highlighting one 'Greatest Person'- an exceptional individual who is confronting the country's economic and political cri...

Modernism, Fresno and the Future of a City's Heart

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

The face of US post-war urban planning was irrevocably changed with the opening of Fresno, California's Fulton Mall, in 1964.