• Rockford, Ill.: Modernizing a Century–Old Community Landmark

  • RE3 Focus: Pennoni On Leading Edge of Sub-Slab Depressurization

  • Using GIS To Decipher Large-Scale Remediation Projects

  • Right Place, Right Time


April 2016

Tapco Site: Be Flexible to Reach Endgame
Access & Accessibility
Tapco Site: Be Flexible to Reach Endgame

Vacant and abandoned properties have long plagued cities across the country. Along with these blighted properties come health and safety threats, increased crime, decreased property values and higher costs for local governments. The approach to fixing distressed properties varies, but the most desired outcome is to return the property to…Read more

'Robbing Peter' Isn't Benefitting 'Paul'
Editor's Letter
'Robbing Peter' Isn't Benefitting 'Paul'

Chicago has itself a problem: There too much parking available where it's not really in hot demand while there's too little spots available in the city where it's desperately needed. Some recent headway is at least addressing the former dilemma, according to a new report by Chicago-based nonprofit Center for…Read more

Plabell: Repurposed To Embellish City of Toledo
Plabell: Repurposed To Embellish City of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio, or "Glass City," has been very good to me. I got my start in urban redevelopment by acquiring a brownfield site associated with the glass industry, eventually selling it to Penn National Gaming. The Hollywood Casino now occupies the property. After this lucky success, my partners and I…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Commercial, Retail Placemaking in Pontiac

Like many industrial cities, Pontiac, Mich., was hit hard by the Great Recession. Unemployment soared, population sagged and businesses busted. It was a city built around General Motors, which for a century provided solid wages for working people and essential tax revenue to fund local schools and government services. Storm…Read more

Marketing Strategies
Legislative Update: Unlocking Portland's Industrial Property Potential

I previously discussed the potential boost to the redevelopment of brownfield properties in Oregon that could result from the passage of HB 2734, the Land Bank Authority Bill, during the 2015 legislative session. The Oregon legislature continued this effort during the 2016 session with the unanimous passage of HB 4084,…Read more

Breaking Down Multiple Municipal Silos

While attending the Memphis Blight Elimination Summit, the image of silos came to me as a powerful one that can be used to describe how technology and data are moving redevelopment forward or being blocked by the maintenance of silos. In the traditional environment, each municipal department is “silo’d” from…Read more

Urban Planning
Community Focus: Former Aztec Industries, North Brookfield, Mass.

North Brookfield is a small rural community in central Massachusetts. The town has a rich industrial history, but has experienced significant job losses since 2000 and has a higher poverty rate and lower median household income than the county and state. Located in the heart of downtown North Brookfield, the…Read more

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